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Here's a few facts about Minnesota:

-Headwaters of the Mississippi and the northern-most port on the Mississippi

-Linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes, and the westernmost deepwater port via the Atlantic Ocean, on the largest lake in the world

-Home to the Mesabi Iron range, one of the worlds largest iron ore mining regions. Supplied a 1/4 of all raw iron used for the weaponry of WWI and WWII, ships, tanks, artillery, rifles, etc. The ore was shipped down the Great Lakes for processing and manufacturing. Great Lakes manufacturing started/starts here.

-3 major North American biomes come together in Minnesota. Conifereous forest, decidious forest, and prairie Grassland.

-Twin Cities and all that.
 

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Here are some photos from around Minnesota. I will try to hit up the highlights...through several posts...

News:
Barack Obama spoke at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul today (June 3) declaring his nomination for the democrats. The Republicans are slated to host their Republican National Convention in the same building later in September.

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Duluth
Metro Population = 275,000















 

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Does this page load different every time for other people too? Sometimes for me it loads with Mankato photos first and other times it loads with anti-cheese's post first. What is the deal?
 

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LIST OF COUNTIES IN MINNESOTA

AITKIN
ANOKA
BECKER
BELTRAMI
BENTON
BIG STONE
BLUE EARTH
BROWN
CARLTON
CARVER
CASS
CHIPPEWA
CHISAGO
CLAY
CLEARWATER
COOK
COTTONWOOD
CROW WING
DAKOTA
DODGE
DOUGLAS
FARIBAULT
FILLMORE
FREEBORN
GOODHUE
GRANT
HENNEPIN
HOUSTON
HUBBARD
ISANTI
ITASCA
JACKSON
KANABEC
KANDIYOHI
KITTSON
KOOCHICHING
LAC QUI PARLE
LAKE
LAKE OF THE WOODS
LE SUEUR
LINCOLN
LYON
MAHNOMEN
MARSHALL
MARTIN
MCLEOD
MEEKER
MILLE LACS
MORRISON
MOWER
MURRAY
NICOLLET
NOBLES
NORMAN
OLMSTED
OTTER TAIL
PENNINGTON
PINE
PIPESTONE
POLK
POPE
RAMSEY
RED LAKE
REDWOOD
RENVILLE
RICE
ROCK
ROSEAU
SCOTT
SHERBURNE
SIBLEY
ST. LOUIS
STEARNS
STEELE
STEVENS
SWIFT
TODD
TRAVERSE
WABASHA
WADENA
WASECA
WASHINGTON
WATONWAN
WILKIN
WINONA
WRIGHT
YELLOW MEDICINE
 

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Some sites from around the metro area:

Downtown Minneapolis




Wiesman Art Museum


Minnehaha Falls


Guthrie Theater


Landmark Center, St. Paul


St. Mary's Basilica


Cathederal of St. Paul


Walker Art Center


Downtown St. Paul
 

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Your credit rating is determined from formulas developed by Minnesota-based Fair Isaac Corporation, known as your FICO score.

Minnesota has 20 Fortune 500 Companies headquartered in the state.

Minnesota is home to two of the largest retailers: Target and Best Buy

You have almost certainly used a Minnesota product or service today.

Here's a short list of the more famous brand name products & services that come out of Minnesota:


Ameriprise financial planning
Oceanaire restaurants
TGI Friday's restaurants
Radisson Hotels
Haagen-Dazs ice cream
Yoplait yogurt
Green Giant foods
Buca di Beppo restaurants
Geek Squad
Cocoa Puffs cereal
Radisson Hotels
Traveler's Insurance
Land O' Lakes dairy products
Red Lobster restaurants
Insignia electronics
Betty Crocker foods
Archer Farms foods
Nexcare bandages
Andersen Windows & Doors
Pillsbury foods
Carlson Wagonlit Travel agencies
Olive Garden restaurants
Merona clothing
Wheaties cereal
Scotch Tape
Perkins restaurants
Country Inns and Suites
Post-It Notes
Lucky Charms cereal
ScotchGard
SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, Wonderful SPAM!...
Cheerios cereal
Country Kitchens restaurants
Marvin Windows & Doors
Valspar Paints
Imation media storage
Trix cereal
Bisquick
Hamburger Helper
Thinsulate clothing insulation
Progresso Soups
Kix and Chex cereals
Mossimo clothing
Hormel foods
Park Plaza Hotels



