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    1. The event’s theme was “Soirée: An Evening Paris.” 

    <p>1. The event’s theme was “Soirée: An Evening Paris.”&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Sweets were served in martini glasses. 

    <p>2. Sweets were served in martini glasses.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. MPI MN member and Past President Robert Payne emceed the event. 

    <p>3. MPI MN member and Past President Robert Payne emceed the event.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. EMPI winner Meghan Likes. 

    <p>4. EMPI winner Meghan Likes.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. The new Board of Directors takes a pledge. 

    <p>5. The new Board of Directors takes a pledge.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Susan Bormann and Steph Pfeilsticker, 2016-17 president. 

    <p>6. Susan Bormann and Steph Pfeilsticker, 2016-17 president.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Michelle Emberley, Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Bridgette Sobraske, Jen Ruthig, Holly Bowman and Steph Pfeilsticker. 

    <p>7. Michelle Emberley, Debbie Friedman-Hueller, Bridgette Sobraske, Jen Ruthig, Holly Bowman and Steph Pfeilsticker.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Nicole Coon and Jen Ruthig, the association’s new president. 

    <p>8. Nicole Coon and Jen Ruthig, the association’s new president.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Back row, left to right: Katie Numedahl, Dirk VanderBent, Jill Blihovde, Amy Beilke; front row, left to right: Rondi Pacheco, Monique RochardMarine and Debbie Friedman-Hueller; all with Land O’Lakes

    <p>9. Back row, left to right: Katie Numedahl, Dirk VanderBent, Jill Blihovde, Amy Beilke; front row, left to right: Rondi Pacheco, Monique RochardMarine and Debbie Friedman-Hueller; all with Land O’Lakes</p>

On May 10, the MPI Minnesota chapter celebrated its members and the successes of its 2016-17 year at Union Depot in St. Paul. The theme was “Soirée: An Evening in Paris,” and attendees dined on French-inspired food from Crave. The 2017-18 Board of Directors and incoming president, Jen Ruthig, CMP, were welcomed, and EMPI awards and scholarship recipients were announced.

Carly Van Veldhuizen, the mastermind behind Girl Friday’s mesmerizing creative custom installations, talks inspiration, materials and the value of a solid team.

 

The 2018 Meeting Planners Symposium held at The Graduate Minneapolis and McNamara Alumni Center was all about unique venues and experiences. From a Scrabble team challenge to a mini hackathon, meeting with no walls and a surprise session on a coach bus, this learning opportunity was anything but ordinary. Teams worked together to solve a complex problem and pitch their idea for $500 cash. Through beautiful chaos, attendees discovered fresh, unconventional approaches to do their jobs better.

 

This three-city area offers lodging, event space—and plenty of free parking.