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L'Etoile du Nord

Minnesota State Motto

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."