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February 2016

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Coming in 2016: Social Media Breakfasts Social media isn’t going anywhere and offers an excellent marketing opportunity no matter the size or focus of your business.

Inside This Issue

Page 2 - Martin County Relocation Guide Page 3 - Aging Christmas Street Decorations Page 4 & 5 - Member News Page 6 - Ambassador Celebration at Crossfit Page 7 - MCYF Grants Page 8 - What’s Happening at CER

told us they wanted insturction in LinkedIn, Google Places, Facebook Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Online Reputation Management, Hoot Suite, Text Clubs and YouTube.

We are currently seeking instructor in these class opThanks to a grant from tions and others that can teach technology to business The Blandin Foundation people. with additional financial support from Martin County, will be hosting tech- You’ll be seeing more information about this in our focused seminars. In 2015, participants in our classes publications, website and social media and, of course, we’ll post it on the Fairmont Area Calendar! www.fairmontchamber • www.fairmontareacalendar.com

Nominations Open for Business of the Year The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held at Holiday Inn, February 25th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. As in past years, the recognition ceremony will honor past board members and committee chairs, but this year we will focus on outstanding chamber members in three categories: • Large Business of the Year (over 15 employees)

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community involvement. The business must be a member in good standing at the time of nomination through date of ceremony, must not have won an award in the past two years and meet the criteria for the specific award for which the business is being nominated. Anyone residing or doing business in Martin County is invited to nominate their favorite business in each category.

Small Business of the Year (15 employees & under) Rising Star (less than three years in business)

Please, feel free to nominate your own business! You may submit your nomination with this form or on our website at www.fairmontchamber.org . There you will To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the also find our member directory. Nominations must be organization must be setting the standards for excel- received by February 9th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. lence and innovation with their business practices and

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

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

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New Martin County Guide By: Margaret Dillard

Annually, the Chamber and Covention and Visitor Bureau publish a visitor and relocation guide for Martin County. It serves as a comprehensive print representation of our area and is distributed to businesses, CVBs, Chambers and other public venues throughout Minnesota and beyond. We’re pleased to work with the Fairmont Sentinel who sells advertising for that publication and the one you are reading now. We are sending the 2016 guide to press next week and are very excited to give you a sneakpeek of the cover that showcases the FAIRMONT AREA LIFE theme.

Kandi Menne Office Manager/ Director of Communications

Curt Foster Director of Finance and Operations

The logo is a creation of graphic artist, Mya at AdMfg and offers a brand for our area that will be seen on websites, social media as well a print media. It is also used when working with the Brain Gain project. Stop by the Chamber midFebruary and pick up a copy to share with your family and frilends. We will also feature an electronic guide complete with “page-turning” options on our website. Take a look! We hope you love it as much as we do.

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Ag Scholarships Available Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce to Award Two Scholarships

Margaret Dillard President

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Graduating Seniors of Martin County high schools that plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or an area of study that services agriculture, may apply for up to $8,400 in scholarships. In partnership with the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), the Agri-Business Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce is offering two $4,200 scholarships, which includes registration for the Fall 2015 AFA Leaders Conference. To be considered for a scholar-

ship, please visit www.agfuture. org/scholarships. Here, you can read more about the AFA Community Scholarships, as well as other scholarships AFA offers. Follow the “Learn more and apply” link to access the application. You will be asked to write a 300-500 word essay on your personal vision for agriculture and how you plan to contribute through your chosen career in the agriculture and food industry. We encourage you to draft this essay in a separate word processing program and then copy/paste it into the application. Please note that your application is not complete until you continue through the last page of the application and

receive an email confirmation. Applying for an AFA Community Scholarship online also makes you eligible for an AFA National Leader and Academic Scholarship; however you may only receive either a local or national award. The Martin County application deadline is March 18, 2016. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Callie by emailing callie@fairmontchamber. org or call 507-235-5547. Questions concerning the online application can be directed to Johnna Wallingford on AFA staff at johnna.wallingford@agfuture.org.


