The 34rd Annual Midwest Regional & Short Line
Summer Conference

August 22-24, 2021
Superior Shores Resort, Two Harbors, MN

"Railroads - Engines of Our Future"

Sunday, August 22nd 

  • Best Ball Golf Scramble at the Lakeview National Golf Course – 11:30 am. start
  • Check-in at Superior Shores Resort – beginning at 4:30 pm.
  • Reception & Dinner - Superior Ballroom
Monday, August 23rd
  • "The State of Our (Transportation) State" 
     The Honorable Time Walz, Governor - State of Minnesota
  • "Sustaining the Rail Advantage" – Sustainability As An Industry Opportunity
          Peter Gilbertson, President & CEO - Anacostia Rail Holdings Co.
          Martin Muenzmaier, Sr. Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Business Service - Cargill
          Libby Ogard, President - Prime Focus (moderator)

  • Breakout Sessions
  • ”Cyber Security in an Insecure World” – Testing Your Limits
          Tim Herman, Cybersecurity Outreach Advisor - NUARI
  • "Glad I Asked!" - Your Part 243 Questions Answered
     Katie Inouye, CEO - Spark Training Solutions
  • "Time for an Upgrade” – The American Jobs Plan

          Andreas Aeppli, Principal – Cambridge  Systematics, Inc.
          Bruce Lindholm,, President - Grant Solutions

  • Luncheon Address: A National Perspective - Railroads and the 117th Congress
       The Honorable Pete Stauber, M.C. (MN-8th) 
  • Breakout Sessions- redux
  • Scenic & Social Trip To Duluth Aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad
  • Dinner at the Pier B Resort Hotel
Tuesday, August 24th
  •  “The Awesome Possibilities of PTC!"
    Greg Richardson, General Director of Operating Systems - Union Pacific Railroad
  • The MnDOT Road & Rails Report
    Katie Hatt, State Rail Director - MnDOT
         Peter Dahlberg, Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicles - MnDOT
  • Operation Lifesaver Update
    Cheryl Cummings, Executive Director - Minnesota Operation Lifesaver 
  • Railroads & Lawmakers - 2021 Minnesota Legislative Review 
    Senator Scott Newman, Chair - Minnesota Senate Transportation Finance & Policy Committee
         Senator John Jasinski, Vice Chair - Minnesota Senate Transportation Finance & Policy Committee
         Rep. Paul Torkelson, Member - Minnesota House Transportation Finance & Policy Committee
         Ryan Pidde, Mickelson & Company LLC
         John Apitz, Executive Director - Minnesota Regional Railroads Association (moderator)