||North Star State / Gopher State / Bread and Butter State
||L'Etoile du Nord (The star of the north.)
||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.
||Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Duluth, Rochester
||Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
||79,617 sq. mi., 14th largest
||Pink and white lady's-slipper (cypripedium reginae)
||Red Pine (pinus resinosa)
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