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Minnesota (/ˌmɪnɪˈstə/ (About this soundlisten)) is a state in the Upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord (French: Star of the North).

Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U.S. states; nearly 60% of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the "Twin Cities"). This area is the center of transportation, business, industry, education, and government, while being home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now partially cleared, farmed, and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.

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Otter Tail County Minnesota Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Battle Lake Highlighted.svg
Battle Lake is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 686 at the 2000 census. The town is built around a lake where a battle was fought between the Ojibway and Sioux people around 1795. Glendalough State Park is nearby. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.83% is water. Minnesota Highway 210 and Minnesota Highway 78 are two of the main routes in the community. {Full article}
Photo: Dennis Adams, U.S. Department of Transportation. Map: User:Arkyan
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Gág in December 1916

Wanda Hazel Gág /ˈɡɑːɡ/ (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) was an American artist, author, translator, and illustrator. She is best known for writing and illustrating the children's book Millions of Cats, the oldest American picture book still in print. Gág was also a noted printmaker, receiving international recognition and awards. Growing Pains, a book of excerpts from the diaries of her teen and young adult years, received critical acclaim. Her books were awarded Newbery Honors and Caldecott Honors. (Full article)

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Scenic Minnesota

This is a scene from Glendalough State Park of one of the picnic and beach areas along Annie Battle Lake. This spot is also the hub for several hiking trails. Glendalough State Park is close to the town of Battle Lake in western/northwestern Minnesota
Credit: James Benjamin Bleeker
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