Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 11: Minnesota Day

As you know I often try to share fun information that might seem random but I hope you find it interesting.

Today is one of those days of unique facts; today is Minnesota Day!

Here is the state flag of Minnesota:

The flag is a blue field (as many states are, it's the most common color on U.S. state flags) with scenes from the state seal of the state in the center.

But this is not the only flag of Minnesota, it appears it is the third.

The first flag was white but only on one side, while blue on the other:

It was designed by a group of women.  They had a contest for entries to be submitted and the winner would get $15.00 (which was rather good in 1893).  They received over 200 entries and the above flag won.  But the other side was light blue.  It was of a very few state flags that had different emblems and designs on either side.

In 1957 the flag was redesigned for the states 100th birthday.  It got rid of the two color sided idea and chose a deep royal blue background.

In 1983 it changed again.  The blue color was lightened and the seal changed a bit.  Which is the current state flag of Minnesota which you see at the beginning of this article.

Here are some fun facts about the state of Minnesota:

It was the 32nd state admitted to the union.

It's ranked 12th in size.

In population it has 5.7M people which is expected to rise during the 2020 census.

It's capital is St. Paul, which is part of what is considered the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

It's highest point is Eagle Mountain (yes there are mountains in northern and northeastern Minnesota, I've seen them!) at 2,301'.

It is completely located in the Central Time Zone of the U.S. but borders the Eastern Time Zone on the far northeast border with Canada.

It's a purple state as far as politics as it has five Democrats and three Republics in the U.S. House of Representatives but appears solid blue in the Senate as it has two Democratic Senators.

One very unique thing about the state is it's politics.  It is rather consistent as being the states that votes the most.  In 2008 77.8% of all eligible voters voted.  It has voted for the Democratic nominee for president every cycle since 1976, an unbroken line for 43 years.  It currently has 10 electoral votes.  Back in the 1920s it peaked with 12 electoral votes but has been steady at 10 since 1964 and is forecast to lose one electoral vote during next years census leaving it with nine for 2024 and 2028 cycles.

Bryan W. Rupp