Capital: Saint Paul
Population: 5,611,179 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington
Borders: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan (at Lake Superior), Canada
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $294,729 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including corn, peas, sugar beets, and turkeys
Paper products, iron ore, biomedical, food processing, and tourism
How Minnesota got its name: The name Minnesota comes from a Sioux Indian word that means sky water.
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Minnesota State Symbols
State Nickname: North Star State
State Slogan: Explore Minnesota
State Motto: L'Etoile du Nord (The North Star)
State flower: Pink and white lady's slipper
State bird: Common Loon
State fish: Walleye
State tree: Red (or Norway) Pine
State mammal: NA
State foods: Milk, Honeycrisp Apple, Wild Rice, Blueberry Muffin
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Tuesday, May 11, 1858
Number admitted: 32
Prior Name: Minnesota Territory
Postal Abbreviation: MN
The Geography of Minnesota
Total Size: 79,610 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Lake Superior at 601 feet (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Eagle Mtn. at 2,301 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Cook (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Crow Wing County approx. 10 miles southwest of Brainerd (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 87 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Lake Superior, Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake, Lower Red Lake, Mississippi River, Minnesota River
- Jessica Biel - Actress
- Ethan and Joel Coen - Movie directors
- Bob Dylan - Singer and songwriter
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - Author who wrote The Great Gatsby
- Judy Garland - Actress and singer from the Wizard of Oz
- Roger Maris - Professional baseball player
- Prince - Singer and songwriter
- Winona Ryder - Actress
- Richard W. Sears - Businessman who founded Sears department stores
- Charles Schulz - Cartoonist who created the comic strip Peanuts
- The Mall of America in Minneapolis is one of the biggest malls in the world. It covers the same ground as 78 football fields!
- The Mayo Clinic, one of the worlds largest health facilities, is located in Rochester, Minnesota.
- The Tonka truck comes from Minnetonka, Minnesota.
- Minneapolis has a skyway system connecting buildings which allows you to go all over town without ever going outside. Good news for snowy winters!
- Another nickname for the state is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. There are so many rivers and lakes that 1 out of 6 Minnesotans owns a boat.
- The name comes from a Native American Dakota word meaning 'water that reflects the sky'.
- Anoka, Minnesota is said to be the Halloween capital of the world.
- Mosquitoes are actually declared a public nuisance by law.
- Legend has it that the 10,000 lakes were made by the footprints of Paul Bunyan's giant ox, Babe.
- The University of Minnesota was home to the first open heart surgery performed in the United States.
Professional Sports Teams
- Minnesota Twins - MLB (baseball)
- Minnesota Links - WNBA (basketball)
- Minnesota Timberwolves - NBA (basketball)
- Minnesota Wild - NHL (hockey)
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