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25 Fascinating Facts About Minnesota

Think you know every interesting fact about Minnesota? Think again!

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    Bloomington’s Mall of America is 9.5 million square feet - that’s roughly 78 football fields! Image Source: Getty Images North America.
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    Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda Beauty products and Green Giant Vegetables were all invented in Minnesota. Image Source: Wikipedia
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    Minneapolis became home to the nation’s first Better Business Bureau in 1912. Image Source: Vimeo
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    The first open heart surgery and bone marrow transplant in the United States was conducted at The University of Minnesota. Image Source: Wikispaces
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    Minneapolis houses the country's oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner Theater). Image Source: Flickr
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    Duluth is home to the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959 to allow for the passage of oceangoing ships. Image Source: Wordpress
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    Minneapolis beats all other cities when it comes to having the most golfers per capita. Image Source: Wikispaces
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    The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional playhouse in the country. Image Source: Flickr
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    Private Milburn Henke of Hutchinson was the first enlisted man to land with the first American Expeditionary Force in Europe in WWII on January 26, 1942. Image Source: Flickr
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    The "Lutefisk capital of the United States" is Madison, MN. Image Source: Wikipedia
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    The Mayo Clinic, known world wide for its doctor's expertise and innovative methods of treatments, is located in Rochester, MN. Image Source: Flickr
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    The Metrodome (now known as Mall of America field) is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship. Image Source: Getty Images
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    In Dec. 1889 the Minneapolis Public Library separated children's books from the rest of the books, creating one of the first Children's departments in a library. Image Source: Flickr
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    The skyway system in Minneapolis connects nearly 5 miles of downtown space. Image Source: Flickr
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    The oldest house in Moorhead still on its original site is The Bergquist cabin, built in 1870 by the Swedish immigrant John Bergquist. Image Source: Flickr
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    Olivia, MN is home to a giant half-husked cob of corn statue. Built in 1973, the structure is 25 feet tall and made of fiberglass. Image Source: Flickr
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    The world's largest pelican statue stands 15 1/2 feet tall, was built in 1957 and can be found at the base of the Mill Pond Dam on the Pelican River. Image Source: Getty Images
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    The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country. Image Source: Flickr
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    Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined with almost 90,000 miles of shore. Image Source: Flickr
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    Southdale in Edina became the first enclosed climate-controlled suburban shopping center when it opened in 1956. Image Source: Flickr
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    The stapler was invented in Spring Valley. Image Source: Flickr
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    St. Paul was originally known as Pig's Eye, coined by the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who originally led squatters to the settlement. Image Source: Flickr
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    McGraw Electric Co. in Minneapolis marketed the first Automatic Pop-up toaster in June 1926. The device known as the "Toastmaster" retailed at $13.50. Image Source: Wikispaces
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    In 1922 Ralph W. Samuelson steam-bent 2 eight-foot-long pine boards to develop the first practical water skies. He took his first ride behind a motorboat on a lake in Lake City. Image Source: Flickr
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    Halsey Hall, Minnesota Twins commentator was the first to use the phrase "Holy Cow" during a baseball broadcast. Image Source: Society for American Baseball Research