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H.Res. 898 (110th): Recognizing the State of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary.

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 19, 2007 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. RES. 898


December 19, 2007

(for herself, Mr. Kline of Minnesota, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. Walz of Minnesota, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Ramstad, Ms. McCollum of Minnesota, and Mr. Oberstar) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Recognizing the State of Minnesota’s 150th anniversary.

Whereas Minnesota was established as a territory on March 2, 1849, and became the 32nd State on May 11, 1858;

Whereas Minnesota is also known as the Gopher State, the North Star State, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes;

Whereas Minnesota’s name comes from the Dakota word minesota, meaning water that reflects the sky, and Native Americans continue to play a defining role in Minnesota’s proud heritage;

Whereas the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were established after the completion of nearby Fort Snelling, a frontier outpost and training center for Civil War soldiers;

Whereas in 1889, the Saint Mary’s Hospital, now known as the Mayo Clinic, opened its doors to patients in Rochester, Minnesota, and is now known worldwide for its cutting-edge care;

Whereas Minnesota continues to be a leader in innovation and is currently home to more than 35 Fortune 500 Companies;

Whereas Minnesota houses over 30 institutions of higher education including the University of Minnesota, a world-class research university where the first open heart surgery and first bone marrow transplant was performed in the United States;

Whereas farmland spans over half of Minnesota’s 54 million acres and the agriculture industry is Minnesota’s second largest job market, employing nearly 80,000 farmers;

Whereas Minnesota is the Nation’s number one producer of sugarbeets and turkeys;

Whereas Minnesota is a national leader in the production and use of renewable energy, which helps our Nation reduce its dependency on foreign sources of oil;

Whereas the Mall of America located in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the Nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex, spanning 9,500,000 square feet and providing more than 11,000 jobs;

Whereas Minnesota has 90,000 miles of lake and river shoreline, which includes the coast of Lake Superior, the largest of North America’s Great Lakes;

Whereas the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is nationally recognized for its parks, museums, and cultural events; and

Whereas the people of Minnesota have a timeless reputation of compassion, strength, and determination: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives congratulates the State of Minnesota on its 150th anniversary and the contributions it continues to make to America’s economy and heritage.