“Powering up business throughout Martin County”
Ambassador Scholarship awarded
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Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs
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County Kicks Off
The Ambassador Committee
of the Fairmont Area Chamber
of Commerce has awarded a $1,000
Scholarship to Rachel Shumski.
Rachel is the daughter of Mary and
Gary Shumski of Granada, MN. She
is a student at Minnesota State University
in Mankato, MN. The Ambassador
Scholarship is offered annually
to a Martin County student
in a business related field who is
entering their junior or senior year
at a four-year college or their final
year in a technical college. The recipient
is also required to confirm
achievement of a 3.0 GPA or greater
on a 4.0 scale. Congratulations
Rachel and best of luck in your future
ABOVE: Fairmont Area Chamber Ambassador Committee Chair Nancy
Stauffer awards Rachel Shumski the 2018 Ambassador Scholarship.
Greetings from our new President
By: Ned Koppen - Chamber President
Greetings Fairmont Area
I am writing to you as
I begin my new position as
the Fairmont Area Chamber
of Commerce President and I
wanted to greet those members
that already know me
and introduce myself to those
members that do not know
me very well yet. I am a 32 year resident of Fairmont
and have been blessed to work in the community that
entire time as well as raise my family here. My wife Kim
is an Art Instructor at the Fairmont Elementary School
and we have two sons John and Bailey. John works in
Fairmont at STEP, Inc. and Bailey is a student at Winona
When I learned that the Chamber position was
open, it really piqued my interest. This was a unique opportunity
for me to make an exciting change. I thought
that working for the Chamber (Continued on page 7)
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Local Election Candidate Forums
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Election Day 2018 is drawing near and it is
time for each of us to begin weighing our options
before we reach the ballot box on November 6. The
Governmental Affairs Committee of the Fairmont
Area Chamber of Commerce will be doing our best
to make your decision more informed by assisting
in Election Candidate Forums for our local election
The 2018 election will cover a wide range
of offices representing the citizens of Martin County,
including both of our U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative
for District 1, and State Representative
for District 23A, as well as three Fairmont Area
School Board seats and the County Commissioner
positions for the Second and Fourth Districts. The
City of Fairmont will be selecting a Mayor, and City
Council persons will be chosen to fill the Ward 1
and Ward 3 seats.
The Election Candidate Forums will be
broadcast live, helping you get to know your local
and regional candidates before Election Day arrives.
Watch the chamber website in the coming
weeks for candidate information, ward map, and
Office Manager/Director of
Marketing & Social Media
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
323 East Blue Earth Avenue
P.O. Box 826
Fairmont, MN 56031
Phone: (507) 235-5547
Preparing our future workforce
The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
is proud to coordinate the Junior Achievement (JA)
program in our schools each year through the generous
support of our area businesses, local grants and
individuals in our community. The mission of Junior
Achievement is “To inspire
and prepare young people
to succeed in a global
economy.” Junior Achievement
of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
in age appropriate increments, creating a stronger
understanding of how the world around them works
and how they fit into the greater economic picture.
Our local Junior Achievement program relies
on over 40 volunteer teachers and reaches an average
of 57 classrooms totaling 1154 students in grades K-
6th and 8th grade. Our annual cost is $12,840 for the
classroom kits alone.
Our ability to continue offering the Junior
Achievement program and to build toward a brighter
future for students in area
public and private schools
depends largely on the
generosity of the people
in our community. If you
would like to help support the Junior Achievement
program in our area by making a donation or becoming
a volunteer teacher, please contact the Fairmont
Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-235-5547. Find
out how your life can be enriched by volunteering or
sponsoring a classroom!
ate by facilitating access to leaders, communication and education through programs and services for its members.
Blue Ribbon Pork Cook Off award winners
1st Place Award - Cup N’ Saucer 2nd Place Award - Jessie's Smokehouse 3rd Place Award - The Blazer Bar & Grill
The 21st Annual Martin County Blue Ribbon
Pork Cook Off was held Wednesday, August
15th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Martin County
Fairgrounds with approximately 400 people in
attendance. Proceeds from this event help support
two annual $4,200 Agri-Business Scholarships for
local students. The judges and the public agreed
on the top entries for just the second time in Blue
Ribbon Pork history with the winning contestants
taking home their respective ribbons in both the
Connoisseur's Choice and People's Choice categories.
