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Government of Minnesota

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The Government of Minnesota is guarded and established by the Minnesota State Constitution. Minnesota became a 32nd state of the United States on May11, 1858 [1]. The government of Minnesota is divided into three distinct branches, namely the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judicial branch.

Minnesota Executive Branch

The Minnesota Executive Branch is a well functioning body of the government of Minnesota and several state government departments work under the executive branch. The Governor of Minnesota leads the executive branch of the government as the chief executive head.


Under the Constitution of Minnesota-

  • The governor must be minimum 25 years of age and must be a resident of Minnesota for one year prior the election.
  • The governor of Minnesota also has the power to forbid the law enacted by the state legislature and can also cancel certain particular provisions in the bill.

The lieutenant governor serves as President of the State Senate, and next in line to serve as acting governor in the governor's absence from the state, disability of the governor, unfortunate event of governor's death, resignation or terminated due to impeachment.

Learn more: Office of the Governor of Minnesota

Contact Details:
Office of the Governor & Lt Governor
116 Veterans Service Building
20 W 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155

The Governor's Office has moved to the Veterans Service Building for the duration of the Minnesota State Capitol renovation.

Telephone Numbers
Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay: 800-627-3529
Fax: 651-797-1850

Minnesota Attorney General

The Attorney General of the State of New York is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the state. He/she is the head of the Department of Law, and is regarded as the State's chief legal officer.

Office of the Attorney General
1400 Bremer Tower
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101 M-F 8am-5pm
Phone: (651) 296-3353 (800) 657-3787
TTY: (651) 297-7206 TTY: (800) 366-4812

Minnesota Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is a constitutionally elected official in the executive branch of state government. The secretary has many duties and responsibilities to fulfill for the state, including -

Administration of elections
Providing certain business services to the public
Preserving documents filed with the state
Publishing the Legislative Manual
Maintaining the recording of financing statements
Administering an address confidentiality program.

Office of the Secretary of State
Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Metro Area phone: (651) 296-2803
Greater Minnesota phone: 1-877-551-6767
Email: business.services@state.mn.us
Fax: (651) 297-7067

Minnesota State Auditor

The State Auditor is a constitutionally elected officer in the executive branch. He/she manages and oversees over $20 billion funds spent yearly by Minnesota's local governments. The Office of the State Auditor performs audits of the financial statements submitted by the local governments and also checks and validates all data, documents, grievance and reports forwarded to the Office of the State Auditor.

Office of the State Auditor
525 Park Street
Suite 500 Saint Paul
MN 55103
Phone: (651) 296-2551
Fax: (651) 296-4755

Listed below are the Governor’s Cabinet-

Commissioner Matt Massman
Department of Administration
Commissioner Matt Massman
Phone: (651) 201-2555
Fax: (651) 297-7909
Minnesota Relay: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner David Frederickson
Department of Agriculture
Commissioner David Frederickson
Phone: (651) 201-6000
Fax: (651) 201-6118
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner Mike Rothman
Department of Commerce
Commissioner Mike Rothman
Phone: (651) 539-1500
Fax: (651) 539-1547

Commissioner Thomas Baden
MN.IT Services
Commissioner Thomas Baden
Phone: (651) 556-8007

Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Department of Education
Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius
Phone: (651) 582-8200
Fax: (651) 582-8202

Commissioner Katie Clark
Department of Employment and Economic Development
Commissioner Katie Clark
Phone: (651) 259-7119
Fax: (651) 296-4772

Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger
Department of Health
Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger
Phone: (651) 201-5000
Fax: (651) 201-4986
TTY: (651) 297-5353

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Commissioner Larry Pogemiller
Phone: (651) 642-0567
Fax: (651) 642-0597
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner Mary Tingerthal
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
Commissioner Mary Tingerthal
Phone: (651) 296-7608
Fax: (651) 296-8139
TTY: (651) 297-2361

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly
Department of Revenue
Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly
Phone: (651) 556-6003
Fax: (651) 556-3133

Commissioner Charlie Zelle
Department of Transportation
Commissioner Charlie Zelle
Phone: (651) 296-3000
Fax: (651) 366-4796
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner Larry Shellito
Department of Veterans Affairs
Commissioner Larry Shellito
Phone: (651) 296-2562
Fax: (651) 296-3954
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
Department of Human Rights
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
Phone: (651) 296-5663
Fax: (651) 296-9042
TTY: (651) 296-1283

Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
Department of Human Services
Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
Phone: (651) 431-2000
Fax: (651) 431-7443
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner Mark Phillips
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board
Commissioner Mark Phillips
Phone: (218) 735-3014

