Minnesota has pioneers in a diverse range of industries -- health care, retailing, manufacturing and engineering.
"Much of Minnesota's economy is homegrown. That's spurred innovation in the state for decades," said Bill Blazer, spokesman for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Industry leaders known for research and development -- including the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic (Fortune 500), , 3M (Fortune 500) and Spam maker , Hormel Foods (Fortune 500) -- have all gotten their start in the state. ,
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