Six-hour seminar costs $35

    Riverland Tourism Association will be holding a tourism conference entitled "Developing Tourism in NW Minnesota... One Story at a Time" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 in Crookston, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Crookston. A wide variety of sessions focusing on marketing, tourism development and digital trends will be presented.   

    The cost of the conference is $35, which includes registration, lunch and breaks. Contact Riverland President, Laura Anderson at 218 686-9785 or to register.    

    Presentations include "Sharing Your Story in a Digital Age" by Phil Seibel, vice president of revenue development at the Brainerd Dispatch; "Marketing the Great Outdoors" by Kristi Coughlon, NW Region information officer for the Minnesota DNR; and, "Service After the Sale" by Cynthia Messer, Extension professor at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. 

    The conference will also include a panel highlighting "Big Successes in NW Minnesota" featuring Meghan Palubicki, owner of The Red Poppy; Cheri Reese, co-owner of Far North Spirits Distillery; and, Terri Widman, executive director of the Region 2 Arts Council. Dave Bergman, Explore Minnesota Tourism Travel & Tourism representative, will also share information on the agency’s new campaign/special programming.   

    The event is made possible by the financial support of the Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership.    

    Riverland Association is a regional tourism organization comprised Crookston, East Grand Forks/Grand Forks, Fertile, Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls. Go to for more information.