life in 1934 in Fargo, North
Dakota. Mr. O. G. Schmidt, creator of the trolling motor, was understood to be a male of lots of varied
ideas. Prior to the trolling motor, Mr. Schmidt invented, produced and offered a copper soldering torch from his house in Wheatland, North Dakota. Due to its success, making operations were then relocated to Fargo. Because of its distance to the MINNesota-North DaKOTA border, Mr. Schmidt named the company The Minn Kota Manufacturing Company.