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Minnesota (About this sound pronounced ˌmɪnɨˈsoʊtə ) is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. The 12th-largest state by area in the U.S., and the 21st most populous, with approximately five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. The state is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and those lakes and the other waters for which the state is named, together with the national forests and parks, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Approximately 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, the center of transportation, business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state, often referred to as "Greater Minnesota" or "Outstate Minnesota", consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated northern boreal forest. (Full article)

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Red Lake Falls is a city in Red Lake County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,590 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Red Lake County. The city lies in the middle of Red Lake Falls Township from which it was separated when incorporated as a village in 1881. Its status was raised to that of a city in 1898. Red Lake Falls is located on a tributary of the Red River of the North, the Red Lake River, at its confluence with the Clearwater River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land. Minnesota Highway 32 serves as a main route in the city. Minnesota Highway 92 is nearby. (Full article)
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McNutt in 2007

Marcia Kemper McNutt (born 1952) is an American geophysicist. She is the director of the United States Geological Survey and science adviser to the United States Secretary of the Interior. She was president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, an oceanographic research center in the United States, professor of marine geophysics at the Stanford University School of Earth Sciences and professor of marine geophysics at University of California, Santa Cruz. (Full article)

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Golden Gophers women's cross country at the University of Minnesota
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January in the history of Minnesota

The Schoolhouse Blizzard, also known as the Schoolchildren's Blizzard or the Children's Blizzard, hit the U.S. plains states on January 12, 1888. The blizzard came unexpectedly on a warm day, and many people were caught unaware, including children in one-room schoolhouses.

The blizzard was precipitated by the collision of an immense Arctic cold front with warm, moisture-laden air from the Gulf of Mexico. Within a few hours, the advancing cold front caused a temperature drop from a few degrees above freezing to –20 degrees Fahrenheit (–40 in some places). This wave of cold was accompanied by high winds and heavy snow. The fast-moving storm struck Montana in the early hours of January 12, swept through Dakota Territory from midmorning to early afternoon, and reached Lincoln, Nebraska at 3 p.m.

What made the storm so deadly was the timing (during work hours), the suddenness, and the brief spell of balmy weather that preceded it. People ventured from the safety of their homes to do chores, go to town, attend school, or simply enjoy the unseasonable warmth. As a result, thousands of people – including a significant number of schoolchildren – got caught in the blizzard. Approximately 500 people died of hypothermia. Travel was severely impeded in the days following. (see more)

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