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Bundle up nice and warm, it’s going to get cold this week.
Hey gang, I’m your host Brian Rollins and this is episode 207 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. This week, we’ve got Minnesota Trivia as our topic.
If you’re new, welcome aboard. Every week, we’ve got thirty trivia questions on a different topic. This season we’re covering all 50 states. We’re almost done, so if you’re looking for a particular state, check past episodes at DorkyGeekyNerdy.com. The site has a search feature that helps you find whatever you’re looking for.
That covers the essentials, so let’s get started.
The Dorky Round
- What two states border Minnesota to the West?
North and South Dakota
- Born in Minnesota in 1971, what actress starred in movies like Beetlejuice, Little Women, Heathers, and most recently, Stranger Things?
- Born Frances Ethel Gumm, what actress and singer became an icon with her 1939 portrayal of Dorothy Gale?
- Performing under his first name, what musician had hits with Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, and Little Red Corvette?
- Located in Minnesota, what is the largest shopping center in the US?
The Mall of America
- Born in Austin, MN, what NFL coach would go on to win 16 sports Emmys as an announcer as well as lend his game to one of the longest running video game franchises around?
- What Minnesotan would publish The Great Gatsby in 1925?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
- What artist, born in Minnesota, created The Peanuts in 1950?
- What 1970s TV series, named for its star, would create three spin-offs: Rhoda, Phyllis, and Lou Grant?
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- What NFL team calls Minnesota home?
The Minnesota Vikings
The Geeky Round
- What singer-songwriter from Duluth had hits with “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Visions of Johanna”?
- What is the capital of Minnesota?
- What 2007 comedy-drama starred Elliot Page as a pregnant teenager in Elk River, MN?
- By population, what is the largest city in Minnesota?
- What brothers, from St. Louis Park, MN, brought us films like Raising Arizona, Fargo, and O Brother Where Art Thou?
The Coen Brothers
- Born in Rochester, MN, what actress starred in all three Back to the Future movies as well as the first Marvel movie, Howard the Duck?
- What book series and TV show was set in Walnut Grove, MN?
Little House on the Prairie
- What actor, director, and artist was born in Minnesota, but moved to England and became a member of the Monty Python troupe?
- What state borders Minnesota to the South?
- What Minnesota actor had roles in films like Wedding Crashers, Jurassic Park: Lost World, and Dodgeball?
The Nerdy Round
- Hailing from New Ulm, MN, what actress made her mark with The Birds in 1963 and Marnie in 1964?
- What 1992 Disney movie would go on to inspire the name of a real-life hockey team in 1993?
The Mighty Ducks
- What US Senator from Minnesota ran for president in 2020 and was the first speaker at President Biden’s inauguration in 2021?
- Minnesota touches which of the five Great Lakes?
- Set in Wabasha, what 1993 movie starred comedy legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau?
Grumpy Old Men
- Minnesota borders what two Canadian provinces?
Ontario and Manitoba
- What professional wrestler became Mayor of Brooklyn Park then Governor of Minnesota in 1999?
- Set in Devil’s Kettle, MN, what 2009 horror-comedy starred Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried?
- What politician served as Vice President to Jimmy Carter and would later win the Democratic nomination for President in 1984?
- According to it’s nickname, Minnesota is home to how many lakes?
It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Officially, there are 11,482 lakes in the state.
And that’s it for our Minnesota Trivia questions. Want some bonus facts?
- Minnesota became a state in 1858, making it the 32nd state in the Union
- It ranks 22nd in population and 12th in landmass.
- It’s home to the largest population of Somali Americans in the US
- The governor and both senators are members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the US Democratic Party. It was formed in 1944 when the Minnesota Democratic Party merged with the Farmer-Labor Party.
- It’s a relatively flat state with it’s highest point, Eagle Mountain, only reaching 2300 feet (700 meters)
Minnesota is not one of the states I’ve visited, yet. I’ll leave it to you Minnesotans to let me know what I must if I ever get up there.
This is the first episode I’ve written and recorded in 2023, so I have all my stats for last year. 2022 was a big year for the show. We had over 80,000 downloads for the year, that’s half our total downloads for all of the show’s history. So a big thank you for all your support this year.
This season is winding down and I’m excited for Season Five next month. I’m still a little weirded out that I’m coming up on a fifth season of this show.
I’ll be back here next week with another US state. Here’s a clue:
What state is home to the oldest state capital?
Good luck and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.
This has been episode 207 of the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia Podcast. The music has been provided by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.
This show was written, produced, and hosted by me, Brian Rollins. You can find me at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.
Thanks for listening.
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