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Have you ever visited Minnesota before? Maybe you live there? Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Minnesota here! Joey and Jinger absolutely love to learn cool facts about all of the different states. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted facts about Michigan. This week we are posting cool facts about Minnesota. Only 27 more states to blog about! Yay!
Did you know that Minnesota was the thirty-second (32nd) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Minnesota officially joined the union on May 11, 1858! Minnesota is located in the upper Midwestern region of the United States. Minnesota is bordered by four (4) states: Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Minnesota also borders Canada and Lake Superior. Minnesota is the twelfth (12th) largest state in the United States. Minnesota is one of the bigger states. There are about 5,707,390 people that reside in Minnesota.
Minnesota famous person alert:
Did you know that Prince Rogers Nelson lived in Chanhassen, Minnesota? Prince Rogers Nelson was a famous songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist. He could play over 20 different instruments. Prince was brilliant!
Tell us about a famous person that lives in your state?
Facts about Minnesota:
1. A few things Minnesota is known for are: The Mall of America, its beautiful landscapes, and thousands of lakes. A few of the nicknames for the state of Minnesota are: the Land of 10,000 lakes, the Gopher State, and the North Star State. The Minnesota state motto is L'Étoile du Nord. The motto is a French phrase that means The Star of the North. The Minnesota state motto was adopted in 1861. The abbreviation for Minnesota is MN.
2. The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul. Saint Paul officially became the capital of Minnesota sometime in 1849. Saint Paul has an estimated population of about 305,877 people.
3. The state bird of Minnesota is the Common loon also known as the great northern diver. The Common loon was chosen as the state bird for Minnesota on March 13, 1961. The Common loon is a large bird that is black, dark gray, and white. It has red eyes. It likes to swim, dive deep into the waters, and splash around.
4. The Minnesota official state flower is the Showy lady's slippers. Showy lady's slippers grow best in wet areas of Minnesota. The Showy lady's slippers are white and pink in coloring. The flowers are beautiful! The Showy lady's slippers became Minnesota ’s official state flower sometime in 1902. The Showy lady's slippers bloom from June to July. The Showy lady's slippers are a perineal flowering plant. It can take up to 16 years to get its first bloom.
5. Minnesota’s current state flag was officially adopted in 1957. Minnesota ’s state flag has a blue background and features Minnesota’s coat of arms on it.
6. Some crops that are grown in Minnesota are: corn, barley, soy beans, sugar beets, and wheat.
7. Some cool places to visit while in Minnesota are: Mall of America located in Bloomington, MN., Sand Creek Adventures located in Scott County, MN., and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
8. Some animals that live in Minnesota are: bald eagles, black bears, fox squirrel, moose, and white-tailed deer.
9. Minnesota can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota was 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Moorhead, Minnesota on July 6, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota was -60 degrees (60 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Tower, Minnesota on February 2, 1996.
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Get your free printable Minnesota worksheet here:
Visit my printables section for a wide selection of worksheets and coloring sheets!
Books about Minnesota:
1. My United States Minnesota by Martin Schwabacher
2. Little Minnesota by Kathy-jo Wargin
3. M Is For Minnesota by Dori Hillestad Butler
4. A Popular History of Minnesota by Norman K. Risjord
Parents/caretakers be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.
Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Mississippi! Thank you for reading my post!! “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”-Dr. Suess
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JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE
Delilah doesn't want to stay at daycare. So, Joey helps his friend Delilah feel happy by doing silly things to make her laugh at daycare. They have so much fun; the day is over in a flash!
JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S
Joey helps his Memaw find something she is missing and its right there in plain sight. Some of us have done this before! Join Joey in this funny and cute quest to find his Memaw's eyeglasses.
JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR
Joey helps his sister find her missing teddy bear. They look everywhere. I bet you can't guess where Joey and Jinger find the missing teddy bear?
JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO
Joey 's father gets lost while they are visiting the seven continents at the zoo. Come on this adorable adventure with Joey and his family as they visit each of the seven continents at the zoo!
Santa's Rainbow Reindeer
Join Harry and Holly Jingles as they introduce us to Santa's Rainbow Reindeer. Learn about them one by one. The Rainbow Reindeer help your children get ready for bed so Santa can bring them gifts when they are all tucked in their bed and sound asleep. This book is interactive.
Where, Oh, Where, Could My Dinosaur Be?
A little boy misplaces his stuffed dinosaur and needs your help to find it. Join the little boy on his hunt through his house to find his missing dinosaur. This book will stimulate your child's imagination. It will help teach them left and right learning and basic rhyming.