Minnesota State
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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

Abbreviation:
MN

Capital:
Saint Paul

Date of Statehood:
May 11, 1858

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.

Nickname:
The North Star State

Motto:
L Etoile du Nord (Star of the North)

Flower:
Lady Slipper (Legislation of 1902)
Picture of the Lady Slipper, the official state flower of Minnesota.

Tree:
Red (or Norway) Pine (Legislation of 1953)

Bird:
Common Loon (Legislation of 1961)
Picture of the Common+Loon, the official state bird of Minnesota.
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Fish:
Walleye Pike (Legislation of 1965)

Insect:
Monarch Butterfly (Legislation of 2000)

Gemstone:
Lake Superior Agate (Legislation of 1969)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Minnesota.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Minnesota.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Minnesota.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Minnesota state.
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