Wikipedia:WikiProject Minnesota

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This project covers the creation and editing of articles related to the U.S. State of Minnesota, its cities, counties, geography, transportation, culture, history, and so on. It aims to expand Wikipedia's resources on Minnesota in a NPOV and accurate manner.

This WikiProject was formed to coordinate the development of better articles on the U.S. state of Minnesota. This page and its subpages contain suggestions on formatting and layout of articles, which can be discussed at the project's talk page.

Location of Minnesota in the United States

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Current project[edit]

Please help with the category of Unassessed Minnesota articles. As of September 12, 2018, there are approximately 70 articles remaining to be assessed.

Core articles/High-level articles[edit]

Article Class Rationale Quality Comments
Minnesota Top WP:CORE Featured article FA Excellent - appeared on the Main Page May 11, 2007
Climate of Minnesota Top WP:CORE Featured article FA Excellent - appeared on the Main Page February 17, 2011
Culture of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B Help!
Demographics of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Economy of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Geography of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Flag of Minnesota Top WP:CORE Start Needs much more work. Help!
Geology of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
History of Minnesota Top WP:CORE Featured article FA Excellent - appeared on the Main Page May 11, 2008
Minneapolis Top WP:CORE Featured article FA Excellent - appeared on the Main Page July 20, 2008
Minneapolis–Saint Paul Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Mississippi River Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Music of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B Demoted from FA. What needs to be done to improve it?
Natural history of Minnesota Top WP:CORE Start Good but small, direct copy from Minnesota
Politics of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Saint Paul, Minnesota Top WP:CORE GA Not too shabby...FA, anyone?
Sports in Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Transportation in Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
University of Minnesota Top WP:CORE B A good one to work on
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Top WP:CORE GA GA once again!
Anoka County, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!
Bloomington, Minnesota High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Dakota County, Minnesota High A High-level article C Much improved, keep improving it
Duluth, Minnesota High A High-level article B Delisted from GA :(
Eugene McCarthy High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Fort Snelling High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Hennepin County, Minnesota High A High-level article C A good one to work on
Metro Blue Line (Minnesota) High A High-level article B A good one to work on
History of Minneapolis High A High-level article GA Potential FA?
History of Saint Paul, Minnesota High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Hubert Humphrey High A High-level article B A good one to work on
I-35W Mississippi River bridge High A High-level article GA Good collaboration
Iron Range High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Lake Minnetonka High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Lake Superior High A High-level article B A good one to work on
List of Governors of Minnesota High A High-level article B A good one to work on
List of Minnesota state parks High A High-level article B A good one to work on
List of Minnesota state symbols High A High-level article Featured list FL Fantastic, you betcha - appeared on the Main Page November 24, 2014
List of National Historic Landmarks in Minnesota High A High-level article B
List of people from Minnesota High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Mall of America High A High-level article B Still needs some work.
Mankato, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!
Mayo Clinic High A High-Level article Start Clinic and medical school needs work!
Template:Minnesota High A High-level article Template This is good as-is
Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party High A High-level article Start Help!
Minnesota State Fair High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Template:Politics of Minnesota High A High-level article Template This is good as-is
Ramsey County, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!
Rochester, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!
Saint Anthony Falls High A High-level article B Help!
St. Cloud, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!
St. Paul Pioneer Press High A High-level article Start Help!
Star Tribune High A High-level article Start Help!
United States congressional delegations from Minnesota High A High-level article B A good one to work on
University of Minnesota system High A High-level article B A good one to work on
WCCO-TV High A High-level article B A good one to work on
Walter Mondale High A High-level article C A good one to work on
Washington County, Minnesota High A High-level article Start Help!

Assessment[edit]

Importance Scale[edit]

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of Minnesota.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Places Things People
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for Minnesota, or is generally notable to people other than students of Minnesota. They define and determine the subject of the Minnesota WikiProject. Minnesota University of Minnesota Norm Coleman
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of Minnesota, but not necessarily outside it. Bloomington, Minnesota I-35W Mississippi River bridge Floyd B. Olson
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the Minnesota WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Apple Valley, Minnesota Breck School Keith Ellison
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of Minnesota, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. Two Harbors, Minnesota Baldwin Lake Charlemagne Tower

Project divisions and current tasks[edit]

Use these pages to gather information and resources for use in developing Minnesota-related articles. Tasks should be listed as subpoints under the relevant item.

