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
Exceptional Home and Horse Facility just North of Twin Cities

North Branch, Isanti County, Minnesota

Exceptional Home on 20 acres with First Class Horse Facility. This stunning home has recently been totally remodeled with the highest quality materials and great design elements. Mountain meets West Design. Tongue and groove vaulted ceilings with hand hewn beams, hand scraped hardwood floors, quartz and granite counter tops, dry stack stone gas fireplace upstairs, all in an open design. The gourmet kitchen has custom hickory cabinets, large quartz island, spacious walk in pantry, and open spaces great for entertaining. This home has 3 bedrooms with private bath and walk in closet. Spacious Master suite set apart from the rest. Walk out Lower Level holds the 4th bedroom, Game Room/ Family Room with wood fireplace and wet bar. Plenty of natural light in the walk out lower level, this could easily be converted into a separate living space. Horse Facility has 70 x 120 Indoor Arena, connected to a 40 x 80 - 12 stall barn with heated lounge and tack room, 120 x 220 Outdoor Arena, 3 Paddocks, 3 Pastures, new fencing, 2 lean-to’s, automatic waterers, plus an additional 35 x 45 Pole Barn with in floor heat for workshop or storage. Only relocation makes this home available. Easy access to 35, MPLS and St Paul. Call Tangi for a private showing 651-491-2725.

Tangi Schaapveld , Red Key Realty

20.00 ACRES
3370 SQ FT
Open House May 19 Sun 1 - 3 Land / Lake opportunity! Horse lovers! 200ft lakeshore

Waconia, Carver County, Minnesota

Land and Lake opportunity! Calling all horse lovers! Pole barn w/H2O and fencing. Perfect weekend RETREAT get a way w/tons of CHARM in totally remodeled farm house. Enjoy 2.79 acres abutting to paved bike trail and 200 ft. Lake Waconia lakefront with NEW dock/lift included.

Catherine Seck , Edina Realty

2.79 ACRES
2110 SQ FT
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
575 Trout Lake Road, Grand Rapids, MN

Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota

20 acres just a few minutes from town. Perfect home to host large gatherings in the spacious open floor plan featuring a large Kitchen with tons of countertop and pantry space. Just off the Dining Room there is a sunny Family Room with a vaulted ceiling finished in tongue and groove hardwood and a stone fireplace. Deck is off this room and leads to fenced back yard. The lower level has a second Family Room with a free standing fireplace, workshop room and a walk in vault. Whole house diesel generator for back up and a security system. 52x150 barn and 35x29 detached garage. Both have a tack room. Don’t miss this well-maintained quality home. So close to town that pizza delivery is no problem.

Pamela Gilhousen , Coldwell Banker Northwoods Realty

19.54 ACRES
3500 SQ FT
Silver Creek Stable

Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota

55 acre parcel. Main barn has 23 stalls and an indoor arena, an outdoor riding arena, and there are many buildings for storing hay, and one that has 5 additional stalls. Indoor arena 148 x 70 with a 70 x 80 attached barn with stalls, wash stall, tack areas, lounge and office. The outdoor arena is 200 x 130 with a 40 x 26 machine shed and hay barn. This property features many fenced in dry lots and pastures. Trails on the property and public trails one mile away.

David Robson , Telus Properties

55.00 ACRES
1200 SQ FT
Located in a secluded area this custom home offers 20 acres of woods and pasture

Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota

Welcome to "White Pines" where serenity and style meet! You'll understand the name given to this property by seeing the majestic group of trees towering over the drive as you enter. Situated on 20 acres, this custom home offers quality features around every corner. New roof, granite counter tops, kitchen sink & fixtures, and appliances. Lots of woods and plenty of pasture for horses. Click on VIRTUAL TOUR below to check out entire home.

Mark Schmutzer , Positive Realty

20.00 ACRES
3998 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 44 acres with rolling hills, beautiful home, indoor and outdoor arenas,

Byron, Olmsted County, Minnesota

This stunning acreage is income producing and the home is ready to move into. 4 bedrooms, office and library each filled with charm and features such as; walls of bookcases, 3 fireplaces, gorgeous sunroom, views of the rolling hills, countryside and cross country jumps. Fabulous kitchen with granite counters, hardwood floors and more. Huge indoor and outdoor arenas, 17 stall horse barn, paddocks and beautiful fencing. All on black top roads and only 3.5 miles to Rochester, MN. Award winning Byron schools. Really a must see.

Lisa Seymour , Edina Realty

43.64 ACRES
2934 SQ FT
44.09 Acre Building site with Pasture and opportunities! Come Build your Dream!

Zumbrota, Goodhue County, Minnesota

44.09 ACRE BUILDING SITE! This amazing hard to find private country property has many features to offer I building the home of your Dreams! Features include, black top road, tillable acres, hunting woods, trails ending at the north boundary running into the North Fork Zumbro River. This site is located just 25 minutes from Rochester MN and just 1 mile East of Zumbrota. Easy access to Hwy 52

Benjamin Olsen , Ben Olsen Realty LLC

44.09 ACRES
Business Established Horse Boarding Ranch

Becker, Sherburne County, Minnesota

Business established horse boarding ranch situated on 40 acres, perfect location as 50-60 minutes to metro, 15 minutes to hospital, 5 minutes to highway 10, 5 minutes to Becker schools. 16 heated box stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas, vinyls fencing, extra hay loft, outbuildings, lean to, etc. House has all the upgrades with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, walkout rambler, also features indoor pool. All economically heated. An additional 40 acres of woods and trails available to purchaser. Call for a private showing, as you wont be disappointed.

Mary Jo and Amy Stanger , Edina Realty

40.00 ACRES
7780 SQ FT

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