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GREAT LAKES STATES BY THE NUMBERS: Minnesota

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Another beautifully-named place, Minnesota, like Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio, is a state named after a river. The Dakota word means "sky blue water" or "water that reflects the sky" and I was intrigued to learn that as the first half of this name, Minne, means "water", that "Minneapolis" means "city of lakes". I am amazed at the power of names, how learning their meanings actually can resest one's view of a region and not only help foster appreciation of that region's attributes, but display how those attributes were once seen as so important, so vital, that they were the very reason for the name itself. more...
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