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August 2016

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Bureaus were early-day chambers

Connect Magazine, “The name is a throwback to the early 1900s, when communities had different associations, or “bureaus,” for different professions, such as ones for Realtors, car dealers, and bankers. Business people in Fairmont at some point decided that the presidents of each bureau should form a group. They originally called themselves the Bums and Loafers, and were the early evolution of our present-day chamber of commerce.”

Inside This Issue

The Bureau 14 Committee provides education and networking opportunities. It may be a predecessor to the present-day Chamber.

Fairmont Area Chamber Celebrates 90 Years of Service

Page 2 - Change the World Page 2 - Blue Ribbon Page 3 - Fair Tickets Page 4 & 5 - Business Briefs Page 5 - Seeking Speakers Page 6 - Chamber Calendar Page 6 - Martin Co. Fair Entertainment Page 7 - Ambassadors Visits Page 7 - Internet Survey Page 8 - Martin County in Video

While viewing our records on the Secretary of State’s website, we noticed that the initial registration was on August 23rd, 1926. There is some evidence that suggests it may have been a committee or “bureau” then and not the comprehensive business member organization that the Chamber is today. Former Chamber President, Bob Wallace explained in a 2006 interview for Business

We are very pleased to note that our Chamber roots span 90 years. It is cause for celebration and appreciation of our members and the business community in Martin County. Join us August 23, 2016 as we host a PM Exchange (Business After Hours) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of The Fairmont Opera House. We will have refreshments, beverages and entertainment. Thank you to our event sponsors: Jakes Pizza, Fareway Stores, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Culligan Water of Fairmont, Tami's on the Ave, Perkins Restaurant, Green Mill of Fairmont, The Ranch Family Restaurant, The Channel Inn, Interlaken Golf Club, Mandi Kosbab (Edward Jones), Dan's Appliance, Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture (Zephanie Cole), MRCI of Fairmont

Pork Masters Golf Outing a success Martin County Pork Producers, the Agri-Business and Ambassador Committees of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce joined together to host the 24th Annual Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing on July 25, 2015 at Interlaken Golf Club.

The event recognizes the importance of the pork industry to Martin County and the state of Minnesota while

raising funds for Ag-Scholarships and Ag-Awareness. Lunch and dinner was provided for the participants at Interlaken Golf Club. There were games and prizes on every hole. Most games, like “Putting For Pork” and “Makin’ Bacon” rewarded skill, while other games like “Ham Slice” rewarded those with lack of skills. Pork producers throughout the region came to participate in the day-long event.

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

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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

Rich Johnson Culligan Water Conditioning

Mandi Kosbab Edward Jones

Ann Terfehr Dan’s Appliance

Bob Bartingale Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont

Staff:

Margaret Dillard President Kandi Menne Office Manager/ Director of Communications

Curt Foster

Director of Finance and Operations

Benjamin Landsteiner

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Four Steps that will change the world

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By: Margaret Dillard - Chamber President

Anyone who has spent time with my sister Bonnie will notice a few things that set her apart from average. You may find her wiping around the sink in a public bathroom or in her kitchen washing plastic bags and aluminum foil, then storing them for reuse. Our mother’s words still echo a simple direction: “Leave things better than when you found them.” Those words are relevant every time I open the mailbox to find a “just because I love you” card from her. Bonnie takes this to heart for the immediate and sometimes miniscule result and for the long term.

Recently, I’ve had occasion to evaluate what matters and what doesn’t. It’s not the first time. In fact, I would assume that virtually every human repeatedly ponders whether what they do affects the overall outcome. The conclusion I come back to again and again is that all of my actions make a difference. That difference may be unnoticeable or it may make such a noise that it rings for decades! Some have changed the world forever! Case in point, I believe my children have made the world a better place. In contrast, my words have changed relationships that may have brought significant results to a life, a home, a business, a town. The decision to throw a pop can from your vehicle, blow grass in the street or compliment a stranger means you have added to a positive or negative result! All actions matter and that is how we change the world we live in.

