Minnesota: Making a Mark on the World

Minnesota is the land of sparkling water, blue sky, mosquitoes and lots of snow and cold. But there’s so much more to this beautiful state! For instance, we’re the 800px-Ottawa_neon_Dairy_Queen_signinternational headquarters for Dairy Queen and General Mills, and the original home of Totino’s Pizza. We make gadgets (Medtronic, 3M and Boston Scientific are here), we elect governors who can beat up other governors (well, we had one anyway),  and, of course, we have the Mall of America.

We’re also the land of art and music. The Twin Cities is known for its thriving artsGuthrie Theatercommunity. We have the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (the largest regional playhouse in the country), the Old Log Theater (the oldest continuously running theater), the Ordway in St. Paul, the Chanhassen Dinner Theater (the largest dinner theater), two world-renown orchestras, and music venues too numerous to name.

Famous singers? We have our share. Bob Dylan hails from Minnesota, as did Judy800px-Prince_at_Coachella Garland, The Andrew Sisters, Prince, and the 2012 The Voice 3rd place finisher – Nicholas David Mrozinski.  The Okee Dokee Brothers just won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album of the Year.

We also love writing. Probably because we’re the coldest metropolitan area in the United States. (Remember, it’s North Dakota’s fault for not having enough trees!) Even hardy Minnesotans need to stay in where it’s warm sometimes, and writing is a good indoor activity.

Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen

Minnesota-born writers include Louise Erdrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jon Hassler, Vince Flynn, Thomas Friedman, LaVryle Spencer, Julie Klassen, Erica Vetsch, Susan May Warren, and Jill Elizabeth Nelson. I guess that cold weather fuels our creativity!

We have an exploring nature here as well. Adventurers from Minnesota include Ann Bancroft (first woman to reach the north and south poles – not simultaneously, of course!), Dan Buettner, Will Steger, Charles Lindbergh, and George “Pinky” Nelson (an astronaut who flew on three space shuttle flights).

There have been television shows based in or on Minnesota PrairieHomeCompanionGKcastincluding Little House on the Prairie, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, A Prairie Home Companion, and of course, Rocky and Bullwinkle. And films such as Mighty Ducks, Fargo, Grumpy Old Men, and Purple Rain.

This is a wonderful place, with amazingly creative, adventurous, talented people. In the coming months, I’ll look more closely at the people, places and events that make Minnesota a fabulous place to live, work, and play.

So what famous people, places or things did I miss? (and there are tons)


About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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2 Responses to Minnesota: Making a Mark on the World

  1. You did an excellent job of hitting the highlights. We do have an artfully talented state. I love that the arts plays such a prominent role here!

    A theater I would like to add is the Orpheum in Minneapolis. What a beautiful building! And their lineup this year has me drooling! The Orpheum is part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust that includes the State, Pantages, & New Century. I’ve seen shows at the State-another beautiful building. If I were rich, I’d splurge on season tickets to all of them. 😉

    Music-wise, we have Orchestra Hall, an amazing place to listen to choral and orchestral concerts. Minnesota is widely known for choral excellence from high school to professional.

    And as for writers, I’d like to add William Kent Krueger, a NYT Bestselling author. He wasn’t born here, but he resides in St. Paul. His Cork O’Connor books (which are terrific) are all based in Northern Minnesota.


  2. writerbev says:

    Wonderful post, Stacy. Makes me want to live in Minnesota…Wait! I do! On purpose. Even though I grew up in Texas, my heart always longed for Minnesota, birthplace of my mom.
    Brenda, if I were rich, I’d join you with season tickets!


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