Chamber Newsletter - August 2018 OLD


August 2018

Community Connections

“Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Modern Ag Tour grows awareness


This Issue

Page 2 - Weathering


Page 2 - Discount Fair

Tickets Available

Page 3 - Chamber Programs

to Resume

Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs

Page 6 - Think Local First

Page 6 - MCYF Grants


Page 6 - Blue Ribbon Pork


Page 7 - Ambassador Visits

This year, Visit Fairmont

teamed up with the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce and Fairmont

Economic Development Authority

(EDA) to present an encore

production of the Modern Ag Tour

of Martin County. This familiarization

tour brought over thirty legislators,

community leaders, local

farmers, media representatives and

other regional influencers on a deep

dive into the reality of modern agriculture

and began to unearth the

impact of the industry on our local,

national and international economies.

From the latest technological

advancements in automation and

grain processing, to innovative environmental

and economic sustainability

practices, this tour covered a

diverse range of agricultural operations

all from within the borders of

ABOVE: Representative Tim Mahoney of MN District 67A in St. Paul experiences

modern agriculture hands-on by test driving this Ziegler CAT tractor.

Martin County.

The tour represented a

valuable networking opportunity

and an important educational event

for our region. Six state representatives

currently serving on the Minnesota

Agriculture Policy Committee

were in (Continued on page 4)

Pork Masters: Strong on impact

Martin County Pork Producers along with the

Agri-Business and Ambassador Committees of the

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce have joined

together to host the 26th Annual Minnesota State

Pork Masters Golf Outing on July 23, 2018 at Interlaken

Golf Club.

This event recognizes the importance of the

pork industry to Martin County and the state of

Minnesota while raising funds for Ag-Scholarships

and Ag-Awareness. Lunch and dinner was provided

for the participants at Interlaken Golf Club. There

were games and prizes on every hole. Most games,

like “Putting For Pork” and “Makin’ Bacon” rewarded

skill, while other games like “Ham Slice” rewarded

those with lack of skills. Pork producers and agribusinesses

throughout the region came to participate

in the day-long event.

Nearly 230 golfers, (Continued on page 3)

323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • • FairmontChamber

Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for promoting a healthy business clim

Board of Directors Officers:


Les Anderson

Martin County

Farm Bureau

Vice Chair

Sara Pierce

Pierce Accounting

and Tax Services

Board of Directors:

Deb Barnes

Lakeview Methodist

Health Care Center

Stephanie Busiahn

Visit Fairmont

Zephanie Cole

Align Chiropractic &

Acupuncture, PLC

Dave Cone

Kahler Automation



Past Chair

Kerry Nagel Allen



Tom Lytle

Bank Midwest



Krahmer, Shaffer

& Edmundson, Ltd

Mandi Kosbab

Edward Jones

Luke Long


Steve Pomerenke

Compeer Financial

Ann Terfehr

Dan’s Appliance

Kandi Menne

Office Manager/Director of


Benjamin Landsteiner

Marketing & Social Media


Miranda Larsen

Finance Coordinator

Contact Information:

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

323 East Blue Earth Avenue

P.O. Box 826

Fairmont, MN 56031

Phone: (507) 235-5547

Weathering transitions

By: Fairmont Area Chamber Board of Directors

As summer continues to offer up some of the

best reasons to live in Minnesota, we stop to take a

brief glance back in the rearview mirror to appreciate

and celebrate what a busy and successful month of

July! The Fairmont Area Chamber Board of Directors

continues to work through the transition process and

will be holding interviews this month. The Board has

appointed Chamber Board Member and Executive Director

of Visit Fairmont, Stephanie Busiahn, to serve

as Interim President during this transitional phase.

The month of August will bring another

wave of the signature events that help to make Martin

County what it is. Be sure to join us for the Blue

Ribbon Pork Cook-off at the Martin County Fair, and

while you are there, stop by the informational booth

we share with other local non-profit organizations.

The end of August will mark the beginning of the

Advance tickets for the Martin County and Minnesota

State Fairs are now available at the Fairmont

Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 2018 Martin County Fair

is Monday, August 13 through Sunday,

August 19. Season Passes are available

for $25 when purchased in advance

versus $30 at the gate. Daily admission

prices are $8 every day except Saturday

when admission rises to $10 and

Sunday when the cost is $5. Advance

ride tickets are also available at $17 for

10 rides with wristbands discounted

to $18 (good for unlimited rides during

designated hours on Wednesday

and Friday). Get your Martin County

Fair tickets at these advance rates by

Monday, August 13.

