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Minnesota Symbols, State Names
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North Star State - State motto. “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.
Land of 10,000 Lakes - Minnesota is known on its license plates as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but Minnesota actually has 12,000 lakes.
Gopher - Species of ground squirrel.
Bread and Butter State - Production of wheat and dairy products.
Origin of Name
From a Dakota Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water”
The name of this state came from the Minnesota River so named by the Dakota Sioux for the river's "cloudy" or "milky water." The Dakota word "mnishota" means "cloudy" or "milky water."
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Chippewa National Forest
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