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The location of Medina









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Medina.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Medina, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Medina and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Medina and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Medina. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Medina.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Hennepin County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Hennepin County sighting report from eBird.

Since Medina is near Wright County and also Carver County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wright County

Sighting report for Carver County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Medina.

How Far From Medina to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Medina to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Medina and extending to:

  • Minneapolis [Map], which is the Seat of Hennepin County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Medina to Minneapolis, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 946 miles [1,522.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,230 miles [10,026.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,985 miles [11,241.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,895 miles [7,877.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Medina ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Medina.

Within Minnesota, there is just one other community named Medina. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 15 communities in the United States and Canada - with 15 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Minnesota

Communities outside of Minnesota


Communities Outside of Minnesota

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ArkansasNorth DakotaTexasWisconsin
 
KansasOhioVirginia 
 
MichiganOntarioWashington 
 
New YorkTennesseeWest Virginia 

Arkansas

Arkansas County

Our profile page for Medina, Arkansas County   [Map]

Distance: About 774 miles [1,245.6 km] to the South.

Kansas

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Medina, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the South Southwest.

Michigan

Lenawee County

Our profile page for Medina, Lenawee County   [Map]

Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the East Southeast.

New York

Orleans County

Our profile page for Medina, Orleans County   [Map]

Distance: About 762 miles [1,226.3 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Stutsman County

Our profile page for Medina, Stutsman County   [Map]

Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the West Northwest.

Ohio

Medina County

Our profile page for Medina, Medina County   [Map]

Distance: About 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Medina   [Map]

Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Gibson County

Our profile page for Medina, Gibson County   [Map]

Distance: About 682 miles [1,097.6 km] to the South Southeast.

Texas

Bandera County

Our profile page for Medina, Bandera County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,096 miles [1,763.8 km] to the South Southwest.

Bexar County

Our profile page for Medina, Bexar County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Bexar County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Zapata County

Our profile page for Medina, Zapata County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,289 miles [2,074.4 km] to the South Southwest.

Virginia

Washington County

Our profile page for Medina, Washington County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Washington

King County

Our profile page for Medina, King County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,370 miles [2,204.8 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Medina, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Outagamie County

Our profile page for Medina, Outagamie County   [Map]

Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Medina ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Crescent Beach   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Medina   [Map]

Crystal Bay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Deephaven   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Greenfield   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Greenwood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Groveland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Island Park   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Lake Sarah   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Long Lake   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Maple Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Maple Plain   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Medicine Lake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Mission Farms   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Mound   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Plymouth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Spring Park   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Medina. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Tandyn D. Almer

Musician, songwriter. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Thursday July 30, 1942 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Tueday January 8, 2013 at an age of 70. He was buried at Sunset Memorial Park (Minnesota).

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tandyn D. Almer<8>

Russell Loris 'Buzz' Arlett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Tueday January 3, 1899 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 16, 1964 at an age of 65. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Russell Loris 'Buzz' Arlett

James Arness     (Born as James King Aurness)

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 26, 1923 and died in Brentwood (California) on Friday June 3, 2011 at an age of 88. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Arness

Lew Ayres

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday December 28, 1908 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday December 30, 1996 at an age of 88. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lew Ayres

Patty Berg

Professional golf. She was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Wednesday February 13, 1918 and died in Fort Myers (Florida) on Sunday September 10, 2006 at an age of 88. She was buried at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens (Lee County, Florida) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patty Berg

John Allyn Berryman

Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in McAlester (Oklahoma) on Sunday October 25, 1914 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Friday January 7, 1972 at an age of 57. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery (Dakota County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Allyn Berryman

John 'Johnny' Edwin Blanchard

Major League Baseball. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday February 26, 1933 and died in Robbinsdale (Minnesota) on Wednesday March 25, 2009 at an age of 76. He was buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Robbinsdale [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Johnny' Edwin Blanchard

Ossie Bluege

Major League Baseball. He was born in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday October 24, 1900 and died in Edina (Minnesota) on Monday October 14, 1985 at an age of 85. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Edina [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ossie Bluege

Jimmy 'Jumpin Jimmy' Earle Brown

Musician. He was born in Great Bend (Kansas) on Sunday August 8, 1926 and died in Maple Grove (Minnesota) on Monday December 18, 2006 at an age of 80. He was buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Maple Grove [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jimmy 'Jumpin Jimmy' Earle Brown

William Chauvenet

Mathematician, professor. He was born in Milford (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday May 24, 1820 and died in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Tueday December 13, 1870 at an age of 50. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Saint Paul [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Chauvenet

George Chesebro

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday July 29, 1888 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday May 28, 1959 at an age of 70. He was buried at Pacific Crest Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Chesebro

Armand Romeo 'Dutch' Delmonte

Professional hockey. He was born on Friday June 3, 1927 and died in North Oaks (Minnesota) on Tueday April 7, 1981 at an age of 53. He was buried at Timmins Memorial Cemetery (Cochrane District, Ontario) [Map].

North Oaks [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Armand Romeo 'Dutch' Delmonte

Richard Dix     (Born as Ernst Carlton Brimmer)

Oscar nominated actor. He was born in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Tueday July 18, 1893 and died in Hollywood (California) on Tueday September 20, 1949 at an age of 56. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Saint Paul [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Medina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Dix

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About Hennepin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Medina: www.ci.medina.mn.us/

The official website for Hennepin County: www.hennepin.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Medina) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Medina. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Medina

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Medina. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0327, Longitude: -93.5832     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Medina have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Medina to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.521 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.423 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.80 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Medina could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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