General facts and stats about the State of Minnesota:

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General Facts

  • State Capital: St. Paul
  • State Abbreviation: Minn. or MN
  • Organized as Territory: March 3, 1849
  • Entered Union: May 11, 1858 (32nd State)
  • Nicknames: North Star State; Gopher State; Land of 10,000 Lakes
  • Name Origination: From Dakota Indian meaning “sky-tinted water” or “sky-blue waters”
  • Industry: Health services, tourism, real estate, banking and insurance, industrial machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, scientific equipment
  • Agriculture: Corn, soybeans, dairy products, hogs, cattle, turkeys, wheat