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Charlie Hall

Meritorious Service
2008

Charlie Hall is an institution in Minnesota.  For starters, he and his wife added a 24-lane bowling center in 1977 to their existing business, which consisted of a restaurant and a nightclub.  In 1998, they added 8 more lanes.  The center was completely refurbished at that time, which brought their bowling center to the highest of standards.  This elevated their bowling center to a new level in the Twin Cities that has not been matched.  The new 32 Lane Center boasts cutting edge technology with a new scoring system and concert sound and lighting. Recently, they have added an AmericInn Hotel along with a 600 and 400-person banquet facility.  Charlie served as president of the St. Paul BPA in 1978 and 1979 & the St. Paul/Minneapolis BPA in 1979.  In 1982 & 1983, he served as President of the Minnesota BPA.  In 1983, Charlie became a registered lobbyist representing the Minnesota BPA; a volunteer job that lasted for 17+ years.  As the state lobbyist for the Minnesota BPA, Charlie coordinated the association’s PAC fund, raising & distributing money to legislators, local & federal.  His duties called for many 10-12 hour days over the 4-5 month sessions per year at the Minnesota State Capitol.  His lobbying and testifying for the bowling industry in Minnesota was highly productive, year after year, both in putting forth legislation or stopping bills that were detrimental to the industry.  In this period of 17+ years, Charlie and John Berglund worked as a lobbying team.  They were so close it became “Brother John & Brother Charlie” to them.  Besides running his business, Charlie was very active in the Twin Cities community.  Charlie was King Boreas (47th) of the St. Paul Winter Carnival in 1983, was chairman of the group that built the 1986 St. Paul Centennial Ice Palace & the Winter Carnival Ice Palace built in 1988.  Charlie was also active in and has sat on the boards of Lions International, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary International, and is a 32nd degree Master Mason.  Charlie and his wife Ceil have been married for 52 years plus (in 2003) & feel blessed to have 3 daughters, a son & 5 grandchildren.  In 2003, Charlie was presented the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for public policy & legislative service by BPAA for his extensive legislative and lobbying accomplishments in Minnesota.

Last Updated : Jan-01-2013