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

Holiday Street Pole Decorations Nearing End of Life

By: Margaret Dillard

You may have received, via US Mail, a $25 donation request from the Chamber and we thank all of those who finance the effort. Some give more! It takes about $1,000 annuallly just to replace burned out bulbs!

In November each year, you’ll notice city staff hanging dozens of wreaths and lanterns from street light poles throughout the city. It appears to be a simple task to make sure everything is in place to make that happen. It’s more of a process than you may think. Thank you to City of Fairmont employees who hang them. It takes at least two people plus a bucket truck and hours of time. Also, we are grateful to the Fairmont Exchange Club voluteers who check each one to make sure the bulbs are ready to shine.

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TRI-COUNTY IMPLEMENT St. James

Each year for the past few, we’ve noticed a few more lights that don’t light and that the bows are a shade of pink instead of the vibrant Christmas red they once were. The bottom line is that they are aging and the donations we receive cover slightly more than the bulbs and insurance cost and the replacement cost is a estimated to be a whopping $500-$1200 each!

We anticipate that it is important to the community to develop a fiveyear plan to replace these decorations and look forward to any feedback you have about how to do that. Let me know your thoughts. ~Margaret On behalf of the Fairmont Area Chamber and the Fairmont Glows Committee

Sentinel 64 Downtown Plaza

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Chamber Member Business Briefs Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation www.smifoundation.org Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) leverages our region’s assets to create economic prosperity and vibrant communities within the 20-counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. SMIF has SBA loan dollars and equity funds available for a variety of business sectors, including: bioscience, renewable energy, food/ agriculture, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, local foods, child care centers, service providers, and retail. SMIF also provides a range of technical assistance for new or expanding small businesses. Learn more at www. smifoundation.org.

Mayo Health System-Fairmont (507) 238-8100 With Patient Online Services, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont makes it easy for patients to access their medical records and communicate with their health care provider. This online health portal saves patients time and money. You can create your account by going to mayoclinichealthsystem. org or downloading the Mayo Clinic patient app on your iOS or Android device. Once you’ve created your account, you will have access to: Lab results, clinical notes, medication lists, upcoming appointments, medical documents. You can also exchange secure messages with your health care providers and request appointments or prescription renewals.

Century 21 - Gillian Tunnell (507) 399-9211 Thinking of moving in this New Year? Determining your home’s market value is one of the most important decisions you will make during the selling process. We can help you set a fair price based on current market conditions and provide you with sale prices of other homes similar to yours that have sold recently, and those that are currently listed. Prospective buyers will be comparing your home to others on the market. The price you set can determine whether your house sells or not. Based upon these figures and other factors, such as general condition, style, and livability, your realtor will suggest a price range, and it will be your decision as to what price to set. To get this process started, give us a call at 507-399-9211

Green Mill Restaurant - Holiday Inn 507-848-5080 Wow her on Valentine’s Day with an elegant dinner for two! You & your sweetheart will be greeted with a glass of raspberry champagne while Simply Strings performs the cello and violin. Enjoy a 4 course meal from our limited menu of filet mignon, crab stuffed walleye, lobster stuffed chicken, pan seared scallops or frutti de mare linguini. RSVP’s must be in by Feb 10, 2016. Call Lacy at 507-238-4771 for information or reservations

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Presentation College

(507) 235-4658 Presentation College is holding their Mardi Gras Saturday, February 8 at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont beginning at 6 p.m. The fundraising event will raise money for scholarships given solely to deserving students at the Fairmont Campus. The evening includes social hour, live music, a sit down meal and “Mystical Medallions”. There are many ways that you can support this annual fundraiser. To purchase an event ticket, raffle ticket or to make a donation, please contact Presentation College at 235-4658 or at 115 South Park Street Suite 105.

