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The state of Minnesota was named after the Dakota Indian name for the Minnesota River, "Minisota" which means 'sky-tinted water'.
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Though Minnesota is called 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes', it actually has 11,842 lakes that are atleast 10 acres or more in area and 21,871 lakes that are atleast 2.5 acres or more in area. It also has 6,564 natural rivers and streams that flow 69,200 miles in the state. Thanks to these numerous lakes, rivers and streams, Minnesota has about 90,000 miles of shoreline, which is more than the shoreline of California, Florida and Hawaii combined.


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The Mall of America, a shopping mall in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the largest shopping mall in the United States. It is also the most visited shopping mall in the world. Opened in 1992, the mall receives over 40 million visitors annually. Currently, it features 520 stores, a theme park, an aquarium, a movie theater, a wedding chapel, 50 restaurants and about 20,000 parking spaces. The mall is so big that it has its own zip code (55425)
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Minneapolis Skyway System is the largest continuous network of skyways in the world. It connects over 69 city blocks and spreads eight miles. Its built to enable people to travel building-to-building in a safe, comfortable, climate-controlled environment even during harsh winters.
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Founded as 'Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company' in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in 1902, 3M Company has its current headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Maplewood, Minnesota. Its trademarked brand name, Scotch tape is commonly used as a generic term for transparent adhesive tape. The use of the term Scotch in the name was a pejorative meaning "stingy" in the 1920s and 1930s. The brandname Scotch came about around 1925 while Richard Drew was testing his first masking tape to determine how much adhesive he needed to add. The bodyshop painter became frustrated with the sample masking tape and exclaimed, "Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!" The name was soon applied to the entire line of 3M tapes.

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St. Paul, Minnesota was originally known as Pig's Eye. The small settlement that would become Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul, was known as Pig's Eye after Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, the first white settler to live within the borders of what would eventually become the city of Saint Paul. The French-Canadian fur trapper was nicknamed Pig's Eye because he was blind in one eye. In 1838, he built a small shack, the first business house of the area, becoming the first inhabitant of the future city of Saint Paul. His tavern was known as "Pig's Eye Pandemonium". When Lucien Galtier, the first Catholic pastor of the region, established the Log Chapel of Saint Paul, he pleaded that the settlement be called Saint Paul and the pastor was successful in effecting the change
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Opened in 1956, Southdale Shopping Center in Edina, Minnesota was the first fully enclosed and climate-controlled shopping mall in the world
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The Metrodome (now known as Mall of America field) is the only facility in the United States to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.
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Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the United States.
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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States.
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Frank C. Mars of Minneapolis introduced the Milky Way candy bar in 1923, Snickers in 1930 and 3 Musketeers in 1932.
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The world’s largest pelican stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, in Pelican Rapids. The 15 1/2 feet tall concrete statue was built in 1957.
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The CDC 6600, the first supercomputer in the world, was built by Control Data Corporation (CDC) of Minnesota
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The first bus service in the United States was started in 1914 by Eric Wickman in Hibbing, Minnesota by transporting paid passengers (mainly iron ore miners) from Hibbing to Alice, Minnesota at 15 cents a ride. The bus line grew to become Greyhound Lines, Inc.
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The small extension on the northern tip of Minnesota makes Minnesota northernmost point of all 48 contiguous states. This area is known as the “Northwest Angle” and is only accessible by land through Canada. The northernmost town in the contiguous 48 states is Angle Inlet, Minnesota, a part of the Northwest Angle
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Minnesota has 11,842 lakes that are atleast 10 acres or more in area and 21,871 lakes that are atleast 2.5 acres or more in area. The most common name for these lakes is 'Mud Lake' (There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes, and 123 Rice Lakes in Minnesota)
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Minnesota’s waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
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The pacemaker was invented in 1957 by Medtronic founder Earl Bakken in his garage. It became the first self-contained, transistorized device that could be taped to a patient’s chest and needed no cords.
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The first successful open heart surgery was performed on a 5-year-old girl on September 2, 1952, by Dr. Floyd John Lewis and Dr. Clarence Walton Lillehei at the University of Minnesota.
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Lake Itasca of Minnesota is the main source of the mighty Mississippi River.
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Gates Mansion, the first home to have air conditioning in the United States, was built in Minneapolis in 1913. The unit in the Minneapolis mansion of Charles Gates is approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, 20 feet long.
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The oxygen mask was invented by three Mayo Clinic physicians in Minnesota in 1935 for Northwest Airlines.
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The first Intercollegiate Basketball game was played in Minnesota on February 9, 1895.
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Rochester is home to the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is known worldwide for its medical expertise and advanced methods of treating patients.
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Grand Rapids’ most famous citizen is Francis Gumm. Born in 1922, Gumm later changed her name to Judy Garland and appeared in 32 motion pictures and became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Garland is best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz.”
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In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in 1885 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis authored “Main Street” and “Babbitt.”
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The United States Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1973 in Eveleth, Minnesota
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The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota by Charles Henderson.
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Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson first invented Rollerblades in 1980 while looking for a way to practice hockey during the off-season. They designed an ice hockey boot complete with three inline wheels instead of a blade, and the rest was history.
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Before he was Prince, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, and then Prince again, singer/songwriter and music legend Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958.
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The first Target opened in Roseville in 1962.
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Akeley, Minnesota is the birthplace of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox as those fictional characters are the mascots of Akeley-based Red River Lumber Co. A 30 and 1/2-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue was erected in 1984 at Akeley. The Paul Bunyan statue was made tobend down on one knee, his mighty axe in one hand, his other hand stretched down to the ground so that tourists can sit in his big palm for unique photos.