Most literate city in the nation
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Sept. 2003
Most fun city in America
Cranium, Inc, Oct. 2003
City that watches the least TV
Mens' Fitness magazine, Dec. 2003
Healthiest state in the country
United Health Foundation, Nov. 2003
Best city for entrepreneurs
Second coolest community for young talent
Next Generation Consulting, 2002
Second-healthiest city in the country
Minesota Fun Facts!
- Author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on Plum Creek near Walnut Grove.
- Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines was the first major airline to ban smoking on international flights.
- Alexander Anderson of Red Wing discovered the processes to puff wheat and rice giving us the indispensable rice cakes.
- In 1898, the Kensington Rune stone was found on the farm of Olaf Ohman, near Alexandria. The Kensington Rune stone carvings allegedly tell of a journey of a band of Vikings in 1362.
- Minnesotan baseball commentator Halsey Hal was the first to say 'Holy Cow' during a baseball broadcast.
- The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields --- 9.5 million square feet.
- Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, and Green Giant vegetables
- The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 allowing oceangoing ships to reach Duluth.
- Minneapolis is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner Theater) in the country.
- The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig's Eye. Named for the French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who had led squatters to the settlement.
- The world's largest pelican stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids. The 15 1/2 feet tall concrete statue was built in 1957.
- The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
- The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional playhouse in the country.
- Minneapolis' famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.
- Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
- The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.
- Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
- The nation's first Better Business Bureau was founded in Minneapolis in 1912.
- The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of Minnesota.
- Bloomington and Minneapolis are the two farthest north latitude cities to ever host a World Series game.
- Madison is the "Lutefisk capital of the United States".
- Rochester is home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is a major teaching and working facility. It is known world wide for its doctor's expertise and the newest methods of treatments.
- The Bergquist cabin, built in 1870 by John Bergquist, a Swedish immigrant, is the oldest house in Moorhead still on its original site.
- For many years, the world's largest twine ball has sat in Darwin. It weighs 17,400 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter, and was the creation of Francis A. Johnson.
- The stapler was invented in Spring Valley.