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April 2016

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Chamber Golf Outing May 16th

Inside This Issue Page 2 - Leadership Martin County Page 3 - Les Anderson Received Rural Water Assoc. Award Page 4 & 5 - Business Briefs Page 7 - Kinship Rummage Sale

Gather up your foursome and plan on joining us for a 1:00 pm shotgun start. Hole in One/Hole Game Prizes: Fairmont Ford, Hawkins Chevrolet and Millitello Motors will sponsor $100.00 prize on Holes 5 & 16 and $50.00 for a man and women golfer on Hole 3. Minnesota Energy Resources is also a hole sponsor. Game Improvers will be available and are being sponsored by Peterson Anthony Insurance Agency.

Come on out to Rose Lake Golf Course for a one of the earliest golf outings of the season where the novice and avid players can enjoy the game. Cost: $60.00 Golf, Cart and the burger bar $50.00 Golf and Cart $10.00 Burger bar only

Email: for information. Register online at or call 507.235.5547

Social Media Breakfasts in Martin County

Monthly technical seminars geared to business success were made possible through a Blandin Foundation grant initiated by Martin County Administrator, Scott Higgins. The $5,000 grant will partially fund instructors, travel expenses, materials and continental breakfasts. Event sponsorships are being accepted for June, July and August events.

The Social Media Breakfast was founded by Bryan Person in August 2007 as an event where social media experts and newbies alike come together to eat, meet, share, and learn. Marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, new-media fanatics, and online social networkers are all welcome to attend.

The next, hour-long session will be held April 26th at The breakfast series began in Boston and has now 9:00 a.m. and will take place at Southern Minnesota spread to more than 40 cities throughout the United Educational Campus. Register online at: fairmont- States and around the world. See schedule on Page 3. 323 East Blue Earth Avenue • Fairmont, MN 56031 • 507-235-5547 • •


Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business cli Board of Directors Officers: Chair Ron Kopischke Profinium, Inc.

Vice Chair Kerry Nagel Allen MRCI-WorkSource

Past Chair Doug Hoffmann 3M Treasurer Les Anderson Martin County Farm Bureau

Board of Directors: Stephanie Busiahn Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau Chris Carstensen Carstensen Cabinetry and Woodworking Sara Cyphers D& S Trophies, Embroidery & Screen Printing

Dr. Kerri Henderson Optimal Health and Chiropractic Center

Ryan Nicholson Fareway Stores, Inc. Rich Johnson Culligan Water Conditioning

Mandi Kosbab Edward Jones

Ann Terfehr Dan’s Appliance

Bob Bartingale Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont


Leadership Martin County By: Margaret Dillard

Leadership Martin County, a program facilitated by Riverland Community College and Fairmont Area Chamber is designed to enable candidates to learn about Martin County resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. A learning experience geared toward providing an in-depth look at eight key elements of our community; education, economic development, government, healthcare, public safety, quality of life, agriculture, and culture & diversity. This program will provide opportunities for candidates to exchange ideas, build networks and begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues.


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College and the Chamber will assist with individual seminar curriculum development in cooperation with designated day-leaders. This localized program was designed by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Riverland Community College and its Training and Development Division. All sessions are facilitated locally and focus on topics directly affecting our community. Seminars are held at a different location each session.

The program’s purpose is: To develop candidate knowledge of our community. its assets, complexities and potential. We invite a limited number of candidates who are To provide an opportunity for participants to meet current or prospective leaders in the Martin County and exchange ideas with each other and current comcommunity. Candidates are drawn from business, in- munity leaders. dustry, education, public and private agencies, civic To develop leadership skills through classroom ingroups, non-profit and virtually all other facets of the struction, interactive exercises and small group discussion. professional community. Class size will be limited. A Martin County Chamber-designated “Leadership Advisory Committee” oversees the development of A series of topical, day-long seminars are held over the LEADERSHIP Program. Riverland Community a nine month period and conducted by local and re-

Bulb Recycling Scheduled Thursday May 5th and Thursday October 3, 2016, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm both dates at the former Fairmont KMart Parking Lot. There will be a charge at the time of disposal. Contact the Chamber at 507.235.5547 with questions. Fairmont Public utility customers are eli-

Margaret Dillard President Kandi Menne Office Manager/ Director of Communications

Curt Foster Director of Finance and Operations

gible for total reimbursement for bulb recycling costs. When dropping off bulbs ask for a rebate coupon, keep your receipt and turn in both to the Fairmont Public Utilities for reimbursement of your recycling costs.

