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Minnesota Collection Guide

The Government Publications Library has a complete set of Minnesota state publications from 1974- in microfiche in our reference area. There are many additional publications from the state of Minnesota throughout the University Libraries. All publications are cataloged in MNCAT, so start your search there.

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Tools for Finding Additional Minnesota Publications
  • Mandated Minnesota Publications
    Some reports are mandated by the Minnesota State Legislature when they write laws. The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library (LRL) catalogs these reports and provides a list of recently aquired reports. Instructions on searching the LRL catalog for other mandated reports can be found at
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Official Minnesota Web Sites
  • State Home Page
  • State Directories
  • Statewide Offices
    • Minnesota Governor and Lt. Governor
      The Governor is responsible for the administration of state government, the proposal of biennial budgets, appointments, proposal and review of legislation and the preparation of comprehensive long-range plans for state growth.

      As Minnesota's second-in-command, the lieutenant governor is prepared to assume the governor's duties any time the governor is unable to perform them. The lieutenant governor represents the governor and the State of Minnesota within the state, nationally and internationally.
    • Minnesota Attorney General
      The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state and is the legal advisor to the Governor and all the constitutional officers. The AG represents and advocates for consumer protection, charities oversite, antitrust enforcement and utilities regulation.
      • Polling Place Finder
        You can use this website to identify your precinct and find your polling place.
  • Legislative Branch
    • Minnesota State Legislature
      Allows you to track current legislation, find bills from 1993 to date, and search the current "Minnesota Statutes", "Session Laws of Minnesota" and the current "Minnesota Rules".
    • Legislative Reference Library
      The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library supports the legislative process and promotes the understanding of state government.
      • Links to the World
        Subject list of Internet resources of interest to legislators and others; compiled by staff of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.
  • Judical Branch
  • Executive Branch
    • Department of Administration
      This Minnesota state agency provides services to government agencies, information for vendors who wish to do business with the state, information on data practices, public auctions, State Register, Minnesota Bookstore and more.
      • Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis
        As a consequence of its activities, Minnesota State and Community Services Bureau has made its web site a clearinghouse for statistical information about the state of Minnesota. Items on the site run the gamut from reports with statistics in them to statistical tables to downloadable data files for statistical analysis to GIS files and more.
        • Minnesota State Demographic Center

          The State Demographic Center provides yearly estimates of Minnesota's population and long-range projections every 10 years. The center analyzes and distributes data from the federal government and other sources. Link from here to data products and services from the State Demographic Center, Minnesota's liaison to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
      • Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
        The mission of the MDA is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of the food supply, the health of the environment, and the strength of the state's agricultural economy.
      • Department of Corrections
        This Minnesota agency regulates and operates ten correctional facilities including eight for adults and two for juveniles.
      • Minnesota Department of Education
        The Minnesota Department of Education formerly Children, Families & Learning works to help communities to measurably improve the well-being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work.
      • Department of Employee Relations
        This department represents the State of Minnesota as its central human resource office, serving state workers and the departments, agencies and offices within the Executive Branch.
      • Department of Employment and Economic Development
        The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade, community development and tourism. The Data and Publications links provides detailed information about Minnesota's economy.
      • Department of Finance
        This Minnesota agency is responsible for managing all financial affairs of the state. Some of the services provided are economic and budget analysis, budget process management, accounting and payroll systems, vendor payments and cash and debt management.
      • Department of Health
        This department operates programs for disease prevention and control, health promotion, family and community health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers and facilities. It also includes data and statistics.
      • Department of Human Rights
        The primary function of this Minnesota agency is resolution of charges of illegal discrimination, public education aimed at eliminating and preventing discrimination and promotion of employment opportunities for women, minorities and persons with disabilities
      • Department of Human Services
        Human Services offers programs for health care, child support, food support, general assistance, nursing home care, seniors, people who are deaf, people who have developmental disabilities, foster care, child protection and adult and children's mental health services.
      • Department of Labor and Industry
        This Minnesota agency's services include workers' compensation, labor standards, apprenticeships. Code administration, inspection services and licensing of boilers, high-pressure-piping and boats-for-hire. Investigating complaints and incidents.
      • Department of Military Affairs
        The Department of Military Affairs consists of the National Guard military forces of the State of Minnesota, the Office of the Adjutant General, civilians employed for administration and maintenance and the National Guard military installations.
      • Department of Public Safety
        This Minnesota agency includes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Liquor Control, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Crime Victim Services, Driver & Vehicle Services, Emergency Management, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.
      • Minnesota Department of Transportation
        Mn/DOT develops and implements policies, plans and programs for aeronautics, highways, motor carriers, ports, public transit and railroads.
      • Department of Veterans Affairs
        This Minnesota agency assists Minnesota's veterans and their dependents to obtain the benefits and services provided by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You will find links to each County Veterans Service Office on this site.
      • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
        The Services Office administers state financial aid and federal programs that affect students on a statewide basis. It negotiates reciprocity agreements, collects data on enrollments and financial aid. Information is also provided to students and parents on academic and financial preparation for postsecondary education.
      • Minnesota Historical Society
        The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history
      • Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
        The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) was established in 1976 to provide a fair, prompt and impartial hearing process for citizens who disagree with actions taken by government. This office conducts hearings on rulemaking, workers compensation disputes, and contested cases involving state agencies and local governments. Search the report database for the full text of reports, recommendations, and orders from public cases dating back to 1977
        • Minnesota Tax Court

          A specialized, executive branch court specifically established to hear only tax related cases.
        • Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals

          The Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) was created as an independent agency of the executive branch of state government by Chapter 175A of the Minnesota Statutes. The court consists of five judges appointed to six-year terms by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The Governor designates one of the five as the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge is responsible for the administration of the court.
      • Office of Environmental Assistance
        The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) is a service organization that helps businesses, local governments, schools, community organizations and individual citizens solve environmental problems. OEA does not regulate or enforce environmental laws.
  • Regional Commissions
  • Other
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Search Engines and Directories
  • Polling Place Finder
    You can use this website to identify your precinct and find your polling place.
  • State and Local Government on the Net
    Provides links to all 50 states, many counties, and a number of city governments. Also provides selective categories for multistate sites, federal resources, national organizations, and tribal governments.
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Statistics about Minnesota
  • Minnesota County Health Tables
    The Minnesota County Health Tables is a compilation of public health data for Minnesota and its 87 counties. These tables replace the County Health Profiles on the Minnesota Planning Web site (Datanet).
  • The Nation's Report Card: State Profiles
    State Profiles present key data about each state's student and school population and its NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) testing history and results. The profiles provide easy access to all NAEP data for participating states and links to the most recent state report cards for all available subjects.

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