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CONRAD, KENT, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $57,050.17

Average cost per trip - $4,754.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 106 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,277.70
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $6,002.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,131.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,611.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,797.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,297.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Wife, Lucy Calautti and daughter, Jesse accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost - $1,650.00
Total Cost - $4,360.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,305.12
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,995.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in conference on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,987.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,337.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Marketplace of Ideas, 501(c)3
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - official business event
Notes - Washington, DC - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,684.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,684.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding mission primarily in the area of agriculture
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,206.00
Lodging Cost - $1,348.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $288.00
Total Cost - $4,142.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami Beach, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,309.40
Lodging Cost - $699.00
Meal Cost - $209.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,218.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,249.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,454.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Workforce Assn
Dates - December 4, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To address National Workforce Association Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $538.29
Lodging Cost - $192.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $84.00
Total Cost - $814.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $928.20
Lodging Cost - $206.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,134.50

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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How to help students hope

A polling expert finds students less engaged with school as they get older. Brandon Busteed from Gallup Education says if schools taught to strengths instead of weaknesses, more students would be successful in school and in life.

Recent Posts

  • 10.21.14

    Making it stick

    Why do we remember some things, and forget others? That's what author Peter Brown and psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel set out to answer in their new book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
  • 10.14.14

    What teachers need

    Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with author Elizabeth Green about her new book, Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone).
  • 10.07.14

    Intelligence is achievable and other lessons from The Teacher Wars

    Education correspondent Emily Hanford continues her conversation with Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars.
  • 10.01.14

    Teaching: The most embattled profession

    Education correspondent Emily Hanford talks with bestselling author Dana Goldstein about her new book, The Teacher Wars.