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One of Minnesota’s nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, meant to indicate the sheer wealth of lakes, measuring in size from large to very small. But there are another 1,000 lakes on top of that number.

The majority of the State’s residents collect themselves close to one of the larger cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities, are surprisingly sophisticated and cosmopolitan, particularly among their arts and culture sectors. This propensity for the population to huddle close together may be why Minnesota is proud to be one of the most successful states when it comes to having a literate population.

Geologically, the layers of rock that lie beneath the surface of Minnesota are ancient: limestone, basalt, gneiss, and granite. The southeastern corner of Minnesota may be ripe for the development of sink-holes. In fact, the small town of Fountain, Minnesota is nicknamed “Sinkhole Capital of the World” for its large number of sinkholes. Groves of trees out in the middle of fields look to be standing up to the middle of their trunks in deep, circular depressions. Geologists explain that sinkholes occur when the underground rock strata, typically limestone that has been formed into cave-like honeycombs, crumbles under the weight of the earth. Some sinkholes are small and others are very large.

Large retail giants that got their start in Minnesota: Target, Best Buy, and 3M. Target, an upscale department store, continues to cut into deeper markets in all kinds of communities. Part tourist spectacle and part mall, the Twin Cities Mall of America still holds the award for world’s largest mall. It has a small amusement park inside it, complete with roller coaster.

National Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, comes live each week from its home venue, The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This show has garnered a cult following unusual for radio. Populated by a predominantly Nordic ancestry, a large number of Minnesotans eat lutefisk, a whitefish preserved in lye. From October to November each year small towns around the state sponsor Lutefisk dinners. Locals may gorge themselves at community style sit-down dinners where featured Norwegian delicacies include lutefisk and lefse, a thin tortilla-like sweet bread that is often spread with butter and brown sugar

