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There are several events happening Expo week to help celebrate MNLA’s 90th year in 2015. You are invited to join us for these activities and events.


90th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle

The MNLA Board of Directors and MNLA Foundation Board of Trustees invite you to participate in the MNLA 90th Anniversary 50/50 Raffle - $20 per ticket.  Half of the revenue collected will be given back out in cash prizes and the remaining portion will be used, in part, to support the activities of the MNLA Foundation:

  • 1st Prize: up to $5,000
  • 2nd Prize: up to $3,000
  • 3rd Prize: up to $1,000

The raffle drawing will occur at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the MNLA 90th Anniversary Party.  (Note: You need not be present to win.  Must be 18 or older to purchase ticket or win prize.  Winner responsible for applicable taxes and fees.)

  • Interested in purchasing a ticket?  You can purchase your $20 ticket in several ways:
    1. Contact any member of the MNLA Board of Directors or MNLA Foundation Board of Trustees.
    2. Stop by the MNLA Office at 1813 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113.
    3. Stop by the MNLA Member Services booth or visit the a board member at the Northern Green Expo in January to purchase your ticket.
  • Interested in helping to sell raffle tickets?  Contact the MNLA Office at 651-633-4987 or and we will get you a book of 10 tickets to sell!


TUESDAY, JAN. 13: CEO Symposium

The MNLA CEO Symposium has become the "place to be” on Tuesday night. This is an opportunity for CEO-level members to connect and network. The evening includes drinks, dinner, and a presentation. This year, in coordination with the MNLA 90th anniversary celebration, our presenters will be the veterans of this great industry. They will share what they wish they knew when they were first starting out, lessons learned, and ‘aha’ moments from their careers.

  • Where: Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis
  • When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 beginning at 4:00pm.
  • Who: Executive and managerial level employees of MNLA member companies
  • Cost: $129 (includes a drink ticket, reception, dinner, and seminar)


THURSDAY, JAN. 15: 90th Anniversary Party

Let your hair down and celebrate with us!

  • Where: Ballroom A, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • When: Thursday, January 15, 2015 beginning at 5:00pm
  • Who: All Northern Green Expo attendees are invited to attend
  • Cost: Entrance, concert, and snacks are all FREE (while supplies last)!

Relax and catch up with green industry colleagues or get your dance moves on with entertainment provided by the local band Slip Twister! Cash bars will be available and snacks provided.



Entertainment by Slip Twister

Slip Twister Photo

Entertainment Sponsored by:


Event Celebration Sponsors:



WEDNESDAY, JAN 14 – FRIDAY, JAN. 16: Display, Stickers, and Video Interviews at the Northern Green Expo
  1. Look for a display in Lobby C at the Minneapolis Convention Center that will highlight MNLA activities throughout the decades. It will also feature member-contributed memorabilia.
  2. Each decade will feature its own color and associated sticker. Be sure to stop by and pick up a sticker at the display and wear it proudly to let Expo attendees know the year your company joined the MNLA! Not sure when your company joined? Stop by MNLA Member Central and staff will tell you!
  3. In addition, there will be a board where we encourage you to stop by and write your hopes and dreams for the green industry and MNLA for the year 2025. We hope to pull these wishes back out when MNLA turns 100 years old to see how many came true.
  4. MNLA partnered with a local company, Video My Story, to produce interviews with several long-time members.

Below are videos featuring interviews with MNLA members.


Gordie Bailey, Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

Forrest Sargent, Sargent's Landscape Nursery


STEVE HEdberg, Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies

GEorge Lucht, Malmborg's, Inc.

Jim Hagstrom, Savanna Designs

Bert swanson, Swanson's nursery consulting

Dale Bachman, Bachman's, inc.

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