The Upper Midwest Regional Association of the Refrigeration Service Engineer's Society had its beginning in Fargo, North Dakota in 1953.

Prior to this time, the officers of some of the RSES Chapters in the area felt that it would be to their advantage to form an association and work together, the objective being, to obtain better programs for their respective chapter meetings.

The first formal organizational meeting was held in the Gardner Hotel, Fargo, North Dakota on June 13th and 14th, 1953. This meeting was hosted by the Red River Chapter and the Red River Chapter Auxiliary. At this meeting, a constitution was adopted and officers elected. A Charter was then presented to the association from the International Refrigeration Service Engineers Society by the late H.T. McDermott, then International Secretary of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. The participating chapter in the newly formed association were: Red River - Fargo-Moorhead, Souris - Minot, Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Head of the Lakes - Duluth, and the Twin Cities chapter - Minneapolis - St. Paul.

During the fall and winter months of 1953 - 54, the educational committee arranged all the educational programs for the monthly chapter meetings of the previously mentioned participating chapters. The plan was as follows: The speaker would speak at the meeting of the Twin Cities Chapter on Monday evening. Tuesday, he would drive to Duluth and speak that evening at the meeting of the Head of the Lakes Chapter. Wednesday, he would drive to Winnipeg and again repeat his program that evening for the members of the Winnipeg Chapter. On Thursday, the speaker drove to Minot, North Dakota for a meeting with the Souris Chapter and the next day, Friday, he drove to Fargo-Moorhead for a meeting that evening with the Red River Chapter.

After driving about 1,200 miles in all kinds of winter weather and putting on their program five times in one week, we found that the speakers that had made this tour were very reluctant to accept out invitations to come back at a later date and give us another program. Needless to say, the idea of furnishing speakers for the monthly chapter meetings was soon abandoned and in lieu of that, the association decided to have just one good educational Conference each year. To date, the Association has held 48 such conferences since the inception of the regional association.

As the years passed, more of the RSES chapter in our area joined the UMRA. At present all chapters in Region 11 and Region 16 are members of the UMRA-RSES.




