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Minnesota is a state in the upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Its capital is St. Paul, and its largest city is Minneapolis; its population is about 5,577,000, and its area is 86,936 mi².

The Minnesota flag consists of a version of the Minnesota seal on a light blue background. The nineteen stars represent Minnesota's admission as the nineteenth US state, and the upper star symbolizes the North Star. The central design is surrounded by pink and white orchids, which are considered the state flowers. In addition, the seal generally represents Minnesota's Native American heritage and agriculture. The height-to-width ratio in the flag is 7:11, and the flag was adopted on August 2, 1983.

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