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2016 Conference Keynote

2016 keynote: Kevin KlingKevin Kling

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis. He will be presenting The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into. His autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Opening Keynote music provided by Gaelynn Lea Music.

Gaelynn Lea is a musician from Duluth, who recently received national recognition, winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has played alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.


Conference Call for Co-Sponsors

Please complete our online co-sponsorship form by March 1, 2017, to assure your participation as a co-sponsor. Our co-sponsor registration is new this year. We have provided a help document to assist you in navigating the system.  Or complete, print, and mail this paper form with your check.


You will have the option to pay be check, credit card or e-check. If paying by check, send your $525 co-sponsorship check by US mail made payable to SLC HHSC Fund, c/o Cashier, 320 W 2nd St, Suite 401, Duluth   MN 55802-1495.

By becoming a co-sponsor, your institution is asked to contribute $525 to the St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference Fund, which will guarantee your organization an exhibitor table for both days of the conference and your name on the conference news releases, pre-registration materials, and in the conference program.  

Conference Questions Contact: Mary Bridget Lawson, HHS Conference Chair. Phone: 218-726-2140 or email:

Accounting questions contact 218-726-2292

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker 

Our 2015 conference featured Judge Floerke who addressed the conference theme "The Dance of Compassion" Thursday October 15th at 10:30 in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)Symphony Hall.

Judge Shawn FloerkeJudge Shaun R. Floerke is the chief judge of the 6th District, chambered in Duluth. An innovator, Judge Floerke leads a high risk felony DWI Court; he is Co- Chair of the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative; he pioneered a community restorative circle model working with domestic violence offenders; and he is piloting a new approach to screen, educate and refer first-time offenders in order to prevent repeat offending. He serves with several teams of dedicated professionals and community members seeking to bring accountability and restoration for those in the judicial system. He focuses on people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns.  He trains judges and other  professionals throughout Minnesota and across the nation and has received awards and commendations for his passionate efforts to work out justice effectively and with care, dignity, and respect.


Reference: 2015 YouTube Keynote by Judge Floerke