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|State nickname: North Star State|
Other U.S. States
- % water
- Total (2000)
|Admittance into Union|
May 11, 1858
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|43°34'N to 49°23'N|
89°34'W to 97°12'W
Minnesota is the 32nd state of the United States, having joined the Union on May 11, 1858. Its name is commonly abbreviated as 'MN' or 'Minn.', and is taken from the Dakota (Native American tribe) words for 'sky-tinted water'.
The USS Minnesota was named in honor of this state.
History prior to joining the United States
Joins the US
Minnesota was designated a territory on March 3, 1849, but that territory was not coextensive with the present state, since the territory included what later became the territory of Dakota, and later still became the states of North Dakota and South Dakota. The eastern half of the territory of Minnesota became the present state of Minnesota -- the 32nd state--on May 11, 1858.
Law and Government
See: List of Minnesota counties