L'Etoile du Nord

Minnesota State Motto


Sunrise in Silver Bay, Minnesota

Silver Bay, Minnesota sunrise; photo by Randen Pederson on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Motto of Minnesota

Minnesota formally adopted the French phrase "L'Etoile du Nord" (which means "The Star of the North") as the official state motto in 1861. All State Mottos

The state motto also appears on the great seal and the state flag, and one of Minnesota's nicknames is "The North Star State."



State seal of Minnesota at scenic overlook outside of Granite Falls; photo by Drew Bennett (BenSpark) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

State seal of Minnesota