The flag of the state of Minnesota consists of a medium blue field charged with the state seal. The current flag was adopted in 1957 and the state seal on the flag was modified in 1983.
On the seal, the sun, visible on the western horizon, signifies summer in the northern hemisphere. The horizon's visibility signifies the flat plains covering much of Minnesota. The American Indian on horseback is riding towards the south and represents the American Indian heritage of Minnesota. The Indian's horse and spear and the Pioneer's ax, rifle, and plow represent tools that were used for hunting and labor. The stump symbolizes the importance of the lumber industry in Minnesota's history. The Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls are depicted to note the importance of these resources in transportation and industry. The cultivated ground and the plow symbolize the importance of agriculture in Minnesota. Beyond the falls three pine trees represent the state tree and the three pine regions of Minnesota; the St. Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior.
Proposals for a New Flag of Minnesota
MN Flag Proposal "Becker and Herold North Star Flag"
MN Flag Proposal "Jack Expo"
Flag Proposal "Tibbetts #1"
Flag Proposal "Tibbetts #2"
MN Flag Proposal "rob64"
MN Flag Proposal "Deepseadivermann"
MN Flag Proposal "Marcel Stratton"
MN Flag Proposal "Steve Lovelace"
Minnesota flag proposal by Steve Lovelace, modified by Hans. Sep 2015. (details)
Minnesota flag proposal by Hans. Based on Steve Lovelace's flag. Aug 2016. (details)
MN Flag Proposal "JD Makepeace"
MN Flag Proposal "RRJ"
MN Flag Proposal "jakeasy"
MN Flag Proposal "FederalRepublic"
MN Flag Proposal by Kermitdefrog
MN Flag Proposal "BigRed618"
Minnesota State Flag Symplistic Proposal. “Minne” means water, which flows throughout the state — this is the blue. “Star of the North” is the state motto, and twin cities sit on either side of the main star. By Ed Mitchell. 2013.
Updated Minnesota state flag proposal by Ed Mitchell. 2016.
MN Flag Proposal: Blue=rivers/lakes. Found in state name "water" & "sky-tinted". Center forms a snowflake with 8 M's (like capitol rotunda). Green=trees, growth and prosperity. White=snow. Gold=the North Star (our nickname). Jon C. Good Aug 2016
MN State Flag Proposal A cleaner, simpler design (color and design meaning - same as last flag submission). AGoodProduction - Jon C. Good Oct 2016
MN flag proposal by 5thEye
L’etoile du Nord-The North Star by Newresnow
"Thousand Lakes" flag - Minnesota proposal by James Dignan, October 2015
Design places the north Star high over the "seal" which displays a little like the North Star Flag - the lower wave in red stands for the removed MINNESOTA text. The purple in the fly is for the states surrigate color. Design Rotten Ali.