UMRA-RSES EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES 1953 - 2014

Number City & State Hotel Dates
1 Fargo, ND Gardner June 13 - 14, 1953
2 Minneapolis, MN Municipal Auditorium & Radisson Hotel Nov. 18 - 21, 1954 This conference was held with the ARI show
3 Winnipeg, Manitoba Marlborough Oct. 21 - 22, 1955
4 Duluth, MN Hotel Duluth April 26 - 27, 1957
5 Minneapolis, MN Francis Drake April 1958
6 Winnipeg, Manitoba Marlborough March 20 - 21, 1959 with RSES Canada
7 Aberdeen, SD Alonzo Ward Feb 19 - 21, 1960
8 Fargo, ND Gardner April 14 - 16, 1961
9 Minneapolis, MN Dunwoody Institute April 6 - 8, 1962
10 Minot, ND Clarence Parker April 5 - 7, 1963
11 Minneapolis, MN Leamington April 3 - 5, 1964
12 Winnipeg, Manitoba Fort Gary March 19 - 20, 1965
13 Aberdeen, SD Alonzo Ward March 25 - 26, 1966
14 Regina, Saskatchewan Hotel Saskatchewan March 3 - 4, 1967
15 Minneapolis, MN Holiday Inn Central March 29 - 30, 1968
16 Moorhead, MN F-M Hotel March 21 - 22, 1969
17 Minot, ND Clarence Parker April 3 - 4, 1970
18 Rapid City, SD Alex Johnson April 16 - 17, 1971
19 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Inn April 7 - 8, 1972
20 Rochester, MN Holiday Inn Downtown April 6 - 7, 1973
  Minneapolis, MN Radisson South Sept. 25 - 28, 1974 with 37th International Convention
21 Moorhead, MN Ramada Inn April 4 - 5, 1975
22 Minneapolis, MN Sheraton Inn Northwest March 26 - 27, 1976
23 Fargo, ND Holiday Inn March 3 - 4, 1978
24 Rochester, MN Holiday Inn April 19 - 21, 1979
25 Omaha, NE Omaha Hilton Feb. 28 - March 1, 1980
26 Rapid City, SD Alex Johnson April 2 - 4, 1981
27 Duluth, MN Normandy Inn April 22 - 24, 1982
28 Minot, ND Ramada Inn March 24 - 26, 1983
29 Winnipeg, Manitoba Holiday Inn April 11 - 14, 1984 with RSES Canada
30 Minneapolis, MN Normandy Inn April 18 - 20, 1985
31 Fargo, ND Doublewood Inn April 3 - 5, 1986
32 Sioux Falls, SD Ramada Inn March 19 - 21, 1987
33 Bismarck, ND Kirkwood Motor Inn April 7 - 9, 1988
34 Minot, ND   March 16 - 18, 1989
35 Kearney, NE   April 19 - 21, 1990
36 Winnipeg, MB   April 5 - 6, 1991
37 Duluth, MN   April 24 - 25, 1992
38 Minneapolis, MN   April 16 - 17, 1993
39 Sioux Falls, SD   March 18 - 19, 1994
40 Bismarck, ND   March 30 - April 1, 1995
41 Kearney, NE   April 25 - 27, 1996
42 Fargo, ND Ramada March 13 - 15, 1997
43 Minot, ND   March 25 - 28, 1998
44 Minneapolis, MN   April 8 - 10, 1999
45 Rapid City, SD   March 30 - April 1, 2000
46 Norfolk, NE   April 6 - 7, 2001
47 Winnipeg, Manitoba Delta Winnipeg April 16 - 20, 2002 with RSES Canada
48 Omaha, NE Courtyard by Marriott April 23 - 26, 2003
49 Fargo, ND Ramada Plaza Suites April 16 - 17, 2004
50 Minot, ND International Inn April 8 - 9, 2005
51 Bloomington, MN Minneapolis Airport Marriott March 31 - April 1, 2006
52 Bismarck, ND Kelly Inn March 22 - 24, 2007
53 Rapid City, SD Ramkota Hotel March 27 - 29, 2008
54 Winnipeg, Manitoba Club Regent Casino Hotel February 19 - 21, 2009
55 Omaha, NE Comfort Inn & Suites March 25 - 28, 2010 with Midwest Regional Association
56 Kansas City, MO Comfort Inn & Suites March 25 - 26, 2011 with Midwest Regional Association
57 Fargo, ND Hotel Double Wood March 1 - 3, 2012
58 Rapid City, SD Ramkota Hotel March 7 - 9, 2013
59 Twin Cities, MN Marriott Minneapolis Airport March 28 - 30, 2014
59 Sioux Falls, SD Holiday Inn City Centre March 20 - 21, 2015
59 Watertown, SD Hampton Inn March 18 - 19, 2016
59 Minot, ND Comfort Suites April 21 - 22, 2017

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

W. H. (Bill) Hanson, CM 1970
Tom Summerville, CM 1981
Edward Grieman, CM 1982
Irv Moeller, CMS 1983
Don Anderson, CM 1988
Evan Killian, CM 1989
Roy Fullerton, CM 1990
Wendell Johnson, CMS 1991
Alex Monteith, CM 1992
Bruce Kamperschroer, CM 1993
Rodney Johnson, CM 1994
Ed Stockert, CMS 1995
Ivan Maas, CM 1996
John Husso, CM 1997
Ronald C. Poling 1998
Randy Branstad, CM 1999
Woody Seemann, CMS 2000
Kevin Johnsen 2001
Gary MacKenzie, CM 2002
Gary Nysveen, CM 2003
Chris Daly, CM 2004
D. Brian Baker, CMS 2005
Jim Senst, CM 2006
Mark Walenz, CM 2008
George Kuroski, CMS 2009
David Olson, CMS 2012
Rolf Blom, CMS 2013
Nicholas Cress, CMS 2015