Minnesota was the 32nd state to be admitted to the Union and that happened on May 11, 1858. It has a total area of about 80,000 square miles and a population of about 5 million, making it the 21st most populous state in the nation. Minnesota was founded by a large population of Scandinavians - or people who came from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. In the 1850's these people who had settled in the Minnesota area wrote letters back to family and friends in Europe, praising their new life and land. This caused a mass immigration of new Scandinavian immigrants to make their own journey to American in search of a better life.
Minnesota is also known for it lumber industry and the famous tall tale of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox babe. According to these tales the Mississippi River was formed when Paul Bunyan tipped over his laundry tub - did I mention Paul Bunyan was a giant? Paul and Babe also made all the famous Minnesota lakes from their footprints filling up with water after they traveled across the land. Of course - these are just tales - in fact the definition of a tall tale is story of unbelievable events that tries to explain some other factual event or thing.
The capital city is St. Paul, but this is the Twin Cities state - and that means that St. Paul and Minneapolis (another urban center) are so close together that their boundaries merge to make one big city, although they are separated by the Mississippi River.
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