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Minnesota Trivia Answers
1. Name the sports team associated with each mascot:
Goldy – all sports for the University of Minnesota
Mudanna – St. Paul Saints baseball
Nordy – Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Prowl – Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
SpaceHam – name given to iconic ball pig at St. Paul Saints season opener in 2021. Changes each year based on fan submissions for name. Pig is always a piglet, a couple weeks old, and by the end of the season weighs over 200 pounds. SpaceHam was chosen as it relates to the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy (release date of July 2021) that features Saints owner, Bill Murray.
Buzz – Minnesota Swarm (National LaCrosse League) from 2004 to 2015
TC Bear – Minnesota Twins (MLB)
Crunch – Minnesota Timberwolves (MBA)
Stomper – Stomper the Maverick is the mascot for the Minnesota State Mavericks Athletic teams of the Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ragnar – Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
Viktor – Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
Blizzard – Blizzard T. Huskie is the mascot for the St. Cloud State University Athletic teams
PK – PK Loon is the mascot for Minnesota United Football Club (Major League Soccer)
Champ – bulldog mascot for the University of Minnesota Duluth
Mick E. Moose – Minnesota Moose, part of the international hockey league from 1994-1996. He is now the mascot for the Winnipeg Jets hockey team
2. What MN sports team was the first in it’s league to be named after a state?
The Twin Cities Twins was proposed but after a meeting with state officials, the unprecedented professional baseball decision was made to name the team after its home state, the Minnesota Twins. This occurred on November 26, 1960. The “Twins” portion refers to the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul – as rival cities they did not want to pick one city over the other. Later the California Angels (now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins), Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks would follow their lead.
3. What is the Mighty Ducks’ “secret weapon” in D1? D2?
D1: The Flying-V
D2: The Knucklepuck
4. Name MN’s state symbols: Source: statesymbolsusa.org
Fish: Walleye, named after its large, light-reflecting eyes
Bird: Common Loon, they have wingspans of 5 feet and body lengths up to 3 feet!
Mushroom: Morel, can be found throughout the state in late April and May
Flower: Lady Slipper, will die if petal plucked from plant, untouched it will live up to 100 years
Gemstone: Lake Superior Agate has deep red & orange colors derived from the iron ore in the soil
Fruit: Honeycrisp apple, developed at University of Minnesota program, cross of Macoun and Honeygold apple
5. How many lakes are in MN? What’s the largest lake in MN?
Source: MN Department of Natural Resources.
- There are actually 11,842 lakes in MN with “lake” defined as a body of water at least 10 acres or larger.
- You might say Lake Superior is the largest lake as it is connected to MN, but the largest lake in MN is Red Lake. Red Lake, both “Upper” and “Lower,” cover 288,800 acres.
6. Name the 3 directions water flows in MN.
North via Red River to Hudson Bay (Canada), south via the Mississippi River to the Gulf and east via the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean
7. What is the MN State Fair slogan.
The Great Minnesota Get-Together
8. Name 5 MN Historical Society locations? The Minnesota Historical Society operates 31 historic sites. Refer to mnhs.org for details. See if you were able to name 5 within the following:
Alexander Ramsey House (St. Paul),
Birch Coulee Battlefield (Morton),
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum (Little Falls),
Comstock House (Moorhead),
Folsom House (Taylors Falls),
Forest History Center (Grand Rapids),
Fort Ridgely (Fort Ridgely State Park in Fairfax),
Harkin Store (New Ulm),
Historic Forestville (Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in Preston),
Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul),
James J. Hill House (St. Paul),
Jeffers Petroglyphs (Comfrey),
Lac qui Parle Mission (Montevideo),
Lower Sioux Agency (Morton),
Marine Mill (Marine on St. Croix),
Mill City Museum (Minneapolis),
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post (Onamia),
Minnehaha Depot (Minneapolis),
Minnesota History Center-Gale Family Library (St. Paul),
Minnesota State Capitol (St. Paul),
Oliver Kelley Farm (Elk River),
Sibley Historic Site (Mendota),
Snake River Fur Post (Pine City),
Split Rock Lighthouse (north of Two Harbors),
Traverse des Sioux (St. Peter),
W. Mayo House (Le Sueur),
9. Rank these states based on total shoreline. Alaska, Florida, Minnesota
#1: Alaska has over 3 million lakes over 20 acres in size! Over 2.1 million miles of lake shoreline alone
#2: Minnesota has the most shoreline of any other of the lower 48 states, 183,000 miles of freshwater shoreline when include lakes and rivers
#3: Florida has 53,672 miles of shoreline, including ocean, lakes and rivers!
