About Minnesota


imgOne of Minnesota's nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes," meant to indicate the sheer wealth of lakes, measuring in size from large to very small. But there are another 1,000 lakes on top of that number.

The majority of the state's residents collect themselves close to one of the larger cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities, are surprisingly sophisticated and cosmopolitan, particularly among their arts and culture sectors. This propensity for the population to huddle close by, may be why Minnesota is proud to be one of the most successful states when it comes to having a literate population.

Geologically, the layers of rock that lie beneath the surface of Minnesota are ancient: limestone, basalt, gneiss, and granite. The southeastern corner of Minnesota may be ripe for the development of sink-holes. In fact the small town of Fountain, Minnesota is nicknamed "Sinkhole Capital of the World," for its large number of sinkholes. Groves of trees out in the middle of fields look to be standing up to the middle of their trunks in deep, circular depressions. Geologists explain that sinkholes occur when the underground rock strata, typically limestone that has been formed into cave-like honeycombs, crumbles under the weight of the earth. Some sinkholes are small and others are very large.

Large retail giants that got their start in Minnesota: Target, Best Buy, and 3M. Target, an upscale department store, continues to cut into deeper markets in all kinds of communities. Part tourist spectacle and part mall, the Twin Cities Mall of America still holds the award for world's largest mall. It has a small amusement park inside it, complete with roller coaster.

National Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, comes live each week from its home venue, The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. This show has garnered a cult following unusual for radio. Populated by a predominantly Nordic ancestry a large number of Minnesotans eat lutefisk, a whitefish preserved in lye. From October to November each year small towns around the state sponsor Lutefisk dinners. Locals may gorge themselves at community style sit-down dinners where featured Norwegian delicacies include lutefisk and lefse, a thin tortilla-like sweet bread that is often spread with butter and brown sugar.

  Minnesota in Numbers:
img Horse Population: Approximately 155,000
img Total Economic Impact: $ -- billion
img Population : 6,398,743
img Land area : 79,610 sq. miles
img Capital : St. Paul
img Counties: 87
img Highest Point : Eagle Mountain: 2,301 feet
img Lowest Point : Shore of Lake Superior: 602 feet
img 10 largest Cities:
  • Minneapolis: 372,811
  • St. Paul: 275,150
  • Rochester: 94,950
  • Duluth: 84,896
  • Bloomington: 81,164
  • Plymouth: 69,701
  • Brooklyn Park: 68,550
  • St. Cloud: 65,792
  • Eagan: 63,665
  • Coon Rapids: 62,417
Custom designed equestrian center minutes from Rochester, MN

Oronoco, Olmsted County, Minnesota

Located on 35+ acres the 35,512 sf custom designed equestrian center was built in 2015 with luxury upgrades throughout and includes a climate controlled riding arena, entryway with full glass observation and/or meeting area looking onto the arena and attached barn with (40) stalls. All buildings are served by state of the art heating and cooling systems, water control system and sprinkler/fire suppression system.

Jamey Shandley , Hamilton Real Estate, Inc.

35.00 ACRES
35512 SQ FT
10.85 Acre Horse Ranch

New London, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

10.85 acre horse ranch, well located just outside of New London on State Highway 23. Property features indoor riding arena, six 10x12 stalls, 12x14 birthing stall and shower stall. Concrete aisle way with rubber mats, heated barn, plus 45x60 shop with in floor heat and access to the Glacial Ridge trail. Property also features living quarters with 1 bedroom, spacious eat-in kitchen and living area. Well maintained horse property, nice updates and the opportunity to build your future dream home on nice acreage with pond and mature trees!

Matt Olson , New London Real Estate, Inc.

10.85 ACRES
1096 SQ FT
Horse property in Andover, MN

Andover, Anoka County, Minnesota

4Bed 3bath 5 car garage home on 2.6 acres with horse stables and 33x23 carriage style barn with 2 10x10 box stalls and 2 car attached garage, 36x26 detached garage. Beautiful and private perfect for a hobby farm or your horses. Bring your buyers to see this property today!

