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So Minnesota: Largely unknown monuments mark 45th parallel

Updated: October 25, 2019 06:51 PM

Some call Minnesota, "The Great White North."

There are largley unknown markers in the Twin Cities that show how far north we actually live, one such monument marks the 45th parallel on Theodore Wirth Parkway in Golden Valley.

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"It's a substantial line that's on the face of the Earth," Hennepin County Surveyor Chris Mavis said.

The 45th parallel is the imaginary line marking the halfway point between the Equator and North Pole.

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"It is amazing when you think about how cold it gets here, but we are only halfway to the North Pole," Mavis said. 

The monument was placed in Golden Valley more than a century ago by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

There's also another monument marking the 45th parallel in Roseville.

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