Minnesota has been a state since 1858, but its history goes back much further. The earliest human remains found in our state date back to around 9,000 years ago. Given the state’s long and varied heritage – Native American, German, French, Scandinavian – it’s no surprise that we have some unusual place names. But you may find that these 16 towns aren’t that strange once you learn the full story.

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Have you ever been to any of these towns? Do you know of any other towns with an interesting story behind its name?

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