Events – 2019 Conferences

MSNA 63rd Annual State Conference
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN 56301

August 4-7, 2019
Vendor Show, August 6, 2019


Online Registration Link >>

2019 Annual Conference Registration Form (PDF)


MSNA Hotel Block 
*Within walking distance from River’s Edge Convention Center

*Courtyard by Marriott
404 St. Germain W St. Cloud, MN 56301
Room Rate $159.00-$179.00 + tax

*Best Western Kelly Inn
100 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud MN 56301
Room Rate $89.00 + tax

Country Inn & Suites East
120 7th Avenue SE
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Room Rate: $99.00 + tax


*GrandStay Hotel
213 6th Avenue S
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Room Rate $109.00 + tax

Holiday Inn
75 S 37th Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Room Rate $94.00 + tax

Residence Inn by Marriott
450 Division St.
Waite Park, MN 56387
Room Rate $154.00-$174.00 + tax

Online Booking Link
Deadline to book room is July 1, 2019


**Area Hotels not in the block (call for room rate)

Hampton Inn & Suites
145 37th Avenue N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Homewood Suites
115 37th Avenue N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
4120 2nd St. S
St. Cloud MN 56301


Eric Kulikowski Opening General Speaker

Monday, August 5 -Eric Kulikowski
Since his days studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton, Eric Kulikowski has dedicated himself to the pursuit of individual and organizational excellence. Eric’s vision of being “better than most” motivates him to continuously build on earlier successes in his life. His success has been built on a platform of employee engagement, cultural significance and change leadership. As a professional leader development coach, speaker and consultant, Eric started his private practice, Dare to be Amazing, to help leaders make change possible. Businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals engage with Eric because they want to discover proven ways to thrive in the chaos that surrounds them everyday. They do this because they recognize they can’t control their exact circumstances, but hey do have complete control over the way they react to these circumstances. And, that’s where Eric comes in. Give yourself five minutes with Eric and you will walk away with a whole new outlook. His positive attitude is absolutely contagious.


Tami West, PhD Closing General Speaker

Wednesday, August 7-Dr. Tami West, PhD
Dr. Tami West cannot diagnose or treat your skin rash. She’s not that kind of doctor. What kind of doctor is she? The kind who got her PhD JUST so she could understand why we’re all so stressed out! The kind who wants to help you live happier, more fulfilled lives. Tami’s experiences working in healthcare, public schools, corporate sales, and the school nutrition industry provide her insights that she uses to help others improve personal and professional lives. Her publications include The Stress Club, A Woman’s Guide to Personal Achievement and Professional Success, and Life Without the Monsters. She has spoken for groups in 48 states across the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. When she’s not speaking or writing, you might find her traveling with family, reading historical fiction, or watching Big Bang Theory. Tami is always real, completely transparent, totally sincere, and consistently surprising. She will make you laugh, cry, and shine a refreshingly new light on life’s challenges.



Pre-Conference Education Sessions 
Sunday, August 4, 2019

MN Certified Food Protection Manager Renewal Course
This four hour ServSafe based course has been approved by the MN Department of Health to renew your existing
Minnesota Certified Food Manager Certificate. All participants will receive the documents to renew their certificate at the end of the course. Must attend all four hours.
NOTE: This session does NOT renew your ServSafe Certificate.
Pre-registration and payment of $45.00 is required.

ServSafe Class and Certification Exam
SNA Intial Core Course for Sanitation
This is the full ServSafe training and certification exam that meets the requirements for the Minnesota Certified Food Protection Manager program. This course also meets the Core Course for the SNA Certificate Program: Food Safety and Sanitation. Each participant will be mailed a ServSafe Book to review before the class. You must bring the book with you to the class.
Pre-Registration and Payment of $100.00 is required

CPR/AED (American Heart Association)
11:00am-1:00pm-Limit 12 attendees
1:30pm – 3:30pm-Limit 12 attendees  Session is full

This class will be a hands on session covering the proper use of an AED (Automated external defibrillator )in a variety of emergency situations. Learn CPR life-saving knowledge and skills designed to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency, with all the latest health and safety training techniques to be used in school and your personal life. Attendees will receive a CPR Certificate after finishing the class.
Pre-registration and payment of $30.00 is required.


Volunteering Opportunities
Sign up to volunteer at the conference! This is your chance to help out in various ways and places!
Click here to sign up.
If you have questions, please contact Hospitality Chair, Deborah Rydberg at


Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center cares for children who have been physically or emotionally abused. This facility brings many professionals together to listen as a child tells their traumatic story one time to a trusted friend.


How can we help?
As members we can donate items that can be utilized in the facility or sent home with children to help them feel more comfortable during their experience.

Much needed Items are: 

  • Gas Gift Cards for families needing to travel for appointments
  • Kid toys for the waiting area (toys easily cleaned and not wood)
  • Fidget items (Stress balls, fidget gadgets, etc)
  • Children & young adult clothing Sizes kid to 18 years. MUST BE NEW
  • Hygiene items
  • Socks/Underwear – sizes youth to 18 years MUST BE NEW

Bring your donations to the registration desk located on the first floor of the RECC.


Activities for the Annual Conference

Our event app this year is through the Visit Greater St. Cloud. With this app, you will be able to find links to all workshop handouts, schedules, maps, restaurant menus and conference information that will be at your fingertips! Click here to download the Visit Greater St. Cloud Event App!

Workshop presentations will be available after July 20th!

You may be a Ringer! Golf Scramble August 5th

Golf Registration Link

Pick your players and head out to Territory Golf Course for a quick, fun and friendly 9-hole golf scramble the afternoon of August 5th.  Space is limited so early sign up is best.  The winning team with receive a gift from Visit Greater St. Cloud!

Me and My Girls Workshop August 5 and August 6th

Me, My Girls and Our Guy Workshop Sign up link

Looking for a lot of fun with a great custom takeaway?  Look no further than Me, My Girls and Our Guy Workshop!  During these exclusive classes, MMG owner and instructor, Jen, will guide you through the process of building and decorating your very own sign, box, or one of the many other wood projects this unique little shop offers.  Space is limited so early sign up is best.  Classes will be offered at 6pm on August 5th and 6th.

Game Night St. Cloud

Welcome to the Beaver Island Trail!  Download the Visit St. Cloud App, hitch up your wagon and head out downtown to participating restaurants and bars, checking in along the way.  Choose your path wisely, enjoying good food and drinks along the way to be entered in a drawing for a Visit Greater St. Cloud Gift basket!  Choose to complete the trail in one night or both, August 5th and 6th.

Nobody’s Watchn’  5k

Whether you’re an avid runner or casual stroller, we recommend the “Nobody’s Watchn’ “ 5k.  It’s Visit Greater St. Cloud’s recommended 5k route where you can take in some of the city’s best sites at your own pace.  No registration is necessary; simply pick up a map, download the App to access directions for the route, or just brag to your friends that you did it.  After all, nobody’s watchn’!


2018 Annual Conference Photos from Rochester  (Flicker)


MSNA Logo Items

You can order  an array of MSNA logo merchandise! Click on the link for the online catalog and how to order your merchandise!

 MSNA Logo Apparel


2018 MSNA Event Policy Waiver


2018 62nd Annual Conference Workshop Presentations
Mayo Civic Center, July 29-August 1, 2018


More Upcoming Events

Other Upcoming Events

SNA Annual Conference
July 14-16, 2019
St. Louis, MO

2019 Annual Conference
August 4-7, 2019
Food Show August 6, 2019
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud MN


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