Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11th, 1858. Minnesota is also commonly known as "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" actually has more lakes than this number. Minnesota is also known as the "North Stare State".
Origin of state's name: Minnesota got its name from the Indian word for "sky shadowed water ", a reference to the large number of lakes in the state.
Population: The population of Minnesota is in excess of 4.9 million people based on the census of 2000.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, Driver's manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Minnesota Department of Safety website.
Capital City: The capital city of Minnesota is St Paul known as the "The Home of The Ice Palace" and twin city to Minneapolis. The state is bordered by several other states including North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and it borders Michigan with a water border.
Economy: Minnesota is a growing region for corn, soybeans, oats and wheat and also has many dairy farms. The main industries are heavy machinery manufacture, food processing, textile production and electric and chemical production.
State Flower: The state flower is the Cypripedium Reginae, the Pink and White Lady's Slipper which generally grows in damp well light environments and flowers with a beautiful pink white flower in late summer.
State Bird: The state bird is the Common Loon which builds its next on the on the ground near rivers and although it has characteristically small wings for its large body size it moves swiftly and gracefully in the air.
State Motto: "The Stare of the North"