Fun Facts About Minnesota

question markThere are lots of great facts and statistics about Minnesota out there, but I decided these twenty were quite interesting:

  1. Northwest Airlines, now Delta, was the first major airline to ban smoking on international flights
  2. Snowmobiles were invented in Roseau by Polaris
  3. The first BBB (Better Business Bureau) in the nation was founded in Minneapolis in 1912
  4. Minnesota has some 90,000 miles of shoreline which is more than Florida, California and Hawaii combined
  5. The MOA (Mall of America) is the size of 78 football fields (9.5 million sq ft)
  6. The Old Log Theater is the oldest continuously running theater in the USA
  7. The Lutefisk capital of the USA is Madison, MN
  8. Southdale in Edina was the first indoor shopping mall in the USA, opening in 1956
  9. Water skis were invented in Lake City in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson
  10. The Minneapolis Public Library was the first library in the country to have a children’s section which opened in 1889
  11. Rollerblades were invented in 1980 by Scott and Brennan Olson, two students trying to practice skating for hockey in the summer
  12. There is a boat for every one in six people in Minnesota, more than in any other state
  13. The first bus service in America started in Hibbing in 1914 with service to Alice, later becoming Greyhound Lines
  14. The Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Chanhassen is the largest dinner theater in the country
  15. The Minneapolis skyway system spans about five miles total
  16. The baking basic “bundt pan” was invented in Minnesota
  17. The twelve foot diameter, 17,400 pound ball of twine in Darwin is the world’s largest ball of twine
  18. The first pop up toaster was marketed in Minneapolis in 1926 and was called Toastmaster
  19. Tonka Trucks were created and are still manufactured in Minnetonka
  20. The famed Spam from Hormel comes out of Austin and was first sold in 1937

About wendycarson

If you're a buyer or seller, relocating from out of state or in town, an investor in a short sale or foreclosure situation, townhome or single family, acreage or development, new construction or existing, I'm here to serve your real estate needs! My main areas of business are residential real estate in the Twin Cities 13 County Metro Area and Western Wisconsin. I sell all types of residential real estate, from first time homes through executive properties, and specialize in relocation services working with various companies, organizations and universities throughout the Twin Cities. Because I pride myself on providing over-the-top customer service, the majority of my business comes from referrals. My educational background includes a BA in Communications from Central College, Pella, IA, and a Masters in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.
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