Official State Song of Minnesota
Minnesota designated "Hail! Minnesota" as the official state song in 1945; written by University of Minnesota students Truman E. Rickard (music and first verse in 1904) and Arthur E. Upson (second verse in 1905). All State Songs
"Hail! Minnesota" was a song in a University of Minnesota play; "The Apple of Discord." The song was used as the alma mater for the University of Minnesota, and later adapted for use as the official Minnesota state song (the second line of the song; "Hail to thee, our college dear!" became "Hail to thee, our state so dear!").