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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

<strong>Community</strong> <strong>Connections</strong><br />

Inside<br />

This Issue<br />

Page 2: Presidents<br />

Message<br />

Page 3: Holiday Tree<br />

Lighting Fund<br />

Pages 4 & 5 : Business<br />

Briefs, Lighing Contest<br />

Starts<br />

Page 6: Glows Photos<br />

Page 7: Ambassador Visits<br />

Page 8 : <strong>Community</strong><br />

Education Recreation<br />

(CER)<br />

Glows Parade and Santa's Arrival<br />

The 33rd annual arrival of Santa and the<br />

Glows Parade was held on Friday November 17th.<br />

Santa, Ms.Claus and two elves arrived safe and sound<br />

direct from the North Pole and greeted everyone at<br />

the Fairmont Municipal Airport to kick of the glows<br />

parade.<br />

Area residents and visitors came to witness the<br />

awesome glows parade which started Downtown Plaza<br />

and ended at Lincoln Park. Despite not having any<br />

snow.It was a beautiful night for the many spectators<br />

that came from near and far to see the glowing lights<br />

and enjoy the festivities.<br />

There were several pre and post parade activities<br />

happening in our community. New this year we<br />

had a tree lighing ceremony in the Corner of Downtown<br />

and 3rd Street. The tree is 20 feet tall and filled<br />

with lights and other decore filled the corner to make<br />

it full of holiday cheer.<br />

Local businesses and organizations were very<br />

creative this year decorating their floats with lighs and<br />

other decor as they delivered candy, gifts and cheer to<br />

children, parents, and residents lining the streets.<br />

Our panel of judges had a hard time picking<br />

their top float in each of the three catagories.After<br />

careful consideration of all parade entries,The following<br />

award winners were chosen.<br />

Commercial Float<br />

Award was given to Profinium<br />

Bank of Fairmon. Non-Commercial<br />

Float award was given<br />

to United Hospital District.<br />

The Glow-ing Float award<br />

went to Martin County Toys<br />

for Tots. Congratulations to<br />

our <strong>2023</strong> Glows Parade Float Winners! They each reciever<br />

$50.00 in Chamber Bucks.<br />

Thank you to everyone who entered into the<br />

parade and helping make Fairmont glow during this<br />

event anf throughout the Holiday season!Also Thanks<br />

to the City of Fairmont; Street,Fire and Police Departments,<br />

the Fairmont Municipal Airport, our parade<br />

judges and all the volunteers and spectators who make<br />

this a memorable event each year! The Glows Festival<br />

would not be possible without each and every one of<br />

you and the members of the community. More photos<br />

on Page 6.<br />

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

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

Board of Directors Officers:<br />

Chair<br />

Aaron Speltz<br />

Hy- Vee<br />

Vice Chair<br />

Vonnie Cone<br />

ReMax Total Realty<br />

Board of Directors:<br />

Rick Ash<br />

UHD<br />

John Christ<br />

Kahler Automation<br />

Mike Christians<br />

Green Mill<br />

Jeff Militello<br />

Militello Motors<br />

Joe Loughmiller<br />

Phileo by Lesaffre<br />

Staff:<br />

Past Chair<br />

Joe Evans<br />

Mayo Clinic Health<br />

Systems<br />

Treasurer<br />

Zak Clemetson<br />

Mayo Clinic Health<br />

Systems<br />

Miranda Tulowetzke<br />

Sweet Financials<br />

Kermit Brown<br />

Kinship<br />

Brooke Wohlrabe<br />

Director<br />

Visit Fairmont<br />

Kandi Menne<br />

President<br />

president@fairmontchamber.org<br />

Rachel Manwarren<br />

Finance Director<br />

finance@fairmontchamber.org<br />

Sydney Andrews<br />

Office Manager<br />

info@fairmontchamber.org<br />

Contact Information:<br />

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

323 East Blue Earth Avenue<br />

P.O. Box 826<br />

Fairmont, MN 56031<br />

Phone: 507-235-5547<br />

www.FairmontChamber.org<br />

Who is the Chamber<br />

of Commerce?<br />

Kandi Menne<br />

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

President<br />

• The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is a<br />

non-profit advocate for businesses.<br />

• We are an organization managed by a volunteer<br />

Board of Directors, established to promote civic,<br />

commercial, industrial and agricultural progress<br />

within our community and to work diligently<br />

with community partners for the establishment<br />

of sound legislation and efficient administration<br />

at all levels of government.<br />

• The FACC exists to<br />

make our community a<br />

