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So Minnesota: Bakken museum honors local inventor, co-founder of Medtronic

Joe Mazan
Updated: July 21, 2020 09:03 AM
Created: July 02, 2020 05:26 PM

From Apple to Amazon, many great companies started in a garage.

That includes the Minnesota medical device company Medtronic.

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In 1949,  Earl Bakken co-founded Medtronic and later developed the first wearable, battery-operated external heart pacemaker. 

The Bakken Museum opened in 1975 by Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.


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