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  • Minnesotan baseball commentator Halsey Hal was the first to say 'Holy Cow' during a baseball broadcast.

  • The Mall of America at Bloomington has the size of 78 football fields --- 9.5 million square feet.

  • Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch Tape, Wheaties Cereals, Bisquick, HMOs, the Bundt Pan, Aveda Beauty Products and Green Giant Vegetables

  • The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 and allowed ships to reach Duluth.

  • Minneapolis is home to the oldest continuous theater (Old Log Theater) and the country's largest dinner theater (Chanhassan Dinner Theater).

  • The original name of the settlement, which became St. Paul, was pig's eye. Named after the French-Canadian whiskey trader Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, who had led squatters to the settlement.

  • The world's largest pelican stands at the foot of the Mill Pond Dam on the Pelican River, right in downtown Pelican Rapids. The 15 1/2 foot high concrete statue was built in 1957.

  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.

  • Minneapolis' famous skyway system, which connects 52 blocks (nearly five miles) from downtown, makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without having to go outside.

  • Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.

  • The air-conditioned Metrodome is the only facility in the country to hold a Super Bowl, World Series and NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.

  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of coastline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii together.

  • The nation's first Better Business Bureau was founded in 1912 in Minneapolis.

  • The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were performed at the University of Minnesota.

  • Bloomington and Minneapolis are the two northernmost cities in which a World Series match ever took place.

  • Madison is the "Lutefisk Capital of the United States".

  • Rochester is home to the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is an important teaching and working place. It is known worldwide for its expertise and the latest treatment methods.

  • The Bergquist Hut, built in 1870 by Swedish immigrant John Bergquist, is the oldest surviving home in Moorhead.

  • For many years, the largest string of the world sits in Darwin. It weighs 17,400 pounds, is twelve feet in diameter and was the creation of Francis A. Johnson.

  • The stapler was invented in Spring Valley.

  • Southdale, in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, was the first self-contained, air-conditioned suburban shopping center in 1956

  • Private Milburn Henke of Hutchinson was the first soldier to land on January 26, 1942, with the first American expeditionary force in Europe during World War II.

  • The first practical water skis were invented in 1922 by Ralph W. Samuelson, who steam-blasted two 8-foot-long pine boards into the sky. He took his first drive behind a motorboat on a lake in Lake City.

  • In Olivia, a single, half-peeled butt sticks out over a gazebo on the roadside. It is 25 feet high, made of fiberglass and has been on since 1973.

  • The first children's section in a library is said to be the Minneapolis Public Library, which in December 1889 separated children's books from the rest of the collection.

  • The first automatic pop-up toaster was marketed in June 1926 by McGraw Electric Co. of Minneapolis under the name Toastmaster. The selling price was $ 13.50.

  • On September 2, 1952, a 5-year-old girl became the first patient to undergo cardiac surgery using deep-freezing technology. Her body temperature, except for her head, has been reduced to 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Dr. Floyd Lewis at the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota performed the operation.

  • The first Aerial Ferry was put into service on 9 April 1905 via the ship canal between Duluth and Minnesota Point. It had room enough to accommodate 6 cars. Round trip took 10 min.

  • Rollerblades were the first commercially successful inline roller skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980 when they were looking for a way to train hockey during the offseason. Her design was a hockey shoe with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.

  • The first Intercollegiate basketball game was played on February 9, 1895 in Minnesota.

  • In 1919, a factory in Minneapolis launched the nation's first armored vehicles.

  • Tonka Trucks were developed and will continue to be manufactured in Minnetonka.

  • Hormel Company of Austin marketed the first canned ham in 1926. Hormel introduced spam in 1937.

  • The Control Data 6600, developed by Control Data Corp. was developed in Chippewa Falls, was introduced in August 1963 and was the first supercomputer. It was used by the military to simulate nuclear explosions and break Soviet codes. These computers were also used to model complex phenomena such as hurricanes and galaxies.

  • The candy manufacturer Frank C. Mars from Minnesota presented in 1923 the chocolate bar Milky Way. Mars marketed in 1930 the bar Snickers and introduced in 1937 the bar series Three Musketeers with 5 cents. The original 3 Musketeers bar contained 3 bars in an envelope. Each with different Geschmacksnugat.

  • One of Jehovah's Witnesses was the first patient to receive artificial blood transfusion in 1979 at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Because of his religious beliefs, he had refused a transfusion of real blood.

  • Minnesota has one pleasure boat per six people, more than any other state.

  • There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes and 123 Rice Lakes, commonly referred to as Minnesota.

  • The Hull-Rust mine in Hibbing became the largest open pit mine in the world.

  • Minnesota's water flows outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • At the confluence of Big Fork and Rainy Rivers on the Canadian border at International Falls is the largest Indian burial mound in the upper Midwest. It is known as the Grand Mound historical site.

  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on Plum Creek near Walnut Grove.

  • Akeley is the birthplace and home of the world's largest Paul Bunyan statue. The kneeling Paul Bunyan is 20 feet tall. He could be 33 feet tall if he stood.

  • Hibbing is the birthplace of the American bus industry. It was born out of the business acumen of Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson - who opened the first bus line between Hibbing and Alice in 1914. The bus line grew to Greyhound Lines, Inc.

  • The first official hit at the Metrodome in Minneapolis was played by Pete Rose in a preseason game for the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Polaris Industries of Roseau invented the snowmobile.

  • Twin City-based Northwest Airlines was the first major airline to ban smoking on international flights.

  • Alexander Anderson of Red Wing discovered the methods to puff wheat and rice and give us the indispensable rice cakes.

  • In 1898, the Kensington Rune stone was found on the farm of Olaf Ohman near Alexandria. The Kensington Rune stone carvings are said to have told in 1362 of a voyage of a Viking band.

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