Welcome to Minnesota. Here are some fun facts. The name comes from the Dakota Indian words meaning “sky-tinted waters” or “sky-blue waters”. Became a state in 1858, the 32nd state in the union. Minnesota is the 12th largest state in size in the United States and has a population of 5.5 million which is the 21st largest. Features the Minneapolis – St. Paul metropolitan area that has a population of 3.5 million and is the 16th largest metro in the United States. Minnesota’s lakes and rivers are part of what this state is all about. One of Minnesota’s nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but really features many more than that. We have 11,842 lakes. Those lake include Lake Superior, which is the largest freshwater lake in the world. The Mississippi River begins in Minnesota. It is the world’s third largest river and has 680 miles of flow in Minnesota. All our rivers and streams add up to 69,200 miles in the state.
Some more fun facts…the State bird is the Loon. The State flower is pink and white Lady’s Slipper. The state fish is Walleye Pike, State tree is Norway Pine, and the State gemstone is Lake Superior Agate.
Minnesota is known to be the best place in the nation to raise a family, be a single parent, has some of the best school districts in the nation, a healthy environment, and world class recreation.
See my blogs about fun things to do in Minnesota.