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  • Event Snapshots: Assocations North Celebrates 60 Years

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    1. “60” ice sculpture. 

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    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    2. Emcee and host Josh Campbell. 

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    3. Juli Schneider, MN Dental Association, won two round-trip Delta Airline tickets. 

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    4. Surprise entertainment from Dragons Fire Theater. 

  • Event Snapshots: Assocations North Celebrates 60 Years

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    5. Anna Tanski, Visit Duluth, and Devie Hagen, Elan Speakers Agency. Nicole French, Premier Transportation, and Jessica Miller, Industrial Fabrics Association International. 

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    6. Linda Nelson, Olsen Thielen CPAs; Lori Cates, St. Cloud Area CVB, and Nikki Fischer, St. Cloud Area CVB. Rachel Granzow, St. Cloud Area CVB, and Lexalee Momchilovich, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. 

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    7. Celebrating community, conversation and camaraderie

  • Event Snapshots: Assocations North Celebrates 60 Years

     
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    8. Assocations North Celebrates 60 Years

Associations North, formerly MSAE (Midwest Society of Association Executives), celebrated 60 years at Aria Minneapolis on Aug. 4 by honoring the past, present and future. Guests were greeted with stilt walkers, valet parking, champagne tower and a walk through the decades in the form of 8-foot-by-8-foot photo walls from the past six decades. Member logos were highlighted in a big “60” for a memorable backdrop. The four-sided bar and video cube overhead highlighted more member photos and videos on the impact of associations (complete with a blooper reel). Surprise entertainment from Dragons Fire Theater included an aerialist performing to Prince’s “Purple Rain,” LED show and fire dancers. Guests were treated to gourmet food and drink, two Delta airline giveaways (one a surprise), and VIP lounges with custom cigars and wine throughout the evening. Featured entertainment, Free and Easy Band, kept the celebration rocking with their killer vocals, horns and dance music. associationsnorth.com

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”

 

Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas.