Minnesota

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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
CapitalSaint Paul
Largest cityMinneapolis
AreaRanked 12th
 • Total87,014 sq mi
(225,365 km2)
 • Width250 miles (400 km)
 • Length400 miles (645 km)
 • % water8.4
 • Latitude43°34'N to 49°23'50.26"N
 • Longitude89°34'W to 97°12'W
PopulationRanked 21st
 • Total5,132,799
 • Density61.80/sq mi  (23.86/km2)
Ranked 31st
 • Median household income$55,914 (5th)
Elevation
 • Highest pointEagle Mountain[1]
2,301 ft (701 m)
 • Mean1,198 ft  (365 m)
 • Lowest pointLake Superior[1]
602 ft (183 m)
Admission to UnionMay 11, 1858 (32nd)
GovernorMark Dayton (DFL)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature{{{Legislature}}}
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U.S. SenatorsTina Smith (DFL)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
ISO 3166US-MN
AbbreviationsMN
Websitewww.state.mn.us

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.

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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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-06.

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