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26 More Reasons To Love Minnesota

Lakes. Bob Dylan. Post-its. It's no wonder we Minnesotans are proud to call the North Star State home.

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5. Minnesota became the 12th state to enact the freedom to marry for all families.

Via Facebook: MN4allfamilies

Governor Mark Dayton signed the freedom to marry into law on May 14, 2013, just six months after Minnesota became the first state to ever defeat an anti-marriage amendment.

6. Post-it notes were invented by 3M, a Minnesota company (by accident).

Via fyeahromyandmichele.tumblr.com

While trying to create a strong adhesive, a researcher created a weaker substance that could be pulled off easily without leaving a mark. Years later, a colleague used it to mark his place in his choir hymn book - and the rest, as they say, is history.

13. The minimum wage in Minnesota is now among the highest in the nation.

Via twincities.com

On April 14, 2014, Governor Dayton signed into law a dramatic increase in the state’s minimum wage, giving raises to more than 325,000 Minnesotans.

16. Our state parks rule.

Via uniquelyminnesota.com

Every year, roughly 8 million people visit one of Minnesota's 76 parks and recreation areas, with 1,030 miles of hiking trails and over 227,000 acres to explore.

18. Garrison Keillor: Minnesota's favorite son.

Via the-toast.net

The host of the widely-popular radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, hails from Anoka, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota, and now lives in St. Paul.

19. That cake you're craving? You have Betty Crocker and Pillsbury to thank - both Minnesotans.

Via en.wikipedia.org

Becky Crocker was inspired by home economist Marjorie Husted of Minneapolis. The Pillsbury Company was named after Minneapolis flour miller, Charles Alfred Pillsbury.

23. Butter Sculptures and the State Fair.

Via exploreamerica.info

Every year, Princess Kay of the Milky Way gets her image sculpted out of butter at the Minnesota State Fair - which also happens to be the best in the country.

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