L'Etoile du nord

Minnesota State Motto


Sunrise in Silver Bay, Minnesota

Silver Bay, Minnesota sunrise; photo by Randen Pederson on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

L'Etoile du nord: Star of the North

Minnesota formally adopted the French phrase "L'Etoile du nord" (The Star of the north) as the official state motto in 1861. The motto appears on Minnesota's state seal.



State seal of Minnesota at scenic overlook outside of Granite Falls; photo by Drew Bennett (BenSpark) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

State seal of Minnesota