The North Star Flag


Minnesota North Star Flag

(as refined by its designers, December 6, 2019)

For color vector art (proportions 3x5), click here (Adobe Illustrator file, dedicated to the Public Domain)
For color vector art (proportions 2x3), click here (Adobe Illustrator file, dedicated to the Public Domain)



Overall = 3:5 or 2:3
Diagram key: Fractions are relative to the overall grid pattern -
3:5 = 48 x 80
2:3 = 48 x 72

(based on the Pantone Matching System)

Blue = PMS 072c
Green = PMS 348c
Yellow = PMS 1235c


Subdivision 1. The Official State Flag shall be the "Minnesota North Star Flag," and shall be composed of three unequal horizontal stripes of blue (top), white (middle), and green (bottom). The blue stripe shall be the widest, and shall bear a yellow five-pointed star prominent in the canton of the flag, while the white stripe shall be the narrowest, and shall be formed by three waves.

Subdivision 2. The symbolism of the flag is thus. The North Star recalls the state motto chosen by the pioneers to represent the state's innovative spirit. The Dakota-Sioux name "mnisota," freely translated as "sky-tinted water," is represented by the pattern of waves. Blue symbolizes our "sky-tinted" lakes and rivers; green, our farmlands and forests; white, the winter snows; and gold, Minnesota's natural wealth. The three wave crests represent the three principal watersheds formed by Minnesota’s continental divides.

Subdivision 3. The usage of the Official State Flag merits the following considerations.
a) The state flag shall be flown on the state capitol grounds at all times between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
b) State institutions and agencies shall make every reasonable effort to display the state flag, as shall public schools.
c) Fringe may be added to the sides of the flag for ceremonial use. A finial bearing the American eagle may surmount the pike.

Subdivision 4. The Official State Flag of Minnesota designated in Subdivision 1 shall be official as of May 11, ______. For reasons of economy, facsimiles of the previous design may continue in official use until May 11, _______.

Subdivision 5. A Ceremonial Standard to honor the memory of the first Official State Flag for occasions of high ceremony shall be official as of May 11, _______. Said Banner shall be a design replica in suitable size of the first Official State Flag adopted on April 4, 1893, as displayed at the Columbian Exhibition of that year and preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Subdivision 6. The Secretary of State shall:
a) establish specifications to standardize the design details of the flag specified in Subdivision 1, including its color shades (according to the Pantone Matching System or comparable system) and its internal and external proportions;
b) file and retain custodial control over said specifications, which the Department of Administration shall make available to the public for purposes of design reproduction and standardization;
c) encourage an appropriate understanding and display of said flag by the citizens of Minnesota.
d) display the Ceremonial Standard designated in Subdivision 5 in his/her office and provide for its appropriate display at high state occasions in conjunction with the present Official State Flag.

Subdivision 7. Statute 1.141 of the Laws of Minnesota is repealed in its entirety.