Future Conferences


2016 Industry Conference – Lettuce Turnip the Beet!”

May 12-13, 2016
Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point MN 56472
218-562-4510 (F)

Thursday, May 12th
John Sweeney HeadshotJohn Sweeny~Insight-Transformation-Innovation!

Theatre owner, keynote speaker, improviser, corporate trainer, and author John Sweeney is unlike any other business speaker out there and his road to success has not been a traditional one. Sweeney’s diverse path has included becoming the owner of the nation’s longest running comedy theatre, having a quote from his book appear on millions of Starbucks cups, earning the role of trusted advisor to leaders from some of the best companies in the world and dancing shirtless on national tv.

But the driving force behind Sweeney’s success are the results he helps clients achieve by effectively bridging improvisational theater skills and behaviors to the workplace through his speeches and training. His improvisational insights have resonated with a broad spectrum of forward-thinking business leaders from some of the most innovative and largest companies in the world.


 -Candy-Whirley-HeadshotlargeFriday, May 13
Candy Whirley~Bridge The Gap!

Candy brings ‘real world’ experience from many industries including: training, retail, customer service (certified by International Customer Service Association – ICSA), restaurant, entertainment, management, youth ministry and business owner.  Candy understands generational differences and personality differences and teaches those differences so your people will get along to get it done. Candy would say, “This is ALL I do!” She teaches people that we are different and we simply need to adapt, embrace and respect those differences in order to be more productive, and have less stress, to be more satisfied in our relationships and less irritated because someone is not like us…more or less… that is it.

Candy is truly known for her contagious sense of humor and you will see that from the time she starts speaking until the very last word that comes out of her mouth. Participants will laugh, learn and leave with an enlightened understanding of their challenges and a new set of tools to conquer those challenges


Registration is now open!

 Click here to download Industry Conference Registration form

Registration fees: Includes all sessions, materials and meals

Click on the membership category below to complete Online registration

Membership Categories                                                   Early-Bird         After 4/22       On-Site          

MSNA School Food Service Member                              $200.00             $225.00          $255.00          

MSNA School Food Service Member 1st Timer**        $125.00             $150.00          $180.00      

MSNA Industry Partner                                                     $300.00             $325.00          $355.00         

MSNA Industry Partner 1st Timer* *                              $225.00             $250.00          $280.00          

Non Member                                                                       $350.00             $375.00          $400.00

**First timer discount registrations are for any school food service or Industry member who has not previously attended this conference.

Service Project!

The ICPC(Industry Conference Planning Committee) has partnered with the Crow Wing County Community Services department to present the Diaper or Drive Challenge! The two significant ongoing needs that were identified by Crow Wing County for their community were diapers and gas cards. All Industry conference attendees have been “challenged” to donate in either the Diaper or Drive category.

 Diapers: Diapers or Wipes Any Size or Brand – Our goal is to (over) fill our crib.

 Drive: Gas Cards, Holiday Brand recommended, any amount- Our goal is to collect $500 in gas cards

 Donations can be brought to registration on Thursday between 8:30am – 1pm. This is a great opportunity to share with the surrounding community as we gather to learn, connect, and have fun. Join us, take the challenge, and be acknowledged…

Protecting Children….Strengthening Families….Preserving Futures Crow Wing County Community Services impacts children and families’ lives every day by assessing safety, providing intervention and securing stability. We are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for children and families!




Thursday, May 12, 2016

8:30 – 9:30am – Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:00 – Welcome & Announcements
10:00-10:45- Super Circular/Procurement Review -MDE
The Super Circular:  What’s that?
Presenter:  Deb Lukkonen, MDE
Memo:  New regulations on Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements are effective October 1, 2015. What the heck did the memo that SFAs received in October, 2015 mean?  We will pull apart the “Super Circular” to learn about proper procurement, cash management and internal controls

10:45-11:30- Equipment Procurement
11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch in White Birch Room
1:00 – 2:30 – Speaker: John Sweeney -Insight-Transformation-Innovation!
15min technology break
2:45-3:30- Product Formulation Statements -MDE
Product Formulation Statements vs. CN Labels
Presenter:  Rachel Bowers, MDE
There’s more to it than meets the eye for the food service operator as well as the distributor, broker and manufacturer!
Learn the difference between a Product Formulation Statement (PFS) and a CN Label, the “ingredients” of an acceptable PFS, and “who does what.” 

3:45 – 1st Tee time for golf scramble
4:00 – 6:00 – Boat Tour
6:30 – Dinner/Social Time

Friday, May 13, 2016

7:00 – 9:15am – Breakfast
9:30 – Announcements/Updates
9:45 – Industry Partner Award Presentation
10:00-10:30 – Meet the Candidates Q & A
10:30-11:30 – Speaker: Candy Whirley-Bridging the Gap!
11:45 – Grab N Go Lunch



Breezy Resort Hotel Accommodations

Online reservations preferred:
Hotel reservations can be made by going to , select online reservations and enter group #141785.
See Breezy Point Resort website for more details on rooms.


60th Annual State Conference
“60 Years Of Leadership”

MSNA Annual Conference 2016







July 31-August 3, 2016
River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301


2016 Annual Conference Registration Form (PDF)

Online registration will open soon!