The Minnesota State Fair is

just around the corner, beginning August 23 and running

through Labor Day, September 3. Come in and get

your Pre-fair Admission tickets for just $11. Regular

Martin County Leadership program, and the season

of change becomes more real as summer starts to

drift away and autumn rolls through. No matter the

season, the Fairmont Area Chamber remains committed

to promoting a healthy overall business climate

in the Fairmont area and continually providing

our members with the highest level of value in their



Fairmont Area Chamber Board of Directors

Les Anderson (Chair), Kerry Nagel-Allen (Past Chair),

Sara Pierce (Vice Chair), Tom Lytle (Treasurer), Deb

Barnes, Stephanie Busiahn, Zephanie Cole, Dave Cone,

Brandon Edmundson, Mandi Kosbab, Luke Long,

Steve Pomerenke, Ann Terfehr

Discount Fair tickets available!

August 13 - 19, 2018

Aug. 23 - Sept. 3, 2018

gate prices are $14 per adult, and $12 for Seniors (65+)

and youth (ages 5-12). Advance ride tickets may also be

purchased at a rate of $15 for 25 tickets, with prices rising

to $25 for 30 tickets, or $40 for 54

tickets once the fair begins. The everpopular

Blue Ribbon Bargain Book is

also available this year at a cost $5 per

book. State fair tickets will be available

at the chamber office through

Wednesday, August 22.

Pre-Season Passes to the Martin

County Fair can also be purchased

at Bank Midwest, CCF Bank, Fareway,

First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Hy-

Vee, Profinium and State Bank of Fairmont.

Stop into the Chamber Office to

get the best rates on all your county

and state fair tickets. Our office is located

at 323 East Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont. Give

us a call at 507-235-5547 with any questions or to find

out more information.


ate by facilitating access to leaders, communication and education through programs and services for its members.

Pork Masters (Continued from page 1)


PorkMasters 2018 AM Session Winners (L to R):

Brandon Thiesse, Pat Hawkins, Bryan Sowers and Todd Loosbrock

PorkMasters 2018 PM Session Winners (L to R):

Jacob Sukalski, Mike Sukalski, Ken Craig (Not Pictured: Ian Bents)

110 sponsors, and numerous volunteers enjoyed

a beautiful day of golf, fun, food and networking.

Two teams brought home trophies

with winners from each the morning and evening


Thank you to all our generous sponsors

who make this event possible and recognize

the importance of the pork industry in

Martin County and in the state of Minnesota.

Thank you also to the many volunteers who

Three programs to resume in autumn

As the summer season nears its end, the

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing

to kick off a trio of monthly events to resume

this fall, following a brief three-month summer


Each year, Bureau 14 and Agri-Business

Committee meetings are put on hold during the

summer to accommodate busy schedules.

Social Media Breakfast, a program which

began in the spring of 2016, is set to return in

have made the event successful over the past

26 years.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the

27th Annual Pork Masters Golf Outing on July

22, 2019!

September as well, with a full season of instructors

and focus topics to help you keep up with

current technology trends. Visit our website for

more information on these and other chamber

programs at

Tri-County Implement

St. James

Martin County Implement


Tri-County Implement


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Chamber member business briefs

Center For Specialty Care

(507) 238-4949

Now offering Medical Weight Loss Program!

DID YOU KNOW? Just 5% excess weight increases your health risks

for other conditions, such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and chronic

pain. The American Medical Association considers obesity to be a chronic

disease. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends

that medical doctors screen all adult patients’ weight annually and,

for those who need treatment, undergo behavioral counseling for long-term

weight management. At Center for Specialty Care and Center for Primary

Care, we are always looking for new, innovative ways to serve the people

of our communities. We are so excited to announce that, as of August 1st,

we are offering the Center for Medical Weight Loss program at our clinics

in Fairmont, Blue Earth, and St. James. This program is guided by a medical

professional, covered by insurance, and tailored for each patient! For an

appointment, call 507-238-4949 (Fairmont), 507-526-5191 (Blue Earth), or

507-375-3424 (St. James).

Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b

Red Rock Center for the Arts

(507) 235-9262

Red Rock Center for the Arts will be hosting a Summer

Open House, Thursday Aug. 23 from 4:30-7pm. Wine

& chocolate sampling, community art show, specialty

vendors. Live music by Mark Allen and food service provided by the Iron

Grid outside on the green space. A great opportunity to learn more about the

Red Rock and all it has to offer. Free admission.

Martin County Star

(507) 764-6681

Help raise money for Martin County vocational

school programs! For every new subscription received

until September 1, 2018 (in Martin County residents/businesses only)

the Martin County Star will donate $16 to the Martin County School District’s

Vocational Program. Must not have had a subscription within the last 3 months.

