Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spotted: Scenes from Day 1 of Camp #MnCities—Wednesday, June 20

Day one is in the books, and by all accounts we've got a group of very happy campers in St. Cloud! See how everyone came together on arrival day at Camp #MnCities...



This year's camp theme welcomed attendees right away at registration to set the tone for the conference! (Photo credit LMC staffer Jenna Kramer)




More than 70 city officials came to the conference early for the pre-conference workshop, "Building More Welcoming, Inclusive Communities: City Leadership to Advance Race Equity." During the day-long session, panelists led a discussion on inclusion work in cities of all sizes, how our experiences impact how we view the world, and more. (Photo credit LMC staffer Danielle Cabot)



What do you want to discuss? City officials arrived early to discuss timely topics like affordable housing, city sustainability, and law enforcement responses to mental health crises. First-time attendees also had the chance to attend an orientation created just for them. (Photo credit LMC staffer Danielle Cabot)



St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis welcomed campers to his city at the 2018 Annual Conference. (Photo credit Todd Myra Photography)





The crowd laughed along as the League’s Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) team took the stage with Autumn from Sassy Lassy Trivia & Events for a fun quiz game. IGR members formed two teams—the Jolly Green Giants and the Paul Bunyans—and were joined by LMC Board Members Mike Mornson and Heidi Omerza to test their knowledge on the 2018 legislative session. (Photo credits Todd Myra Photography)



Camp #MnCities was in full effect Wednesday evening in the exhibit hall. More than 300 attendees joined 100+ vendors to discuss city projects, create connections, and have fun! (Photo credit Todd Myra Photography)





Campers got to partake in some good old-fashioned summer activities, like bean bag toss and a crafts table. (Photo credit Todd Myra Photography)





Break time! City officials had the chance to relax around a faux campfire while listening to local musician Michael Shynes, and campers also celebrated Selfie Day early with a surprisingly life-like black bear. (Photo credit Todd Myra Photography)


Are you enjoying Camp #MnCities, too? Share your own highlights in the comments below!

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