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Minnesota became the 32nd state of the union on May 11, 1858. A small extension of the northern boundary makes Minnesota the most northerly of the 48 conterminous U.S. states. (This peculiar protrusion is the result of a boundary agreement with Great Britain before the area had been carefully surveyed.)
Minnesota is one of the north-central states. It is bounded by the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario to the north, by Lake Superior and the state of Wisconsin to the east, and by the states of Iowa to the south and South Dakota and North Dakota to the west.
The land consists of a large part of rolling plains in the western part; gentle slopes rise from the narrow bands of rich, garden-like prairies in the Red River valley and along some of the larger Mississippi tributaries to a more rugged region. In the southeast, there is a sandstone plateau with many small caves. The remainder of the state consists mainly of hardwood forests.
Minnesota has more lakes than any other state except Alaska. Only 8 percent of the land is under cultivation, but over 20 percent is meadow, pasture, or woodland.
Much of Minnesota was covered by glaciers during an ice age that ended about 6000 BC. The northern part of the state contains extensive deposits of valuable mineral ores, including iron ore and a high-grade variety used for making taconite pellets. The largest man-made lake in the world, created by damming the waters of the Red River, is found along the eastern boundary of Minnesota.
The Mississippi River forms most of the western boundary with Iowa. Three other large rivers that flow northward into Lake Superior are also well-known: The St. Croix, which forms part of the boundary with Wisconsin; the Rainy River that separates Minnesota from Ontario, Canada; and the Kettle.