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MPN Summer Conference 2023

  • 11 Jun 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • 13 Jun 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, MN


  • DO NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED CONFIRMATION THAT YOU ARE PERFORMING. One registration per artist/band. If you would like to also attend the daytime portions of the conference, please also submit registration under Affiliate Registration. Any questions, email minnesotapresenters@gmail.com.
  • Includes professional development sessions and lunch on Monday, June 12th



We are excited to share our big plans for this summer's conference, Home on Da Range! Gather with fellow presenters and affiliates on the Iron Range where we will have dedicated time to connect, learn and have fun.

This year, we're thrilled to announce JURIED SHOWCASE opportunities both nights of the conference. Affiliate members will receive an email with information about what's involved and how to apply for consideration. All affiliates are welcome to join for daytime activities and sessions throughout the conference, with the exception of the Presenter session on Tuesday morning.

There is also a special add-on rate for those who may have a spouse/partner/guest that wishes to attend some of the social events. More information below!

"Home on Da Range" - MPN Summer Conference
June 11-13
Hibbing/Chisholm, MN


Gather in the evening with fellow MPN members to catch-up, meet new colleagues, and check out some fantastic showcases!

4:00-7:30pm - Happy Hour & Dinner

7:30-10:00pm - Showcases

Location: Mike's Pub: 413 E Howard St, Hibbing, MN 55746


Join us for a day of in-person learning, connection and local fun!

LOCATION: Minnesota Discovery Center: 1005 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719

8:45am - Welcome to the Conference!

9-10am - Economic Development & the Arts with Tamara Lowney, President/CEO, Itasca Economic Development Corporation

10:15-11:15am - Minnesota Discovery Center Trolley Tour: This one-hour historically narrated trolley takes riders around a scenic abandoned mine pit.

11:15am - Break/Social time

Noon - Lunch

1-2:30pm - Arts & Accessibility with Samantha Smingler, Minnesota Access Alliance

2:45pm - Hill Rust Mine Overlook: Public overlook and visitor center located on the rim of the largest operating open-pit iron mine in Minnesota. The pit stretches more than three miles long and two miles wide.  Spectacular views!

Spend as much time at the overlook as you'd like. Then, enjoy some free time back at the hotel or exploring the area.

5-6pm - Happy Hour at Valentini's Supper Club:  31 W Lake St, Chisholm, MN 55719

6pm - Dinner at Valentini's

7:30-10pm - Showcases at Mike's Pub: 413 E Howard St, Hibbing, MN 55746


Start the day with creative conversation about the future, followed by a mining tour and a visit to a state-of-the-art high school!

9-10am - Going Beyond Inspiration: MPN in Action - Presenters Only Session. This session is designed to maximize conference takeaways and create actionable strategies for your own venues and for MPN. Let’s create the future of MPN - together! Lead by: Nicole Mulder, outgoing MPN President

LOCATION: Minnesota Discovery Center: 1005 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719

10:15am - Break

10:30am - Minnesota Museum of Mining Tour: 701 West Lake Street, Chisholm, MN 55719

11:45am - Lunch

1:00pm - Historic Hibbing High School Tour: 800 E 21st St, Hibbing, MN 55746

*Meet in front of the High School by the flagpole. Street parking is available on 21st St. and 8th Ave. E.

Hibbing High School is famous for many reasons: It was the first high school in the U.S. to boast an indoor swimming pool, its auditorium was the site of one of Bob Dylan’s first concerts (shut down by the principal), and the auditorium is said to have a ghost. In seat J-47.

It was arguably the grandest high school building in the country when it opened in 1924 as the Hibbing Technical and Vocational High School. Costing the unheard-of sum of $3.9 million, the school included a greenhouse for students in zoology and biology classes, and a medical clinic staffed by a doctor, a dentist, two nurses, and support personnel. It was promoted as the “Castle in the Woods.”  Learn more here!


MPN Presenter and Affiliate Members Registration: $150

Includes meetings and professional development Sunday through Monday, plus box lunch on Monday and Tuesday and dinner at Valentini's on Monday. Not included: Happy hour & dinner on Sunday night and any drinks throughout the conference.

Guest Add-on: $50

Guest registrants are welcome at showcase events on Sunday and Monday night. This registration also includes dinner at Valentini's and the tour of Hibbing High School. Presenters and Affiliates can choose this Add-on registration during their own registration process.

Affiliate Showcase: $100

If you are an Affiliate, and you received confirmation from the MPN Board that your group has been chosen to showcase, please complete this registration. This fee does not include any of the other conference activities; just the showcase.


Hotel accommodations are to be made on your own. There is a block of rooms at Chisholm Inn & Suites: 501 Iron Drive, Chisholm, MN under "Minnesota Presenters." Breakfast is included at this hotel.

Queen Room: $112 + tax

King Room: $124 + tax

Chisolm Inn & Suites: 218.254.2000

We look forward to seeing you up on "Da Range!" If you have any questions, please email us at minnesotapresenters@gmail.com.

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