State Capital St. Paul
State Size Total (Land + Water): 86,939 sq miles; Land Only: 79,610 sq miles
Number of Counties 87
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Iowa, Michigan (water border), North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Highest Point Eagle Mountain, 2,302 feet
National Parks Voyageurs National Park
State Population (2015) 5,489,594
State Population Density 69.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Minneapolis (382,578)
St. Paul (285,068)
State Bird Common loon
State Butterfly Monarch butterfly
State Drink Milk
State Fish Walleye
State Flower Lady slipper
State Fruit Honeycrisp apple
State Gemstone Lake Superior agate
State Grain Northern wild rice
State Motto L'Étoile du Nord (The star of the North)
State Muffin Blueberry muffin
State Mushroom Morel mushroom
State Nickname North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes
State Photograph Grace by Eri Enstrom
State Poem Minnesota Blue
State Tree Norway pine (also called red pine)
•The state of Minnesota was named after the Dakota Indian name for the Minnesota River, "Minisota," which means "sky-tinted water."
•The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States.
•The Minneapolis Skyway System is a collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects 69 blocks over 11 miles of Minneapolis. This system allows people to walk in climate-controlled comfort all year.
•Southdale Center in Edina was the first enclosed climate-controlled mall in America.
•The Mall of America in Bloomington, with a retail space of 4.2 million square feet, is the largest shopping mall in the United States.
•Though Minnesota is called "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," it actually has 11,842 lakes that are at least 10 acres or more in area.
•Gates Mansion, the first home to have air conditioning in the United States, was built in Minneapolis in 1914. The unit in the Minneapolis mansion of Charles Gates was approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 20 feet long.
•The first Target store opened in Roseville on May 1, 1962.
•Minnesota is the only state with an official State Photograph, Grace by Eric Enstrom.
•In Minnesota, it is illegal to stand around a building without a good reason to be there.
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