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There are 37 light rail stations in the Metro system, a public transportation network serving the Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan area. Construction on the network's first light rail line, the Blue Line, began in 2001 and the system's first 12 stations opened on June 26, 2004. Later that year, five more stations opened, linking downtown Minneapolis with the Mall of America station in Bloomington, Minnesota. Two more stations opened on the Blue Line in 2009, including a new northern terminus, Target Field station (pictured). Construction on the Green Line began in 2010 and the entire line, connecting downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, opened in 2014. Extensions to both lines are planned. An eastward extension from Target Field will add 15 new stations to the Green Line, connecting it to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, while a northward extension from Target Field will connect the Blue Line to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, adding 11 stations to the system. The Green and Blue line extensions are slated to open for passenger service in 2021 and 2022, respectively. (Full list...)

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Japanese destroyer Yamakaze (1936)

A view of the Japanese destroyer Yamakaze through the periscope of the submarine USS Nautilus, after being torpedoed approximately 60 nautical miles (110 km) southeast of Yokosuka, Japan. The Shiratsuyu-class destroyer, which had been traveling independently from Ōminato towards the Inland Sea, sank with all hands. Yamakaze had previously been involved in battles at Tarakan (1942), Java Sea (1942), and Midway (1942), sinking one submarine and assisting in the sinking of two ships.

Photograph: United States Navy

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