ACE - Area Career Exploration Eight years ago, a collaboration with the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Center, ISEEK, and other area individuals, resulted in an event that attracts more than 500 area high school sophomores. The mission is to raise career awareness and the job opportunities for area students so they are knowledgeable about the opportunities awaiting them

in our local communities when they finish their education. Area Career Exploration is April 13th at Fairmont High School. Area business will be set up in the gym and the Performing Arts Center will house the Career Game Show the same day. We encourage all parents of sophomores to discuss the benefits of ACE prior to April 13th.

imate through leadership, communication and education for its members in the greater Fairmont area.

Board Member, Les Anderson, Receives Award

As a National Director he currently serves on the Scholarship committee as well as chairing the Professional Development Committee.

Minnesota Rural Water Association presents the Henry Walraven award to Les Anderson, Red Rock Rural Water System. The most prestigious award given by the Minnesota Rural Water Association is the Henry Walraven Award.

His most important job is representing MR WA and our members legislatively. Les has attended almost every Washington DC Rally, walking the granite halls, explaining the need for the continuation of our programs, affordable regulations for small systems as well as a little "explaining" about the need for water in southwest Minnesota.

The criteria for the Henry Walraven Award is leadership contributions for the improvement of a water/wastewater system in Minnesota. Henry Walraven had a vision. His vision was to help Minnesota's small rural community water system with training, troubleshooting problems and improving legislation that governs water systems. Henry was on the first MR WA board and often times when the association was struggling Henry kept the fire lit.

Les is a graduate of Mankato Community College, Minnesota Ag and Rural Leadership (MARL) class, Past President of Martin County Farm Bureau, member of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Fairmont Chamber Ag Committee, member of the Ma1tin County Corn and Soybean Growers, board member of the Red Rock Rural Water System, is very active in funding-raising for the Trimont Town Center which includes an Ace Hardware store, Liquor Store, SuperValu grocery store, and a fuel station. Congratulations Les from the Minnesota Rural Water Association board of directors and staff.

Without the foresight and Henry's dedication to helping rural Minnesota solve water problems MRWA would not be what it is today. When Henry suddenly passed away the MR WA board respected Henry and his vision so much they dedicated an award in his name so that he may live on throughout the growth of MR WA. Currently Henry Walraven's son Del serves on our Board of Directors.

Botton photo: Les Anderson {middle) is congratulated by NRWA National Director Dusty Parker (left) and MRWA Chairman Steve Burklund (right). Top photo above: Les Anderson (right) with MRWA 's Executive Director Ruth Hubbard.

Les joined MRWA's Board of Directors in 2006 and was elected as our National Director in 2012. All events are at 9 am at SMEC (across from Casey’s on Blue Earth Ave. Suggested donation: $25)



April 26-Tackle Twitter-Donna Hup May 24-Blab-Patrick Palmer June 28-Facebook for Business-Margaret Dillard July 26-Instagram for Business-Alicia Schmitt August 23-Blogging for Business-Wanda Patsche



Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b

Chamber Member Business Briefs Fairmont Public Utilities Fairmont Public Utilities offers various rebate programs to make energy efficient equipment more affordable & shorten the payback period for our business electric customers. In fact, we paid our customers over $220,000 last year to help them use energy wisely! Want to get in on the action and save energy and money this year? It’s easy! To learn more about how our energy efficiency programs can help you minimize your costs, visit us online at Rebate forms & a summary of our 2016 rebate programs are also avail

Mayo Health System-Fairmont (507) 238-8100 The new Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is nearly complete. Join us for a tour of the new space at a public open house Thursday, April 21 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the medical center. The event will feature a variety of activities, including: Tours, Visit from emergency response vehicles, Sale of bike helmets at a discounted price, Lab and Radiology displays, Refreshments Please enter through the ambulance garage. Call 507-238-8101 or visit for more information. PC Janitorial Supply 507-238-5400 PC Janitorial Supply located in Fairmont has been supplying local business’s and schools with janitorial supplies for 20 years and is now under new ownership. Kyle Muklebust took over ownership as of this January. Kyle is from the New Ulm area but has been working in Fairmont and the surrounding communities for the last 5 years since purchasing R&S Cleaning and Maintenance out of Blue Earth. We are still offering all the same janitorial supplies along with a few new additions to the chemical and equipment lines. Give us a call or stop in with any questions you might have. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you with all your janitorial needs! Thrivent Financial 507-235-9877

