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On December 26, 1862, 38 of 303 convicted Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato in the largest mass execution in American history. Frustrated by the U.S. government’s failure to make treaty payments on time and supply their families with food as promised, a group of warriors killed several settlers, igniting an armed conflict that lasted four months. Although President Abraham Lincoln commuted the death sentences of 264 convicted Dakota, Congress passed a law expelling all Dakota bands from Minnesota a few months later.

The first successful open heart surgery was performed on a 5-year-old girl on September 2, 1952, by Dr. Floyd John Lewis and Dr. Clarence Walton Lillehei at the University of Minnesota. With her body temperature reduced to 81 degrees Fahrenheit, the girl was able to survive for 10 minutes while the doctors repaired a congenital hole in her heart.

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Bloomington’s Mall of America, which opened in 1992, is the most visited shopping mall in the United States with roughly 40 million visitors each year. The megastructure encompasses 4.2 million square feet—enough space to fit 32 Boeing 747s inside.

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The skyway system in downtown Minneapolis is the world’s largest continuous indoor network of pedestrian pathways, stretching eight miles and connecting 73 blocks—making it possible to sleep, eat, work and shop without ever needing to step foot outside.

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The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis is made of Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric, which requires 250,000 cubic feet of air pressure per minute to remain inflated. To prevent the release of air, spectators enter and exit through revolving doors.

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Minnesota’s nickname is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” A more precise moniker would be the “Land of 11,842 Lakes.”

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State of Minnesota Quick Facts
  • Current Population:5,489,594
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 10
  • Congressional Districts: 8
  • Date of Statehood: May 11, 1858
  • Size: 86,935 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Land of 10,000 Lakes; North Star State; Gopher State
  • Tree: Red Pine
  • Flower: Flower:
  • Bird: Common Loon
Registered Voters

: 3,126,908

Voter Registration Total : 3,126,908

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Minnesota?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Minnesota.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    MINNESOTA : Yes

    If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Minnesota?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Minnesota, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    Mail or drop off your application to either your county election office

    Online

    You can register to vote online

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

    Minnesota State Government

    Minnesota Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of the State of Minnesota grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

    Government is instituted for the security, benefit and protection of the people in whom all political power is inherent, together with the right to alter, modify or reform such Government whenever the public good may require it.

    No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof, unless be the law of the land, or the judgement of his peers. There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the State otherwise there is the punishment of crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.

    The Executive Branch
    The Minnesota State Capitol at midday, seen from Aurora Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Executive Power

    The Executive Department shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer and Attorney General, who shall be chosen by the electors of the state.

    The returns of every election, for the officers named in the foregoing section, shall be made to the Secretary of State, and by him transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall cause the same to be opened and canvassed before both Houses of the Legislature, and the result declared within three days after each House shall be organized.

    Minnesota Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    The Minnesota State Capitol at midday, seen from Aurora Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    Legislative Power

    The legislature of the state shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives, who shall meet at the seat of government of the state, at such times as shall be prescribed by law.

    The number of members who compose the Senate and House of Representatives shall be prescribed by law, but the representation in the Senate shall never exceed one member for every five thousand inhabitants, and in the House of Representatives one member for every two thousand inhabitants. The Representation in both Houses shall be apportioned equally throughout the different Sections of the State in proportion to the population thereof, exclusive of Indians not taxable under the provisions of law.

    Judicial Branch
    The Minnesota State Capitol at midday, seen from Aurora Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in a Supreme Court, District Courts, Courts of Probate, Justices of the Peace, and such other Courts, inferior to the Supreme Court, as the Legislature may from time to time establish by a two-thirds vote.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of one chief justice and two associate justices, but the number of associate justices may be increased to a number not exceeding four, by the Legislature, by a two-thirds vote, when it shall be deemed necessary.

    Minnesota Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(134)
    (61)(73)
    State Senators(67)
    (39)(28)
    US Representatives(8)
    (5)(3)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Minnesota Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall communicate by message to each session of the Legislature such information touching the State and condition of the country as he may deem expedient. He shall be commander-in-chief of the military and naval forces, and may call out such forces to execute the laws, to suppress insurrection and to repel invasion.

