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"War" tells the story of a panel in a Minnesota History Center exhibit about the U.S.-Dakota conflict. History Center Director Dan Spock reads a panel telling about the first five people killed in the war. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Dark chapter of Minnesota history told in exhibit of U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

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ST. PAUL - Museums often tell war stories, but an exhibit the Minnesota History Center just opened is more emotional than others.

"This is our war," History Center Director Dan Spock said while touring the exhibit on the St. Paul museum's third floor.

The exhibit about the six-week U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 illustrates a particularly dark episode of Minnesota history, one that many Minnesotans still feel about strongly.

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