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Winning Nomination

Allan and Edgar Hetteen and David Johnson of Roseau, Minnesota, designed and built the first snowmobile, and went on to create Polaris Industries. This company designed, manufactured, and shipped snowmobiles across the country and around the world to be used for work and recreation. The snowmobile has had an impact on society including the Minnesota tourism industry, farming, and ranching, assisting in search-and-rescue efforts around the world, and transporting residents of the Far North between their communities. It is amazing that an invention that has reached to the far corners of the world began in northern Minnesota in a little community of 2,500 people.
~Katherine Kath, Detroit Lakes, MN

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