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State motto[edit]

The translation of the state motto is wrong. Directly translated it does mean "the star of the north" but you never directly translate. If you translate properly it would be "the North Star". Feel free to fix.

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Peacock terms and promotional tone[edit]

I'm seeing phrases like "internationally known arts community" and "Minnesota is known for a politically active citizenry," and overall the article seems to feature only very positive information. Just wondering what other editors think.--Prisencolinensinainciusol (talk) 05:34, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Ambiguity and grammatical error[edit]

"Minnesota contains some of the oldest rocks found on earth, gneisses some 3.6 billion years old, or 80% as old as the planet." 80% of what is as old as the planet? And what does "gneisses some 3.6 billion years old" even mean?97.116.162.146 (talk) 06:01, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Come on! No Wikipedia editor wants to resolve this problem????67.4.218.221 (talk) 06:06, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Gneisses found in Minnesota are about 3.6 billion years old; the planet Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Kablammo (talk) 13:49, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

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Nauseous Puffery[edit]

The following paragraph is a little over the top:

Minnesota is known for its progressive political orientation and its high rate of civic participation and voter turnout. Until European settlement, Minnesota was inhabited by the Dakota and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe. The large majority of the original European settlers emigrated from Scandinavia and Germany, and the state remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture. In recent decades, immigration from Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Latin America has broadened its historic demographic and cultural composition. Minnesota's standard of living index is among the highest in the United States, and the state is also among the best-educated and wealthiest in the nation.[7]

Minnesotans love this kind of narcissistic blather -- just talk to one -- but it's more appropriate for a politician's campaign speech than it is a Wikipedia entry. In particular, the phrase "Minnesota's standard of living index is among the highest in the United States" is unsupported by footnote 7 and is too subjective to substantiate.

Gruffbear (talk) 02:27, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Why is this unencyclopedic just because it might be considered "bragging?" Most of what is included in the paragraph you cite is both objective and easily verifiable (for instance the high voter turnout and immigration patterns). While I agree with you that the meaning of the term "standard of living index" is not immediately clear, a search on Google for "quality of life by state" shows a number of rankings at which Minnesota is at or near the top. The mere fact that these studies are subjective in choosing what factors go into determining "quality of life" does not make them difficult to substantiate, so long as the underlying measurements (like murder rates, employment rates, education levels, average disposable incomes) are objective. Jrt989 (talk) 14:50, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

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