Chamber Newsletter - November 2018

fairmontchamber

November 2018

Community Connections

“Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Glows parade activities lining up

Inside

This Issue

Page 2 - Overcoming

Workforce Barriers

Page 2 - Reaching New

Markets

Page 3 - Revitalize Retail

Page 3 - Community Holiday

Decoration Fund

Pages 4 & 5 - Business Briefs

Page 6 - Small Business

Saturday Event

Page 7 - Membership Drive

Page 7 - Agri-Business

Meetings Resume

Santa and Mrs. Claus, direct

from the North Pole, will be

arriving at the Fairmont Municipal

Airport via the North Pole Express

around 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November

16th. Everyone is invited

to greet this special arrival. Gather

the kids, grab those Christmas

wish-lists, and head over to the airport

for a chance to meet the jolly

elf himself. Don't forget to bring

your camera!

Join us along Downtown

Plaza later in the evening as we kick

off the Holiday season with the annual

Glows Parade, complete with

pre and post-parade activities. The

Immanuel Lutheran Church will be

serving Chili and Oyster Stew from

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at 1200 North

North Avenue. The MCSAP Coalition

ABOVE: The community gathers along Downtown Plaza in anticipation of the

lights and sounds of the Holiday season at the annual Glows Parade.

will be hosting a Youth Fun Night at

the Martin County Youth for Christ

Lighthouse, 213 Downtown Plaza,

until 10:00 p.m. All Martin County

YoCo students and friends are invited

to (Continued on page 6)

Welcome new board members

Four local professionals have stepped up to

serve on the 13 member board of the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce. Nicole Gries of Valero Renewables

- Welcome, Judy Gustafson of U.S. Bank, Teresa

Haycraft of Fairmont Ford and John Kasper of Graffiti

Corner will officially begin their three year terms this

coming December.

We want to thank our outgoing board members

Zephanie Cole of Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture,

Mandi Kosbab of Edward Jones, Past Chair-Kerry

Nagel Allen of MRCI and Ann Terfehr of Dan’s Appliance

for their dedicated service to this chamber and

to our community. We would also like to recognize

and thank Tom Lytle of Bank Midwest for his service

on our board of directors this past year.

Those who will continue to serve on our board

of directors through 2019 include: Les Anderson;

Deb Barnes; Stephanie Busiahn; Dave Cone; Brandon

Edmundson; Luke Long; Steve Pomerenke and Sara

Pierce.

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Chair

Les Anderson

Martin County

Farm Bureau

Vice Chair

Sara Pierce

Pierce Accounting

and Tax Services

Deb Barnes

Lakeview Methodist

Health Care Center

Stephanie Busiahn

Visit Fairmont

Zephanie Cole

Align Chiropractic &

Acupuncture, PLC

Dave Cone

Kahler Automation

Corporation

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

Board of Directors Officers:

Board of Directors:

Staff:

Past Chair

Kerry Nagel Allen

MRCI

Treasurer

Tom Lytle

Bank Midwest

Brandon

Edmundson

Krahmer, Shaffer

& Edmundson, Ltd

Mandi Kosbab

Edward Jones

Luke Long

Hy-Vee

Steve Pomerenke

Compeer Financial

Ann Terfehr

Dan’s Appliance

Ned Koppen

President

president@fairmontchamber.org

Kandi Menne

Office Manager/Director of

Communications

info@fairmontchamber.org

Benjamin Landsteiner

Marketing & Social Media

Coordinator

benjamin@fairmontchamber.org

Miranda Larsen

Finance Coordinator

finance@fairmontchamber.org

Contact Information:

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

323 East Blue Earth Avenue

P.O. Box 826

Fairmont, MN 56031

Phone: (507) 235-5547

www.FairmontChamber.org

Overcoming workforce barriers

By: Ned Koppen - Chamber President

I have spent a lot of my first

two months with the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce meeting

with and talking to Chamber members

and other people in our community

who connect with

and influence our business

community. One thing I have consistently

heard while talking with the

business community is that everyone

is looking for workers.

