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Showy Lady Slipper

February 2, 2016
The soulful loon is the state bird, bone-building milk is the state drink, the elegant fluttering monarch is the state butterfly and the tasty walleye is the state fish. But the slimy leech and the bloodsucking wood tick, not to mention the mighty timber wolf, the timid leopard frog and even the extinct giant beaver all could have been contenders as state symbols, too – if only they had hired better lobbyists and maybe a good PR firm. Illustration
What’s in a state symbol? Not all can make the cut to represent Minnesota
February 2, 2016 - 1:13pm
June 25, 2014
Minnesota’s State Flower, the Showy Lady Slipper is highlighted by evening light Monday in the Northand Arboretum. The wild orchid is a sure sign of summer. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Minnesota's state flower the Showy Lady Slipper
June 25, 2014 - 9:05pm