Winner:Elmer L. Andersen

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Winning Nomination

The late Minnesota governor Elmer L. Andersen played a leading role in many positive changes in Minnesota. Here's a partial list:

  • The establishment of the nation's first comprehensive special education requirement and program.
  • The enactment of pioneering civil rights legislation, outlawing discrimination in employment and housing.
  • The establishment of Voyageurs National Park.
  • The enactment of a constitutional amendment insuring fair taxation for the taconite industry, an amendment credited for spurring that industry's development.
  • Creating several state parks, notably Frontenac and Fort Snelling.
  • Setting new standards in employee benefits as CEO of two major Minnesota companies, H.B. Fuller and ECM Publishing.
  • Establishing a library at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, leading efforts to build a new library in Princeton, Minnesota, and donating tens of thousands of books to the University of Minnesota and other libraries around the state.
  • Providing leadership and financial support to a great number of civic and charitable organizations, including being chairman of the University of Minnesota Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Alliss Foundation, and the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Led the University of Minnesota Board of Regents wisely during a time of student unrest in the early 1970s.
  • Almost singlehandedly arranged for the preservation of Sugarloaf Cove on the North Shore.

I could go on.
~Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis, MN

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