Finding, hiring and retaining a

quality workforce is something

that many of our businesses are

finding to be a big challenge. I

was aware of this when I started

visiting with our members

and was prepared to have that

discussion.

There is a related topic

that seems to come up around

this topic that I was not fully

aware of and that is there is a

lack of child care for parents

who work. I have not had to search for child care for

quite some time. I was out of the loop.

Not being able to find child care is a problem

in and of itself, but it also has the added effect of impacting

businesses. I have had conversations with

Linsey Preuss, Fairmont’s Economic Development

Coordinator, about many things business related

and she has been able to make me better informed.

She shared this information with me.

“Child care is a critical

prerequisite to building

a robust workforce. Lack

of quality child care

options can force parents

to reduce their hours or

even leave jobs.”

Reaching new markets

Your Chamber offers unique advertising opportunities

to reach local residents, businesses and

newcomers. We are now preparing for the 2019 edition

of the Fairmont City Map and the Martin County

Visitor and Relocation Guide. Advertising space is

also available in this publication and online.

Child care is a critical prerequisite to building

a robust workforce. Lack of quality child care options

can force parents to reduce their hours or even

leave jobs. It also contributes to absenteeism. Businesses

lose an estimated $3 billion annually due to

issues related to child care. In rural regions

such as Martin County, finding child care can

be particularly challenging. Rural residents

often rely on in-home child care

options, which have been dwindling

lately. Minnesota lost over

six percent of its in-home child

care providers in the last year.

Fairmont has a potential

need of 81 additional fulltime,

licensed child care slots

to meet the needs of current

and prospective residents. In

an attempt to address this deficit,

the city applied for and was

recently accepted into the First

Children’s Finance, Rural Child

Care Innovation Program (RC-

CIP). RCCIP helps communities

assess their child care needs and empowers them to

develop solutions. The two-year program engages

area stakeholders with an end goal of finding community-based

solutions to increase the supply of

high quality affordable child care.

Linsey is leading the team in Martin County.

Members of the team have participated in trainings

to better understand the fundamentals of child care

and discussions about how (Continued on page 6)

We host numerous events throughout the

year offering sponsorship opportunities that allow

you to make your business visible to the general

business community or specific industries. Call the

Chamber at 507-235-5547 or email Kandi at info@

fairmontchamber.org for more information.

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

Committee to revitalize retail

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As we enter the Holiday

season, we prepare to gather

with family and friends, share

meals, exchange stories and

gifts. In the eyes of the retail

industry, however, this period

holds another notable

significance. In an age where

Black Friday has grown to nearly eclipse the

glow of the Thanksgiving Holiday in our minds

and on our calendars, this season represents a

crucial peak in retail spending which every retailer

must acknowledge and engage in order

to remain competitive.

Retail has shifted dramatically over the

last few decades and continues to do so rapidly.

As in any business, it remains essential to

adapt to the changing economic climate and

to be proactive in addressing the challenges

peeking over the horizon. With this in mind,

the Chamber has taken an active role to encourage

cooperative efforts among our local

retailers, emphasizing the value of collaboration

and innovation in achieving shared goals

and in spurring economic growth.

In light of the ongoing struggle this

industry faces throughout our community

and across the nation, the expansion and revitalization

of the Retail Committee has been

identified as a key priority for the Fairmont

Area Chamber. Early efforts have included initiatives

like enhancing our Chamber Gift Certificates,

free seminars to help improve businesses'

online presence, and the development

of an annual Small Business Saturday promotion

to encourage and remind area residents

to “Think Local First” and to help support the

local businesses we know and love.

This is just the beginning of what is

possible through the work of the Retail Committee.

If you would like to help make a difference

in this important industry, we invite you

to contact our office at 507-235-5547 to learn

more about the future of this committee and

to join our cause.

Help our community shine

Did you know

that the festive decorations

that light up our

streets each Holiday

season are supplied

and paid for by the

Fairmont Area Chamber

of Commerce?

