Minnesota State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Minnesota Symbols, Minnesota Emblems, and Minnesota Mascots
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
North Star State
|Bird||Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1961|
|Butterfly||Monarch (Danaus plexippus) 2000|
|Fish||Walleye Pike (Stizostedion v. vitreum) 1965|
|Flag||State Flag, 1893; 1957|
|Flower||Pink and White Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) 1893|
|Gemstone||Lake Superior Agate, 1969|
|Grain||Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica) 1977|
|Motto||L'Etoile du nord (Star of the north)
MINNESOTA STATE MOTTO:
Quae sursum volo videre; adopted 1849.
Not coded in statutes.
This was the intended motto for the territorial seal, chosen by Henry Sibley, meaning "I wish to see what is above" (generally construed as "I wish to see what is beyond"). As engraved, however, it became Quo sursum velo videre (unintelligible, but something like "I cover to see what is above").
L'etoile du Nord ("Star of the North"); adopted 1858/1861.
This motto also was chosen by Sibley for the state seal; was not formally approved by the legislature until 1861, when the state seal was approved (1861 Minn. Laws Chap. 43).
|Mushroom||Morel (Morchella esculenta) 1984|
|Photograph||"Grace" Eric Enstrom|
|Seal||Great Seal, 1861|
|Song||"Hail! Minnesota" 1945
Music and first verse by Truman E. Rickard
Second verse by Arthur E. Upson
|Tree||Red (Norway) Pine (Pinus resinosa) 1953|
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