About Minnesota

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:
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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
 
$799,000
Prestine House with Picturesque Views & Heated Riding Arena and Barn 10.7 Acres

Loretto, Hennepin County, Minnesota


4 bedroom, 4 bath house, expansive deck with picturesque views and all new flooring, fenced pastures with pond, heated barn and riding arena, 6 paddocks, 9 stalls, compost toilet, wood boiler in shed to heat house, barn and arena. Also available 5.5 acres with entitlement.

Bill Fisher , Bill Fisher Realtor

10.70 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
3686 SQ FT
 
$1,190,000
A Horse Lover' Dream in Northern Minnesota!

Cloquet, St Louis County, Minnesota


Spectacular property situated on 20 beautiful acres in Cloquet! This one-of-a-kind home is perfect for entertaining large groups of family and friends. Everyone gathers in the kitchen, so you’ll love the space in the open concept kitchen, dining and living room featuring a large center island with granite countertops and new appliances, and living room with a gas fire place and vaulted/ beamed ceilings. Spill into the great room for a fire in the massive natural stone fireplace or take a dive in the in-ground heated pool and relax afterwards in the hot tub. There is plenty of space to sleep in the 4 spacious bedrooms, including a main floor master with a private bath AND a huge updated master bedroom on the second level with barn doors, a walk-in closet and awesome master bath with a deep soaking tub, and double walk-in tiled shower! The lower level has a second kitchen, sauna/bathroom and rec room--a great separate living space for guests! This property gets even better when you move outside! The barn offers 5 stalls and a nice sized tack room, the 70x118 indoor riding area offers 8,260 sq ft of all weather riding, and 6 acres are prepped for fencing for more pasture area. With garage space for 6 cars, multiple outbuildings, and a spring fed trout pond, this amazing property won’t disappoint, schedule a showing today!

Casey Knutson Carbert , Edmunds Co. LLP

20.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
9373 SQ FT
 
$999,900
Private Oasis Estate

Lindstrom, Chisago County, Minnesota


Situated on 41 acres in Chisago Lake Twp, this 8068 sqft home was built with some of the best finishes and amenities. Starting with the 72x52 pole barn/w lean-to is horse/livestock ready with plenty of pasture and heated water spigot. Walking into the home you're greeted with 10ft ceilings and massive windows overlooking the private backyard setting and potentially wildlife. Throughout the house you will come across Alder wood floors, Ceramic tile floors, In-floor heat, and granite counter tops. Take a dip in the sports pool and when you're done rest in the sauna. If you like entertaining, the downstairs lays out perfect with large wet bar area and theater room.

Joshua Fagan , Generations Real Estate Group

41.00 ACRES
7 BEDROOMS
8 BATHROOMS
8068 SQ FT
 
$795,000
Quintessential Equestrian Property Close to Minneapolis

Rockford, Hennepin County, Minnesota


First time available in 37 years! Discover the magic of this quintessential equestrian property nestled on a private 13+ acre country setting, yet a mere 25 miles West of Minneapolis!! Lake Sarah's public boat launch is across the way. Shopping/dining at Ridgedale Center or Maple Grove is an easy commute. Rebecca and Baker Parks are close by for horseback riding, hiking, biking or golf!

Steve and Karen Grotting , Windsong Realty

13.33 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3500 SQ FT
 
$569,900
Horse property on 20 acres with Rum River frontage!

Princeton, Sherburne County, Minnesota


This property has it ALL!! Large 5bd/4ba, 2 story home w/4,600 TFSF, over-sized 3 car garage, Rum River frontage, 20 acres w/walking trails, 7 stall horse barn and a 32x48 detached heated shop/garage. Many updates throughout the home and close to town! GORGEOUS property!

Deanna Christian , Keller Williams Realty Integrity N.W.

