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
One of a Kind Horse Property with gorgeous river view

Floodwood, St Louis County, Minnesota

Horse Lover's Dream - 91 beautiful acres with 1700 ft. of shoreline on the St. Louis River. Property includes 2 BD, 2 BA home , 42x60 Pole building, 16x72 Stable with lean-to, all newly built in 2016. Drilled well & sand point well, compliant septic, 12x16 gazebo, fenced pastures with man made pond. Gravel road with drain tile runs through the property to the river. Storage shed & pavilion down by the river. Apple trees, crab apple trees & deer stands on property for the hunters. Seller will entertain C/D.

Melissa Juntunen , Re/Max Cloquet

91.00 ACRES
984 SQ FT
Log home and 20+ acres - Two pastures perfect for two to 5 horses

Backus, Cass County, Minnesota

You will appreciate the real log home experience with a chef's kitchen, open style vaulted ceiling great room, and dining area along with an adjoining library. For a buyer interested in horses, the property boasts full sized 25 X 41 barn, wood shed, green house, tuck under 4 stall heated garage and detached two stall garage. Two pastures - one on either side of the house, are not fenced but they would be perfect for a small number of horses. All of this and more only 40 miles from Brainerd and in the heart of great hunting, fishing and scenic trails.

Loreen Johnson , Lakeplace.com

20.31 ACRES
2834 SQ FT
Indoor riding arena, 5 pastures, 2 barns, a beautiful single family home & more!

Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota

Dreaming of your own private oasis? This custom built, quality crafted ranch home was built with style & comfort in mind! The open floor plan encompasses five spacious bedrooms (three on one level) and three baths w/plenty of room to roam. This private retreat is situated on over 7 acres within 7 miles of downtown Rochester. Sprawling entertaining spaces flow from the spacious living room w/vaulted ceilings & bow window to the inviting dining room & French doors that showcase the four-season room. The enticing four season room w/ wall to wall windows offers multiple vantage points to take in the rolling meadows & spectacular sunsets along w/ in-floor heat, vaulted ceilings, walk-out to deck w/access to beautiful paver patio below. The open & airy kitchen will inspire your inner chef. Custom built Ash cabinets w/soft close drawers & numerous built-in features, center island & snack bar, under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting in vaulted ceiling, walk-in pantry, surround sound & new luxury vinyl plank flooring. Gorgeous master suite w/transom windows, w/o to private deck w/spectacular views, opulent ensuite w/soaking tub, double sinks, separate glass shower & large walk-in closet. Main floor laundry/mudroom offers numerous built-ins including a sink, dog shower & access to full bath. Finished lower level allows for a large family room & entertainment space large enough for a billiards table, high ceilings, walk-out to patio pavers, 2 large bedrooms, full bath, future mother-in-law suite & in-floor heat throughout. One-of-kind office/living quarters w/attached riding arena. This unique set up is perfect for the hobbyist or owner-occupied business owner (current CUP). Three offices or bedrooms, one full bath, a kitchenette, in-floor heat & front reception area or family room make this a versatile office/living space. The indoor 60x70 riding arena has adjustable divider systems for viewing area, professionally painted kick boards & 18’ wide opening w/two 9’ slider doors. Horse enthusiasts, will enjoy 2 horse barns w/steel roofs, 5 pastures, turnouts, a dry lot arranged for easy rotation, space to store approximately 850 small squares w/storage above, water hydrants conveniently located around the property & Horse Guard fencing w/gates. Beautiful riding trails nearby including: Douglas Trail, Chester Woods Park and Forestville State Park. Want room for all your toys or collector cars? Check out the detached garage w/more than 1,000 square feet, cement floor throughout, steel siding & roof, some of the building is insulated w/large work bench, built-in cupboards, heavy duty electrical outlets around the work bench & external outlet for truck/tractor heater. Large mature trees, a meditation labyrinth and endless opportunities makes this the perfect place to call home.

Sue Johnson , RE/MAX Results

7.86 ACRES
3864 SQ FT



Independence, Hennepin County, Minnesota

38 Acre wooded homesite - breathtaking views, rolling hills & over 20 acres of woods. Extraordinary private setting to build an equestrian masterpiece in this picturesque location. Enjoy the solitude of quiet country living Lake Rebecca Park Reserve featuring miles of trails just steps away Located in award-winning Delano school district

Mary Cavanaugh , Edina Realty

38.00 ACRES
Exceptional Property Wrenshall, MN. Pristine home, Indoor Arena and much more.

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. The 32.5 acres of this property is a beautiful managed forest, with groomed and mapped trails, deer stands and wildlife . Make this pristine property your personal residence and/or your new business venture.

Michelle Cooper , Edmunds Company LLP

42.50 ACRES
2528 SQ FT
Turn Key Equestrian Operation

Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

4+ Acres Outdoor Living: Covered Porch, plus Front & Back Patios Attached 2 Car Garage Detached 2 Car Garage Paved Driveway Lawn Sprinkler System Only 2 miles from 4H Horse Training at Kandiyohi Fair Grounds Plenty of Space to build Indoor/Outdoor Arena Dog Kennel with Underground Fencing 2 Large Pastures with Gardner Vinyl Fencing Paddock with Outside Waterier 3 Stall Horse Barn Master Flooring in Each Stall with Sand & Pea Gravel Office with Tack Room

Justin Paffrath , Edina Realty

4.84 ACRES
2894 SQ FT
At home in the country!

Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota

Your Own Private Retreat! The 21 acre park- like setting is perfect for this 1992 built Victorian style home. There is an over sized 2 stall garage with an upper level workshop a kennel and both overhead and side doors plus water service. There is a 36' X 60' drive through barn, a groomed walking path an English/Meditation garden and raised bed gardens. Entertaining is a breeze with the brick patio with stone walls & a 12' X 18' Gazebo with windows facing each direction.

Ann Vargason , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage Real Estate

21.80 ACRES
4399 SQ FT

Lindstrom, Chisago County, Minnesota

Over 180 Acres that you can do with as you like, it was a buffalo farm! There are buildings galore on the property. The land is a bit of everything, tillable, pasture, low land and even a bit of woods. There is additional property available, MLS #5332414 and #5332419. The home is in great shape, very open and many windows for a bright sunny feeling. This is a must see, there is too much to tell about!!

Cathy Carchedi , Remax Synergy

182.50 ACRES
1344 SQ FT


Bring your horses! Secluded private property with 2 massive pole sheds

Buffalo, Wright County, Minnesota

Secluded 10 acre country living, dream home with grand finishing's. The impressive master suite, tray, vault ceilings. surround sound throughout, walk-in closet and full bath with corner whirlpool tub. 10' knockdown ceilings with 8' doorways, spectacular views of outdoors, mature oak trees and ponds. Gourmet eat-in kitchen w/marble counters, custom cabinetry with wood and tile floors. Private property has 2-80' x 60' sheds; one is lined, heat/cooled with office & bath. The other electric & concrete. Additional 30 acres available.

Bill Fisher , Bill Fisher Realtor

10.00 ACRES
2904 SQ FT
Custom built home & 56.4 secluded acres

Prior Lake, Scott County, Minnesota

Wonderful sportsman's paradise or horse farm. Secluded large acreage just south of Prior Lake with woods, rolling parcels and tillable land.

Randy and Patrice Simpson , Edina Realty

56.40 ACRES
3033 SQ FT

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