“Powering up business throughout Martin County”
Past success, forward momentum
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By: Margaret Dillard - Chamber President
Over the last year, chief
concerns among business leaders
throughout the region continue to be
lack of workforce, housing and childcare.
We know that agriculture is the
driving force of our economy. The
board and staff of the chamber strive
to address these concerns and more
business issues through programs,
services and advocacy. In short, we
are here to promote a healthy business
environment in the Fairmont
area. Furthermore, we are stronger
when we work together and celebrate
Here are some economic
highlights of 2017: Utilizing online
platforms, (Continued on page 2)
ABOVE: A rendering of the proposed Adventure Playground, an all-inclusive
playground to be installed at Gomsrud Park in Fairmont, and just one of the
many initiatives taking shape in our community over the past year.
Graduating Seniors of Martin
County high schools who plan to
pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture
or an area of study that services
agriculture, may apply for up
to $8,400 in scholarships. In partnership
with the Agriculture Future
of America (AFA), the Agri-Business
Committee of the Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce is offering
two $4,200 scholarships, which include
registration for the Fall 2018
AFA Leaders Conference.
To be considered for a scholarship,
please visit www.agfuture.
org/scholarships. Here, you can
read more about the AFA Community
Scholarships, as well as other
scholarships AFA offers. Click on the
"Apply Now" button to access the application.
You will be asked to write
a 300-500 word essay on your personal
vision for agriculture and how
you plan to contribute through your
chosen career in the agriculture
and food industry. We encourage
you to draft this essay in a separate
word processing program and then
copy/paste it into the application.
Please note that your application
is not complete until you continue
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323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • www.FairmontChamber.org • FairmontChamber
Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business cli
Board of Directors Officers:
Kerry Nagel Allen
Board of Directors:
Health Care Center
Align Chiropractic &
& Edmundson, Ltd
and Tax Services
Office Manager/Director of
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
323 East Blue Earth Avenue
P.O. Box 826
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: (507) 235-5547
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print media and relationships to feature community
amenities and job opportunities has yielded documented
results. Families, professionals and individuals who
relocated referred to publicity hosted on websites and
social media of FairmontChamber.org and FairmontAreaLife.com
as well as those of our partners Fairmont.
org and VisitFairmontMN.com. Project efforts include
countywide distribution of welcome bags at city halls,
utilities, chambers and civic groups and specific sponsored
campaigns, quarterly Newcomers and Neighbors
welcoming events, outreach through schools and more.
We’ve gathered a database of 50+ residents who have
relocated to the area in the last 5 years.
Fairmont Community Education and Recreation
facilitated the Diversity Forum, which drew more
than 50 people, including chamber members, directors
and staff who seek to prepare our area for growth.
The community had little time to consider the
loss of long-standing big box retailer, JC Penney, before
the space was filled by Savewize, the first brick and
mortar storefront of a wholesale product company.
Fairmont Economic Development Authority
efforts cite several efforts, including assisting with the
opening Fairmont Butcher Block, relocation and expansion
of Zierke Manufacturing and providing Tax Increment
Financing to Fairmont Realty Group, LLC. Ambassadors
led the celebration as seven new 3-bedroom
apartments became available at Prairie Avenue and 1st
Street in August.
A collaborative agreement between Fairmont
Area Schools and the City of Fairmont birthed White-
Tail Ridge, a subdivision of 20 lots, of which five are sold
and the building of new homes is currently underway.
Two examples of how collaboration can bring
amazing results came through Lakeview Healthcare.
This organization answered the needs of the community
when long-term care no longer fit well with Mayo
in Fairmont. Lutz Wing residents were relocated to
Lakeview’s campus as were 85 children when Building
Blocks Childcare needed a new home.
While encouraging youth to find careers locally,
the chamber’s Agri-Business Committee facilitates
two $4,200 ag scholarships while promoting ag
awareness and networking through the Blue Ribbon
Pork Cook Off held during the Martin County Fair and
Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing. Area Career
Exploration showcases local businesses each April to
more than 650 high school sophomores and the Junior
Achievement curriculum supports 35 volunteers
as they provide business education to more than 1100
students from kindergarten through 8th grades.
