Kevin- while I can't talk about the Lake Country RC or Southern Minny (I know there's good people in both, I'm just not familiar with their training days etc..), in looking at where your located and thinking of where some of the FPRC guys live, your pretty close. The FPRC guys who are in the Waconia to Apple Valley "range" are all great guys and very welcoming. So I would second Travis's recommendation above and go to the seminar if for nothing else then to wet your appetite on training dogs and to meet some people. I would imagine that the majority of those guys that I mentioned above will be there and you'll get the chance to meet them then.