McLennan wins charity dance competition

Minnkota CEO Mac McLennan won the Dancing for Special Stars Grand Forks competition, raising nearly $40,000 for the Special Olympics.


Kaylee Cusack


April 23, 2024

Minnkota CEO Mac McLennan showed the community of Grand Forks that his talents go beyond co-op leadership on April 16, when he hit the stage as a contestant in the 14th Annual Dancing for the Special Stars Grand Forks (a fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota).

The contest, modeled after the hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” matches 12 well-known community members with local dance instructors to learn a routine and perform it for a crowd. Throughout their training journey, contestants also raise money for Special Olympics North Dakota through an online donation drive.

McLennan and his dance partner, Alexandra Quanrud, wowed the crowd with a tap rendition of “Electric Avenue,” donning matching windbreaker sets and flashing neon lights. When the final scores were counted (considering donations, audience votes and judges’ scores), McLennan came out on top and received the first place Mirrorball Trophy. His routine was electric – and he raised nearly $40,000 for the cause.

Photo courtesy of Kerry Ring Photography and Special Olympics North Dakota

Minnkota would like to thank McLennan for stepping out of his comfort zone to support the athletes of Special Olympics North Dakota. His ability to live the co-op principle of “concern for community” is an inspiration.

MAIN IMAGE: McLennan pulls off a double toe touch during his routine. (Minnkota/Jenny Erickson)


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