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Capital City:

St. Paul

Statehood:

May 11, 1858 (32th)

Population:

4,779,000

Nickname:

North Star State / Gopher State / Bread and Butter State

Motto:

L'Etoile du Nord (The star of the north.)

Origin of State Name:

Based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for "sky-tinted water," referring to the Minnesota River or the state's many lakes.

Counties:

87

Largest Cities:

Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Duluth, Rochester

Border States:

Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Land Area:

79,548 sq. mi., 12th largest

Highest Point:

Eagle Mt, 2,301 ft.

Lowest Point:

Lake Superior, 602 ft.

State Bird:

Common Loon

State Flower:

Pink and white lady's-slipper (cypripedium reginae)

State Tree:

Red Pine (pinus resinosa)

State Song:

Hail! Minnesota

State Web Site:

www.state.mn.us


For more websites on Minnesota check out Minnesota Links.

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