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The Minnesota State Flag
The blue State Flag of Minnesota depicts the state seal which features a farmer cultivating the land watched by a Native American Indian on horseback. The outer circle of the seal depicts the name of the state and a series of symbolic golden stars. The flag serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union:1858
Minnesota is the 32nd state
Date the flag was adopted:1957


Facts on the Minnesota State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Minnesota Flag:

Minnesota State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 32nd state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "North Star State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Minnesota flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the flag

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Minnesota State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Minnesota State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Minnesota State Flag
The Minnesota flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of Minnesota, the "North Star State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Minnesota State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of this important  emblem of Minnesota flag are as follows:

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Capital: Saint Paul
Date of Statehood
11 May 1858 (32nd state)
"North Star State"
Flag Ratio: 7:11

Image of seal on Minnesota state flag

What is the design of the Minnesota state flag?  
 The design is a field of medium blue containing an image of the Seal of Minnesota
What does the the stars symbolize?
 Surrounding the seal is a white banner containing 19 stars denoting Minnesota as the 19th state to join the union after the original thirteen colonies. The largest star of all is located at the top and represents the North Star
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a The star is a noble ensign and symbolizes honor, achievement and hope and are emblems of truth and constancy
What does the image on the seal symbolize? See enlarged picture of the seal
 The image of the seal is surrounded by a wreath of pink and white lady’s slipper, the state flower.
 The image of the seal depicts the landscape of the state and the early inhabitants - a farmer cultivating the land looking towards a Native American Indian who is hunting on horseback
What do the dates symbolize?
 There are 3 dates within the wreath of lady’s slipper: 1858, 1819 and 1893
 1819: The year the first settlement at Fort Snelling was established. Fort Snelling, a military fortification, originally known as Fort Saint Anthony, was constructed between 1820 to 1824. It served as an important garrison and gathering place for the early inhabitants
 1858: The year of statehood
 1893: The year the first official flag was adopted
What are the colors of the flag and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color red is a symbol of hardiness, bravery, strength & valor
 The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
What is the shape and ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 7:11 meaning it is 7 units tall for every 11 units wide.
Who designed the Minnesota State Flag?
 The name of the designer was Amelia Hyde Center and Pauline Gerhardin Fjelde
What is the history of the Minnesota State Flag? 
 During the Civil War (1861-1865) several Minnesota regiments carried blue battle flags with the state seal in the center
 In 1893, a contest was held to create a design to be displayed at Chicago World's Fair. Amelia Hyde Center of Minneapolis submitted the winning entry which featured a white field with the state seal and a blue color on the reverse.
 Pauline Fjelde, a textile artist, and her sister, Thomane, were contracted to produce the actual prototype flag.
When was the Minnesota State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted August 2, 1983
The Minnesota flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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