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Minnesota, the "North Star State

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Minnesota's name comes from the Dakota (Sioux) word for the Minnesota River's "sky-tinted waters." In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state. Minnesota is an important producer of agricultural and manufactured goods. The state's history is the story of the development of its natural resources. The fur-bearing animals of the forests first attracted fur traders. Next, the fertile soil brought farmers, who poured into the region from the Eastern States and from Europe. The thick forests of tall pines attracted lumberjacks from Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin. Minnesota's scenic beauty, sparkling lakes and deep pine woods make it a vacation wonderland. Campers, canoeists and hikers can explore its vast northern wilderness areas.

Der Name Minnesota stammt von der Bezeichnung der Dakota (Sioux) Indianer für den Minnesota Fluss - "den Himmel reflektierendes Wasser" - ab. 1858 wurde Minnesota der 32. Staat. Minnesota ist ein wichtiger Lieferant landwirtschaftlicher und industrieller Produkte. Die Geschichte dieses Bundesstaates deckt sich in großen Teilen mit der Geschichte der Entwicklung seiner Naturschätze: Zuerst lockten die Pelztiere in den Wäldern Pelzhändler nach Minnesota. Als nächstes brachte der fruchtbare Boden Bauern aus den östlichen Bundesstaaten und aus Europa in die Region. Die dichten Kiefernwälder zogen Holzfäller aus Maine, Michigan und Wisconsin an. Die landschaftliche Schönheit, die glitzernden Seen und die tiefen Kiefernwälder machen Minnesota zu einem Märchenland für Urlauber. Camper, Kanufahrer und Wanderer können die großen, im Norden gelegenen unberührten Landschaften erforschen.

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Governor: Tim Pawlenty, R (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Norm Coleman, R (to Jan. 2009); Amy Klobuchar, D (Jan. 2007 to 2013)
House of Representatives: 8 districts | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
5,133,000; National Rank: 21; Percent change since April 2000: 4.3%
Land Area: 79,617 sq mi. (206,207 sq km); National Rank: 12
10 largest cities (2005 est): Minneapolis, 372,811; St. Paul, 275,150; Rochester, 94,950; Duluth, 84,896; Bloomington, 81,164; Plymouth, 69,701; Brooklyn Park, 68,550; St. Cloud, 65,792; Eagan, 63,665; Coon Rapids, 62,417

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 233.3
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$37,373; National Rank: 9 State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars): 14,705; National Rank: 20
Dairy products, corn, cattle, soybeans, hogs, wheat, turkeys.
Industry: Machinery, food processing, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, mining, tourism.

State of Minnesota Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
State and Local Government on the Internet

Minnesota Profile - Fedstats
U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Minnesota
U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Minnesota

· Minnesota - Regional Accounts Data

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State of Minnesota Tourist Office
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Minnesota State Parks

For High School Students
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· State Report: Minnesota

Teacher Resources
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Minnesota

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