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Minnesota Vacation Basic Facts

Minnesota Office of Tourism, 500 Metro Square, 121 7th Place East, Saint Paul MN 55101; 651-296-5029; 888-868-7476; Fax: 651-296-2800. Email:

State Amphibian: northern leopard frog (proposed)

State Animal: white-tailed deer (proposed); Eastern timber wolf (proposed); and ground squirrel (proposed)

State Beer: Cold Spring beer (proposed) and Schell's Deer Brand beer (proposed)

State Bird: common loon

State Book: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (proposed) and On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (proposed)

State Butterfly: monarch

State Candy: licorice (proposed)

State Drink: milk

State Enemy: Green Bay Packer fans (mythical)

State Fish: walleye pike

State Flower: pink and white showy lady's slipper

State Folk Dance: square dance (proposed)

State Fossil: giant beaver (proposed)

State Gemstone: Lake Superior agate

State Grain: wild rice

State Mineral: iron ore (proposed)

State Motto: The Star of the North

State Muffin: blueberry muffin

State Mushroom: morel

State Nickname: Gopher State, North Star State, and Land of 10,000 Lakes

State Parasite: leech (proposed)

State Photograph: Grace

State Quarter:

State Reptile: Blanding's turtle (proposed)

State Seal:

State Soil: Lester loam

State Song: Hail! Minnesota

State Soup: wild rice soup (proposed)

State Tree: Norway pine

State Capitals

Saint Peter, Minnesota St. Peter Tourism Bureau, 101 S Front Street, St. Peter, MN 56082; 507-934-3400; 800-473-3404. Email: Web: In 1857, the legislature passed a bill to make St. Peter the state capital, but since the bill was stolen before it was filed with the territorial secretary of state, the move was never made.

Saint Paul, Minnesota Territorial capital (1849-1858) and state capital.


Hail! Minnesota; Positively 4th Street.

State Specials

Japs-Olson Company, 7500 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park MN 55426-4519; 612-932-9393; 800-548-2897; Fax: 612-912-1900. A commercial printer, they operate the world's first 12-color sheetfed printing press.

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