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Minnesota Crazy Laws, Fun Facts and Trivia

Updated on August 31, 2018
St. Paul Minnesota Ice Festival
St. Paul Minnesota Ice Festival | Source

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.

Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota
Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota | Source

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.
  • 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.

Minnesota wild life
Minnesota wild life | Source

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.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      maddieergds, I guess you won't be teasing any of them then.

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      7 years ago

      lol i love skunk

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pamela, I'm with you, the last animal I would tease would be a skunk. I think with these old laws that they put them on the books and then forget they are there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I can't imagine wanting to tease a skunk. I use to love that Little House of the Prairie show. You really had some funny things listed but I think they just don't bother to take those old crazy laws off the books. Funny hub.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Minnetonka. I don't believe that many if any of these laws are actually enforced. It's all in fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      This was such a fun hub. I live in the western suburbs (minnetonka) of Minnesota. Most of the fun trivia I believe is not being enforced and not even known to us Minnesotans. I think this would be great to show to more of us Minnesotans for a good chuckle. thx for a fun hub. Up and Funny.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, I'm sure many of them are not enforced. As far as growing a beard, I guess there would be some that would thank the law if they did enforce it. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      WestOcean, I'm sure the skunks appreciated it. Thanks for visiting.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't mess with skunks. I grew up in Minnesota and I don't think those laws are enforced except maybe the on about growing a beard in Brainard.

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      9 years ago from Great Britain

      I visited Minnesota in 1998 and loved it... I was even kind to the skunks (as required) :)


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