The first Martin County Ag Tour led by Visit
Fairmont in July and held in cooperation with 1590s
farm to table event promoted Martin County Ag to legislators,
media and public.
Eighteen professionals, selected by their employers,
graduated Leadership Martin County. This immersion
course is a nine-month commitment and provides
participants with in depth information that paves
the way for them to be strong voices for business and
local community advocates.
That a new enthusiasm for what is possible
backed by hard work and dollars allocated toward
community enhancement and infrastructure is evident
as we look to the future. The momentum continues
with the announcement from Fairmont Opera House
of a $10 million expansion and Lakeview Healthcare’s
plans for a new build. Marina Lodge has broken ground
for the addition of a three-bedroom overnight resort
rental. Fairmont Lakes Foundation plans include a kayak
and canoe rental kiosk to come online next summer.
Chamber staff will debut the 2018 newly designed
and branded Martin County Visitor and Relocation
Guide to be published in January 2018. Twelve
thousand are distributed to travel/visitors centers,
chambers, requestors and local outlets while the e-version
outpaces printed copies with over 25,000 views.
Efforts stemming from the 1590 group include
branding our county as “Bacon Capital USA”, creating a
community center and building a play area inside Five
Lakes Centre mall. More than half of the $450,000 has
been pledged to build an all-inclusive playground at
There are so many efforts underway and more
that are yet to come that I’m sure that I missed something.
I know that I run the risk of omitting grand
achievements, however I think it’s important to note
successes and focus on the positive things yet to come.
I believe in encouraging those who have the courage to
work toward making our world a better place!
mate through leadership, communication and education for its members in the greater Fairmont area.
Apply for MCYF grants Elementary business
are now available. Grants
will be awarded twice during the
year, in the spring and fall. The mission
of the Martin County Youth
Foundation is to acquire, manage,
and distribute funds to enhance
the lives of youth in Martin County.
Grants will be made to qualified
non-profit organizations including
those with 501(c)3 status,
public agencies, units of government,
and churches that will address
important community youth
needs. Funds received can be used
for youth program costs and support
materials. Interested groups
may pick up grant applications and
guidelines at the Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce, 323 East
Blue Earth Avenue, or visit: www.
The deadline for submitting the
grant applications is March 15,
2018. Return completed grants to
Martin County Youth Foundation,
P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031
or drop off at the Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Consider making a Contribution.
in creating a permanent endowment
to serve the evolving needs
of our area youth established the
Fairmont Area Youth Foundation
in 2000. In 2005, the name
was changed to the Martin County
Youth Foundation to better reflect
the area they serve.
What is distinctive about
this foundation? The Martin
County Youth Foundation is an area
endowment fund dedicated solely
to serving youth needs. It has the
ability to provide funding for youth
programs and their support.
Why should you support
the Martin County Youth Foundation?
Youth are our greatest
natural resource. Investing in our
youth is investing in our future.
Who oversees the investment?
Contributions are invested
and managed by Minnesota Community
Foundation. Earnings are
then made available through a
grant process to respond to area
youth needs. A local committee of
adults and youth serve as the Advisory
ABOVE: Lawrence Sukalski (former director for American Soybean Association
and current director for United Soybean Board) speaks to Mrs. Julie Clarey's
6th grade class about global agriculture as a part of the Junior Achievement
curriculum presented by volunteer teacher Char Kahler.
Scholarships (Continued from page 1)
the last page of the application and
receive an email confirmation.
Applying for an AFA Community
Scholarship online also makes
you eligible for an AFA National
Leader and Academic Scholarship;
however you may only receive either
a local or national award.
The Martin County application
deadline is March 14, 2018. If
you have any questions about the
scholarship, please contact Margaret
org or call 507-235-5547.
