The pink and white lady’s slipper, also knows as the showy lady’s slipper or queen’s lady slipper is the Minnesota State flower. The Lady's slippers grow slowly and can take 16 years to produce their first flowers. They flower in late June or early July and can live for up to 50 years growing four feet tall.
The Common Loon became the official state bird symbol of Minnesota in 1961. Minnesota has more loons (roughly 12,000) than any other state except Alaska. The common loon has a black bill and a red eye. In summer months it is black and white spotted with a black and green head, whilst in the winter its coat changes to a grey top and white bottom. The Loon has a thick neck and a long, black bill. Its legs are set far back on its body.
This involves killing the fish, so if you dont want to read it, stop now.
My dad is really good at this so I usually just let him do it. You hit the fish on the head to kill or stun it and if you have an electric knife start cutting just behind the gills and cut to the spine. Then turn and fillet the fish along the spine towards the tail. Next, put the knife between the skin and the flesh and cut away the skin. Flip over and do the other side.
Discard the bones and skin and organs of the fish in a proper waste container so animals dont get it. And please dont litter the lakes by throwing it back in the lake.
Now you can cook enjoy your natural and healthy dinner! (or freeze it till later)
We have some surplus corn in the state of Minnesota. One good use for the extra corn is to turn it into fuel for our cars which should lessen our dependence upon foreign petroleum products. The process is still not quite cost effective, but it does provide an additional market for the farmers' crops and provides some good employment. But the governor has slashed the ethanol budget--we will have to wait and see what eventually happens.
It smells like a distillery when you drive past an ethanol plant.
To my palate there is nothing in this world that tastes better than corn on the cob obtained at a roadside stand that was freshly picked that very morning. The best corn in the world is grown in the upper Midwest (I'll have to give the nod to Illinois corn over Minnesota corn) and I will brook no argument on the subject.
How to cook your corn on the cob:
heat a kettle of water to boiling
when the water is at a rolling boil throw in your shucked corn
boil for exactly two minutes and forty-five seconds
remove from water and bring to table
smother your ear of corn with as much butter as it will take
apply a liberal dosing of salt
Corn on the cob season is all to brief, this is no time to think of blood pressure or calories. Just enjoy to the fullest. Besides the notion of dessert is superfluous after a couple ears of fresh sweet corn.
If you are interested in geology, be sure to check out the NORTH SHORE---Duluth and beyond. It is stunning along Lake Superior. Excellent hiking...
Also around Taylors Falls, just north of the twin cities on the Wisconsin border. And also Southern MN, also along the border--Lake City, Red Wing,Wabasha...
If you are interested in learning about Native Americans there are many places to visit. Bemidji, Itasca State Park (Learn about the voyageurs also here), Cass Lake has a pow wow, various museums.
Minnesota is home to the beginning of the Mighty Mississippi-----------walk in it at Itasca State Park.
Minnesota Crazy Laws
A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.
It is illegal to sleep naked.
All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts.
Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.
All bathtubs must have feet.
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.
Red cars can not drive down Lake Street.
Hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.
You're not allowed to park your elephant on Main Street.
If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some! ...don't forget the beer garden!
Minnesotans favorite subject is the weather...Everybody talks about the weather....If you feel like talking to anybody, mention the cold or the wind and we will most definitely have an opinion=)
LOCAL LINGO TO KNOW: YA SURE YOU BETCHA. OFFDA!!!
COLD ENOUGH FOR YA? UP NORTH....
IT'S ALSO WISE TO KNOW AT LEAST A COUPLE OLE AND LENA JOKES.
HOTDISH IS A DIETARY STAPLE AND GREEN JELLO IS NATIVE TO MINNESOTA!
ABOVE ALL, SMILE AND BE YOURSELF. WE LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM!!
If you are in Minnesota in January, wear earmuffs... no matter how silly they look. It is important to recognize the wisdom of native cultures. This was the lesson learned by U.N. secretary General Kofi Annan when he went to college there. See 'How U.N. Chief Discovered U.S., and Earmuffs' NYT January 7, 1997.
After fishing at night we kept the fish we were going to eat in this net like container in the water so they would be alive when we cut and cleaned them the next morning.
Everyone here thinks they are descended from Vikings and therefore everyone thinks they need a boat to be true to their heritage.
The fire hydrants have a red and white pole attached to them so they can be located in deep snow. They get a lot of snow in Minnesota.