April 2022 Newsletter - Belle Fourche Chamber

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NEW & RENEWING MEMBERS RENEWING MEMBERS: Northern Hill Fed. Credit Union New Generations Meals on Wheels Grossenburg Implement, Inc Spearfish Eye Care Center Prairie Hills Pharmacy Integrity Meats The Plumber Community Educators of the Black Hills Midcontinent Communications Pain & Movement Solutions Leverington Funeral Home

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TEAMMATE: LOOKING FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS:

Be there for a child in our community by becoming a TeamMates mentor. By visiting with a student once a week at school, you could make a lifelong impact. All you have to do is simply be there for them.... and maybe play a round of UNO. Contact Ann Marie Hostetter at ann-marie.hostetter@k12.sd.us

THE BELLE FOURCHE 8TH GRADE PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR SPONSORS to help cover the cost of 8th Grade Graduation. If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact Audrey Pruitt at 605-210-2832

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BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Jade Larson Jade Larson, Heidi Parker and Lee Capp are all Belle Fourche natives. Jade was born and raised in Belle Fourche. After high school graduation in 2007 left to attend The University of Sioux Falls where he played football and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology. Next he moved to Bloomington, Minnesota to study at Northwestern Health Sciences University College of Chiropractic. There he met his wife, Rebecca. Since 2014, the couple and their four children have lived in Belle Fourche where Jade practices at the Tri-State Chiropractic. “I love the authenticity and integrity of the people of Belle Fourche. Also, the geographical region and scenery of the area is second to none”.

The Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce serves to promote our members, the commercial, civic, and general interests of the city of Belle Fourche, and our trade area. As a voluntary organization our aim is to represent and advocate for our members and the business community as a whole.

We are not a civic club, a charitable organization, or department of city government. We are a private, non-profit, taxpaying corporation focused on improving the community and businesses of Belle Fourche. We’re compromised of people — people just like you, who realize that we can accomplish more collectively than individually.


MEET OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER!

BELLE FOURCHE HISTORY ORIGINS OF BUTTE COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA - During the tug-of-war contest to divide the Dakota territory into twin

HELLO, MY NAME IS KARALEE (DEIBEL) FRITZ. My family and I moved to the Black Hills area almost 4 years ago. I was born and raised on a ranch in Southeastern Montana and remember traveling with my dad to the livestock auctions here in Belle Fourche and St. Onge. I am married to Warren Fritz who is from the Timber Lake area and we have two boys, ages 20 and 13. I attended college at Montana State University and Sheridan College until life got in the way. I have been working on getting my online Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Science with a Minor in Horticulture from Oregon State University. I have a diverse working background of ranching and farming, to accounting and bookkeeping, to working in automotive parts and to managing a campground. I have been a volunteer for the Eagle Mount Program, a past 4-H Leader, and I was a Road to Recovery Driver for the American Cancer Society before the pandemic. When I am not working or volunteering or keeping track of my family, I like to go boating and fishing, camping, remodeling, photography, hiking, gardening, and when I can, riding. I look forward to working for the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce and assisting Miranda to make sure things run smoothly for the businesses we represent.

ANNUAL BANQUET NUMBERS: SILENT AUCTION: $3240.00 50/50 RAFFLE: $450.00 SPONSORS: $6,000 INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $720 TOTAL: $10,410.00 EXPENSES: FOOD: SME’S TREAT $350 / LYNN’S -NOT BILLED YET MUSIC: $695 SUPPLIES: $1,108.27 BESLER’S BAR TAB: $900 ADVERTISING: $ NOT BILLED YET TOTAL: TBD

states, there was maneuvering for more House representation and more voting strength. The memorable session of 1883 created twenty-five new counties over the governor’s (Arthur Mellette) objections. The vast rangeland that had been northern Lawrence was sliced into a tier of long narrow counties named Butte, Harding, Burdick, Ewing and Bowman. Butte county had a population of 700 at that time and Minnesela was the county seat. Later the tier counties were wiped out and Butte county was extended to the North Dakota line. In 1908 Butte was divided into halves and Harding county was re-established. Now Butte county, comprising 200 square miles, measures 50 miles long and 40 miles wide. Belle Fourche is the county seat. In the latest census 2020 the county’s population grew by 1.3% to 10,243. This 1889 promotional map illustrates the dreams of the settlers of Minnesela, before the railroad bypassed them in 1890, Minnesela was located 3 miles southeast of Belle Fourche.

Recap!

Thank You to all who made this event great!

MIX & MINGLE EVENT SIGN UP! SIGN UP FOR OUR AFTER HOURS MIXER! Showcase your business, and invite chamber members AND ommunity members to stop in.

Thursday’s at 4:30pm to 6pm. Contact our office to pick a date in 2022!

ASK US ABOUT OUR PARKING LOT PARTIES COMING THIS SUMMER!


LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR

SIGN UP TODAY!!! Battle of the Bones Contestants (Limited to 10 Contestants) Non-profit Organization Parking lot Party

Greetings Belle Fourche Members! Wanted to let you know that I am going to be out on maternity leave starting April 2nd until the end of May. If you need assistance please contact the Chamber office at 605-892-2676 or email Karalee at assistant@bellefourchechamber.org.

MIX & MINGLE EVENT SIGN UP! SIGN UP FOR OUR AFTER HOURS MIXER! Showcase your business, and invite chamber members AND ommunity members to stop in.

Thursday’s at 4:30pm to 6pm. Contact our office to pick a date in 2022!

Kids Activity Booths For more information contact Karalee at assistant@bellefourchechamber.org or call the office 605-892-2676

OUR RECENT BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Each week we are featuring a chamber member business on our Facebook page. IN FEBRUARY WE FEATURED.... Besslers Willow Creek Tax Integrity Meats LifeStyles Follow along with us to learn more about our wonderful Belle Fourche businesses. Maybe you’ll even win a prize! POST YOUR EVENT WITH US! ASK OUR OFFICE FOR DETAILS!