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Minnesota (/ˌmɪnɪˈstə/ (About this sound listen)) is a state in the Upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord (French: Star of the North).

Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U.S. states; nearly 60% of its residents live in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area (known as the "Twin Cities"), the center of transportation, business, industry, education, and government, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture; deciduous forests in the southeast, now partially cleared, farmed, and settled; and the less populated North Woods, used for mining, forestry, and recreation.

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Blaine is a city in the state of Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 44,942. The city is located mainly in Anoka County, but extends into Ramsey County. Interstate Highway 35W, U.S. Highway 10, and Minnesota Highway 65 are three of the main arterial routes in the city. (Full article)
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Cecil Newman (25 July 1903 – 1976) was an American civic leader and prominent businessman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was a member of the highly respected Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a union that made major strides against segregation in the 1930s and 40s, before the modern Civil Rights Movement.

He founded the Twin Cities Herald about 1927 and published the Timely Digest in 1932. In 1934 Newman became editor and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder and in 1948 became the president of the Minneapolis Urban League.

After Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis was blocked by the Kmart at Lake Street, a one block long, one-way street was added in order to allow north bound traffic from 1st Avenue South to get over to Nicollet; it was named Cecil Newman Lane.

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (formerly the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder), is the oldest continuously operated black newspaper & possibly longest-lived black-owned business in Minnesota, In 1958 it moved to 3744 Fourth Avenue South. In 2015, the Spokesman-Recorder celebrated its eightieth anniversary and was designated a historic landmark. (Full article)

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