Preparation and Accommodations


Preparing for conference

Prior to the start of conference session, it is recommended that you review the annual reports, proposed legislation, and proposed budget. These materials will be emailed to those registered and available for download from the conference website on April 26. 

Individuals are welcome to print this material (which is expected to include many pages) on their own. If you prefer, a printed copy can be requested during registration and mailed to you. (Approximate mailing dates: May 1 and May 18; requests received after May 18 packets are mailed can be picked up at the registration desk.) 


What to bring with you

  • Sweater – temperatures fluctuate in the convention center
  • Comfortable shoes – things are fairly spread out
  • Confirmation of conference registration and lodging – for checking-in
  • Conference materials – available online April 26
  • Love Offering – checks will be gathered during the opening banquet
  • Snacks – if you wish to munch between meals
  • The United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing (only if you would like musical notation for hymns; words will be projected on large screens)

Housing

Conference participants are responsible for their own housing. Make your reservations early as some properties fill up quickly. Be sure to identify that you are with the Minnesota United Methodist Conference when making your reservations.

St. Cloud State University

As a low-cost option, we have arranged for dormitory rooms at St. Cloud State University. Single rooms are available for $40 per night (and doubles are available upon request for $55 per night). Linens and bedding are provided, there are community bathrooms, and there is no air conditioning or in-room Internet access. Campus parking passes must be purchased in advance for $15. Reserve dorm rooms while registering for conference.

Camping

St. Cloud Campground and RV Park

Located just minutes from the Convention Center, the RV park is offering a 15 percent discount. Mention "Minnesota Annual Conference" when you make your reservation.

2491 2nd Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304
320-251-4463 or 800-690-7045 (reservations)

Area hotels

The following hotels have offered special rates for conference participants. Contact them directly, and identify that you are part of the United Methodist conference.

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn - $86
100 4th Ave. S. / 320-253-0606    
Attached to the River’s Edge Convention Center, pool, Green Mill restaurant on-site

Holiday Inn & Suites - $97
75 S. 37th Ave. / 320-253-9000    
Located off Hwy. 15, Crossroads Shopping Center
Multiple pools, arcade area, shuttle to convention center, restaurant on-site

Country Inn and Suites East- $109
120 7th Ave. SE  / 320-252-8282
Intersection of Hwy. 23 and Hwy. 10

Grandstay Residential Suites - $109 and $119
213 6th Ave. S. / 320-251-5400
Pool, continental breakfast

Courtyard by Marriott - $109 to $119*  
404 W. St. Germain St. / 320-654-1661
Skyway to River’s Edge Convention Center, 5th Avenue Grille on-site, pool
*Lowered rates will be applied to existing reservations at check-in


The facility

The River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud is a large facility. Annual conference session is the primary event while we are there, but the building is still accessible to the public. Practice safe habits with your personal property; do not leave valuables unattended.

Internet access is available throughout the building, and login information will be provided in your agenda name tag. We suggest downloading any materials you may need in advance of the conference as we cannot guarantee access speed during peak-use periods. There are electrical outlets around the perimeter of the room.

Audio amplification units are available for the main gathering room at the convention center. Devices are available at the information desk.

Scooter rental is available for those needing mobility assistance. The cost is $50 per day. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting Gail Johnson or at the information desk at the conference.

Parking is available in the River’s Edge Convention Center ramps located below and beside the building. The fee is $5 per entry, paid on arrival. On event days, cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted as payment. There is also parking in the Grand Central Ramp located across the street from the building, and there is metered parking along the street.

St. Cloud city buses are free for event participants with the presentation of an official event name tag.


Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058