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Viking Ship Didn’t Make it to Minnesota…Again. A pamphlet from 1959 touting the Kensington Rune Stone as proof the Vikings visited (the future) Minnesota in 1362.How did the Minnesota Vikings get there name?
Minnesota is a known hot spot of Scandinavian culture, and because of this the team's first GM, Bert Rose, chose the name Vikings to represent the many people of Minnesota and the surrounding area that could trace their heritage back to Scandinavia. Also probably because Vikings are pretty fierce dudes.