Water Bodies

  • 10th Crow Wing Lake
  • 11th Crow Wing Lake
  • 7th Crow Wing Lake
  • Aerie Lake
  • Allie Lake
  • Almora Lake
  • Amber Lake
  • Amelia Lake
  • Arbo Lake
  • Armstrong Lake
  • Arrow Lake
  • Artichoke River
  • Ash Lake
  • Ash River
  • Baby Lake
  • Bad Medicine Lake
  • Bald Eagle Lake
  • Ball Bluff Lake
  • Ban Lake
  • Barnum Lake
  • Barrs Lake
  • Bass Lake
  • Bassett Lake
  • Battle Lake
  • Baudette River
  • Bay Lake
  • Bear Island Lake
  • Bear Island River
  • Beauty Lake
  • Beaver Pond
  • Beebe Lake
  • Benedict Lake
  • Big Birch Lake
  • Big Carnelian Lake
  • Big Cormorant Lake
  • Big Deep Lake
  • Big Detroit Lake
  • Big Elbow Lake
  • Big Fish Lake
  • Big Floyd Lake
  • Big Fork River
  • Big Green Lake
  • Big Lake
  • Big Marine Lake
  • Big Pine Lake
  • Big Sandy Lake
  • Big Sauk Lake
  • Big Stone Lake
  • Big Stone Lake
  • Big Sturgeon Lake
  • Big Too Much Lake
  • Big Wolf Lake
  • Birch Lake
  • Blackduck Lake
  • Blacks Lake
  • Blue Earth River
  • Blue Lake - Hubbard County
  • Blue Lake - Isanti County
  • Blueberry Lake
  • Blueberry River
  • Bois de Sioux River
  • Boise Creek
  • Boot Lake
  • Borden Lake
  • Bowstring Lake
  • Boy Lake
  • Brainerd Lakes
  • Buchanon Lake
  • Budd Lake
  • Buffalo Lake
  • Buffalo River
  • Burntside Lake
  • Cannon Lake
  • Cannon River
  • Caribou Lake
  • Caroline Lakes
  • Cass Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Centerville Lake
  • Chain Lake
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Chippewa River
  • Chisago Lake
  • Circle Lake
  • Clam Lake
  • Clamshell Lake
  • Clear Lake
  • Clearwater Lake
  • Clitherall Lake
  • Cobb River
  • Coe Lake
  • Cokato Lake
  • Cole Lake
  • Collinwood Lake
  • Coon Lake
  • Cormorant Lakes
  • Cotton Lake
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Cottonwood River
  • Crandall Lake
  • Crane Lake
  • Credit River
  • Crookneck Lake
  • Cross Lake
  • Crow River
  • Crow Wing Lake
  • Crow Wing River
  • Crystal Lake
  • Daigle Lake
  • Dead Lake
  • Dead Moose River
  • Dean Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Deer River
  • Des Moines River
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Detroit Lakes - Eagle Lake
  • Detroit Lakes - Elbow Lake
  • Detroit Lakes - Little Floyd Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Duck Lake
  • Eagle Lake - Carlton County
  • Eagle Lake - Hennepin County
  • Eagle Lake - Kandiyohi County
  • Eagle Lake - Sherburne County
  • Eagle Lake - Wright County
  • Eagles Nest Lake
  • East Crooked Lake
  • East Fox Lake
  • East Leaf Lake
  • East Silent Lake
  • East Stone Lake
  • Echo Lake
  • Elbow Lake
  • Elephant Lake
  • Elk Lake
  • Elk River
  • Esquagama Lake
  • Fall Lake
  • Farm Island Lake
  • Fawn Lake
  • Fish Hook Lake
  • Fish Hook River
  • Fish Lake - Chisago County
  • Fish Lake - Hennepin County
  • Fish Lake - Kanabec County
  • Fish Lake - Otter Tail County
  • Five Point Lake
  • Forest Lake
  • Fox Lake
  • Franklin Lake
  • Garden Lake
  • Garfield Lake
  • George Lake
  • German Lake
  • Gilstad Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Grand Lake
  • Granite Lake
  • Grant Lake
  • Grass Lake
  • Grave Lake
  • Great Lakes
  • Green Lake
  • Grill Lake
  • Gull Lake
  • Hale Lake
  • Hall Lake
  • Hancock Lake
  • Height of Land Lake
  • Heikkilla Lake
  • Heilberger Lake
  • Hill Lake
  • Hoffman Lake
  • Hook Lake
  • Hoot Owl Lake
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Howard Lake
  • Hungry Lake
  • Ice Cracking Lake
  • Inland lakes
  • Isabella River
  • Island Lake
  • Island River
  • Jackson Lake
  • Jenkins Lake
  • Jessie Lake
  • Johnson Lake
  • Juergens Lake
  • Juggler Lake
  • Kabekona Lake
  • Kerbs Lake
  • Kettle River
  • Kjostad Lake
  • Knife Lake
  • Knife River
  • Koetter Lake
  • Kroon Lake
  • Lac qui Parle River
  • Lake Adley
  • Lake Amelia
  • Lake Andrusia
  • Lake Ann
  • Lake Arvilla
  • Lake Augusta
  • Lake Belle Taine
  • Lake Beltrami
  • Lake Bemidji
  • Lake Benton
  • Lake Betsy
  • Lake Carlos
  • Lake Charlotte - Martin County
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Cowdry
  • Lake Darling
  • Lake Diann
  • Lake Edith
  • Lake Eleven
  • Lake Elizabeth
  • Lake Florida
  • Lake Fourteen
  • Lake Francis
  • Lake Fremont
  • Lake Geneva
  • Lake George
  • Lake Hanska
  • Lake Hendricks
  • Lake Hubert
  • Lake Ida
  • Lake Inguadona
  • Lake Irving
  • Lake Itasca
  • Lake Jefferson
  • Lake Julia
  • Lake Kabetogama
  • Lake Latimer
  • Lake Le Homme Dieu
  • Lake Leander
  • Lake Lida
  • Lake Louisa
  • Lake Margaret
  • Lake Maria
  • Lake Marion
  • Lake Mary
  • Lake Melissa
  • Lake Miltona
  • Lake Minnetonka
  • Lake Minnewaska
  • Lake Minnewawa
  • Lake Moran
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Lake Oliver
  • Lake Omsrud
  • Lake Onamia
  • Lake Orono
  • Lake Osakis
  • Lake Pokegama
  • Lake Pulaski
  • Lake Richardson
  • Lake Riley
  • Lake Sakatah
  • Lake Sarah
  • Lake Scandinavian
