MANKATO, MN - It's a major milestone for the Minnesota Medical Association.  The organization is turning 165 years old.

Back in 1853 a group of doctors met together in the Saint Paul courthouse and formed the association.

Since that time, they have been setting standards for professionalism and elevating the level of medical care in the state. 
 
Dr. Keith Stelter of Mayo Clinic Eastridge, said:  "What I like about what the Minnesota Medical Association does, is it doesn't generally pit one specialty against another specialty, it really does what's best, for physicians as a whole and for patients as a whole." 
 
About 10,000 doctors from a wide variety of specialties are members of the association.

The MMA successfully lobbied for the 2007 'Freedom To Breathe' Act that banned smoking in indoor public places.