Thursday, August 11

Facts about Minnesota

Minnesota Facts

Learn facts about Minnesota for kids.

Have you ever visited Minnesota before? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Minnesota here! I love to learn incredible, fun facts about the different states. I would like to share some of those facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Michigan. This week, we are posting cool facts about Minnesota. You will learn about Minnesota's state flag, bird, and other facts. Only 27 more states to blog about! 

Did you know Minnesota was the thirty-second (32nd) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Minnesota officially joined the union on May 11, 1858! Minnesota is located in the upper Midwestern region of the United States. Minnesota is bordered by four (4) states: Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Minnesota also borders Canada and Lake Superior. Minnesota is the twelfth (12th) largest state in the United States. Minnesota is one of the bigger states. There are about 5,707,390 people who reside in Minnesota.


Minnesota famous person alert:

Did you know that Prince Rogers Nelson lived in Chanhassen, Minnesota? Prince Rogers Nelson was a famous songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist. He could play over 20 different instruments. Prince was brilliant!


Tell us about a famous person who lives in your state?


Facts about Minnesota:

1. Minnesota is known for The Mall of America, its beautiful landscapes, and thousands of lakes. Some nicknames for Minnesota are the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State, and the North Star State. The Minnesota state motto is L'√Čtoile du Nord, a French phrase meaning The Star of the North. It was adopted in 1861. The abbreviation for Minnesota is MN.

2. Saint Paul is the capital of Minnesota. It officially became the capital sometime in 1849 and has an estimated population of about 305,877 people.

3. The state bird of Minnesota is the Common loon, also known as the great northern diver. It was chosen as the state bird on March 13, 1961. The Common loon is a large black, dark gray, and white bird with red eyes. It likes to swim, dive deep into the waters, and splash around.

4. The Minnesota official state flower is the Showy Lady's slippers. Showy lady's slippers grow best in wet areas of Minnesota. The Showy Lady's slippers are white and pink in color. The flowers are beautiful! The Showy Lady's slippers became Minnesota’s official state flower sometime in 1902. The Showy Lady's slippers bloom from June to July. The Showy Lady's slippers are a perineal flowering plant. It can take up to 16 years to get its first bloom.

5. Minnesota’s current state flag was officially adopted in 1957. It has a blue background and features Minnesota’s coat of arms on it.

6. Some crops grown in Minnesota are corn, barley, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Minnesota are the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN., Sand Creek Adventures in Scott County, MN., and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

8. Some animals that live in Minnesota are bald eagles, black bears, fox squirrels, moose, and white-tailed deer.

9. Minnesota can get very hot and cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Minnesota was 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Moorhead, Minnesota, on July 6, 1936. The coldest temperature recorded in Minnesota was -60 degrees (60 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Tower, Minnesota, on February 2, 1996.


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Get your free printable Minnesota worksheet here:

 Minnesota worksheet

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Books about Minnesota:

1. My United States Minnesota by Martin Schwabacher

2. Little Minnesota by Kathy-jo Wargin

3. M Is For Minnesota by Dori Hillestad Butler

4. A Popular History of Minnesota by Norman K. Risjord

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Mississippi! Thank you for reading my post!! “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”-Dr. Suess

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