Each fall, we request

donations to resupply

our designated

Community Christmas Decoration Fund. It costs

approximately $1,500 per year just to refurbish

the current street pole decorations as bulbs

burn out and wiring fails. We hope to purchase

new decorations in the near future as our current

ones continue to age and deteriorate, but

the necessary financial investment is significant.

We appreciate all donations received

from local citizens, businesses and organizations

in any amount to help us keep our community

shining bright during the Holiday season. If

you would like to donate, you can contact us by

phone at (507) 235-5547, or reach us by email

at info@fairmontchamber.org

THINK LOCAL FIRST!

Keep our community in mind

this Black Friday and Small

Business Saturday! Every dollar

you spend in our area helps to

build a stronger and more vibrant

local economy, supporting the

organizations, amenities and

businesses we love.

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Chamber member business briefs

Interlaken Heritage Days

(507) 848-4664

Join us on November 10th at Five Lakes Centre from 10:00

a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to get a jump start on your holiday shopping

with all of your favorite area crafters and direct sales

vendors during the IHD Fall Vendor & Craft Show! With

over 30 handmade crafters and vendors in one spot there is bound to something

for everyone! Lunch will also be available for purchase so come hungry.

For a list of vendors go to ihdfairmont.org/craft-fair-vendor (This is a fundraiser

for the 2019 Interlaken Heritage Days festival)

Red Rock Center for the Arts

(507) 235-9262

“Deliverance”, “Total Recall, and “Beverly Hills Cop” actor

/ musician Ronny Cox comes to the Red Rock Center

stage Saturday, Nov 17 at 7pm for an evening of

folk music and storytelling, along with special guest Ansel Barnum, a master

of the harmonica. “Ronny’s music is eclectic; a woven tapestry of songs and

stories with an overall arc that eventually comes together and tells something

about “the human condition”. Truly an evening to remember. Tickets

on sale now at Hy-Vee in Fairmont.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont

(507) 238-8100

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont

opened its new Urgent Care on Friday, Nov. 2. The Clinic at Walmart discontinued

operations the same day, which is part of the transition plan that

Mayo Clinic Health System announced in May. Urgent Care covers the same

services previously available at The Clinic at Walmart - such as treatment of

allergies, bladder infections, ear and eye infections, strep throat and rashes

- but also handles minor medical treatment for back and muscle pain, cuts,

low-grade burns, ear aches, skin conditions, sprains, joint pain and upper

respiratory infections. Urgent Care treats patients of all ages. Urgent Care

will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday,

8 a.m.–5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Kahler Automation

(507) 235-6648

WELCOME to Chuck Hardt, who joined

Kahler Automation in October as our new Mechanical Assembler. Glad to

have you aboard! WAY TO GO to the Kahler employees who attended a Kinship

“lunch & learn” event; several volunteered to help improve the lives of

area youth by becoming mentors. And WOO-HOO! to our “Bison Committee”

for organizing a couple of tasty events — the production floor was opened up

for a “fiesta lunch” with walking tacos, a piñata, and yard games; and an “apple

day” where folks shared their favorite pies, crisps, and cider, plus buckets

of apples from Jim Droegemueller’s orchard.

Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b

First Farmers & Merchants Bank

(507) 235-5556

First Farmers & Merchants National Bank is pleased to announce

the addition of Dan Driscoll to its Ag lending team.

Dan is a graduate of Blue Earth Area and SDSU in Brookings.

He comes to us from a local co-op where he worked as an

agronomist with area producers. This experience will be a

compliment to Dan’s new responsibilities of assisting Ag producers in the financial

areas of their business. Dan resides in Fairmont with his wife Alecia.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, boating, hunting and

ice fishing. Please stop in and welcome Dan and let him assist you with your

financial needs.

Fairmont Opera House, Inc.