better place to work, live<br />

and play and our members<br />

are proud to be a part of an<br />

organization that plays a key<br />

role in the community.<br />

• When you or your<br />

business are a member, you<br />

are investing in the future of<br />

our community.<br />

• We offer referrals to<br />

potential customers, provide<br />

you weekly Enews with<br />

local, State and nationwide<br />

events and information, you<br />

can take advantage of many<br />

networking groups, volunteer<br />

activities and committees,<br />

free monthly business<br />

updates and more.<br />

If you are not already<br />

a member of the Fairmont<br />

Area Chamber of Commerce,<br />

join today. Your membership<br />

will benefit your business<br />

and our community for years<br />

to come. We look forward to<br />

working for all of you!<br />

New for 2024 is the change in our membership<br />

dues structure. We are extremely excited about this<br />

transition. There are now 6 levels of membership<br />

with a clear understanding of all the benefits of<br />

membership at each of the levels. If you would like<br />

to have more information on becoming a member,<br />

schedule a meeting today!<br />

As your Chamber President, I am honored<br />

to work alongside our dedicated staff and Board<br />

who all share the same vision, business growth<br />

and healthy community environment. The<br />

door is always open stop in and see us! You<br />

may reach me @ at 507.235.5547 or e-mail:<br />

president@fairmontchamber.org<br />


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

Holiday Street Pole-Lighting Fund<br />

We enter the time of the year of gift giving.<br />

When deciding on where to give, please consider the<br />

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce. We are in need<br />

of donations to replenish our designated <strong>Community</strong><br />

Christmas Decoration Fund. The street pole decorations<br />

are provided by the Fairmont Area Chamber of<br />

Commerce for the enhancement of our community.<br />

(The red lantern lights are getting really old) It costs<br />

approximately $1,500 per year to refurbish them.<br />

Our goal is to purchase new decorations in the<br />

coming years as they continue to age and deteriorate. The replacement<br />

costs, however, are significant.<br />

MN 56031<br />

(continued from page 2)<br />

This past September we held the first annual<br />

fund-raising effort for this fund – the Sip n Shop event.<br />

Proceeds from the annual Sip n Shop will go into the<br />

Holiday lighting fund! With this event we will be able to<br />

purchase new decorations in the near future.<br />

We appreciate all donations from local citizens,<br />

businesses and organizations in any amount which will<br />

help us keep our community shining bright during the<br />

holiday season. Send your donation to : Fairmont Area<br />

Chamber of Commerce 323 E. Blue Earth Ave, Fairmont,<br />

Residential and Business Lighting Contest Starting!<br />

This year the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is<br />

parterning with the City of Fairmont to hold the holiday lights<br />

decorating contest.<br />

A few changes have been made to this years Residential/<br />

Business lighting contest. We have decided to do everything<br />

through the Chambers Facebook Page. With this we hope that<br />

this will help us get more people to participate in the lighting<br />

contest. To get into the contest all you have to do is upload your<br />

photo to the comments of the post on the Fairmont Area Chamber<br />

of Commerce Facebook Page. The winner will be chosen by<br />

the amount of likes they get on the photo they submitted.<br />

Four categories of lighting decorations will chosen with<br />

a new catagorie added this year. Catagories are as follows:First,<br />

Second and Third Place(Residential),and Best Business Decorations.<br />

A heads up as we look torward to next year of the lighting<br />

contest there will be a new rulethe house/business that<br />

won First Place the year prior cannot win First Place again the<br />

following year.<br />

Check out our Facebook Page for rules and to enter your<br />

photo into lighting contest. Winning entries will receive Chamber<br />

Gift Certificates and will be announced Monday Dec 18th.<br />

Reminder … the City of Fairmont offers a rebate on LED<br />

holiday lights, visit their website for all the details on these and<br />

other rebates.<br />

For more information contact Sydney at the Chamber,<br />

info@fairmontchamber.org<br />

ph. 507.235.5547<br />

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Chamber Member Business Briefs<br />

