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The name Minnesota is based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for sky-tinted water, which refers to the Minnesota River and the state's many lakes.

Location one of the Midwestern states
Bordered By
Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota

Total Area (rank) 86,943 sq mi (12th)
Greatest Distance E-W
357 mi
Greatest Distance N-S
411 mi
Geographic Center
10 miles southwest of Brainerd
Highest Point
Eagle Mountain; 2,301 ft
Lowest Point
shore of Lake Superior; 602 ft

Population (rank) 5,420,380 (21st)
Largest Cities
Minneapolis (382,578), St. Paul (285,068), Rochester (106,769), Duluth (86,265), Bloomington (82,893), Brooklyn Park (75,781), Plymouth (70,576), Eagan (64,206), Maple Grove (61,567), Coon Rapids (61,476)

Capital St. Paul
U.S. Congress
2 Senators, 8 Representatives
Local Administration
87 counties

Principal Industries machinery, food processing, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, mining, tourism
Agricultural Products
corn, soybeans, wheat; dairy products, cattle, hogs, wheat
Mineral Resources iron ore, manganese, taconite, granite, limestone, sandstone, sand and gravel

First Explored By Pierre Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart, Sieur des Groseilliers, in 1659-1661
First Permanent Settlement
Fort St. Anthony, 1820-1822
Territorial Status Achieved
1849
Admitted to Union (rank)
May 11, 1858 (32nd)

SEE ALSO
Wisconsin
Iowa
South Dakota
North Dakota

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