Commissioner Thomas Roy
Department of Corrections
Commissioner Thomas Roy
Phone: (651) 361-7200
Fax: (651) 642-0223
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Commissioner Ken Peterson
Department of Labor and Industry
Commissioner Ken Peterson
Phone: (651) 284-5005
Fax: (651) 284-5721

Commissioner Myron Frans
Minnesota Management and Budget
Commissioner Myron Frans
Phone: (651) 201-8000
Fax: (651) 296-7714

Commissioner Josh Tilsen
Bureau of Mediation Services>
Commissioner Josh Tilsen
Phone: (651) 649-5421
Fax: (651) 643-3013
TTY: (800) 627-3529

Adam Duininck
Metropolitan Council
Chair Adam Duininck
Phone: (651) 602-1000
TTY: (651) 291-0904

General Richard Nash
Department of Military Affairs
General Richard Nash
Phone: (651) 268-8924
Fax: (651) 282-4541

Commissioner Thomas Landwehr
Department of Natural Resources
Commissioner Thomas Landwehr
Phone: (651) 296-6157
Fax: (651) 296-4799

Commissioner John Linc Stine
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Commissioner John Linc Stine
Phone: (651) 296-6300
Fax: (651) 282-5332

Commissioner Ramona Dohman
Department of Public Safety
Commissioner Ramona Dohman
Phone: (651) 201-7000
Fax: (651) 282-6555

Minnesota Legislative Branch

Minnesota State Legislature is the body of the state government of Arizona which is divided into two separate houses, namely Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate.

The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house of the Minnesota legislature, consisting of 134 members elected for a term of two years. The 134 members are elected by dividing each sixty seven districts into two halves. The north wing of the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota is reserved for floor sessions for the House of Representatives.


Contact Details:
Speaker of the House
Kurt Daudt (31A, R)
463 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Email: rep.kurt.daudt@house.mn

Learn more: Minnesota House of Representatives

For general information: Call 651-296-2146, 800-657-3550 toll free (voice)

The Minnesota Senate is the upper house of the state legislature and consists of 67 state senators. A senator is elected for two-year terms and eligible to serve for 2 four-year terms each decade. The Senate has the power to approve or reject certain appointees of the state cabinet and boards.

For general information:

Red diamond image Call 651-296-0504
Red diamond image 888-234-1112 toll free (voice)
Red diamond image Fax Phone: 651-296-6511

Learn more: Minnesota Senate

Minnesota Judiciary Branch

The Judiciary branch applies and administers laws and regulations to ensure justice in the state through fair and disciplinary timely settlement of cases and disputes. The Minnesota Court System comprises of 3 levels, namely the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the District/Trial Courts.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of highest appeal and enforces rules of practice and procedure for the state’s legal system. The Supreme Court of Minnesota consists of seven Justices who serve for six year terms.
The Minnesota Supreme Court handles and hears appeals from-

  • The Tax Court
  • Professional Responsibility Board
  • The Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals
  • First-degree murder convictions
  • Board of Judicial Standards
  • First-degree murder cases
  • Discretionary appeals from the Court of Appeals
  • Election contests 

Learn more: Minnesota Supreme Court

Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeal is the court of intermediate appeal, comprising of 19 judges who sit in three judge panels [3]. The Court of Appeals has final jurisdiction in almost all the majority of cases filed annually and only 5% are accepted by the Supreme Court for disciplinary reviews.

The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over-

  • All appeals made by state trial courts and the District Courts
  • Review decisions of state agencies and local governmentsCourts
  • Hears challenges to certain governmental decisions

Learn more: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Court Information Office
Phone: 651-296-6043
Fax: 651-297-5636

District/Trial Courts

The Minnesota District Courts are the state trial courts of general jurisdiction. The district courts are categorized into ten judicial districts, consisting of 289 district court judges [4]. District courts may also be divided into separate divisions, namely civil, criminal, family, probate, and juvenile courts.

The District Courts hears appeals from-

  • Traffic offenders
  • Civil and family conflicts
  • First degree murder trials

Listed below are the 10 judicial districts covering the eighty seven counties of the state.

  • 1st District – Dakota,Carver, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Sibley McLeod, Scott

  • 2nd District – Ramsey

  • 3rd District – Houston, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Rice, Olmsted, Mower, Wabasha, Steele, Winona, Waseca.

  • 4th District – Hennepin

  • 5th District – Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Lincoln, Jackson, Faribault, Martin, Nicollet, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Rock, Pipestone, Watonwan, Redwood.

  • 6th District – Carlton, Cook, St. Louis, Lake.

  • 7th District – Becker, Clay, Douglas, Benton, Mille Lacs, Otter Tail, Morrison, Stearns, Wadena, Todd.