Questions regarding the online
application can be directed to
Johnna Wallingford on AFA staff at
Martin County Implement
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Chamber member business briefs
Sweet Financial Services
Fairmont’s Sweet Financial Services brings in the top
songwriters in country music to perform at charity
event - On Saturday, November 18th , 2017, Sweet Financial
Services hosted One Night in Nashville at the Fairmont Opera House where
they brought in 3 of the top songwriters in country music from Songwriter City,
The Warren Brothers & Josh Kear, to perform for their clients and members of
the community. With over 300 people in attendance they managed to raise over
$35,000 for the rehabilitation of the local landmark, The Fairmont Opera House.
Red Rock Center for the Arts
Back by popular demand Harper’s Chord returns to the
Red Rock Center for the Arts Saturday, January 20 at 7pm.
Harper’s Chord, is all about the music…drawing from
their love of folk, blues, roots, Americana and country music, Harper’s Chord
captivates audiences with strong, three and four‐part harmonies and easy‐listening
acoustic songs. Harper’s Chord’s sound could be compared to groups
such as Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks, Sarah Jarosz and Alison
Krauss. With a back porch organic feel that tell stories of emotion and personal
journeys its age perfect show for people of all ages. Tickets on sale now at Hy-Vee
in Fairmont or the online box office at www.redrockcenter.org.
Minuteman Press - Fairmont
Minuteman Press in Fairmont now produces
customized gifts in-house! Using our new machine, special equipment and products,
we can put a picture or logo on anything from coffee cups, stainless steel
tumblers, T-shirts, phone cases and much more. Stop by the Fairmont Mall to
find out more about this and all our printing products we provide for you or your
business. Contact us at 507-399-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burtis Chiropractic Center
Dr. Scott Burtis of Burtis Chiropractic Center
has attended a number of post-doctorate conferences
recently. In October he attended the
Great lakes Functional Medicine Conference. In November he attended the Mastering
Blood Chemistry presented by Apex Energetics during which he received
Certification in Advanced Blood Panel Interpretation. In December he attended
the Alzheimer’s Conference presented by the Institute of Functional medicine
during which he was certified in the Bredesen Protocol for reversing Alzheimer’s.
He is now qualified to provide Functional Medicine care for Alzheimers and
other forms of dementia. Some of these courses go towards his CFMP (Certified
Functional Medicine Practitioner) certification he will receive in 2018. Burtis
Chiropractic continues to provide blood panel services in a functional medicine
setting to bring these services to the Fairmont and Martin County area.
Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b
Martin County Veterans Memorial (MCVM)
The committee would like to thank the following
2016/2017 donors: *****$20,000+: Doug and Diana
Kahler, Martin County Area Foundation, American
Legion Post 36; ***$5,000-$9,999: Profinium Banks;
**$2,500-$4,999: South Central DAV, American Legion
Post 529, Steve Chase; *$500-$2,499: County Concrete, Madsen Land Surveying,
Terry Viesselman, City of Fairmont, Great Plains Transportation employees, Martin
County VFW Post 1222, James and Mary Schoener, Valero employees, American
Legion Aux. Post 36, Dr. John and Donna Holstine, Barry Altman; and over
125 veteran names received to date. For additional information visit our website
www.mcvm.org or www.facebook.com/mcvmproject, or direct any questions
to committee members Steve Fosness 507-208-8769, Jim Miller 507-236-1026,
Chuck Mixson 507-236-1072, Terry Anderson 507-236-4653.
Fairmont Ford is delighted to announce that Krystal Hill has
been hired as our new Service Advisor. Krystal comes to us
with 6 years of customer service experience. Krystal will be
here to help walk our customer through their service journey.
