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
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

Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota

Beautiful Custom built, 2 story home sitting on a 9-acre hobby farm just 10 minutes from downtown. Drive the paved roadway leading to this property to escape the city and enjoy all the privacy one would want while still having the convenience of easy access to all of Rochester. Take in plenty of natural light in this gorgeous 2 story home with an eat in kitchen, formal dining area and spacious living room. Take advantage of the efficient off-peak energy system and zoned heating gas fireplace. Then as the weather gets nice, step outside to enjoy the fresh air on the 1000 sq. ft. wrap around deck that is shaded by dozens of beautiful, mature Oak trees. You will find 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom on the main floor and 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. With water hook-ups, upstairs and in the basement, you have the freedom to choose where you would like your laundry machines. The basement provides all kinds of possibilities with tons of open space as well as a wet bar. Attached is a 2 car, insulated garage and the property also houses an additional detached 3 car garage that can be used as a shop or storage. This hobby farm has potential to produce income boarding horses. It includes a barn with a 60x120 indoor and 80x150 outdoor riding arena and 12 individual horse stalls as well as 5 total pasture turns. Enjoy a horse ride in the arena or on the simulated trail that takes you around the entire property. Capitalize the outdoor space to entertain guests with 3 outdoor hydrants and 3 different service RV hookups. At night, you will certainly notice all the stars in the sky due to the lack of a utility light. However, if you wish to enjoy the outdoor space during the evening hours you will have the ability to light up the entire yard with the flood lights, strategically placed on the exterior of each structure. Or use as a wedding venue etc. Properties like this do not come around often. Check this one out before it is “SOLD!”

Eric Robinson , Edina Realty Rochester

9.00 ACRES
3640 SQ FT
Scandia MN 5 acre Horse / Hobby Farm

Scandia, Washington County, Minnesota

Sweet horse property tucked away in Northern Washington County in the historic town of Scandia, MN. The St. Croix River Valley communities offer fantastic riding trails in all directions, and you will have many horse-friendly neighbors nearby. Scandia offers the best of both worlds; quiet country living with nearby access to shopping and dining in nearby cities of Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, and Stillwater. This property is beautifully set up for 1- 4 horses/equines. It is small enough to manage easily with additional room for gardens and outdoor activities.

Angela Hames , Keller Williams Premier Realty

5.50 ACRES
1848 SQ FT
80 Acre Equestrian Estate, rolling pasture, riding trails...

Monticello, Wright County, Minnesota

80 Acre Equestrian Farm, rolling pasture, riding trails, 4 paddocks, 8 stall barn - Penta treated, includes 2 foaling stalls - 1 w/camera. 136x52 custom hay barn/equip bldg & heated workshop. Large multi level deck, renovated home with many quality features. Property also has access to North Lake/81 acres, max depth 27'. Additional bldg entitlement. Gated entrance.

Lori Severson , RE/MAX Results

80.39 ACRES
4185 SQ FT
Welcome to Brickyard Farm. Welcome Home!

Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota

Welcome to Brickyard Farm. Welcome Home! This meticulously restored home, exudes charm and character. Over 4900 finished square feet, beautiful south facing front porch, 4 spacious bedrooms, original fixtures, doors and hardwood floors, ample storage, out buildings, over 8 acres and listed on the National Historical Register. This is an exceptional property that's a must see for the discerning buyer.

Lance P Berwald , Coldwell Banker Burnet

8.40 ACRES
4980 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
Beautiful Prior Lake Home on 17 acres! Bring your horses!

Prior Lake, Scott County, Minnesota

As you drive up this enchanted path surrounded by trees the next chapter of your story book will come to life. This secluded 17-acre property has everything one could ask for. As you approach the house you will notice the architectural shingles crowns this home perfectly with the wood siding and brick accents. Enjoy the fresh air and peaceful breezes right from your front porch as you sit with a morning cup of coffee reading the newspaper. Entering the home is just as breathtaking. This home displays hardwood eloquently from the hardwood floors, staircase and vaulted ceilings. Adjacent to the entry is closet perfect for your guest’s attire and a ½ bath perfectly decorated with a designer’s eye right down to the tiled flooring. To the right of the entry you will see this beautiful living room. Showcasing hardwood vaulted ceilings, tons of windows for natural lighting and the oversized space that would be great for your family get together’ s. This living room even features box window a storage area cleverly hiding by a sitting bench and on the other side is access to an oversized deck. A beautiful brick fireplace will help during those long Minnesota winters and for creating romance for your loved one. As you continue into the living room you will see another access point that flows to the formal dining room and kitchen. This formal dining area is the perfect size space with a flood of natural lighting accented by the chandelier. Continuing on is the kitchen. You can tell this is the heart of this home. From the ample granite countertops and serving area to the oversized cabinets and formal / informal dining areas. This flow is the perfect combination for the busy chef. Just a few step away and you can grill outside on your oversize deck. Food preparation is a dream come true with this center island. Clean up is a breeze as well with a trash compactor and central vacuum all at your fingertips. Just passed the kitchen is laundry area with top of the line washer and dryer, cabinets, sink and more storage areas. Perfectly located from when you come in from the garage or riding your horse. By the way, this insulated garage has a double phone line, shelving for gardener in you and another separate heated storage area. UPPER LEVEL: Your story book continues as you make your way upstairs. You will notice right away a full size bathroom featuring beautiful granite, two oversized bedrooms that perfectly fit a queen size bed with room to spare, and a grand master bedroom. Just a short distance is the master bedroom. This master bedroom is fit for a queen! With vaulted ceilings accented with rustic wood planks, a skylight for those moments of gazing at the stars, a large picture window with views of the peaceful surroundings of your new home, and space galore. A walk in closet adds to the feeling of being a queen along with the separate vanity area and the oasis of pampering in the master bath. Not to mention a private commode with pocket doors for your king. LOWER LEVEL Entering the lower-level of the home you will see that ample open space for your family. To the left side of the lower landing a family room wait for you. With this brick fireplace to aide in those cold times of the year. Even though you are in the lower level of the home you certainly won’t feel it with the access to the back yard patio and tons of windows that allow for the natural lighting to shine throughout. To the right of the landing in the lower level there is a perfect area for exercising. When you aren’t you can easily place your items away in the double door closet area. On the other side of the exercise area there is another set of closets for storage. This is where you will find the central vacuum system for the whole house. Never lift a regular vacuum again! Just Just beyond this area you will find another full size bath room with Corian counter tops and another bedroom for your guest and their privacy Prior to the bedroom and bathroom is another walk in closet lined with cedar. OUTSIDE Step outside the basement into the shaded concrete patio. This very secluded property boast perennials and beautiful landscaping. As you walk down the concrete path will notice that this Morten Barn features 5 box stalls for your horses, 4 tie stalls, a feed room that is 12 x 10, a Tack Room of 16 x 10, jealousy windows, and the pasture contains auto-water with 2 points of accessibility. What more could you ask for? Plus, it’s close to Clearly Lake and Murphy-Hanrehan Park with tons of trail access for your horseback riding activities or those long leisurely walks. Sit and relax – enjoy the secluded views of your yard or continue on and take a closer look at the Morten barn. What are you waiting for? Let your new story begin!

Patti and Al Iverson , Coldwell Banker Burnet

17.00 ACRES
3456 SQ FT

Harris, Chisago County, Minnesota

Fantastic quiet location with animal set-up, fencing, pole building, lake view & lake access! Absolutely beautiful home with 3 bedrooms & 4 baths.

Cathy & Joe Carchedi , Remax Synergy

7.61 ACRES
2802 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
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

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