Minnesota Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia
Crazy Minnesota Laws
- You may not eat a hamburger in Minnestoa on a Sunday
- Men, be aware, if you are riding a motorcycle you must wear a shirt
- In Wayland, Minnesota, you may keep your cow on downtown Main street at the low cost of 3 cents per day.
- It is illegal to pass a cow without tipping your hat in the Pine Island District.
- There is a law in Blue Earth, Minnesota that states that no child under the age of twelve amy talk on the phone unless they are being monitored by a parent.
- All bathtubs must have feet.
- In Kalamazoo it is illegal to serenade your girlfriend.
- It is illegal in Minnesota to tease a skunk.
- There is a ten cent bounty for each rat head brought into a town office.
- In Clearpoint people cannot play checkeers at the airport "Lest they acquire a taste for gambling."
- In Deluth, Minnesota is is illegal to allow animals to sleep in a bakery.
- Every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required by law to grow a beard.
There are 11,842 lakes in the state of Minnesota, more than the entire continent of Africa.
Minnesota Fun Facts and Trivis
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the series Little House on the Prairie, lived on Plum Creek near Walnut Grove.
- The skyway system in Minneapolis allows people to live, eat, work and shop in nearly five miles without ever going outside.
- Minneapolis native Marjorie Husted created the Betty Crocker character in 1921.
- The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the U. S. were done at the University of Minnesota.
- 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 1935 for Northwest Airlines
- The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
- Beloved American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “The Song of Hiawatha,” was inspired by the stunningly beautiful Minnehaha Falls… but Wadsworth never actually visited the falls!
- There are over 350 shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Superior.
- There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes, and 123 Rice Lakes commonly named in Minnesota.
- The Mall of America in Bloomington is big enough to hold 32 Boeing 747 airplanes.
- The nations first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.
- The land that makes up Minnesota was once owned by three different countries at the same time - U. S., Great Britain, and France.
- Due to the number of lakes in Minnesota (over 15,000), they have more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.
- The original name of St. Paul Minnesota was Pig's Eye. It was renamed St. Paul in 1841.
The State Flower is the showy Lady Slipper, a rare wildflower that can live as long as a century.
How Minnesota Got It's Name
Did you ever wonder when the name Minnesota came from? I didn't until I wrote this article. Once I started researching Minnesota it drove me crazy wondering. So I got busy and starting looking up the origin of the name.
The state is simply named after the Minnesota River which, believe it or not, came first. So I needed to find out where the name of the river came from.
It actually came from the Sioux Indian tribes from the word minisota. The Sioux word minni meant water and the Sioux word sotah meant cloudy water or color of the sky. So why did they put together these two words to come up with minisota?
The Minnesota River had cloudy water because of the blue clay that washed into it from it's shores. Interesting isn't it?
Minnesota, barely three years old at the time of the Civil War, was the first State to respond to President Abraham Lincoln’s request for volunteer regiments.
Minnesota where "Little House on the Prairie" came alive.
- Minneopa State Park: Southern Minnesota's Hidden Gem
Southern Minnesota for the most part consists of corn and bean fields with a not so interesting landscape. Minneopa, however, is a charming little State Park with a waterfall and Bison range.
- Hiking Minnesota's Kekekabic Trail
This is my journal from my 5-day backpacking (and bushwhacking) trip on northern Minnesota's seldom-used, 41-mile Kekekabic Trail. This was the first part of a longer backpacking trip.
- Minnesota Wildflowers: Image Gallery
Discover a side of Minnesota you might not know about: flowers! 11 flower images and information on what they are and where they grow, including a short video. Take a poll at the end to vote for your favorite.
- Take the Soudan Underground Mine Tour in Northern Mi...
Information and photos of our trip half a mile below the earth's surface in a Minnesota mine shaft
© 2010 Susan Hazelton