Minnesota History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The North Star State

Great Seal of the State of Minnesota

Adopted in 1861.

The Great Seal for the state of Minnesota was adopted in 1861.

The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota is the insignia that the secretary of state affixes to government papers and documents to make them official. 

Following the visits of several French explorers, fur traders, and missionaries, including Jacques Marquette, Louis Joliet, and Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, the region was claimed for Louis XIV by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Duluth, in 1679.

The U.S. acquired eastern Minnesota from Great Britain after the Revolutionary War and 20 years later bought the western part from France in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Much of the region was explored by U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike before the northern strip of Minnesota bordering Canada was ceded by Britain in 1818.

Capital City: Saint Paul

Capitol Tour

Minnesota: State of Minnesota Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: Midwest

Area: 86943 sq.mi, 12th   Land 79617 sq. mi., 14th   Water 7326 sq.mi., 7th   Great Lakes 2,546 sq.mi., 5th

Area Codes: Minnesota

Biographies: Famous People from Minnesota

Bird: Common Loon

Border States: Regional List •  Iowa •  Michigan (water border) •  North Dakota •  South Dakota •  Wisconsin

Cam World: Live Web Cams

Climate: Minnesota

Community Pages: Minnesota Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 32nd State

County Profile: County Map   87 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Minnesota News Headlines

Department of: Education | Licensing | Southwest Minnesota State University A Member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) located in Marshall, Southwestern Minnesota.| University of Minnesota Public university and the state's primary research university, founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has four campuses—Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Crookston.

Driving: DVS

Economy: Agriculture: Dairy products, corn, cattle, soybeans, hogs, wheat, turkeys. •  Industry: Machinery, food processing, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, mining, tourism.

Flag: Minnesota (MN)

Flower: Pinkand white lady's-slipper   Cypripedium reginae

Cyndi's List  • Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Crow Wing, 10 miles southwest of Brainerd

Geology Maps: Minnesota

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Eagle Mountain; 2,301 feet, 37th

Highways: Minnesota Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical     Civil War

Hotels, Motels & Inns:

Kids Corner: State of Minnesota Kids Site

Library: Minnesota  

License Plates: Minnesota

Lighthouses: Split Rock

Lottery: Minnesota

Lowest Point: Shore of Lake Superior; 602 feet, 42nd


Media: Radio   TV

Motto: L'Etoile du nord The star of the north

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Minnesota name based on the Dakota Sioux Indian word for "sky-tinted water," referring to the Minnesota River or the state's many lakes. 

National Forest: Minnesota

Population: Quick facts   4,919,479; 21st, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Minnesota City, Town & Community

Representatives: Minnesota House: Members •  Minnesota Senate: Members  • US House:   110th Congress US Senate:   110th Congress

Road Side America: Minnesota

School Directory: Minnesota

Soil: Minnesota - Lester

Song: Minnesota  • 

Sports: Minnesota Teams

State Parks: Minnesota

Symbols: All About Minnesota

Tourism: www.exploreminnesota.com

Travel: Minnesota Travel

Tree: Red Pine   Pinus resinosa  

Veteran Affairs: Minnesota VA

Visitor Guides: Explore Minnesota A travel guide to Minnesota. | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources DNR site about Minnesota's state parks, wildlife and fisheries.

Weather: Minneapolis, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

White Pages: AnyWho.com  - Over 90 million people listings, businesses, emails, & reverse telephone listings.

Yellow Pages:: Yellow Pages.com

Zoo: Minesota Zoo