Should this be Minnesota’s official state poem? - KMSP-TV

Should this be Minnesota’s official state poem?

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A bill was introduced by Minnesota State Sen. Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo) to recognize Cordell Keith Haugen's "Minnesota Blue" as the official state poem.

Minnesota has a long list of official state symbols:

Bird: Loon

Butterfly: Monarch

Drink: Milk

Fish: Walleye

Flower: Ladyslipper

Fruit: Honeycrisp apple

Gemstone: Lake Superior agate

Grain: Wild rice

Muffin: Blueberry

Mushroom: Morel

Sport: Hockey

Tree: Norway pine

Should we add a poem to the list?


Minnesota, how I love you
Minnesota, I've been away too long
How I miss your clean fresh air, your lakes and rivers too
How I miss your Minnesota Blue

Do your golden fields of wheat and corn
Still shimmer in the early morn
Waving to the clouds as they drift by
Do moose and bear still rule the earth
In the Red River Valley of my birth
Do the Northern Lights still dance across your sky
Does the North Star still guide you
Do your farmers still provide you
With the way of life that we all learned to share
Do they still follow the Golden Rule
And dress up each week for Sunday School
Do your families still give thanks for living there

Are your skies still free of smoke and haze
Do your old folks still remember days
When your skyline was a grove of Norway pines
Does the North Wind whistle through your trees
Can you still smell wildflowers on the breeze
Do bass and pike still play with fishing lines
Do your children still walk the rails
Or discover hidden Indian trails

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