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

What Expenses Will You Incur When Investing?When you invest, you will incur some costs – so you’ll want to be familiar with them. Some financial advisors assess a fee as a percentage of your portfolio, while others charge commissions on the products you purchase. Which choice is best for you? It depends on several factors, such as how involved you want to be in choosing your own investments, how often you’d like to consult with a financial advisor, and so on. There may also be other expenses associated with investing. Some types of investments carry fees and expenses, which may or may not be included in your financial advisor’s compensation. Your advisor should clearly explain the costs associated with all investments and investment programs. You can also incur expenses by subscribing to investment newsletters or purchasing books or magazines related to investing. As you invest through the years, always be aware of expenses. After all, you want to make educated decisions about every aspect of investing – including its costs. Member SIPC

Fairmont Opera House (507) 238-4900 The comedy troupe “The Best of The Second City” will appear on the Fairmont Opera house stage, Friday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. See some of the best comedy sketches, songs, and improvisations from this company’s illustrious 55 year history. The comedy drama “Ole and Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal” will be on the Fairmont Opera House Stage, Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. This warm-hearted comedy is sure to inject full dose of humor into the final days of February. Tickets available at 507-238-4900 or www.fairmontoperahouse.com. Krahmer & Shaffer, Ltd (507) 238-4717 Practice expanding to Iowa. Krahmer & Shaffer is pleased to announce that attorney, Brandon J. Edmundson, is now licensed to practice law in Iowa, as well as Minnesota and Texas. Brandon’s practice areas include estate planning, wills/trusts, probate, real estate, income tax, business and ag law. At K&S, we are familiar with the issues that our farm clients confront on a day to day basis, and our integrated approach allows us to provide comprehensive solutions that take into account both the legal and tax issues facing our clients. Brandon can be reached at 507-238-4717.


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

Email info@fairmontchamber.org if you would like to have your announcement in the newsletter Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture, PLC 507-235-8485 Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture, PLC celebrates 2 years serving the Fairmont area on Wednesday, February 3rd! Dr. Zephanie Skow focuses on correcting nerve interferences in the body, utilizing objective analyses and specific muscle testing protocols to understand the underlying cause of your health concerns. Remember, we adjust animals too! To learn more about the services we provide, find us online at www. alignchiropracticfmt.com, give us a call at 507-235-8485 or visit us at the clinic, located at 204 Lake Avenue, Suite 203 in Fairmont. Partners Funding, Inc. 507-235-3456 Our Clients wish they found us long ago! It’s great to hear from Clients that our service has helped them shed their cash flow worries. They tell us they’re able to focus on business and not worry about the mounting accounts receivables that seem to stretch out further and further in these challenging economic times. “Partnering for your success is our business”, helping eliminate the cash flow nightmare. Contact Brad with questions at 507-235-3456, by email at brad@partnersfundinginc.com, or find out more at www.partnersfundinginc.com .

Fairmont Community Education and Recreation 507-238-3141 Special thanks to the Martin County Youth Foundation for the grant to bring a Prairie Ecology Bus Center Naturalist to the February 6 Family Snowshoe event at Cedar Park (1-3 pm) with free use of snowshoes followed by cookies and hot cocoa. Rental of snowshoes for a weekend of family fun is also available from CER for only $5 per pair-call and reserve yours early. Go Roller Skating for a new family activity available in Fairmont. Sixty-seven, ages 4 and up, attended our New Year’s Eve Afternoon Family Skate and 171 attended our December 11 Fab Friday and Skate for Grades 3-6. Please feel free to contact CER about private party scheduling or check www.fairmontareacalendar.com for public roller skating events in the future.

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The Visual Identity Vault 507-238-9793 The Visual Identity Vault at 206 Downtown Plaza Fairmont is now 100% locally owned. Jay & Tanya Doyscher, along with their staff, are excited to continue to offer the Fairmont and surrounding areas high quality products and service, at an affordable cost. Decorated Apparel, Graphic Design Services, Printed Materials (Business Cards, Invitations, Postcards, Flyers), Gifts, Signs, Banners, Vinyl Graphics, Promotional Products, Fundraising and More! Nothing is impossible with a Great Identity, so stop in to The Visual Identity Vault today.

