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  • 28 Jan 2020 12:19 PM | Kate Nolin-Smith (Administrator)

    2020 Vision - Helping Your Organization See Clearly

    October 12-13, 2020 | Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN

    The Minnesota State SHRM Council invites you to share your expertise and experience with our community of human resource professionals at our 2020 State Conference.

    Our conference has a terrific history of dynamic and insightful content and we are excited to hear from you as we plan for this year’s conference. Speaker selections will begin on March 15, 2020.

    The MNSHRM State Conference anticipates an audience of approximately 800 human resource professionals who are truly excited about our emphasis on providing professional development resources that they can take back to their workplaces. Our diverse attendees include: generalist, employee health and  wellbeing, employee relations, recruiting, organizational development, total rewards/compensation, benefits, and training and development. 

    Please click on this link for additional information and to submit your proposal.

  • 20 Sep 2019 8:18 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    UPDATE: Deadline extended to Monday, November 4th!

    Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its 2019 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship.  The $1,500 scholarship is open to any full-time student, who is enrolled in a higher education institution in St. Louis County, or a resident of St. Louis County, Minnesota, who is a full-time student enrolled in a higher education institution outside of St. Louis County, Minnesota.

    Scholarship applicants are required to submit a 3 to 10 page double-spaced research paper on a topic relevant to veterans of St. Louis County, Minnesota.  A minimum of one resource from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center must be referenced.  Research papers may address a historical event in St. Louis County, Minnesota, related to a conflict, a war, the homefront, or tell the story of a county veteran.

    Application Form: 2019 Colalillo Scholarship Application v0.2.docx

    Application deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019.  The scholarship will be awarded at the Veterans Remembrance Dinner on November 15, 2019. 


    Jay Hagen

    Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant

    St. Louis County Historical Society

    506 West Michigan Street

    Duluth, MN 55802




    About Mike Colalillo and Veterans Memorial Hall

    Mike Colalillo was the last living Medal of Honor recipient in St. Louis County.  Mr. Colalillo received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II.  A brief biography of Mike Colalillo can be viewed online at http://www.vets-hall.org/stories/world-war-ii/mike-colalillo.  Veterans Memorial Hall displays Mike Colalillo’s uniform and a replica of his Medal of Honor, as donated to the Society by the Colalillo family.  Entrance to the Veterans Memorial Hall exhibit is free to the public, during regular Depot hours. 

    Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.  It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.

  • 30 Aug 2019 3:40 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    NHRA is currently accepting proposals for our 2020 Monthly Educational Meetings. Programs are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month during the lunch hour at the Holiday Inn in Duluth, MN.

    See RFP and Instructions here: NHRA Request for Proposals 2019.pdf

    Send submissions to Melissa Williams by November 1st, 2019.

    We are seeking topics that are timely and important to HR and business professionals in the community.


    1. Provide high quality educational presentations.

    2. Commit to being present and speaking at the event for which a proposal is submitted.

    3. Avoid any “sales” or “marketing” techniques.

    4. Provide all handouts, if any, for NHRA members.

    5. Bring a laptop to present from, along with the necessary cords, adapters, clicker, laser pointer, etc.


    The following criteria will be used to select NHRA presenters:

    1. Presenters must have expertise in the topics being presented and demonstrate their ability to tailor their session to meet NHRA member needs.

    2. Presenter qualifications–must have experience in presentation and workshop facilitation.

    3. Program design and materials must be high quality and clearly organized.

    4. Presenter must be willing to volunteer his/her time and resources to design and deliver the presentation.

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:27 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Calling All SuperHeRo Volunteers


    The success of each year’s conference is 100% due to the volunteer resources across the SHRM community of Minnesota. It could not be done without each of you!

    Volunteering at the MNSHRM State Conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers, meet new friends, share ideas and increase your skill set. 

    Volunteering offers a variety of leadership opportunities that will bring great rewards AND enhance your resume.

    Our volunteer opportunities include:

    • Conference set up on Saturday, October 12th
    • Introducing Breakout Speakers
    • Answering questions at the Direction and Information Table
    • Answering questions in the Exhibit Hall
    • Conference teardown and clean up on Tuesday, October 15th.

    Please share with your chapter members to both encourage them to register for the conference and also assist by volunteering!

    Attendees can sign up for a volunteer slot by using this link.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

    Thank you,

    Rebecca Rowe, SHRM-CP
    2019 State Conference Volunteer Chair

  • 29 Aug 2019 12:25 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    See this great ATD development opportunity. Note that NHRA members can attend for the ATD member price!

    Register Here

    (NHRA Members register with code "NHRA")

    Legacy of Leadership

    A panel of four leadership experts share their experiences, knowledge and strategies in a speaker showcase format.

    Enhance your leadership skills, increase your confidence and build your influence at this fun and fast-paced session. Mingle, network with colleagues and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar prior to the session at historic Fitger’s, on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior.

    Leadership Showcase Speakers and Topics:

    Kathlynn McConnell, Chief Refueling Officer

    "What's A Trailer Full of Mis-Matched Socks Got to Do With Visionary Leadership??"
    Learning Objective: Discover three tools that will help you create a strong vision - built with innovative ideas that inspire others to follow.

    Stacy Johnston, HR Solutions

    Mindful Leadership
    Learning Objective: Three simple tools to increase your leadership capacity, based on real life experiences and the latest in neuroscience research.

    Pam Solberg-Tapper, Executive Coach, Speaker, Adventure Marathoner
    Don’t Let the Pressure Derail You!
    Learning Objective: Learn actionable tools that tomorrows leaders need to know today to perform well under pressure.

    Rob Stenberg, President
    Influential Leaders Tell Great Stories! 
    Learning Objective: Learn the importance of finding, creating and sharing great stories. 



    uesday, September 24th

      Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater
      600 E. Superior Street


    Networking, Appetizers and Cash Bar 5:00 - 5:30 pm
    Program 5:30 - 6:30 pm


    • $20.00 for Members   
    • $30.00 for Non-members    
    • $10.00 for Students
    • $20.00 for NHRA Members

    Speaker Bios:

    Kathlynn McConnell. Kathlynn holds a B.A.S. Degree from the University of MN Duluth, is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Chief Refueling Officer (CRO)/president /owner of Lifestyle Consulting Services, and full time Director of Learning and Development for Members Cooperative Credit Union.

    Focusing on the “human side of business”, Kathlynn works with her MCCU team members and partners with businesses and organizations of all sizes, giving them tools to inspire and engage their team so that they can provide exceptional customer service, communicate well and play nicely with each other in the sandbox (which we call the workplace).

    Pam Solberg-Tapper. Pam is the, owner of Coach for Success specializes in leadership development training and coaching. She holds an MBA Degree, serves as an Executive Coach with Ken Blanchard Companies and Tony Robbins International and is Faculty with The Coaches Training Institute. Pam is a co-founder of Aim High Network, a regional women’s leadership organization. She also is a contributing leadership writer to the Duluth News Tribune and holds a monthly professional development segment on ABC TV’s Good Morning Northland program. She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Association for Talent Development and Northland Human Resources Association.

    Stacy Johnston. HR thought leader, Stacy Johnston, provides innovative HR solutions with a mission to support organizations in understanding and engaging their biggest competitive advantage… their employees. Johnston is a licensed attorney and holds the SHRM-CP and PHR credentials. In addition to being the founder of HR Learning Lab and Audacity HR, she is an instructor at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where she teaches in the Human Resource Management Department.  As a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), Stacy brings a unique perspective and passion for integrated workplace health and wellbeing as an essential component to strong HR practices.  

    Stacy is on the Board at the Lake Superior Chapter ATD (Association for Talent Development), is a member of NHRA (Northland Human Resource Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and NSA (National Speakers Association).

