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Minnesota Trivia and Interesting Facts

The Mall of America, the Twin Cities, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes are closely associated with the state of Minnesota. Continue reading to learn other unique facts about this beautiful state.

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1 The oldest continuously running theater in the country, The Old Log Theater, sits in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2 Because of its many lakes, Minnesota has roughly 90,000 miles of shoreline—more than California and Florida combined.
3 Although Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the state's actual number of lakes sits closer to 12,000.
4 The first intercollegiate basketball game took place in Minnesota in 1895.
5 Minnesota is home to many healthcare innovations over the years. The first open-heart surgery and bone marrow transplant took place in Minneapolis, and the world famous Mayo Clinic resides in Rochester, MN.
6 The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN is roughly 9.5 million square feet, or the size of 78 football fields.
7 Minnesota received its name from the Minnesota River. The word originally comes from the Sioux word "Minisota," which means "sky-tinted" or "cloudy water."
8 The Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are home to a high proportion of Fortune 500 companies including Target, General Mills, and Best Buy.
9 President Theodore Roosevelt delivered his "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" speech at the Minnesota State Fair in 1901.
10 Minnesota's state flower is the ladyslipper, and its state bird is the loon.
11 Famous names from Minnesota include Bob Dylan, Winona Ryder, Chris Pratt, Judy Garland, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Schulz, Prince, and Joel and Ethan Coen.
12 Minnesota has more bike trails than any other state in the country.
13 Minneapolis is considered the coldest major city in the U.S. with an average of 24 sub-zero days each year.
14 Minnesotans have been responsible for some of our most common inventions, including Scotch tape, rollerblades, water skis, and the bundt pan.
15 On average, Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six state residents.
16 The Minneapolis Public Library is said to have been the first in the nation to create a section specifically for children and children's books.
17 Minnesota produces around 45 million turkeys each year.
18 Minnesota is the northernmost of the lower 48 states and was the 32nd state to be admitted to the union in 1858.
19 Minneapolis' skyway system is the world’s largest indoor network for pedestrian travel. It connects more than 70 city blocks for over 11 miles and protects pedestrians during harsh weather.
20 The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota
"Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappuccino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school."
- Garrison Keillor
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