( The North Star State / Bread and Butter State )
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:
Mark Steven Johnson,
Rachael Leigh Cook,
The Flag of Minnesota|
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.)
Capital: St. Paul
4,919,479 (61.8 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 14th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Illicit Drug Use
Housing: In Minnesota, there are 2,065,946 housing units, averaging to 26 per sq mile.