Minnesota at a Glance Capital: St. Paul Nickname: North Star State / Land of 10,000 Lakes Bird: Commom Loon Tree: Red Pine Largest City: Minneapolis Neighboring States:Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Carved by glaciers centuries ago, Minnesota is now known as the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes. Eastlakes Minnesota borders Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Westlakes Minnesota is home to Bemidji, an old logging center with a historic downtown. The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota's capitals, are vibrant and alive with the cultural arts and a heavy emphasis on professional sports. The two cities have more theatres, dance companies, and concert venues per person than anywhere in the U.S., excluding New York City. America's largest shopping center, the Mall of America, is located in Bloomington. South Minnesota is primarily farmland on the edge of the Great Plains.