Krystal is committed to helping all customers have a top notch
experience when in our service department. We are excited to have her on our
team. Stop by and say hello. Welcome to the team, Krystal.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
As 2018 gets underway, we want to take
a look back on some of the tremendous growth at Mayo Clinic Health System
in Fairmont. We welcomed seven new providers in 2017: Julie Rolstad, nurse
practitioner, Internal Medicine; Julie Woodall, physician assistant, Express Care;
Tracy Mitchell, physician assistant, Family Medicine; Jonathan Buchholz, M.D.,
OB-GYN; Mark Leo, M.D., Urology (outreach); Jessica Schwarz, M.D., Emergency
Medicine; Andrew Brevik, M.D., Internal Medicine. Thank you to all of our patients
and community members for their ongoing support.
Martin County Historical Society
The Martin County Historical Society welcomed some new
faces this fall. Sandy Langford and Jen Saxen were elected
to the board in September. Also, Dona Paris recently joined
the MCHS staff replacing Sandy Nuss who retired in November.
Dona is also involved with the Martin County Genealogy
Society located in the Pioneer Museum. If you are looking for a unique location
for a family reunion, a birthday party, a bridal shower, a graduation party, a class
reunion, or another gathering of this nature, consider the Pioneer Parsonage. The
location, grounds, and décor are appealing and may well fit your needs.
e recognized as the leader in assisting area businesses to prosper.
Chamber member business briefs
Fairmont Opera House, Inc.
First off we want to wish everyone a Happy
New Year! On January 13 we will be bringing
in ‘Church of Cash’. ‘Church of Cash’ is a tribute band with the express purpose
of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash. Next, we are excited to
present to you ‘Ole and Lena’s Ice Fishing Fandango’! Ole and Sven are gearing
up, literally, for the Lodge's annual 72 hour Pairs Ice Fishing Marathon
contest while Lena is far more interested in attending the "Spruce Up Your
Farm House" class being held at the senior center.
Erpelding, Voigt & Co., LLP
Erpelding, Voigt & Co., LLP hosted an open house on
Thursday, January 4th to celebrate our remodeled interior
office space. Thanks to everyone who stopped
by to meet our staff as we prepare for tax season. Happy New Year to all!
Kahler Automation held another successful
Christmas gift drive for area children this year, with our amazing employees
donating nearly $1,500 in cash & gifts; the company contributed an additional
$1,000. Speaking of great employees, there have been several noteworthy
transitions recently: KUDOS to Electrical Designer Justin Portz, who
passed the licensure exam to become a Journeyman Electrician! WELCOME
to Media/Training Coordinator Jessica Pierce and Southern Territory Sales
Manager Greg Chapek! And FAREWELL to retirees Dennis Turner (Special
Projects Coordinator), Garett Jagodzinske (Grain Systems Specialist), and
Gene Justice (Embedded Software Engineer)! Congratulations to all on these
new phases of their lives.
Edward Jones Investments - Mandi Kosbab
(507) 235-8524 - Member SIPC
When Do You Need a Financial Advisor? When
might you need the help of a financial professional? Actually, you can benefit
from the services of a financial advisor at many life events. For starters, when
you begin your career, you could use some help in choosing the right investments
in your employer’s retirement plan. And when you change jobs, you’ll
need to know what to do with that plan. When you get married, you and your
spouse could use some guidance in setting joint goals and establishing appropriate
investment strategies. And if you have children, you can rely on a financial
professional to present you with some college-savings options. Finally, as
you enter retirement, you should know how much you can withdraw each year
from your retirement accounts without running the risk of outliving your resources.
And you’ll have questions on when to take Social Security and other
key issues. Most important life events will carry some financial concerns. But
you don’t have to face these challenges alone – and by getting the help you
need, you can ease the transition from one stage of life to another.
“Business Briefs” is a complimentary service provided by the Chamber for chamber members. Please limit your information to one paragraph of about
100 words. Example: expansion, new employees, awards, monumental anniversary, etc… A photo or logo can be included. NO Direct Advertising.