20.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4602 SQ FT
 
$729,000
Energy efficient, solar powered newer home on 10 acres with heated barn, trails

Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota


25 minutes from downtown Duluth, this beautiful home built in 2003 offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3,500 finished squared feet. Behind the house you'll find a heated barn with 3 12'x12' box stalls, hay loft that can hold about 300 bales, large tack room, organic toilet and a shower. Ride straight out the barn to wooded trails! The home is situated on 10 acres of pristine woodland in a way that ensures its worthiness to withstand possible climatic and environmental changes to our area. This property is far enough from Lake Superior to miss the cold winds of early summer. Sellers say that no pesticides or herbicides have been used on the property and there’s a large, established organic garden. Sellers believe that this could be one of the most environmentally friendly homes in our region! The “megastorm” of 2016 took down many thousands of trees in our area and knocked out power to residents for many days; this property suffered no damage to structures and was never without electricity due to the solar power storage system. 9.2 megawatts of solar panels and 24 large lithium batteries store power for your back-up needs. Many months the current owners sell electricity back to the grid. Highly efficient rigid foam insulation contributes to the overall strength of the structure, making it sturdier in heavy weather. The south-facing Argon-filled passive solar windows provide warmth and great views of woods & wildlife. Located on a high elevation in this Watershed, the likelihood of suffering damage from flooding is small. This home is spacious enough to accommodate everyone, but cozy due to the open concept main level floor plan. The owners suite & laundry are conveniently located on the main floor. The loft offers two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level features a family room with huge windows and another BR + 3/4 bath. The 3-car garage is attached via a spacious mud room. You will fall in love with this special and unique property! Step out your back door and enjoy wildlife, skiing, hiking and everything that the seasons have to offer in northern Minnesota.

Sheryl Homan , Edina Realty

10.00 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
3544 SQ FT
 
$625,000
Picturesque 5 acres just minutes away from downtown.

Maple Plain, Hennepin County, Minnesota


Enjoy this picturesque 5 acres just minutes away from downtown. Pride of home ownership shines through this tastefully decorated home w/new carpet & paint in the main & upper level. LL media rooms comes with all the furniture, video & audio equipment. Main floor master has a roll-in shower. 4 Bed upstairs with a 2nd master. 72x30 storage and horse barn w/4 stalls. Enjoy your coffee on the 3-season porch overlooking the rolling hills. 2017 A/C Furnace, SS appliance & granite countertops.

Mindy Shears , Excelsior Real Estate

5.00 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
4209 SQ FT
 
$1,200,000
Equine Dream Property

Oronoco, Olmsted County, Minnesota


A rare opportunity to own one of the most admired country estates in Minnesota. Majestic hilltop setting with 300' of prime footage Zumbro Lakeshore situated on 50+ acres of rolling countryside. Spectacular panoramic views overlooking Rausch Bay. Enjoy every sunrise and sunset from this amazing custom design home defined by luxuriously casual living and entertaining spaces. Barn/5 stalls, 3 pastures, outdoor arena, trout stream, private floating dock/lift, lake shore fire ring all await your year-round enjoyment.

Robin Wolfram , Coldwell Banker Burnet

51.70 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
7708 SQ FT
 
$279,900
RARE FIND!! 45.08 acres with 1000' of lake shore, House, Cabin, Outbuilding

Emmons, Freeborn County, Minnesota


RARE FIND!! 45.08 acres with 1000' of lake shore. Property features: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, 95x48 pole shed, 68x36 barn w/metal roof, 32x26 shed w/metal roof/siding, 16x14 lake front cabin with dock. Owners also rent it out nightly. This property has it all...cabin, lake, ponds, woods, pasture, outbuildings, abundant wildlife.

Steven Lehner , Leland Realty

45.08 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2104 SQ FT
 
$2,300,000
90 Acre Equestrian Paradise

Montrose, Wright County, Minnesota


One of the Premier Equestrian facilities ever to be constructed in Minnesota! Renowned for breeding and raising show horses that have won over 60 World Championships. Unsurpassed attention to detail and design in creating this incomparable and “magical” property… 90 Acres… fenced pastures and paddocks, “State of the Art” horse stable, indoor riding arena, outdoor ring and recreational areas… Charming “Turn of the Century” 6 Br 3 Bath Farmhouse... From the facility to the grounds, to the surrounding nature… "Indigo Acres" ...An opportunity to now own this magnificent horse farm is just 45 minutes to either downtown Minneapolis or the Airport...Spectacular in every sense, this is a place many of us only ever get to dream about!

Patty Napier Carrie Fleischhacker , Coldwell Banker Burnet

90.00 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
3800 SQ FT

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