Minnesotan of the Year

Established May 11, 1897 - Incorporated 1924

Previous Award Recipients

The Minnesota

​Territorial Pioneers

1995 Minnesotan of the Year

Steve Thayer


Steve Thayer was born and raised in St. Paul. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena CA, he pursued a career as an actor and writer in California before returning to Minnesota and settling in Edina.  He is a best-selling author of such books as Saint Mudd: A Novel of Gangsters and Saints.