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VenuWorks Hires Industry Veteran in Thief Rivers Falls, MN

Ames, IA – Following a national search, Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks, has named Terry Torkildson as Executive Director in Thief River Falls (MN).

“We are fortunate to welcome Terry to the VenuWorks team,” said Peters. “Terry brings the experience and expertise needed to lead the management team in Thief River Falls. He will be an asset to VenuWorks, the local facilities, and the community of Thief River Falls.

Torkildson brings twenty-five years of industry experience to Thief River Falls. In his most recent role, Torkildson served as the General Manager for a multi-venue complex in Sioux Falls (SD), including a 13,000-seat arena which opened under his direction in 2014.

“The first time I saw the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the City’s other properties, I knew Thief River Falls was a community that took great pride in its public facilities. I look forward to working with VenuWorks to build upon the foundation created by the people of Thief River Falls,” said Torkildson.

“The City of Thief River Falls welcomes Terry Torkildson as Executive Director of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center, Thief River Falls Tourist Park, and the MEC Center. As an industry veteran, Terry brings a wealth of knowledge that will benefit our facilities, our partners, and our community. I have no doubt he has the experience and passion to lead our facilities forward,” said Mayor Brian Holmer.

VenuWorks recently entered into an agreement with the city of Thief River Falls, Minnesota to manage the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center, Thief River Falls Tourist Park, and the MEC Center. The hiring of Torkildson as the Executive Director is part of the transition plan prior to assuming full management on January 1st.

Torkildson officially starts his new position with VenuWorks in Thief River Falls today.

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