According to answermba.com, Minnesota is also called the state of 10,000 lakes. Its territory is in fact characterized by numerous waterways, including the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. Probably the name Minnesota itself derives from a term in the language of the native Indians of the place, and which has the meaning of Water reflecting the sky.
Minnesota borders Canada to the north, Iowa to the south, Wisconsin to the east, Dakota to the west. The state capital is Saint Paul.
The climate of Minnesota is continental with very cold winters characterized by snowy atmospheric precipitation and also with the blizzard phenomenon, or snow and wind storms that limit visibility. Snow can last until early spring, which is usually rainy and can also be characterized by tornadoes. In summer, however, the temperature rises considerably, while remaining a fairly humid climate.
The territory is mainly presented with prairies surrounded by woods and forests.
According to answerresume.com, Minnesota had wood as a great economic resource from the beginning, which was transported along the many rivers of the state, which led to the creation of precisely water-powered sawmills. Instead, wheat was gathered from the prairies, ground in the mills always placed along the rivers. In the nineteenth century, many immigrants from northern Europe moved to Minnesota, favoring the creation and exploitation of mines. In the twentieth century, however, the countryside was depopulated following the start of industries and the construction of large urban centers.
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The capital Saint Paul together with Minneapolis is called the Twin City, twin city. Unlike the second, however, the capital still retains buildings from past centuries alongside modern skyscrapers. The city is made up of several very different neighborhoods, testifying to the mixture of origins of the citizenship of Saint Paul. The path that leads to the discovery of the places where the famous writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald lived and worked is interesting.
Minneapolis is a larger city than Saint Paul, it is characterized by a friendly and very progressive atmosphere, the services are very efficient and it offers a rich presence of cultural activities alongside the gastronomic ones. Museums, galleries, theaters and many services also aimed at children, make Minneapolis one of the best cities in America.
The largest shopping mall in the United States is right in Minnesota, precisely in Bloomington, it is called the Mall of America. It opens in the morning and offers not only 400 shops but also theaters, cinemas, indoor jogging tracks, restaurants and theme parks such as the Lego Center.
There are numerous natural parks that have sprung up around the lakes, the most striking being the one that protects the Minnesota springs, near Lake Itasca. Another park is the Pipestone National Monument, which houses the precious red aluminum silicate rock for which only the Indians have the authorization to take it to build their characteristic ceremonial pipes. The Superior National Forset even offers the opportunity to visit 2000 lakes scattered throughout the area.
|NAMED: “The Gopher State” or “The North Star State”|
|ORIGIN NAME: From the fierce battles against the Sioux remains the memory in the coat of arms, where the decline is represented.|
|CAPITAL: St. Paul|
|OTHER CITIES: Minneapolis|
|MEMBER UNION SINCE: May 11, 1858 (32nd state)|
|CAPITAL POPULATION: 304,547 residents|
|COUNTY NUMBER: 87|
|POOR PEOPLE: 8.9%|
|MOTTO: “L’Étoile du Nord (The North Star)”|
|TREE: Norway Pine|
|BIRD: Common Loon|
|FLOWER: Lady Slipper|
|SONG: Hail! Minnesota|
|THE FLAG: The Minnesota flag is royal blue, with a gold fringe. In the center of the flag is the coat of arms of the state. Around it there is a crown with the flower of the state. three dates are remembered: 1858, the year in which Minnesota became a state; 1819, the year they settled in Fort Snelling; and 1893, the year the flag was adopted.|
– AGRICULTURE: Dairy products, livestock, soy, pigs, wheat, turkeys.
– INDUSTRY: Food processing, metal products, mining, tourism.
Minnesota ranks high in the national production of hay, powdered milk, oats, sweet corn and turkeys. Also important are the production of butter, cheese, sugar beets, dairy cows, peas and flax seeds. Most of the farms are concentrated in the southern, southwestern and Red River Valley. The forest industry is also of considerable importance. Since more than 50% of commercial forests are publicly owned, the state has the power to determine the direction of the use of these lands.
Minnesota is the leading US producer of iron ore and taconite, two thirds of which are extracted from the Mesabi Range in the northeastern part of the country. Large-scale taconite (rock containing 20-30% iron) mining began in the 1950s. The fall in demand for ferrous minerals caused a serious crisis in the sector in 1983, which has nevertheless experienced a gradual recovery since then. Most of the country’s mines are open cast. Limestone is extracted along the Mississippi and its tributaries, while at Saint Cloud there is the greatest concentration of granite. The food industry represents the most relevant sector for secondary activity, together with companies that produce machinery, processed metals, electrical and electronic materials, computers.
Financial and insurance activities matter in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.
Tourism is very important in Minnesota, which has numerous state parks and recreational areas. Cross-country skiing, trekking and canoeing are among the most popular sports. Of particular interest are the Voyageurs National Park, near the Canadian border, and the Grand Portage and Pipestone National Monuments. Another attraction is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.