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25 historic sites in Minnesota compete for $1M

The public can vote for their favorite historic places -- like the Basilica, Ft. Snelling and the State Fair Grandstand -- on Facebook through next month. The winner will be awarded $1 million in grants from the Partners in Preservation.
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The public can vote for their favorite historic places -- like the Basilica, Ft. Snelling and the State Fair Grandstand -- on Facebook through next month. The winner will be awarded $1 million in grants from the Partners in Preservation.

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