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The Minnesota state flag is royal blue, with a gold fringe. In the center of the flag is the state seal. Around the state seal is
a wreath of the state flower, the lady slipper. Three dates are woven into the wreath: 1858, the year Minnesota became a state;
1819, the year Fort Snelling was established; and 1893, the year the official flag was adopted. Nineteen stars ring the wreath.
The largest star represents Minnesota.
Nebraska gained statehood as the
The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota became official in 1861, with the present design legislated in 1983. It depicts a barefoot farmer plowing
his field near St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. His axe is driven into a tree trunk, with his rifle and powderhorn nearby. An Indian on horseback
rides into the scene ahead of a fiery sunrise. The state motto, "L'Etoile du Nord", or "Star of the North", appears on a banner above the scenery.
Around around these images is the outermost ring, which reads "The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota". The bottom of the outer ring contains the
date 1858, which is when Minnesota gained statehood.
"L'Etoile du Nord" or "The Star of North" is the state motto of Minnesota. The "North Star State" has given people a sense of direction over
the course of time. Minnesota is known on its license plates as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but Minnesota actually has 12,000 lakes.
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