Over Independence Day weekend, as part of an effort to encourage people to relocate to Martin County, the committee sponsored a series of social media posts directed to those who traveled here from somewhere else and to locals who hosted visitors. Videos featured a few people who have moved here and who cited the reasons that the area offers them excellent quality of life. We welcomed comments and received some unexpected results. Some remarks from locals bluntly voiced frustration, disappointment and in a few cases insults toward our community. In short, some residents feel that their community has failed them. It’s difficult to know what actions to implement because I love the place I live! In my eyes, it offers beauty, opportunity, infrastructure and amenities that make my life better.

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Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off

The 19th Annual Blue Ribbon Pork Cook Off will be held Wednesday August 17th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Martin County Arena at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Come and enjoy the Martin County’s finest cuisine from Cup ‘N Saucer Restaurant in Sherburn, Green Mill Restaurant in Fairmont, Marina Lodge in Fairmont, Blazer Bar in Fairmont, JoJo’s BBQ in Fairmont, Pillar’s Pub & Eatery in Jackson and VFW Post #1222 in Fairmont. Tickets area available at the Chamber. Proceeds from the event help support two $4,200 Agri-Business Scholarships awarded each year to Martin County high school graduates. Thank you to our sponsors: The Agri-Business committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, AgStar Financial Services, Bank Midwest, Cargill Inc., Devenish Nutrition, Dutch Creek Farms, Fairmont Vet Clinic/Preferred Capital Management, Kahler Automation, Martin County Pork Producers, Martin County Corn and Soybean Growers, Profinium Financial, Valero Renewables, WFS, and Zoetis.


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

Pork Masters Golf outing a success Over 300 golfers, sponsors, and volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, fun, food and networking. The team from Lynch Livestock, Inc. won the morning session. The USBank team won the afternoon session.

Morning Winners: Charlie Teiskotter, Jake and Dan

Lynch,

Shane

Thank you to the more than 40 sponsors who made the event possible and recognize the importance of the pork industry in Martin County and the state of Minnesota. Thank you to the many volunteers who make the event successful each year.

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Make sure to mark your calendars for the 25th Annual Minnesota State Pork Masters - July 24, 2017!

Afternoon Winners: Chris Pierce, Brad Huges, Bryan Sowers and Brandon Thiesse

are $18 (good only on wristband day; Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. or Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) We will be selling county fair items through Monday, August 15th.

tickets for $25 or 54 tickets for $40. The Blue Ribbon Bargain Book is available at a cost $5 per book. We will be selling state fair items through Wednesday, August 24th.

County & State Fair tickets available The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce has advanced tickets for the Martin County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair.

The Martin County Fair is Monday, August 15th - Sunday, August 21st. Season Passes are available for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Daily Admission Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday will be $6 and Wednesday and Saturday will be $9. Advance ride tickets are also for sale 10 Rides for $17. Wristbands

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The Minnesota State Fair is August 25th September 5th. Pre-fair Admission tickets are available for $10, during the fair the cost will be $13 for adults, $11 for Seniors (65+), and $11 for youth (ages 5-12). Pre-fair ride tickets for can be purchased 25 for $15, at the fair the cost will be 30

MARTIN COUNTY IMPLEMENT Truman

TRI-COUNTY IMPLEMENT Jackson

TRI-COUNTY IMPLEMENT St. James

Martin County Pre-Season Passes are also being sold at Bank Midwest - Fairmont and Sherburn, State Bank of Fairmont, Avery Weigh-Tronix, Fareway Stores, First Farmers and Merchants National Bank, Hy-Vee, Profinium Inc. - Fairmont and Truman, and Wells Federal Bank.

The Chamber Office is located at 323 East Blue Earth Avenue or give us a call at 507-235-5547 for more information.


Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b

Chamber member business briefs Marketlink, Inc. (507) 238-9030 Marketlink Inc., an Allied Global Company, is a leading contact center provider of inbound, outbound and chat contact center services. We have been in business for over 20 years and are the voice that connects our clients with their customers. We are proud to support clients in many industry sectors and partner with many Fortune 500 companies worldwide. We are headquartered in Des Moines, IA, with call centers in Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Colorado, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Our Fairmont location celebrated their 15th year anniversary this year. For more information, visit www.alliedglobalbpo.com.

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Edward Jones Investments - Mandi Kosbab (507) 235-8524 - Member SIPC If you’re a small-business owner, you think a lot about your needs for today. But don’t forget about tomorrow. Specifically, do you have a retirement plan for yourself? You have several good options. For example, you could open an owner-only 401(k), which offers many of the same advantages of a 401(k) offered by big companies to their employees. Or, if you have just a few employees or are self-employed with no employees, you might consider a SEP IRA. If you have fewer than 10 employees, you could establish a SIMPLE IRA, but this plan may be more advantageous to your workers than to you. And here’s a plan whose existence might surprise you: a defined benefit plan, which works very much like those traditional pension plans that seem to Green Mill Restaurant - Holiday Inn Fairmont be vanishing from the scene. A defined benefit plan has high contribution lim(507) 238-4771 its and, like the other retirement plans, is typically funded with tax-deductible Sturgis is coming up and Green Mill will be the hot contributions. To determine which plan is right for you, consult with your tax spot in Fairmont for any bikers coming through the advisor or financial professional. But don’t wait too long – the future will be area. Thursday evenings through August are Acoustic Nights on the patio, so come out and enjoy the beautiful weather along with here before you know it. Heritage Acres live music and drink specials! (507) 236-1257 Red Rock Center for the Arts Heritage Acres will be having there Threshing Day on (507) 235-9262 August 14th. There will also be an antique tractor disMon., August 8th - 5:30. Join us for an interactive eveplay from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Threshing will start at ning of Art, Music, and Pasta. 5:30 social hour, hors 1:00 PM. The food stand will be open and all buildings will be open. Anyone d’oeuvres, wine & art demonstrations presented by lothat would like to display there antique tractor is welcome to do so. cal artists. At 6:30 a chicken fettuccine alfredo dinner will be served. Presentation recapping Red Rock’s Year in Review and the upcoming season of Cavers Realty, Inc - Kim Kreiss events Enjoy guest pianist, Andrew Paulson. Andrew has a Bachelor of (507) 848-8102 Arts degree in instrumental music education from Augustana Universi- I’m an ambitious new realtor, a proud Fairmont native, and I ty & a Master of Music degree in piano performance from University of Love Houses! I’ll use my marketing and social media experiNebraska. Paulson is currently the Worship and Music Director at Grace ence to help you sell your home and I’ll provide timely upLutheran Church in Fairmont. Paulson maintains a private studio in Fair- dates and information so you can buy your next home with mont, and has taught and performed throughout the Midwest as a collab- confidence. I promise to give you my undivided attention as I guide you through the process of buying/selling your property while keeping orative and solo musician. Reservations required by Wed., Aug. 3 in mind your budget, your needs, your wants... and your dreams. Let’s work Midwest IT together to turn realty into reality for you! Contact me today! (507) 526-5979 Facebook: www.facebook.com/ilovehouseskimatcavers Midwest IT Systems, Inc. has received the CompBlog: www.ilovehouses.wordpress.com TIA Managed Services Trustmark™, a respected industry credential that signifies its adherence to best practices for technology service delivery and The Visual Identity Vault customer interaction.“Earning this credential identifies Midwest IT Systems, (507) 238-9793 Inc. as a business that meets or exceeds the best business practices the IT We’ve expanded our hours and staff, now open Monindustry has to offer,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry Fri from 8a-5p, TVIV at 206 Downtown Plaza in Fairrelations, CompTIA. “This includes managed services agreements, standard mont. We’re here to provide you with decorated apparel, promotional prodoperating procedures, systems and tools for delivering services and general ucts, signs, banners, paper printed products and more. We’ve expanded our business operations.” “We’re honored to have been awarded the CompTIA staff hiring Josie Sodersten as Customer Service/Production Specialist, AshManaged Services Trustmark,” said Allen Aukes, Midwest IT Systems, Inc. ley Rettke as Graphic Designer, and Courtney Park as Outside Sales Specialpresident. “It is simply something we strive for every day in our work envi- ist. Stop on by our store and check out some of our new offerings and greet our valuable new employees. ronment.”


