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Welcome to Minnesota and a brief overview of The North Star State.

Minnesota is located in the north central part of the 48 "conterminous" states. The largest and one of the most northerly of the Midwestern States, Minnesota shares an international border with Canada on the north. It's bordered by Iowa on the south. Minnesota is bordered by Lake Superior and Wisconsin on the east and by North and South Dakota on the west.

Minnesota among the states

  • Statehood: may 11,1858 (32nd state)
  • Abbreviation: Minn. (traditional), MN (postal)
  • Capital: St. Paul.
  • Size: 84,402 square miles, includes inland water (12th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • French motto: L'Etoile du Nord (Star of the North)
  • State bird: Common loon (Gavia immer) adopted 1961.
  • State flower: Pink and white lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae) adopted 1893.
  • State song: "Hail, Minnesota", words by Truman E. Rickard and Arthur E. Upson, music by Truman E. Rickard, adopted 1945.
  • State tree: Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) adopted 1953.


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