Wild owner is speaker at chamber’s annual meeting

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting will take place Thursday, Dec. 13, noon, at the TPC in Blaine.

Guest speaker is Craig Leopold, the majority owner and principal investor in the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League team.

Chamber members will be voting on two new board members who have been recommended by the chamber’s board of directors.

They are Kari Hefnider, American Family Insurance, and Mary Peterson, Greater Midwest Realty.

Hefnider has been a chamber member for four years and chairs the Ambassador Committee, while Peterson has been a member of the chamber for 10 years and has been active in the Ambassador, Working with Women and Government Affairs committees.

They will replace John Connelly, National Sports Center, and Heidi Heroff, SPIRE FCU, who are leaving the board after six and five years, respectively.

Chamber members will also be voting on the re-election to second, three-year terms of three current board members – Doug Hutchings, Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation; Chris Johnson, Unique Bridal and Design; and Mike Schardin, betmar languages.

Patty Sagert, campus director of Rasmussen College, Blaine, is the incoming chairperson of the board of directors succeeding Duane Arens, Connexus Energy.

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