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Kevin Gutknecht is the Director of Communications for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he has worked since 2001.  If you want to know what is going on with just about any state road or highway or bridge, he probably knows! Kevin's topic will be "What's Happening on Minnesota Roads These Days?"

He is a long time Eagan resident and member of many community groups here. In 2012 he retired from the Minnesota National Guard after a 28 year career, ending his time at the rank of Colonel.  

 

Kevin Gutknecht
 Jul 20, 2017
 
 
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Tony Kennedy covers the outdoors for the Star Tribune. Previously he had been an investigative reporter since 2002, starting with a probe of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. 

Tony Kennedy
 Jul 27, 2017
 
 
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Ann Bailey has been President of DARTS since June 2015 after an 18-year career as Technical Leader with the Target Corporation. 
Ann's first experience with DARTS was in 2003 as a client receiving caregiver support during her father's eight-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ann recalls, "DARTS not only helped me become better
educated about caregiving, but helped me focus on my own welfare so I could provide better care for my father."
Established in 1974, DARTS is a community-based nonprofit organization in Dakota County Minnesota that connects people to services and partnerships that improve their quality of life, help them age well,
and enable them to engage in their community. DARTS creates connections that enrich aging.

Ann Bailey
 Aug 03, 2017
 
 
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Aug 10, 2017
 
 
 
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The mission of The Open Door is to end local hunger through access to healthy food.
The Open Door assists thousands of local individuals each month through a variety of programs designed to connect those in need with fresh, nutritious options:

  • Healthy food support at our Pantry, 12 Mobile Pantry sites, and The Mobile Lunch Box, provided to almost 5,000 individuals each month.
  • Family Advocacy/Community resource referrals link families to critical, stabilizing services at social service agencies.
  • Garden To Table program: 200 community garden plots, orchards, and perennial gardens allow families to grow their own food, free of charge

Jason Viana has been the Executive Director at The Open Door since April 2016.

Jason Viana
 Aug 17, 2017
 
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 Aug 18, 2017
 
 
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 Aug 21, 2017
 
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Andrea Mokros, Vice President, Communication & Events at the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee, has spent a career in communications and event production at the local, state, and national level. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Communications for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, helping prepare to host one of the world’s pre-eminent sporting events in the Bold North. 

Previously, she served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the First Lady's scheduling and advance operation, as well as executing events across the United States and around the world, planning hundreds of trips covering more than a dozen countries, coordinating logistics and creating memorable images. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, managing his communications and constituent outreach efforts. 

She has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar, and as principal in her own communications and event consultancy, Mokros Strategies LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Andrea Mokros
 Aug 24, 2017
 
 
 
 
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 Aug 28, 2017
 
 
 
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Kaleena Miller is co-director of the Twin Cities Tap Festival and director/ lead choreographer for Kaleena Miller Dance.  She is a founding member of Rhythmic Circus, and toured extensively with the group from 2009-2017.

Kaleena is a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow and was named one of DANCE Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2016.  She has received funding from the Jerome Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and has been commissioned to create work for the Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Hear Here! Festival, and SPCPA. Kaleena recently worked with Derick Grant on a solo, commissioned by the McKnight Fellowship. In 2016, she spent a month in solo residency at Air Le Parc in Pampelonne, France.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance, and credits Char Weiss and Karla Grotting for her tap training, with additional training from Roxane Butterly and Heather Cornell.  

Kaleena Miller
 Aug 31, 2017
 
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John Hinderaker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and practiced law for 41 years until he retired from law practice in 2015. John is a founder and frequent contributor to the Power Line blog, a fellow at the Claremont Institute, and President of Center of the American Experiment.

John's extensive writings on public policy include pieces where he has disputed the scientific consensus on human-induced climate change (5/1/2017), declared the Supreme Court ruling upholding marriage equality as antithetical to American democracy (6/26/2015), characterized former President Obama as a "thug" (6/21/2010), "not one of us" (8/18/2010), and running a "Gangster Government" (9/20/2010), sympathized with anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy (4/21/2014), and described the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a political effort "to destroy the Trump administration" (7/21/2017).

