List of city nicknames in Minnesota

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This partial list of city nicknames in Minnesota compiles the aliases, sobriquets and slogans that cities in Minnesota are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to municipal governments, local people, outsiders or their tourism boards or chambers of commerce. City nicknames can help in establishing a civic identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote civic pride; and build community unity.[1] Nicknames and slogans that successfully create a new community "ideology or myth"[2] are also believed to have economic value.[1] Their economic value is difficult to measure,[1] but there are anecdotal reports of cities that have achieved substantial economic benefits by "branding" themselves by adopting new slogans.[2]

Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide currency.

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  2. ^ a b Alfredo Andia, Branding the Generic City :), MU.DOT magazine, September 10, 2007
  3. ^ City of Anoka Web Site
  4. ^ a b c d U.S. City Monikers, Tagline Guru website, accessed January 5, 2008
  5. ^ a b Claims to Fame - Favorites, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Claims to Fame - Agriculture, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Claims to Fame - Activities, Epodunk, accessed April 10, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c Claims to Fame - Food, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  9. ^ a b Twin Ports: Duluth/Superior, accessed May 8, 2007. "Duluth, also known as the "Zenith City", is the larger of the two, and usually gets the most notoriety, but Superior, also referred to as "Soup Town"(because of common fog overhangs!) has a lot to offer residents as well as visitors."
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  11. ^ City of Hanover Web Site
  12. ^ Hermantown School District Web Site
  13. ^ [1], Irvine World News, February 22, 2004
  14. ^ Claims to Fame - Energy, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  15. ^ City of Madison, Minnesota - Welcome to the City of Madison, Minnesota
  16. ^ Barry Popik, Smoky City, website, March 27, 2005
  17. ^ City of Minneapolis, Minnesota - Official Web Site
  18. ^ As per the city history book, The Mill City; or the Mill City Museum
  19. ^ Return to Murderapolis
  20. ^ Welcome To Mountain Iron, motto listed on web site, accessed May 8, 2007.
  21. ^ The History Of New Ulm, accessed May 8, 2007. "New Ulm, the City of "Charm and Tradition", is nestled just 90 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, in the heart of the scenic Minnesota River Valley."
  22. ^ Visiting Northfield: Two Colleges, One Town
  23. ^ Claims to Fame - Fish, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.
  24. ^ Downtown St. Cloud, accessed May 8, 2007. "Since 1898, the region has supported one of the world's largest granite producers, Cold Spring Granite. Helping to give St. Cloud the surname "Granite City", this family-owned company employs about 900 people locally, including third and fourth generation craftspeople."
  25. ^ as per former resident Al Franken
  26. ^ - Writers - In Search of... Hockeytown U.S.A. Tuesday December 4, 2007, Sports Illustrated
  27. ^ night out; NIGHTWATCH; Sinning in the Saintly City.(SCENE) - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ Fee, Kevin (May 10, 1999) Detroit Snatches `Hockeytown' Name from Warroad, Minn. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
  30. ^ Claims to Fame - Birds, Epodunk, accessed April 16, 2007.