This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: September 21

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1805

Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike, reaching the mouth of the Mni Sota Wakpa (Minnesota River), stops at Wita Tanka (later called Pike Island after him) and raises the Stars and Stripes inside present-day Minnesota for the first time.

1836

Fur trader Alexander Faribault contracts with mason Michel Le Laire to build a house in Mendota.