Brett Makinen , Keller Williams Classic Realty

2.60 ACRES
2930 SQ FT
Equestrian Dream. 80 acres. Executive home, indoor arena, 7 stall barn, shed.

Independence, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Equestrian Dream. Nearly 80 acres of serene luxury. Open floor plan, 1997 remodeled 4400 SF home. Cathedral ceilings & library. Superb owners Jacuzzi suite w/ two sided fireplace. Indoor 180 x 72 & out door arena, 7 stall barn, hot water wash stall, 5 pastures. Miles of mowed wooded trails. Caretaker quarters offers complete living space,kitch,bath & additional 2 bedrooms. Ag/Conserv low taxes. 20 min to cities. Parks & golf near. Possible subdivide. New mechanicals. Complete home inspection 6/8/16 . Open for review. No survey. Possible subdivide.See supplements. Well and septic testing underway. Radon test completed and passed. Easy extra bedroom LL with armoire. Caretacker footage can opened to home. Easy kitchen expansion space. Plus house data does not include full caretaker house attached. New mechanicals and newer roof. Move in ready. No photos of caretakers cottage. Horse owners dream location.

Sandra Sue Baker , Bentley Realty

80.00 ACRES
4432 SQ FT
Stunning 44 acres with rolling hills, beautiful home, indoor and outdoor arenas,

Byron, Olmsted County, Minnesota

This stunning acreage is income producing and the home is ready to move into. 4 bedrooms, office and library each filled with charm and features such as; walls of bookcases, 3 fireplaces, gorgeous sunroom, views of the rolling hills, countryside and cross country jumps. Fabulous kitchen with granite counters, hardwood floors and more. Huge indoor and outdoor arenas, 17 stall horse barn, paddocks and beautiful fencing. All on black top roads and only 3.5 miles to Rochester, MN. Award winning Byron schools. Really a must see.

Lisa Seymour , Edina Realty

43.64 ACRES
2934 SQ FT


Welcome To Thistle Dew !

Clarks Grove, Freeborn County, Minnesota

Welcome To Thistle Dew! Country living with easy access to the highway. Spacious 5 bedroom home with 3 bedrooms on main level!! There is approximately 18.5 acres for all off your outdoor activities. Septic system is compliant for a 5 bedroom house. Plenty of outbuilding storage, and a heated gazebo which is great for entertaining guests. This could be your county oasis.

Lance P Berwald , Coldwell Banker Burnet

18.50 ACRES
3232 SQ FT
Picturesque 10 acre equestrian property

New Germany, Carver County, Minnesota

Picturesque 10 acre horse farm within commuting distance to the city. Well maintained 1920s two story, 4 car garage, outbuildings setup and ready to go for horses, dog kennel, fire pit, newer septic mound system.

Steve and Karen Grotting , Windsong Realty

10.00 ACRES
2500 SQ FT
Luxury executive estate situated on 18 acres along the Crow Wing River

Staples, Wadena County, Minnesota

Beautiful must see secluded executive home. Situated on 18 gorgeous rolling acres and ponds, overlooking the Crow Wing River. Designed by the artist Rose Edin.Could be the perfect horse/hobby farm. The cabin/guest house was built in 1878 and moved to property. Fantastic barn and storage shed. Well maintained and waiting for you!

Lance P Berwald , Coldwell Banker Burnet

18.12 ACRES
5974 SQ FT


Hobby farm lifestyle near city w/ acreage, pool, riding ring, barns lovely home!

Elko, Scott County, Minnesota

Gorgeous Hobby Farm Estate with easy access to the twin cities. Home Features - NEW KITCHEN OCTOBER 2016 with gorgeous granite and SS appliances, new light fixtures, and accessories. Freshly painted in popular soft gray colors. Hobby Farm w/superior horse facilities! Pool, 2 barns w/elec & water, fenced-in pasture & riding arena. Well maintained grounds w/pond & garden Charming home w/walk-out bsmnt, 2 fireplaces and a wet bar with seating for 5. All 4 BR's w/walk-in closets! This property is surrounded by fabulous landscaping including stamped concrete patios and walk ways and boulder style steps at elevations. Beautiful perennials and edges of property surrounded by pines and other mature trees. Horse amenities include a hard sand fenced riding ring, 2 large stalls and tack room and 2 areas for grazing.


8.30 ACRES
2875 SQ FT

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