Welcome to the lovely state of Minnesota! We want to share a little about our home state with you here at Hopkins Homeschool.
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Here in Minnesota, we are called The North Star State or The Land of 10,000 Lakes. But we have a slight problem with that one…we actually have more than 15,000 lakes here in our state! I am sure that is quite a few, but it is great for those of us who love to go fishing…like our principal loves to do!
While out on the lakes, we love to watch our state bird, the Common Loon, and try to catch the state animal, the walleye for supper.
We became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Our state capital is Saint Paul. Saint Paul is on one side of the mighty Mississippi River, and on the other side is Minneapolis. Here in Minnesota, we call these two large cities the Twin Cities.
The flag of Minnesota is royal blue in color and has our state seal in the center. The state seal shows a farmer and an Indian riding by on horseback. Above this picture is a banner that says L’Etoile du Nord (The Star of the North), our state motto. A wreath of Lady’s Slippers, the state flower, surrounds all this. And surrounding this is 19 stars, showing that Minnesota was the 19th state to join the Union after the original 13.
Minnesota is located in the Midwest. We are just below Canada and next to the Great Lake of Lake Superior. Wisconsin, Iowa, South and North Dakota all surround us as our neighboring states.
We have a little bit of everything here. I am sure you have heard of the Mighty Mississippi River. Well that great river starts right here in Minnesota. At Lake Itasca State Park in Northern Minnesota, we are able to actually walk across this great river. Also in northern Minnesota we have the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is one of the largest wild areas in the USA. Of our over 10,000 lakes, a minimum of 1,000 of those are located right here in the Boundary Waters. These lakes are almost all connected which makes this ideal for those who love the water!
As you travel down the North Shore Scenic Drive, following the shores of Lake Superior, you can stop off and see the beautiful Split Rock Lighthouse. This lighthouse had guided ships along the rocky shores for over 60 before becoming a part of the state parks. Stopping here you can learn about Lake Superior’s history.
On your way down the shore, you need to stop by Duluth. This is the harbor city where the large ships come in from Lake Superior. Duluth has a beautiful lift bridge. The best part about this, is stopping to visit, walking the docks and watching a ship come in and go under the bridge. The guys on the ships are so friendly and happy to see people, they love to stand out and wave as they come in. All of us kids love it when we are able to go up there and listen to the horns of the ships and see just how large they really are!
Once you make your way to the Twin Cities, you will be able to stop by and visit the State Capital building and see the gold horses on the roof. Or if you like the arts better, you can stop by the Walker Art Center and see the large Cherry on the Spoon.
You can’t visit Minnesota without trying some of our food. We haven’t had it, but our grandparents and great grandparents have talked about the Scandinavian lutefisk for a holiday treat. You can skip that and head over to Austin and try some canned meat, Spam. But our favorite food is our Minnesota Wild Rice Soup! There is nothing better on a cold winter day. Here is the recipe we have made.
Now, before I get lost in a Minnesota good-bye (we can say good-bye and still be visiting over an hour later!), I wanted to share my Study Minnesota Pinterest Board with you. You can find worksheets and links to more information here.
We are glad you stopped by our lovely state and hope you learned something new! We sure did! Now to leave you with our state song, Hail! Minnesota.
I am linking up over at AdenaF.com and the Learning thru the 50 States link up. Want to visit other states? Head on over and check them out!
Have you ever been to Minnesota? What is your favorite place to visit?