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Increasing Diversity in Minnesota The East African population has changed Minnesota in various ways:

  • Small businesses
  • Charter Schools
  • They are part of changing South Minneapolis by making it a more peaceful area to live in.
  • They contribute to the economy of the state through their hard work.

~Miski Abdulle, Minneapolis, MN

I am a descendent of German immigrants who came to the Minnesota Territory shortly before it became a state in 1856. My wife is a descendent of Norwegian immigrants who were also in this state when it was an untamed wilderness. These were the people who cleared the big woods of southern Minnesota with hand axes and crosscut saws. Within 20 years they converted this area into one of the richest agricultural regions in the world. They had to face frigid winters, droughts, Indian uprisings, locust plagues, small pox and typhoid fever. They survived and made better lives for themselves and their children, who inherited the substantial farms and small business they had built from nothing. They organized thriving villages and even cities within a few years of their arrival. Almost all of these places still exist and are where most Minnesotans live today. There are other immigrants's stories from other regions of the state and other ethnic groups. Immigrants continue to come to Minnesota to this day and add to the melting pot that forms our state culture and heritage.
~John Steven Davis, Chanhassen, MN

Immigrants migrating to Minnesota have transformed this state from the land of 10,000 Gustafsons, Andersons and Petersons to a land of diversity including people of color, of different religions, different culinary tastes, and diverse opinions.
~Jerome Ingber

Various cultures contributed to the richness of Minnesota.
~John Novak, Fridley, MN

Immigration policies land grants of the 19th century The immigration policies of the 19th-century brought, among others, the Germans, Swedes and Norwegians, and perhaps other northern Europeans, with their unique Reform Christian values of individual accountability to God, rugged individualism, the value of any and all work, respect and high esteem of family, especially women, children, and the elderly, belief in the Bible over the mere human intepretation of law.

I'm a half-Mexican/half-German American, very thankful for the influence of those cultures.
~George R. Velazquez, Elk River, MN

The Strength, Foresight, and Determination of Minnesota's Religious Immigrants The population of the state of Minnesota by immigrants of several religious beliefs has continued to have a profound effect on modern Minnesota life. Notable was Bishop John Ireland's co-operative efforts with the state, the railroads, and European immigrants, and his fervor in providing land for these immigrants and population for the commercial interests of Minnesota. Lutherans, Jews, and many other religious groups brought their customs and skills to Minnesota which continue to enhance our state, especially exemplified in the institutions of higher education for which Minnesota is well known.
~C. Paul Martin, M.D. Marshall, MN

Our immigrant forefathers instilled a strong work ethic, sense of honesty and respect for others that has passed from generation to generation. This is what gives Minnesota its excellent quality of life.
~Marcia St. Hilaire, Fridley, MN

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