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Sterling Drug<br />

(507)238-2797<br />

"Have a holly, jolly Christmas with the best deals<br />

of the year at Sterling Pharmacy. We've created a series of weekly deals to<br />

help you find everything you need to dazzle your holiday guests and astound<br />

your gift-getters! Watch our website (YourSterlingPharmacy.com)<br />

and our Facebook page (Sterling Fairmont) for updated deals as you roll<br />

into the gift-buying season. Not sure what to buy? A Sterling gift card is<br />

the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend. Our store is packed full<br />

of fun and unique home décor, clothing, kitchen items, gifts, gourmet<br />

food, and even a huge selection of toys! And if anyone in the family gets<br />

sick heading into the holidays, don't forget about our new Test & Treat<br />

option. Available to patients five years and older, this option allows rapid<br />

and reliable testing and treatment for strep throat, RSV, flu, and COV-<br />

ID-19. Your Sterling Pharmacy team can test and treat Monday through<br />

Friday from 11am to 4pm. Tests are $75 per person. For questions, stop<br />

in or give us a call at 507.238.2797."<br />

The Marina Lodge<br />

(507) 235-5990<br />

THE MARINA LODGE Brings back POETS<br />

Club (and no, there are no poems)<br />

The Marina Lodge will bring back an old Fairmont tradition of POETS<br />

club on Fridays from 5-7:00 in the Sisseton SkyBar. Live music, free appetizer<br />

buffet, and happy hour pricing for everyone. The first time you<br />

come you will get your free membership card. Each time you come you<br />

will get card stamped. When you have 5 stamps you turn in for a new<br />

card and a free beverage. What a great way to end your week. Come<br />

check out POETS club at The Marina Lodge.<br />

Fairmont Opera House<br />

(507)238-4900<br />

The Fairmont Opera House is still hosting shows at<br />

off site locations in Fairmont.<br />

Fri. <strong>December</strong> 15: Mick Sterling Presents- A Grand Ole Opry Christmas<br />

at Cutting Edge Fittness<br />

Sun. <strong>December</strong> 17: Mankato Symphony Orchestra Presents: The Messiah<br />

at Fairmont Grace Luthern Church<br />

Tickets are available online at fairmontoperahouse.org/tickets<br />

Fairmont 5 Theatres<br />

(507)399-7788<br />

Looking to attend one of our FREE Merchant<br />

Matinees this season? We ask you to stop by<br />

one of the many sponsoring businesses in the community to pick up free<br />

tickets! Look for this poster when you're out and about to see where. This<br />

series is only possible because of their generous contributions, and we<br />

can't thank them enough!<br />

<strong>December</strong>-7th, 8th& 9th National Lampoons Christmas Vacation<br />

<strong>December</strong> 14th, 16th & 17th Dr. Suess' The Grinch<br />

<strong>December</strong> 22nd, 23rd & 24th The Polar Express<br />

United Hospital District<br />

(507)238-1287<br />

United Hospital District (UHD) is pleased to announce<br />

that the Dulcimer Clinic expansion project continues to<br />

progress smoothly and on time. Most recently, construction<br />

on the basement of the addition has been completed, allowing the<br />

construction team to start on the ground level walls and roof. UHD continues<br />

to prepare for the transition and currently plans on moving into<br />

the building on March 1st, 2024. Construction will be ongoing while operations<br />

resume in the main clinic, with the add-on set to be finished on<br />

May 1st, 2024.<br />

Gold Finch Estates<br />

(507)235-9405<br />

Come home for the holidays with<br />

Goldfinch Estates Senior Living<br />

in Fairmont, Minnesota! Moving<br />

into senior living can help you or<br />

your loved one get back independence,<br />

increase socialization, and<br />

enjoy the change of seasons free<br />

from worry of winter snow and ice.<br />

Guests will enjoy delicious holiday cookies & refreshments, guided tours<br />

and meet our Resident Ambassadors. You can relax with peace of mind,<br />

knowing that your needs are being met with our new Aspire - Life on<br />

Purpose lifestyle model, all within our beautiful community. RSVP to<br />

Brody Bents at 507.262.1401 or email brodybents@vistaprairie.org<br />

Business Briefs are one of the many benefits of<br />

being a Chamber member. Deadline for the January <strong>Community</strong><br />

