Welcome to Minneapolis
The city owes its existence to the Mississippi. Water-powered sawmills along the river fueled a boom in timber in the mid-1800s. Wheat from the prairies also needed to be processed, so flour mills churned into the next big business. The population grew rapidly in the late 19th century with mass immigration, especially from Scandinavia and Germany. A more recent wave of immigration in the past few decades, from places like Vietnam and Somalia, have added new layers of complexity, as well as some very good places to eat.