Claes Oldenburg is best known for his ingenious, oversized renditions of ordinary objects. The complex fabrication of this 5,800-pound spoon and 1,200-pound cherry was carried out at two shipbuilding yards in New England. The sculpture has become a beloved icon in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling. This inexpensive, family-friendly activity is accessible statewide. Click here to learn where you can join the fun!

Minneapolis is going through an unprecedented, skyline-altering construction spree. The city has set a two-year record in construction spending, with $3.2 billion worth of building permits issued. At 57 stories, the IDS Tower has held the tallest-building record since 1973.

The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing its first comprehensive preservation effort since its original construction in 1905. When completed in 2017, it will be strong enough to last for the next 100 years. Click here to learn more.

10th Annual Health Care Leadership Summit
The Time is NOW: Putting Affordable Back into Health Care


While people have profoundly mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act, most agree that providing access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans is a priority.

At this year’s 10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit, “The Time is NOW: Putting Affordable Back into Health Care,” we will be calling on local and national thought leaders and some of our most innovative members to share their best practices in tackling cost and quality issues in ways that contribute to ensuring the health and vitality of our economy and our citizens.


Mental Health Care Delivery Network now forming!
Deadline to join is December 15

Click on the image to view the full invitation

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At the most recent Action Group Member Meeting, attendees told us that a Care Delivery Learning Network to address mental health would provide the greatest opportunity for learning and impact in 2017. We are now in the process of building the agenda, conducting a market assessment, identifying key informants, and inviting employer participants. Members tell us that Learning Networks are one of The Action Group’s most valuable offerings. Past topics have addressed areas of high cost, overuse and variability in back pain/spine surgery, total joint replacement, maternity and infertility, and specialty pharmacy.

FOUR key reasons to join the Mental Health Learning Network:

1. To benefit from professional development and networking opportunities in an independent, confidential setting.
Network members will be able to share and learn in a trusted network setting, free from conflicts of interest.

2. To deliver value to your organization and its employees.
Network deliverables will allow you to turn learning into action.

3. To obtain financial leverage through collaboration with other purchasers.
Any one employer embarking on a similar project would need to fund the full cost. By collaborating with others, the cost to each employer is less.

4. To amplify the purchaser voice and drive market change.
As purchasers of health care, employers – together, as a coalition – have tremendous leverage and the ability to work together to make our health care system in Minnesota even better. Prior Learning Networks have also garnered attention and adoption nationally.

Please contact Carolyn Pare (952-896-5185,, or Deb Krause (952-529-1119, with any questions.

(To provide objectivity and independence, as well as to protect confidentiality, only Action Group purchaser-members are permitted to join the Learning Network.)