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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota landmarks have earned a coveted designation.

The Minnesota Historical Society says Split Rock Lighthouse near Beaver Bay and Grand Mound near International Falls have been designated National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Split Rock Lighthouse becomes only the 12th lighthouse to be designated a national landmark. Historians say it’s a rare example of Great Lakes light stations designed as a single, self-sufficient complex. It also appears about the same as it did when it was built in 1910.

The Historical Society says Grand Mound is at the center of an interconnected landscape of burial mounds, seasonal villages and sturgeon fishing sites going back to 200 BC.

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