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Many symbols of Minnesota can be found in our Minnesota coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the Minnesota Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

Minnesota OutlineState Name: Minnesota
State Nickname: The North Star State
also known as:
  • The Gopher State
  • The Land of 10,000 Lakes
State Capital: St. Paul
State Governor: Mark Dayton
State Abbreviation: Minn.
2 letter Postal Code: MN
Area: 84,068 square miles
Date Entered the Union: May 11, 1858
State #: 32
Borders: Canada, Lake of the Woods, Lake Superior, Wisconsin, Iowa, S. Dakota, N. Dakota
Minnesota flagFlag Meaning: Pink and white lady's slippers surround the circular emblem that's centered in a field of blue. Three dates appear on the flag: 1819, 1858, and 1893. These represent the arrival of a military expedition to build Fort St. Anthony, the date of admission to the statehood, and the year the old state flag was adopted, respectively. There are 19 stars in the outer band of the emblem that represent Minnesota as being the 19th state to join the Union after the original 13 colonies - Minnesota was the 32nd state. The large star at the top of the emblem represents Minnesota - "The Star of the North." The flag was adopted in 1957.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 8
State Motto: L'Etoile du Nord (The North Star)
State Flower: lady slipper
State Bird: common loon (also called great northern diver)
State Song: "Hail Minnesota"
State Tree: re (or Norway) pine
State Fish: walleye
State Butterfly: Monarch
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Plymouth, Brooklyn Park, St. Cloud, Eagan, Coon Rapids
Famous Residents:
- Bob Dylan, singer and composer
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer
- Judy Garland, singer and actress
- Hubert H. Humphrey, senator and vice president
- Jessica Lange, actress
- Sinclair Lewis, writer
- Walter F. Mondale, vice president
- Prince, musician
- Jane Russell, actress
- Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist
Attractions: Mesabi and Vermillion Ranges, White Earth Reservation, Lindbergy Home, Mayo Clinic, High Falls, Northwest Angle, Red Lake Indian Reservation, Sibley House
Agriculture: dairy, wheat, corn, hogs, oats, rye, soybeans, flaxseed, livestock and poultry
Industries: farming, manufacturing
Natural Resources: clay, granite, iron ore, limestone, fish, lumber

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