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“Minnesota” means “sky-tinted water”: you can see your dreams reflected there. Minnesota Land for sale is a piece of the prairie in a place where the American virtues of thrift, hard work and education have never gone out of fashion.
From the pristine wilderness where Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe felled the forests, to the land of Hiawatha where birch bark canoes slip silently across boundary waters; from the farmlands of the Mississippi bluff country to the sophisticated bustle of the Twin Cities; from the shores of Lake Superior to the chill of International Falls (dubbed “the icebox of the nation,”) Minnesota is the place where life is something you live on your terms.
Minnesota has a reputation for being fiscally conservative and socially progressive. No other state in the union has ever elected a professional wrestler (Governor Jesse Ventura) or a “Saturday Night Live” regular (Senator Al Franken) to electoral office.
Minnesota’s nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is actually something of an understatement: at last count there were well over 11,000 lakes there, remnants of the time – not so very long ago – when Minnesota lay under thick sheets of ice. The mighty Mississippi was born from one such lake, the glacial headwaters of tiny Itasca. With another 6,500 rivers, streams, creeks and brooks, and their attendant wetlands, Minnesota is a hunting, fishing and boating paradise without rival.
Nearly sixty percent of the state’s population lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, a hub known as the Twin Cities, famous as a center for education and the fine arts, and also as the home of the Mall of the Americas, the largest fully-enclosed retail and entertainment complex in the United States. To the south lies Rochester and the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most famous and successful medical practices. Duluth to the far north is the port town where the journey through the Great Lakes begins, ending some 2,300 miles later in the Atlantic Ocean.
Everything you’ve heard about Minnesota in January is true: it gets cold there in the wintertime. Very cold. And it snows – a lot. When the Alberta Clippers roar down from the north or the Panhandle Hooks sweep up from the south, it’s time to batten the doors down and stay inside. When spring comes round again – and it always does – you’ve earned it. Summertime echoes archetypal memories of a Midwestern childhood: long, hot, languid days; twilights that seem to last forever.
Upside to wintertime cabin fever? Maybe it’s the creativity. Musical geniuses Bob Dylan and Prince were both born in Minnesota – in fact, Prince never left. Sinclair Lewis’ “Main Street” was in Minnesota, and so was Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House.” And then, of course, there’s Garrison Keilor whose popular “Lake Wobegone” readings on National Public Radio bring a little piece of the North Star State to households across America on a weekly basis.
Minnesota’s economy shows many of the same trends as the nation’s as a whole. While as recently as twenty years ago agriculture, dairy, logging and the mining of iron ore dominated the state’s economic profile, increasingly manufacturing, business and services in the cities have come to play a larger role. Today 33 of the United States’ top 1,000 companies are headquartered in Minnesota. Agriculture, dairy, and logging remain important in the rural parts of the state but all were hit hard by the recession as the construction industry went into hibernation and consumers began rationing their food purchases.
Parts of Minnesota have always struggled in times of economic downturn and that struggle is reflected in the prices of Minnesota Land for Sale which vary widely throughout the state: home prices in the Twin Cities haven’t dropped as much as they have in the rest of the nation; farmland prices within commute distance have also remained relatively steady. Land prices farther away from the Minneapolis-St. Paul hub, though, have seen a dip. One thing’s a constant: Minnesota Land for Sale is a stake in a future where individuality is the best natural resource.