Minnesota North Star tour in the State of 10,000 lakes

Minnesota (the state of the Pole Star), against the Canadian border in the far north of the country, and inhabited by just under five million people, is the thirty-second state to be joined in the U.S.. Geographically it is located in the Upper Midwest area, surrounded by the borders of Canada to the north, Michigan and Wisconsin to the south-east, south to Iowa, North and South Dakota to the west. Much of the state is rural, so that they are still nearly 90,000 farms with a total of 30 million acres of land used for crops, with no major bumps, with the highest peak that stop at 679 meters Misquah Hill, characterized Instead of large grasslands, extended from the southwestern provinces to the entire central area.

The thing that immediately catches the eye looking at the map of Minnesota is an endless number of lakes that studded the territory from north to south, its so called “land of 10,000 lakes”, a nickname, however, that rounds down the actual number of lakes, certainly closer to 12,000. If we add the 6,500 rivers and streams, including the source of the Mississippi, the longest river in the United States, we can easily explain the reason for the emergence of a local legend that associates the choice of Minnesota as an ancient word used Of the tribe of the Dakota, or “minisota,” translated as “water that reflects the sky.”

Before the landing of European settlers were prosperous regions of today’s Minnesota hunting grounds for several Native American tribes, including the Dakota and Anishinaabe gradually subjected by the French traders began to settle from the early decades of the ‘600. Sawmills, flour mills, fields, cattle ranches, were the first forms of human settlement, with the dual effect of reducing the ancient Indian possessions in small reserves carefully monitored by the army, and to attract more workers from the nearby southern states.

The economy has remained so far largely focused on agriculture modernization after World War II with the introduction of innovative agricultural machinery, which have gradually joined by a strong and diversified industrial sector, and international research centers, such as ‘Engineering Research Associates, founded in 1946 to develop the technologies of the U.S. Navy.

The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul , a city of nearly 300,000 residents of Ramsey county seat, situated right at the 45th parallel north, marked the exact point of transition with a plaque in stone. St. Paul is known as the twin city of Minneapolis , with which it forms the so-called “Twin Cities”, located on the opposite bank of the Mississippi, from which it differs in its architecture and cultural depth. To see the Minnesota History Center, which illustrates the history of the state with the help of computer and interactive technology, the Norwest Center Skyway, a complex that includes shops and restaurants, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum, with unique collections of toys.

Leaving from urbanized areas you are immersed in a wonderful natural setting, topped by a thirty lakes reachable within 30 minutes by car, and more than 90 protected parks nearby. St. Paul also boasts of being the birthplace of a famous person: Charles Schulz, the cartoonist known “father” of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the other star of the Peanuts.

The aforementioned Minneapolis is instead the most populous state, inhabited by 370,000 people, built symmetrically with respect to the St. Paul River. It ‘s a modern city, where the building type as this is the skyscraper, with a vibrant nightlife, and a fair deal in terms of shows and concerts. Here is one of the largest universities in the country, the University of Minnesota, and one of the largest grain markets in the world, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Among the main attractions are still there: the Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian enhanced by fountains and flower gardens, including space are dozens of shops, art galleries and restaurants, St.

Anthony Falls, where the fairway begins Mississippi, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where they lined up forty statues of famous American and international artists, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, whose works are most valuable paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt. Another feature is the city Bloomington, a suburb of 86,000 residents south of Minneapolis, which has become the headlines after the opening of the Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, already open from 7 am for those who wanted to go jogging in the avenues covered, with 12,750 parking spaces, 30 restaurants, 14 cinemas, some 400 shops, and some amusement parks such as Knott’s Camp Snoopy, dedicated to the characters of the strip Shulz, or the Lego Imagination Center, with Giant blocks of the famous bricks for construction. To end the visits to the city is a must stop at Ely, a village of 4,000 people near the border with Canada, where most bodies of water the earth.

There are many national parks, including: the Itasca State Park, 50 miles north of Park Rapids on U.S. 71, not far from the waters of Lake Itasca and place of considerable charm because of the presence of the sources of the Mississippi, here in the form of an unnamed brook, the Pipestone National monuments, characterized by the presence of a rare mineral, the Catlin, or aluminum silicate, in practice a soft reddish rock that only the Indians permission to collect material for constructing calumet, their ceremonial pipes, the Superior National Forest, east of Grand Marais on the north side of Lake Superior, where a corner of nature mirrored in the clear waters of 2,000 lakes, a paradise for lovers of canoeing; and the Viking Mooring Stones, about 40 km east of the town of Moorhead, where they are written rock testifying to the presence of Norse explorers as early as 1362.

The climate is typically continental, with long, cold winters and fairly hot and humid summers. The average values are stable at temperatures below zero even in the highest from December to February, and then rise up to oscillate between 28 and 16 degrees in July. The absence of natural barriers exposes the state to all areas of low pressure coming primarily from the north, in the form of blizzards in the winter months, storms and even tornadoes in correspondence with the seasons, April and May, September and October, when the cold air collides with warm winds south.

Transport is overseen by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and reach their maximum expression in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), a very important commercial and tourist port, served by major domestic airlines, with daily flights organized by Northwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines, and international. The main highways of the state are: I-35, I-90 and I-94, while rail travel is managed dall’Amtrak, who also responsible for the movement of buses and minibuses.

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