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Crazy Laws in Minnesota and Fun Facts
Crazy Laws in Minnesota and Fun Facts
Do you know about these crazy, weird laws in Minnesota about shirtless motorcyclists ... sleeping naked ... pesky mosquitoes ... bathtubs with feet ... greased pigs ... wearing a duck atop your head … and more? Seriously! What were these legislators thinking?
Crazy Laws in the State of Minnesota
• Men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
Is that the ONLY requirement?
• The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitoes a public nuisance.
It’s about time we let those pesky critters know exactly how we feel about them.
• It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
If you must loiter on your feet, choose an alley or a street.
• A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
I would write a comment but I am laughing too hard.
• All bathtubs must have feet.
• No person shall operate, run or participate in a greased pig contest in which a pig, greased or oiled, is released and wherein the object is the capture of the pig …
... or a turkey scramble in which a chicken or turkey is released and wherein the object is the capture of the chicken or turkey. Any violation is a misdemeanor.
Takes all the fun out of life, doesn’t it?
• It is illegal to sleep naked. And . . . • Oral sex is prohibited.
See comment above!!!
Crazy Laws in the Cities of Minnesota
• In Cottage Grove – Airplanes may not be landed in city parks.
Can’t help but wonder . . . how many pilots were doing that?
• Residents of even numbered addresses may not water their plants on odd-numbered days excluding the thirty first day where it applies.
I understand the first part but not the second part. Could you explain it to me?
• In Hibbing – It shall be the duty of any policeman or any other officer to enforce the provisions of this Section, and if any cat is found running at large, or which is found in any street, alley or public place, it shall be the duty of any policeman or other officer of the city to kill such cat.
Quickly, we must alert the ASPCA about this barbaric law.
• In Minneapolis – Red cars may not drive down Lake Street.
This is outright discrimination.
• People are forbidden from walking in and/or down alleyways, if you are not a property owner nor tenant.
Okay. That removes the option of loitering in an alley.
• In Minnetonka – Driving a truck or other vehicle with dirty tires (from mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter, or other material) is considered a public nuisance.
Do not be a schmuck. Clean the tires on your truck.
• In St. Cloud – Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
If the taste of a hamburger is what you seek, be sure to eat it on another day of the week.
Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Minnesota
• Until European settlement, Minnesota was inhabited by the Dakota and Ojibwe.
Many of the original European settlers immigrated from Scandinavia and Germany; the state remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture.
• The name, Minnesota, comes from the Dakota word, ‘mini,’ for ‘water.’ Because of its large number of lakes, the state is known as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes.’
• Speaking of lakes, the state's nickname, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, is no exaggeration; there are 11,842 lakes over 10 acres in size. The Minnesota portion of Lake Superior is the largest at 962,700 acres.
• With all those lakes in Minnesota, you can imagine that some of them would have to be named the same. You would be correct. There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes, and 123 Rice Lakes in the state.
• Charles Alexander Eastman was a Santee Dakota physician who founded 32 Native American chapters of the YMCA between 1894 and 1898. He was also a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
Eastman was named Hakadah at his birth in Minnesota. His name meant ‘pitiful last’ in the Dakota language because his mother died following his birth.
• Minnesota contains some of the oldest rocks found on earth. Gneisses are about 3.6 billion years old (80% as old as the planet).
• The state's high point is Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet which is only 15 miles away from the low of 601 feet at the shore of Lake Superior.
• The state has the nation's largest population of timber wolves outside Alaska, and supports healthy populations of black bears, moose and gophers.
• Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis became well-known in 1855 when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published ‘The Song of Hiawatha.’
His epic poem features Hiawatha, a Native American hero, who falls in love with Minnehaha who later dies during a severe winter.
• John Beargrease of Beaver Bay, the son of a chief by the name of Makwabimidem (Beargrease), is best remembered as the winter mail carrier between Two Harbors and Grand Marais during the last two decades of the 19th century.
John used a row boat and a dog sled to deliver the mail.
Beaver Bay (population 181) is the home of the annual 411-mile John Beargrease Dog Sled Race between Duluth and Grand Portage.
• The Mayo Clinic is a world-renowned hospital and medical research group based in Rochester which was founded by Dr. William Worrall Mayo in 1864.
It is the largest non-profit medical group in the world employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists, and 50,900 staff, and spends over $500 million a year on research.
• The University of Minnesota Medical School (established in 1888) with campuses in Minneapolis and Duluth, is a high-rated teaching institution that has made a number of breakthroughs in treatment and bio-technology research.
• Dr. Clarence Walton Lillehei, born in Minneapolis, participated in the world’s first successful open-heart operation at the University of Minnesota in 1944.
• Dr. Robert A. Good, born in Crosby, led the team that performed the first successful human bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota in 1968.
• Saint Paul, located along the banks of the Mississippi River, became the capital of the Territory of Minnesota in 1849, and then state capital in 1858.
