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The "Land of 10,000 Lakes," Minnesota got its nickname because there are more than 12,000 lakes throughout the state. Its name comes from the Dakota (Sioux) word for the Minnesota River's "sky-tinted waters." The Minnesota Territory was formed in 1849 from what had been part of the Northwest Territory, and Minnesota joined the Union in 1858. The state flower is the pink and white lady's slipper, and the capital is St. Paul.

Belle Plaine, MN - Barns

Belle Plaine, MN - Barns

Bemidji, MN - Car Lot

Paul Bunyan at used car lot, Bemidji, MinnesotaJohnVachon1939

Bemidji, MN - GasStation, 1939

Bemidji, MN - GasStation, 1939

Como Falls, MN

Como Falls, MN

Forestville, MN - Bridge

Forestville, MN - Bridge

Forestville, MN - Buildings

Forestville, MN - Buildings

Forestville, MN - Red Barn

Forestville, MN - Red Barn

Funkley, MN - Old General Store, 1937

Funkley, MN - Old General Store, 1937

Grand Portage National Monument, MN

Grand Portage National Monument, MN

Grand Portage National Monument, MN - Bay

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Grand Portage National Monument, MN - Historic Depot

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Grand Portage National Monument, MN - Historic Encampment

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Grand Portage National Monument, MN - North West Company Partners

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Grand Portage National Monument, MN - Ojibwe Village

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Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, MN - Fox

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway, MN - Fox

Harmony, MN - Grain Elevator

Harmony, MN - Grain Elevator

Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway - Farm

Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway - Farm

Lake Pepin, MN

Lake Pepin, MN

Lake Superior, MN

Lake Superior, MN

Lake Superior, MN - Split Rock Lighthouse

Lake Superior, MN - Split Rock Lighthouse