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Star lover
November 26th, 2018, 08:47 AM
Some Interesting Facts about Minnesota:

Minnesota gets its name from the Minnesota River. The word “Minnesota” is an Anglicized form of the Sioux Indian word “Minisota,” which means “sky tinted” or “cloudy water.”*

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to one of the highest concentrations of Fortune 500 Companies in the country, including Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Land O’Lakes.

The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields --- 9.5 million square feet.


Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, Post-It Notes and Green Giant vegetables.

Minneapolis is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner Theater) in the country.

156121. Old Log Theater

156122. Chanhassan Dinner Theater

The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig's Eye. Named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who had led squatters to the settlement.

Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.


Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.

Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

The nation’s first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.

The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of Minnesota.

Madison is the "Lutefisk capital of the United States".


Rochester is home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is a major teaching and working facility. It is known world wide for its doctor's expertise and the newest methods of treatments.

For many years, the world's largest twine ball has sat in Darwin. It weighs 17,400 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter, and was the creation of Francis A. Johnson.


The stapler was invented in Spring Valley.


The first practical water skis were invented in 1922 by Ralph W. Samuelson, who steam-bent 2 eight-foot-long pine boards into skies. He took his first ride behind a motorboat on a lake in Lake City.

The first Automatic Pop-up toaster was marketed in June 1926 by McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The retail price was $13.50.


The first Aerial Ferry was put into Operation on April 9, 1905, over the ship canal between Duluth to Minnesota Point. It had room enough to accommodate 6 automobiles. Round trip took 10 min.

Rollerblades were the first commercially successful in-line Roller Skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice Hockey during the off-season. Their design was an ice hockey boot with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.

In 1919 a Minneapolis factory turned out the nations first armored cars.

Tonka Trucks were developed and are continued to be manufactured in Minnetonka.

Hormel Company of Austin marketed the first canned ham in 1926. Hormel introduced Spam in 1937.

Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the Milky Way candy bar in 1923. Mars marketed the Snickers bar in 1930 and introduced the 5 cent Three Musketeers bar in 1937. The original 3 Musketeers bar contained 3 bars in one wrapper. Each with different flavor nougat.

Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.

The Hull-Rust mine in Hibbing became the largest open-pit mine in the world.

Minnesota's waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

At the confluence of the Big Fork and Rainy Rivers on the Canadian border near International Falls stands the largest Indian burial mound in the upper midwest. It is known as the Grand Mound historic site.

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on Plum Creek near Walnut Grove.

156127. Replica of the house on Plum Creek.

Hibbing is the birthplace of the American bus industry. It sprang from the business acumen of Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson - who opened the first bus line (with one bus) between the towns of Hibbing and Alice in 1914. The bus line grew to become Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines was the first major airline to ban smoking on international flights.

In 1898, the Kensington Rune stone was found on the farm of Olaf Ohman, near Alexandria. The Kensington Rune stone carvings allegedly tell of a journey of a band of Vikings in 1362.


Some Strange Laws in Minnesota:

- The land of 10,000 lakes declares mosquitos a public nuisance.
- It is illegal to stand around any building without a good reason to be there.
- 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 not have feet.

November 26th, 2018, 01:02 PM
No claw footed bathtubs? Wonder what the reasoning was! Guess I'll never sleep in Minnesota.

November 26th, 2018, 04:18 PM
So what are ya supposed to do with your chicken? Your duck? LOL! Still love this trivia. Keep it going.


November 27th, 2018, 01:25 AM
So what are ya supposed to do with your chicken? Your duck? LOL! Still love this trivia. Keep it going.

I suppose you can carry them, but just don't wear 'em on your head!

A few follow-ups on the great trivia from Star lover:
The aerial ferry over the ship canal in Duluth was removed in 1929 and the structure was refitted to create a lift bridge. Lots of fun to watch the bridge go up and stay up there for 20 minutes while a 1,000 foot ore boat passes through the ship canal.

The Hormel company maintains a SPAM museum in Austin. Did you know there are 15 varieties of SPAM?

Madison, the lutefisk capital, has a statue of a giant cod. The statue's name is Lou T. Fisk.

The St. Paul Saints (I am a season ticket holder) are a minor-league team unaffiliated with any major-league team. Because of the city's original name (Pig's Eye), they have a pig mascot (Mudonna). They also have a live pig that brings new baseballs out to the umpire. Their stadium may be the only one in the world that includes a pig sty. They get a new ball pig each year, and have an annual "name the pig" contest. The 2018 pig was named "Porknite." The Saints sometimes wear "Pig's Eye" jerseys.

The motto of the St. Paul Saints is "Fun is Good." The actor Bill Murray is one of the owners, and can occasionally be found taking tickets at the gate. The Saints come up with some great promotions. In August, they celebrated the 40th anniversary of Animal House by having the world's largest food fight. In preparation, the Saints staff put together baskets of popcorn, miniature marshmallows, sugar donuts, and mashed potatoes. When fans arrived at the stadium for the game, we were given blue plastic ponchos. During the 4th inning, they began distributing the baskets of edible ammunition. At the end of the 5th inning, the food fight was on. It was epic to see 7,500 fans throwing food for 90 seconds.


November 27th, 2018, 01:33 AM
My uncle worked at Hormel in Austin. Before his retirement, it was estimated he canned over a million cans of spam during his shift and years of service. RIP Uncle Jack.