Please write “VOCATIONAL” in the memo portion of the check.


Modern Ag Tour (Continued from page 1)

ABOVE: Learning the stages of oilseed processing ABOVE: Observing ag automation in action ABOVE: All about exports at From the Ground Up

attendance, including several Twin Cities metro

area legislators. Five of these representatives

also serve on the Minnesota Agriculture Finance

Committee. Senator Julie Rosen was able to join

the tour and reconnect with leaders in our local

ag industry. Representatives from the MN Dept.

of Employment and Economic Development, the

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, the

Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership program

and other regional influencers were also

among tour participants. All were provided the

opportunity to experience hands-on learning,

engaging the sights and sounds, smells and flavors

of modern agriculture at each stop on the

tour. Attendees were also given the chance to

view the rural landscape from a farmer’s perspective,

behind the steering wheel of a tractor,

as they test drove an array of modern farm implements.

The six legs of the Modern Ag Tour included

stops at the CHS Oilseed Processing Plant

and Kahler Automation in Fairmont, the Schmidt

Family Farm in rural Ceylon, Easy Automation

and NuWay Cooperative in Welcome, and Project

1590s “From the Ground Up” event at the Trent

and Melissa Tumbleson Farm near Trimont. We

would like to thank our partnering organizations,

the Ag Tourism Committee of Visit Fairmont,

all participating businesses and each of our attendees

for their part in making this a successful

and impactful event for everyone involved as we

work to spread awareness and understanding of

this vital industry throughout our region.

e recognized as the leader in assisting area businesses to prosper.

Chamber member business briefs

First Farmers & Merchants Bank

(507) 235-5556

First Farmers & Merchants National Bank is

proud to announce the addition of Chris Pierce

to its local team. Chris will be the bank's Senior

VP of Lending & Business Development and will

focus on Commercial and Agricultural Lending.

He is a graduate of Fairmont High School, and

graduated from MSU-Mankato. Chris's banking

experience includes 13 years in the Fairmont and Southern MN area providing

banking services for the area's businesses, farms, and individuals. He has extensive

community involvement and currently serves as a Trustee for the Knights of

Columbus, Treasurer at the Martin County Historical Society, on the Saint John

Vianney Finance Council, and is on the board of directors for the Regional Center

for Entrepreneurial Facilitation. Chris resides in Fairmont with his wife Amy, and

their daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife & daughter,

boating, taking trips, hunting, fishing, golfing and attending his daughter's various

activities. Chris is the son of Carol and the late Steve Pierce of Fairmont.

Ameriprise Financial

(507) 238-9722

Will potential long-term or chronic care needs

impact your lifestyle in retirement? Attend our

free educational seminar on Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:30am and 6:30pm,

at the Fairmont Holiday Inn, to learn how to identify potential long-term and

chronic care needs, understand how these needs could affect your lifestyle,

and protect yourself financially from long-term or chronic care expenses.

We will discuss solutions, including life insurance with optional riders, to

help you manage your long-term care costs in retirement. Seating is limited.

Please contact Jami at 507-238-9722 to reserve your seat today.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont

(507) 238-8100

Darla Lytle, registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System in

Fairmont’s Oncology Department, was chosen as a Mayo Clinic

Health System winner of the esteemed Mae Berry Service Excellence

Award. Lytle received the well-deserved recognition June

14 at a dinner in Rochester. “When I found out I was the Mae

Berry winner, I was shocked,” says Lytle. “This is such an honor to be recognized

by my peers for what I do for my patients. This is an award that I will cherish.”

Each year, two non-physician employees from Mayo Clinic Health System in Iowa,

Minnesota and Wisconsin, and two non-physician employees each from Arizona,

Florida and Rochester are chosen to receive the Mae Berry Award. Recipients of

the award are nominated by their peers, supervisors or team members.

Century 21 - Gillian Tunnell

(507) 399-9211

How much time do you spend in your garage? For the

majority of people, it is the entrance/exit used most

often. The garage is often a dumping-ground for items you can’t find a space

for elsewhere, for things not often – or ever – used, or for hobbies or projects

too messy to do in the house itself. However, garages are often overlooked

when sellers are preparing their homes for the market. Having an organized

and clean space can create a very positive impression on prospective buyers,

especially if their own garage is not up to that standard, and it may even add

value to the home! And being organized saves you money, as you can find

what you are looking for instead of buying another - because the one you already

have is buried somewhere out there! So, get out in that garage, get rid

of junk, add (and fill!) some shelves and storage bins! At the very least, you

will have the satisfaction of enjoying your organized space every time you

pass through the garage!

