Events – 2017 Conferences

2017 61st Annual Conference / Pride, Passion, Perseverance 

July 30th – August 2nd, 2017
Vendor Show – August 1st, 2017
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802


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 2017 Schedule at a Glance (please note times/content are subject to change)

 2017 Annual Conference Registration Form

MSNA deeply regrets being unable to present the classes  for the Nutrition 101, ServSafe w/Test and Local Procurement sessions.
MSNA unfortunately has had to cancel the classes due to low registrations.
We look forward to presenting many of the other excellent learning opportunities available at Annual Conference in Duluth.
We look forward to seeing soon!


NOTE: There will be hydration stations at the DECC for the conference. Please bring a water bottle/container to use.


Monday, July 31st – General Session Speaker

Mike McKinley

Mike has the experience and expertise that people in business need to succeed from his history as a teenage entrepreneur which led to leadership positions in manufacturing, retail, radio, television, and ownership of a multimillion dollar publishing house, professional speaking, and consulting business. Mike helps people recognize the challenges to success, open their minds to new ideas and current methods, and helps business maximize performance and profitability.

Education and training on the customer journey, partnership advocacy, generational and diversity issues, leadership and day-to-day business operations is the heart and soul of Mike’s presentation. It’s time to think fresh thoughts and seek new perspectives.


Wednesday, August 2nd – General Session Speaker

Sarah White

When it comes to creating a great program, you must decide if you want to stay with the ordinary or move to the extraordinary. You will identify ideas that will work and eliminate those that do not work. Status quo does not move you forward. Using ordinary lessons, we will discover, identify, and develop extraordinary solutions to allow your program to reach its full potential.

Sarah White is a motivational speaker and trainer who always incorporates laughter in her presentations. She has her master’s in business and accounting. She retired two years ago, having worked in education over 43 years both as a teacher, educator, and state executive director of school nutrition.

2017 Service Project

Service Project List

CHUM is Duluth’s primary safety-net organization where people who are homeless or who have very low incomes can come for assistance and a welcoming, safe community. CHUM operates Duluth’s largest food shelf and provides emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless individuals and families. We help people find housing and employment, access public benefits, and receive basic medical care.

Life House provides for virtually every need of young people who have been left to fend for themselves on the streets. More importantly, however, Life House provides a place of acceptance, safety, and belonging where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future. In the early nineties, Life House’s founder asked her son why his friend hadn’t left their house after a sleep-over two days before. He answered, “Because he has nowhere else to go.” She decided to take action to address what was happening in Duluth.

Life House has provided homeless and at-risk youth ages 14-21 with a safe alternative to the streets, transitional housing, and comprehensive support services.



2017 MSNA Nutrition Conference

October 14, 2017
Richfield High School
Richfield, MN








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