(507) 238-4900

Continental Ballet: Sleeping Beauty will

make an appearance at the Opera House

on November 16th at 7:30PM. In this classical children's fairy tale, Princess

Aurora has a spell cast on her that puts her to sleep for 100 years. She can

only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. This ballet will show the celebration

on her awakening. Skipping into December on the 7th at 7:30 PM is

Rhythmic Circus: Holiday Shuffle! This joyous parade of genre-hopping music

and hard-hitting percussive dance, you'll be jumping out of your seat and

dancing to the beat.

The Visual Identity Vault

(507) 238-9793

Did you know that TVIV has a place to hold your

next gathering, meeting or class? Contact us at

507-238-9793. Our basement is set up with tables

and chairs. Food setup area is available, including refrigerator. We

also have a projector, television and dry erase presentation board. Need

a unique, personalized gift for a friend, family member, teacher, boss, or

your employees? We can help you! Laser engraved ornaments, cutting

boards, wine bottles, SIC Cups and more! Let us help you with your holiday

shopping!

Burtis Chiropractic Center

(507) 235-5551

Burtis Chiropractic Center would like to welcome TaLeah Fitzloff

as the newest member of their team. TaLeah is a Truman

native and continues to live there with her family. TaLeah’s

family includes fiancé Josh Werner, and their three young

children. In her spare time TaLeah enjoys making homemade

crafts, baking, and spending time with her family. TaLeah is looking forward

to meeting new people and helping them continue in chiropractic, nutrition,

and wellness.

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

Chamber member business briefs

Ameriprise Financial

(507) 238-9722

The long-running 9-year bull market could

eventually suffer declines, and we’ve seen

some recent fluctuations. It’s important to keep in mind that, historically,

investors who have stayed invested in stocks have been rewarded. Avoid

overreacting to market volatility. Investors who become fearful of market

downturn may be tempted to move money quickly, but this creates

“opportunity risk” of missing out on potential future growth. In times of

unpredictability, remain focused on your long-term goals. Remain aware

of fundamental factors like strength of the economy, corporate profits,

and the value of specific sectors and stocks that are important. Assess

your risk tolerance and continue to invest accordingly. The key is to avoid

rash decisions and remain consistent with long-term objectives. See your

financial advisor to solidify your long-term financial objectives to prevent

opportunity risk.

Sweet Financial Services

(507) 235-5587

Sweet Financial Services is excited to welcome Abby

Ruppert to our team! Abby is joining our Concierge

Service department as a Concierge Services Associate

to help ensure you continue to receive dedicated service

and attention. In addition to supporting our advisors,

she is responsible for establishing, maintaining

and building client relationships while providing first class Client Service.

Abby is also taking on the role of scheduling appointments for our clients.

She is originally from the Worthington area and currently lives in Fairmont

with her husband, Jake. They have three children, Brooke and Morgan 6; and

Lucy 2. Before joining our team, she had been employed at Profinium, Inc. for

8 years. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her girls, boating on

the lake with family and friends. We are thrilled to have Abby join the Sweet

Financial team!

“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.

Businesses band together for #SmallBizSat

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Small Business Saturday is just around the corner!

The Retail Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber is

organizing a community-wide promotion with our local

small businesses to inform and inspire area residents to

get out and show their support for this important sector of

our local economy on Saturday, Nov 24.

We want to be sure that each small business in our

community is ready to celebrate Small Business Saturday

by inviting them to join us in a Passport Promotion facilitated

by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, your

Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion. Participating

businesses will be included in our publicity efforts

and receive great promotional items for FREE while supplies

last.

If you or a small business owner you know would

like more information on the promotion and how to participate,

contact Benjamin at the Fairmont Area Chamber of

Commerce by email at benjamin@fairmontchamber.org or

call (507) 235-5547. Thank you for your help in supporting

our community and the small businesses we love.

AS Mobile

Apple/Android

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 info@fairmontchamber.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

Chamber Events

Monday, November 12th

Veterans Day Observed (Offices Closed)

Wednesday, November 14th - 6:00 p.m.

Bureau 14 Meeting

Friday, November 16th

Santa lands at Fairmont Airport - 4:05 p.m.

Fairmont Glows Parade - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20th - 6:00 p.m.