e r e c o g n i z e d a s t h e l e a d e r i n a s s i s t i n g a r e a b u s i n e s s e s t o p r o s p e r.

Chamber member business briefs Fairmont Opera House (507) 238-4900 “The Britins” are coming to the Fairmont Opera house on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. This Beatles tribute band takes the audience on a Magical Mystery Tour from “Love Me Do” to “Let It Be.” Individual tickets on sale at www.fairmontoperahouse. org or 507-238-4900. Details for all shows in the 2016-17 season are also online. Current subscription packages offer deep discounts for a wide variety of shows. Annual Memberships are also available, which provide funding for operating expenses and building maintenance. The season is starting early! Don’t miss any of it!

Cavers Realty, Inc - Angel Moeller (507) 236-7912 I am so proud to be apart of the Cavers Realty team! I have lived in Martin County for the past 39 years and am well acquainted with the area. As your Realtor, I believe in being dedicated to you! I will keep you informed, be honest and loyal to you. I am detailed and determined in doing my very best to assist you in the buying or selling process of your home. I look forward to hearing from you! Angel@CaversRealty.com

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Century 21 - Gillian Tunnell (507) 399-9211 When preparing your home for sale, don’t forget the cupboards! Be assured that buyers will definitely open cupboard doors and look inside, so before you list is a good time to go through and reorganize - toss out/recycle expired or unused items, clean the shelves, and re-line with fresh paper if you use it. Box up out of season clothing and shoes and store out of the way to make your closets tidy and uncrowded, giving the idea of space. Don’t forget your refrigerator and stove! Clean the fridge with baking soda and water, throw out some of those dozens of almost-empty bottles of dressing and leave an open box of baking soda inside. Set your oven to auto clean, and if you have burner plates, give them and the stove top a good scrubbing until they shine – seeing dried-up foods clinging to the stove top is very off-putting to buyers! Your Century 21 agent can give you tips and ideas for readying your house for sale.

MARTIN COUNTY FAIR

August 15-21, 2016 • www.theotherbigfair.com

“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.

Local group seeks public speakers The Fairmont Area Chamber and members of the Speakers Series group invite groups and individuals to speak to local audiences. Areas of interests identified by the group include: Home ownership USDA, lending – Personal Finance, Workplace/ School Violence, Mental Health, Life Planning/ Coaching, Work Ethic, Substance Abuse, Integration/Diversity/Unity, Top 20 Thinking, Employee Engagement/Retention, Rural Narrative Correction, Entrepreneurship, Leadership/Management/Business Practice, Finance, Social Media, Work/Life Balance, Generational Issues, Emotion-

al Intelligence, Advertising/Marketing/Promotion, Volunteerism, Healthy Lifestyle, Community Connectedness, Caregivers

The Speaker Series founded through a Blandin grant have identified these goals: 1) Help make Fairmont a highly competitive community. 2) Provide high quality instruction to our area professionals and citizens. 3) Stimulate discussion and involvement on important community issues. 4) Improve Fairmont’s quality of life through community education. 5) Create a coordinated

series that makes Fairmont a better place. The advisory panel consists of: Wes Pruett, Greg Brolsma, Stephanie Busiahn, Mike Humpal, Traci Lardy, Bob Wallace and Margaret Dillard. The Fairmont Area Chamber will arrange event location, publicity and audience registration. Grants may be available to cover a portion of the costs for speakers, venue and event related costs. Applications of interest to speak to local audiences are available by contacting the Chamber office.

