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Historical Society marks U.S. Dakota War with website; exhibit coming soon

150 years ago the conflict in the Minnesota River valley killed hundreds of soldiers and settlers and an unknown number of Dakota. A collection of oral histories, photos, documents, and newspaper accounts helps commemorate that tragic summer of 1862.
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150 years ago the conflict in the Minnesota River valley killed hundreds of soldiers and settlers and an unknown number of Dakota. A collection of oral histories, photos, documents, and newspaper accounts helps commemorate that tragic summer of 1862.

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