Fuhrman honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance. Scott Fuhrman, ChFC, CLU, RICP, Fairmont, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2015. Out of more than 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 466 individuals qualified for this honor. Fuhrman is with Thrivent Financial’s Two Rivers Regional Financial Office, and serves members in Fairmont and surrounding communities. Fuhrman will be recognized by his peers from across the country at Thrivent Financial’s annual conference in Nashville. Scott Fuhrman has been with Thrivent Financial for 21 years.


HR Advisors LLC Wes Pruett 507-399-1240 and Courtney Cutler, 507-236-9965 Employee turnover continues to increase creating disruption and increased costs to business. The result is pressure to improve hiring practices, onboarding and orientation, retention strategies, and improved leadership and management. Quite frankly companies need to up their game if they expect to attract and retain good employees. Contact HR Advisors LLC if you want to explore best practices to retain your talent. Fairmont Opera House

(507) 238-4900

Slippery When Wet, The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute bursts onto the Fairmont Opera House stage on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for students. The Fairmont Opera House is excited to be offering this concert at such a low price since the following night the same band will appear at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis where tickets will range from $27-$485. Tickets for Friday’s show at the Fairmont Opera House are available t at 507-2384900, at, or at the box office starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Century 21 - Jackie Willard Jersak 952-491-1718 Century 21 Northland Realty is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie Willard Jersak to our team of Real Estate Agents. Jackie grew up in Fairmont, graduating from FHS in 1985. Jackie comes to Century21 with more than 20 years of sales experience, having served as Sales Director at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, MN. Her most recent endeavor was managing the clubhouse at Interlaken Golf Club during the 2015 golf season. Help us welcome Jackie to our office. She can be reached at 952-491-1718 Fairmont Toastmasters 808-341-6103 Toastmasters meets meets every 1st and 3rd Mondays of each mont at Fairmont Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, 610 Summit Drive. The next meeting is March 7th. Fairmont Toastmasters Gain and strengthen your communication and leadership skills. The events are open to all interested. Anyone wanting additional information or wanting to be placed on our contact email list, can contact Kermit at either 808-341-6103 or

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Chamber Member Business Briefs

Email if you would like to have your announcement in the newsletter Shoe Sensation 507-238-9211 Shoe Sensation in Five Lakes Centre is hosting a Clarks Trunk Show from 10A.M. to 6P.M. on Saturday, April 30th. The entire stock of Clarks will be on sale and Clarks representative, Bob Green will be on site with a large selection of styles, colors, and widths available for special order. Also, you will receive a free gift with your Clarks purchase during the Trunk Show. While you are attending the Trunk Show, please remember to register to win a free pair of Clarks. No purchase is necessary to enter. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the Trunk Show.

Fairmont Community Education and Recreation 507-235-3141 CER will again have 2 Summer Reads VISTA positions - full-time (35-40 hour weeks) available for an 8 week summer program to help youth entering grades K-4 with free reading assistance twice a week (June 6-July 29.) If you are 18 or over (i.e. college student, retired person) who is looking for short term, paid summer experience with youth and might be interested, please visit this site: listing/ -click apply now. Recruitment for these 2 positions ends mid-April . Interviews will be conducted after application with Americorps (above site) has been submitted.

Eunoia Family Resource Center 507-779-7366 Eunoia Family Resource Center has opened its newest office in Mankato, Minnesota. The office is located at 1400 Madison Avenue (in the Madison East Mall), Suite 628. Appointments can be made by calling 507-7797366. Providers available at this office include Ramie Vetter, Psy.D., LP; Brandon Scott Dugan, Psy.D., LP; Linda Zarrett, D.N.P.; Gerald Schmidt, M.A., LP; and Angela Dugan, Psy.D., LP. Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center (507) 235.6606 Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center will hold their Annual meeting on April 20th at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall.


