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State of Minnesota
Flag of Minnesota State seal of Minnesota
Flag of Minnesota Seal
Nickname(s): North Star State,
The Land of 10,000 Lakes, The Gopher State
Motto(s): L'Étoile du Nord (French: The Star of the North)
Map of the United States with Minnesota highlighted
Capital Saint Paul
Largest city Minneapolis
Area Ranked 12th
 - Total 87,014 sq mi
(225,365 km2)
 - Width 250 miles (400 km)
 - Length 400 miles (645 km)
 - % water 8.4
 - Latitude 43°34'N to 49°23'50.26"N
 - Longitude 89°34'W to 97°12'W
Number of people Ranked 21st
 - Total 5,132,799
 - Density 61.80/sq mi  (23.86/km2)
Ranked 31st
 - Average income $55,914 (5th)
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Eagle Mountain[1]
2,301 ft (701 m)
 - Average 1,198 ft  (365 m)
 - Lowest point Lake Superior[1]
602 ft (183 m)
Became part of the U.S. May 11, 1858 (32nd)
Governor Mark Dayton (DFL)
U.S. Senators Al Franken (DFL)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Abbreviations MN, US-MN

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest of the United States of America. Part of the state has a border with the country of Canada.

The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul. The largest city is Minneapolis. Over 3 million people live in the two cities and the suburbs that surround it, which are separated by the Mississippi River. They are known as the Twin Cities.

Minnesota became a state on May 11, 1858. It was the 32nd state in the United States of America. The name Minnesota is Dakota (a Native American language) for "sky-tinted water". Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota. The state bird is the Common Loon. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is very famous.


Minnesota has a humid continental climate. The winters in Minnesota are long and severe. Hence the state has a short growing season. During the summer, the south of the state is hot; the north is warm.

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