1.135 State seal.


    Subdivision 1.    Purpose.  This section prescribes the

 design and states the historical symbolism of the Great Seal of

 the State of Minnesota. 


    Subd. 2.    Official seal.  The seal described in

 subdivision 3 is the "Great Seal of the State of Minnesota."

 When the seal, the impression of the seal, the scene within the

 seal, or its likeness is reproduced at state expense, it must

 conform to subdivision 3 and section 4.04.  A seal, impression,

 scene, or likeness which does not conform to these provisions is

 not official. 


    Subd. 3.    Design.  The design of the seal is as

 described in this subdivision. 


    (a) The seal is composed of two concentric borders.  The

 outside forms the border of the seal and the inside forms the

 border for the illustrations within the seal.  The area between

 the two borders contains lettering. 


    (b) The seal is two inches in diameter.  The outside border

 has a radius of one inch and resembles the serrated edge of a

 coin.  The width of the border is 1/16 of an inch. 


    (c) The inside border has a radius of three-fourths of an

 inch and is composed of a series of closely spaced dots

 measuring 1/32 of an inch in diameter. 


    (d) Within the area between the borders "The Great Seal of

 the State of Minnesota" is printed in capital letters.  Under

 that is the date "1858" with two dagger symbols separating the

 date and the letters.  The lettering is 14-point century bold. 


    (e) In the area within the inside border is the portrayal

 of an 1858 Minnesota scene made up of various illustrations that

 serve to depict a settler plowing the ground near the Falls of

 St. Anthony while he watches an Indian on horseback riding in

 the distance. 


    (f) For the purposes of description, when the area within

 the inside border is divided into quadrants, the following

 illustrations should be clearly visible in the area described. 


    (1) In the upper parts of quadrants one and two, the

 inscription "L'Etoile du Nord" is found on the likeness of a

 scroll whose length is equal to twice the length of the

 inscription, but whose ends are twice folded underneath and

 serve to enhance the inscription.  The lettering is 7-point

 century bold. 


    (2) In quadrant two is found a likeness of a sun whose

 ambient rays form a background for a male Indian in loincloth

 and plume riding on horseback at a gallop.  The Indian is

 sitting erect and is holding a spear in his left hand at an

 upward 60-degree angle to himself and is looking toward the

 settler in quadrant four. 


    (3) In quadrant one, three pine trees form a background for

 a picturesque resemblance of St. Anthony Falls in 1858. 


    (4) In quadrants three and four, cultivated ground is found

 across the lower half of the seal, which provides a background

 for the scenes in quadrants three and four. 


    (5) In quadrant three, a tree stump is found with an ax

 embedded in the stump and a period muzzle loader resting on it.

 A powder flask is hanging towards the end of the barrel. 


    (6) In quadrant four, a white barefoot male pioneer wearing

 clothing and a hat of that period is plowing the earth, using an

 animal-drawn implement from that period.  The animal is not

 visible.  The torso of the man continues into quadrant two, and

 he has his legs spread apart to simulate movement.  He is

 looking at the Indian. 


    Subd. 4.    Additional effects; size.  Every effort

 shall be made to reproduce the seal with justification to the 12

 o'clock position and with attention to the authenticity of the

 illustrations used to create the scene within the seal.  The

 description of the scene in this section does not preclude the

 graphic inclusion of the effects of movement, sunlight, or

 falling water when the seal is reproduced.  Nor does this

 section prohibit the enlargement, proportioned reduction, or

 embossment of the seal for its use in unofficial acts. 


    Subd. 5.    Historical symbolism of seal.  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 Indian on horseback is riding

 due south and represents the great 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 great pine regions of Minnesota; the

 St. Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior. 


    Subd. 6.    State's duties.  State agencies and

 departments using the seal, its impression, the scene within the

 seal or its likeness shall make every effort to bring any seal,

 impression, scene, or likeness currently fixed to a permanent

 object into accordance with this section and section 4.04. 

 Expendable material to which the seal or any impression, scene,

 or likeness is currently affixed may be used until the supply is

 exhausted. All unused dies and engravings of the Great Seal

 shall be given to the Minnesota Historical Society, along with

 all historical information available about the seal, to be

 retained in the society's permanent collection. 


    HIST: 1983 c 119 s 1; 1987 c 384 art 1 s 1


Copyright 2004 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.