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  • Experience The Lure of the River in Bemidji

     
    POSTED March 6, 2017
     
  • Experience The Lure of the River in Bemidji

     
    POSTED March 6, 2017
     
  • Experience The Lure of the River in Bemidji

     
    POSTED March 6, 2017
     
  • Experience The Lure of the River in Bemidji

     
    POSTED March 6, 2017
     
  • Experience The Lure of the River in Bemidji

     
    POSTED March 6, 2017
     

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1. Location, Location, Location

It is often said location is everything. Bemidji’s “First City on the Mississippi” location is second to none. Rich in scenery, spirited people, inspiring arts and enchanting culture, this lakeside city is also home to the Midwest’s most popular roadside attraction, the legendary statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. While a photo op with Paul & Babe tops the to-do list, there’s plenty more to do and see in the area.

2. Loop the Lake

Like a string of pearls, Lake Bemidji is encircled by beautiful paved trails.  Visitors often start their day with a beautiful morning run along the lake or an evening bike ride. Several lakeside meeting facilities adjacent to the lakeside loop trail provide unconventional meeting options including the opportunity to move a meeting or breakout session out of the classroom and onto the trail. Provide a pre-recorded device to attendees with the meeting presentation, headphones and a map of the trail route. At designated rest stops, discussions can be held and or snacks and meals can be provided.  When returning to the convention center, wrap up the presentation as a large group. No one will be falling asleep or texting during this session.

3. Downtown Pub Crawl

Looking for a networking opportunity or great night out with colleagues?  The ever-popular downtown pub crawl often begins at local favorite Bemidji Brewery Taproom and includes two Irish pubs across the street from one another.  There are plenty of dining options in the area with lake view locations, and gourmet fare and homemade treats to satisfy the foodies in your group. 

4. Team Building Bemidji-Style

A team that works well together is more effective, successful and fun to work with.  Bemidji-style team building activities are sure to help your team achieve that goal. Consider a dragon boat race or high ropes challenge course to get the adrenaline flowing. For an immediate and effective feedback activity, engage in an equine-assisted corporate teambuilding and leadership workshop.

5. Visit Bemidji Visitor & Convention Bureau

Connect with Visit Bemidji Visitor & Convention Bureau, for a cooperative group that pays attention to detail to enhance your successful meeting experience. The CVB customizes off-site tours and itineraries, arranges for transportation needs, and organizes team-building activities, among other services.

6. Fly or Drive

Flying into Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI) from the Minneapolis Metro area via commercial charter or Delta-serviced jet is a definite way to make an entrance, especially with several ground transportation options to escort your group when you land. Prefer to travel by car? All roads to Bemidji have beautiful scenery and there is free parking when you get here.

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Visit Bemidji Visitor and Convention Bureau provides a variety of complimentary services to planners that includes everything from locating the best facility to arranging transportation needs.

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.