Source: whatstates.org, chrisfinke.com
10. Name the American history-based game developed by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1975.
The Oregon Trail
11. Where are these MN attractions?
US Hockey Hall of Fame (Eveleth)
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Bemidji)
Aerial Lift Bridge (Duluth)
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary (Orr, main attraction black bears!)
Highest natural point (Eagle Mountain)
Lift Bridge over St. Croix (Stillwater)
Lift Bridge across Mississippi (Hastings & St. Paul)
Niagara Cave (Harmony)
12. Name 3 films by Joel and Ethan Coen.
As of 2018, they have written and/or directed 24 full-length films including:
Blood Simple (1984)
Rising Arizona (1987)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Barton Fink (1991)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
The Big Lebowski and The Naked Man (1998)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
The Lakykillers (2004)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Burn After Reading (2008)
A Serious Man (2009)
True Grit (2010)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
13. What invention is claimed by both Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club?
14. MN is #1 producer of what bird? Name 3 locally owned operators.
Turkeys! MN has over 600 farms around the state that raise 40-42 million birds every year. Generates $1 billion in economic activity & more than 26,000 jobs.
These locally-owned operators bring turkeys from farm to table: Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, MN. Turkey Valley Farms in Marshall, MN and Northern Pride in Thief River Falls, MN
Source: MN Turkey Growers Association, minnesotaturkey.com
15. What is the Empire Builder? Who was it named after?
It is the nickname for Amtrak passenger train of the Great Northern Railway that operates between Chicago and Seattle and Portland along portions of the Lewis and Clark trail.
Named after James J Hill, who became known as the “Empire Builder” having drove/built a significant amount of railroad expansion, which allowed a vast area to be settled. History of the Empire Builder can be found at ebtrain.net.
16. Name these famous Minnesotans:
First African-American on MN Supreme Court? (Alan Page, played defensive tackle in NFL for Vikings and Chicago Bears for 15 seasons. Became court justice in 1993 and served for over 15 years.)
First Somali-American elected to Congress? (Ihan Omar, serving as US Representative for Minnesota’s 5th district since 2019.)
Iconic singer-songwriter, formally known as The Artist (Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minneapolis)
Writer of “The Great Gatsby” (Scott Key Fitzgerald, born in St. Paul)
Influential cartoonist of “Peanuts” (Charles Monroe Shulz, born in Minneapolis, grew up in St. Paul. “Peanuts” was published in over 2,600 papers in 75 countries)
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in:
1980: Hubert Humphrey, mayor of Minneapolis in 1945; first democrat elected to Senate from Minnesota (1949-1964) and helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964; became Vice President 1965-1969 to Johnson; lost close race for Presidency in 1969.
2012: Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth; rock & rock artist with influence on civil rights and American culture over five decades
2018: Alan Page, sports legend; justice (explained above); created Page Foundation raising over $14 million for college scholarships
Nobel Prize for his book “Dodsworth” (Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre)
Pro wrestler, actor and governor (Jesse Ventura, born in Minneapolis, enlisted in US Navy prior to wrestling career)
Famous radio show program host (Garrison Kellor, born in Anoka, famous for creating and hosting his radio show “A Prairie Home Companion)
Author of “Millions of Cats” (Wanga Gag, born in New Ulm. This is the oldest American picture book still in print. Awarded the John Newbery Medal in 1929.)
Who can turn the world on with her smile (Mary Tyler Moore, starring and producing the Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s based on being a TV producer in Minneapolis)
Who followed the yellow brick road (Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids; followed the yellow brick road as actress in The Wizard of Oz; career as actress, singer, dancer spanning 45 years)
Duo popularized by appropriately named writer William B. Laughead (Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; Laughead used them in advertising pamphlets for Red River Lumber Company from 1914 to 1944; wrote the book “The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan” published in 1922)
17. What and where are these attractions that surround MN?
Sturgis: This is the largest multi-day motorcycle gathering in the world with about 500,000 riders. Occurs in Sturgis, South Dakota and the surrounding Black Hills region.
Badlands: Badlands National State Park is located in South Dakota. Dramatic landscape includes scenic buttes, canyons, pinnacles and spires covering over 240,000 acres. Known for wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs.
RAGBRAI: Oldest, largest and longest multi-day recreational bicycle touring event in the world with ~10,000 riders. Seven day ride starts at the western border and travelling east – stopping at 8 host communities selected each year.
EAA AirVenture: Annual air show/gathering at the Wittman Regional Airport located in Oshkosh, WI that occurs last week in July. Over 600,000 attend!
Bakken and Parshall: Parshall Oil Field from the Bakken Formation located in Parshall, North Dakota. This area is largely responsible for the oil boom that occurred in North Dakota.
Quetico Provincial Park: Large wilderness park in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Known for canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping – with over 600 lakes and 2,000 campsites. Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota shares its border.
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