Hennepin County (pop. 1,152,425) is the most populous county in Minnesota; about one-fifth of all Minnesotans live there.
The county seat is Minneapolis (pop. 382,578), the 48th-largest city in the country. In 1950, Minneapolis was the 17th-largest city in the country, with a population of 521,718.
The suburbs of Minneapolis have grown tremendously as the city’s population has declined in the past 60 years.
Prince Rogers Nelson grew up in Minneapolis; he attended Central High School, which closed in 1982.
The Municipal Building, which houses both Minneapolis City Hall and the Hennepin County Courthouse, was built between 1888 and 1909.
White Castle Building #8 in Minneapolis is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 5-cent hamburger shop opened in 1936 and was moved twice on its way to its current location.
The Foshay Tower (now a hotel) was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 to 1972.
The 53-foot Minnehaha Falls is southeast of downtown, near where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River.
The Minneapolis suburb of Edina (pop. 47,941) is the home of Southdale, which was American’s first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping mall when it opened in 1956.
Former professional wrestler (and future governor) Jesse “The Body” Ventura was mayor of Brooklyn Park (pop. 75,781) from 1991 to 1995.
Best Buy Co. is headquartered in Richfield (pop. 35,228).
The Andrews Sisters, popular vocalists from the 1930s to the 1960s, were from the town of Mound (pop. 9,052).
General Mills, Inc., is headquartered in the town of Golden Valley (pop. 20,371).
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