|State of Minnesota|
|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)|
|- Total||87,014 sq mi
|- Width||250 miles (400 km)|
|- Length||400 miles (645 km)|
|- % water||8.4|
|- Latitude||43°34'N to 49°23'50.26"N|
|- Longitude||89°34'W to 97°12'W|
|Number of people||Ranked 21st|
|- Density||61.80/sq mi (23.86/km2)
|- Average income||$55,914 (5th)|
|Height above sea level|
|- Highest point||Eagle Mountain
2,301 ft (701 m)
|- Average||1,198 ft (365 m)|
|- Lowest point||Lake Superior
602 ft (183 m)
|Became part of the U.S.||May 11, 1858 (32nd)|
|Governor||Mark Dayton (DFL)|
|U.S. Senators||Al Franken (DFL)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
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.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 2005. http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/elvadist/elvadist.html#Highest. Retrieved 2006-11-06.