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or concerns about updating your events to the Fairmont Area Community Calendar, please email the Fairmont Area Chamber

of Commerce at

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

Chamber Events

Mon, August 13th - Sun, August 19th

Martin County Fair (Informational Booth)

Wednesday, August 15th

Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off Event

Wednesday, August 29th

Leadership Martin County Kick-Off



How we choose to direct our

spending helps to shape the future

of our community. Consider every

dollar spent a vote cast in an ongoing

economic election, determining how

unique, how vibrant and how healthy

our community will be.



Fill out your application at

Funding for youth programs

The Martin County

Youth Foundation

grant applications are

now available for their

Fall grant cycle. Grants

will be made to qualified, non-profit organizations

that will address important community

youth needs. Funding received may be used for

youth program costs and support materials. Eligible

organizations include those with 501(c)3

status, public agencies, units of government,

and churches.

The mission of the Martin County Youth

Foundation is to acquire, manage and distribute

funds to enhance the lives of youth in Martin

County. Interested groups may pick up grant applica-tions

and guidelines at the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce, 323 East Blue Earth

Avenue or fill them out online at

The deadline for submitting a grant application

is September 15th. Please send completed

grant applications to: Martin County

Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN

56031 or drop them off at the Fairmont Area

Chamber office.

Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off

The 21st Annual Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-

Off will be held on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Martin County Arena.

Tickets are $10 and are available from area

Pork Producers and at the Chamber office. Come

enjoy mouth-watering pork cuisine from Ambiance

on Albion (Fairmont), Blazer Bar (Fairmont),

Cup N’ Saucer (Sherburn), Fairmont Butcher

Block, Green Mill (Fairmont), Jessie’s Smokehouse

(Fairmont), Marina Lodge (Fairmont) and Scotty

Biggs BBQ (Winnebago). Proceeds help to support

our local Agri-Business Scholarships.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this

event possible: Agri-Business Committee of the

Fairmont Area Chamber, Bank Midwest, Cargill

Inc., CFS, Compeer Financial, Dutch Creek Farms,

Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Kahler Automation,

Martin County Corn & Soybean Growers, Martin

County Pork Producers, Preferred Capital Management,

Profinium Financial and Valero Renewables.


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Ambassadors celebrate milestones



Ambassadors cut a ribbon with Wes and Rick Clerc to celebrate the Grand Opening

of the newly rebuilt McDonald's restaurant in Fairmont.


Chamber Ambassadors celebrate with Olmstead Acadamy participants at The Arc -

Minnesota Southwest.


Chamber Ambassadors welcome City of Lakes Media, new owners of local radio stations

KSUM and Lakes FM (KFMC).


Ambassadors congratulate chamber member Burtis Chiropractic as they celebrate

30 years of service to our community.

Providing specialized

financial guidance...a crucial

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1304 Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN


Tabitha Bicknase

Finance Manager

(507) 238-4949

August programs at CER


Summer is not over yet! The Fairmont Summer Playground program

runs through August 9 -thank your City Councilperson for supporting

this summer program for our area youth. Check out other enrichment

opportunities available through CER below. Be sure to attend the Martin

County Fair, Minnesota’s Other Big Fair, being held August 13-19. Watch for

more information the Newcomers and Neighbors “welcome to our area”

program on August 30 or call CER for more information.

Youth entering Grades 1-3 are encouraged to participate in

the CER Fall Flag Football activity which is held on Monday and Tuesday

evenings, 6-7 pm, August 27 – September 25. Team Sponsors and Volunteer

Coaches are needed – a great way to spend some quality time with youth!

Register by August 15 for $34 (which includes long sleeve t-shirt) and avoid

the additional late fee. Contact CER for more information.

CER staff are busy working on activities for the upcoming fall and

winter catalog. Suggestions for activities and instructors are especially

welcomed during August!

For an up-to date list of activities or to register online

with your MasterCard/Visa, visit the CER Web Store at

and click on the CER tab.


Microsoft Word Basic August 9

Over 55 Defensive Driving Refresher August 13

Advanced Dog Obedience August 14

Flag Football (Grades 1-3) Reg. Deadline August 15

Microsoft Word Intermediate August 18

Microsoft Excel August 20

Baton Twirling August 21

529 College Savings Plans August 21,31

Flag Football Begins August 27

Fairmont Newcomers & Neighbors August 30

Gymnastics (ages 3-6) September 5

…and much more!

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

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