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The Medtronic medical device company was founded in 1949 by Earl Bakken and Palmer Hermundslie. From its beginnings in a converted garage, it has grown into a multi-billion-dollar enterprise and one of Minnesota’s leading businesses.
Advertising for Stadium Checkers and a Cootie game on WMIN-TV, 1954.
KSTP-TV cameraman filming the This Side Up program, 1950.
Food demonstration for WCCO-TV, 1957.
Twin City Television Lab mobile unit in front of the Lyceum Theater and the Lab’s main entrance, c.1948.
Television character Roundhouse Rodney (played by Lynn Dwyer on WTCN) signs an autograph for a young fan, c.1965.
WTCN-TV employee with an Emerson television set, 1949.
Twin City Television Lab broadcasting at the Minnesota State Fair, 1947.
Stanley Hubbard, founder of KSTP-TV, 1930.
Joseph Renshaw Brown, c.1860.
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