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Above: Minnesota Flea Markets:
A valuable carousel horse found at the popular Annual Gold Rush Days in Oronoco.
1. The Wright County Swappers Meet in Annandale is an outdoor market featuring anywhere from 200 to 500 vendors. The meet is open Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, April through October, and also
on Fridays during some holiday weekends. Call 320-274-9005.
2. In Minneapolis, try the Midway Shopping Center Flea Market at Snelling and Highway 36, held on Saturdays.
3. In St. Paul, forage around the popular Antique Spectacular and Flea Market, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul in April, June and October. This flea market features more than 400 retailers Call 651-771-3476.
4. When in Rochester, visit the Olmstead County Gold Rush Antique Show & Flea Market at the Fairgrounds, featuring about a thousand vendors. This event is held in May, August and September. In cold weather, the event takes place on Sundays at the Mayo Civic Center. Call 641-832-2700.
5. Round off your Minnesota flea markets tour at the Annual Gold Rush Days in Downtown Oronoco, held every year on the 3rd
weekend in August, and featuring about 1,200 booths. Call 507-367-2111
Above: Calhoun Isles overlooking downtown Minneapolis.
Fast Facts About Minnesota
1. Minnesota's official state flower is the Lady Slipper.
2. Minnesota's official state tree is the Norway Pine.
3. Minnesota 's official state bird is the Common Loon.
4. Three out of five Minnesota residents live in the Twin Cities area.
5. There are more than twenty regularly scheduled Minnesota flea markets.
6. Minnesota is divided into four geographical regions: Arrowhead, Heartland, Southern and Twin Cities Metro.
7. The five largest cities in Minnesota (by population size) are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth and Bloomington, in that order.
8. The state of Minnesota features 64 State Parks and one National Park.
Above: Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis.
Universities in Minnesota
Bethel University & Seminary in St. Paul
Capella University in Minneapolis
Hamline University in St. Paul
Minnesota State University at Bemidji
Minnesota State University at Minneapolis-St.Paul
Minnesota State University at Mankato
Minnesota State University at Moorhead
Minnesota State University at Marshall
Minnesota State University at St. Cloud
Minnesota State University at Winona
Northern Central University in Minneapolis
St. John's University in Collegeville
St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis
University of Minnesota at Crookston
University of Minnesota at Duluth
University of Minnesota at Morris
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul
Above: Downtown Minneapolis, home of many hundred retailers and swap meets,
not to mention three university campuses.
Above: Sunrise over St. Paul.
Above: The Cathedral of St. Paul.
Above: The quaint village of Rushford surrounded in gently rolling hills and fertile farmland.
Above: The sweet little city of Winona. Rumor has it that Winona Ryder was born here.
Visible in the distance is a Minnesota State University campus.
Above: Linden at Lake Harriet.
Above: Farmland outside of Lanesboro.
Above: A frozen winter sunset over Red Lake
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