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  • Monday, March 09, 2020 3:21 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Dear MNFEA Members and MNFEA 2020 Conference Attendees,

    Ahead of this week's conference, several attendees have inquired as to whether the 2020 Conference will proceed, and after much discussion, we will be proceeding as planned.

    As of today, there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Minnesota, both in the metro area. Currently, the MDH is not issuing a recommendation at this time to cancel community events such as concerts, parties, or church gatherings.

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) advises everyone to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu: 

    • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. 

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough.

    What is COVID-19?
    According to the MDH, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are estimated to cause about a third of all cases of the common cold.  COVID-19 is a strand of the coronavirus causing respiratory illnesses that have not been found in people before.  Because COVID-19 is so new, there is much unknown about the virus, and currently no vaccination to prevent or cure it.

    The minute-by-minute updates can raise awareness, but can also cause anxiety and fear- not just about the virus, but about who may have it and is spreading the disease.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most vulnerable populations are the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

    What we know about COVID-19 in Minnesota
    As I mentioned earlier, there are two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), both cases are travel-related. The first case was confirmed to have, “no community exposure concerns” meaning the person self-quarantined to prevent any spread of the virus. They were reported to be “stable, at home, and doing well.” The second case is still under investigation for any potential spread.

    What is MNFEA advising? 

    1. We are asking attendees, panelists and others that have registered for the Conference to stay home if you feel even the most minor imbalance in your health. Regardless of any potential exposure to COVID-19, the best way not to spread any illnesses including the flu and cold, is to stay home, cover your coughs, and wash your hands.

    2. The Holiday Inn will be keeping the hotel and conference surfaces clean. COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days, so it is extremely important to disinfect all surfaces often.

    3. We have hand sanitizer available and you’re welcome to bring your own.

    Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. Thanks again for registering for Conference and we’ll see you later this week.

    Best Regards,

    Steve Madson, MNFEA President

  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 11:37 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    minnesota department of health

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are beginning a rulemaking process to amend the Minnesota Food Code (Code) Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626, revisor’s ID Number R-4601. We are considering rule amendments that will correct errors, omissions and unclear language in the current Code, bring the Code up to date and in substantial compliance with the 2017 United States Food and Drug Administration Code and time permitting, address other related items that may surface during the rulemaking process.

    Your comments wanted

    Licensed retail food establishment owners, operators and workers, certified food protection managers and trainers, local units of government delegated to administer the state food safety program, and food scientists may be affected by these amendments.

    The departments have not yet drafted any proposed rule amendments. There will be several opportunities for public comment and input on this rule project. At this stage, we do not have a complete draft rule; we want your feedback to inform us about the ideas you have about the Code. If you have ideas or data related to this rulemaking that we need to consider, please submit them in writing. Submitting your ideas and information at this early stage in rulemaking allows us more time to address issues that may come up, and helps to ensure informed decision-making on our part.

    How to comment

    Anyone may submit comments or information on the current Code or possible rule amendments in writing or orally until further notice is published in the State Register that the departments intend to adopt or to withdraw the rules. The departments will not publish a notice of intent to adopt the rules until more than 60 days have elapsed from the date of this request for comments.

    We plan to appoint an advisory committee to review and comment on the possible rules. If you are interested in serving on the committee or would like to suggest a possible member, please contact the department contact person listed below.

    Written or oral comments, questions, requests to receive a draft of the rule amendments when it has been prepared, and requests for more information on these possible rule amendments should be directed to:

    Linda D. Prail, FPLS Rulemaking Coordinator

    Food, Pools, and Lodging Services Section

    Environmental Health Division

    P.O. 64975

    St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

    Office: 651-201-5792

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 1:56 PM | Meghan Gustafson (Administrator)

    Position: Events Intern

    Hours: 40 hrs per week starting summer 2020 & part-time March - May

    Compensation: Paid hourly

    Mission:  The mpls downtown council mission is creating an extraordinary downtown through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and innovation. Founded in 1955 and the mpls downtown council is one of the oldest central business district associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council produces such cherished Minneapolis events as the Aquatennial and Holidazzle.

    The Minneapolis Aquatennial is the Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis offers outstanding entertainment and activities for all ages run July 22-25 featuring the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.

    General Aquatennial Responsibilities may include: 

    • On-site Event Staff for Aquatennial and other mpls downtown council produced events.
    • Manage Associated Events including onsite execution day of.
    • Manage Fireworks entertainment and schedule of events.
    • Manage food vendor program.
    • Support Event Staff needs for Aquatennial and other events.
    • Compile all necessary materials for on-site at events.
    • Assist with sponsor appreciation efforts, including thank you materials.
    • Assist with permit submissions.
    • Manage volunteer program.
    • Logistics and operations support.

    General Event Responsibilities:

    • Develop and manage activities for the mpls downtown council at Target Field Station and Hennepin County Government Center – South Plaza including development of programming, activities and on-site event support.
    • Provide on-site event support for following events: Open Streets, American Heart Association Heart Walk, The Most Epic Family Day, council membership events, Aquatennial, and others as assigned.
    • Support in Holidazzle 2020 planning efforts including developing and scheduling programming.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Experience in on-site event execution.
    • Experience in working with vendors, volunteers and across different business platforms.
    • Physical demands, ability to lift 25 lbs, stand for extended periods of time and work in various weather elements.

