St. Olaf hosts dialogue on the role of protests in sports

The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community hosted a conversation on the role of protest in sports this week. The panel featured NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page, former U.S. Army Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks player Nate Boyer, and ESPN sports analyst Jackie MacMullan.

Learn more in this MPR News article.

Science Museum declares 2018 the Year of the Engineer

Today, the Science Museum of Minnesota announced 2018 as the “Year of the Engineer,” along with its big plans to celebrate creativity and ingenuity throughout the year.

The Science Museum is responding to a global and local need for strong engineering talent. Over the past 10 years in Minnesota, growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs has been three times greater than the growth of non-STEM jobs. Scientific and technical occupations are expected to increase up to 33 percent in the next 10 years, and 18 out of the 20 fastest growing occupations will be tied to STEM disciplines.

Learn more about the Science Museum’s initiative in this Star Tribune article.

Tribes unite to influence the federal Farm Bill

About every five years, Congress enacts one of the single largest pieces of domestic legislation: the Farm Bill. This massive bill addresses everything from nutrition programs and agriculture policies to rural development and insurance programs.

In an effort to give Native Americans a strong, united voice on this important legislation, more than 30 tribes and organizations across the country have joined together as part of the new Native Farm Bill Coalition.

Read more about the Coalition in this MPR News article.

Rethink your media events in 2018

Stash away the oversized scissors and shiny golden shovels; it’s time to rethink media events!

Reporters receive hundreds of story pitches a day, so it takes creativity to get their attention. Our New Year’s resolution is to reimagine how we organize traditional media events, replacing predictable groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings with authentic photo opportunities that are newsworthy in and of themselves.

What does this mean? Instead of hosting a groundbreaking featuring people in suits simultaneously scooping up a perfectly organized pile of dirt, consider creative ways to infuse vibrancy and color into the moment, or even having an actual construction worker breaking ground or tearing down a building with a digger or excavator.

This is just one idea, and we have plenty more.

If you want to energize your media events in the New Year, contact Chris Duffy to learn how we can help.

Mystic Lake Center opens

On Thursday, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community celebrated the opening of Mystic Lake Center, a new hotel tower and convention center. The space includes 180 hotel rooms with stunning views, a 70,000-square-foot meeting and event center, and a design inspired by Minnesota’s four seasons.

Learn more and take a look at Mystic Lake Center in this Finance & Commerce article.

Medical center’s new wellness center has many benefits

Health care workers have demanding jobs, and can sometimes put patient health before their own. To help their doctors, nurses, and staff, St. Francis Regional Medical Center opened a new wellness center on Wednesday. There, employees can use fitness equipment, take free classes, and meditate. Watch this KSTP segment to check out the facility.