Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Is it politics as usual at the State Capitol?

A little snow event made the commute longer, Mark Arnold was first to arrive. A shout out to Paul Ralles who easily had the longest drive this morning. All it took was a 4:30 AM wakeup call to get Paul on the road.

President Dave Goodwyne called the meeting to order with a ring of the bell, and a moment of silence (Thoughts were with Dave Mitchell and his surgery this week and Bill Popp and Paula Mertens on the death of their father, Clifford)

Guests: Pat Wright of Hello Cookie brought by Gabe Freund and Hal Ulvestad, Commerical RE Broker, brought by Jim Erickson.

Honorary Members: None were present today.


  1. There will be a board meeting next week.
  2. Pick up 2 of the new canary yellow directories if you haven’t already.
  3. Golf event will be the 3rd Monday in June if the snow is gone by then.
  4. There is a boat cruise scheduled for tonite, the boat will be at the dock until you get there…..

Business Networking: What are you looking for? Or need for your business?

Business Exchange: Karen Holtmeier started us off and was followed by Paul Ralles, Tom Ashbaugh, David Goodwyne, and Mike Palm.

Business Updates: What’s new in your business?

Table Introductions: Table #3 was introduced by Ed Crandall with a theme of “How are you dealing with the snow?”

Pot of Gold: Mark Arnold drew Neil Roers name with the 5th card.

Craft Talk:

Mark Arnold introduced our craft speaker, Jim Erickson.

Jim has spent 50 years at the State Capitol serving many interests. He has been married for 52 years. He was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and went to St Olaf and the University of Minnesota.

Jim had us take a survey on political topics which he will present the results of at a future meeting.

He led a discussion on a number of topics at the capitol and gave us a primer on University of Minnesota Regent selection.

Register to Jim Erickson at jim.erickson@mac.com or via voice or text at 612-325-3009.

Looking ahead

February 27 will be Palm Commercial by Mike Palm at the Edina CC.

March 6 will be Electronic Design’s Jon Kankovsky giving his first craft talk at the Edina CC.

March 13 is TBD