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Minnesota (Grades 4-6)



Minnesota (Grades 4-6)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.2

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     challenging words:    all-water, census, dairying, iceboat, milling, ojibwa, production, education, metropolitan, pulp, meaning, northern, focus, leading, recreation, military
     content words:    United States, Native Americans, Minnesota River, Gopher State, North Star State, Twin Cities, Mound Builders, Pacific Ocean, Great Britain, Louisiana Territory


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Minnesota
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Minnesota is located in the northern part of the United States. It became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Minnesota comes from a Sioux word meaning "cloudy water." The Native Americans were talking about the Minnesota River when they used that term. Some nicknames exist as well, such as, Land of 10,000 Lakes, Gopher State, and North Star State.
 
2     Minnesota is known for its rivers and lakes. There are also numerous hills and prairies. Forests are common too. Snow cover is common throughout the state for long periods of time.
 
3     There is a large black bear and timber wolf population. Other animals that can be found here include raccoons, gophers, toads, wild turkeys, and fish.
 
4     Farming remains an important part of the economy in this state. Dairying is especially important. Ripe corn, oats, and hay are significant money crops as well. Minnesota's forests allow for the production of pulp and paper. Minnesota is also a leading producer of iron ore. The processing of food, especially meat packing, is Minnesota's most important industry.

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