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    Sun Dogs

    by Hanka Updated Jan 10, 2014

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    Fondest memory: While sun dogs can be seen anywhere around the world during any season, this particular sun dog photographed in Monticello, was created by Minnesota's extreme cold weather and the low arch of the sun in December. When the weather gets really cold, little ice crystals can float in the air reflecting the sun's rays at such an angle as to create a halo around the sun and mock suns to the left and the right of the real one. On this occasion the sun dogs lasted from sunrise to sunset.

    Sun dogs and halo in Monticello, MN.

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    Minneapolis

    by traveldave Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The settlement that was to become Minneapolis was founded in 1856 on the south bank of the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls. Minneapolis was established at Saint Anthony Falls because it was impossible to travel upriver from the falls at the time, and the falls also provided a source of power for new industries.

    Originally called Albion, the name was changed to Minneapolis in 1852. Minneapolis is a derivation of Minnehaha which means "laughing waters" in the dialect of the Mdewakantan band of the Dakota Indian tribe, and polis which is Greek for "city."

    Early in the city's history, the Mississippi River was an important means of transportation, mainly for the shipping of logs cut in the surrounding forests. Many sawmills were built along the banks of the Mississippi River and lumber became the first major industry in the fledgling community.

    The lumber industry was soon overtaken by milling, however. A cold-hardy strain of wheat that could be grown in the cold climate of the Upper Midwest was developed, and much of the area was converted to wheat farms. Because of the transportation potential provided by the river, and its central location in the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis became a center for milling, or the grinding of wheat into flour. Within a couple of decades, Minneapolis became the world's largest producer of flour.

    After the First World War, the milling of flour became less important and many of the mills closed. But as milling diminished in importance, other industries, such as finance, banking, and transportation helped spur the city's economy.

    Nowadays, Minneapolis is the economic, commercial, transportation, and cultural center of the Upper Midwest. It, along with its twin city, Saint Paul, forms the center of a metropolitan area of 3,570,000 inhabitants known as the Twin Cities.

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    Saint Paul

    by traveldave Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The settlement that was to become Saint Paul was established in the 1840s by French-Canadian voyageurs at a location where two clefts in an 80-foot (24-meter) bluff created a convenient landing.

    A retired fur trader named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant established a saloon in the new settlement, which took the name of Pig's Eye Landing. However, Father Lucien Galtier arrived in 1841 and built a chapel dedicated to Saint Paul. He asked that the settlement's name be changed to Saint Paul, which it was.

    In 1849, Minnesota became a territory, and Saint Paul was named its capital. When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the city remained its capital. Due to its strategic location on the Mississippi River, Saint Paul became an important center for trade and commerce, especially the fur trade.

    Saint Paul continued to prosper and grow, and now, along with its twin city, Minneapolis, forms the center of a metropolitan area of 3,570,000 inhabitants known as the Twin Cities.

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    History of Minnesota

    by grayfo Written May 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Originally the Dakota were the dominant Native American culture throughout area but during the 1700's, the encroaching white population from the East, forced the Ojibwe, into Minnesota territory. Years of bitter fighting between the two tribes followed and today, the Dakota and the Ojibwe remain the two main indigenous groups in the state. When the Europeans arrived they created trading relationships with the Indians.

    In the early 1800s, Minnesota's forests and grasslands were exploited for lumbering and grain milling interests. In the early 1900s some of the world's richest iron ore deposits were discovered in the Northeast, it was these that led to growing immigrant populations and large cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

    Map of Minnesota - 1858
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    LAKES AND PARKS

    by zuriga Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Minneapolis is surrounded by beautiful lakes and parks. Here are a few photos of French Park in suburban Plymouth.

    See a play at the Guthrie or check out the art museums. Shop downtown and never have to walk outside!