Edward Jones Investments - Mandi Kosbab (507) 235-8524 - Member SIPC

Even if you’re just starting out in your career, it’s never too soon to save for retirement. So, here’s one question you may want to consider: Should you choose an IRA and, if so, which type? With a traditional IRA, your contributions are generally tax-deductible and your earnings can grow tax deferred. Roth IRA contributions aren’t deductible, but your earnings grow tax free, provided you meet certain conditions. Which IRA is right for you? There’s no one right answer, but as a younger worker, you might gain some benefits by investing in a Roth IRA. First, since you may be in a relatively low tax bracket, it may make sense to pay income taxes now on your Roth contributions, rather than pay the taxes later on withdrawals from a traditional IRA. And second, if you must gain access to your money even before you retire, a Roth IRA may provide more flexibility than a traditional IRA. Your tax advisor can help you decide whether a traditional or a Roth IRA is better for you – but either one can be a valuable resource for retirement. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

Red Rock Center for the Arts (507)-235-9262 Murder at Tax Time!! Experience a unique, one of a kind, murder mystery dinner theatre starring some of the area’s finest and funniest actors. One great show appearing two nights April 15 &16 at the Red Rock. Bring your friends out for a night of great food and laughter. Doors open at 5:30 for social hour (wine & beer available) and silent auction. New items each night with all proceeds going towards Red Rock’s upcoming season. Reserve your place early. $39 individual / $280 for a table of 8. This has been a sold out event 4 years in the running.

Partners Funding, Inc. 507-235-3456 Partners Funding is celebrating our 10th Anniversary! We help businesses by offering next day commercial invoice funding. Let us take the stress out of finding cash as well as follow-up accounts receivable management. Put your hidden assets to work! Allow Partners Funding to help with the financing necessary to grow your business! Contact Brad at 507-235-3456, by email at, or find out more at .

To view upcoming Community events please visit . If you have any questions or concerns about updating your events to the Fairmont Area Community Calendar please contact me at Calendar Funding Partners: Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Fairmont, Fairmont Area Schools, and Blandin Community Broadband Grand. 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 Tuesday, April 12 Agri-business 6:00 pm at The Ranch

Wednesday, April 13 Bureau 14 6:00 pm at Interlaken Golf Club


Funds Available for Community Projects The Martin County Area Foundation is accepting grant applications. Non-profits interested in starting a project to enhance the quality of life in Martin County are encouraged to apply for a grant.

Application forms are available at

Wednesday April 13 AreaCareer Exploration - High School Thursday April 21 Ambassadors/Ribbon Cutting PM EXCHANGE 5:00 pm at MAYO Emergency wing Tuesday April 26 Social Media Breakfast 9:00 am at SMEC Board Meeting, 7:30 am, at the Chamber

New Members! WELCOME! PC Janitorial Supply, LLC Precision Carpet & Upholstery Care Fairmont National Agency HealthStar Home Health

Energy rebates for your business. The smart move for your bottom line.

the Chamber of Commerce and on Eligibility and other grant information can be found by contacting a board member, or by visiting the website. Please return completed applications by May 31st to MCAF, P.O. Box 704, Fairmont,

Leadership Martin County gional professionals.

Area leaders volunteer their time to raise awareness to the assets and opportunities of our community by providing an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at eight key elements of our community. Peggy Young, Business Consultant with Riverland Community College’s Training and Development Department will nurture leadership development by leading discussions that integrate community information through dialogue, interactive exercise and small group discussion.

Cost: $650 - Tuition is payable at the time a participant is ac-


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cepted to candidacy. Scholar- new resident and active memship opportunities are available. ber of the community. I feel as though I fully understand and Monthly sessions run Septem- appreciate the great potential ber - May on the first Wednes- we have as a regional center for quality living. I became day of each month. impressed at the genuine comLEADERSHIP requires a seri- mitment each individual segous commitment of time and ment of our community has in energy. Candidates meet the creating a better quality of life FIRST WEDNESDAY, a full day for all citizens. I also apprecieach month. Attendance at the ate how business, education, work sessions and all day pro- city and county government, gram meetings is imperative. health care, and multiple orgaClass participants are expected nizations are connected to each to attend all sessions with the other. What a great way to learn exception of an extreme emer- about the community you serve in just nine action packed days.” gency or illness. JOSEPH E. BROWN, SR., “LEADERSHIP Martin County FAIRMONT AREA SCHOOLS was a special treat for me as a

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

Ambassadors Celebrate with Interlaken Crew The Fairmont Area Chamber Ambassadors were out and about in March! They took a tour of Interlaken Golf club and along with a few Club board members welcomed Paul Baldus back to the Club with a ribbon cutting. Paul has taken on dual duties as a PGA Professional, he is the Golf pro and is also the general manager of the club. Welcome back Paul!

