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Minnesota State Facts

Population (1994): 4,567,000 (20th in size)

State size: 84,402 square miles (12th in size)

State Capital: Saint Paul (named after Saint Paul to whom Father Lucian Galtier dedicated a log church around which the settlement grew)

Major cities: Bloomington, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester and Saint Paul

Admission to union: The 32nd State

Date entered the union: May 11, 1858

Origin of state name: Named after the Indian word "Minisota", meaning "white water"

Nicknames: The North Star State

Bordering states: Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, with Canada to the north

State bird: Loon

State flower: Showy Lady's Slipper

Motto: The Star of the North


Geographic Landmarks

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Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Minnesota is a major agricultural state including dairy farming, corn, wheat, oats and soybeans. Other industries include food processing, iron mining, and pulp and paper.  


Historical Highlights

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Minnesota was first settled by the French in the late 1600's. It became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase.  


Population and Culture

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Many people from Norway and Sweden settled in the western part of the state in the 1880s and 1890s. This still has a major influence on the culture.  



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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Minnesota

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