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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile — U.S. Census Bureau
|Governor||Mark Dayton (Democrat, to January 2019)|
|Entered the Union||May 11, 1858|
as the 32nd state
|Motto||Fatti L’Etoile du Nord (The North Star)|
|Nickname||The North Star State, The Gopher State, The Land of 10,000 Lakes|
|Flower||Showy lady’s slipper|
|Bird||Common loon (also known as Great Northern Diver)|
|Professional Sports Teams||Minnesota Timberwolves (Basketball); Minnesota Vikings (Football); Minnesota Twins (Baseball); Minnesota Wild (Hockey); Minnesota Lynx (Women’s Basketball)|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||From a Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water”|
|Historical Sites||Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Voyageurs National Park, North Shore Drive|
|Points of Interest||Minnesota Zoological Gardens and the state’s more than 10,000 lakes|
|Bordering States||Minnesota borders Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the nation of Canada.|
Follow these links to read articles about Minnesota from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
This is the official website for the State of Minnesota.
- State Government Libraries
Here is the homepage for the Minnesota’s State Governement Libraries.
- The Minnesota Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Minnesota State Historical Society.
- Minnesota History Center Museum
Here is the homepage for the Minnesota Historical Society History Center Museum.
- Minnesota State Archives
Here is the homepage for the Minnesota State Archives.
- Minnesota State Parks
Here is the homepage for Minnesota State Parks.
- Explore Minnesota
Here is the official state tourism website for Minnesota.
- Minnesota North Star Kids Page
Here is the official Minnesota page for kids.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Minnesota
The site provides a wealth of information about Minnesota. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Minnesota
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Minnesota’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Minnesota Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Minnesota
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Minnesota.
- The Minnesota state tree is the Red (or Norway) pine, state fish is the Walleye, and the state mushroom is the Morel.
- Some of the leading products produced by Minnesota farmers are corn, wheat, rye, alfalfa, sugar beets, butter, eggs, milk, potatoes, green peas, barley, soy beans, oats, and livestock.
- Rochester,Minnesota, is the home of the internationally famous Mayo Clinic, known for its achievements in the field of medicine.
Some Famous People from this State
- Bob Dylan (1941 – ), songwriter and singer whose songs of protest made him a hero to the civil-rights and student movements of the 1960s.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940), novelist, known for the novelsThe Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.
- Judy Garland (1922 – 1969), actress and singer.
- Hubert H. Humphrey (1911 – 1978), U. S. senator and vice president of the U. S. (1965 – 1969); Democratic candidate for president, 1968.
- Sinclair Lewis (1885 – 1951), author, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature; wrote novels such as Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, and Main Street.
- Charles H. Mayo (1865 – 1939), and William J. Mayo(1861 – 1939), physicians who founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
- Walter Frederick Mondale (1928 – ), 42d vice-president of the United States (1977 – 1980); Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 1984.
- 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).