United states of America cultural understanding. United States Of America United States total area : 3,537,441 square miles. Minnesota is equal to 86,943 square miles in comparison to Nepal 54,363 square miles. Most Common US Currency. Nickel 5. Penny 1 . Dime 10. Quarter 25.
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ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Derived from the Sioux Indian word minisota, meaning "sky-tinted waters."
NICKNAME: The North Star State.
CAPITAL: St. Paul.
ENTERED UNION: 11 May 1858 (32nd).
SONG: "Hail! Minnesota."
MOTTO: L'Etoile du Nord (The North Star).
GRAIN: Wild rice.
MUSHROOM: Morel or sponge mushroom.
GEM: Lake Superior agate.History of the state
FLAG: On a blue field bordered on three sides by a gold fringe, a version of the state seal is surrounded by a wreath with the statehood year (1858) the year of the establishment of Ft. Snelling (1819), and the year the flag was adopted (1893); five clusters of gold stars and the word "Minnesota" fill the outer circle.
OFFICIAL SEAL: A farmer, with a powder horn and musket nearby, plows a field in the foreground, while in the background, before a rising sun, an Indian on horseback crosses the plains; pine trees and a waterfall represent the state's natural resources. The state motto is above and the whole is surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of Minnesota 1858." Another version of the seal in common use shows a cowboy riding across the plains.
The state's nickname, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, is no exaggeration; there are 11,842 lakes over 10 acres.
The Mississippi River begins its journey from its headwaters at Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park.
The Red River, in the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz, drains the northwest part of the state northward toward Canada's Hudson Bay.
Approximately 10.6 million acres (42,900 km²) of wetlands are contained within Minnesota's borders, the most of any state except Alaska.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota
FLOWER: Pink and white (or showy) lady slipper.
TREE: Red (Norway) pine.
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 3rd Monday in January
Washington's and Lincoln's Birthdays, 3rd Monday in February
Memorial Day, last Monday in May
Independence Day, 4 July; Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October
Veterans Day, 11 November
Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
Christmas Day, 25 DecemberLEGAL HOLIDAYS:
There are both public and private schools – education is equal in both because of government regulations
Kindergarten or preschool age 5
1-12 Grade, 6-18 years of age
CollegeEducation is Compulsory in the US