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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Minnesota

Updated on March 28, 2012

1. Minnesota loves its baseball. One of the announcers of a game was the first to say “holy cow” during a broadcast game.

2. Minnesota is home to the “mall of America” it is as large as 78 football fields and can take days to cover it all.

3. Scotch tape, is something we use every day, and was invented in Minnesota.

4. There was no direct route for ships to get into Minnesota, so a canal was built to allow ships to come into the harbor. In 1959, the state of Minnesota officially opened the Duluth into Lake Heron.

5. The first dinner theater opened up in Minnesota in the early 1900s it is still the oldest running theater in the country.

6. The famous skyway is a route connecting 52 blocks of business, buildings, and living places, so you can live work and eat without ever having to step outside.

7. The world’s largest pelican statue stands 15 ½ feet tall and is on the corner of Mill Pond dam on the pelican river.

8. The original name of St. Paul Minnesota was “Pigs Eye” it was named after a French trader who had led squatters to the settlement to live and trade.

9. Minnesota is home to the world’s largest sculpture garden. Each year lives sculpture come here to create and have their work displayed in the garden.

10. Minnesota is home to one of the worlds largest and oldest play houses. The Guthrie Theater is still the largest play house in the country.

11. The metro dome is the only sports arena to host a Super bowl, a world series and a NCAA final four basket ball game to date.

12. With all the sports in Minnesota, the biggest one is golf. There are more players of golf in Minnesota than in any other sport.

13. The countries first better business bureau was founded in Minnesota in 1912. It was founded due to the number of complaints people had about scammers in the area. Now they had a place to go and see what business were honest and which were not.

14. The first open heart surgery was completed at the university of Minnesota. As well as the first bone marrow transplant. Today they still are on the cutting edge of technology.

15. Bloomington is the most northern city to ever host a world’s series game.

16. Rochester holds the famous Mayo Clinic Doctors from all over the world come here to experiment and conduct research into the newest cutting edge technologies.

17. Before moving to Kansas, the world’s largest ball of twine was located in Minnesota. It weights on average of 17000 pounds and more are being added to it every day.

18. The Stapler was invented in spring valley Minnesota

19. Minnesota holds the invention for the most useful water skies that allowed people to tag along in a powered boat. They were invented in 1922.

20. The Toastmaster toaster was the first toaster to come out that allowed individuals to eat toasted bread instead of burnt. It was first marketed in Minnesota and then to the rest of the world.


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    maddie6678 4 years ago

    Minnesota actually has 15,291 lakes, and it is the only state or province with that many lakes!

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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Minnesota is one of the most beautiful States. Their is plenty to see in the summer. My brother lived there for over 30 years. But boy is it cold in the winter.

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    valleyforge84 5 years ago

    Hmm. I didn't realize Minnesota was so interesting! Good hub!

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    Kadmiels 5 years ago from Florida

    that is true.. I completely fogot about that fact i guess ill have to make 21 :) thanks!

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    When I was a kid growing up in Wisconsin, I remember that Minnesota was known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Is that still true? I know there are a lot of lakes in Minnesoata because I saw so many of them from the air when I was flying into Minneapolis-St. Paul from the northwest.