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  • All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Minnesota

     

    Minnesota is a state located in the mid-western region of the United States. The word Minnesota has taken from the language Dakota name for the Minnesota River: Mnisota. Mni means, "Water". It is also known as sky-tinted water or clouded water. The Native Americans gave the name to early settlers by dropping milk into water and calling it mnisota. It is the 12th largest state by area in the United States, and it is the 21st most densely populated, with just over 5 million habitants. Around 60% of Minnesota's habitants live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area which is known as the Twin Cities, the hub of all activities like transportation, business, and industry, and center of an internationally known arts community. The large majority of residents are of Nordic or German descent, but ethnic diversity has increased in recent decades, influxes of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants have joined the descendants of European immigrants and of the original Native American inhabitants.

     

    Minnesota contains some of the oldest rocks found on earth, gneisses some 3.6 billion years old or 80% as old as the planet. About 2.7 billion years ago, basaltic lava poured out of cracks in the floor of the primordial ocean; the remains of this volcanic rock formed the Canadian Shield in northeast Minnesota. Very recently, massive ice blocks minimum of 1 km thick ravaged the landscape of the Minnesota and sculpted its current position.. The state's high point is Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet (701 m), which is only 13 miles (20.9 km) away from the low of 602 feet (183 m) at the shore of Lake Superior.

     

    Minnesota bears some extreme temperatures of its continental climate; with cold winters and hot summers, the highest and lower span of 96C°;(from -51°C to 45°C). The growing season varies from 90 days per year in the Iron Range to 160 days in southeast Minnesota near the Mississippi River,

     

    From fewer than 6,100 people in 1850, Minnesota's population grew to over 1.75 million in nineteenth century. Each of the next six decades saw a 15% rise in population, reaching 3.41 million in 60s. Growth then slowed, rising 11% to 3.8 million in 1970, and an average of 9% over the next three decades to 4.91 million in the 2000 census. On 1st July 2007, the state's population was estimated at 0.5 million. The population rate changes, by age and gender classification, approximate the national average.

     

    Minnesota’s economy had a gdp(gross domestic product) of $234 billion in year 2005. Thirty-six of the United States' top 1,000 publicly traded companies (by revenue in 2006) are headquartered in Minnesota, including Target, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, and U.S. The 2nd largest private company in America, Cargill, is headquartered in Wayzata. Budget of Minnesota State is currently facing a $935 million deficit. The income of per capita in 2005 was $37,290, the tenth-highest in the nation. The three-year median income from year 2002 to 2004 was 55 thousand dollars, ranking fifth in the U.S. and it was first among the thirty six states not on the Atlantic coast.

    Earliest industries of Minnesota's were trading of fur and agriculture; Minneapolis grew around the flour mills powered by St. Anthony Falls. Although less than 1% of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, it remains a major part of the state's economy, ranking 6th in the nation in the value of products sold. Minnesota is largest state which produces sugar beets, sweet corn, and green pea’s producer, and farm-raised turkeys.

     

    The Weisman Art Museum is a major fine art museum of the state, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The St.Paul Orchestra chamber and the Minnesota Orchestra are full-time professional musical instrumentalists that perform concerts and also offer some educational programs to the community. The presence at theatrical, musical, and comic events in the area is very strong.


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