Minnesota became the 32nd state admitted to the Union in 1858. Minnesota is a Midwestern state with Canada bordering to the north and Iowa to the south.
The majority of Minnesota's population resides in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, know as the "Twin Cities", metropolitan area. St. Paul is the capital city. Rochester is the only other city with population of greater than 100,000.
Minnesota is a large state geographically and is famous for its "10,000 Lakes", thousands of natural rivers and streams and millions of acres of wetlands. The Minnesota climate is hot in summer and very cold in winter with higher than average levels of precipitation.
Leading sectors in Minnesota's economy are agriculture and farm products, lumber and wood products and iron ore mining. Minnesota is ranked as a high tax state.