    Lakes and more Lakes
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    Grumpy Old Men

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 10, 2004

    Favorite thing: That movie with is full of comedy, and perhaps a little truth. From what I can tell, the people who settled Minnesota, wether they are Norwegian like my realtives or not, were hard-working people with a wonderful sense of humor as part of their make up. I haven't ever lived there, but I bet it is a State full of old characters who can make you laugh. But I bet a lot of those people are off the beaten path.

    Norwegian Washing Machine
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    An autumn view of the Minnesota River

    by zrim Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Often times in the deep dark winter, I curse Minnesota as being the most wretched of states. Why, I wonder, do people who have the means to pick up and leave (such as me), not pick up and leave. Who can stomach day after day of sub zero temperatures and a springtime that takes an eternity to arrive. I guess the answer lies in the changing of the seasons. Every once in a while between the mosquito laden summers and the winters that darn near convince you that another ice age is neigh, you get that perfect spring day when all the world seems to be in bloom or that brilliant autumn day when the air is crisp and everything seems right with the world.

    The Minnesota River cannot compare with those other mighty M rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. But it is a river that we can call our own.

    The Minnesota River
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    Lake of the Woods

    by seagoingJLW Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Take the boat trip across Lake of the Woods (as far north as you can go and still be in the continental United States) which starts in Warroad.

    Get your charter boat at Warroad Estates Marina

    Warroad is also known as "Hockey Town USA" and you can tour the Christian Hockey Stick Factory there.

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    Visit the Mall of America

    by seagoingJLW Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Mall of America. It's the largest shopping mall in the world in the USA. It is also the home of some theme parks, such as Knott's Camp Snoopy, Underwater Adventure, Lego Imagination Center, General Mills' Cereal Adventure, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, and more.

    The mall is located in Bloomington, Minnesota where I 495 crosses Rte 77.

    For information phone:
    952-883-8800

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    Visit Minneapolis

    by seagoingJLW Updated Mar 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: Visit Minneapolis. There's lots to do there.

    See the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    2400 Third Avenue South

    See the Minneapolis Planetarium
    300 Nicollet Mall

    See the Bell Museum of Natural History
    10 Church Street SE

    See the American Swedish Institute
    2600 Park Avenue

    See the Hennepin History Museum
    2303 Third Avenue South

    See the numerous lakes and parks

    Minneapolis
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    The Frozen Coast

    by zrim Updated Mar 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Lake Superior is almost an inland ocean. It is as big as New England . Contains as much fresh water as the other four Great Lakes combined. And if drained would cover the entire North American continent with several feet of water. Oh, and it is very cold, even in the midst of summer its water temperatures do not rise above 34 degrees F.

    The Vast Cold Lake
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    Hiking up a frozen river

    by zrim Updated Mar 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Many rivers flow out of the hills along the North Shore. In the springtime they are rushing torrents of water making for several thrilling waterfalls. In the summer and autumn the riverside trails are popular with hikers (rightly so, for the scenery is magnificent.) But in the wintertime, the adventurous traveler can have these magnificent trails all to his or herself. After a fresh snow watch for animal tracks to see who has already been hiking these spots.

    Serenity in the birch forest
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    White Birch, Blue Skies

    by zrim Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Head as far north as you can physically bear it in the wintertime. Sure its mighty cold, but the skies can be brilliantly blue and oh so crystal clear. It's like everything magically coming into focus rewarding the brave souls with frost bitten toes.

    a wintery woodsy scene
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    Steaming Lake Superior

    by zrim Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: An very unusual phenomenon is steam rising from Lake Superior. I can't give you all the ins and outs of the chemistry involved, but I can tell you that the Lake temperature is extremely close to 32 F or O C and that the air temp is something like -15 F or -26 C. I guess that given those temps, the right barometric conditions and very little wind or waves steam will rise from the relatively warm lake.

    Lake Superior as bubbling cauldron
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    The Endless Forest of the Superior Hiking Trail

    by zrim Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Along the northshore of Lake Superior is a truly superior hiking trail. It is not as long or as famous as either the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. However, the Superior Trail is rugged and scenic as it winds it way from the Duluth area to the Canadian border. Endless trees and endless shore.

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