To view upcoming community events please visit www.fairmontareacalendar.com . If you have any questions or concerns about updating your events to the Fairmont Area Community Calendar please contact me 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 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

Change the world The situation brought me to question what matters. Does this matter? It does. Can we do anything about it? We can. Where do we go from here? We’ll continue to encourage people here to work, live and raise their families. We will promote affordable housing, excellent educational facilities, recreational and cultural opportunities. We are called to also focus on residents, as well.

Several years ago, Fairmont adopted “Top 20 Thinking,” a worthwhile curriculum centered on four principles: (1) help others succeed, (2) communicate ‘you matter’ to others, (3) honor the absent and (4) see the problem, own the problem. Because the concept focuses on others, instead of our own needs, I believe we can promote our community to excellence for residents, visitors and future residents. The local Top 20 effort is a project of The Youth First Initiative. Youth First is a local

non-profit whose mission is to mobilize community resources to achieve the healthiest and most successful youth possible through positive development and effective prevention from birth to young adulthood.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to mention two people who recently announced their retirements: Administrator at MCHS-Fairmont and Fairmont Area Chamber Board Member, Bob Bartingale will retire at the end of the year. He and his wife Joan, have immersed themselves in dozens of community projects since moving here 6 years ago. There’s still a lot of work to do before December! Fairmont Police Chief, Greg Brolsma who announced his retirement effective October 31st, has worked in law enforcement in Fairmont for 30 years. I admire his unwavering commitment to seeing the person instead of the problem.

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Both men are members of Youth First.

One final note: This is a personal invitation to you to get involved. There are lots of ways to do that. A few suggestions are: 1. Call me. I will talk to anyone about making our community better. 2. Volunteer. Call the Chamber office for a list of local organizations and contact information. 3. Do one thing today that helps someone else. It can be as simple as holding the door for someone or saying “thank you.”

4. Shop locally. Every dollar that stays here is an investment in our community.

Chamber Events The Other Big Fair entertainment

Wednesday, August 17th - 3:00 p.m. Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings Tuesday, August 23rd - 9:00 a.m. Social Media Breakfast

Tuesday, August 23rd - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 90th Anniversary Celebration/PM Exchange Wednesday, August 24th - 7:30 a.m. Board Meeting

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The Martin County Fair Board has secured an exciting lineup of accomplished entertainers and intriguing exhibits to appear at "The Other Big Fair" this year.

The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit will be on display all week with artifacts from Ground Zero, documentary videos, and tours led by FDNY Firefighters who experienced first hand the events of that tragic day.

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Musical performances are scheduled each night featuring talented artists including The Johnny Holm Band, Hairball, Little Texas, The Wendinger Band, and Chase Bryant. Other entertainment will include new game show "Let's make a Fair Deal" as well as livestock, tractor and car shows. For more information on entertainment schedules and other fair activities, visit www.theotherbigfair.com

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have the windows of your home sparkling clean! Jessica & Steve Sovell Gemologist • Goldsmith

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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 congratulate area businesses

RIBBON CUTTING AT OCTANE POWER SPORTS

Octane Power Sports is now open in the former “DougSports Center” building. Owners Jay and Alycia Johnson and their staff offer service, parts and accessories for Boats, ATVs, UTVs, Motorcycles and more.

RIBBON CUTTING AT FIVE LAKES DENTAL STUDIO

Five Lakes Dental Studio creates a wide variety of high quality dental restorations for area dentists. Owner Jeremy Stauffer employs nine at his downtown location in the former R. Carlson Photography Studio building.

