Corey Medina is a Native American blues artist who plays, writes, and produces music full-time in northern Minnesota. He also travels with his band, Corey Medina & Brothers, spreading light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, and culinary explorer. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world having explored cultures in more than 170 countries.
Tanner Ott and his father, John, have made a career rehabbing historic buildings through Alley A Realty. Their work renovating and developing properties and then leasing them to entrepreneurs, restaurants, artists, and professionals help to create vibrant communities and bring life back to buildings with a history.
Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist with a focus on canvas painting and animation. Deeply connected and influenced by his Native heritage, his bold work inspires conversation around his themes of identity and internal dialogue.
Levi LaVallee is a snowmobile racer who holds the world record for snowmobile distance jump and is a seven-time gold medalist at the ESPN Winter X Games. He's known for his daredevil stunts in urban environments and for pushing the boundaries of what's been seen and done in the world of snow sports.
John Guenveur joined the WOODCHUCK USA team early on to provide his financial and operational expertise to the rapidly growing wood products company. He and Woodchuck founder, Ben, lead their team with a strong focus on their mission: putting nature back into people's lives.
Gavin Kaysen honed his culinary skills at some of the world's best restaurants, but has journeyed back home to Minnesota to open his own and begin training the next generation of young chefs.
Amy Zaroff is in the business of creating life's most memorable experiences. As founder and creative director at Amy Zaroff Events + Design, she draws on her 20+ years of experience in television production, marketing, hospitality, and event production to create experiential events for companies such as Target, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Vikings, and the James Beard Foundation.
Matt Kenevan used his entrepreneurial spirit to build a beer industry empire in Minnesota. Looking to introduce other beer lovers to new beer and to support the craft beer community, he started the Beer Dabbler, a premier craft beer festival that draws thousands of people per event.
Julie Guidry is the co-founder and executive director of Upstream Arts, a non-profit that uses the arts to help develop the social and communication skills of people with disabilities.
Nancy Lyons is a CEO and entrepreneur who loves to talk about work, work culture, and progressive ideas. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many elements of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business.
John Rajala is the owner of Minnesota Timber & Millwork, part of a five-generation family-owned and -operated lumber business. Their entire product line is harvested from northern Minnesota forests, processed in their historic sawmill, then dried and finished in their own millwork plant.
Anton Treuer is an academic and author specializing in the Ojibwe language and American Indian studies. His education and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world.
Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching fans with her original music and experimental take on traditional fiddle music for years. She is a classically trained violinist and songwriter who won NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, launching her into a life on the road touring around the country.
Ron Schara's passion for storytelling led him to dream up, "Minnesota Bound," another outdoor adventure TV program featuring himself and his black lab, Raven. Ron's way with words has touched the lives of everyone who has watched the show.
Erik Bostrom, a family medicine doctor in rural Minnesota, is putting his years of practice stitching skin to use by stitching a custom blanket for each baby he helps deliver.
Kellie Chauvin is one of USOA Mrs. Minnesota 2019's most recent competitors. A refugee and immigrant herself, she dedicates her time to a non-profit that helps other women to find jobs, childcare, and a community to call their own.
Sean Tillmann, better known as Har Mar Superstar, is a songwriter and performer who has traveled the world touring with his band. He evolved from his beginnings as a one-man show into a full-band revue that covers genres all across the board from R&B to pop to soul music.