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Panoramic view of Minneapolis, 1915.
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Minnesota Became the 32nd State
May 11, 1858

Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," or “Star of the North,” Minnesota became the 32nd state in the Union on May 11, 1858. What makes this state important? For one, its waterways are vital to the state's and the nation's economies. Besides its quantity of lakes, the Mississippi River starts there and it is the westernmost point of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which runs through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
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