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|Population (1994): 4,567,000
(20th in size)
State size: 84,402 square miles (12th in size)
State Capital: Saint Paul (named after Saint Paul to whom Father Lucian Galtier dedicated a log church around which the settlement grew)
Major cities: Bloomington, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester and Saint Paul
Admission to union: The 32nd State
Date entered the union: May 11, 1858
Origin of state name: Named after the indian word "Minisota", meaning "white water"
Nicknames: The North Star State
Bordering states: Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, with Canada to the north
State bird: Loon
State flower: Showy Lady's Slipper
Motto: The Star of the North
|Minnesota is a major agricultural state including dairy farming, corn, wheat, oats and soybeans. Other industries include food processing, iron mining, and pulp and paper.|
|Minnesota was first settled by the French in the late 1600's. It became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase.|
|Many people from Norway and Sweden settled in the western part of the state in the 1880s and 1890s. This still has a major influence on the culture.|
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