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Location of Minnesota in the United States

Minnesota (About this sound pronounced ˌmɪnɨˈsoʊtə ) is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. The 12th-largest state by area in the U.S., and the 21st most populous, with approximately five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. The state is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and those lakes and the other waters for which the state is named, together with the national forests and parks, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Approximately 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, the center of transportation, business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state, often referred to as "Greater Minnesota" or "Outstate Minnesota", consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated northern boreal forest. (Full article)

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Ottertail is a city in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 451 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (14.59%) is water. It is a very nice town, known especially for the Thumper Pond Golf Course and Resort. As of the census2 of 2000, there were 451 people, 190 households, and 133 families residing in the city. {Full article)
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Benham during a USO tour of Korea 1n 1977

Dorothy Kathleen Benham (born December 11, 1955) is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Edina, Minnesota, who was Miss America 1977 and Miss Minnesota 1976. Benham was born to Archie and Mary Dorothy Tuomi Benham. She attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis, MN and graduated in 1973. She sang in her high school choir. Benham currently lives in Edina, Minnesota. Benham has appeared in Broadway musicals, and regularly performs on the Crystal Cathedral television program, Hour of Power. (Full article)

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November in the history of Minnesota

The Halloween Blizzard was a period of heavy snowfall and ice accumulation that affected parts of the Upper Midwest of the United States, from October 31–November 3, 1991. Over the last week of October, 1991 a large storm system over the Atlantic Ocean blocked most of the weather patterns over the eastern half of the United States, and in turn moisture from the Gulf of Mexico was funneled straight northward over the affected region. By the time the precipitation stopped falling many cities in the eastern half of Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin would witness record early-season snowfall accumulations, while parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa were crippled by a large ice storm. Arctic air that was pulled southward behind the storm would combine with the heavy snow pack to produce many record low temperatures. Between the blizzard and the ice storm 22 people were killed and over 100 were injured. (Full article)

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