2023 Winter Conference
Thursday, February 9, 2023

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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441

Online Reservations Booking  

Note: Please instruct attendees to:

  1. Click on the icon above and the $139 group rates will populate.
  2. Select a Room Type and complete the reservation.

Call-in Reservations

Individuals may call in to make hotel reservations. They can call IHG Central Reservations at 1-855-914-1303 (or) call the Crowne Plaza hotel directly at 763-559-6600 and request the MPELRA Room Block to receive the discounted $139 group rate. Room block will be released January 20, 2023. After that date, normal room rates will apply. 

MPELRA Board of Directors 


Kathy Megarry

1st Vice-President

Jenn Worthington

2nd Vice-President

Dana Makinen


Paula Graff


Kim Therres

Board of Directors, con't.

Jason Schmidt (Past-President)

Givonna Kone

Meliene Fontaine-Laska

Aaron Bouschor

Sheri Chesness

Holland Atkinson

Melanie Ault

Dawn Pearson

History of MPELRA

MPELRA was formed through the efforts of a steering committee in 1980.  The steering committee membership included Peter Bergstrom, General Council – Minn.Assoc. of Counties; David Bergsven, Personnel and Labor Relations Director – State Dept. of Education; Jack Davis, Personnel and Labor Relations Director – State Dept. of Transportation;  David Dombrowski, Mgr. of Labor and Legislative Affairs – Metropolitan Airports Commission;  Tom Dudley, Personnel Director – Hennepin County; Jim Geissner, Deputy Commissioner – Minn. Dept. of Employee Relations; Ken Huber, Administrator – City of St. Peter; Andrea Kircher, Spec. Asst. Attorney General; Elmer Malinen, Administrator – City of St. Cloud;   Ken Robins, Dir. Business Services – Metro Waste Control Comm;  Earl Schiltz, Employee Relations Manager – City of Duluth; Cy Smythe – Labor Relations Associates; Terry Sullivan, General Council – City of St. Paul;  Rollie Toenges, Labor Relations Dir. – Hennepin County;  Fred Wagner, Personnel Director – City of Rochester; and W.A Wettergren, Exec. Secretary – Minn. School Boards Assoc.