• The original name of St. Paul was Pig's Eye, named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre ‘Pig's Eye’ Parrant, (blind in one eye) who established a popular tavern there.
• Saint Paul is adjacent to Minneapolis; they are called the Twin Cities.
• The oldest house in Moorhead still on its original site is the Bergquist Cabin, built in 1870 by the Swedish immigrant John Bergquist.
• Hibbing is the birthplace of the American bus industry. Carl Eric Wickman and Andrew ‘Bus Andy’ Anderson opened the first bus line with one bus between the towns of Hibbing and Alice in 1914.
The bus line grew to become Greyhound Lines, Inc. the world’s largest bus company.
Their first customers were iron ore miners from Hibbing traveling to Alice – known for its saloons. Cost 15 cents each way.
• At the edge of the town of Hibbing is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world.
• Richard Warren Sears, born in Stewartville, was the founder of Sears, Roebuck and Co. with his partner, Alvah Curtis Roebuck.
How did he get into retail? He was working as a railroad station agent in 1886 when a shipment of gold-filled pocket watches was refused by a local retailer. Sears purchased them and netted $5,000 within 6 months.
He moved to Minneapolis, hired Roebuck, a watch repairman, and founded the R.W. Sears Watch Co.
• Walter H. Deubener from St. Paul, who owned the downtown S. S. Kresge grocery store, invented the grocery bag with handles in 1912 so his customers could more easily carry larger purchases. Eventually, he sold his store and went into the shopping bag business full time.
• Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (later known as the 3M Company) was founded in 1902 by five businessmen in Two Harbors. The company, currently in Maplewood, has a campus with over 50 buildings.
With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and produces more than 55,000 products.
• Scotch Tape (what would we do without it?) was developed in 1925 by 3M employee, Richard G. Drew.
• The building in which the company was founded is now a museum.
• The first tape dispenser with a built-in cutting edge was invented in 1932 by John A. Borden, another 3M employee.
• The Minnesota Valley Canning Company was founded in 1903 in Le Sueur. The brand, Green Giant, was first used in 1925. The company was acquired by General Mills in 2001.
• In the city of Blue Earth stands a 55-foot, 4-ton fiberglass statue of the Jolly Green Giant unveiled in 1978 which attracts over 10,000 visitors a year.
• Speaking of General Mills, headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, some of its best known brands include Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Wheaties and Lucky Charms as well as 89 other leading U.S. brands.
They once produced a cereal called Banana Wackies which was introduced and discontinued in the 1960s.
General Mills also introduced Bisquick, a pre-mixed baking product in 1930. One of their sales executives met an innovative dining car chef on a business train trip. The executive complimented the chef on his delicious fresh biscuits and the chef shared his own recipe.
Voila! Bisquick was born.
• Water skiing is a sport where one or more persons wearing one or more skis are pulled behind a motor boat or a cable ski installation on a body of water.
Water skiing began in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a clothesline as a tow rope on Lake Pepin in Lake City.
Samuelson was also the first ski racer, first to go over a jump ramp, first to slalom ski, and the first to present a water ski show.
• In 1938, J.F. ‘Grandpa’ McCullough and his son Alex co-invented soft serve ice cream, devising a new way to serve ice cream in the soft, creamy form that it takes before going into the deep freeze.
They opened the first Dairy Queen, often abbreviated DQ, in 1940. DQ is a chain of soft serve ice cream and fast food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.
The company's corporate offices are located in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina.
• Speaking of deep freeze, Polaris Industries of Roseau invented the snowmobile in 1954.
• The Tilt-A-Whirl amusement ride was invented in 1926 by Herbert Sellner who first operated it at an amusement park in White Bear Lake.
• Mars was founded by Franklin Clarence Mars in Minneapolis in 1923. The company is known for the confectionery items that it creates,such as Mars bars, Milky Ways, M&Ms, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Twix, and Skittles.
• The original 3 Musketeers bar introduced in 1932 contained 3 pieces in one package – each with a different flavor nougat: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Cost – 5 cents.
Mars is still a family business owned by the Mars family.
• The Minnesota State Fair, advertised as ‘The Great Minnesota Get-Together,’ drew over 1.8 million visitors in 2014, setting a new attendance record. Various foods on a stick are available such as Pronto Pups, cheese curds and deep-fried Mars candy bars.
• Hormel Company of Austin marketed the first canned ham in 1926, and introduced Spam in 1937.
The company was founded as George A. Hormel & Company in 1891, and changed its name to Hormel Foods in 1993.
The SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota, was opened in 2001.
• The Mall of America in Bloomington, opened in 1992, has a gross area of 4.8 million square feet, and receives 42 million visitors each year.
Seven Yankee Stadiums could fit inside.