Minnesota has more than 50% of the world's reserves of Platinum and Nickel. About 75% of the world's iron ore was mined in Minnesota during the 20th Century. Perhaps the most famous company that took advantage of these resources was Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, now known as 3M.

Because of 3M's innovations, Minnesota provided the world with such mundane inventions as sandpaper, Scotch tape, video tape, and Post-It Notes.:)

Roughly 77% of the world's wheat harvest passes through the hands of Minnesota companies, especially that of Cargill, the world's 2nd-largest private corporation with operations in 66 countries.

Minnesota companies control about 80% of the world's medical devices industry. Industry leader Medtronic is HQ'd in the Twin Cities and it's chief rival, Guidant (another Midwestern company based in Indianapolis), has major operations there. Numerous smaller medical-device manufacturers call Minnesota home.

Minnesota's Mayo Clinic is the world's largest integrated non-profit medical practice, with 3,300 physicians and more than 46,000 allied health staff.

If you've ever had emotional problems, an evaluation of your mental health might likely have been made via the MMPI - the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.

Both Minneapolis & St. Paul in 1974 were among the first US cities to pass gay rights ordinances in the United States. In 1991 Minneapolis became the first US city to encourage registration of same-sex domestic partnerships. As a result, the following Minnesota-based companies extend benefits to same-sex domestic partnerships:

* Best Buy
* Cargill
* General Mills
* Medtronic
* Northwest Airlines
* The Travelers Companies
* Target Corp.
* U.S. Bancorp
* UnitedHealth Group
* Xcel Energy
 

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Great post Avian


and it was nice seeing some pics of my hometown vgmliquid (Mankato)
 

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Minnesota TV Stations:

Duluth

3 KDLH (CBS)
6 KBJR (NBC)
8 WDSE (PBS)
10 WDIO (ABC)
21 KQDS (FOX)

Minneapolis / St. Paul

2 KTCA (PBS)
4 WCCO (CBS)
5 KSTP (ABC)
9 KMSP (FOX)
11 KARE (NBC)
17 KTCI (PBS)
23 WUCW (CW)
29 WFTC (MY)
41 KPXM (ION)
45 KSTC (Independent)

Minneapolis Market - Outstate Full-Power Relayers

7 KCCO Alexandria (WCCO)
12 KCCW Walker (WCCO)
42 KSAX Alexandria (KSTP)
43 KRWF Redwood Falls (KSTP)

Rochester / Austin / Mason City (IA)

3 KIMT (CBS)
6 KAAL (ABC)
10 KTTC (NBC)
15 KSMQ (PBS)
24 KYIN (PBS - "IPTV")
47 KXLT (FOX)
 

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Minnesota is home to 10 professional sports teams:

NFL - Minnesota Vikings
MLB - Minnesota Twins
NHL - Minnesota Wild
NBA - Minnesota Timberwolves
WNBA - Minnesota Lynx
NLL - Minnesota Swarm
USL - Minnesota Thunder
USLW - Minnesota Lightning
NWFA - Minnesota Vixen
AAIPB - St. Paul Saints

Unlike in other locations the teams now are nearly always named for the state, not the cities. This is primarily due to the historical - and sometimes bitter - rivalry between the state's two largest cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, which are located adjacent to each other (i.e. the "Twin Cities"). All of the teams play in the Twin Cities metro area.

Today that rivalry is largely forgotten. However it has always remained prudent to use the state name.

Other examples include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.
 
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