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State nicknames are often feeble stabs at what a state would like to be known for, but this isn't the case in Minnesota. The "Land of 10,000 Lakes" actually has over 15,000 lakes, including one called Itasca that happens to be the source of that great national bisector, the Mississippi River. Outfitters, hunting and fishing guides, and resorts fully promote the outdoor recreational potential of this waterlogged state.

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Minnesota State Bird The Location of Minnesota


Another of Minnesota's state nicknames is the "North Star State" because the northernmost point in the contiguous United States is located in Minnesota. This latitudinal distinction means one thing-cold weather. Winter moves in on Minnesota like an obnoxious uncle-familiar and tolerated, but dreaded nonetheless. And winter stays a long time too, so it's no surprise that Minnesotans have come up with some pretty innovative ways to keep their toes warm while the 15,000 lakes are busy freezing.
Dr. Doolittle types can shed their parkas and talk to the animals at the (largely) indoor Minnesota Zoo. The Visa-equipped can take a guided tour of the Mall of America (no kidding!), the largest shopping mall in the United States with over 1,000 stores. Lots of other indoor activities-museums, theaters, and sports to name but a few-offer sanctuary and entertainment to the numb-fingered and red-nosed. Indoors or out, Minnesota lives up to its names.

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