The Joy of Living in Minnesota

Written by Laura Frost

Minnesota is very much a town based off the life of prairie loving people and in fact “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the state. A lot of other actors and musicians originated from the state as well such as Judy Garland, Winona Ryder, Prince, Owl City, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Bob Dylan and a few others.

Minnesota is a state based off its beautiful surroundings such as great forests, beautiful prairies, wilderness areas parks and lakes. In fact, Minnesota is best known for the nickname “The Land of 10,000 Lakes” because the state has 11,842 lakes over 10 acres in size.

It is the 12th largest state in the United States and is the residential home of more than 5.2 million people. It is also home to some of the World’s most gorgeous animals such as white-tail deer, black bears, snowy owls, timber wolves, hawks, bald eagles, turkeys, moose and geese.

For all you history loves, Minnesota was once home to the Annishinaabe tribe, the Dakota tribe and other Native Americans before it was taken over by the Europeans. The state is known for its rocks, mainly because they are some of the oldest known globally. It also has the Canadian Shield when basaltic lava formed to create it. One of the biggest and most gorgeous lakes formed thousands of years ago known as the Lake Agassiz. Minnesota is also home to the Mississippi River and Lake Superior.

The Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL) and the Minnesota Twins (MLB) are all out of the state of Minnesota. As a tourist or even a person moving to the state you will find much entertainment such as the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota State Fair which is known best for its butter sculptures, seed art, dairy princesses, the birthing barn, and the “fattest” pig contest.

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is another great joy of the state due to its ability to perform 800+ performances in 11 days. If you love medieval life, you will fit right at home with the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

In the state of Minnesota people live longer and are healthier because most of their lives are spent in the world of outside rather than inside. They are prairie owners and find themselves ice fishing, canoeing, boating, enjoying water sports such as skiing.

Minnesota is the place to be for a slower, more relaxed environment. So if you live in the state, take a deep breath of fresh forest air and if you are thinking of living there, rent a family cabin for the weekend to enjoy all the joy Minnesota has to offer.