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"In a stunning upset, the Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears, 37-13, at Metropolitan Stadium in the Vikings' first NFL regular-season game on September 17, 1961. Kicker Mike Mercer scored the first points in team history with a 12-yard field goal. Bob Schnelker scored the team's first touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton."—Vikings.com
Which two NFL teams called Duluth home in the 1920s?
a. The Kelley Duluths and the Eskimos *
b. The Kelley Duluths and the Maroons
c. The Kelley Duluths and the Vikings
d. The Kelley Duluths and the Blizzards
According to legend, a fortuitous carom off a lily pad helped make golf history for Bobby Jones at this Minneapolis country club in 1930:
a. Interlachen *
c. Golden Valley C.C.
d. Theodore Wirth
"The [1930 U.S. Open] was played during one of the most severe heat waves that area of the country had ever seen. Temperatures soared into the 100's forcing players to contend not only with the golf course and their competitors, but with the almost unbearable heat and humidity. Once again, Jones was involved in a dramatic finish—this time with a couple of bizarre events along the way. During the second round of the tournament, Jones pushed his tee shot to the right on the ninth hole along the bank of a lake. Attempting to go for the green in two, Jones was in the middle of his backswing when two young girls broke from the crowd and ran toward the fairway. Jones, catching a glimpse of them with his peripheral vision, flinched on the shot and topped the ball toward the lake where it struck the water some twenty yards short of the far bank. Amazingly, the ball skipped like a flat stone on the water and came out on the other side just thirty yards short of the green. Jones would chip to within two feet and finish the hole with an unlikely birdie. Although Jones would later refute the notion, spectators swore the ball had struck a lily pad floating in the lake. Forever dubbed the 'lily pad shot,' this strange event merely added to the already larger-than-life legend of Bobby Jones."—BobbyJones.com
Name the only two Minnesota North Stars to have their numbers retired:
a. Mike Modano and Lorne "Gump" Worsley
b. Bill Masterton and Bill Goldsworthy *
c. Neal Broten and Mike Modano
d. Bill Masterton and Dino Ciccarelli
The Twins lost their dome opener 11-7 to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 6, 1982. The winning pitcher was Floyd Bannister, the losing pitcher was Pete Redfern. Attendance was 52,279. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com and Baseball-Almanac.com
What is Minnesota's "State Reptile?"
a. common garter snake
b. snapping turtle
c. Blanding's turtle *
d. Carl Pohlad
Match the Minnesota town with the giant animal statue found therein: (matching question)
1. mouse - b. Center City
2. otter - a. Fergus Falls
3. prairie chicken - c. Rothsay
4. rooster - d. Two Harbors
From Weird Minnesota by Eric Dregni
What was the name of Charles M. Schulz's childhood pet dog?
a. Spike *
d. Snoopy, duh!
"[In 1934] the Schulz family was given a black and white dog that was the inspiration for Snoopy; his name was Spike."—SchulzMuseum.org
Which three dates appear on the Minnesota state flag?
a. 1776, 1783, 1858
b. 1783, 1849, 1858
c. 1819, 1858, 1893 *
d. 1776, 1858, 1999
1819 was the year Fort Snelling was established, 1858 was the year Minnesota was admitted to the union as a state, and 1893 was the year the state flag was adopted—Minnesota State University - Mankato
"In 1829, Pierre Parrant (also known as Pig's Eye because he was blind in one eye) originally came to America from Canada as a young voyageur. After brief trouble with the law, he moved north, surfacing in Minnesota in 1832. Parrant was the first person of European descent to live in what is now the city of St. Paul. He was one of the many squatters that lived near Fort Snelling and began selling whiskey to Indians, fellow squatters, and soldiers that lived and trained at the fort."—National Park Service
Name the largest park in Minneapolis.
a. Powderhorn Park
b. Bryn Mawr Park
c. Theodore Wirth Park *
d. Hiawatha Lake Park
By land area, the largest city in Minnesota is:
b. Hibbing *
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 483.1 km² (186.5 mi²). 470.5 km² (181.7 mi²) of it is land and 12.5 km² (4.8 mi²) of it (2.60%) is water. By land area, Hibbing is the largest city in Minnesota.