flag of Minnesota
The North Star State
Admitted May 11, 1858

In prepration for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, a Minnesota Women’s Auxiliary Board was put together to create a design. They hosted a contest and from 200 submissions, local artist Amelia Hyde Center designed the winning flag.

It was embroidered by Pauline and Thomane Fjelde, sisters who won a gold medal for their work. The flag was officially adopted April 4, 1893.

In 1957, the flag was simplified for easier production and changed again in 1983, to reflect updates to the state seal.

In 2023, Minnesota formed the State Emblems Redesign Commission and began accepting public submissions. The chosen flag, a modified design by Andrew Prekker, was adopted May 11, 2024.


The Minnesota flag features a concave pentagon of deep blue at the hoist charged with an eight-point white star. The remainder is solid, bright blue.

flag of Minnesota


  • rectangle with triangular cutout on right side

    dark blue field

    the night sky, the shape of Minnesota

  • rectangle with triangular protrusion on left side

    bright blue field

    abundance of water

  • eight-pointed star

    eight-pointed star

    the North Star (L’étoile du Nord), many cultures


Two distinct blues represent the sky and water.

PMS and hex values provided by the Minnesota State Emblems Redesign Commission.
Night Sky Blue
PMS 648
Water Blue
PMS 305


The Minnesota flag is produced with the common proportion of 3:5. The proportion and spacing for the flag’s visual elements are rendered here.

The star is a regular octagram, constructed from 8 vertices arranged equally around a circle. Each vertex is connected to the vertex that is 3 turns away.

construction sheet for the flag of Minnesota

Previous iterations

  • field of white charged with the state seal; “Minnesota” is below, flanked by red ribbon

    1893-1957 Obverse

    Original two-sided design by Amelia Hyde Center.

  • the same as the obverse, but with a field of blue

    1893-1957 Reverse

    The reverse of Center’s design, later deemed too complicated for mass production.

  • a field of dark blue charged with the seal


    The seal is updated, blue darkened, and reverse removed.

  • a field of medium blue charged with the sealg


    The flag with medium blue and updated seal.

  • the current Minnesota flag


    The current flag designed by Andrew Prekker and Minnesota State Emblems Redesign Commission.