Upper midwestern state of the United States. It is bordered by Lake Superior and Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.Area, 84,068 sq mi (217,736 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 4,919,479, a 12.4% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, St. Paul.
Largest city, Minneapolis.Nickname, North Star State.
Motto, L'Etoile du Nord [The Star of the North].
State bird, common loon.
State flower, showy lady's slipper or pink and white lady's slipper.
State tree, red pine.
Minnesota is one of the nation's largest producers of iron ore. Methods developed to use lower-grade ores such as taconite have kept production up in spite of the depletion of once rich high-grade deposits. Granite (from St. Cloud) and sand and gravel production are also among the largest in the country. Wheat, once paramount in agriculture, has been surpassed by corn, soybeans, and livestock. The state is also a leader in the production of creamery butter, dry milk, cheese, and sweet corn.
Also of great importance to Minnesota are its waterways, which have been extensively developed near industrial centers. Locks and other improvements enable Mississippi River barge traffic to pass around the Falls of St. Anthony at Minneapolis. Duluth, at the western tip of Lake Superior, has one of the busiest inland harbors in the United States; the completion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway (1959) made the city an important port for overseas trade.
*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
Rochester is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Located on both banks of the Zumbro River, the city has a population of 106,769 according to the 2010 United State Census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2012 population is 108,992. It is Minnesota's third-largest city and the largest city located outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Mentropolitain Statistical Area. As of 2012, the Rochester metropolitian area has a population of 209, 607.
Nicknames: Med City, Roch
Motto: "First Class City, First Class Service"
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester,_Minnesota
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