<strong>Connections</strong> insert is <strong>December</strong> 21. Please limit to 100 words or<br />

less. Lengthy submitted briefs may be included, but on a space<br />

available only. A photo or business logo can also be included. No<br />

pricing allowed. Examples are: open houses, expansion, new managers/employees,<br />

new product, Milestone anniversaries, events,<br />

awards, etc.

e recognized as the leader in assisting area businesses to prosper.<br />

Chamber Member Business Briefs<br />

Rotary<br />

The Fairmont Rotary Club is set up for their annual book<br />

sale which takes place inside the Five Lakes Centre. The<br />

book sale is a free will donation with all proceeds going<br />

to benefit the Fairmont Rotary Club STRIVE mentoring<br />

program. Book donations are also being accepted at the<br />

site, there are barrels labeled for anyone looking to drop off books during the<br />

book sale. The book sale runs now through the end of the year. Thank you to<br />

our community for the continued support!<br />

~Erica Berhow, Fairmont Rotary President<br />

Valero Renewables<br />

(507)728-4010<br />


$12,500 FROM <strong>2023</strong> VALERO BENEFIT FOR<br />


Fairmont Area Schools and Martin Count West<br />

Robotics programs each received a charitable<br />

grant of $12,500 from the Valero Benefit for<br />

Children this year, thanks to the Valero Texas<br />

Open golf tournament and associated events.<br />

Due to the incredible generosity of Valero’s business partners, donors and<br />

sponsors, $23 million in net proceeds from the Valero Texas Open will be<br />

distributed to agencies across the United States.<br />

Re/Max Total Realty<br />

(507)235-5666<br />

Holiday Open House Friday, <strong>December</strong> 8th,<strong>2023</strong><br />

Join us at our Fairmont Office (1007 E. 10th<br />

Street) for a little Holiday Cheer<br />

Chamber Bucks make Great Gifts!<br />

By now most of you have started with your holiday<br />

gift giving. Keep in mind that one of the easiest gift you<br />

can give is " Chamber Bucks".<br />

How do "Chamber Bucks" work? "Chamber<br />

Bucks" are actual checks and can be used at any Martin<br />

County Business that accepts checks for payment! When<br />

using Chamber Bucks, if your purchase is greater then the<br />

amount of the gift certificate you pay the remainer of the<br />

amount.<br />

Who can buy "Chamber Bucks"? Everyone! We accept cash or<br />

Hyvee- Fairmont<br />

(507)238-4323<br />

Join us on Saturday, <strong>December</strong> 16th as we will have<br />

a very special visitor - SANTA!! Santa will be at your<br />

Fairmont Hy-Vee on <strong>December</strong> 16 from 2:30pm-4:30pm.<br />

Join us for holiday fun.<br />

Red Rock Center<br />

(507)235-9262<br />

<strong>December</strong> at the Red Rock is full of holiday cheer.<br />

Come and join us for music, art, and a beautiful<br />

quilt exhibit by the Prairie Star Quilters. We are also<br />

hosting the Christmas Tea fundraiser at the Chubb House this year. For<br />

complete details visit our event page on Facebook.<br />

Fairmont Roofing<br />

(507)235-8565<br />

“Some of the Fairmont Roofing<br />

team were able to come together and<br />

give back to the community during<br />

their yearly Thanksgiving Meal Give-Away! Made possible by the generous<br />

contribution from company owners, Marcus & Alisa Eytcheson. It<br />

was a pleasure serving the community!”<br />

check when purchasing the gift certificates.<br />

If you are a business owner ot manager that wants to<br />

give your employees a Holiday bonus while supporting local<br />

businesses. This is the perfect way to do so.<br />

if you are a business accepting "Chamber Bucks" you<br />

deposit them like you would with any other check right into<br />

your bank account. Thank you fot shopping local.<br />

The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is located at<br />

323 E Blue Earth Ave.<br />

Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.<br />


Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and develop<br />

Chamber Events<br />

<strong>December</strong> 13<br />

Annual Meeting of<br />

Bureau 14<br />

Agri Business<br />

Young Professionals<br />

<strong>December</strong> 20<br />

Ambassadors Meeting - Ribbon Cuttings<br />

<strong>December</strong> 23,24,25,26<br />

Office Closed<br />

Glows Photos<br />

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MEMBER<br />


Call 235.5547 to join<br />

during our Membership drive<br />

507.235.5547<br />

info@fairmontchamber.org<br />

Chamber Bucks<br />

Promote shopping local. They may be<br />

spent in Martin County at most businesses.<br />

If you have that hard to buy for personconsider<br />

Chamber Bucks.<br />

The Chamber of Commerce is located at<br />

323 E. Blue Earth Ave in Fairmont<br />

We are open Monday- Friday<br />

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Chamber Ambassador Visits<br />

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Aventure Staffing<br />

Ambassadors recently visited our Chamber Members at<br />

Aventure Staffing to congratulate them on their new location<br />

BowlMor Lanes<br />

Fairmont Area Chamber Of Commerce Ambassadors<br />

stopped and visited Chamber Members at BowlMor Lanes<br />

to check out the new arcade they recently added.<br />

Tami's on the Ave<br />

Chamber Ambassadors also went to see another Chamber<br />

Member to at Tami's on the Ave to see the updates they did<br />

to the parking lot and doors.<br />

Ambassadors<br />

Are an owner or employee of a Chamber member<br />

• Acts as the goodwill arm of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce<br />

• Meet the third Wednesday of every month @ 3:00<br />

• Will attend the majority of all Ambassador functions.<br />

If you know of a business the Ambassadors should visit due to relocation,<br />

change of ownership, major remodeling, etc., please call the Chamber<br />

office 507.235.5547. The business does not have to be a Chamber<br />

member to receive a visit from the Ambassadors.<br />

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What's Happening at CER in <strong>December</strong>?<br />

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Fairmont <strong>Community</strong> Education and<br />

Recreation<br />

“Lifelong Learning and Leisure Opportunities for All Ages”<br />

Happy Holidays from all of us at CER! Our office will be closed<br />

<strong>December</strong> 22 and January 1. We would like to wish you and yours<br />

a Happy Holiday Season!<br />

Thank you to those that helped us celebrate National <strong>Community</strong><br />

Education Day on November 9! Congratulations to our Facebook<br />

winners- Kristy Olson, Patti Matthews, and Nicole Shaw!<br />

Adult Basic Education classes are offered Tuesday – Thursday<br />

as well as Distance Learning options. Learn English, Prepare for<br />

Your GED, Improve Reading-Math-Writing Skills, and much<br />

more.<br />

Please call the CER office at 507-235-3141 for more information!<br />

NEW classes starting after the holidays. Make sure to check out<br />

the webstore or our new Winter Digital Brochure on our website!<br />

A Sampling of Upcoming Activities<br />

Microsoft Excel: Basic Dec 2<br />

Face Yoga Virtual Class Dec 4<br />

Women Weight & Hormones Virtual Class Dec 5<br />

Microsoft Word: Basic Dec 9<br />

Acupressure to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia-Virtual Dec 11<br />

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate Dec 11<br />

Acupressure & Other Tools for Women 35 & Older Virtual Dec 12<br />

Microsoft PowerPoint: Basic Dec 12<br />

Mudras: The Ancient Art of Hand Yoga Virtual Dec 13<br />

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate Dec 16<br />

Microsoft Word: Intermediate Dec 23<br />

STEM-Explore Magnets and Electronics Dec 27<br />

Introduction to 3D Printing Dec 28<br />

Snowmobile Safety Jan 6<br />

Welding Academy Jan 6<br />

Boys Saturday Basketball 4 yrs-3rd Jan 6<br />

Learn to Skate Jan 10<br />

Learn to Play Hockey Jan 10<br />

Rick Pauly-Advanced Movement Clinic Jan 13<br />

Rick Pauly-Mechanics of Elite Pitchers Clinic Jan 13<br />

…and much more!<br />

For an up-to date list of activities, visit the CER Web Store<br />

www.fairmont.k12.mn.us/o/cer<br />

(Register online with your MasterCard/Visa.)<br />

For more information contact the CER Office:<br />

507-235-3141 or Email sbusiahn@fairmont.k12.mn.us<br />

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