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Minnesota State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Minnesota State Legislature. Minnesota State Symbols, <http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/symbols.asp> (Accessed July 20,2010)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Bird Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1961
Butterfly Monarch (Danaus plexippus) 2000
Drink Milk 1984
Fish Walleye (Stizostedion v. vitreum) 1965
Flag Find out more... 1893
Flower Pink and White Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) 1893
Fruit Honeycrisp™ Apple 2006
Gemstone Lake Superior Agate 1969
Grain Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica) 1977
Great Seal Find out more... 1861
Muffin Blueberry 1988
Mushroom Morel (Morchella esculenta) 1984
Photograph "Grace", by Eric Enstrom 2002
Soil Lesteradobe document 2012
Song "Hail! Minnesota," words by Truman E. Rickard and Arthur E. Upson, music by Truman E. Rickard 1945
Sport Ice hockeyadobe document> 2009
Tree Red or Norway Pine (Pinus resinosa) 1953

Making laws in Minnesota

The Minnesota State Legislature offers a comprehensive website section, titled How a Bill Becomes Law in Minnesota, to help us understand how laws are made in Minnesota. How does a bill become law? is geared toward kids.

Additional Information

Minnesota State Symbols: Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.

State Symbols: Minnesota House of Representatives state symbols quiz.

State Symbols to Color: Just for fun, here are some pages to print out and color from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Minnesota Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Bill McAuliffe

Minnesota Facts and Symbols, by Bill McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Minnesota symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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