Minnesota has 93,000 hectares (231,000 acres) of land in parks and recreation sites. Many of the parks are along northern Lake Superior, where rivers, such as those in Gooseberry Falls State Park, tumble over waterfalls into the lake. Wisconsin and Minnesota share Interstate Park, where the turbulent Saint Croix flows through deep and narrow rock gorges, called the Dalles of the Saint Croix. The source of the Mississippi can be seen at Itasca State Park near Bemidji. Fort Ridgely State Memorial Park was the site of two major battles in the Sioux Uprising of 1862. The numerous state forests are principally in northeastern Minnesota and along the Mississippi.
The iron ranges with their huge open-pit mines draw many visitors, as do the old lumbering towns of Brainerd and Bemidji. Brainerd’s museum, Lumbertown, U.S.A., is a reconstructed logging town. Sauk Centre was the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis and the model for the fictional small town Gopher Prairie in his novel Main Street. The Minnesota Historical Society administers 21 historic sites, including old Fort Snelling, on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, built in the 1820s and now largely restored; the boyhood home of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in Little Falls; the Mille Lacs Indian Museum at Onamia; the William W. Mayo Home in Le Sueur (see Mayo (family)); and the Lower Sioux Agency, near Morton, where the Sioux uprising of 1862 began.
Minnesota has a number of both winter and summer festivals. Annual events in winter include the Winter Sports Festival, at Duluth, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Grand Portage Chippewa John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is an annual race between Duluth and Grand Portage in the northeastern part of the state.
In July a ten-day water sports show, the Aquatennial, is staged in Minneapolis. August activities include a country-music festival in Detroit Lakes, the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, and Ethnic Days in Chisholm, which celebrates eight ethnic groups found in the northeastern part of the state. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival at Shakopee extends from August to September. The Minnesota State Fair takes place in Saint Paul in late August and early September. Also in September is a public powwow of the Dakota people at Mankato and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag.
Professional sports teams, all based in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, include the Minnesota Twins (baseball), Minnesota Vikings (football), Minnesota Wild (hockey), and Minnesota Timberwolves (basketball). The United States Hockey Hall of Fame is in Eveleth. "Minnesota" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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