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Minnesota (About this sound pronounced ˌmɪnɨˈsoʊtə ) is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. The 12th-largest state by area in the U.S., and the 21st most populous, with approximately five million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. The state is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and those lakes and the other waters for which the state is named, together with the national forests and parks, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Approximately 60% of Minnesota's residents live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, the center of transportation, business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state, often referred to as "Greater Minnesota" or "Outstate Minnesota", consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; eastern deciduous forests, also heavily farmed and settled; and the less populated northern boreal forest. (Full article)

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Stillwater is a city in Washington County, Minnesota (coordinates, 45.055487,-092), directly across the St. Croix River from the state of Wisconsin. The population was 15,143 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Washington County[1]. Stillwater is part of the Twin Cities Metro Area. Stillwater is notable for its antiquarian bookstores, being a book town.
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Berrigan in 2008

Daniel Joseph Berrigan SJ (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016) was an American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet. Like many others during the 1960s, Berrigan's active protest against the Vietnam War earned him both scorn and admiration, but it was his participation in the Catonsville Nine that made him famous. It also landed him on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "most wanted list" (the first-ever priest on the list), on the cover of Time magazine, and in prison. His own particular form of militancy and radical spirituality in the service of social and political justice was significant enough, at that time, to "shape the tactics of resistance to the Vietnam War" in the United States. For the rest of his life, Berrigan remained one of the US's leading anti-war activists. He was also an award-winning and prolific author of some 50 books, a teacher, and a university educator. (Full article)

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Bandshell at Lake Harriet, 2006

The first park in Minneapolis was land donated to the city in 1857, but it took about 25 years for the community to take a major interest in its parks. The Minneapolis Board of Trade and other civic leaders pressed the Minnesota Legislature for assistance. On February 27, 1883, the Legislature authorized the city to form a park district and to levy taxes. The initial vision was to create a number of boulevards, based on the design concepts of Frederick Law Olmsted, that would connect parks. Civic leaders also hoped to stimulate economic development and increase land values. Landscape architect Horace Cleveland was hired to create a system of parks named the "Grand Rounds". (Full article)

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