SealedBid Marketing, Inc. www.sealedbid.com

SealedBid Marketing, Inc. (“SealedBid”) is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based Mergers & Acquisitions (“M&A”) firm focused on lower mid-market companies with revenues ranging from $2 million to over $50 million. As a boutique firm, SealedBid engages in a limited number of projects at any given time to ensure we deliver the highest level of senior attention, expert advice and transaction experience to each client. The Transaction Team at SealedBid has experience across many industries with expertise in manufacturing and service based companies. Our services include M&A Advisory, Recapitalizations, Succession/Exit Planning, Family Transfers and Management/Partner Buy-outs. For more information – www.sealedbid.com

Red Rock Center for the Arts (507)-235-9262 Red Rock Center for the Arts presents Jerusalem on Saturday, March 5 at 7p.m. This all-strings program features four renowned chamber musicians to present a program of works by composers familiar and new. The performers include Karen Kim, a Grammy-award winning violinist from New York, Lydia Miller, founder and Artistic Director of Mankato Symphony Orchestra Music on the Hill concert series, international prizewinning violist Johanna Torbenson, and Carleton College professor cellist Tom Rosenberg. This concert is in collaboration with Mankato’s Music on the Hill concert series. $8 advance tickets available at Hy-Vee in Fairmont, online at www.redrockcenter.ticketleap.com or $10 at the door.

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 Vistors 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

Wednesday, February 10 Bureau 14 6:00 pm at Holiday Inn Tami’s on the Ave Tuesday, February 16 Agri-business, 6 pm at The Ranch Restaurant Wednesday February 17 LEADSPlus! 7:00 am at Center for Specialty Care Ambassadors/Ribbon Cuttings, 3:00 pm at the Chamber Wednesday, February 24 Board Meeting, 7:30 am, at the Chamber Thursday, February 25 Chamber Annual Dinner, Holiday Inn, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 pm Dinner

New Members! WELCOME! Cress Refrigerations, Kandy Koncepts, Rosburg Construction and Cup ‘N Saucer Cafe

Ambassadors Celebrate at CrossFit Chamber Ammbassadors celebrate with Fairmont CrossFit that opened last fall at 414 N State Street.

Pictured (left to right): Nancy Stauffer-AdMfg; Karla Schwebke-Wells Federal Bank; Bruce PetersPeters Insurance; Jillian

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Vortherms-American Family Insurance; Courtney Park-Verizon Wireless; Josie & Andy Sodersten,Fairmont CrossFit; Margaret Dillard-Fairmont Area Chamber; Dale SplinterHawkins Chevrolet; Denise Mosloski-US Bank; Stephanie Busiahn-Fairmont CVB

Thank You for Your Confidence in Us! Thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals for your 2016 investment in the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce. We deeply appreciated your support in your business organization and for your commitment to the Fairmont area. A Center For Financial and Insurance Services AgStar Financial Services Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture, PLC American Welding & Gas Ameriprise Financial Don Anderson Associate Optometry, P.A. Avery Weigh-Tronix Baarts Trucking, Inc. Bank Midwest Bank Midwest Investment & Insurance Services Baywood Home Care Belle Vue Estates BEVCOMM, Inc. BoeKett Building Supply, Inc Bolton and Menk, Inc.

Borchardt Agency, Inc. Bowlmor Lanes Joseph E. Brown, Sr. Brown and Brown Insurance Burtis Chiropractic Center Ken Carlson, Prudential Insurance Casey’s General Store Cavers Realty CENTURY 21 Northland Realty Chain of Lakes Yacht Club Channel Inn Char Commercial Art Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group Countryside Townhouses Culligan Water Conditioning Dan’s Appliance, Sleep Source & TV Dareld’s Appliance Davis Typewriter Co., Inc Rick DeBoer Signs Devenish Nutrition DeWar Electric, Inc. Doolittle’s Carpet and Paints Dulcimer Medical Center, P.A. Dutch Creek Farms Eagles Club #3394

Fine Jewelry

Sovell Jewelry

Your Professional Jeweler For 60 Years Full Service-In House Repair

Easy Automation, Inc. Edman and Edman Education Minnesota Fairmont Edward Jones - Wyman Fischer Edward Jones - Mandi Kosbab Edward Jones Paul Schellpeper Edward Jones - Christy K. Selbrade, Financial Enderson Clothing for Men and Women Eunoia Family Resource Center, P.A. Fairlakes Transportation, Inc. City of Fairmont Fairmont Artificial Breeders Fairmont Concert Association Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau Fairmont Development Group Fairmont Early Risers Kiwanis Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company Fairmont Ford Fairmont Hearing Aid Service Fairmont Housing and Redevelopment