Agri-Business Meeting

Wednesday, November 21st - 3:00 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings

Thurs & Fri, November 22nd & 23rd

Thanksgiving Observed (Offices Closed)

Saturday, November 24th

Small Business Saturday (SHOP LOCAL!)

Tuesday, November 27th- 9:00 a.m.

Social Media Breakfast

Wednesday, December 5th - 7:30 a.m.

Leadership Martin County

WELCOME

NEW MEMBERS!

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Glows parade (Continued from page 1)

join them during and after the parade for pizza,

hot chocolate, snacks, games and music. Call

Steph Johnson (507-236-4118) or the Lighthouse

(507-235-6016) for details. The Blazer

Bar & Grill will host live music by Lance Allen

as well as food and drink specials following the

parade. The Fairmont Opera House will feature

a performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by the Continental

Ballet Company beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Watch for additional details regarding these

events and activities in the weeks to come.

The Glows Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Come experience this brilliant display of holiday

cheer, the wonderful floats, thousands of

lights, and the appearance of Santa on the 29th

anniversary of the Fairmont Glows Parade.

We encourage anyone still interested

in entering the Glows Parade to please do so. If

you have any questions or would like to make a

parade entry, please contact the Fairmont Area

Chamber of Commerce at 507-235-5547 or visit

our website at www.FairmontChamber.org. This

event is a community-wide celebration and a local

tradition that is open to all ages!

Workforce (Continued from page 2)

it impacts the area workforce and economy.

They’ve been working to survey parents and

providers as well as connect with leaders in

business, education and philanthropy.

I am not sure what the answers to this

problem will be, but if we are all aware that

there is a problem and it is affecting our business

community, then I think it is worthwhile

for all of us to take note and get involved if we

have thoughts or ideas that could help find a

solution. A great chance to contribute to that

process is already scheduled.

The Fairmont RCCIP team is synthesizing

their research and the community’s feedback

into a summary, which they will present

in a town hall setting on November 13. After

the presentation, RCCIP will facilitate an interactive

exercise to help community members

brainstorm local solutions to Fairmont’s child

care challenges. Community members are encouraged

to get involved. The November 13

town hall is open to the public and includes

dinner. For more information and to register,

go to: bit.ly/FairmontRCCIP.

This issue is important to our community

and important to the way our area businesses

are able to operate and attract employees.

We can all offer ideas and efforts and a great

place to start is at the town hall meeting on November

13th. I hope to see you there!

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ment for our members, recognition of accomplishments, effective communication, and doing all things efficiently and in a fiscally responsible manner.

Added value for new members

What does it mean to be a Chamber member,

and why should you belong? It’s about caring

for the community, making valuable connections,

and creating an environment where businesses

can prosper. By working together to take aggressive

action, our businesses and our community

can thrive! Your Chamber offers many avenues to

help your business get noticed as well as opportunities

to network with local leaders and professionals.

New members who join before December

15 will receive all member benefits for the remainder

of the year at no charge. Individuals and

Non-profits without paid staff are also encouraged

to take advantage of this opportunity. Just

The Agri-business Committee of the

Fairmont Area Chamber resumes their monthly

meeting schedule on Tuesday, November

20th at The Ranch Restaurant. Jerome Gerdts,

CPA will be the guest speaker this month. The

committee meets on the third Tuesday of the

month from November through May each year.

The mission of the Agri-business Committee is

"To provide a means for Farmers and other Agbusiness

people to promote the importance of

agriculture in Fairmont and Martin County."

The Agri-business Committee also supports

education in agriculture by offering two

pay your 2019 dues in full at time of joining and

receive the remainder of 2018 FREE! Join today

and help us make a difference! Call the Chamber

at (507) 235-5547 for more information.

We want to encourage all current members

to complete and return their annual Business

Verification Form. These forms help us to

keep your business information up to date, allowing

us to provide helpful and accurate referrals,

maintain fair and reasonable membership

dues, and ensure that your business receives relevant

and valuable communications from your

chamber office. Please watch for this verification

form in the mail and return the completed form

to our office by mail or in person.

