Minnesota State Symbols, Facts & Info
The United States of America accepted Minnesota as the 32nd state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Minnesota.
State Name: Minnesota
Capital of Minnesota State: Saint Paul
Date of Statehood: May 11, 1858
Minnesota State Population: 5,132,799 (US Census 2005 estimate)
Primary Agriculture: Minnesota's farms rank high in yields of corn, wheat, rye, alfalfa, and sugar beets. Other leading farm products include butter, eggs, milk, potatoes, green peas, barley, soybeans, oats, and livestock.
Primary Industry: The state is rich in natural resources. A few square miles of land in the north in the Mesabi, Cuyuna, and Vermillion ranges produce more than 75% of the nation's iron ore. Minnesota's factory production includes nonelectrical machinery, fabricated metals, flour-mill products, plastics, electronic computers, scientific instruments, and processed foods. It is also one of the nation's leaders in the printing and paper-products industries.
Minnesota State Nickname: The North Star State
Minnesota State Motto: L Etoile du Nord (Star of the North)
Minnesota State Flower:
Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae)(Legislation of 1902)
Minnesota State Tree: Red (or Norway) Pine (Legislation of 1953)
Minnesota State Bird:
Common Loon (Gavia immer)(Legislation of 1961)
Minnesota State Fish: Walleye Pike (Legislation of 1965)
Minnesota State Insect: Monarch Butterfly (Legislation of 2000)
Minnesota State Gemstone: Lake Superior Agate (Legislation of 1969)
Official State Seal:
Official State Flag:
Minnesota State License Plate:
Photo under license from collector Jim Moini ©2011.
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