Each of our eight contestants gave a valiant
effort, producing creative, mouth-watering porkinspired
dishes, and presenting a formidable challenge
for our judges and participants in selecting
this year’s winning entries.
We want to thank the Martin County Blue
Ribbon Pork Cook Off Committee, all of our volunteers
and the many sponsors who continue to
make this annual event a success. Our 2018 sponsors
were the Agri-Business Committee of the
Fairmont Area Chamber, Bank Midwest, Cargill
Inc., CFS, Compeer Financial, Dutch Creek Farms,
Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Kahler Automation,
Martin Co. Corn & Soybean Growers, Martin Co.
Pork Producers, Preferred Capital Management,
Profinium Financial and Valero Renewables.
We would also like to thank this year's
contestants: Ambiance on Albion Taphouse & Grill
in Fairmont, The Blazer Bar & Grill in Fairmont,
Cup N’ Saucer Restaurant in Sherburn, Fairmont
Butcher Block in Fairmont, Green Mill Restaurant
in Fairmont, Jessie’s Smokehouse in Fairmont,
The Marina Lodge in Fairmont and Scotty Biggs
BBQ of Winnebago. Congratulations to this year's
FLAVORS OF THE 2018 MARTIN COUNTY BLUE RIBBON PORK COOK OFF
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Chamber member business briefs
Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
Timothy Sheneman, D.O., joined the Mayo
Clinic Health System in Fairmont Internal Medicine Department Aug. 13. He
received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
– A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, Dr.
Sheneman worked as an internal medicine physician at Kirksville Missouri
Hospital Company. We’re excited that Dr. Sheneman has moved to the community
and begun his practice at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Learn
more about Dr. Sheneman and the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont Internal
Medicine team at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.
Dan's Appliance Sleepsource & TV
Dan Terfehr and Matt Fraser, from Dan’s
Appliance Sleepsource, attended the Brandsource Convention in Las Vegas
from August 26-29. Dan sits on the North Central Board of Directors and attended
Regional meetings and training. Matt attended the meetings specifically
for sales training and customer service. The convention floor is filled with
the latest and greatest in appliances, bedding, and other products related to
our industry. The next convention will be in March 2019.
We often plan for future positive life-changing
events like marriage, starting a family, retirement
or grandchildren. Yet it is easy to gloss over planning for negative changes like job
loss, illness or disability. It is human nature to avoid thinking about these difficult
events, but it is better to prepare your finances for the unexpected. Challenging
life events are hard enough to manage. If you have financial contingency plans
in place ahead of time, it can pay off by giving you more choices when tragedy
strikes unexpectedly. You can’t prepare for everything, but you can save time and
money by putting safety nets in place for your future. Ask your financial advisor
to help you identify ways to prepare for life’s uncertainties.
Center For Specialty Care
The Center for Specialty Care is excited to
announce that we have teamed up with Mason City Clinic in Mason City, Iowa
to begin offering Urology services in our Fairmont office. The Mason City Clinic
Urology team brings over 65 years of experience, including laparoscopy, minimally
invasive surgery and robotic surgery! Urologists treat conditions such as:
Bladder, kidney, testicular, prostate cancer; Enlarged prostate, BPH; Urinary incontinence,
bladder problems; Male sexual health, ED, low testosterone; Adrenal
disease; Kidney stones; Infertility. Our mission is and has always been to provide
excellent specialty care to our communities. We are very happy to be able to offer
this service to all of the valued patients in our area. To make an appointment,
call (507) 238-4949, or the Center for Primary Care (507) 238-9533.
Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b
Martin County Veterans Memorial (MCVM)
UPDATE: Construction of the concrete wall for black
granite panels has been completed. Panels will soon be
attached to wall and the engraved names, honoring our
Martin County veterans, will be displayed. In addition to
the engraved veteran names, an area of the panels will
display donors, or sponsors who have contributed over $500 to this project. Requests
to have a veteran name, or donor/sponsor name added after panel installation
will be semi-annually. Visit website: www.mcvm.org, for veteran, or
private and/or business donation applications, or contact Jim Miller 507-236-
1026 for further information. Current veteran and donor/sponsor names are
also available at the website. Donations are tax deductible under 501(c)3. Stop
by at 507 Winnebago Ave., Fairmont, MN to view progress.
