The North Star State

Minnesota State Nickname


Minnesota quarter

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Minnesota features one of its nicknames (Land of 10,000 Lakes) inside an outline of the state, pine trees (the state tree is red pine), a common loon (state bird), and fishermen in a boat (the state fish is walleye pike). Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858. Public domain image on Wikipedia

The North Star State

The official nickname for Minnesota is The North Star State, originating from the French motto which appears on Minnesota's state flag and seal:  l’étoile du nord (translation: the star of the North).

Other Minnesota Nicknames

Another well-known nickname for Minnesota is Land of 10,000 Lakes, featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Minnesota.

Minnesota has also been referred to as The Gopher State and The Bread and Butter State.



State seal on the Coliseum at the 2007 Minnesota State Fair; photo by Paul Weimer (Jvstin) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Minnesota state seal on the Coliseum

The state of Minnesota, USA (public domain image).

Minnesota USA