Bloomington, MN

Things you need to know about the City of Bloomington

Paula Carlsen

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BLOOMINGTON, MN - Located 10 minutes south, Bloomington City, MN, is smack in the midst of the Twin Cities activity, St. Paul, and the MSP Airport. The famous Mall of America® and the municipal boundaries are home to more than 40 hotels.

Original founders who migrated to the district of Bloomington in 1851 called their new community Bloomington, Illinois, after their hometown. The name means blooming field, oddly enough.

During the 1960s, the population growth in Bloomington increased with companies moving around the area, and all sporting teams played in Minnesota within the city borders. The I-35W and I-494. "All businesses that would fit" was Bloomington's tagline.

About one-third of the 39 square miles of Bloomington consists of designated park property, including wetland areas of the Minnesota Valley and the Hyland Lake Park Reserve.

2008 was the 150th anniversary of Bloomington. Minnesota State was formally recognized in 1858, along with the city of Bloomington.

The northernmost cities to be host to a World Series Game are Bloomington and Minneapolis.

The Mall of America is built on the former location of Minnesota Twins and Vikings' Metropolitan Stadium until the Humphrey Metrodome was completed in Minneapolis in 1982.

Mall of America has 32 Boeing 747s capable of carrying. It would take them almost 86 hours to finish a visit to Mall of America if a Shopper spent 10 minutes navigating each store.

Bloomington has a larger per-capita employment than St Paul or Minneapolis because, to the Mall of America, many major companies' headquarters such as International Dairy Queen, Toro, Ceridian, HealthPartners, Best Buys, and a burgeoning network.

Bloomington is Minnesota's 5th biggest city, with 86,000 citizens.

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, another popular attraction of Bloomington, covers 14.000 acres and has thousands of walking and bicycling paths, great possibilities for birdwatching, and a vast visitor center.

And many more to come, explore all the facts on www.bloomingtonmn.org

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