Interlaken Heritage Days
The Interlaken Heritage Days Fall Vendor Show will take place
from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th at Five
Lakes Centre. Interested vendors can find more information,
and register, by visiting www.ihdfairmont.org/craft-fair-vendor/
The vendor shows put on by the IHD committee are fundraisers for the
activities of the Interlaken Heritage Days city festival, funds from this show will
go towards the 2019 festival. We are always looking for help in fundraising, planning,
advertising, and general ideas for the upcoming year! Interested? Contact
us at 507-236-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting things are happening at Shoe Sensation! We have three fun events
happening in our store, starting on Saturday, September 8, with the Asics
Trunk Show. We will be featuring our entire stock of Asics, and you will be
able to order additional styles, colors and widths. There is a free gift with an
Asics purchase, and refreshments will be available. Our next event will support
the Martin County Humane Society, and will be held on Saturday, September
29, called Shoes for Paws. Specific shoes that are purchased during
the event will have a percentage given to the Humane Society. We will have a
raffle for a free pair of shoes, donations to the Humane Society will be taken,
and we will be serving as a drop off spot for anything the community would
like to donate. We plan to have vendors related to the pet industry for all to
talk to. Our special guests will be “residents” from the Humane Society, along
with their caretakers. Please join us for lots of fun! Thursday, October 4th
is our fall Clarks Trunk Show during the hours of 10am to 6pm. Our Clarks
representative, Bob Green, will be here to help answer questions and select
shoes. All Clarks shoes will be on sale, and we will have a drawing for a free
pair of Clarks shoes of your choice. Each Clarks shoe purchase will receive a
free gift. As always, refreshments will be available.
e recognized as the leader in assisting area businesses to prosper.
Chamber member business briefs
United Hospital District Home Health & Hospice
United Hospital District Hospice is celebrating 30
years of serving patients and families residing in
Martin, Faribault and northern Iowa counties. The team at UHD Hospice is
committed to providing quality end-of-life care encompassing a holistic approach
backed by 30 years of experience.
HR Advisors LLC
NEW ADDRESS: Effective August 22 my wife Barb
and I are moving to the Minneapolis area to be closer to family. HR Advisors continues
to operate and my associates Courtney Cutler, Bob Verchota, and I will
continue to provide consultation for current and new clients. We are always happy
to talk to you about human resources, training, and DiSC. We are grateful for
our many friends and associates and the great support we have received from
the Fairmont area over the last 32 years. Our new address is HR Advisors LLC,
3945 Covey Trail, Minnetrista, MN 55375. Our phone number and email remains
the same. Thank you. Wes Pruett
Fairmont Opera House, Inc.
Starting off our 2018-2019 season will be Hornucopia.
Hornucopia pays tribute to bands and
artists that feature horn sections in the rock era, celebrating music that spans
the past 6 decades from the 1960s to today. If you have any questions about our
upcoming season, give us a call! We would also like to thank our communities
support as we finish our first year of fundraising for our Capital Campaign.
Aventure Staffing is excited to celebrate it's
2nd Anniversary as Fairmont's ONLY staffing agency during the month of September!
Aventure Staffing is proud to offer Fairmont-area employers a variety
of staffing services to fit their hiring needs, including temporary placement,
temp-to-perm and permanent placement. Stop by our office across from True
Value or call us at 507-399-2027 to learn more!
