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
Stunning 5 acre lot, steps away from Afton State Park- bring your horses!

Afton, Washington County, Minnesota

Must-see five acre walk-out lot is just steps away from the north side of Afton State Park in charming Afton, MN. Located in an established neighborhood on a tranquil cul-de-sac, this lot includes mature pine trees around the perimeter and a river valley view to the east. Bring your own builder to create a dream home, then ride your horses, walk or cross-country ski on miles of trails within Afton State Park by accessing a trailhead 300 yards from your front door. At the end of the day, enjoy a beautiful sunset from your backyard. All this just minutes from Woodbury, Hudson WI and the Twin Cities.

Brian Convery , KeysNorth Realty

5.01 ACRES
25 acre horse farm with indoor riding arena. 25 minutes from Minneapolis!

Independence, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Affordable 25 acre equestrian property set up for 20+ horses. Some restoration could bring this fine property into the million plus category as evidenced by others on the road. Gorgeous rolling pastures surround the property spanning several acres as a vast majority of the land is high and dry. The location is ideal offering country living close in! Pioneer golf course is right down the street!

Steve and Karen Grotting , Windsong Realty

25.00 ACRES
1864 SQ FT
UP TO 297 ACRES...............BEEF / HORSE RANCH

Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota

This farm is a show place .............but more than that it is a working operation. Beef operation, great facilities for a Horse ranch, hay ground for all. The buildings are all in good to great condition. Functional all. sorting pens, gates, chutes and gates. Loafing sheds, corrals. This property can be purchased with as little as 145 acres or up to the 297 acres. The property is uniquely located on the edge of the Leaf River valley, this results in good meadow hay as well as upland hay. Outbuildings include: Hay Shed; 30 x 96 and 24 x 64; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Dirt Machine Shed/ Shop; 42 x 80; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Concrete Loafing Sheds; 26 x 100 + 30 x 72; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Dirt Machine Shed; 26 x 98; Construction Type: Framed; Condition: Good; Floor: Concrete Horse loafing shed; 24 x 32; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Dirt Loafing shed; 16 x 16; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Dirt Hay storage; 35 x 53; Construction Type: Pole; Condition: Good; Floor: Dirt Well house; 12 x 16; Construction Type: Framed; Condition: Good; Floor: Concrete Fuel shed; Dimensions: 10 x 12

Craig Folkestad , The Gores Company

297.00 ACRES
1420 SQ FT
Hobby Horse property w / western accent custom home, over looking State Park.

Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Located near the beautiful Maplewood State Park area w/riding trails and overlooking South Lake Lida with breathtaking views of summer and the vibrant fall colors, some of the best in Minnesota. Hobby horse farm has 12 acres including a fenced pasture, Foltz storage building : w/16' side walls, 2 overhead and access doors. Horse barn features 4 stalls. This property also has 40' lake frontage on South Lake Lida, along with a small A-frame cabin.

Loren Seifert , Seifert Realty & Auction Co

12.00 ACRES
2400 SQ FT
Exceptional Property Wrenshall, MN. Pristine home, Indoor Arena, add'l acreage.

Wrenshall, Carlton County, Minnesota

This gorgeous property has an immaculately kept 4 bedroom 2 bath home with attached heated garage, detached oversize 2 car garage, Indoor riding arena, additional 3 stall barn,loafing barn, lush pastures and paddocks. What makes this property unique is the 3 additional cabins each of which have electricity and heat. One cabin has a gas stove, refrigerator, seasonal water and loft bedroom. The beautifully groomed yard has lush perennial gardens, apple trees, raspberry patch and vegetable garden. There is adjoining 32.5 and 40 acre parcels of managed forest, mapped trails, deer stands and wildlife available to purchase. Make this pristine property your personal residence and/or your new business venture.

Michelle Cooper , Edmunds Company LLP

10.00 ACRES
2528 SQ FT


Stunning, updated two - story house on beautiful 20 acre property.

North Branch, Chisago County, Minnesota

Stunning, updated two-story house on beautiful 20 acre property. This home has many updates including a large open kitchen with many cabinets and ceramic tile, a Jacuzzi tub in the upstairs bathroom, and a large insulated, heated garage for year-round projects. Large walkout family room has potential for a nice patio out the sliding door. Barn has power, electric, and hydrant, plus a Ritchie waterer in the pasture. Great setup for horses. What I love about this home: because it is at the end of a dead-end road, it is peaceful and quiet. There are nice views out every window. The house has so much comfortable space for a family.

Kelly Passeretti , Keller Williams Premier Realty North Suburban

20.00 ACRES
2800 SQ FT
Park like equestrian estate potential

Eveleth, St Louis County, Minnesota

Family ownership for over 70 years. 24 acres of gated park like forested grounds with seasonal home and out buildings. Well and septic.

jerry pfremmer , pfremmer realty

0.00 ACRES
Soft Contemporary Home on 11+ Acres for Horse Lovers and Outdoor Enthusiasts

Jordan, Scott County, Minnesota

Horse Lovers and Outdoor Enthusiasts will enjoy this updated soft contemporary house with an open plan design and vaulted ceilings. Located on a large, private lot it has deeded access to 35 miles of trails for riding your horse, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles or walking through the woods. A unique property you'll have to see to appreciate. The pole barn is horse friendly with 3 stalls and a great place to store your outdoor toys. Riding ring and paddock, invisible dog fence and zone sprinkler system. The backyard deck area and screened in patio overlooks a water feature - a small pond with a waterfall. A large master suite includes master bathroom with separate tub and shower and walk-in closet. Enjoy watching wildlife from the screened in porch while feeling the cool summer breeze. Finished lower level includes a rec room, office/bedroom, bathroom and home theater area.

John Sligh , Edina Realty

11.28 ACRES
4152 SQ FT
Beautiful one of a kind horse farm situated on Benz Lake in Grant Township.

Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota

Beautiful one-of-a-kind horse or hobby farm situated on 19.6 acres, 7 rotating pastures, 4 paddocks, stables, 5 leans with auto water hydrants, Hay shed, 5 box stalls with heated tack room and hay loft. Separate heated workshop with a 2 car garage and lean to. Custom 2 story home with 2 owners suite bathrooms and a 3 car garage. This home is situated on Benz lake. Enjoy 400' of private lake shore from your dock. New roofs and siding on all buildings. Lots of new updates to the property. Home comes with a 1 year home warranty and new kitchen package.

Kim Jackson , Keller Williams Premier Realty

19.60 ACRES
4300 SQ FT
22 Private Acres in Great Location

Grant, Washington County, Minnesota

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on 22 private acres located in desirable Mahtomedi school district. Attached and detached garages, workshop, pole buildings and machine shed.

Andy Skwiot , RE/MAX Results

22.00 ACRES
2266 SQ FT

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