“Hail Minnesota” Is The Official State Song Of Minnesota. Minnesota Adopted “Hail! Minnesota” as their official state song in 1945. Minnesota State Song Was Written by University of Minnesota students Truman E. Rickard (music and first verse in 1904) and Arthur E. Upson (second verse in 1905). The music and original stanzas were written and revised by two students at the University of Minnesota in 1904 and 1905. The State Song Of Minnesota, “Hail! Minnesota” first verse and music by Truman Rickard and second verse by Arthur Upson was adopted by the Minnesota Legislature as the official Minnesota State Song on April 19, 1945 by Joint Resolution. One change was made to the words. The second line of State Song Of Minnesota, “Hail to thee, our college dear” became “Hail to thee, our state so dear.” The chief authors were Rep. Ben D. Hughes and Sen. Val Imm. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association, owner of the copyright to the Minnesota song, released its copyright to the words and music for the purpose of permitting the legislature to adopt it as the state song.
Minnesota, hail to thee!
Hail to thee, our state so dear,
Thy light shall ever be
A beacon bright and clear.
Thy son and daughters true
Will proclaim thee near and far,
They shall guard thy fame and adore thy name;
Thou shalt be their Northern Star.
Like the stream that bends to sea,
Like the pine that seeks the blue;
Minnesota, still for thee
Thy sons are strong and true.
From the woods and waters fair;
From the prairies waving far,
At thy call they throng with their shout and song;
Hailing thee their Northern Star.