L'Étoile du Nord

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This article is about the Minnesota state motto. For other uses, see Étoile du Nord.
The motto, as it appears on the Seal of Minnesota

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 admission of Minnesota to the union.[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.