I am a 17 year old homeschooled son of a Minnesota veteran interested in art, sports and history. I especially like to draw, so I started with pages of thumbnail sketches.
The Viking represents Minnesota because our state has so many Scandinavians, who actually weren't considered Vikings until they went to sea. Plus, the Vikings are a sign of power on the water.
The saying L'Etoile du Nord is French for 'star ofthe north,' which is our state motto. In addition, the star was used for guidance by sailors for centuries. It also represents leadership, hence the star in the background.