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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

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Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

    President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

    Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.
  • 01.05.15

    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

    Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.