Conference Activities

Be a part of something fun while getting to know like-minded industry professionals.

Check out these fun and exciting Conference Activities for the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section.


SME-MN Section Learn to Curl Funspiel

Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 11:00am – 4:00pm| $75 ticket including activity or $30 ticket for social only
Interested in trying an Olympic sport that is described as “Chess on Ice”? Try the SME Learn to Curl Funspiel! You will have a chance to try curling at the official USA Olympic training center at the Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota where you will be joined by former and future Olympians as well as many Minnesota Section members who curl regularly. Tickets are $75/person and include: bus transportation to Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota; instructional session on terminology, safety, rules and strategy; over two hours of ice time with instruction on how to deliver the stone, how to sweep and basic strategy; a two- or three end game (more if time allows); and a social hour with food and drinks to unwind and to get to know your teammates and opponents (the best part of curling).

Equipment is provided by the arena. All you need bring are comfortable, loose fitting clothes; a clean pair of tennis shoes and a light jacket, hat and mittens (the arena temperature is around 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit). Curlers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Modifications to the game can be made to accommodate anyone’s physical abilities. It will be a great way to experience ice in Minnesota without having to be outside and is probably the only time you will ever sweep for fun.

Tickets for spectators and those wishing to attend the social hour are also available for $30/person.

Some Fun Facts about Curling from USA Curling:

  • It is generally agreed that curling was developed in Scotland in the 16th century on frozen marshes.
  • Curling was first an Olympic medal sport in 1924, but did not obtain full medal status again until 1998.
  • Curling is played in 48 countries worldwide. Canada leads the way with around 1 million active curlers.
  • The modern curling stone is round, made of granite, and weighs about 42 pounds.
  • The first known U.S. curling clubs were located in?New York City, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Portage, Wis.
  • Sweeping can help a stone slide up to an additional 15 feet.
  • On average, an athlete can walk up to 2 miles in an 8-end game.

Thank you to our sponsors: Magotteaux and Minnesota Section of SME


SME 2018 Photo Contest

October 2017 - January 2018 | Submit Photos Online
Have a great photo that you want to share? Now's the time! Your photo could win you $500 and a 1 year SME Professional Membership. Participants can submit up to three photos for consideration. More information will be available soon. Register for updates and learn more about the SME 2018 Photo Contest.

Attendance to the conference is not required to participate in the SME 2017 Photo Contest. For complete rules and regulations, please visit


Move Mining

Monday, February 26, 2018 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm | MCC Auditorium | FREE Entrance
Come experience what the fun and excitement of the industry is all about!

Move Mining was created to help change the world’s perception of the mining industry. Individuals and teams from around the world participat in the Move Mining competition using technology, creativity and innovation to share their ideas on how to positively change or “move” the public’s perception of mining. Their ideas address the core message pillars that mean the most to our audience and our industry stakeholders: economy, energy, environment, national security, infrastructure, innovation, technology and safety.

The live "Shark Tank" style event will feature the five finalist teams competing for a chance to win $5,000.
Want to learn more about Move Mining? Visit to see what it's all about.

Interested in participating? Move Mining teams can submit their concepts through November 15, 2017.

Thank you to our sponsor: PolyMet Mining


3rd Annual SME Health & Safety 5k

Monday, February 26, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm | U.S. Bank Stadium | $35 Entrance Fee
Get ready, get set, GO! This year’s Health and Safety Division 5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on the concourse of the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the 2018 Superbowl. Weather won’t be a factor – run or walk with your colleagues in this unique venue while supporting the Health and Safety Division.
Thank You to our Title Sponsor