Kevin Paap, President
Minnesota Farm Bureau

Doug Peterson, President
Minnesota Farmers Union

Robert Riley, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
University of St. Thomas

Matt Kramer, Ed.D, Vice President for University and Government Relations
University of Minnesota

Kevin Smith, President & CEO
Minnesota Orchestra

Natalie Volin Lehr, Director of Corporate Affairs
Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group

Aasha Wanless, Director of Trade Compliance
Polaris Industries, Inc.

John Wiehoff, CEO
C.H. Robinson Worldwide

Bob Zelenka, Executive Director
Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Marvin Zutz, Executive Director
Minnesota Barley Council

Jason Adkins, Executive Director & General Counsel
Minnesota Catholic Conference

Patrick Mulvihill, Asst. Provost for Global Education & experience
Augsburg College

Tom Carman, VP Human Resources & Administration
Wenger Corporation

Dave Frederickson, Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Jeff Grev, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Hormel Foods Corporation

John Guttery, Senior Vice President
Ecolab Inc.

Rodolfo Gutierrez, Executive Director
Hispanic Advocacy and Community

Lyndel King, President
Weisman Art Museum

Mike Noonan, Vice President
Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.

John Oswald, PhD Global Health Committee Co-Chair
Minnesota Public Health Association



Minnesota's State Champions

MinnPost: D.C. Memo: Two times the contempt

Minnesotans across the aisle disagree on a lot of things, but apparently the great unifier is Cuba. From Rep. Tom Emmer, MN-6, to Sen. Amy Klobuchar to Rep. Dean Philips, MN-3, there is a resounding chorus: the president is wrong on U.S.-Cuba relations.

MinnPost: Why Minnesotans — in Congress and out — were so disappointed with Trump’s decision to restrict travel to Cuba

Minnesota lawmakers and other advocates for a more open relationship with the island say the Trump administration’s approach moves Cuba policy backwards, not forwards, and away from the possibility of opening up trade.

Pioneer Press: Cuba Travel Change is Another Whiff at the Plate, According to Some Locals in the Know

“The people there tell me the Canadians and other tourists go there to go to the beach, but that they like the Americans because they go to the museums. The times we have gone, we have frequented the guest homes of people and ate at restaurants where that money goes directly to the people, not the government.”

MPR: Minnesotans Sort Through New Cuba Restrictions

"It's the people who suffer," Bud Philbrook, CEO of Global Volunteers said. "Not the government. It's the people who suffer when they take steps that prohibit Americans from travelling to Cuba."

Star Tribune: Minnesotans Trek to Cuba to Debut New Youth Orchestra: 'They Didn't Want to Say Goodbye'

"The gesture of Americans coming to Cuba is extremely important right now," the executive director of the orchestra said. "They can see and hear that they're not forgotten and that our government doesn't speak for all of us."

Sun Current: Edina Photojournalist Featured at Golden Valley Gallery

Local photojournalist will show about 50 photos she took in Cuba, and Nachito Herrera, a world-famous Cuban pianist, is the featured musician at the benefit concert. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit humanitarian work and Cuban artists.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: St. Paul City Council to federal government: Lift embargo on Cuba

By a vote of 5-0, the St. Paul City Council approved a resolution asking the federal government to lift the embargo. The resolution was sponsored by Council Members Rebecca Noecker, Jane Prince and Dai Thao.

The Hill: Opinion: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market

MinnPost: Cuban diplomat Miguel Fraga: ‘The door is open on our side’

KEYC: Cuban Ambassador Visits Southern Minnesota Farm

WCCO CBS Minnesota: State leaders launch Minnesota Engage Cuba State Council

CBS Minnesota: State Leaders: Trade between U.S., Cuba would boost Minnesota

Minnesota Farmers Union: Minnesota Farmers Union president nominated to Engage Cuba Minnesota State Council

Star Tribune: End the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

Northlands New Center: St. Scholastica students to visit Cuba as relations with U.S. improve

Daily Globe: Minnesota ag commissioner hopeful for more trade with Cuba

Minnesota Daily: Carlson students return from Cuban business trip

WJTV 12: Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator, urges rule changes so U.S. hotels can operate in Cuba

Mankato Free Press: Our View: Pragmatism and profit in Cuba

Minnpost: Let's beef up trade with Cuba, ag commissioner says

Twin Cities Business Journal: MN Businesses, Leaders Join Forces To Support Open US-Cuba Relations

KSTP ABC 5: Minnesota Businesses Looking to Increase Opportunities in Cuba

Brownfield: Group travels to DC touting trade with Cuba

The Desert Sun: Officially end the embargo, let the sun shine on Cuba

Brainerd Dispatch: After Push from Minnesota Congressional Delegation, DOT Approves Flights from Minnesota to Cuba

MinnPost: Have the Political Winds Finally Shifted on Lifting the Cuban Embargo?

Minnesota Farm Guide: Minnesota Soybean Growers Hope to Provide Soybeans to Cuba

Minnesota Farm Guide: Ending Cuba Embargo Could Benefit Region

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: With historic visit, Cuba takes center stage in Minnesota politics

Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers getting warm welcome in Cuba

CBS Minnesota: Sun Country may offer nonstop flights from Minneapolis to Cuba 

CBS Minnesota: Klobuchar, Emmer headed to Cuba alongside Obama

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)