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Healthy Eating with Carrie Tollefson Minnesota Grown Spokesperson

Carrie Tollefson & Chef Andrew ZimmernThe Minnesota Grown Program is proud to have Carrie Tollefson as its spokesperson. A native of Dawson, Minnesota, Carrie was a member of the 2004 Olympic Team competing in Athens, Greece. She is based in St. Paul as she trains.

Tollefson believes that eating right is very important whether you’re a world class athlete or just trying lead a healthy, active life. "Being conscious of what I put in my body has improved my training and performance" said Tollefson. "I'm always looking for fresh, unprocessed foods like those offered in the Minnesota Grown Directory. Growing up in a farming community, I have a great deal of respect for the hard work of Minnesota farmers. I love to shop at the local farmers' market when I'm in town and I definitely purchase Minnesota Grown products at my local store whenever I can."

News & Events

A sampling of Carrie's racing highlights:

  • 2007 Yokohama Ekiden team
  • 2006 National Champion 4k Cross Country
  • 2006 National Champion 3000 meters Indoor
  • 2006 USA 5k Championship - 3rd
  • 2004 USA Cross Country Championships 4k - 2nd
  • 2004 Olympian - 1500 meters
  • 2004 National Champion in 1500 meters
  • 5 time NCAA Champion
  • Minnesota High School Record 13 Inidividual State Track and Field Titles

Carrie was featured on the cover of October 2008 Runner's World, January/February 2007 Running Times, January 2007 Runner's World, and June 2007 Experience Life Magazine.

 October 2008 Runner's World magazine cover featuring Carrie Tollefson Carrie Tollefson on the Jan/Feb 2007Runners World magazine cover featuring Carrie TollefsonLifetime Fitness Experience magazine cover featuring Carrie Tollefson

Watch video of Carrie's TV ads promoting local food and plants.

Thanks to Jeff Grayson, former sports anchor on Fox9, for his appearances on the berry and apple orchard ads.

MDA Contact

Paul Hugunin at 651-201-6510

Jessica Miles at 651-201-6170

Ag Marketing & Development Division