Redwood Falls, MN (KROC AM News) -  A nearly 60 year old Minnesota entity is no more.

The board of directors of the Minnesota Inventors Congress has decided to cease operations immediately.The Redwood Falls-based organization - which began operations on March 12, 1958 - says the decision to shut down was “ due to state funding reductions “ and this means the programs that include Inspire, the Innovation Expo; the Inventors Resource Center; and the Minnesota Student Inventors Congress “ will not be available for inventors and entrepreneurs, effective immediately. “

The organization says starting with the first pop up camper, Rolite Trailer, exhibited in 1958, the original Quad Cane in 1964, to more recently where the MIC has proudly supported inventors like Greg Amundson, inventor of Easy Caulk caulking strips, a product now sold from his company, Cornerflex. With MIC's help, Jovan Palmieri's Backsafe Systems is heading to fire stations across the country to help prevent citizens from being hit by fire trucks. And, families will be playing Sequence® board game inventor,Doug Reuters' new game QB8™ this fall.

 MIC Board President, Chris Winning comments that, "Since its incorporation, the MIC has had the inventive process at its core. The programs managed by the MIC will foster economic growth for years to come; from products that were realized instead of remaining 'that one great idea' through the Inventors Resource Center, to inventors that found a market for their products at one of our Expos. There will be students that participated in the Minnesota Student Inventors Congress who will undoubtedly impact countless industries in the future. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve with a wonderful board of directors and a phenomenal program director to develop and further the goals of this organization. It's with a very heavy heart that we have been forced to make this decision."

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