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Inductees are selected from candidates submitted by written nominations, based on the following criteria:

  • A candidate is an inventor, an innovator, a creator, or a solver of problems.

  • The candidate has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the economy or society.

  • The impact of the candidate's contribution in the general economic sphere is in terms of capital injected, the business generated or jobs created.

  • The impact in the social sphere is in terms of improved quality of life through greater convenience, time savings, better health, safety, superior products, and the like.

  • Most likely, the candidate's inventions will have had a significant impact in both the economic and social spheres.

  • A candidate's contributions may be measured in terms of patents, but the number of patents, if any, is secondary to considerations of economic and social impact.

  • A candidate has strong Minnesota ties through any one or more of birth, education, long residence, employment, family relationships, or the like, but contributions for which he or she is honored need not have been in Minnesota.

  • Please click on the "Nomination Form" link below for a PDF copy of the Nomination Form, and nominations can be sent to Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame, Post Office Box 50, Redwood Falls, MN 56283 or to


Nomination Form


Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame, Post Office Box 50, Redwood Falls, MN 56283


Raymond Walz, Secretary and Custodian of the Records (507) 637-8909

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