The area’s early inhabitants, the Dakota and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe, enjoyed the rich, natural beauty long before it was explored by Europeans who fell in love with the land, waterways, wildlife, trees, plants and rich soil. The arrival of these adventurous settlers changed the landscape as they built their farms and communities and eventually began logging and mining operations.

The Native American culture is celebrated in William Kent Krueger’s captivating novels featuring Cork O’Connor in Minnesota’s north country of the Anishinaabe. There are also historical sites, movies and books commemorating the settlers’ lives in this new land of opportunity. In the “Little House on the Prairie” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Ingalls family eventually settled in Minnesota. Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and Howard Mohr’s “How to Talk Minnesotan” became symbols of stereotypical life in this 32nd state of the union.

With parks, lakes, rivers, trails and resorts, Minnesota is a favored destination. The Mississippi River, with its bridges and dams, continues to play an important role in the economy, lifestyle and recreation of Minnesotans as it flows south. Today, the state is a leader in healthcare, education, quality of life and standard of living. The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro is home to universities, theatres, hotels, shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events, the international airport, and the world-famous Mall of America.

  • Headquartered in Minnesota are 3M, General Mills, Target, Best Buy and Cargill.
  • The renowned Mayo Clinic is in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Festivals are a big deal in MN, with names such as HollyDazzle, AppleFest, Sweetheart Days, Hoghead Festival, Potato Bowl, Bayfront Blues, Northern Spark and Bockfest.
  • Let’s not forget the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Minneapolis Aquatennial, Minnesota Renaissance Festival and the MN State Fair.
  • The port of Duluth on the gorgeous shores of Lake Superior attracts visitors all year long.
  • You’ll find a race to enjoy at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Elko Speedway, Brainerd Raceway and in Cuyuna for the Woodtick Races!
  • Professional sports teams include the Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, Saints and Lynx.

With its impressive lakes and rivers, prairies and woods, sports and music, culture and education, Minnesota has something for everyone. Housing is available in a wide range of styles and price ranges, with choices from urban to rural living and waterfront to wooded sites. With its exquisite change of seasons, the state attracts active families and relaxed retirees.

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