RIBBON CUTTING AT WHITMORE’S PAINTING & MORE

Whitmore’s Painting & More/Fairmont Decorating is now transferring ownership to Colby Whitmore, son of current owner Ron. They will continue to offer quality painting supplies and services.

Martin County internet connectivity survey

The Martin County Blandin Steering Committee engaged Cooperative Network Services (CNS) of Menahga, MN to conduct an internet feasibility study. The purpose of the study is to provide the County decision makers with information about the availability of broadband throughout the county, and to provide information to ultimately configure, equip and install a broadband system to achieve high speed connection to entities throughout the county to include businesses, homes, schools, libraries, hospitals, public safety, cities, etc.

507.235.5547

info@fairmontchamber.org

CNS has created an online survey to assess current connectivity and future needs. All residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to take the survey. If you have connectivity, go to fairmontchamber.org.

If internet is not available, you may go to the Chamber office, Martin County Courthouse or Martin County Library to access the survey.

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August programs at CER

Summer is not over in Fairmont! Check out the activities below and go to the Community Calendar (www.FairmontAreaCalendar.com) to find out what is happening in our community and county on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. CER wishes to extend a special thank you to all the Volunteer Coaches and Sponsors who helped to make our summer Girls Softball and T-ball leagues enjoyable experiences for youth in our area. Sponsors: Education Minnesota Fairmont, GHEC Driving School, Fleet and Farm, Royalty Rides, Schmidt Installation, Larson & Olsen Dental, Cloverleaf Cold Storage and The Visual Identity Vault. Special thanks to the City of Fairmont, School District/CER, and Martin County Interns for sponsoring the free Fairmont Summer Playground Activities program running from June 14 through August 11. In addition, Special Appreciation and Thanks is extended to the Martin County Youth Foundation for sponsoring the Prairie Ecology Bus Center camps at Cedar Park and numerous Youth Scholarships for community activities. Camp Invention Scholarships have also been graciously offered through 3M and Kahler Automation. Thank you to all for caring about our kids!

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A Sampling of Upcoming Activities Camp Invention August 1-5 Microsoft PowerPoint August 6 Microsoft Word Basic August 8 Fairmont Area School District Registration August Over 55 Defensive Driving Refresher August 10 Substitute Teaching 101 August 11 Fall School Sports Parent Meeting (Fairmont) August 11 Wine & Watercolors “Desert Tapestry” August 11 Fairmont Park & Playground Program Ends August 11 ISD 2752 School Registration (Fairmont) August 12 & 15 Summer Food Program (18 & under free, 10:30) August 15-26 (MTWThF) Advanced Dog Obedience August 16 Martin County Fair August 16-21 Hy-Vee DISH August 21 Flag Football Deadline to Register (Gr 1-3) August 16 Blogging For Business Social Media Breakfast August 23 Flag Football Begins August 29 ISD 2752 Fairmont Area School Begins September 6 Gymnastics (Ages 3-6) September 7 …and much more!

Program Planning for Fall and Winter is happening at the Fairmont CER Program. Sharing your special talent with others as a CER instructor or joining an activity to learn something new are great ways to get acquainted. Contact CER (235-3141) for more information. For complete list, see the CER Web Store at fairmontareaschools.portal.rschooltoday.com. Register online with MC/Visa. For more information, contact CER in the Fairmont Elementary School Door 15A, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont; call 507-235-3141; or Email rdauer@fairmont.k12.mn.us.

Martin County in video

Recently, there has been renewed enthusiasm surrounding video as a means for publicity, information and entertainment in Martin County. Take a look at www.fairmontarealife.com. Click on the “experience” tab and choose “video” from the drop down menu. There you will find aerial views, resi-

dents’ testimonials who love living here, an overview of local agriculture as well as videos from the Martin County Historical Society, Martin County Area Foundation, and more. In celebration of their 70th Anniversary, 3M Fairmont completed a new video featuring aerial footage. VISION CARE CONTACT LENS

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