South Creek HR LLC
South Creek HR is pleased to offer an open
DiSC Workshop on January 29, 2018 from 8:30am – Noon at the Holiday Inn
in Fairmont. This workshop will help your team build better relationships ...
one relationship at a time! Participants can include anyone in your organization,
regardless of title or role. The focus is on helping each team member
discover and understand their own DiSC® Style, and well as how to develop
people reading skills that will help them understand and appreciate the style
of the other people they work with. The result is more effective and productive
working relationships. Deadline to register is January 10, 2018. For
more information, or to register contact Crystal Hanson at email@example.com
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT?
The Fairmont Area Community Events Calendar has a Mobile App!
You can access information for all the great events going on in Martin County directly from your iOS or Android-based mobile device
using the free mobile app "AS Mobile" published by rSchoolToday! Of course, you can still view upcoming community events on your
desktop or laptop computer by visiting the community calendar website at www.fairmontareacalendar.com. If you have any questions
or concerns about updating your events to the Fairmont Area Community Calendar, please email the Fairmont Area Chamber
of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar Funding Partners: Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau, City
of Fairmont, Fairmont Area Schools, and Blandin Community Broadband Grant. Other Partners: Fairmont Community
Education and Recreation.
Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and develop
Monday, January 1st
New Years Day (Offices Closed)
Wednesday, January 10th - 6:00 p.m.
Bureau 14 Meeting
Tuesday, January 16th - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 17th - 3:00 p.m.
Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings
Tuesday, January 23rd - 9:00 a.m.
Social Media Breakfast
Wednesday, January 24th - 7:30 a.m.
Chamber Board Meeting
Golden Tie Tuxes
South Creek HR, LLC
Thank you members!
We would like to thank each of our 2017
member businesses for their continued support
of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and
for enabling us to serve our business community.
In the past year, your support has enabled
us to bring you seminars and events, news and
networking opportunities, community visibility
and other valuable benefits that have helped to
strengthen our local businesses environment.
We are tackling our members' concerns
like attracting skilled labor and improving online
presence. We keep you informed on relevant
issues that impact your business like hiring
strategies for acquiring top talent in the age
of Millennials. We provide ongoing networking
opportunities and exclusive advertising channels
to increase your visibility. We coordinate
members-only discounts for your business and
employees. We promote the patronage of local
retail and support new business endeavors.
These are just a few examples of the many ways
we are working to help your business succeed.
We want you to take full advantage of
your chamber membership in the coming year!
Ask us how we can help you reach your customers,
fill job openings, inform the community, expand
your network, get your business online or
have a voice in government.
Visit our website at www.fairmontchamber.org,
contact us by phone at 507-235-
5547, or email us at email@example.com
to find out more about all the benefits available
to you through your chamber membership!
The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
staff and board of directors thanks you
for your help in making 2017 another great year
for our local business community. We look forward
to helping you and your business achieve
even greater success in 2018 and the years to
Hi! My name is Miranda
Larsen and I am the new Finance
Coordinator for the
Fairmont Chamber. I grew up
in Delavan, MN and am a Blue
Earth Area High School graduate.
Then I went on to obtain
my bachelor’s degree in accounting
from Concordia College in Moorhead,
MN. I now live in Blue Earth with my husband,
Tyler, and our two-year old daughter, Millena.
We enjoy spending time outside, going for
walks, playing at the park, and going to the Fairmont
races. I am looking forward to getting to
know more people and getting involved in the
Fairmont community through the chamber!
for your business.
The smart move for your bottom line.
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Professional Window Cleaning
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the windows
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Please allow us to give you a free estimate.
You will be pleasantly surprised!
Call Now! Matt Petrowiak at (507) 236-5207
ment for our members, recognition of accomplishments, effective communication, and doing all things efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner.
Ambassadors celebrate new beginnings
GOLDEN TIE TUXES
Chamber ambassadors celebrate the grand opening
of chamber member Golden Tie Tuxes at 113 W. Blue
Earth Ave. in Fairmont with owner Kathy Detert.
SAVEWIZE DEPARTMENT STORE
Ambassadors welcome new retail business Savewize
Department Store with a ribbon cutting during their
grand opening in the Five Lakes Centre mall.
