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Learning About the U.S. State of Minnesota

Throughout the state of Minnesota, there are over 12,000 lakes. The state got its name from the Dakota (Sioux) Indian word for the Minnesota River where “minni” means water and “sotah” means “sky-tinted”. Minnesota borders Canada and Lake Superior which is the largest of the Great Lakes. Its “Twin Cities” are Minneapolis and the capital of the state Saint Paul.

  • Are there more than 12,000 lakes in the state?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did the state get named after the Minnesota River?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is its capital?

    • Minneapolis
    • Duluth
    • Saint Paul
  • What is the state song?

    • My Minnesota
    • Hail! Minnsota
    • Minnesota Home
  • What is the state flower?

    • Showy lady’s slippers
    • White moonblossom
    • Daisy
  • What is the state bird?

    • Common loon
    • Mallard duck
    • Thrush
  • What is the state tree?

    • Willow
    • Red pine
    • Birch
  • What is the state animal?

    • White-tailed deer
    • Lone wolf
    • Woodchuck
  • What is the state’s nickname?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Twin Cities State
    • North Star State

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  1. crap missed one!

    Funny story, I had to go to a meeting in Minneapolis in the middle of the winter. The only parking spaces left were outside. My car (rental) actually froze shut. I had to heat the key up in hot water (inside) run out, put it in the lock, it took an hour.

    • Excellent, congratulations Doc. The way you describe how you got the lock open is the way I always had to attempt to unlock the front gate at my former house in Latvia. Actually, I was also in Minneapolis one winter ages ago and I remember accidentally stepping into a snow drift that buried me to the waist.

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