    Rob Stenberg. Rob is Founder and President of Stenberg & Associates - Sales & Leadership Academy. He has been in the sales training and enablement profession for many years and is a Mike Bosworth Leadership Affiliate and teaches storytelling as an influence strategy to leaders and sales professionals. He is also a John Maxwell Leadership Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach. 

  • 24 Jul 2019 8:50 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Current members of the Northland Human Resources Association are invited to participate in a research study that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth. The purpose of this research is to examine how to make the hiring process more effective.

    If you agree to participate, you will be asked to review a job application and answer a short series of questions about the job applicant and about yourself. This will take about 45 minutes and can be completed at your convenience from any computer with an internet connection. As part of this study, you will be asked to complete a short personality survey. At the end of the study, you will be provided with feedback on your personality scores. 

    To participate in this study, you must be a human resources professional who is at least 18 years old. If you meet these inclusion criteria, complete at least 95% of the study, and provide your email address, you will be entered into a drawing for one of twenty (20) $50 Amazon.com gift cards.

    If you’d like to participate, please follow this link: https://umn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf7g2QgpOonn4JD
    This study will close on August 9, 2019.

    Questions? Please contact Dr. Mallory McCord at mccordm@d.umn.edu.

  • 17 Jul 2019 8:31 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    NHRA donated $1,425.00 to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss at their Annual Golf Fundraiser on July 15, 2019. NHRA is pleased to support the Lighthouse as they celebrate 100 years of helping individuals with vision loss in our community!

    Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success! 

    Pictured from left to right:

    • James Kelm, Brail Embossing Specialist at Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Casper, Standard Poodle Guide Dog
    • Chad Roberg, NHRA Golf Fundraiser Coordinator
    • Mary Junnila, Executive Director, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
    • Patricia Stolee, NHRA Chapter President
    • Tim Sherman, Sales Director with NVA

  • 03 Jul 2019 10:03 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    You asked. We listened.

    UW-Superior’s Center for Continuing Education is excited to announce the launch of the new Advanced HR Management Certificate, beginning in October 2019! This certificate is designed for those in leadership positions, with experience in the HR field or who have taken the HR Management Certificate. To register or for more information on this new and advanced certificate, click here.

    While you’re on our website, be sure to check out our long-standing HR Management Certificate for some exciting new workshop topics. If you’ve already completed this certificate, feel free to register for individual workshop topics as they interest you! 

    We offer CEUs upon request, and are applying to offer SHRM and HRCI recertification credits. Feel free to give us a call at 715-394-8469 with any questions.

    Advance HR Postcard 2019 (1).pdf

  • 21 Jun 2019 3:29 PM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Human Resources Compliance Audit

    The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) seeks a sub-contractor to perform a comprehensive Human Resource (HR) Compliance Audit. Work on the project will begin by July 1, 2019 and complete September 30, 2019.  

    This RFP has been extended.  Proposals are now due on June 26, 2019.


  • 13 Jun 2019 11:02 AM | Sarah Crowell (Administrator)

    Legislation was passed in May 2019 that will invest $3.1 million in new funding over the next two years in the Department of Labor and Industry’s enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws. The new Minnesota Wage Theft law will create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers who commit wage theft.

    View a PDF of law changes that will go into effect July 1, 2019The provisions providing for criminal wage theft and sanctions go into effect Aug. 1, 2019.

    See MN Department of Labor and Industry Summary Here

    In one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting employers in many years, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and Governor Walz signed, the Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus bill that includes new wage theft protections for employees and new requirements for employers.

    The wage theft bill is one of the few pieces of bipartisan employment legislation that survived the 2019 legislative session. The law constitutes a very significant change in wage payment requirements and enforcement. It includes increased civil enforcement and recordkeeping requirements for employers, as well as new criminal penalties for intentional wage theft. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

    Read More Here

    Littler discusses more about Wage Theft, civil enforcement of this new law, HR regulations and record keeping requirements, criminal penalties, and recommendation for employers. 

    Additional Article Here

    James Olney provides his overview of the law and what employers need to know.

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