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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 2122, 2008 — The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and the Science Museum of Minnesota have teamed up to found the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame.

Minnesota High Tech Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota team up to found Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame

Created for and inspired by heroes in the realms of science and technology, the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame honors Minnesotans whose achievements in science and technology have made a lasting impact not only to the state of Minnesota, but globally as well.

“For nearly a decade the Minnesota High Tech Association has honored the state’s technology and innovation leaders through the Tekne Awards,” said Kate Rubin, president of MHTA. “We’re excited to team with the Science Museum of Minnesota to use the Tekne tradition as the foundation for honoring the best of the best in Minnesota science and technology.”

"The Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame provides the perfect opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to some important science contributions that have happened close to home," says Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. "These are the kinds of achievements that make us proud, inspire us, and advance our quality of life in Minnesota. We're so pleased to join MHTA in recognizing them."

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public-policy advocacy, member collaboration and education and community outreach. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. MHTA works in partnership with TechAmerica, which represents Minnesota's technology organizations nationally. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

About The Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota is the Upper Midwest’s most popular museum, inspiring more than one million people each year to explore their changing world through science. Among the nation’s largest and most esteemed science museums, the Science Museum conducts research, collects and preserves artifacts, produces and distributes award-winning exhibits and giant screen films, and offers educational programs for children, families, and adults. For more information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.

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