The 50 Over 50 list celebrates and recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities. 


People from across Minnesota visited to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.


Christina Woods, Duluth

Chuck Peterson, Minneapolis

Dan Cain,
St. Louis Park

Gary Schoener, Minneapolis

Jessie Nicholson, Woodbury

Dr. Leo Lewis III, Eden Prairie

Luz María Frías, Roseville

Michael Goar,
St. Paul

Michael Norton, Britt

Pam Determan, Mankato 

Dave Karr,
St. Louis Park

Francis D.C. Stockwell, Elk River

Jack Setterlund, Duluth

Kim Kane, Plymouth

Luis Fitch, Minneapolis

Maria Genné, Minneapolis

Pam Gleason, Minneapolis

Richard Hitchler, St. Paul

Rita Docter, Bloomington

Sherece Lamke, Vadnais Heights

Al McFarlane, Minneapolis

Brian Myres, Clear Lake

Dave Mona, Edina

Laurie Houle, Woodbury

Lisa Deverell, Woodbury

Martha Pomerantz, Minnetonka

Mickey Mikeworth, Minneapolis

Phil Huston, Duluth

Teresa Thomas, Minneapolis

Tom McMullen Jr, Bloomington

Jim Scheibel,
St. Paul

Julie Eckhert, Bloomington

Kathy Jo Bissen, Crystal

KaYing Yang,
St. Paul

Lynn Goodrich, Nevis

Marlise Riffel, Virginia

Paul Benshoof, Bemidji

Sangeeta Jha,
St. Cloud

Sean Kershaw, St. Paul

Sylvia Bartley, Eden Prairie

Cheryl Peterson, St. Paul

Dan Cramer,
St. Paul

Elaine Wynne, Golden Valley

Harry Hartigan, Minneapolis

Jens Vange & Alan Howell, Minneapolis-St. Paul

John Capecci, Minneapolis

June Blue,
St. Paul

Mary Lenard and Marge Ostroushko, Edina-Mpls

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Rochester

Tene Wells, Columbia Heights



Zehra Ansari, Maplewood

Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, Minneapolis

Joel and Laurie Kramer, Minneapolis

Peg Lonnquist, Eagan

Ann Possis, Lutsen

Connie Priesz, Shakopee

V.J. Smith, Minneapolis

Sarah Stoesz,    St. Paul

Libby Utter, Deephaven

Randi Yoder,    St. Paul


Philip Brunelle, Golden Valley

Joe Chvala, Minneapolis

Sue Crolick, Minneapolis

Joyce Kennedy, Richfield

Anita Sue Kolman,         
St. Louis Park

Kimberly Nightingale,    St. Paul

T. Mychael Rambo, Minneapolis

Marcie Rendon, Minneapolis

Sally Wingert,
St. Paul

Curt Wollan,
St. Anthony

Leroy Benson, St. Louis Park

Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D., Eagan

Gary Cunningham, Minneapolis

Chris Farrell,
St. Paul

Mark Grunewald, Minneapolis

Peter Heegaard, Minneapolis

Kathy Kacher, Burnsville

Mark Morse, Minneapolis

Dan Prosser, Minneapolis

Nora Andersen Sillerud, Edina

Melanie Benjamin, Onamia

Monica Bryand, St. Paul

Linda Finney and Friends, St. Paul

Philip Johnson, Wayzata

Rose McGee, Golden Valley

Christine Miller, Cambridge

Johara Mohammed, Minneapolis

Ramona Kitto Stately, Shakopee

Mary Leadem Ticiu, Stillwater

Diane Wilson, Schafer

Dale Anderson, Minneapolis

Jeff Brooks & Robert McNattin, Minneapolis

Hope Flanagan, Minneapolis

Lori La Bey, Maplewood

Kevin Lindsey, St. Paul

Maria Michlin, Anoka

Carrie Puterbaugh, North Oaks

Matthew Sanford, Minnetonka

Valerie Shirley, Minneapolis

Hassan Syed, Rosemount



Bob Bardwell, Stewartville

Dr. Richard Bohr, St. Paul

Claire Chang, Roseville

Paula Hart, Minneapolis

Greg Lais, Minneapolis

Gary Medin, Shoreview

Gayle Ober, Mendota Heights

Audrey Suker, Edina

Tina Welsh, Duluth

Otis Zanders, St. Paul


Jeanne Calvit, Minneapolis

Nancy Chakrin, Minnetonka

Tom Christiansen, Lutsen

Venus DeMars, Minneapolis

Steve Heckler, St. Paul

Ellen Michelson, Minneapolis

Dr. Pamela Paulson, Minneapolis

Jessica Roeder, Duluth

John Salminen, Duluth

Hedy Tripp, St. Cloud

Peg Birk, Minneapolis

Nancy Burke & Marg Penn, Minneapolis

Julie Burrows, Minneapolis

Dave Kvamme, St. Louis Park

Mark Lacek, Minneapolis

Susan Adams Loyd, Burnsville

Jill Pavlak, St. Paul

Marty Weintraub, Duluth

Shirley Wikner, Medina

Dr. Barbara Butts Williams, Minneapolis

Tamara Gray, Minneapolis

Cynthia Huse, Madison

Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Brooklyn Park

Dian Lopez, Alexandria

George Moore, Baxter

Robin Raplinger, Virginia

Paul Robinson, Blaine

Jerry Sparby, Cold Spring

Sandy Vargas, Minneapolis

Weida Allen, Bloomington

Zarina Baber, Andover

Jacquie Berglund, Minneapolis

Mark Hiemenz & Charlie Rounds, St. Louis Park

Bernice Koehler Johnson, Minneapolis

Syl Jones, Minnetonka

Brad Lehrman, St. Louis Park

Phyllis Moen, Minneapolis

Mary Jo Schifsky, Minneapolis

Fred Woolman, Rochester



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