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    1. Dan Young, Lifetime Achievement honoree. 

    <p>1. Dan Young, Lifetime Achievement honoree.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Attendees seated at Aria. 

    <p>2. Attendees seated at Aria.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. Bobby Hart, MNM+E; emcee John Cosgrove, VoiceHive; and Anne DeWolfe, MNM+E. 

    <p>3. Bobby Hart, MNM+E; emcee John Cosgrove, VoiceHive; and Anne DeWolfe, MNM+E.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. Fabulous Catering’s noodle stir fry. 

    <p>4. Fabulous Catering’s noodle stir fry.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Veggie dip cups. 

    <p>5. Veggie dip cups.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Mintáhoe’s dessert setup. 

    <p>6. Mintáhoe’s dessert setup.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Liquor-infused cupcakes. 

    <p>7. Liquor-infused cupcakes.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. Kersten McManamon and Katie Lofrano, Discover St. Louis Park. 

    <p>8. Kersten McManamon and Katie Lofrano, Discover St. Louis Park.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Kelley Mahowald and John Groen, Canterbury Park. 

    <p>9. Kelley Mahowald and John Groen, Canterbury Park.&nbsp;</p>
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    10. Bridget Borden, Bridget Borden Events; and Jenna Squires, American Lung Association. 

    <p>10. Bridget Borden, Bridget Borden Events; and Jenna Squires, American Lung Association.&nbsp;</p>
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    11. Saltee. 

    <p>11. Saltee.&nbsp;</p>
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    12. Dave Musolf, Meetings + Events Media Group; Dan O’Neill, Bloomington CVB; John Connelly, National Sports Center; and Bill Perrine, Prestige Global Meeting Source. 

    <p>12. Dave Musolf, Meetings + Events Media Group; Dan O’Neill, Bloomington CVB; John Connelly, National Sports Center; and Bill Perrine, Prestige Global Meeting Source.&nbsp;</p>
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    13. Devie Hagen, Élan Speakers Agency. 

    <p>13. Devie Hagen, Élan Speakers Agency.&nbsp;</p>
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    14. Jodi Collen, Best Special Events Planner. 

    <p>14. Jodi Collen, Best Special Events Planner.&nbsp;</p>
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    15. Dan O’Neill. 

    <p>15. Dan O’Neill.&nbsp;</p>
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    16. Meggan Reinoso and Athena Demel, Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. 

    <p>16. Meggan Reinoso and Athena Demel, Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.&nbsp;</p>
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    17. Frank Soukup and Rylie Heilman, Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa. 

    <p>17. Frank Soukup and Rylie Heilman, Grand View Lodge Golf Resort &amp; Spa.&nbsp;</p>
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    18. Champagne service by Enticing Entertainment. 

    <p>18. Champagne service by Enticing Entertainment.&nbsp;</p>
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    19. Michelle Furrer and Matt Reinartz, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. 

    <p>19. Michelle Furrer and Matt Reinartz, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.&nbsp;</p>
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    20. Kristen Babcock, Radisson Blu Mall of America. 

    <p>20. Kristen Babcock, Radisson Blu Mall of America.&nbsp;</p>

Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

Local refreshments from Surly and Cannon River Winery were served, while Fabulous Catering’s heavy appetizer spread included mini lobster rolls and noodle stir fry in takeout containers. Mintáhoe Catering & Events’ decadent dessert selection ranged from cake pops to cupcakes. Attendees left with gift bags (sponsored by Mall of America and Bloomington CVB) that contained a signature DoubleTree by Hilton cookie, among other goodies. Meet Minneapolis sponsored the event’s registration. AVEX and Festivities provided the A/V (including a light-up curtain behind the stage) and décor, respectively

Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter (MPIWSC) held its annual auction on Dec. 7, 2017, at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville, Washington. The auction wa s a fundraiser for the MPIWSC Educational Fund.

 

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.