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Minnesota is known as "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" for obvious reasons. It is located in the Mid-West and is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba to the north. It is bordered by the US states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, North & South Dakota. The state capital is Saint Paul, but the most populated city is Minneapolis. The cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are known as the "Twin Cities". There is a very strong influence of the Scandinavian and Germans from early immigration.

The climate of Minnesota is one of extremes. The winters can be extremely cold and the summers extremely hot. The variations are enormous with a high recorded at Moorhead of 114f/46c and a low of -60f/-51c at Tower. That is a massive variation of 174f/96c!! The winters see substantial snow falls, to the extent that in many of the towns there are snow posts to outline where the roads are.

There is a lot of dive opportunities in Minnesota to dive the lakes. Visibility tends to be a maximum of 10-15 feet with plenty of wrecks of small boats. Lake Minnetonka is one of the deepest lakes close to the Twin Cities and is a popular dive location. Square Lake is also a popular location and a couple of dive centers put on the Annual Treasure Dive for the start of the season. The Cuyuna State Recreational Park which is 2-3 hours from Minneapolis offers over 50 different dive sites. The most popular dive site is at Crosby Mine where the water temperature can reach 70f and there are submerged forests and a reasonable amount of fish.

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