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A lawmaker suggested giving Minnesota an official state soup

Rep. Nash offered the amendment to make a point in a humorous way and isn't intended to be taken seriously.

Is it time for Minnesota to finally have a state soup?

Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, is offering an answer to the question no-one has ever asked, by submitting an amendment to the state budget bill to designate a state soup study group. 

Nash told the Minnesota Reformer he offered the amendment to make a point ... and subsequently withdrew it.

“There have been so many advisory commissions and councils and different things that I believe ultimately are outsourcing decisions that legislators need to be making, so I’m making a very humorous offering of a group of people who would come together to figure out what the state soup should be,” he told the publication. “It’s not serious in the least.”

According to the amendment's language, it would have required the study group to submit a report that recommends a soup and include a recipe that may be used to prepare the recommended soup. 

However, Nash doesn't need a study group to determine the state's official soup. In a tweet, he said it'd obviously be cream of mushroom. 

Although his proposed amendment was intended to make a point and wasn't serious, Nash isn't the first to propose a state soup. In 1998, wild rice soup was proposed as the official state soup, according to the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Although the state doesn't have an official soup, it does have several official symbols from the state bird (Loon) to the state soil (Lester soil). Here are the others:

  • Bee: Rusty patched bumble bee
  • Butterfly: Monarch
  • Drink: Milk
  • Fish: Walleye
  • Flower: Pink and white lady slipper
  • Fruit: Honeycrisp apple
  • Gemstone: Lake Superior agate
  • Grain: Wild rice
  • Muffin: Blueberry
  • Mushroom: Morel
  • Photograph: "Grace"
  • Song: "Hail Minnesota"
  • Sport: Ice hockey
  • Tree: Norway pine

And several others have been proposed. Among them: 

  • Amphibian: Northern leopard frog (proposed in 1998)
  • Amusement ride: Tilt-a-whirl (proposed in 2007)
  • Animal: White-tailed deer and Eastern timber wolf (both have been proposed several times)
  • Beer: Schell’s Deer Brand beer and Cold Spring beer have both been proposed in 1987.
  • Book: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie (proposed in 1990) and Wilder's On the Banks of Plum Creek (proposed in 1992)
  • Candy: Licorice (proposed in 1997 ... seriously what the hell)
  • Color: Purple (proposed in 2016 after Prince's death)
  • Dog: Labrador retriever (proposed in 2019)

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