A resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
Medtronic Founder Earl Bakken and Medtronic CEO Winston Wallin with an early pacemaker model, 1986. Photographed by Jeffrey Grosscup.
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.
Red Cross booth ("Let the Spirit of America Equal the Spirit of Belgium") at the 1917 Minnesota State Fair.
Red Cross workers making bandages, c.1916.
World War I-era Red Cross poster, c.1917.
A Red Cross nurse, and likely Motor Corps officer, 1918. The car has the Red Cross symbol on the hood and was likely part of the Minnesota Motor Corps.
Members of the Red Cross Volunteer Motor Service, 1918.
Members of the St. Paul Chapter of the Red Cross, Motor Corps, 1918.
Red Cross Motor Corps truck, St. Paul, 1918.
Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state sanatorium for consumptives, c.1950. Clarence Johnston designed buildings for this institution between 1905 and 1931.
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