John will present a study published by CAE which suggests that MnDOT and the Met Council deliberately encourage road congestion to force commuters onto transit.

Mr. Hinderaker lives with his family in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

John Hinderaker
 Sep 07, 2017
 
 
 
 
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 Sep 10, 2017
 
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 Sep 11, 2017
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Sep 14, 2017
 
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 Sep 15, 2017 – Sep 17, 2017
 
 
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 Sep 16, 2017
 
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 Sep 17, 2017
 
 
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Local Rotarians who attended the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta will reflect upon their experiences.

Atlanta Reflections
 Sep 21, 2017
 
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 Sep 21, 2017
 
 
 
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Bret Haake, MD, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Regions Hospital. He is also a neurologist and serves the Medical Director of the Neuroscience Division. Dr. Haake is from Minnesota and did his undergraduate work, medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is also now an Associate Professor of Neurology. Aside from his medical training, Dr. Haake completed his MBA in health care from the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Haake’s roles include: Influencing strategy; patient and employee satisfaction and safety; physician issues; compliance and regulatory issues; facilitating research, education and fundraising; and assuring quality care.

Fun Fact: His favorite hobby is fishing. Even if he could travel anywhere in the world, his preference would be to stay in the region and enjoy local events or go fishing.

In addition to trying to improve health care, the most important thing in Dr. Haake’s life is his wife and four children.

Dr. Bret Haake
 Sep 28, 2017
 
 
 
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 Sep 29, 2017
 
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 Sep 30, 2017
 
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Overview of Eagan Theater Company and its upcoming production of Shrapnel in the Heart by Laura Palmer.
Shrapnel in the Heart is an adaptation of letters, stories and poems left at "the Wall" in Washington, DC.
 
"For the first time, one book gives voice to the haunting, painful, tender, and healing tales of those who lost so much in America's least popular war".
-- Barnes and Noble Book Review
 "A moving, touching, generous book that helps restore humanity to a generation of young Americans who were depersonalized and dehumanized by the political passions of an unpopular war. Read it and weep."
-- Ted Koppel

Tickets will go on sale in mid-September.
Performances
November 9-11, 2017
Advent United Methodist Church
3945 Lexington Ave S
Eagan MN 55123

Austin Ballhagen/Ken Coy
 Oct 05, 2017
 
 
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 Oct 07, 2017
 
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 Oct 08, 2017
 
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Oct 12, 2017
 
 
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Kurt Chatfield
 Oct 19, 2017
 
 
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Eagan Kick-Start Rotary will conduct its weekly meeting at Eagan's historic Old Town Hall across Pilot Knob Road from the Municipal Center.

Rotation: Old Eagan Town Hall
 Nov 02, 2017
 
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Nov 09, 2017
 
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Kristen Brown, Matrix Housing Services
 Nov 16, 2017
 
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 Nov 18, 2017
 
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No Speaker Scheduled
 Nov 23, 2017
 
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 Nov 23, 2017
 
 
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From LinkedIn:

A results oriented executive with experience leading transformational change and building high performing teams in both non-profit and for-profit businesses where people, culture and strategies achieve organizational goals.

A social engineer with a demonstrated ability to navigate ambiguity by seeing trends and using data to drive innovative solutions that deliver measurable impact and sustainable growth.

A relationship builder and influencer with the proven ability to build a strong organizational reputation, develop empowered leaders and facilitate community partnerships that secure resources.

Jeff Mortensen, 360 Communities
 Nov 30, 2017
 
 
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Dec 14, 2017
 
 
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Committees sit together to discuss proposed and ongoing initiatives.

No Speaker Scheduled
 Jan 11, 2018
 
District Governor Bob Halagan
 Jan 18, 2018