Minnesota Geography and Famous Natives

Minnesota geography

During the Ice Age, the land now called Minnesota was completely covered in glaciers. When those masses of ice receded (or melted), they left behind a rocky and pockmarked landscape of rolling hills and plains, tens of thousands of freshwater lakes (in all sizes), numerous rivers and countless small streams.

To the west, along its border with North Dakota, the Red River Valley extends from the Canadian border to the edges of South Dakota. This relatively flat strip of land is Minnesota’s most productive farmland.

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From the east of Bemidji to the Great Carriage and the north to its border with Canada, the state’s most rugged landscape. This area of ​​Minnesota is dominated by the Mesabi Range of low mountains(hills) and Misquah Hills, where the state’s highest point is located.

This large stretch of land is often referred to as the Boondary Waters area, a wilderness of lakes and rivers carved into the base by the movement of glaciers and surrounded by thick green forests.

Along the southeastern border with Wisconsin, the Santa Cruz and Mississippi Rivers now flow through mostly deep, rugged valleys, all carved (over the centuries) by the relentless movement of water. Minnesota’s most important river is the Mississippi; it rises in northwestern Minnesota, then flows south into the Gulf of Mexico, just below the city of New Orleans. It is a significant transportation artery, and when combined with its major tributaries (the Missouri and Ohio Rivers) it becomes the third largest river system in the world at (2,339 miles) (3,765 km) in length.

Other notable rivers include the Minnesota, the Rainy, the Red, and the Santa Cruz. In this “Land of 10,000 Lakes” some of the most significant include Lake Forest (with over 14,000 islands counted) Red Lake (both upper and lower) Mille Lacs, and of course Lake Superior.

Minnesota Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.


  • Walter Abel actor
  • Peter Agra biologist
  • Frank Albertson actor
  • Kathy Anderson model, actress
  • Dan Anderson psychologist
  • Larry Anderson actor
  • Singer Liz Anderson, songwriter
  • Actress Loni Anderson
  • Louis Anderson comedian
  • Richard Dean Anderson actor
  • Singer Laverne Andrews
  • Maxine Andrews singer
  • Singer Patti Andrews
  • Computer game designer Dave Arneson
  • James Arness actor
  • Tennis player Jean Art
  • Hy Averback actor, director, producer
  • Lew Iris actor


  • Robert Lee “Bob” Backland wrestler, actor
  • Bill Baker hockey player
  • Earl Bakken founder of Medtronic
  • Keith Ballard hockey player
  • Author Ann Bancroft, explorer
  • Margaret Francis Culkin, The Poisoning Author
  • Dennis Banks author, activist, teacher
  • Footballer Marion Barber III
  • Actress Lynsey Bartilson
  • Charles Baxter author
  • Actor Jason Behra
  • Troy Bella basketball player
  • Native American civil rights organizer Cylde Bellecourt
  • Head Bender baseball player
  • Tony Benshuf Olympic Luger
  • Golfer Patty Berg
  • Tim Bergland hockey player
  • Actress Jessica Biel
  • Matted birch football player
  • Jason Blake hockey player
  • Michael Bland drummer
  • David Bloom journalist
  • Written by Carol Bligh
  • Robert Bligh poet, author
  • Brian Bonin hockey player
  • Wayne Boring comic artist
  • Photographer Jim Brandenberg
  • Dick Bremer sports announcer
  • Judge Joe Brinkman
  • Herbert Brooks ice hockey coach
  • Neil Broten hockey player
  • Jim Brower baseball player
  • Aaron Brown broadcast journalist
  • Vincent Bagliosi attorney, prosecutor
  • Warren Berger lawyer
  • Tom Bergmeier baseball player
  • Football player Dominic Byrd


  • Melvin Kelvin chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Founder Kurt Carlson radisson hotels
  • Television host Gretchen Carlson
  • Actress Kelly Carlson
  • Dave Kasper football player
  • Tracey Caulkins Olympic gold medal swimmer
  • Cepia musician, composer
  • Ethan Coen director, screenwriter, producer
  • Joel Coen director, screenwriter, producer
  • William Colby Director of the CIA
  • Actress Mo Collins
  • Actress Rachael Leigh Cook
  • Marisa Couglan actress


  • Actress Arlene Dahl
  • Ian Anthony Dale actor
  • David and Crazy Dalquist entrepreneurs, inventors
  • Lena Davidson photographer
  • William Demarest actor
  • Actress Carol Dempster
  • Richard Dix actor
  • William Douglas Lawyer
  • Julia Duffy actress
  • Bob Dylan singer, songwriter


  • Actress Kimberly Eliza
  • Written by Louise Erdrich
  • Mike Farrell actor
  • Francis Scott Fitzgerald author
  • Larry Fitzgerald Jr football player
  • Ed Flanders actor
  • James Earl Fraser sculptor


  • Wanda Gag author, illustrator
  • Laverne “Verne” Gagne wrestler, football player
  • Actress Judy Garland, singer
  • Oil of founder Jean-Paul Getty Getty
  • Terry Gilliam actor, writer, director
  • Actress Genevieve Gorder
  • Peter Graves actor

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