49 Interesting Facts About Minnesota

Last updated on October 14th, 2020

31. The Iron Range in northern Minnesota

The roots of the volcanic mountains worked in conjunction with the Precambrian seas to create the Iron Range, which located in the northern parts of Minnesota. After a period of volcanic activity 1.1 million years ago, the geological activity of Minnesota has been more moderate, without volcano eruptions or the formation of mountains.

32. The Driftless Area

It is home to the Driftless Area, which is known for the lack of glacial drift. About 12,000 years ago, the expansive Lake Agassiz was created in the northern areas. The lake’s exit, the Warren River Glacier, played a role in the formations of the Minnesota River Valley the Minnesota River Valley.[10]

33. Economic contribution after World War I

At the end of World War I, Minnesota contributed approximately 70% of the production of iron ore for the United States.

34. Cultural capital

The Twin Cities area is considered the cultural capital of the region. This is largely due to a large number of institutes, universities, and a generally strong economy.[9]

35. Lutherans

Another interesting fact about Minnesota is that that it has the largest number of Lutherans in the country.[4]

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

36. The Metrodome

The Metrodome in Minneapolis has the distinction of being the only stadium to host three notable sporting events. These include an NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship, a World Series and a Super Bowl.

37. Famous musical acts

The state has contributed to music in America. Some of its notable acts include The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Bob Dylan and Prince.

the Mississippi River from north to south
An accurate Map of the Mississippi River Basin. CC BY-SA 4.0

38. Roots of the mighty Mississippi

The world-famous Mississippi river begins in the Northern part of Minnesota. Its roots can be traced to the Lake Itasca.

39. The largest regional theater

The Guthrie Theater, which opened doors to the public in 1963 is undoubtedly the largest regional theater.

The Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country.

40. The largest urban sculpture gardens

One key fact about Minnesota is that that the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest in the United States. The facility occupies 4.5 hectares (11-acre) and boasts 40 permanent installations. Some of the pieces are moved in and out of the park periodically.

41. Riding in the sun or snow

Horse rides become magical in the summer and the winter seasons. Local landscapes are a delight for the eyes, they will make you feel as if you were inside a story. If you want something with more emotion, you can live the experience of sledding pulled by sled dogs through the Laurentian Highlands.

42. Gastronomy

The state has a long culinary tradition. It is regarded as the nation’s barn thanks to a remarkable production of wheat, pig and dairy products. There are more than 1,000 restaurants throughout the State.

43. Minnesota’s license plate references one of the state’s nicknames, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”[25]

44. The land of 10,000 lakes has more recreational boats per capita than any other state.

Entrance to the Mayo Clinic
Entrance to the Mayo Clinic – Gonda building and the Mayo building, Methodist campus, Rochester.

45. The Mayo Clinic is an American nonprofit academic medical center based in Rochester, Minnesota. The facility employs more than 60,000 staff people including scientists, physicians, administrators and allied health staff. Surgery at Mayo Clinic began with the frontier practice of Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who moved to Rochester in 1863.[26,27]

46. An amazing fact in Minnesota fact file is that that the world’s first open heart operation was performed in the University of Minnesota in 1952 by Dr. C Walton Lillehei. Lillehei has been called the “King of Hearts” for his pioneering research as a surgeon and inventor of medical devices.[28]

47. Modern inline skates were invented by two Minnesota students – Scott and Brennan Olson, who wanted to practice ice hockey in the summer.[29]

48. It is also the only state with the source of three main rivers – the Mississippi, the St. Lawrence and the Red River of the North.[30]

49. Minnesota is the most northerly of all the states (reaching lat. 49°23’55″N),
except for Alaska. The state’s motto is L’Etoile du Nord, which in French means “Star of the North.”

Minnesota – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationMN
State CapitalSt. Paul
Largest CityMinneapolis
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodMay 11, 1858
State rank by population22nd
State rank by date of formation32nd
State rank by area12th
Number of Counties87
Bordering StatesIowa, Michigan (water border), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointEagle Mountain
2,301 ft (701 m)
Lowest pointLake Superior
602[4] ft (183 m)
Lengthc. 400 miles (c. 640 km)
Widthc. 200–351 miles (c. 320–560 km)
GovernorTim Walz
Electoral Votes10
State MottoL'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)
State NicknameNorth Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes
% Water8.40
Nobel Prize WinnersBrian Kobilka (Chemistry, 2012)
Randy W. Schekman (Physiology or Medicine, 2013)
Bob Dylan (Literature, 2016)
Sinclair Lewis (Literature, 1930)
Melvin Calvin (Chemistry, 1961)
Peter Agre (Chemistry, 2003)
Famous peopleDave Caspe (Pro Football player)
Paul Molitor (Baseball player)
Kevin McHale (Basketball player)
Phil Housley (Hockey player)
Jessica Biel (Actress)
Bob Dylan (Singer)
ReptileBlanding's Turtle
State MuffinBlueberry muffin
State fishWalleye
State BirdCommon loon
GemstoneLake Superior agate
State FlowerPink-and-white lady's slipper
State TreeNorway pine
Longitude89° 29′ W to 97° 14′ W
Latitude43° 30′ N to 49° 23′ N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Area Codes218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020