When you publicly source art, you get mixed results.

There were a LOT of submissions for the new Minnesota State Flag. The "North Star" theme is prevalent, for obvious reasons. So are loons. I'm happy to see the state motto - "L'Étoile du Nord", or "Star of the North"make it onto a big number of submissions. Many folks made political statements with their designs, while others probably violate copyright protections.

Oh well! Here are some of my favorites, for various reasons.

SIMPLE, CLEAR, AND TO THE POINT

F5 via MNHS.org
F5 via MNHS.org
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F88 via MNHS.org
F88 via MNHS.org
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F132 via MNHS.org
F132 via MNHS.org
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HAND-DRAWN AWESOMENESS

F2073 via MNHS.org
F2073 via MNHS.org
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F2074 via MNHS.org
F2074 via MNHS.org
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F1075 via MNHS.org
F1075 via MNHS.org
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WHAT THE ACTUAL @$%#?!

F1211 via MNHS.org
I'm trippin' b@lls, buddy... (F1211 via MNHS.org)
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F223 via MNHS.org
"F" for "Fail", bud (F223 via MNHS.org)
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F674 via MNHS.org
THE FRICKIN' WINNER! (F674 via MNHS.org)
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HONORABLE MENTION FOR NAILING IT!

F59 via MNHS.org
F59 via MNHS.org
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I don't know if there's a clear winner (besides the loon with frickin' laser beams above). My criteria would include:

  • year/date Minnesota became a state (May 11th, 1858)
  • state motto ("L'Étoile du Nord", or "Star of the North")
  • state bird (common loon)
  • other state bird (mosquito)
  • state flower (showy lady's slipper)
  • state flour (Gold Medal, duh!)

Check out all of the designs here and let me know which one is your favorite!

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