LAKEVIEW FUNERAL HOME
Ambassadors congratulate Chris Toomer & Tonya
Mortensen, new owners of member business Lakeview
Funeral Home in Fairmont.
Recycle your Christmas Tree
Christmas is over, and all your decorations
are packed away for another year. Now,
what do you do with your Christmas Tree? Look
no further, Prairieland Solid Waste will recycle
your tree for FREE!
Drop-sites will be open through January
6th. Only trees are accepted; NO wreathes,
roping, tree stands, metal or ornaments on the
Drop-site Locations: Fairmont Skate
Park - 417 East Margaret Street (East of the Humane
Society - Enter Margaret Street from the
East), Fairmont; Sherburn Nursery, Sherburn;
and Trimont City Brush Site, Trimont.
For more information, contact Billeye
Rabbe, Prairieland Solid Waste Coordinator at
THINK LOCAL FIRST!
DID YOU KNOW? Studies find
that local businesses recirculate
a greater share of every dollar in
the local economy, as they create
locally owned supply chains and
invest in their employees.
Over a decade of
helping my customers
make good choices.
1304 Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN
January programs at CER
Make a New Year’s Resolution to count your blessings, stay
active and take advantage of local opportunities. CER offers opportunities
to learn new skills and live healthier lifestyles for a variety of ages
including Defensive Driver, Scuba Diving, Zumba Flair, Snowshoeing (&
Snowshoe Rental), Minecraft Robotics, Snowmobile Safety, Dog Obedience,
Basketball, Volleyball, Pickleball, Cake Decorating, Free Adult Basic
Education and English Language Learner classes and much more!
It’s the Law: All residents of Minnesota born after December 31,
1976, MUST have a Snowmobile Safety Certificate to operate a snowmobile
in Minnesota. Please complete the snowmobilecourse.com or snowmobile-ed.com
before registering for the January 6 Snowmobile Safety
Review class in Fairmont sponsored by the Blizzard Snowmobile Club
For an up-to date list of activities, see the CER Web Store at
and click on the CER tab.
For more information, contact the CER office located in the
Fairmont Elementary School Door 15A, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont
Call 507-235-3141 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
Snowmobile Safety (age 11-adult) January 6
Saturday Boys Basketball (4 yrs – Grade 3) January 6
Introduction to Ice Hockey (Ages 3-12) January 6
Zumba (Mondays/Wednesdays) January 8/10
Open Gym Volleyball/Pickleball (Tuesdays-adults) January 9
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving (age 10 & up) January 9
Advanced Dog Obedience January 9
Winter Theme Cake Decorating January 11
Rick Pauly Pitching Clinics January 13
Story Time and Crafts (Grades 1-2) January 17
Over 55 Defensive Driving (4-hour refresher) January 17
Minecraft Robotics (Grade 1-7) January 22
Fabulous Friday Fun (Gr 3-6) February 2
Family Snowshoe at Cedar Park February 10
Snowshoe Date Night At Cedar Park (21+) February 10
PEBC Aeriums (pre-register by January 26) February 12
…and much more!
Facebook Advertising & iMovie - January 23 rd
The next Social
will be held on January
23 from 9 am to
10 am at the Southern
115 S. Park St., in
During this month's seminar, instructor
Kristeena Patsche (Social Media Manager at
Minnesota Soybean) will cover "Facebook Advertising
101" with a session on "Promotional
Videos using iMovie" by instructor Katy Gonzalez
(Assistant Director at Fairmont Area Kinship)
Visit our website at www.fairmontchamber.org
to register for this event or to find
out how you can sponsor a future Social Media
Fairmont Area Social
is made possible in part by a technology
grant from the Blandin Foundation.
Paul Seibert, O.D.
1307 ALBION AVE., SUITE 102
PH: (507) 238-4228
James Busche, O.D.
Spencer Seibert, O.D.
111 E. 6TH ST.
BLUE EARTH, MN
PH: (507) 526-2020