MINNESOTA STATE COUNCIL
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
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
Tom Carman, VP Human Resources & Administration
Dave Frederickson, Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Jeff Grev, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Hormel Foods Corporation
John Guttery, Senior Vice President
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
STEVEN OLSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MINNESOTA TURKEY GROWERS
Minnesota's State Champions
The Hill: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market
BY REPS. RICK CRAWFORD (R-ARK.), TOM EMMER (R-MINN.) AND ROGER MARSHALL (R-KAN.)
American farmers are tough patriots, but they need strong export revenues to stay in business. Building new export outlets for American farmers and allied industries has become an imperative, and Cuba should be part of that mix.
Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., came to Minnesota over the weekend to give a series of talks on developing relations between the countries.
With six out of every ten rows of beans in Minnesota leaving the state, farmers are always looking for potential buyers.
Because Cuba and the United States are so close and don't trade as much as they could, it only made sense to Paap to begin building a relationship.
Brownfield: Group travels to DC touting trade with Cuba
A broad coalition of industry leaders will be in Washington, DC this week encouraging lawmakers to lift the trade embargo with Cuba.
The Desert Sun: Officially end the embargo, let the sun shine on Cuba
Speaking at a Monday event in Minneapolis organized by Global Minnesota and the Engage Cuba coalition, Emmer took the long view on policy that's passed it's usefulness.
Brainerd Dispatch: After Push from Minnesota Congressional Delegation, DOT Approves Flights from Minnesota to Cuba
On Friday, after an effort from Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, and Tom Emmer, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved new direct flights between Minnesota and Cuba.
A lot has changed in the last 55 years in U.S. politics — which party controls Congress and the presidency, the size and reach of the federal bureaucracy, America’s rivals abroad.
Minnesota Farm Guide: Minnesota Soybean Growers Hope to Provide Soybeans to Cuba
Minnesota’s soybean leadership recently participated in talks at the White House regarding trade opportunities with Cuba. The talks occurred just ahead of a signing ceremony re-establishing the Cuban marketplace for U.S. food and ag products.
Minnesota Farm Guide: Ending Cuba Embargo Could Benefit Region
After decades of a trade embargo against Cuba, there is little evidence that it had any impact on a change in policy or politics on the island nation.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: With historic visit, Cuba takes center stage in Minnesota politics
An island more than 1,600 miles from St. Paul dominated politics in Minnesota on Monday. President Barack Obama and three of Minnesota's members of Congress were in Cuba, the first such visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s.
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers getting warm welcome in Cuba
A historic trade trip to Cuba is going well, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., say. They're optimistic that Congressional efforts to ease restrictions on exports will go well, too.
Flying nonstop from Minneapolis to Cuba? It's now possible. That's if the federal government approves a request from Sun Country Airlines.
CBS Minnesota: Klobuchar, Emmer headed to Cuba alongside Obama
The Minnesota members of Congress will be going to Cuba with President Barack Obama next week.
WCCO CBS Minnesota: State leaders launch Minnesota Engage Cuba State Council
Upon Emmer and Klobuchar’s return, Engage Cuba launched a state council in Minnesota Monday. In addition to announcing Minnesota’s Engage Cuba State Council, there was also an extended discussion that examined how lifting the trade embargo would benefit Minnesota businesses and agriculture.
Monday morning, both Senator Klobuchar and Congressman Emmer spoke to a newly formed coalition in Minneapolis called the Engage Cuba State Council. The group is made of business, academic and community leaders who want to establish a business relationship with Cuba.
Minnesota Farmers Union: Minnesota Farmers Union president nominated to Engage Cuba Minnesota State Council
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President, Doug Peterson has been nominated by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Tom Emmer to be a member of the Engage Cuba Minnesota State Council.
Star Tribune: End the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba
Speaking at a Monday event in Minneapolis organized by Global Minnesota and the Engage Cuba Coalition, Emmer took the long view on policy that's passed its usefulness.Cuba."
Northlands New Center: St. Scholastica students to visit Cuba as relations with U.S. improve
With the improving relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, a group of Duluth students is heading to the island nation to see for themselves the economic opportunities there.
When Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson visited Cuba he had to put his past beliefs about the country behind him.
Minnesota Daily: Carlson students return from Cuban business trip
A group of 30 University of Minnesota students spent their spring breaks in Cuba riding around in cars from the '50s, interacting with locals and soaking in a country previously cut off form the United States.
A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to ease restrictions on investment in Cuba so American hotels can operate in the island nation.
Mankato Free Press: Our View: Pragmatism and profit in Cuba
Obama has loosened the embargo with executive actions, but officially lifting it will require congressional action.
Old habits die hard, but they do die. When Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson visited Cuba, he admitted, "your dukes are up a bit."
Twin Cities Business Journal: MN Businesses, Leaders Join Forces To Support Open US-Cuba Relations
James Williams, President of Engage Cuba said in the release: "Minnesota’s agriculture, biomedical, and energy sectors are thriving. Opening up trade to Cuba and expanding investment opportunities for Minnesota businesses is critical to helping local businesses and the Cuban people."
Our business community is starting what they call an "Engage Cuba Coalition." The organization is a way to strengthen ties to the country even though the travel and trade embargo remains in place.