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Seal of Minnesota

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Great Seal of the State of Minnesota
Seal of Minnesota.svg
Minnesota state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Historical coat of arms (illustrated, 1876)
ArmigerState of Minnesota
AdoptedMay 10, 1983[1]
MottoL'Étoile du Nord
(English: The Star of the North)
Earlier version(s)
Seal of Minnesota (1858–1971).svg
UseFormer Minnesotan state seal, used from 1858 to 1971.

The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota is the state seal of the U.S. state of Minnesota. Originally adopted in 1858, it has undergone several alterations since then, in 1971 and 1983.[2]

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Minnesota’s official nickname is the “Gopher State,” but you may know it better as “The Land of 10,000 Lakes.” The name Minnesota comes from the Dakota word for “clear blue water.” Here’s where you’ll find Lake Itasca, the primary source of the mighty Mississippi river. Then there’s Upper Red Lake. Lower Red Lake. Mille Lacs Lake. There’s also Lake Winnibigoshish, which is just fun to say. With all those lakes, it’s no surprise fishing and boating are popular in Minnesota, and one water sport even got its start here. In 1922, water skiing was invented at Lake Pepin by Ralph Samuelson who modified some barrel boards, grabbed a clothesline, and was off at 20 mph. Time for some celebrity sightings from American Literature! In Minneapolis, you’ll find Minnehaha Falls. This majestic 53-foot waterfall was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” although Longfellow never visited the falls in person. The Laura Ingalls Wilder museum is in Walnut Grove. Wilder was the author of the “Little House” series of books about her life growing up on the Minnesota prairie. The Ingalls family joined a number of immigrants primarily of British, Germanic, and Scandinavian heritage who settled the area in the 1800s. Those pioneers helped establish Minnesota, which became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Minnesota has certainly grown since those early homesteading days. The Minneapolis-St Paul area, known as the Twin Cities, is now one of the largest economic centers in the Midwest. Nearby suburb Bloomington, Minnesota is home to one of the largest shopping malls in the US - the Mall of America. It’s more than 4.8 million square feet. If you can’t find what you need here, maybe you just don’t like shopping. That’s okay. There’s also a wealth of historical attractions to explore in Minnesota, including the Grand Mound - the largest Indian burial mound in the upper midwest. The Jeffers Petroglyphs are another state treasure - over 2000 ancient drawings carved into Red Rock Ridge by American Indian ancestors. This is also the site of the annual “Starry Night, Prairie Night” event which draws many amateur astronomers to the clear, dark skies - perfect for stargazing.



The sun, visible on the western horizon, signifies summer in the northern hemisphere. The horizon's visibility signifies the flat plains covering much of Minnesota. The American Indian on horseback is riding towards the south and represents the American Indian heritage of Minnesota. The Indian's horse and spear and the Pioneer's ax, rifle, and plow represent tools that were used for hunting and labor. The stump symbolizes the importance of the lumber industry in Minnesota's history. The Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls are depicted to note the importance of these resources in transportation and industry. The cultivated ground and the plow symbolize the importance of agriculture in Minnesota. Beyond the falls three pine trees represent the state tree and the three pine regions of Minnesota; the St. Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior.[3]

In the original version, the Indian is dressed in his war costumes while the farmer is in the field with his firearm. There seems to have been great tension between certain tribes of the Sioux and the settlers. "The Indian's Revenge[4]" by Alexander Berghold, writes about an outbreak of Indian attacks which started much as the scene in the original seal. The author makes the statement that after the attacks, settlers were allowed to kill any Sioux that was found in a settlement and that no settler left their home without their rifle. He goes on to say, "The seal of the State, therefore, seems very appropriate."

The first seal was adopted in 1858 and the attacks were in 1862.

Government Seals of Minnesota

See also


  1. ^ Office of the Revisor of Statutes (May 10, 1983). "1.135 STATE SEAL". Laws of Minnesota. State of Minnesota. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Minnesota Historical Society. "State Seal" (PDF). State of Minnesota. pp. 21–23. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 5, 2005. Retrieved September 5, 2005.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Statutes - 1.135 STATE SEAL". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 1983. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Berghold, Alexander; Thomas, P. J. (1891-01-01). The Indians' revenge; or, Days of horror. Some appalling events in the history of the Sioux. San Francisco: P. J. Thomas.

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