Red Rock Center for the Arts
Red Rock Center for the Arts will kick off their upcoming
concert series on Saturday, September 15 at 7pm,
featuring a family friendly night of comedy, music,
voice tossing and storytelling with David Malmberg. Pre-season passes and
individual show tickets are available at the Red Rock Center and Hy-Vee in
Sweet Financial Services
"Connect Business Magazine" features Sweet Financial
Services in the July/August issue! Connect Business
Magazine serves the south-central Minnesota
region. It is published bimonthly and has a controlled circulation of over 9,000
with estimated total reach of 40,000. The article ‘Advisor to the Advisors’ emphasizes
keeping your financial dreams on track: Bryan Sweet, ChFC® and his
team always put an emphasis on how they can give more to their clients and to
the wealth advisor community. Sweet stated, “People don’t know what they don’t
know. This means not just overseeing your investments but looking at the big
picture -whether it be proactive tax planning in addition to what your CPA does,
aligning your biggest goals and dreams with your financial picture and always
working in your best interest.” Sweet’s top 6 recommendations that you should
plan for in regards to your finances: 1. Put Your Why Before Your What and How;
2. Are you retired and want to make over $100,000 this year without paying Federal
income tax?; 3.Generate Retirement Income Without Holding Your Assets
Hostage; 4. Lower Your Health Insurance Costs in Retirement; 5. Create a Blueprint
of Your Financial Freedom; 6. Maximize Your Gifting Strategy. To read more,
check out the entire article, Advisor to the Advisors here: connectbiz.com
Disclosure: Raymond James and its advisors do not offer tax or legal advice. You should discuss any tax or legal
matters with the appropriate professional.
In late July, Kahler was a stop on Visit Fairmont’s
Modern Ag Tour of Martin County. Attended by around 25 Minnesota
state legislators, political candidates, area businesspersons and community
leaders, the tour spotlighted the ag industry’s economic impact on the region.
And in early August, we were honored to host U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar during
her swing through southern Minnesota. Joined by Mayor Debbie Foster and local
media, the Senator toured our facility, met with employees, and learned about
the infrastructural & educational needs of tech/manufacturing industry in rural
America. Thanks to everyone on staff who helped organize these tours!
Bob Gunther, MN Representative District 23A
This session a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed legislation
that would have given more than 2.2 million Minnesotans tax
relief, and allowed Minnesota to conform with federal tax laws.
The governor’s veto of this common sense bill means hundreds
of thousands will now face tax increases, and everyone filing tax
returns will likely face paperwork headaches if not lose money outright, with
farmers being the hardest hit. Hopefully the process becomes clearer in the
months ahead. But the governor’s purely political move has left all Minnesotans
with an unclear path to filing their income taxes next year.
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Monday, September 3rd
Labor Day (Offices Closed)
Wednesday, September 5th - 7:30 a.m.
Leadership Martin County
Thursday, September 6th - 5:00 p.m.
PM Exchange (Welcome Ned Koppen)
Wednesday, September 12th - 6:00 p.m.
Bureau 14 Meeting
Wednesday, September 19th - 3:00 p.m.
Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings
Tuesday, September 25th - 9:00 a.m.
Social Media Breakfast
The Retail Committee of the Fairmont Area
Chamber is seeking committee members
to join us as we work to make a positive
impact in our local retail environment.
Call (507) 235-5547
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for your business.
The smart move for your bottom line.
Last call for grant applications!
The Martin County
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,
The mission of the Martin County Youth
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Jessica & Steve Sovell
Gemologist • Goldsmith
Foundation is to acquire, manage and distribute
funds to enhance the lives of youth in Martin
County. Interested groups may pick up grant applications
and guidelines at the Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce, 323 East Blue Earth
Avenue or fill them out online at www.martincountyyouthfoundation.org.
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
Fluorescent bulb recycling
Fluorescent lamps contain mercury and
are considered a hazardous waste product. It is
against the law to dispose of fluorescent bulbs
and ballasts with your regular garbage. Fluorescent
bulb recycling will be held in the former
Kmart parking lot on Thursday, October
4th, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. This recycling event
serves the residents and businesses of Martin
and Faribault Counties. When transporting the
lamps, be careful not to break them. There will
be a charge at the time of disposal.
Fairmont Public Utilities Customers are
eligible for total reimbursement for bulb recycling
costs. When dropping bulbs off for recycling,
ask for a rebate coupon, keep your receipt,
and turn both in to Fairmont Public Utilities for
reimbursement of recycling costs. Contact the
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce with any
questions at (507) 235-5547.
Professional Window Cleaning
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the windows
of your home sparkling clean!
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.
Season of Leadership begins
The 2018-2019 season of Leadership
Martin County has now begun! In a new approach
this year, the Program Facilitator, participants,
Day Leaders and Year Leaders of the
program gathered together to kick-off the new
season on Wednesday, August 29 at the Holiday
Inn - Fairmont.