    Candidate Competencies:

    • Ability to take initiative on projects and provide creative problem solving skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and respond to changing needs.
    • Solid organizational skills.
    • Solid communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Ability to work independently without supervisor presence and within a team environment.
    • Proficient in MS Office applications, particularly Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
    • Working knowledge of Adobe creative suite is a plus but not required.
    • Willingness to roll up his/her sleeves to deliver on organizational commitments and to work long hours, including nights and weekends.

    To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Meghan Gustafson at 

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:56 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham

    Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization dedicated to creating and energizing community for all who celebrate Irish culture. Our mission is to promote and cultivate Irish art and culture and preserve a rich heritage of traditions for future generations. We are currently seeking a charismatic, energetic and experienced leader to serve as our Executive Director.

    The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management, operation, execution, and growth of the organization. In this capacity, they set goals, annual priorities and expectations in conjunction with the Board. The Executive Director of IFM is accountable to and communicates regularly with the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities of this position include organizing and executing all aspects of our flagship event in August, fundraising and development to ensure financial stability and forging strong working relationships with our community, sponsors, volunteers and other stakeholders.

    Qualified applied applicants should send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:49 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham

    Lakeview Hospital

    Job Description:

    What we’re looking for in you


    • Bachelor’s degree preferably with a major in Community Relations, Communications/Marketing, Community Health, Health Promotion or related field.

    • Relevant work experience in event planning and community outreach may be substituted for education.

    • Direct event planning and outreach experience with health promotion and/or community health highly desirable.

    • Detail oriented with superior organizational and logistical skills.

    • Ability to work independently and with team to develop and prioritize workflows and meet deadline efficiently.

    • Adaptable, flexible, positive and poised with a desire to succeed.

    • Superior verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills including web and social media.

    • Ability to develop relationships with community partners with excellent follow-through regarding partner expectations.

    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience with social media and web.

    • Cultural competency & a comprehensive understanding of issues of diversity

    • Ability to lift 50 pounds and be very physically active loading, unloading and delivering materials to community partners and assisting with event set up and tear down.

    • Must have a valid driver’s license and meet all criteria required under Lakeview’s Automobile Liability Guidelines with access to personal vehicle for driving between office and community locations throughout the St. Croix Valley and twin Cities area.

    • Availability for variable work schedule including evenings and weekends based on event schedules.


    • Experience with volunteer management and/or community outreach highly desirable.

    • Experience with health communications, website, social media and copy editing highly desirable.

    • Event and outreach interest, aptitude and experience.

    • Proficient with data in Excel spreadsheets and graphing.

    The purpose of the Community Events & Outreach Coordinator role

    As a Community Events & Outreach Coordinator, you will coordinate and implement direct outreach for the Community Health team and key programs PowerUp and Make It OK. This position is key to the delivery of outreach activities that are organized and contribute to building strong community partnerships in the St. Croix River Valley area. The position is responsible for successful coordination, implementation, communication, documentation and evaluation of hundreds of events and partnerships annually. This position specifically focuses on event and outreach planning and communications in response requests, coordinating systems for community outreach, scheduling volunteers and staff and managing materials and inventory.

    Your life at Lakeview

    Join Lakeview Hospital, a market leader providing an outstanding patient care experience in the Twin Cities metro area, on our exciting mission of keeping patients healthier, improving the patient experience for each individual, and providing affordable care. At Lakeview Hospital, you will find a culture of excellence, compassion, integrity and partnership. Our employees take great pride in making our mission happen every day.

    Lakeview Hospital is nationally recognized for putting patients and safety first! We have a long history of being recognized for our outstanding patient care by local, state and national organizations. Other healthcare organizations strive to receive this recognition.

    Stillwater is the birthplace of Minnesota, a jewel on the scenic St. Croix River. A short drive from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and just across the river from Wisconsin, Stillwater offers a hometown feel with big town benefits. Whether outdoor activities in the beautiful nearby state parks or shopping on historic main street is more your thing, Stillwater is a fabulous community in which to work, live and play.

    Did you know…

    Lakeview Hospital has free parking for all employees?

    Lakeview offers a generous employee discount in our pharmacy?

    Lakeview offers salad bar in the cafeteria every day and one day each week for ½ price?

    Lakeview offers tuition reimbursement for eligible roles at an employment status of 0.4 FTE and above?

    Additional Information:

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

    Click Here for more and to apply.

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 10:18 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    The Arts Board has launched a search for an engagement and outreach coordinator. This important full-time position assists in increasing awareness, understanding, and participation in Arts Board program and services.

    Well qualified applicants will have at least two years’ experience working in community outreach or engagement, excellent verbal and written communications skills, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and a bachelor’s degree in arts, communications, marketing, or other related areas.

    More details about the position, other required qualifications, and application instructions are available on the Arts Board’s employment Web page:

    Applications must be submitted by January 27, 2020.

