The state flag,
adopted in 1983, bears a version of the state seal. The dates
1819, 1858, and 1893 indicate, respectively, the year of
Minnesota's first settlement, the year of statehood, and the year
the original flag was adopted. The seal was adopted in 1861. A man
plowing symbolizes agriculture and a stump stands for the lumber
industry, both important parts of the state's history. An Indian
represents Minnesota's Indian heritage.
Minnesota is a large state in the Midwestern United States. The
state is an important producer of agricultural and manufactured
goods. Such service industries as finance and trade are also
important to its economy. Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis
and St. Paul form a major metropolitan area of the Midwest. St.
Paul is Minnesota's capital, and Minneapolis is the state's