  • Lake Shaokatan
  • Lake Shetek
  • Lake Sisseton
  • Lake Sullivan
  • Lake Superior - Cook County
  • Lake Superior - Lake County
  • Lake Superior - St. Louis County
  • Lake Sylvia
  • Lake Tetonka
  • Lake Traverse
  • Lake Twelve
  • Lake Vermilion
  • Lake Washington
  • Lake Whitefish
  • Lake Winnibigoshish
  • Lake Zumbro
  • Lax Lake
  • Le Sueur River
  • Leaf Lake
  • Leaf River
  • Leech Lake
  • Leek (Trowbridge) Lake
  • LeMay Lake
  • Lester River
  • Lilly Lake
  • Lindstrom Lake
  • Lingroth Lake (Spoon)
  • Little Birch Lake
  • Little Cobb River
  • Little Cormorant Lake
  • Little Cottonwood River
  • Little Elk Lake
  • Little Fork River
  • Little Hanging Horn Lake
  • Little Johnson Lake
  • Little Le Sueur River
  • Little Markham Lake
  • Little Partridge River
  • Little Pine Lake
  • Little Rabbit Lake
  • Little Rock Lake
  • Little Rock River
  • Little Sauk Lake
  • Little Winni Lake
  • Lobster Lake
  • Locke Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Long Prairie River
  • Loon Lake
  • Lords Lake
  • Lotus Lake
  • Lower Whitefish Lake
  • Luna Lake
  • Lynden Lake
  • Madison Lake
  • Mantrap Lake
  • Maple Lake - Douglas County
  • Maple Lake - Polk County
  • Maple River
  • Maria Lake
  • Marion Lake
  • May Lake
  • McAvity Lake
  • McCraney Lake
  • McGowan Lake
  • McKinney Lake
  • Middle Cullen Lake
  • Middle Leaf Lake
  • Middle River
  • Middle Spunk Lake
  • Mill Lake
  • Mille Lacs Lake
  • Miners Lake
  • Mink Lake
  • Minnehaha Creek
  • Minnesota River
  • Mirror Lake
  • Mississippi River
  • Mississippi River - Crow Wing County
  • Mississippi River - Houston County
  • Mississippi River - Sherburne County
  • Mississippi River - Waubasha County
  • Moose Lake
  • Morrison Lake
  • Mound Lake
  • Mow Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Mule Lake
  • Mustinka River
  • Myrtle Lake
  • Nest Lake
  • Nokasippi River
  • Nord Lake
  • North Center Lake
  • North Long Lake
  • North River
  • Norway Lake
  • O Donald Lake
  • Ochotto Lake
  • Okabena Lake
  • Olaf Lake
  • Oscar Lake
  • Ossawinnamakee Lake
  • Otter Lake
  • Otter Tail Lake
  • Otter Tail River
  • Ottertail Lake
  • Partridge River
  • Pearl Lake
  • Pelican Lake
  • Pelican River
  • Peltier Lake
  • Pepin Lake
  • Pete Lake
  • Pickerel Lake
  • Pigeon River
  • Pine River
  • Platte River
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Pocket Lake
  • Pomme de Terre Lake
  • Pomme de Terre River
  • Poquet Lake
  • Portage Lake
  • Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake
  • Potato Lake
  • Potato River
  • Rabbit Lake
  • Rainy Lake
  • Rainy River
  • Ramsey Lake
  • Rat Root River
  • Red Lake
  • Red Lake River
  • Red River
  • Red Riverof the North
  • Redeye River
  • Redwood River
  • Rice Creek
  • Rice Lake
  • Roberds Lake
  • Rock River
  • Root River
  • Roseau River
  • Ross Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Roy Lake
  • Rum River
  • Rush Lake
  • Rush River
  • Ruth Lake
  • Saganaga Lake
  • Sagar Lake
  • Sand Hill Lake
  • Sand Hill River
  • Sand Lake
  • Sand Point Lake
  • Sauk Lake
  • Sauk River
  • Saunders Lake
  • Schoolcraft River
  • Scott Lake
  • Shagawa Lake
  • Shell River
  • Shell Rock River
  • Shutz Lake
  • Side Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Smith Lake
  • Snail Lake
  • Snake River
  • Snider Lake
  • Snowbank Lake
  • Somers Lake
  • South Center Lake
  • South Long Lake
  • South Silver Lake
  • South Sturgeon Lake
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Spider Lake
  • Spirit Lake
  • Spring Creek
  • Spring Lake
  • Spruce Lake
  • St. Croix River
  • St. Francis River
  • St. Louis River
  • Star Lake
  • Stockhaven Lake
  • Stone Lake
  • Stony Lake
  • Stony River
  • Straight River
  • Strawberry Lake
  • String Lake
  • Sturgeon Lake
  • Sugar Lake
  • Sunrise River
  • Susan Lake
  • Swan River
  • Swede Grove Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Tamarack Lake
  • Tanners Lake
  • Ten Mile Lake
  • Thief River
  • Third Silver Lake
  • Tom Lake
  • Tonseth Lake
  • Trillium Lake
  • Trulse Lake
  • Tulaby Lake
  • Turtle Lake
  • Twin Lakes
  • Two Inlets Lake
  • Union Lake
  • Upper Cormorant Lake
  • Upper Iowa River
  • Upper Red Lake
  • Upper South Long Lake
  • Upper Whitefish Lake
  • Vanduse Lake
  • Variety Lake
  • Vermilion River
  • Vermilion River
  • Vermillion River
  • Villard Lake
  • Waconia Lake
  • Wadena Lake
  • Walker Brook Lake
  • Walker Lake
  • Watab River
  • Watonwan River
  • West Crooked Lake
  • West Leaf Lake
  • West McDonald Lake
  • West Slient Lake
  • West Stone Lake
  • West Twin Lake
  • White Bear Lake
  • White Earth River
  • White Iron Lake
  • Whiteface Reservoir
  • Whiteface River
  • Whitewater River
  • Wild Rice River
  • Williams Lake
  • Willow Lake
  • Willow River
  • Wimer Lake
  • Wing River
  • Wisel Creek
  • Wolf Lake
  • Woman Lake
  • Wynne Lake
  • Yellow Medicine River
  • Zumbro River

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