  • Monday, December 30, 2019 7:24 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Ensuring all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

    Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2021 Arts Learning grant application deadline February 7, 2020.

    The FY 2021 Arts Learning grant program is now open for application. Arts Learning is a grant program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills in the arts. For the purpose of this program, arts learning happens when participants are engaged in creating, performing, and/or responding to art in a disciplined and intentional way with a teaching artist.

    The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 7, 2020. All applications must be submitted and accepted before 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline. All applicants should first review the program overview and application instructions available on the Arts Board website.

    Additionally, first time applicants and those in need of support are encouraged to speak with program officer Natalie Kennedy. She can be reached at (651) 539-2666, toll-free at (800) 866-2787, or via e-mail at

    The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board website. Scroll down the home page to WebGrants instructions and registration information.

    The Arts Board will offer a free online information session about the FY 2021 Arts Learning grant opportunity on Thursday, January 9, at 3:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:28 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham

    Minnesota State Fair – Operations Technology Assistant Manager
    (Full-Time, Exempt)

    The primary role of the operations technology assistant manager is to develop and maintain a technology project plan, which provides advancement of technology systems in current facilities and new construction, as well as outlines project tasks, milestones, status, and allocation of resources to stakeholders and other interested parties.

    To apply, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this posting.

    Essential Functions

    • Liaison with departments in the maintenance and improvement budget process including estimating.
    • Coordinate with Operations Division and IT Department to design, develop and manage all operations technology.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with vendors, contractors and consultants.
    • Lead in advancement of technical systems on the fairgrounds such as fiber-optic and copper cable plants, metal detection, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with cell providers, and RFID.
    • Coordinate the grounds mapping program.
    • Develop electronic preventative maintenance program.
    • Coordinate camera system design, development and installation.
    • Coordinate access control systems design, development and installation.
    • Coordinate HVAC control systems design, development.
    • Evaluate and purchase new technologies to determine if applicable to current business needs and compatible with current business applications and hardware.
    • Understand safety issues related to the division.
    • Monitor industry trends related to the division.
    • Work environment may include working with hazardous substances heat/cold, noise, unprotected heights, bright/dim lighting and mechanical hazards.
    • During peak activity times work extra daily hours and periods with no days off.
    • Assist with tasks as assigned by either the immediate supervisor or General Manager.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study; and four years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to manage contractors and budgets and coordinate projects with various departments.
    • Familiar with a variety of IT concepts and ability to perform the technical, mathematical and scientific aspects of a project.
    • Oral and written communication skills.
    • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Valid driver’s license.
    To apply, please visit the Minnesota State Fair career portal at:

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:22 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham

    Minnesota State Fair – Operations Manager
    (Full-Time, Exempt)


    The primary role of the Operations Manager position is to provide coordination of activities in the Plant Management Division including but not limited to Transportation, Health and Safety issues, Purchasing, Planning, Budgets, and Special Projects. To apply, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this posting.

    Essential Functions

    • Manage planning of activities of full time and seasonal departments.
    • Manage a portfolio of projects in capital improvement and maintenance, activities related to fair set up and take down, and general fairgrounds maintenance.
    • Prepare division reports, research documents, and contracts.
    • Coordinate long- and short-range planning for the department; research new department projects; develop projects and initiate new division programs.
    • Prepare documents establishing policies and procedures for the department.
    • Provide support to activities for department employees.
    • Know industry trends related to the department or division.
    • Prepare department budgets and expenditures.
    • Respond to comments and concerns with regard to the department or division.
    • Understand safety issues related to the division.
    • Work environment may include working with hazardous substances heat/cold, noise, unprotected heights, bright/dim lighting and mechanical hazards.
    • During peak activity times work extra daily hours and periods with no days off.

    • Assist with tasks as assigned by either the immediate supervisor or General Manager.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in business communications or a related area of study; and four years of experience in a related industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to manage contractors and budgets and coordinate projects with various departments.
    • Oral and written communication skills.
    • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Negotiation skills.
    • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
    • Valid driver’s license.

    To apply, please visit the Minnesota State Fair career portal at:

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 8:20 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Our Behind the Scenes Tour of Allianz Field event spaces on September 24 gave our attendees a peek at the full spectrum of options to host a gathering of numerous sizes.

    We started off with a look at the Brew Hall which features 96 different beers on tap and 4,100 square feet of space to host a group. The largest indoor space we toured was the Stadium Club that has the most flexible seating options and is 11,800 square feet. There are suites and other spaces that can host smaller groups if needed.

    Since the stadium is new and they are still working to ensure the turf is maintained to the highest standards, they are not currently renting out the field at this time. They do have outdoor space called the Great Lawn which includes two areas that total 1.2 acres with 660 amps with the combined.

    The stadium is the most “bird safe” in the MLS due to its lack of reflectivity and transparency. It is also LEED certified and has a storm-water management system built into it and the surrounding area. All catering is done by Delaware North Catering who is also the exclusive caterer at Target Field.

    Contact for more information around hosting your next event at Allianz Field.


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