Below are links to public information services accessible from North Star.
Each organization is responsible for their own content and services. Information on
listing a government information service in this directory is available.
At the local level, government, civic, non-profit, and private efforts are often blended
together to provide more comprehensive information services. Links in this section attempt to focus on
government organizations. The Explore Minnesota sections are good starting points for general community information and networks.
Other Publicly Supported Minnesota Institutions and Initiatives
The state, federal,and many local governments provide some support to
various public and non-profit institutions. Below are a set of links to
on-line services of those "public" institutions. The actual on-line
service may or may not be supported directly with public funds.
- Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
AURI is a nonprofit corporation created to improve the economy of rural Minnesota through new uses and new markets for the state’s abundant agricultural commodities
- Minnesota American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization.
- Band, Minnesota State
The Minnesota State Band is the only remaining State Band in the nation. It follows the Sousa tradition in programming both current popular and symphonic music, along with a wide variety of musical selections for its audiences each year. It has performed for numerous state functions over these many years at the State Capitol building in Saint Paul.
- Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
CASCW brings the University of Minnesota together with county and state social services in a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the lives of high-risk families and children.
- Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Get the resources of a great University--its faculty and students--involved with working on the problems facing the people and communities of Minnesota. CURA connects University faculty and students with the organizations and public institutions working on significant issues in the state.
- Film Board, Minnesota
The Minnesota Film Board is a non-profit professional service organization designated by the State of Minnesota to develop the Minnesota film/video production industry as a force for economic and creative growth.
- Health Data Institute, Minnesota
MHDI is a nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to measuring and improving the quality and efficiency of health care services in Minnesota
- Humanities Commission, Minnesota
A non-profit organization that provides educational humanities programs and resources for Minnesotans of all ages, incomes and backgrounds
- International Wolf Center
The International Wolf Center supports the survival of the wolf around the world by teaching about its life, its association with other species and its dynamic relationship to humans.
- Internet System for Education and Employment
ISEEK was created to help you make smart choices about careers, employment, education, and business growth. It does this by providing information in five main areas: Career planning, Education and training, Class listings, Employment, and Business information .
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a free museum operated for the benefit of the general public.
- Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
The Minneapolis Telecommunications Network (MTN) provides community access to television, and to communication and information networks. MTN strengthens community by encouraging creation of and access to programs and information using electronic technology. MTN supports freedom of expression for all.
- Minnesota Science
One-stop connection to the best science & technology sites on the internet.
- Minnesota Technology Inc.
Is the state's technology-based economic development organization.
- Quality Initiative, Minnesota
The Minnesota Quality Initiative (MQI) is a group of public employees who are committed to nurturing and supporting the continuous improvement of government services and products.
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Minnesota
CPB, a private nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is a leader in public broadcasting's transition to digital educational and programming services for the American people. The corporation is public broadcasting's largest single source of funds for analog and digital program development and production. CPB also funds more than 1,000 local public radio and television stations across the country.
- Public Radio, Minnesota
The mission of Minnesota Public Radio is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit through radio, related technology, and services. We will enhance the lives and expand the perspectives of our audiences, and thereby assist them in strengthening their communities.
- Safety Council, Minnesota
The Minnesota Safety Council is a private, not-for-profit organization which for 70 years has been dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries.
- Satellite & Technology, Minnesota - Part of MnSCU
Minnesota Satellite and Technology (MnSAT) is a communications organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We deliver information, training and education to government, education, business and industry through a variety of communication mediums.
- Science Museum of Minnesota
Through a combination of interactive exhibits, live theater presentations, science demonstrations, and Omnitheater films, visitors can enjoy a unique combination of natural history, environmental science, biology, physics, and high-tech fun. And in addition to the museum's most popular exhibits and films, exciting educational opportunities abound, making in-depth, creative exploration of a variety of topics possible.
- SEEK - Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge
A place to find Minnesota resources for environmental education.
The SEEK directory works as a clearinghouse for all types of environmental education resources, from articles to lesson plans, from performances to displays, and many more. These resources come from a variety of organizations throughout Minnesota, including schools and colleges, government agencies, libraries and businesses.
- State Fair, Minnesota
- Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), Minnesota - Part of Environ. Asst.
Provides FREE technical assistance tailored to individual businesses. MnTAP helps Minnesota companies become more efficient and find alternatives to using hazardous materials. By reducing waste and increasing efficiency, companies save on disposal and raw-material costs and make working conditions healthier and safer for employees.
- Veteran's of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a national, non-partisan, no-secretarian organization composed exclusively of citizens who have seen "foreign service" in the United States Armed Forces.
- Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is one of the nation's primary resources for contemporary art. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts, the Walker takes a multidisciplinary approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of the arts.
- World Trade Center Corporation, Minnesota
The WTCA was established in 1970 to facilitate international trade by bringing together exporters, importers and service providers.
- Zoo, Minnesota
The Minnesota Zoo is situated on 500 acres in Dakota County. The collection currently stands at about 2,300 animals, with 105 animals representing 15 species on the United States Endangered Species Act list. We are involved with national and international programs to breed and preserve these species.
Selected Federal Government and Other Public Services
Other Public Sector Resources