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Minnesota State Symbols

A Minnesota Poem
Minnesota Blue was written in 1985 by Cordell Keith Haugen as a tribute to his native state Minnesota.

State Bird
The Common Loon with its distinctive cry is Minnesota's State Bird.

State Butterfly
The Monarch butterfly with its black and orange markings is Minnesota's State Butterfly.

State Drink
In 2004, milk was designated as Minnesota's State Drink.

State Fish
The Walleye, whose common name comes from the fact that their eyes, like those of cats, reflect light, are Minnesota's State Fish.

State Flag
The Minnesota's State Flag, adopted in 1957, is blue with gold fringe.

State Flower
The rare Pink and White Lady Slipper is Minnesota's State Flower.

State Fruit
The Honeycrisp Apple is Minnesota's State Fruit.

State Gemstone
The unusually beautiful quartz Lake Superior Agate is Minnesota's State Gemstone.

State Grain
Northern wild rice is the official State Grain of Minnesota.

State Muffin
The blueberry muffin was adopted as the official Minnesota State Muffin in 1988.

State Mushroom
The morel mushroom, considered a rare delicacy by mushroom hunters, is Minnesota's State Mushroom.

State Photograph
The world-renowned photograph Grace, depicting an elderly man bowing his head and giving thanks, taken in Bovey, Minnesota, in 1918, by Eric Enstrom, is designated as the State Photograph.

State Quarter
The quarter design features a tree-lined lake with two people fishing, a loon on the water, and a textured outline of the State surrounding its nickname, Land of 10,000 Lakes.

State Seal
The official seal shows a barefoot farmer plowing a field near St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River.

State Song
Hail! Minnesota Written by two students at the University of Minnesota in 1904 and 1905. It was the official University song until 1945, when it became the state song.

State Tree
The Red Pine, commonly known as the Norway Pine is Minnesota's State Tree.

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