Agri-Business meetings resume

annual $4200 scholarships to graduating seniors

of Martin County high schools who plan to

pursue a bachelor's degree in an ag-related field

of study. The committee raises money to help

fund these scholarships by hosting two highly

anticipated annual events: The Minnesota State

Pork Masters Annual Golf Outing and the Martin

County Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-off.

If you work in an ag-related industry or

role and are a current member of the Fairmont

Area Chamber, we invite you to be a member

of our Agri-business Committee. Contact us at

507-235-5547 for more information.

1 RAOS

TO JOIN THE CHAMBER

TDY

1. Referrals to Potential Customers

2. Free and Discounted

Information Seminars

3. Invitations to Chamber Events

4. Free Listing on our Website

5. Unique Sponsorship and

Advertising Opportunities

6. Member to Member Networking

7. Increased Consumer Favorability

8. City and State Advocacy

9. Free Business Resources

10. Brochure or Card Placement

11. Free Media Exposure

12. Member Only Discounts

13. Social Media Visibility

14. Region-specific Business News

15. Online Presence Assistance

Join the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce between

October 1 and December 15 and receive member benefits for

the remainder of the year at no charge. Just pay next year’s

dues in full at time of joining to receive the remainder of this

year absolutely FREE! You’ll receive up to 20% OFF your total

dues through the end of next year.

THE SOONER YOU ACT, THE BETTER THE DEAL!

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November programs at CER

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Fairmont CER is celebrating 47 years in Fairmont! Come in and

get acquainted at our open house on Thursday, Nov 8, 9 am – 4 pm, and

learn how CER strives to make our school and community an E through

Adult (age 0+) center of lifelong learning adventures for all ages! Join us

for coffee and cookies.

Martin County Senior Service Providers Network is planning a

“Healthy Living Expo” on Monday, Nov 26, 4:30-7:30 pm, at the Five Lakes

Shopping Centre, 400 South State Street, Fairmont. Special thanks to the

Kiwanis Early Risers who graciously allowed this event to happen in conjunction

with their annual Pancake Fundraiser. For more information on

being involved as an exhibitor, please contact the CER Office by Nov 1.

If you are concerned about the shortage of Child Care, take part in

the discussion and solution beginning at the Town Hall meeting on Nov

13, 6-9 pm, at the Holiday Inn Fairmont. Please RSVP fairmonttownhall.

eventbrite.com. Participate in the Rural Child Care Innovation Program

Parent Surveys available from CER or City Hall.

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

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

fairmontareaschools.portal.rschooltoday.com

and click on the CER tab.

A SAMPLING OF UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

Learn to Skate November 7

National Community Education Day November 8

Financial Planning November 13

Over 55 Defensive Driving Refresher November 14

Cake Decorating (register by November 8) November 15

Red Bulls Youth Wrestling November 26

Healthy Living Expo November 26

Zumba Flair November 28

Newcomers and Neighbors November 29

Sign Painting (Register by November 15) November 29

Introduction to Woodworking December 1

…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 rdauer@fairmont.k12.mn.us

CyberCrime Awareness for the Holidays

Pam Rosenau

SMB INSTRUCTOR

The next Social

Media Breakfast will be

held from 9 am to 10

am, November 27 at the

Southern Minnesota Educational

Campus, 115 S.

Park St., in Fairmont.

What is Cyber-

Crime? How does it affect

you? Are you or your business at risk? This

month's Social Media Breakfast features instructor

Pam Rosenau of MVTV Wireless with

a presentation on CyberCrime Awareness. The

session will cover tips and best practices on

how to protect yourself and your business online,

just in time for the Holidays! Join us to learn

more before you or your business falls victim to

CyberCrime.

Visit our website at

www.fairmontchamber.org to

register for this event or to find

out how you can sponsor a future

event.

Fairmont Area Social Media Breakfast

is made possible in part by a technology grant

from the Blandin

Foundation.

VISION CARE

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