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( The North Star State / Bread and Butter State )
Minnesota Map Minnesota's name comes from the Dakota (Sioux) word for the Minnesota River's "sky-tinted waters." In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state. Minnesota is an important producer of agricultural and manufactured goods. The state's history is the story of the development of its natural resources. The fur-bearing animals of the forests first attracted fur traders. Next, the fertile soil brought farmers, who poured into the region from the Eastern States and from Europe. The thick forests of tall pines attracted lumberjacks from Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin. Minnesota's scenic beauty, sparkling lakes and deep pine woods make it a vacation wonderland. Campers, canoeists and hikers can explore its vast northern wilderness areas. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Minnesota include: Richard Dean Anderson, Rachael Leigh Cook, George Roy Hill, Mike Farrell,

The Flag of Minnesota
Minnesota state flag Entered the Union in 1858 as the 32nd State; flag adopted 1957. A scene from pioneer life appears in the State seal together with the motto. The nineteen stars indicate Minnesota's rank in Statehood, following the original thirteen States.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Minneapolis, 382,618; St. Paul, 287,151; Duluth, 86,918; Rochester, 85,806; Bloomington, 85,172; Brooklyn Park, 67,338; Plymouth, 65,894; Eagan, 63,557; Coon Rapids, 61,607; Burnsville, 60,220
Business and Trade in Minnesota
Agriculture: Dairy products, corn, cattle, soybeans, hogs, wheat, turkeys.

Industries: Machinery, food processing, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, mining, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Common Loon
  • Flower: Pink and white lady's-slipper (cypripedium reginae)
  • Tree: Red Pine (pinus resinosa)
  • Song(s): Hail! Minnesota
  • Motto: L'Etoile du Nord (The Star of the North.)

Minnesota Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Grand Portage National Monument - Grand Marais
Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District - Bloomington
Science Museum of Minnesota - Saint Paul
Minneapolis Grand Rounds - Minneapolis
Mississippi River Pool No 1 - La Crescent
capital  Capital: St. Paul

statehood  Statehood: 1858-05-11

population  Population:
4,919,479 (61.8 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 86,938.87
    Water 7,328.79
    Land 79,610.08
    Rank 14th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use

housing   Housing: In Minnesota, there are 2,065,946 housing units, averaging to 26 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
Posters and Artwork
Fishing at 3rd Crow Wing Lake, Park Rapids, Minnesota
Fishing at 3rd Crow Wing Lake, Park Rapids, Minnesota
Photographic Print 12" x 16"
World Trade Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Photographic Print 18" x 24"
Small Red Schoolhouse, Battle Lake, Minnesota, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 8"
Saint Paul, Minnesota - Panoramic Map
Giclee Print 12" x 9"
Fourth Street, St. Paul, Minnesota
Art Print 18" x 13"
Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Art Print 18" x 13"

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