-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.
Here are some photos from around Minnesota. I will try to hit up the highlights...through several posts...
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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LAKE OF THE WOODS
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.
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
* General Mills
* Northwest Airlines
* The Travelers Companies
* Target Corp.
* U.S. Bancorp
* UnitedHealth Group
* Xcel Energy
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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