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
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.”
"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."
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.