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32nd State (May 11, 1858), the midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: MN

Nickname: North Star State and Land of 10,000 Lakes

Origin of Name: Based on the Dakota Sioux word Minisota. It is based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word "sky-tinted waters." Centuries ago, that is what the Dakota named the river now called the Minnesota River.


Minnesota State:

Capital: St. Paul
Motto: The Star of the North
Minnesota State Seal
Beverage: Milk
Bird: Common Loon
Butterfly: Monarch Butterfly
Flower: Pink and White Lady Slipper
Fish: Walleye
Gemstone Lake Superior Agate
Grain Wild Rice
Muffin: Blueberry
Mushroom: Morel
Song: Hail! Minnesota
Tree: Red (or Norway) pine

Minnesota State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

Things to Know

Minnesota supported two major Indian tribes; the Dakota (Sioux) and the Ojibwa (Chippewa). The earliest Europeans in the area were the 17th century French explorers searching for a Northwest Passage.

In 1763, the British claimed the area east of the Mississippi River and this area went to the U.S. after the American Revolution. In 1803, the French portion joined America with the Louisiana Purchase. Sioux Indians revolted with bloody fighting in 1862 and were driven out of Minnesota.

Today, Minnesota is a favorite destination for those seeking fishing and solitude on the state's many bodies of water.

Minnesota has the largest wolf population in the lower 48 states.

Major Rivers: Minnesota River , Mississippi River, Rainy River , Red River of the North , St. Croix River

Famous Minnesotans

Charles H. Mayo (1865 - 1939), and William J. Mayo(1861 - 1939), physicians who founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

John S. Pillsbury (1828 - 1901), a leader in flour milling, he helped found the family company in Minneapolis in 1872; three-time Republican governor of Minnesota (1876 - 1882).

Wanda (1893-1946) and Anton Gag, Illustrators/Painters,
Wanda Gag wrote Millions of Cats.

Charles Schulz , Cartoonist, created Peanuts series.

Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr ., Pilot, first to complete solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Things to Do

Minnesota State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Things To Do-Other Sites

Minnesota's natural resources -DNR
Learn all about the animals in Minnesota.
Minnesosta State Symbols color pages (pdf)

Creature of the Month
The Creature of the Month page is where you'll find a new "feature creature" every month. Each "creature" lives in Minnesota.

Frogs for Kids

Things to Do-Pollution

Color Sheets -Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sites to See

Minnesota Historical Society
This is an excellent place to begin to explores Minnesota's rich history.

Minnestoa Territory
Minnesota in the years before it became a state.

Color Pages

Minnesota flag

A puzzle book

Paul Bunyan

  Story of Paul Bunyan

Find out where many statues of Paul Bunyan
are located.


Play online Minnesota State Symbols Game

Play tic-tac-toe online with Babe.


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