Fairmont Opera House Fairmont Square Apartments Fairmont Trap Club Fairmont Veterinary Clinic Fareway Stores Inc. Faribault County Register Farm Bureau Financial Services Jeff Schlomann FEDA First Farmers & Merchants National Bank Fitzgerald Moving Five Lakes Centre Fleet and Farm Supply Flying Goose Campground & Resort Fordice Dental Office Frontier Communications GCC Ready Mix Gene’s Cleaners Gethmann Dental Office Goldfinch Estates Good News Bookstore Graham Tire Co. Green Plains Fairmont LLC Hall Lake Cabins and Rentals Hawkins Chevrolet Heritage Acres

Professional Window Cleaning Insured Residential & Commercial Cleaning

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

Please allow us to give you a free estimate. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Call Now! Brian Nelson (507) 525-3588 or (507) 526-7281


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

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Dollars Will Be Awarded for Youth Projects The Martin County Youth Foundation grant applications are now available. Grants will be awarded twice during the year, in the spring and fall. The mission of the Martin County Youth Foundation is to acquire, manage and distribute funds to enhance the lives of youth in Martin County. Grants will be made to qualified non-profit organizations including those with 501(c)3 status, public agen-

Thank You...

Hinrichsen Seed & Chemical Hometown Sanitation Services, LLC HR Advisors Hugoson Pork Hy-Vee Foods Iberdrola Renewables IFC National Marketing, Inc. Ingleside Jake’s Pizza Jetter Clean, Inc. Eric B. Johnson Financial Advising Richard Johnson K & W Electric Kahler Automation Corp. Kahler Electric Co. Kandy Koncepts KBEW Inc. KEYC CBS & KEYC FOX Mankato Krahmer and Shaffer, Ltd Krahmer Law Firm KRISMA Counseling Krueger Realty, Inc. KSUM and KFMC Radio Joe Kurtzman Lakeview Funeral Home Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center Landscaping Plus, Inc. Lund Chiropractic Clinic Madsen Land Surveying, Inc.

cies, units of government, and churches that will address important community youth needs.

Funds received can be used for youth program costs and support materials. Interested groups may pick up grant applications and guidelines at the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce, 323 East Blue Earth Ave., or download them online at www. MartinCountyYouthFoundation.org.

Marco Marketlink, Inc. Martin County Corn and Soybean Growers Martin County Economic Development Authority Martin County Fair Martin County Historical Society Martin County Implement Martin County License Center, Inc. Martin County Pork Producers Martin County Preservation Assoc. Mayo Clinic Health System Fairmont McDonald’s Midwest IT Systems, Inc. Militello Motors MRCI WorkSource NAPA Auto Parts of Fairmont New York Life Insurance Company Noddle Companies - Fairmont Plaza NuWay Cooperative Olson Rentals Inc. Optimal Health & Chiropractic P.A. Partners Funding, Inc. Peters Insurance Agency Peterson Anthony Insurance Agency The Photo Press Steven E. Pierce, CPA, LTD PM Pork, LLP Preferred Capital Management

The deadline for submitting the grant applications is March 15th. Return completed grants to Martin County Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031 or drop off at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Continued Presentation College - Fairmont Professional Tax Advisors Inc. Profinium Insurance Agency Profinium, Inc. R R & S Cleaning and Maintenance Rabe International, Inc. Redi-Haul Trailers, Inc. Dr. Lynn Reeve, D.D.S. Reiter Dental P.A. Riverland Community College Roessler, Nuss and Co. P.A. Rose Lake Golf Club Rosen’s, Inc. S & J Excavation Inc. Safety Solutions Inc. Salvation Army Thrift Store SealedBid Seifried Portrait Design Sentinel Shoe Sensation Slumberland Furniture Smart Clinic South Central WorkForce Council Southern Minnesota Construction Southern MN Municipal Power Agency Sovell Jewelry The Squeegee Brothers Inc. State Bank of Fairmont STEP, Inc. Sterling Drug

