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Min·ne·so·ta

 (mĭn′ĭ-sō′tə) Abbr. MN or Minn.
A state of the northern United States bordering on Lake Superior and on Manitoba and Ontario, Canada. It was admitted as the 32nd state in 1858. Explored by the French in the mid-1600s, the area became part of the United States through the Treaty of Paris (1783) and the Louisiana Purchase (1803). St. Paul is the capital and Minneapolis the largest city.

Min′ne·so′tan adj. & n.
Word History: Minnesotans may tell you that Minnesota in Lakota means "10,000 lakes," and they may attempt to prove it by pointing to the motto on their license plates. Minnesota in Lakota actually means "cloudy water," an accurate description of the Minnesota River. Another popular etymology of a similar-sounding Indian name has Minnehaha meaning "laughing waters." It doesn't; it means "waterfalls." The misinterpretation began around 1849 when European settlers, not unreasonably, assumed that the -haha was an imitation of laughter just as in English, and hence that minnehaha meant "laughing waters." The folk etymology caught on and wound up in 1855 as the name of the heroine in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha.

Minnesota

(ˌmɪnɪˈsəʊtə)
n
1. (Placename) a state of the N central US: chief US producer of iron ore. Capital: St Paul. Pop: 5 059 375 (2003 est). Area: 218 600 sq km (84 402 sq miles). Abbreviation: Minn or MN (with zip code)
2. (Placename) a river in S Minnesota, flowing southeast and northeast to the Mississippi River near St Paul. Length: 534 km (332 miles)

Min•ne•so•ta

(ˌmɪn əˈsoʊ tə)

n.
1. a state in the N central United States. 4,919,479; 84,068 sq. mi. (217,735 sq. km). Cap.: St. Paul; Abbr.: MN, Minn.
2. a river flowing SE from the W border of Minnesota into the Mississippi near St. Paul. 332 mi. (535 km) long.
Min`ne•so′tan, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Minnesota - a midwestern stateMinnesota - a midwestern state      
middle west, Midwest, midwestern United States - the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
Voyageurs National Park - a national park in Minnesota having ancient rock outcroppings and evergreen forests
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Bemidji - a town in northern Minnesota
Duluth - a city in northeast Minnesota on Lake Superior
Hibbing - a town in northeastern Minnesota in the Mesabi Range
Mankato - a town in southern Minnesota
Minneapolis - largest city in Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river; noted for flour mills; one of the Twin Cities
Rochester - a town in southeast Minnesota
Saint Cloud, St. Cloud - a town in central Minnesota on the Mississippi River; granite quarries
capital of Minnesota, St. Paul, Saint Paul - capital of the state of Minnesota; located in southeastern Minnesota on the Mississippi river adjacent to Minneapolis; one of the Twin Cities
Twin Cities - nickname for Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Virginia - a town in northeastern Minnesota in the heart of the Mesabi Range
Little Sioux River - a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
Mesabi Range - a range of hills in northeastern Minnesota where rich iron ore deposits were discovered in 1887
Translations
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Her husband was born in Minnesota. He was a grain merchant and cattle-buyer, and was generally considered the most enterprising business man in our county.
One of them is a young man from Boston,--an aesthetic young man, who talks about its being "a real Corot day," etc., and a young woman--a girl, a female, I don't know what to call her--from Vermont, or Minnesota, or some such place.
There was a night on a station platform in Minnesota, when two dogs of a troupe, on the next truck to his, froze to death.
Following the landmark 1998 settlement of the lawsuit, State of Minnesota versus Philip Morris, Inc., et al., Minnesota implemented a series of tobacco control efforts to limit the harm caused by tobacco use.
The program, financed by a $230,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, is designed to create and deploy manufacturing for sustainability.
The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) told Feedinfo News Service: "As news reports have indicated, a tornado destroyed three, 500-foot turkey barns on a farm belonging to Terry and Janet Carlson, Parkers Prairie, Minnesota.
According to the Twins, "Every time a Minnesota Twins pitcher breaks the bat of an opposing player during the 2010 season, Minnesota State Parks and Trails will plant 100 trees in one of the 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas or along one of the 21 Minnesota state trails."
"We believe that in order to get health care costs under control, respond to consumer needs, and reshape health care delivery for the future, that new care models are critical," said Pat Geraghty, president and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. "We can't continue to deliver care the same way we have been doing for years and expect the cost and access equation to change.
She also said that rural Minnesota compares well with rural Japan in fiber deployment, and that rural Japanese communities seeking to develop their economies would be well served in creating something like the state's telco cooperatives to aid in that process.
Minnesota Power said multiple biomass opportunities were screened to develop a short list of the most economically feasible projects.
While the University of Minnesota beefed up its emergency planning in the aftermath of 9/11, past practices have been able to only go so far, says DeBoer.
The system serves more than 21,000 REALTORS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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