• Tonka is a toy company most known for its signature metal toy trucks, founded in Mound in 1946. The Dakota Sioux word, ‘tonka,’ means great or big.
• H. David Dalquist and his brother, Mark, founded the cookware company, Nordic Ware, in St. Louis. In 1950, they designed a cast aluminum version of a Bundt pan used for baking a Bundt cake. More than 60 million Bundt pans have been sold by Nordic.
• A giant 25-foot long fiberglass cod fish welcomes visitors to Madison, ‘the Lutefisk capital of the U.S.’ Lutefisk prepared from cod is somewhat notorious, even in Scandinavia, for its intense, offensive odor. But lutefisk prepared from pollock or haddock has almost no odor.
The statue is affectionately called Lou T. Fisk. Just sayin’.
• The world's largest pelican stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, in downtown Pelican Rapids. The 15 1/2 feet tall concrete statue was built in 1957.
• Darwin is the home of a ball of twine rolled by Francis A. Johnson. It is 12 feet in diameter and weighs 17,400 pounds . Johnson began building the twine ball in March 1950, and wrapped four hours every day for 29 years. It is currently housed in an enclosed gazebo across from the town park on Main Street.
The town celebrates ‘Twine Ball Day’ on the second Saturday in August every year. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic honored the ball in his 1989 song, ‘The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.’
• Speaking of a ball, Minnesotan baseball commentator, Halsey Hall, was the first to say, 'Holy Cow,' during a television baseball broadcast.
• There is an intense rivalry over who first made the Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy) which is, essentially, a cheese-stuffed burger.
Some say Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis opened in 1954 was first; others argue that it was the 5-8 Club. Both restaurants’ versions are delicious.
What was the origin of this tasty treat? A customer asked the cook to put two hamburger patties together and seal some cheese in the middle. When the customer bit into the sandwich, he was heard to exclaim, ‘That's one juicy Lucy!’
• Do you remember reading about the Paul Bunyan statue in Ossineke, Michigan?
Well, Akeley (population 432) loves Paul, too, and is the home of the world's largest Paul Bunyan statue (25 feet tall) and has been celebrating ‘Paul Bunyan Day’ since 1955.
• Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, was born in Minneapolis.
State mammal – the white-tailed deer has been proposed 8 times but not yet adopted.
• Olivia has been calling itself the ‘Corn Capital of the World’ since 1973, when it erected its well-known 50-foot corn monument in the shape of an ear of corn.
Olivia is home to nine seed research facilities, and celebrates Corn Capital Days during the last weekend of July when activities include a parade, corn cob toss, and free corn feed.
Olivia is also the birthplace of Kathleen Windsor, the author of the racy (for its time) romantic novel, ‘Forever Amber.’ (3 million copies of the book were sold in 1944.)
• The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country, spanning 11 acres with 40 permanent art installations.
State flower – Pink and white Lady’s Slipper
State tree – Red or Norway pine
State bird – Loon
State butterfly – Monarch
State fish – Walleye
State drink – Milk
State fruit – Honeycrisp apple
State gemstone – Lake Superior agate
State grain – Wild rice
State motto – L’etoile du Nord (translation: ‘Star of the North’)
State muffin – Blueberry muffin
State mushroom – Morel or sponge mushroom
State song – ‘Hail, Minnesota’
State sport – Ice hockey
Fast Fun Facts
• The Mary Tyler Moore 8-foot tall bronze statue on Nicollet Avenue marks the spot where Mary throws her hat in the air during the TV show’s iconic opening sequence.
• Target Corporation, the second-largest discount retailer in the U.S. (behind Walmart), is headquartered in Minneapolis.
• The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Chanhassen is the largest dinner theatre in the U.S. The name originates from the Dakota word, ‘chanhasen,’ meaning ‘sugar-maple tree.’
• Minneapolis’ famed Skyway System connects buildings in 69 city blocks (over 11 miles) of downtown making it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.
• Geek Squad, a subsidiary of Best Buy, founded in 1994 is headquartered in Richfield.
• Minnetonka is home to Cargill (agricultural commodities), the country's largest privately owned company, founded in 1865. 2014 revenue was $134.9 billion.
• Minnetonka is also home to United Health Group (managed health care), the state's largest publicly owned company, founded in 1977. 2015 revenue was $141.5 billion.
• The Honeycrisp apple was developed at the University of Minnesota in 1960.
• The Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown, Minneapolis occupies the building where legendary musician Bob Dylan lived.
A 71-year old Minneapolis City Council candidate was indicted by a grand jury in 1986 for serving Twinkies and Ho Ho’s – $31 worth – to elderly voters in order to gain votes. He was violating an 1893 law which carried a $700 fine and 90-day jail sentence. After the scandal, a new fair campaign law was enacted, now commonly known as the ‘Twinkie Law.’
The judge dismissed the case.
Who brought the charge against him? His opponent for the council seat!
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."