Sweet Financial Services, Inc. Joseph E. Switras, Ph.D., P. A. Tech Builders Temperance Lake Ridge Assisted Living Twelve Baskets Re-Sale United Hospital District Home Health & Hospice Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC Village Cooperative of Fairmont

The Visual Identity Vault Voss Cleaning Services Walmart #3806 Waste Management Welcome Motor Company Wells Federal Bank WFS The Whittler’s Lady Bed and Breakfast Wireless World/Verizon Wireless Jim Zarling

What we offer your business. 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

717 S. State St. • Fairmont, MN • (507) 238-4949 435 S. Grove St., Suite 3 • Blue Earth, MN • (507) 526-5191 www.centerforspecialtycare.com


8 Special thanks to the Martin County Youth Foundation for the grant to bring a Prairie Ecology Bus Center Naturalist to the February 6 Family Snowshoe event at Cedar Park (1-3 pm) with free use of snowshoes followed by cookies and hot cocoa. Rental of snowshoes for a weekend of family fun is also available from CER for only $5 per pair-call and reserve yours early. Go Roller Skating for a new family activity available in Fairmont. Sixty-seven, ages 4 and up, attended our New Year’s Eve Afternoon Family Skate and 171 attended our December 11 Fab Friday and Skate for Grades 3-6. Please feel free to contact CER about private party scheduling or check www.fairmontareacalendar. com for public roller skating events in the future. Thinking about spring and gardens? Check out the CER Square Foot Garden class on February 8, Nature String Art on March 7 or Garden Barn Quilt Signs, April 7. Do you need help with your smartphone, Ipad or tablet? Register at CER for free help at Martin County Blandin/Ignite funded Coffee Connections: February 20 at the Martin County Library (Fmt) or March 30 at Welcome (Korte’s Bar and Grill.) Looking for more to do? The spring/summer catalog is in progress. New instructors or activity suggestions are welcomed. Volunteer opportunities at CER include helping with Fab Fun Nites, Cooking Matters for LOFK Kids, helping adults learn English and more.

A Sampling of Upcoming Activities

Savvy Social Security Planning February 4 FamilySearch.Org February 4 Family Snowshoeing at Cedar Park (free) February 6 Square Foot Gardening February 8 Family Fun Exhibitor Registration Begins February 8 Beginning Sewing February 11 Microsoft Excel Basic February 11 Savvy Kids Valentine’s Day Cooking February 13 Art Fun With Wendy February 13,27 Archery I & II February 15 Fabulous Friday (Grades 3-6) February 19 Let’s Weave With Wendy February 20 Coffee Connections (MC Library-Fairmont) February 20 Zumba Flair February 24 Zumba Fitness February 25 Microsoft Publisher February 27 LOFK School Walk for Diabetes March 3 Family Fun Fair April 1 …and much more!

For an up-to date list of activities, see the CER Web Store located at fairmontareaschools.portal.rschooltoday.com . Register online with your 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 rdauer@fairmont.k12.mn.us.

A Very Special Invitation

The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you, your employees and guests to your Annual Banquet on Thursday, February 25, 2015 at Holiday Inn - Fairmont • Social: 6:00 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25 per person • Program Topic: Celebrating past successes and anticipating more in 2016!

Invite a Non-Chamber Member to be your guest. Make your reservations before February 18th by calling the Chamber at 507-235-5547 or email info@fairmontchamber.org. VISION CARE CONTACT LENS

Sentinel 64 Downtown Plaza

507-235-3303 FAX (507) 235-3718

fairmontsentinel.com

Paul Seibert, O.D. 1307 ALBION AVE., SUITE 102 FAIRMONT, MN PH: (507) 238-4228

James Busche, O.D. 111 E. 6TH ST. BLUE EARTH, MN PH: (507) 526-2020

February 2016 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  

February 2016 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

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