Minnesota meetings

Minnesota's 2020 Hall of Fame

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Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Jolene Ihle, Founder
IdeationMKT
Lifetime Achievement 

“I was 10 years old when I received my Muscular Dystrophy Carnival Kit in the mail. The box was filled with cool ideas and colorful materials to  support fundraising efforts. I was completely enthralled with the event planning process. … This experience was my jumpstart into events and I was hooked.”

Tips & Tricks for Hosting a Golf Event Fit for the Pros

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Golf is up there with fishing and snowmobiling as top Minnesotan activities. And it’s no wonder—after six months of being cooped up, there’s nothing like donning our polos, grabbing our clubs and rushing to the green. This love of the game is what makes golf events so enticing, but the large scale of such a tournament can be daunting. There’s the weather, the sponsorships, the banquet, the entertainment and a whole mound of things that haven’t even crossed your mind.

Duluth Makes Big Waves as a Destination to Meet & Play

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"[Planners and attendees] often refer to us as a hidden gem,” says Julie Johnson Atkinson, senior sales manager of Visit Duluth. But word is getting out about Duluth. Its biggest spectacle, Lake Superior, inspires, relaxes and brings people together, something that the people of Duluth capitalize on. And there’s an undeniable sense of community, especially when it comes to planning a meeting or event. Restaurants, venues, caterers, hotels and planners work together to make it work—whatever it is.

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