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1 MN Geography Final Project
Peter Halberg

2 Orientation Page 30 Page 48 Page 87 Page 87

3 Page 87

4 Geological information
Located in the “driftless” bluff country. This region was formed from millions of years of erosion.

5 Geological information
Over time the erosion formed many caves, bluffs and sinkholes that are seen today.

6 Settlement of area Winona became first major city in 1853 and its strategic location on the river helped the town grow to the third largest city in Minnesota by

7 Winona Winona helped the region by serving as a transportation hub and was a major saw milling area and the fourth largest wheat port in America by 1870. Pop: 27,592 Steamboat festival every summer.

8 Caledonia Pop 2,868 Wild turkey capital of Minnesota.
Near Beaver Creek State Park

9 La Cresent Pop: 4,830 known as the "Apple Capital of Minnesota" because John S. Harris planted the first apple trees in the Midwest here.

10 Rushford Pop 2350 The town was flooded out this year.

11 Things to do around the area
Many outdoor activities are available in any of the local state parks or forests.

12 Richard J Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest
The Minnesota Legislature established the Whitewater Management Area in 1931. An interesting activity is designated ATV trails.

13 Great River Bluffs State Park
3067 acres 500ft bluffs overlooking river Underdeveloped due to rare plants.

14 Apple Blossom Drive Has some of the most distinct apple varieties in the United States.

15 Beaver Creek Valley State Park
1187acre park A Native American village was once present.

16 Mississippi River River was original “highway” to Minnesota MN
Used to float logs down to St Louis, MO Popular place for boating and fishing recreation.

17 Mound Prairie WMA This 346 acre parcel is the first wildlife management area to be established in Houston County. Hosts the blanding's turtle, a state threatened species.

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19 Geological information
Ryolite and Basalt dominates the area with massive cliffs over the lake formed by prehistoric Laval flows. These flows also formed agates, which are sought after by collectors.

20 Geological Information
Not far inland is where the majority of Iron deposits in Minnesota are located. Pine forests dominate this region.

21 Settlement of area The area was primarily settled by miners who either worked in a nearby mine or processing plant. Many of the small mining towns never recovered from after the mines either slowed production or shut down.

22 Two Harbors Pop: 3,745 Two Harbors consisted of two separate communities called Agate Bay and Burlington. On the twenty-six miles of track between Duluth and Two Harbors, one can choose options for two to six hour rides through the woodlands and along the shore of Lake Superior. Two Harbors is a mining town

23 Two Harbors

24 Silver Bay Pop: 1887 The city was founded on May 1, 1954 after previously being known as the Beaver Bay housing project. The city's main industry was refining taconite pellets to be shipped My grandparents retired and moved up there. The town has been on a gradual decline since mining operations have slowed.

25 Silver Bay

26 Beaver Bay Pop: 181 Established in 1856, it is the oldest settlement on the north shore of Lake Superior. Hwy 61 runs straight through town

27 Tofte Pop 226 One of three townships located in cook county

28 Superior National Forest
3.9 million Acres The forest contains both true boreal forest, and a mixed conifer-hardwood forest known as the North Woods, a transition province between the northern boreal forest and deciduous forests to the south.

29 Tettegouche State Park
Size 9,346 Acres Name stems from the Tettegouche Club, an association of local businessmen which purchased the park in 1910. A perfect place to go hiking during the day.

30 George H Crosby Manitou State Park
Area 3320 Acres Land donated by George H. Crosby in 1955. The Park was named after Crosby and the Manitou river which runs through the park. The park was intentionally left undeveloped.

31 Gooseberry Falls State Park
Located 13 miles NE of Two Harbors 18 miles of hiking trails located in the park The park has a series of falls leading towards Lake Superior.

32 Gooseberry falls

33 Superior Hiking trail 275 mile hiking trail runs from Duluth to Canada. The path is 18-inches wide and is set in the middle of a 4 foot clearing. In December, 2000, Backpacker Magazine named the Superior Hiking Trail the trail with the "Best Trail/Camp/Shelter conditions," the trail with the "Best Signage" in the country, and one of the most scenic trails in the nation.

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35 Geological Features -Relatively Flat area Southern area around lower red lake is primarily wetlands. -Dotted with many small lakes and is in the lower region of the Bog Area of Minnesota.

36 Geological Features

37 Settlement This area was relatively unsettled until railroads made their way through Minnesota The area is now primarily settled by farmers due to the flat geological features of the area.

38 Bagley Pop: 1392 County offices located in town.

39 Clearbrook Pop: 560 Is named from a brook running through the town
Known for growing wild rice. Has three oil pipelines intersecting

40 McIntosh Pop: 638 When the "Thirteen Towns", 13 townships in Polk County, Minnesota, were opened for settlement in 1883, settlers homesteaded the region. King Township, in which the village of McIntosh was located, was one of those 13 townships.

41 Oklee Pop: 435 Main industry is Farming

42 Fosston Pop 1527 he city of Fosston is reputed to be the adopted hometown of Cordwood Pete, younger brother of famed lumberjack Paul Bunyan.

43 Lower Red Lake located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

44 White Earth Indian Reservation
Home to the White Earth Nation. The White Earth Reservation was created on March 19, 1867, during a treaty signing in Washington DC.

45 Red Lake Indian Reservatoin
Pop: 5,162 Highest populated Indian reservation in Minnesota. Home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

46 Pine Lake Pop: 329 Shares name with nearby Pine Lake.

47 Red Lake River Begins on lower part of Red Lake and flows westward to Grand Forks. Has a chain of rapids near Crookston.

48 Leonard Pop: 41 Located next to west four legged lake.
Was an original railroad town. The railroad left and the town has been loosing pople ever since.

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50 Geological Features -Primarily Flat area suitable for farming.
-Along the northeast edge of the Great Plains.

51 Settlement of the Region

52 Settlement Region settled by farmers after the Railroads came though.
Has a dam located along HWY 75 near Odessa, MN Granite Falls is the largest city in the area.

53 Montevideo Pop: 5383 Established in the 18th century by fur traders.
On the edge of Montevideo stands the Camp Release State Monument. At this site, in the fall of 1862, the Dakota tribes surrendered and released 269 captives to Colonel Henry Sibley.

54 Granite Falls Pop 3,070 On July 25, 2000, Granite Falls was hit by a powerful tornado killing one and injuring 12.

55 Ortonville Pop: 1916 Contains the municipal airport.
Located at southern tip of Big Stone Lake

56 Benson Pop: 3,240 Located along the Chippewa River.
Early development strongly tied to railroad companies.

57 Kerkhoven Roughly 100 miles outside of Twin Cities.
Incorporated in 1881 and was influenced by the railroads in growth.

58 Marsh Lake

59 Minnesota River 332 miles long
Name means “sky-tinted water” or “cloudy-sky water” For over a century prior to the organization of the Minnesota Territory in 1849, the name St. Pierre had been generally used to identify the river.

60 Clara City - Claims to have two residential sub-divisions
- Lots are priced from $2,000 a piece. -Region dominated by farming.

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