  • 8th District – Big Stone, Grant, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Traverse, Wilkin, Stevens, Swift, Yellow Medicine

  • 9th District – Aitkin, Cass, Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Norman, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Roseau, Red Lake

  • 10th District – Anoka, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec, Sherburne, Pine, Washington, Wright

Learn more: Minnesota District Courts

Minnesota Judicial Branch
135 Minnesota Judicial Center
25 Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-296-2474
Fax: 651-297-5636

Learn more: Minnesota Judiciary Branch

Minnesota Taxation

The Minnesota department of Revenue manages and administers a standard tax laws in the state. Tax laws include entire laws and taxes on income, sales, property, luxury, bingo, and estate. The type of income tax system implemented in Minnesota is a progressive structure in which the tax rate depends on taxable base amount.

Property tax is paid to the state's county, school district, municipality, and special tax imposing districts by the real property owners in Minnesota. No sales tax is levied on clothing, food items for home and not for business purpose, prescription drugs.

Minnesota Tax Rates-[5]

  • State income tax rates are divided into 4 brackets, namely - 5.35%, 7.05%. 7.85 % and 9.85%
  • Sales tax rate - 6.875%
  • The final commercial industrial state general levy property tax rate for taxes payable 2015 - 50.840 %
  • The final seasonal residential recreational state general levy property tax rate for taxes payable 2015 - 21.703 %
  • Mortgage tax - 2.3%

Also read:

Minnesota Individual Income Tax Information, 2014 tax
Sales Tax Rate Calculator

Contact Details:

Minnesota Department of Revenue
600 North Robert St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
General information: 651-556-3000 (see below for tax-specific contacts)
TTY users: Call 711 for the Minnesota Relay

Individual Income Tax Information

Sales and Use Tax

Property Tax Administrators
General 651-556-6091
Direct lines are listed at the bottom of each page when applicable

Alcoholic Beverage Tax

Estate Tax

Petroleum Taxes

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Minnesota State Executive Departments

Several state departments, under the leadership of the governor of Minnesota operate to ensure progress and development of the state. Some of the main state departments of Minnesota are:

Minnesota Department of Education

The Minnesota State Board of Education operates to improve the public education system and also to enhance student academic achievements and outputs. The department’s mission is to provide world class education and best values to the students to ensure success in education, workplace and in every spheres of life.


Contact Details:
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville MN 55113
Phone: 651 582 8200
Website: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/index.html

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) overviews the entire transportation network of the state to ensure safe and easy commuting of people and goods. MnDOT owns, manages and maintains numerous lane-miles of roadway, bridges, tunnels, rails and also responsible for air and water quality, communities and roadsides.
Contact Details:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899
Phone: 651-296-3000 Toll-free 800-657-3774
Website: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is a comprehensive and vast agency which is diligently functioning to safeguard the community. The department serves as a guardian of the state to prevent, educate and safeguard the people of the state at all times.

The department has 15 divisions that serve the people of the state serve Minnesotans with programs in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Fire code development, fire investigation and safety inspection
  • Forensic science
  • Crime and fraud prevention
  • Crime victims’ services
  • Homeland security and emergency management
  • Emergency communications network managementpolice
  • Traffic and motorcycle safety
  • Driver licensing and vehicle registration
  • Alcohol and gambling enforcement
  • Pipeline safety and rule enforcement
  • Public safety education

Contact Details:
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
445 Minnesota Street
Saint Paul MN 55101-5155
Phone: (651) 215-1328
TTYL: 651-282-6555
Website: https://dps.mn.gov/pages/default.aspx

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Department of Agriculture was created in 1916 and oversees all areas of agriculture covering all aspects of livestock market, livestock brands, livestock dealers, fertilizer, seed, and feed. The Department’s has also its main focus to promote and safeguard the Garden State’s varied agriculture and agribusiness industries.

Contact Details:
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street N
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: 651-201-6000 or 800-967-2474 or 800-627-3529 TDD
Website: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Department of Health

The Minnesota Department of Health works efficiently to improve the health and living standards of the community by implementing many health regulation services and policies. Various divisions and sub-divisions work concurrently with the department to optimize the health of the community. Minnesota has been ranked among the nation's healthiest states by two groups. The people in Minnesota is dedicated to live a healthy lifestyle and they have high life expectancies, dedicated to regular exercise and has high health insurance coverage. Emergency

Contact Details:
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: 651-201-5000
888-345-0823 -For Minnesota callers outside the metro area (toll-free)
Website: http://www.health.state.mn.us/


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  2. Minnesota Supreme Court
  3. Minnesota Court of Appeals
  4. Minnesota District Courts
  5. Minnesota Tax Rates
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