During breaks or in parts of Derek Chauvin Trial Cannot be broadcast, a camera delivering live feeds of proceedings will often remove a copy of the great seal of the state of Minnesota that is affixed to the wall behind the judge.
Thinking of the people they are watching, the phrase on the seal says “Lotail du Nord,” which is French for “The Star of the North”.
For other illustrations and symbols on it, the Secretary of State of Minnesota’s website states that “farmland and plow symbolize the importance of agriculture” while pointing to the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls as a sign for its natural resources Is depicted in .
There are also three examples of state trees, known as red cedar or Norway pine, and stumps in the foreground are a recognition of Minnesota’s timber industry. The sun on the horizon is said to shine in the plains that cover most of the state.
The website states, “The American on the horse represents the great American heritage of the Indian state,” while the horse, spear, ax, rifle, and plow represent important tools that were used for hunting and labor. “