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Quick Facts: Minnesota

Capital City: St. Paul

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Nickname: North Star State / Gopher State / Bread and Butter State
Motto: L'Etoile du Nord (The star of the north.)
Statehood: May 11, 1858 (32th)
Origin of State's Name: Based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for "sky-tinted water," referring to the Minnesota River or the state's many lakes.
Largest Cities: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Duluth, Rochester
Border States: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Land Area: 79,617 sq. mi., 14th largest
State Bird: Common Loon
State Flower: Pink and white lady's-slipper (cypripedium reginae)
State Tree: Red Pine (pinus resinosa)
State Song: Hail! Minnesota
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