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Strange Facts About Minnesota Lakes Continued

7.) There are 115 lakes in Minnesota named “Long”.

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2nd place on the list is “Mud” , followed by “Rice” and yes, there is a Ricki Lake.

8.) In 1907, Lake Nokomis was only 5 feet deep!

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Lake Nokomis, off of Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis,  was originally just a drainage swamp for the area, but after being purchased in 1907, it was eventually developed into a fully fledged lake.

9.) There are only 4 counties in Minnesota without a lake.

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 Olmsted, Mower, Pipestone and Rock counties are all without lakes. The county with the most? Otter Tail, with 1,048!
10.) Iowa Lake is in Minnesota.
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There are at least two Iowa Lake’s in Minnesota, one of which resides in both states. The other is way up in the arrowhead in Cook County.

11.) 2 stories on how white bear lake got its name.

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#1-A Sioux  girl falls in love with a Chippewa boy, who attempts to break the peace between the tribes by performing a brave deed.The boy killed a giant white bear on Manitou Island and ended up dying in the process.  His spirit, as well as the bears, wander the island at night.

#2-The boy kills the bear, skins it, and his future children dance and play on it. Lovely!!!

 

12.) They called it Ham Lake because it was shaped like a ham!

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Well it does!!!

 

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