Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 11 Minnesota Town Names

Minnesota has been a state since 1858, but its history goes back much further. With the state’s varied heritage — Native American, French, German, and Scandinavian — it’s not surprising that we have some interestingly named towns. Sometimes they’re named after famous residents or the surrounding landscape, but there’s almost always an interesting story attached. Stick around to learn how these 11 Minnesota towns came to be.

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Minnesota is full of towns with unusual names. Know one we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below!