    Qualifications

    Each shall have attained the age of twenty five (25) years, and shall have been a bona fide resident of the state for one year next preceding his election. Both shall be citizens of the United States.

    Election

    Minnesota elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The term of office for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    until their successors are chosen and qualified.

    Salary

    The governor’s salary for the first term under this Constitution shall be two thousand five hundred dollars per annum.

    Qualification age

    Each shall have attained the age of twenty five (25) years.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor shall be ex-officio President of the Senate, and in case a vacancy should occur, from any cause whatever, in the office of Governor, he shall be Governor during such vacancy.

    Qualifications

    Each shall have attained the age of twenty five (25) years, and shall have been a bona fide resident of the State for one year next preceding his election. Both shall be citizens of the United States.

    Election

    Minnesota elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The term of office for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall be two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Until their successors are chosen and qualified.

    Salary

    $82,638

    Qualification age

    Each shall have attained the age of twenty five (25) years.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, and attorney general.

    Qualifications

    Election

    Minnesota elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The official term of the Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General shall be two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    The Auditor, Treasurer and Attorney General shall each for the first term, receive a salary of one thousand dollars per annum.

    Qualification age

    At least 21 years of age.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state.

    Qualifications

    Must be a qualified elector in the state of Minnesota,Must be a legal resident of Minnesota 30 days prior to the general election.

    Election

    The office of Secretary of State is an elected position with elections held every four years. Elections are held in November and officers assume their duties the following January.

    Term of Office

    The official term of the Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General shall be two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    The office of Secretary of State is an elected position with elections held every four years.

    Salary

    The salary of the Secretary of State for the first term shall be fifteen hundred dollars per annum.

    Qualification age

    Must be 21 years of age.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The executive department consists of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor.

    Qualifications

    Be a qualified voter,At least 21 years of age.

    Election

    Minnesota elects state auditors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The official term of the Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General shall be two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits.

    Salary

    The Auditor, Treasurer and Attorney General shall each for the first term, receive a salary of one thousand dollars per annum.

    Minnesota State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, appointing the Chief Sergeant at Arms and signing all acts, address, joint resolutions, writs, warrants and subpoenas of the House.

    Qualifications

    Be eligible to vote in Minnesota,Have not filed for more than one office for the upcoming primary or general election,Be a resident of Minnesota for at least one year,Be a resident of the legislative district for at least 6 months before the general election date.

    Election

    All representatives are up for re-election every two years.

    Term of Office

    All representatives are up for re-election every two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $31,141/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Be at least 21 years old.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    In the Minnesota Senate, members of the majority caucus elect a leader, who directs the business of the Senate and is considered the leader of the Senate. The minority caucus elects its own leaders. The Senate President is elected on the opening day of each biennial session.

    Qualifications

    Eligible to vote in Minnesota, Have not filed for more than one office for the upcoming primary or general election, At least 21 years old, A resident of Minnesota for at least one year, A resident of the legislative district for at least 6 months before the general election date.

    Election

    The Senate President is elected on the opening day of each biennial session.

    Term of Office

    Senators generally serve four-year terms .

    Limit on Tenure

    Are not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    $31,141/year

    Qualification age

    Be at least 21 years old.

    Minnesota State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The state supreme court hears appeals from the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, Minnesota Tax Court, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and Board of Judicial Standards. The court also takes direct appeals for first degree murder and election contest appeals. Additionally, the supreme court has jurisdiction over the administration of the state's judicial system.

    Qualifications

    Judges of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the District Court shall be learned in the law. The qualifications of all other judges and judicial officers shall be prescribed by law."

    Election

    The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the electors of the state at large, and their term of office shall be seven years and untill their successors are elected and qualified.

    Term of Office

    Term of six years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Untill their successors are elected and qualified.

    Chief salary

    $167,000

    Associate salary

    $152,000

    The District Court
    Authority

    "The district court has original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal cases and shall have appellate jurisdiction as prescribed by law."

    Qualifications

    Candidates for the position of district court judge in Minnesota must be "learned in the law"

    Election

    Minnesota's district court judges are elected to six-year terms in nonpartisan elections.

    Term of Office

    Six-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    They are subject to mandatory retirement when they reach the age of 70.

    Judge salary

    $138,318

    Chief judges

    $145,233

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