New article patrol[edit]

The "Alex New Article Bot" logs all new articles with "Minnesota" and other related words to a page. This is the workflow for dealing with them

  1. The bot logs new articles to User:AlexNewArtBot/MinnesotaSearchResult, with the newest articles at the top
  2. Review the pages checking for notability, copyvios, wikify etc.
  3. If the article falls under WP:MN and is relevant then add WikiProject Minnesota template as {{WikiProject Minnesota}}.
  4. Strike the article through showing it has been reviewed

Portal[edit]

Portal:Minnesota is a featured portal. Things you can do:

  • Suggest or go right ahead and install a selected biography of the month.
  • Suggest or go right ahead and install historical and upcoming events each month.

General Minnesota resources[edit]

  • General — General information on Minnesota
  1. Add {{WikiProject Minnesota}} to Minnesota article Talk pages ... someone using AWB could probably do this most easily
  2. Add {{Minnesota-stub}} or other appropriate stub notices (see below) to stub articles.
  3. Identify articles needing images
  1. Populate the list with ALL Minnesota articles.

Minnesota physical assets[edit]

  • Government — Governance, as well as federal, state and local politics in relation to Minnesota
  • Places — Cities, towns, counties, landmarks, and important structures
  1. Add City Infobox and photo to biggest cities (see Minneapolis, Minnesota for example)
  2. Improve Minnesota#Important cities and towns
  3. Photographs needed: List of MN places that need photographs
  4. Provide missing geocoordinate data
  1. Improve Transportation in Minnesota
  • Parks — State parks and forests, local parks, and other natural areas

Minnesota life[edit]

  • People — Minnesota natives and those residents who have shaped Minnesota
  1. Clean up List of people from Minnesota.
  2. Make sure people in Category:People from Minnesota are included in List of people from Minnesota.
  • Culture — Music, art, sports, media, etc.
  • Commerce — Companies and general commerce in Minnesota
  • History — history of Minnesota during and prior to statehood

Members[edit]

Active members[edit]

To join WikiProject Minnesota, edit this section and insert the Wikitext #{{subst:me}} with your areas of interest into the following list of members in alphabetical order. Members should also place member identification on their user page.

