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The Minnesotans Hugh Hefner put in Playboy (SFW)

A lot of homegrown models have made the centerfold.
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It's the end of an era.

Hugh Hefner, who famously founded Playboy in 1953 and became an iconic character in his own right, died Wednesday night at the age of 91.

Over the decades, his legendary men's magazine made hundreds of women famous, especially those who made the coveted centerfold (here's an explanation of what that is, just in case you only ever read the articles). 

At least eight of those models – Playmates – were from Minnesota. Here's a look at some of the most notable ones to grace the pages of Playboy.

1. The Dahm triplets

You've probably heard of – or even seen – these identical sisters before.

Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm were born and raised in Jordan, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota. They made the centerfold in 1998.

They shared a heartfelt tribute to Hefner on Facebook Thursday morning:

"He was a beautiful man who we are so blessed to have known," the triplets wrote in the update.

2. Joan Staley

Joan Staley is primarily known for her acting career – having appeared in movies alongside Elvis Presley and Gregory Peck, to name just a couple – but was also the November 1958 Playboy playmate, according to her IMDb page

She was born in Minneapolis in 1940.

3. Vicki Peters

Peters in Blood Mania.

Peters in Blood Mania.

Vicki Peters, who was the April 1972 Playmate, was also born in Minneapolis. 

She had a brief career working as an actress in cult films.

4. Audrey Allen 

Audrey Allen's 2013 centerfold marks the most recent appearance of a Minnesotan in Playboy. 

She was born in Edina in 1991, and according to her Facebook, grew up in Colorado. 

One Minnesotan got in trouble

In 2011, a woman from Kasson, Minnesota, named Jessica Zelinske appeared in Playboy's "Hot Housewives" issue, according to City Pages

A few months later, the paper reported, she was fired from her job at Charter Communication in Rochester.

She ended up suing the company, saying she was wrongfully terminated for having posed nude in Playboy, WCCO says

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