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Happy 172nd Birthday, Wisconsin!

(WKOW) -- Happy birthday, Wisconsin!

The Badger State turns 172 Friday.

The state entered the union on May 29, 1848.

Wisconsin started out as part of the Northwest Territory, before becoming a separate entity in 1836. That’s when Madison was marked its territorial capital.

In 1840, Wisconsin’s population started holding votes for statehood. Its people voted against it 4 times, before finally becoming a state in 1848.

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