Minnesota State Facts and Symbols

Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858 and is the 22nd largest state by population with about 5.6 million residents. It is also the 14th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 86,939 square miles. Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota with a population of approximately 380,000 people.

The name Minnesota came from the Dakota word "minisota" meaning "water that reflects the sky."

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Minnesota State Quarter.

Minnesota State Flag

Minnesota State Flag

Minnesota State Facts

Minnesota State Capital - St. Paul

State Nickname - Minnesota has three nicknames:
The North Star State - The Gopher State - The Land of 10,000 Lakes

State Motto - "L’etoile du Nord" (Star of the North)

State Flower - Pink and White Lady Slipper or the Showy Lady Slipper

State Tree - Red or Norway Pine

State Mushroom - The Morel Mushroom (morchella esculenta)

State Bird - Loon

State Butterfly - Monarch Butterfly

State Fish - Walleye

State Gemstone - Lake Superior Agate

State Sport - Ice Hockey

State Grain - Wild Rice

State Muffin - Blueberry Muffin

State Fruit - Honeycrisp Apple

State Drink - Milk

Minnesota State Map:

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Minnesota State Map

Minnesota State Song:

Hail Minnesota

Minnesota, hail to thee!
Hail to thee our state so dear!
Thy light shall ever be
A beacon bright and clear.
Thy sons and daughters true
Will proclaim thee near and far.
They shall guard thy fame
And adore thy name;
Thou shalt be their Northern Star.

Like the stream that bends to sea,
Like the pine that seeks the blue,
Minnesota, still for thee,
Thy sons are strong and true.
From thy woods and waters fair,
From thy prairies waving far,
At thy call they throng,
With their shout and song,
Hailing thee their Northern Star.

Minnesota State Photo:

Grace - Minnesota State Photo

Minnesota State Quarter

Minnesota State Quarter - FrontMinnesota State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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