New Book Reveals All that is Amazing in Minnesota



More than 500 rankings and facts are packed into a book that will surprise even the most well-read Minnesotans

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 30, 2017) – Often a footnote in the origin stories of celebrities and leaders, the rich and intricate threads that weave the fabric of Minnesota life frequently go unnoticed. In the newly-released book, Amazing Minnesota, author Lee Lynch lays out facts and rankings about the state that will surprise the residents that make up less than 2% of the nation’s population.


“When a friend or acquaintance from out of state learns where I live, the inevitable question that follows is, ‘why the heck do you live there?’” said author Lee Lynch. “As I set out to prove how great this state is, it quickly became clear that no one has told the real story of Amazing Minnesota. I decided to compile a more comprehensive description of life in Minnesota.”

Over the course of 16 chapters, Amazing Minnesota chronicles and illustrates the key categories where the state shines and illustrates how they converge to create a state that has indelibly shaped a model for prosperity, creativity and quality of life.


“This isn’t the usual tourism hype about Paul Bunyan or the best bed-and-breakfasts,” explained Lynch. “It’s about the constant investment in the arts, the dedication to the environment, a balanced economy, the educational attainment, and above all, its water.”


Water is one of the sources of many MNFacts that are sprinkled throughout the book: Minnesota has more miles of shoreline than Hawaii, California, and Florida combined. Other interesting facts include:

• The Mall of America has the fifth-largest K-9 corps in the nation, with 15 dogs.


• Minnesota is home to 475 golf courses – more than Ireland.


• Minnesota has the highest per-capita adoptions from Korea.


• The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis was named the best venue for world music, beating out locations in London, Berkeley and Brooklyn.


“The more I dug, the more impressed I was by how singular life here is. I became convinced that many Minnesotans and their friends and families would share this wonder about life in this great state,” said Lynch.


Where to buy Amazing Minnesota


The book will initially be available directly from the publisher starting August 1. For the most up-to-date information on purchasing locations and schedule of book signing events, visit


About the Author


In 1962 Lee Lynch and Jack Carmichael founded Carmichael Lynch Advertising, which rose to become, according to the international journal Graphis, one of the top ten most creative agencies in the world. Lee retired from CL in 2008 and immersed himself in other businesses and nonprofit activities. He was a key player in the renaissance of the historic Hennepin Avenue theater district in downtown Minneapolis. A civic activist, Lee founded or co-founded four organizations and was chairman of the board for nine others, both for-profit and nonprofit. Lee lives on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis with his wife, Dr. Terry Saario.




Jay Lemke

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