Seal of Minnesota

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Great Seal of the State of Minnesota
Seal of Minnesota.svg
Minnesota state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Historical coat of arms (illustrated, 1876)
Armiger State of Minnesota
Adopted May 10, 1983[1]
Motto L'Étoile du Nord
(English: The Star of the North)
Earlier versions Seal of Minnesota (1858-1971).svg
Use Former Minnesotan state seal, used from 1858 to 1971.

The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota is the state seal of the U.S. state of Minnesota. Originally adopted in 1858, it has undergone several alterations since then, in 1971 and 1983.[2]


The sun, visible on the western horizon, signifies summer in the northern hemisphere. The horizon's visibility signifies the flat plains covering much of Minnesota. The American Indian on horseback is riding towards the south and represents the American Indian heritage of Minnesota. The Indian's horse and spear and the Pioneer's ax, rifle, and plow represent tools that were used for hunting and labor. The stump symbolizes the importance of the lumber industry in Minnesota's history. The Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls are depicted to note the importance of these resources in transportation and industry. The cultivated ground and the plow symbolize the importance of agriculture in Minnesota. Beyond the falls three pine trees represent the state tree and the three pine regions of Minnesota; the St. Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior.[3]

Government Seals of Minnesota[edit]

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  1. ^ Office of the Revisor of Statutes (May 10, 1983). "1.135 STATE SEAL". Laws of Minnesota (808). State of Minnesota. Retrieved March 12, 2014.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Minnesota Historical Society. "State Seal" (PDF). State of Minnesota. pp. 21–23. Retrieved September 5, 2005. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Statutes - 1.135 STATE SEAL". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 1983. Retrieved June 9, 2012.