Year leaders Stephanie Busiahn and
Mandi Kosbab welcomed twenty new program
participants on behalf of the Fairmont Area
Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership
Martin County program. Program Facilitator
Peggy Young of Riverland Community College
prepared participants for a successful season
by leading introductions from Day Leaders, participants
and program alumni and engaging all
attendants in a brief icebreaker exercise. After
a meal and quality networking opportunities,
the group was ready to cast off on their journey
toward building a greater understanding of our
area, sharing ideas and strengthening individual
and collective abilities to identify and solve
the important issues facing our community.
Peggy provided an overview of program
materials and outlined expectations for participants.
With the first session covering Community
Leadership and taking place on September
5th, participants left the event primed for an exciting
nine-month journey of personal development
and community awareness that holds the
potential to propel Martin County toward continued
success and prosperity in the future.
This program, designed by the Fairmont
Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation
with Riverland Community College, would not
be possible without the support of our program
sponsors. We would like to thank the Fairmont
Economic Development Authority (FEDA), Martin
County EDA (Ignite), Mayo Clinic Health System
in Fairmont and Rosen's Diversified, Inc. for
their sponsorship of the 2018-2019 season of
Leadership Martin County.
New President (Continued from page 1)
and representing Fairmont and Martin County
would be a great chance to promote many of the
things that I love about our community. Promoting
a strong business climate and being an advocate
to businesses, families or individuals when
they want to know more about our towns and
county was exactly what I wanted to be able to
do. I am honored to be chosen for the position
and now I get to start working towards learning
more about the job, more about our Chamber
membership and more about how we can make
Fairmont and Martin County stronger. Pretty exciting
I look forward to working with all of our
Chamber members as I move forward in this new
position. I hope to learn a lot about how you feel
about our community, the Chamber and all of the
great opportunities that we have. I will do my
best to always promote Fairmont, Martin County
and all of your businesses in the most positive
way possible. I am very excited to be here at the
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.
President, Fairmont Area Chamber
THINK LOCAL FIRST!
DID YOU KNOW?
A growing body of economic research
shows that in an increasingly
homogenized world, entrepreneurs
and skilled workers are more likely to
invest and settle in communities that
preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses
and distinctive character.
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A Farm Bureau agent makes it easy.
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September programs at CER
Safe Routes to School volunteers are needed. SRTS youth
walk/bike with adult volunteers to elementary schools in Fairmont on
Tuesday mornings beginning September 11 through October 30. For
more information on this program and routes/Safe Zone Drop off locations,
contact CER at 235-3141.
Free Adult Basic Education classes in Fairmont begin the
week of September 10. Adults can prepare to take their GED Exam (if no
diploma received), improve writing and math skills and more. Distance
Learning classes which can be done in your own home are also available
to study for your GED. Free Classes to learn English are held on Tuesday
evenings and Wednesday afternoons (1-3 pm.) Please contact or stop in
at CER (507-235-3141/enter through Door 15A) for more details.
CER staff are busy working on activities for the upcoming fall and
winter catalog which will offer opportunities. Suggestions for new activities
and instructors are always welcomed!
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.
A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
Gymnastics (ages 3-6) September 5
Over 55 Defensive Driving Refresher September 10
Adult Basic Education Begins September 10
Safe Routes to School Begins September 11
Mini-Card Volleyball Camp (Grades K-3) September 15
CER Fall/Winter Catalog Mailout September 21
Lights on For Kids Afterschool (Grades 2-6) September 24
Co-Ed Fall Volleyball League Meeting September 25
…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 email@example.com
Advertise in the 2019 Visitor Guide!
Reserve your ad in the ultimate, all-inclusive Martin County Visitor
and Relocation Guide today! Twelve thousand copies are printed
and distributed each year in Martin County and throughout the tri-state
area. Hundreds of copies are mailed directly to requestors who have
expressed interest in visiting or relocating to Martin County. The digital
version is viewed online by tens of thousands at FairmontChamber.
org, VisitFairmontMN.com and Fairmont.org. This guide is a valued resource
for current and prospective residents and visitors alike! Be sure
your business, service or event is included.
Take advantage of our early
bird ad special or enjoy an exclusive
15% discount on your ad if your business
is a member of the Fairmont Area
Chamber. Visit our website for additional
details, rates and deadlines or
contact Kandi by phone at 507-235-
4457 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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