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.
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.
Another interesting fact about Minnesota is that that it has the largest number of Lutherans in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
44. The land of 10,000 lakes has more recreational boats per capita than any other state.
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.
47. Modern inline skates were invented by two Minnesota students – Scott and Brennan Olson, who wanted to practice ice hockey in the summer.
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.
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 Capital||St. Paul|
|State Size||Total (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles|
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
|Statehood||May 11, 1858|
|State rank by population||22nd|
|State rank by date of formation||32nd|
|State rank by area||12th|
|Number of Counties||87|
|Bordering States||Iowa, Michigan (water border), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin|
|Highest Point||Eagle Mountain|
2,301 ft (701 m)
|Lowest point||Lake Superior|
602 ft (183 m)
|Length||c. 400 miles (c. 640 km)|
|Width||c. 200–351 miles (c. 320–560 km)|
|State Motto||L'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)|
|State Nickname||North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes|
|Nobel Prize Winners||Brian 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 people||Dave Caspe (Pro Football player)|
Paul Molitor (Baseball player)
Kevin McHale (Basketball player)
Phil Housley (Hockey player)
Jessica Biel (Actress)
Bob Dylan (Singer)
|State Muffin||Blueberry muffin|
|State Bird||Common loon|
|Gemstone||Lake Superior agate|
|State Flower||Pink-and-white lady's slipper|
|State Tree||Norway pine|
|Longitude||89° 29′ W to 97° 14′ W|
|Latitude||43° 30′ N to 49° 23′ N|
|Time Zone||Central Time Zone|
|Area Codes||218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952|
|Table last updated||June 8, 2020|