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=== Location  ===
  
=== Location ===
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The Minnesota River is about 332 miles long, all within the US state of Minnesota, and is a tributary of the Mississippi River.&nbsp; It rises from the Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota-South Dakota border in southwest Minnesota.&nbsp; Flowing southeast to Mankato it joins the Mississippi River just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul near historic Fort Snelling. It drains a watershed of over 16,000 square miles in Minnesota alone and 2000 square miles in Iowa and South Dakota.&nbsp; Although it was known by various names in its long history, in 1852 the United States Congress voted that the official name of the river should be its aboriginal name: "Minnesota".&nbsp; The Minnesota Territory first and later the state of Minnesota were named for the river. The river was a major migratory route for the area.
  
The Minnesota River is about 332 miles long, all within the US state of Minnesota, and is a tributary of the Mississippi River.&nbsp; It rises from the Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota-South Dakota border in southwest Minnesota.&nbsp; Flowing southeast to Mankato it joins the Mississippi River just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul near historic Fort Snelling. It drains a watershed of over 16,000 square miles in Minnesota alone and 2000 square miles in Iowa and South Dakota.&nbsp; Although it was known by various names in its long history, in 1852 the United States Congress voted that the official name of the river should be its aboriginal name: "Minnesota".&nbsp; The Minnesota Territory first and later the state of Minnesota were named for the river. The river was a major migratory route for the area.
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=== Commercial significance  ===
  
=== Commercial significance ===
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The river valley of the Minnesota River is best known for its fine farmland. It is one of the country's largest producers of sweet corn and is home to several large food producing and canning companies. Le Sueur, Green Giant and General Mills all have canneries in the river valley. Barges travel up and down the river stopping for loading on the many docks that exist along the waterway. After loading they carry farm grains and vegetables to ports in Minneapolis and Saint Paul for transport down the Mississippi River.
  
The river valley of the Minnesota River is best known for its fine farmland. It is one of the country's largest producers of sweet corn and is home to several large food producing and canning companies. Le Sueur, Green Giant and General Mills all have canneries in the river valley. Barges travel up and down the river stopping for loading on the many docks that exist along the waterway. After loading they carry farm grains and vegetables to ports in Minneapolis and Saint Paul for transport down the Mississippi River.
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=== Cities and towns ===
  
=== Cities and towns ===
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The Minnesota river travels nearby or through the following cities and towns:
  
The Minnesota river travels nearby or through the following cities and towns:
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Belle Plaine, Bloomington, Burnsville, Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Courtland, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Franklin, Granite Falls, Henderson, Kasota, Le Sueur, Mankato, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Montevideo, Morton, New Ulm, North Mankato, Odessa, Ortonville, St. Peter, Savage and Shakopee.
  
Belle Plaine
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=== References  ===
Bloomington
 
Burnsville
 
Carver
 
Chanhassen
 
Chaska
 
Courtland
 
Eagan
 
Eden Prairie
 
Franklin
 
Granite Falls
 
Henderson
 
Kasota
 
Le Sueur
 
Mankato
 
Mendota
 
Mendota Heights
 
Montevideo
 
Morton
 
New Ulm
 
North Mankato
 
Odessa
 
Ortonville
 
St. Peter
 
Savage
 
Shakopee
 
  
=== References ===
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_River
  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_River
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http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/otheritem.cfm?PlaceNameID=2007&amp;BookCodeID=67&amp;County=0&amp;SendingPage=Results.cfm
  
http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/otheritem.cfm?PlaceNameID=2007&BookCodeID=67&County=0&SendingPage=Results.cfm
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http://www.mnriv.com/  
  
http://www.mnriv.com/
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[[Category:Minnesota]] [[Category:Mississippi_River]] [[Category:Migration_Routes]]
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Minnesota]]
 
[[Category:Mississippi River]]
 
[[Category:Migration Routes]]
 

Revision as of 19:41, 10 July 2014


Location

The Minnesota River is about 332 miles long, all within the US state of Minnesota, and is a tributary of the Mississippi River.  It rises from the Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota-South Dakota border in southwest Minnesota.  Flowing southeast to Mankato it joins the Mississippi River just south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul near historic Fort Snelling. It drains a watershed of over 16,000 square miles in Minnesota alone and 2000 square miles in Iowa and South Dakota.  Although it was known by various names in its long history, in 1852 the United States Congress voted that the official name of the river should be its aboriginal name: "Minnesota".  The Minnesota Territory first and later the state of Minnesota were named for the river. The river was a major migratory route for the area.

Commercial significance

The river valley of the Minnesota River is best known for its fine farmland. It is one of the country's largest producers of sweet corn and is home to several large food producing and canning companies. Le Sueur, Green Giant and General Mills all have canneries in the river valley. Barges travel up and down the river stopping for loading on the many docks that exist along the waterway. After loading they carry farm grains and vegetables to ports in Minneapolis and Saint Paul for transport down the Mississippi River.

Cities and towns

The Minnesota river travels nearby or through the following cities and towns:

Belle Plaine, Bloomington, Burnsville, Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Courtland, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Franklin, Granite Falls, Henderson, Kasota, Le Sueur, Mankato, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Montevideo, Morton, New Ulm, North Mankato, Odessa, Ortonville, St. Peter, Savage and Shakopee.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_River

http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/otheritem.cfm?PlaceNameID=2007&BookCodeID=67&County=0&SendingPage=Results.cfm

http://www.mnriv.com/