  1. Adanielch - University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, politics in Minnesota
  2. Adposteriori (talk) 19:41, 4 March 2018 (UTC) - University of Minnesota Law School, Minnesota law & politics
  3. Appraiser - working on Twin Cities historical sites, parks, 19th century explorers
  4. Archivist100 (talk) 19:43, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
  5. Atom - Twin Cities Area, State parks, regional parks
  6. Aunva6 (talk) 23:35, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
  7. Awickert - East side of St. Paul, Minnesota geography and geology, state and regional parks
  8. Axiom71 (talk) - Born in St. Paul, MN. Reside in Red Wing. Reading local history and interested in history of region and state.
  9. Azeroth - I try to follow the passenger rail developments
  10. Baron Dave - can help with SF fandom and some on Fresh Air Radio in Mpls
  11. BenFranske
  12. Bobamnertiopsis - Minneapolis stuff, especially history in south Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Library branches.
  13. Bobak - urban planning, stadiums, misc. (I live in downtown Minneapolis and can get pictures in a jiff if people need them; I am also an administrator.)
  14. Boon0044 - Saint Peter/Mankato/New Ulm area, state and local media, southern suburbs
  15. Brienne of Tarth - politics, Minneapolis history, Hennepin and McLeod county history/happenings, art and music
  16. BWes - Western Suburbs
  17. C3F2k
  18. Calebrw (talk) - South Minneapolis. Rice County. Northfield and the surrounding area. I can take requests on my talk page for pictures in those areas.
  19. Chem8700 - Department of Natural Resources
  20. ClarityKTMpls - Midwesterner through and through. Happy to help with all that makes our state awesome.
  21. Czycha (talk)
  22. Dane
  23. Daveswagon - working on Central Minnesota locations and topics
  24. Davumaya - Focus is on article recording and minneapolis & south burbs
  25. DrGregMN - Ghost towns
  26. Dynamic Doyle (talk)- Wikipedia user since September 2013. Avid bicyclist and manufacturing engineering technology student in Minneapolis and Mankato. Works at Star_Tribune Fleet Garage. Also loves finance/accounting, R&D, design, art, fluids (gas/liquids), classical music, and advocating for education.
  27. eagleeye
  28. Eamesheard (talk)
  29. ebbillings (talk) 22:26, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
  30. Elkman - also helping out with history, lakes and bridges
  31. Emika22 (talk) - MN history, culture; Dakota and Goodhue counties
  32. ErikTheBikeMan (talk) I can help out with requests for pictures in the metro area.
  33. Erutuon — interested in Minnesota native plants and nature in general
  34. False Prophet helping with sports teams and main page sports section
  35. Gandydancer - Duluth and Iron Range and Minnesota state parks
  36. Gephart - Suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, as well as high schools and high school athletic related articles
  37. Gnosbush
  38. Gobonobo T C - Co-operatives, politics
  39. Gopherbone - University of Minnesota, Golden Gopher athletics
  40. Grandmasterka - Topics relating to inner-city Minneapolis. I would also like to bring Minnesota State Fair up to Featured Article status. (I am also an administrator.)
  41. greyduk - Minnesota lakes and other random information.
  42. Grika - I've begun a project to create pages for all Minnesota Synagogues, any help would be appreciated - List of Minnesota Synagogues
  43. Gtadoc - Medicine and medical education, and taking some pics of Rochester
  44. Gutworth - I'd be glad to do research for any article
  45. Mr. Guye - I live in Robbinsdale. I will likely focus on Minnesota politics and government. How am I not already a member of this WikiProject? I care about my state's articles!
  46. GWST11 - Athletes in Minnesota
  47. HeirloomGardener - I started working on Norwood Young America and Stiftungsfest, and I could help out with other places in that area
  48. Hlodynn
  49. innotata
  50. Iulus Ascanius - I like to clean, organize, and add basic info to articles on small cities and towns
  51. Hurrmic (talk) residing in Southeast Minnesota, specifically Winona, Winona County (but a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  52. Jace (talk) - Lives in north Minneapolis. I can help out.
  53. Jakeschneider220 - best in articles related to southwest Minnesota
  54. JayJay - Assesing and re-assesing articles
  55. JAYMEDINC
  56. John Hoffoss contributing from Minneapolis.
  57. Jonathan Kovaciny
  58. Jonathunder - can help with tasks which require admin tools, and happy to take requests for photographs in southeast Minnesota
  59. Joseph507357 (talk Live in Minnesota.
  60. Jrt989
  61. Justin4gb
  62. KDTW Flyer - Wisconsin Native, working on airports
  63. Keeper 76. Born and raised. "over 30 years experience". NorthWoods or Northburbs, let me know where to help.
  64. kewlgrapes - I live in Rochester and frequently drive I-90 to Worthington. Happy to take pictures upon request.
  65. Kris10z. MN history & pop culture fanatic, U of M student, would like to help with the Minnesota History Center page.
  66. Ksax - I will take pictures of some outstate places, please ask!
  67. KyrKazakh - Extremely new to Wikipedia, interested in improving geographical articles about the southeast part of the state.
  68. Legolover26- I live in Minnesota and am from Minnesota and will look for ways to be of help.
  69. LindaMorman - Politics, particularly creating/expanding entries on members of the State Legislature
  70. Malepheasant - mostly in overlap with WikiProject Rivers
  71. Marauder09 - I'll help out, I live in Minnesota.
  72. matt91486 - Intending to work on state Reps and Senators in addition to the random sports figures.
  73. MatthewUND - I live in Grand Forks, ND, but I will help with northwest MN...particularly the Red River Valley. I can also serve as a liason between WPMN and WPND.