SNS Credentialing Exam
July 31, 2016
Board Room C
River’s Edge Convention Center
10 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301

Registration is now open and will close on July 10, 2016
Click here for more information on the SNS Credentialing Exam

To ensure you meet the requirements and to register for the exam download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook & Application


“Instant Level One” Certificate Sessions
MSNA is offering the SNA core courses of Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays and ServSafe w/Test-for members to obtain their SNA level one certificate. Sessions will be on Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2016. Once sessions are completed MSNA will send in all completed forms and fees to SNA for “instant certification”.  $160.00  (Membership must be current)

  • Nutrition Building Blocks-Saturday, July 30, 216 8:00am-5:00pm
  • ServSafe w/Test-Sunday, July 31, 8:00-5:oopm

Vendor Show
August 2, 2016
2016 Exhibit Vendor Show Registration Form

A & N Convention Services is the decorator for the 2016 Conference Exhibit Show.
Phone: 320-253-4050   Email:

Electrical Services

There is no electrical service provided as part of the basic booth package. Those exhibitors who require electrical service will order it from RECC on a form that can be obtained by contacting RECC:


Monday, August 1st
General Session Speaker

Tami EvansMotivational Speaker Tami Evans shares her energy, passion and humor to create an unforgettable experience for audiences.

Recently appearing on The Dr. Oz Show (where she taught him to chair dance) Tami lives her belief that laughter is a vital part of learning.  Her entertainment-based content celebrates and motivates participants, engages and empowers employees, creates communication cohesion, boosts confidence and busts stress!

Genuine & funny, Tami is a professional speaker who specializes in fast-paced, interactive programs, filled with lots of learning and laughter. She has a broad professional history which includes working as a; University Professor, Communications Specialist, Professional Actress in NYC, Fashion Designer for Banana Republic, Personal Assistant to Nell Carter, Every kind of Waitress you can imagine, Stand-in for Melanie Griffith (pre-Antonio), accidental illustrator, and author of “Half Full of It: Activating Optimism and Other Hard Core Soft Skills.

Tami is an energetic motivator and performer, with both corporate and independent experience. She holds an MFA, and BAA in Broadcasting Communications, and Theatre.Tami shares important communication and leadership tools along with fresh ideas like Personality trumps Perfectionism, you can Fail with Flair, and we all need to Embrace our Inner Dork!

Awarded TOP 5 New Speakers 2012 by the National Speakers Association, and currently the President of the New York City Chapter, Tami was also recently honored with the distinction “Best Avocado Sandwiches on the Planet” by her young son. Originally from the beautiful state of Michigan (show me your Hand Map!) Tami now lives just outside New York City.

Wednesday, August 3rd
General Session Speaker

JoAnne Robinett, SNS~ America’s Meals
In Profile--JoAnne Robinett (2)

JoAnne Robinett is a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) and is certified as a trainer by SNA. Her school food service spans 28 years in many different capacities – starting her career as a two-hour dishwasher. She recently retired as the supervisor of student nutrition for Beavercreek City Schools, where her programs were recognized as “Excellent” and “Stellar”. Currently, she is owner of “America’s Meal”, a school meal consulting and training firm. An active participant with the School Nutrition Association; she has presented training sessions in well over a dozen states for audiences of business officials, child nutrition professionals, and industry partners. She makes a unique connection with the staff that directly feeds the kids – maybe because that is where she fell in love with this field.

An advocate of lifelong learning, JoAnne received two college degrees (and did some doctoral work) AFTER she started working in Child Nutrition. A mother of three and grandmother of four; her varied experiences bring interesting viewpoints to the wonderful world of school meals. She has been called the “Rock Star Lunchlady”, and the “Funny Lunchlady.” The best part is that those who attend her sessions don’t just laugh, they always learn!



Service Project

  • Newborn Baskets-
    Babies need love, attention and lots of Stuff! You can make the lives of parents in the surrounding communities of St. Cloud a little easier by providing them with the basic needs to help them focus on taking care of their child once they leave the hospital. Organizations that would benefit are: LSS Crisis Nursery, The Salvation Army and/or Anna Marie Alliance.
    Items to bring to the conference:
    Diapers     Baby Wipes     Baby Powder     Baby Shampoo/Soap
    Pacifiers    Blankets          Onsies (0-3months)   Bibs
    Bottles      Board Books   Newborn Toys      Diaper Bag/Tote Bag


Click on link-MSNA Hotel Block (pdf)

When calling hotel ask for the MSNA Room Block
**Due to many members booking multiple rooms, the hotels closest to the convention center are filling fast! Keep checking back with the hotel as rooms are released or ask to be put on waiting list.

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
100 4th Ave South
St. Cloud MN 56301
$84.00 + tax per night

Courtyard By Marriott
404 St. Germain West
St. Cloud MN 56301
$129.00-$159.00 + tax per night

GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel
213 6th Ave South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
$119.00-139.00 + tax per night

Country Inn & Suites
120 7th Ave South
East St. Cloud MN
56304 320-252-8282
$89.00 + tax per night

Hampton Inn & Suites
145 37th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
$129.00-$149.00 + tax per night

Holiday Inn & Suites
75 S. 37th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56302
320- 253-9000
$89.95 + tax per night


Chapter Leadership Seminar
Sunday, July 31, 2016
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN 56304


2016 Nutrition Conference
October 15, 2016
Location: Eden Prairie High School



2015 Annual Conference Speaker Presentations


MSNA Industry Conference

Hand out from Speaker Rick Olson-Pig Profile (pdf)

2014 Annual State Conference
“Step Out Of Your Box”

To download hand outs from the 2014 Annual conference workshop sessions click here.