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MN-RACC Conference

Join us for the first Minnesota Recreation, Aquatics and Community Center Conference, taking place Aug. 17 – 19, 2022 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. There will be tours of facilities, vendors and breakout sessions all related to those areas.

Register HERE!

Vendor & Sponsorship Opportunities 

For more information on becoming a vendor or sponsor of this event, visit our Vendor and Sponsorship form, which can be found here.


Daily Schedules
(subject to change)
Wednesday, Aug. 17
9:00 am – 12 pm – Marketing Boot Camp – 1 general session
8:30 am – 12 pm – Facility Tours – Bussing included. – Meet at Civic Center at 8:00 AM
11:15 am – 5:00 pm – Expo Grand Opening
11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch buffet in vendor hall
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Seminars (6 Choices)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Seminars (6 Choices)
11:45am-5:00pm – Demo Stage Open
11:45 am- 5:00 pm – Drop-In Recreation Contest
5 pm – 9 pm – Summertime By George Concert

Thursday, Aug. 18
6:30am-8:00am – Early-Morning Workout & Breakfast Buffet
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Seminars (6 Choices)
9:00 am-4:00 pm – Expo Open
10:15 am – 11:15 am – Seminars (6 Choices)
12 pm – 1:30 pm -Lunch buffet in Expo Area
12:00 pm-4:00 pm – Demo Stage Open
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm – Seminars (6 Choices)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Recreation Challenge or Group Game/Scavenger Hunt
4:00 PM Prize Drawing – Must be present to win and have vendors sign prize card
Evening Social Activities

Friday, Aug. 19
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM – Full Networking Breakfast – Main Hall
9:00 am- 10:00 am – Seminars (4 Choices)
10:15 am-11:15am – Seminars (4 Choices)


November 4th, 2021

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RFPs are still being accepted – use this google form to fill out your info. Someone on the committee will get back to you soon.

Save $50 on a Full Conference registration by taking advantage of the Early Bird rate!
Keynote info. is below – breakout session info. coming in August.
Click here to register






June 30th, 2021

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Discovering Possibilities (Virtual Fall Conference)       

Check out the breakout sessions available at our Discovering Possibilities conference!

Fees are based on your TOTAL DISTRICT POPULATION and for that SINGLE district fee, you can register as many people as you want.

We just ask that ONE person enter all the names & emails at one time.
One link is for payment and one link is for registration.

Pay for your district using this link:

Register everyone from your district using this link:


District Size – Fee (based on TOTAL district population) One fee for unlimited participants
Less than 5,000 – $60
5,000-19,999 – $120
20,000-49,999 – $240
50,000 + – $480
Individual NOT associated w/a District (Member) – $60
Individual NOT associated w/a District (Non-memb.) – $150
Non-member Districts – $480

October 30th, 2019

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Leadership Days – Feb. 17 & 18 at the Best Western Kelly Inn – St. Cloud

To kick things off on Thursday morning, we will have SSG John Kriesel. Mr. Kriesel is a local veteran and KFAN contributor who lost his legs during an IED explosion while serving our country. He will speak to us about his experience and how to have a positive view on life.
We will also have Dr. Jim Johnson, professor at Moorhead State and former Superintendent at Monticello speaking on the future of education in MN and elsewhere.
You don’t want to miss the lifetime achievement award presentation (Karen Willers & Charlie Blesener), our legislative update, Ursula Pottinga and more. Join us for this day and a half of keynotes and group discussions.

Click here to see Leadership Days flier

8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 Keynoter – SSG John Kreisel
10:15 – 11:15 Keynoter – Jim Johson, Prof. at MSUM
11:30 – noon – Lunch
Noon – 1:00p – Awards, Annual Meeting, Legis. Update
1:15 – 3:30 – Large Group – Kara Radke – Equity

7:30 – 8:30am – Registration, Breakfast & Welcome
8:30 – -9:45  Keynote Ursula Pottinga – Science of Stress
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote Ursual Pottinga – Stress Management by Effectiveness
11:30 – Soup & Salad Buffet & Networking lunch

Feb. 17 & 18, 2022
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud
Cost: Th/Fr. – $209 (member)
            Thur. only – $159 (member)
            Fri. only – $109 (member)
            Thur. Awards luncheon only – $25
Register here
Don’t forget to reserve your room ($97/night) by calling 320-253-0606 – mention MCEA.

September 24th, 2019

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National Community Ed. Conference – Oct. 27 – 29, 2021 at the Minneapolis Marriot NW, Brooklyn Center

May 1st, 2018

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Oct. 23 – 25, 2019 at the Minneapolis Marriott NW in Brooklyn Park
Reserve your room by calling 763-536-8300. All suites are $139/night – please mention MCEA when calling.

Donate to the MCEA Auction here–>

Full Conference Brochure

Online registration is now closed. Please contact the MCEA Executive Office  – or by calling 651-257-0752. Walk-in registrations are welcome.

Top Golf  Social Event
Sorry – this event is FULL!

We have reserved a party room and some bays at Top Golf on Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
  • FREE for the first 120 to register (courtesy of Eleyo) –  buffet style food includes Chicken Tenders & Honey Mustard Dippin Sauce, Pulled Pork Sliders with BBQ Sauce, House Slaw, Seasonal Fruit, Kettle Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites, Fountain Soda, Iced Tea, Coffee & Water.
  • $30/person – 2 hours of unlimited Top Golf Play from 6 – 8:00 pm.  (Get a team together from your district together!)
  • Address: 6420 N. Camden Ave., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • Cash Bar


May 1st, 2018

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Pre-conference info:

The ABE Foundations pre-conference session is 9.5 hours long. The session begins on Tuesday, August 13 (1:30 pm-7:30 pm) and continues on Wednesday, August 14 (8:15-11:45 am).  Participants must attend both days.  Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast are included in the pre-conference registration fee.

The CCRS Foundations pre-conference sessions (ELA and Math) are each  7.5 hours long. The sessions begin on Tuesday, August 13 (3:30 pm-7:30 pm) and continue on Wednesday, August 14 (8:15-11:45 am).  Participants must attend both days.  Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast are included in the pre-conference registration fee.

Detailed information regarding all pre-conference sessions can be found on the Literacy Action Network website here.

Co-ABE Pre-conference Google Session ($25)
Get Started with Google’s Applied Digital Skills in your Classroom

In this session, you will receive a deep dive professional development training on Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. Applied Digital Skills is a free, online and video-based curriculum that you can use in the classroom with your students to teach them the basic digital skills needed for today’s evolving job market.

Participants will need to bring their own device (laptop or Chromebook). Familiarity with Google applications is recommended. This session is offered through a partnership with COABE. For more detailed information see the LAN website here.

Click here to register  for Google session (Space is limited to the first 40 to register)


Click here to register for the rest of the ABE SI and other pre-conf. sessions

Don’t Forget to Book your room:
To book a room at the Best Western Kelly Inn ($91/nt.), please call 320-253-0606 or
Click here to book a suite ($199/nt.)  at the Courtyard by Marriott – St. Cloud or call 320-654-1661


Literacy Action Network website

Terms of Use/Refunds/Cancellations

May 4th, 2017

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