  74. Mattwj2002 - I live in the Twin Cities. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know, I like to take pictures!
  75. Mazzmn - SE Minn articles & images, and random tangents.
  76. McGhiever - working mostly on parks
  77. Minnecologies - forests/nature, will likely die trying to flesh out state forests and ecoregions
  78. Moncrief - open to general editing tasks
  79. Mrfeek - Politics, history
  80. Mrtobacco
  81. Myotus - Minnesota History, historical sites, Richfield
  82. Natalie Erin I can help with most general stuff and can provide requested free-content photos in the metro area.
  83. Natemann133 A former intern in the Minnesota State Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives. Also a die-hard Minnesota sports fan and U of M graduate. I frequently edit/create member pages for members of the Minnesota House and Senate.
  84. Nathanm_mn
  85. Nsteffel - History, politics, beer.
  86. Okabena EnAvant New user; interested in southwest Minnesota cities/history/geography, metro area, transportation history, natural history.
  87. Our Bold Hero
  88. paul2520 (talk) - LGBT issues, general tasks & editing help
  89. Peter Beard (talk) - Mostly stuff in the metro area; history, photos - whatever's missing, really.
  90. P.Haney - Anything high school related as well as St. Paul related.
  91. Peterk17700 - West Metro articles and pictures
  92. Pikachu Bros.
  93. pvspencer22
  94. Qwestify
  95. RachelWex 18:03, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
  96. RadManCF
  97. Randomeditor1000 (talk) - University pages in MN, urban planning, transportation, city pages,
  98. Ravedave - work on Minnesota and park articles mostly
  99. Rehcsif - Western 'burbs, parks, general misc.
  100. ReverendG
  101. Rhelmerichs
  102. Ruby2010 - recently overhauled the list of colleges and universities. Plan to eventually work on my undergrad (St. Thomas). History and politics interest me too.
  103. Russian F - Culture and history of Minnesota, Northern Minnesota
  104. Rx StrangeLove I'm taking requests for photography in and around the Twin Cities, as well as some outstate areas when I travel.
  105. Ryan Vesey Currently working on some southwest Minnesota articles, trying to create articles for all of the Senators and Representatives from the region
  106. RyguyMN
  107. sabeen557 - Some on history and parks, cities that are near me, and write and supply pictures for the Minnesota State Fair (In the summer, it looks bad now)
  108. Sabiona
  109. Sable232 Highways, anything else that comes to mind.
  110. SeanNovack (talk) History, Politics, and sports
  111. Shaded0 (talk) 03:08, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
  112. Showers
  113. Simcor06 History, Culture and Commerce
  114. Skyler13 (talk)
  115. Smith03
  116. Station Attendant - Southeast, highways.
  117. Steve 1521 (talk)
  118. SusanLesch (talk)
  119. SWMNPoliSciProject (talk) Preparation, modification and expansion of articles primarily relevant to government, politics and world affairs.
  120. Thanatosimii State parks and the North Shore, mainly.
  121. The.dharma.bum - mostly in the St. Croix River valley, Washington County, etc.
  122. Thegracekelly (talk) - government, politics, law enforcement
  123. Tommie91 - I'm a very knowledgeable sports fan, especially Minnesota teams. Also a Minnesota history fan.
  124. Trish Lewis - St. Vincent, Minnesota History
  125. UBeR - Created glacial history of Minnesota. Can help on weather or hydrology related articles pertaining to Minnesota. Also have general knowledge on many Minnesota related topics.
  126. Umtc2011
  127. Unidiode
  128. Voot 42 - Infrastructure, politics and random articles.
  129. WeijiBaikeBianji (talk) - University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Law School, fifth-generation Minnesotan. Will look around for miscellaneous tasks mentioned on the project page.
  130. WildFan48 - Minnesota sports of any kind
  131. Willy11009 - Rochester related articles
  132. Wkaardal - SW Minnesota, Redwood Falls and Redwood County, UofMN, Historic and Major Landmarks, History
  133. Woogums - history
  134. WTGDMan1986
  135. WxGopher - Almost exclusively editing weather articles, though occasionally Minnesota sports articles too.
  136. Zappa26 - Can do whatever, currently working on state Senators and Representatives.
  137. Zenlax - born in Minnesota and currently call it my second home.
  138. ZJH

Former members[edit]

Thank you for your help! Please move your username back to the active list when you can participate again.

  1. Drew Geraets - will work on adding photos to MN pages
  2. Dskluz - resident, works on general stuff related to Minnesota
  3. FabianWilcox (talk) New user - would like to help with historical and geographic topics

Member identification[edit]

Members of WikiProject Minnesota should place one of the following on their user page to add it to Category:WikiProject Minnesota members.

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For other Minnesota user templates see Category:Minnesota user templates.

Meetups[edit]

At least one Minnesota meetup has been held every year since 2005. See the meetup talk page to see planned meetups and discuss future events.

Templates[edit]

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Minnesota template[edit]

  • {{Minnesota}} - Template for Minnesota regions, counties and cities; placed at the bottom of article pages

Userboxes[edit]

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Stub notices[edit]

Please place stub notices at the bottom of article pages.

Requested photos[edit]

For Minnesota-related articles needing a photograph, use {{Image requested|in=Minnesota}} in the talk page, which adds the article to Category:Wikipedia requested photographs in Minnesota. You can help Wikipedia by uploading freely licensed photographs for these articles to Wikimedia Commons.

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