Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.

“Angie is intensely committed to the Rochester region and is a proven sales leader,” says Joe Ward, president of Experience Rochester MN and Mayo Civic Center. “We are proud Angie has chosen to continue her hospitality career with Experience Rochester MN and Mayo Civic Center.”

Richards comes to Experience Rochester with more than 15 years’ experience in the hotel industry in Rochester. At Avra Hospitality, she led a sales team representing Avra’s hotel portfolio, including the Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn.

Richards is active in the community with prior service on the board of directors of the Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Greater Rochester. She serves on the Kasson-Mantorville School Board and is cofounder of the Food for Friends program.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is ranked No. 1 in the country for mega airports in terms of customer satisfaction in the 2022 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey by research firm J.D. Power. Mega airports see more than 33 million passengers annually.

The study, conducted between August 2021 and July 2022, gauged traveler satisfaction in terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security checkpoints; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail. More than 26,000 recent travelers completed the survey.


Guacaya Bistreaux, in the heart of Minneapolis’ North Loop, is a Latin Caribbean restaurant with Louisiana flare. As one of few Latin-owned joints in the neighborhood, the restaurant is a dream come true for Pedro Wolcott, chef and owner. 


When it comes to exploring a city, traveling by car offers only occasional glimpses of local bars and niche hotspots for activities and events. However, going on foot can look deeper into the fabric of a community—and Depot Adventures’ Bar and Walking Tours in the Twin Cities does just that.