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
Meticulously built & impeccably maintained ranch home on 10 acres in Dayton, MN

Dayton, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Meticulously built & impeccably maintained rambler, by the original owners, in the Thicket Hills Community. Unique development with ten 10 acres lots consisting of a variety home owners; winery, hobby farm, and a farm...to name a few. 40 x 60 out building. Home was built in 1997.

Brian Helms , Edina Realty, Inc.

10.00 ACRES
4450 SQ FT
Equestrian property nestled on a gorgeous private setting with mature trees

Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: After years of enjoying the country life Nina and Denny have decided to downsize and move to town. Equestrian property nestled on a gorgeous private setting with mature trees. Only 40 miles west of the metro area! Bring the horses! Horse facility featuring 11 quality-built box stalls, tack room, heated riders lounge, 50’ x 100’ lighted indoor riding arena, insulated shop, hay/feed room, wash bay and office area. Additional pole building for hay storage and run in shelter along with lush pastures, maintenance free vinyl fencing, and automatic waterer make this every horse lovers dream property! Property feature a 4200+ finished sq foot home. 4 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms, sun room with tongue and groove vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, main floor laundry and spacious 24’ x 24’ owners suite with heated floor, vaulted ceiling, master bath, walk in closet and patio doors leading to a private deck. Extra deep 23’ x 40’ attached garage. Truly a one of a kind setting with tons of wildlife, pond, garden areas, gazebo and fruit trees.

Shelly Weinzetl , Steffes Group

12.00 ACRES
4200 SQ FT
Ready for Immediate Horse Occupancy! Close to Minneapolis!!

Greenfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Discover the magic of this ideal horse property nestled on a 13 acre country setting, yet a mere 25 miles west of Minneapolis. Lake Sarah summer & winter recreational activities are nearby. Shopping/dining at Ridgedale Center or Maple Grove is an easy drive. Rebecca, Baker and Crow Hassan Parks are close by for horseback riding, hiking or golf. Enjoy this as a complete horse operation or let it fulfill all your dreams for country living.

Steve and Karen Grotting , Windsong Realty

13.33 ACRES
3500 SQ FT
A GREAT place for Horsing Around!

Taylors Falls, Chisago County, Minnesota

A PERFECT place to do some Horsin' Around! Welcome to this elegant combination of property high atop the St Croix River Valley featuring nature trails through the 15.92 stunning acres - bountiful woods for all types of hunting in the rollings hills-250 x 150 horse arena-6 fenced pastures-fenced yard, perfect for pets-new deck-hot tub- complimented by an updated farmhouse with all the amenities while retaining old world charm ! Guest house with heat and electric-tack shed- Stunning home features Geo Thermal and in floor heat-Hardwood floors-Stainless Steel Appliances-Granite Island Top-Main Level Laundry-Main Level Master Suite of your dreams! Huge Walk In shower-separate sinks - Gas FP-Copper soaking tub (Oo-La-La!) - walk in closet-all overlooking the scenic natural vista! PLUS the bonus of a secluded loft area to get away from the fray! And THEN-there's the barn! Ready to host a barn dance! Lower level for animals to meander into the fenced corral ! Plus more outbuildings! WOW!

Daphne Molnar , RE/MAX Synergy

15.92 ACRES
3035 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
18.5 Acres suitable for horse set up with sprawling 2017 built walkout rambler!

Webster, Rice County, Minnesota

Beautiful property with open spaces for horse set up, hobby farm or tillable land. Quality 2017 built home, oversized attached garage, 24x40 pole building, water hydrant and lean to. So many options here!

Randy and Patrice Simpson , Edina Realty

18.50 ACRES
3333 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. 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
A Hidden Gem on the Northshore

Grand Marais, Cook County, Minnesota

At the end of a dirt road on the north shore of Lake Superior is a gem of a property. Superior Highland Farm has housed cattle and horses for several years. 40 acres is under fence with three paddocks. The farmyard has a residence in the metal Quonset hut (30x50), The Morton building has a shop/garage on one end with a dirt floor and in-floor heat on the east side where a small business was run (30x60), the hay barn (20 x 60) has a horse/cattle barn on the back side and there is a loafing shed with a wind break as well. This facility has solar power with a battery bank. Recently the grid and fiber optic were brought in as well. The round pen has cattle sorting features with a squeeze gate.

Elizabeth Perry

40.00 ACRES
1500 SQ FT
Exquisite luxury home situated on nearly 10 acres

Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota

Enjoy the abundance of all the good that life offers in this impeccably-designed custom-built home. Situated on nearly 10 peaceful acres, just 6 miles north of Stillwater MN, not single detail was overlooked in the craftsmanship, design and layout of this spectacular home. Restful spaces are incorporated into the contemporary, open-concept floor plan. This home reflects thoughtful design and modern mindset. Top priorities are tons of natural light and custom quality finishes. Distinct understated discernment in taste and in quality of life, this home offers room for the equestrian lifestyle. May Township ordinances allow for 3-4 horses on this beautiful tranquil space.

Kyle Brandvik , Property Executives Realty

9.46 ACRES
4645 SQ FT
79.4 Acre Farm In the Beautiful Taylors Falls St Croix River Valley

Taylors Falls, Chisago County, Minnesota

This is a unique opportunity to have a large tract of acreage in a stunning spot and yet be only 45 minutes to the Twin Cities - If you are looking for peace and quiet...this is the spot for you! Just a few miles to shopping - restaurants - library - The St. Croix River - Wild Mountain Ski Area and Water Park - Festival Theater - St Croix Cinema - The Drive In and Interstate Park - Wild River State Park and much much more!

Daphne Molnar , RE/MAX Synergy

79.40 ACRES
2624 SQ FT

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