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Location of Minnesota State


Capital: Saint Paul

Population: 5,379,139 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington

Borders: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan (at Lake Superior), Canada

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $294,729 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including corn, peas, sugar beets, and turkeys
Paper products, iron ore, biomedical, food processing, and tourism

How Minnesota got its name: The name Minnesota comes from a Sioux Indian word that means sky water.

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Minnesota State Symbols

State Nickname: North Star State

State Slogan: Explore Minnesota

State Motto: L'Etoile du Nord (The North Star)

State flower: Pink and white lady's slipper

State bird: Common Loon

State fish: Walleye

State tree: Red (or Norway) Pine

State mammal: NA

State foods: Milk, Honeycrisp Apple, Wild Rice, Blueberry Muffin

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Tuesday, May 11, 1858

Number admitted: 32

Prior Name: Minnesota Territory

Postal Abbreviation: MN

Minnesota State Map


The Geography of Minnesota

Total Size: 79,610 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Lake Superior at 601 feet (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Eagle Mtn. at 2,301 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Cook (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Crow Wing County approx. 10 miles southwest of Brainerd (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 87 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Lake Superior, Lake of the Woods, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake, Lower Red Lake, Mississippi River, Minnesota River

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