Minnesota is a constituent state of the United States of America with the nickname of “The North Star State”. The state ranks as a 32nd member of the union on May 11, 1858. The boundary of Minnesota extends the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario to the north, Lake Superior and the state of Wisconsin to the east, the states of Iowa to the south and South Dakota and North Dakota to the west.
Mrs. Edward H. Center designed the first state flag which was adopted in 1893 with a white field having the state seal, name of the state and 19 gold stars representing Minnesota as the 19th state after the original 13; all on the obverse side and plain blue reverse side. As its design was much complicated to manufacture, the flag was least used. A new design flag was established on March 19, 1957 with the background of blue on both sides which was quite familiar by then and central design derived from the original flag of 1893 framed up in circular form on both of the sides.
The state seal was thoroughly modified on August 1, 1983 with the replacement of the American Indian fleeing rural land with musket and powder horn resting nearby a farmer plowing. The changes were made in the field including mounted Indian and other inclusion but avoids suggestion to depart the lands original inhabitants in the name of advancement of civilization. The representation of St. Anthony Falls, setting sun and border of the national flowers along with the dates of first European settlement in Minnesota i.e. 1819, the admission to statehood i.e. 1858 and first state flag adoption remained unchanged. The state motto “L’Étoile du nord” which means “Star of the north” is inscripted on a red ribbon.