State Symbols

This is a listing of the Minnesota State Symbols and the year that they were officially adopted by the Minnesota State Legislature.

  • State Bird: Loon (1961)
  • State Butterfly: Monarch (Danaus plexippus) (2000)
  • State Drink: Milk (1984)
  • State Fish: Walleye (stizostedion v. vitreum) (1965)
  • State Flower: Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) (1902)
  • State Fruit: Honeycrisp™ Apple (2006)
  • State Grain: Wild Rice (zizania aquatica) (1977)
  • State Gemstone: Lake Superior agate (1969)
  • State Motto: L’etoile du Nord (translation: “Star of the North” or the “North Star State”) (1861)
  • State Muffin: Blueberry Muffin
  • State Mushroom: Morel Mushroom (morchella esculenta) (1984)
  • State Photo: “Grace” photographed by Eric Enstrom in the town of Bovey, MN (2002)
  • State Song: “Hail Minnesota” (1945)
  • State Sport: Ice Hockey (2009)
  • State Tree: Red (or Norway) pine (1953)

The following is a listing of proposed Minnesota State Symbols that have not yet been officially adopted by the Minnesota State Legislature.

  • State Amphibian: Northern Leopard Frog
  • State Amusement Ride: Tilt-A-Whirl (manufactured in Minnesota)
  • State Animal/Mammal: White Tailed Deer, Eastern Timber Wolf, Black Bear
  • State Beer: Schell’s Deer Brand, Cold Spring
  • State Book: “Little House on the Prairie”, “On the Banks of Plum Creek”
  • State Candy: Licorice
  • State Folk Dance: Square Dance
  • State Fossil: Giant Beaver
  • State Insect: never proposed
  • State Mineral: Iron Ore
  • State Nickname: “The Gopher State”, “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, “The North Star State” (never officially adopted probably because all three are equally used)
  • State Pipe Band: Minnesota State Fire Service Memorial Pipe Band
  • State Reptile: Blanding’s Turtle
  • State Soil: Lester
  • State Soup: Wild Rice

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4 Responses to State Symbols

  • What is the state animal?

    • There have been many animals or mammals proposed for the State Animal/Mammal (including deer, bear, wolf) but nothing has been official adopted by the Minnesota Legislature.

  • Hi. I believe there is a Minnesota Official State Photograph, “Old Man Praying” with his hands folded sitting at the table. I think it was someone in Bovey, MN that took the picture. Marilyn Carrigan
    P.S. I taught MN History for 34 years at Truman Public School in Truman. I retired in 2005 and it was a few years before that the legislature passed it. The picture is famous nationwide.

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