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L'Étoile du Nord

motto of the U.S. state of Minnesota
Great Seal of Minnesota with the state motto.

L'Étoile du Nord is a French phrase meaning "The Star of the North". It is the motto of the U.S. state of Minnesota.[1] It was chosen by the state's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was adopted in 1861, three years after Minnesota became a state.[2] Because of this motto, one of Minnesota's nicknames is The North Star State. The Minnesota North Stars chose the English translation for their name.


  1. "2006 Minnesota Statute § 1.135, subd. 3(f)(1)". State of Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
  2. "Minnesota State Symbols: State Motto". Retrieved 2007-02-19.