Join in on the fun 5:00 p.m. April 21st at Mayo Emergency Wing.

Kinship Industrial Rummage Sale/Auction April 28th-30th

Businesses (not households) are invited to ante up by calling Char Kahler 236-4606 or email Char at used or unused items such as obsolete or unused or Anna Fuller at fairmontkininventory; equipment, machinery, tools, materi- als, supplies, parts, fixtures and office equipment. All proceeds benefit Kinship which is a menKinship will sell your donated or consigned goods toring program that establishes one-on-one reat The 13th Annual Kinship Industrial Commer- lationships with youth 5-15 years of age with a cial Rummage Sale/Auction on April 28th - 30th caring adult role model in our community. All at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Open deliv- donations are tax deductible and will support eries: Mornings of April 21 to April 26 and all day Fairmont Area Kinship. April 25-26. Or deliveries can be made anytime Over a decade of helping my customers make good choices.

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We know injuries sometimes happen at the workplace. Our philosophy at The Center For Specialty Care is to get the injured worker feeling better fast. We call it Fast Trac. We will work with employers to develop a partial return to work program while we get the worker to their maximum function in the work place. The Center For Specialty Care offers pre-employment services including: • Medical Physical • Drug Testing • Spirometry (Functional Lung Capacity) • Pure Tone Hearing • Pre-Employment Physical Therapy Evaluation • Functional Capacity Evaluations

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8 Thinking about Spring and Gardens? Check out the Garden Barn Quilt Signs on April 7. Prairie Ecology Bus Center naturalists will lead the classes as well as conduct a summer youth camp and new adult evening camp. See the new CER Catalog for more information. The new Spring/Summer CER Catalog was mailed March 18. If you did not receive a copy, please contact CER. Lots of great summer adventures for youth, families and adults are featured in the catalog! Check out the Fairmont Aquatic Park, Youth activities, T-ball, Girls Softball, Soccer and more. Want to help your child be prepared for summer safety or doing child care? Child & Babysitting Safety and Basic First Aid and Safety in age appropriate formats are happening on April 2-register early! T he Youth Activities Expo will be held on Thursday, April 21, 5:00-7:00 pm, in the Fairmont Elementary School Gym is an excellent opportunity to register for youth soccer, youth sports, and other summer activities. The Expo featuring over 20 exhibitors is free and a great way to find out what is available to youth in our area through many agencies including CER, Kiwanis, churches, youth sport camps and more.

A Sampling of Upcoming Activities Family Fun Fair April 1 Child and Babysitting Safety April 2 Basic First Aid and Safety April 2 Dog Obedience April 5 Garden Barn Quilt Signs April 7 Firearms Safety April 7 Microsoft Excel April 9 Upholstery April 12 Zumba Fitness April 12 Understanding Medicare April 14 Dinner is Solved (DISH) April 16 Infant & Story Massage April 21 Youth Activities Expo April 21 Mother’s Day Keepsake at Red Rock April 23 Girls Basketball (PreK-Level 3) April 25,28 Children’s Make and Take Garden Craft April 30 Miniature Gardens (adult) April 30 Mother’s Day Flower Garden May 3 …and much more!

For current list of activities, see the CER Web Store located at Register online with MasterCard/Visa. 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

PM Exchange for Renovated Mayo Emergency Dept Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont nears completion of a $4.5 million Emergency Department (ED) renovation project.

The renovated ED features: • Private triage space • Expanded waiting room and private family meeting room • 10 updated, larger, private patient rooms • Contemporary medical technology • Covered drive-through ambulance garage

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We invite the community to celebrat with Chamber Ambassadors as they cut the ribbon at 5:00 p.m. April 21st. A networking event or “PM Exchange” will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All are invited! VISION CARE CONTACT LENS

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April 2016 Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  

April 2016 Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

April 2016 Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  

April 2016 Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter