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The St. Paul Pioneer Press News-Business Section Features MECC’s Recent Memorabilia Donations To The Strong Museum Of Play In Rochester, New York

by | Jun 27, 2016 | RE@L StudentCorner


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Pioneer PressSpecial thanks from RE@L to our local newspaper, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, for their recent news article on the donation of MECC memorabilia to The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.


The Strong Museum recently honored the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) by inducting their flagship software product, Oregon Trail™, into their video-gaming Hall of Fame.


Several former MECC employees were instrumental in donating various MECC software products, posters, and promotional materials, all of which captured MECC’s leadership among K12 software publishers during the last two-plus decades of the 20th century.



We are grateful to Pioneer Press technology reporter, Julio Ojeda-Zapata for his fine article, “Oregon Trail Makers Donate Historical Game Memorabilia.” You can read his report by clicking on the link to the left. 

The article also includes a brief review of key MECC products, along with several of the fascinating MECC posters from that era.


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Randy Nelson & Dale LaFrenz


/// Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. HIs RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market. /// Randy Nelson recently joined RE@L as a BlogMeister and Director of Education for RE@L's new STEM-based LearningProducts. Randy has long been an advocate for more positive, effective changes in K-12 teaching and learning, from his teaching days to his former career as a Superintendent who positively reformed the school district of LaCrosse Wisconsin.w