This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: May 22

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1888

Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington, the "Father of the Skyscraper," patents a construction method involving a steel skeleton that allows structures to be built to any height.

1945

The Rice County Historical Society acquires the Alexander Faribault House, which it maintains as a historic site in Faribault. The house was the first built in Rice County, at the confluence of the Cannon and Straight Rivers.

2002

Governor Jesse Ventura signs a bill to finance a new baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins had previously shared the Metrodome stadium with the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. The new ballpark would open in 2010.

2011

A tornado hits North Minneapolis, killing one and injuring thirty. The storm causes an estimated 80 million dollars worth of damages.