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10 Fast Facts About Minnesota:

1/ Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". The name is well chosen because Minnesota has the 8th highest percentage of its land covered (6%) by water, along with the second highest number of boat registrations (813,976 up to March 2012) of any of the states in the United States.

2/ Minnesota also has a high percentage of land covered in forests (32.6%) and the forestry sector in Minnesota employs 57,380 people, 8.5% of the manufacturing workforce, and has an annual payroll of $2.2 billion.

3/ The origins of the state name of Minnesota can be traced back to the Native American Dakota word, Mnisota, which is there word for the Minnesota River. The root word mni (also spelled mini or minne) means, "water". Mnisota can be translated as sky-tinted water or somewhat clouded water (which is perhaps not quite so poetic sounding as sky tinted water!).

4/ The official state flower of Minnesota is the Lady Slipper, the official state fish is the Walleye, and the official state butterfly is the Monarch.

5/ The official state flag of Minnesota (see below) was adopted in 1957 and shows a white and pink lady's slipper surrounding the circular emblem that is centered in a field of blue. There are three dates that appear on the flag - 1819, 1858 and 1893 - which is representative of when Fort Saint Anthony had its construction started, the date of statehood admission (it was on May 11th 1858) and when the predecessor of the state flag below was first adopted.

In addition, there are a total nineteen stars in the outer ring of the emblem which are meant to represent that Minnesota was number 19 of the states to join the Union, following the the starting 13 colonies (32nd).

The large star at the top represents Minnesota as "The Star of the North", and there are 87 small circles around the seal (which you can't easily make out unless you see an enlarged version of the flag) that represent Minnesota's eighty-seven counties.

Unfortunately, all that effort may have gone to waste (at least as far as public opinion is concerned), because In 2001, the state flag of Minnesota was chosen as one of the top ten least favored state flag designs in an online poll conducted by The North American Vexillogical Association (flag "experts").

6/ The Old Log Theater is the oldest professional theater in the state of Minnesota. It first opened in 1940, and since its opening an estimated 6 million people have attended productions there. One famous Oscar nominated alumni of the theater who worked there for three years was Nick Nolte, who has since twice been nominated for Best Actor ('The Prince of Tides' and 'Affliction') and once for Best Supporting Actor ('Warrior'), but unfortunately for him (and the publicity department at the Old Log Theater!) has yet to win.

7/ The highest recorded temperature in Minnesota was 114 F (46 centigrade) which occured at Moorhead in Clay County on the 6th July 1936. The lowest recorded temperature was -60 F (-51 centigrade) at Tower in Saint Louis County on the 2nd February 1996.

8/ Minnesota (specifically Frank C. Mars) introduced the Milky Way bar in 1923. Mars started to market the Snickers bar (that we all know and love!) in 1930 and also brought in the Three Musketeers (5 cent) bar in nineteen-thirty-seven.

9/ There are sixteen cities in the state of Minnesota (based on the 2010 census) with populations that are in excess of 50,000 people.

10/ Minnesota is the U.S.'s largest producer of sugar beets, sweet corn, green peas for processing and farm-raised turkeys and also has the most food cooperatives per capita in America.

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