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June 2016

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Ambassadors Visits

Inside This Issue Page 2 - MNDot Construction Page 2 - Exempt Employee Regulation Change Page 2 - Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off Page 3 - Leadership Martin County Page 3 - Pork Masters Golf Outing Page 4 & 5 - Business Briefs Page 6 - MN Legislative Update Page 7 - MCYF Awards Page 7 - Ambassador Scholarship

GROUNDBREAKING AT INGLESIDE OF FAIRMONT Ingleside has begun construction on a new addition at their Fairmont facility. The addition of 21 new units with advanced memory care services will require an additonal 20 staff to operate.

RIBBON CUTTING AT THE QUALITY INN The Quality Inn - Fairmont (formerly Comfort Inn) is celebrating the completion of an extensive remodel and re-branding which included upgrades to their decor and amenities.

RIBBON CUTTING AT THE BLAZER BAR & GRILL The Blazer Bar & Grill is now open for business. Their facility boasts an adjacent rental hall which features live music and serves as the meeting hall for American Legion Post #36.

RIBBON CUTTING AT TBH FINANCIAL Tiarks, Becker, & Hackett Financial in cooperation with Jeff Vanasse of Northern Lines Insurance will offer a full range of financial services at their new location on Blue Earth Avenue.


Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

As a lifelong resident of Martin County, I take great interest in assisting the growth and development of our community by improving the viability of local business and community programs. I have over 10

years combined experience in graphic design and marketing. I am actively invested in growing our small business sector and have served in the support of various local non-profits, organizations and events. I believe that my extensive professional background and involvement in our community will allow me to contribute immensely to the efforts of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fairmont CVB. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.

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


Margaret Dillard President Kandi Menne Office Manager/ Director of Communications

Curt Foster

Director of Finance and Operations

Benjamin Landsteiner

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

MNDot Construction 2017 Two MNDot Transportation Projects are slated for the Fairmont area from the Spring through the Fall of 2017. Given the continued growth in our local business environment, these transportation projects are a welcomed improvement and it’s fortunate that we have time to plan for the temporary inconveniences. MNDot has created a


guide called “Surviving Transportation Construction” to help communities be proactive while projects are underway. You can find this and other helpful information on our website. Visit our homepage at www.fairmontchamber. org and click the link under “MNDOT PROJECT 2017” in the sidebar to the right.

Exempt Employee Regulation Change The Department of Labor recently updated the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) last modified the regulations in 2004, when it set the weekly salary level at $455 ($23,660 annually) and made other changes to the regulations, including collapsing the short and long duties tests into a single standard duties test and introducing a new exemption for highly compensated employees. Employers have until December 1, 2016 to meet the new rules, which more than doubled the minimum threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week (equivalent to $47,476 per year for a full-year worker.) Updates are slated every three years, beginning January 1, 2020. More information may be found at the United States Department of Labor website: https://www.dol. gov/whd/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm The full text of the Final Rule will be available at the Federal Register Site:

Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off

The 19th Annual Blue Ribbon Pork Cook-Off will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Martin County Arena at the Fairgrounds. Tickets are $8. Contact the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-235-5547 for tickets.

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

Leadership Martin County What: A leadership program designed to enable candidates to learn about Martin County resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. A learning experience geared toward providing an indepth 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. Who: A pool of candidates who are current or prospective leaders in the Martin County community. Candidates are drawn from business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups, non-profit and virtually all other facet of the professional community. Class size will be limited.

Program Development: A Martin County Chamber-designated “Leadership Advisory Committee” oversees the development of the LEADERSHIP Program. Riverland Community College and the Cham-

ber will assist with individual seminar curriculum development in cooperation with designated dayleaders.

Where: 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. Why: To develop candidate knowledge and understanding of our community, its assets, complexities and potential. To provide an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with each other and current community leaders. To develop leadership skills through classroom instruction, interactive exercises and small group discussion.

How: A series of topical seminars held over a nine month period and conducted by local and regional professionals. Area leaders volunteer their time

Pork Masters Golf Outing The Martin County Pork Producers and the AgriBusiness and Ambassador Committees of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce have joined together to host the 24th

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Annual Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Interlaken Golf Club. Martin County is Minnesota’s leading pork producing county. This event is open to area pork producers and recognizes the importance of the pork industry to Martin County and the state of Minnesota while





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 accepted to candidacy. Scholarship opportunities are available.

When: Monthly sessions run September - May on the first Wednesday of each month. LEADERSHIP requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Candidates meet the FIRST WEDNESDAY, a full day each month. Attendance at the work sessions and all day program meetings is imperative. Class participants are expected to attend all sessions with the exception of an extreme emergency or illness.

raising funds for Ag Scholarships and Ag Awareness. Lunch and dinner is provided for the participants at Interlaken Golf Club. There will be games and prizes on every hole with 250 golfers expected to participate. For golf or sponsorship information, call Curt at the Chamber office at 235-5547.

Vision Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce will b

Chamber Member Business Briefs Heritage Acres International Heritage Acres will be giving out free ice cream cones from 1:00 - 4:00 on June 11th in the Prairieville Building in connection with IHD days. All buildings will be open and are handicap accessible. We will also be selling pop and water.

Century 21 - Gillian Tunnell (507) 399-9211 Thinking of selling your home? Getting it ready is all in the details! Shampooing rugs, refreshing paint, and tidying up are obvious & make a big impact. Smaller jobs too, like sticky doors, cracked or stained caulking, dripping faucets that can give the impression of neglect if not repaired. Make sure the front door is in good shape & clean for a good first impression. Lighten up – open drapes and blinds! Get rid of any unpleasant smells & let the fresh air in! And, so important, declutter! You may love to have all your decorative items & every kitchen appliance you own on display, but to prospective buyers it distracts attention from the house itself, and makes the rooms seem smaller. If you have a lot of visible extraneous items, store them elsewhere while your home is on the market. As your listing agent, I would be glad to suggest more ways you can improve your chances for a satisfactory sale.

Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors (507) 848-5069 On June 6th, the Fairmont Area Chapter of “Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors” will launch our 9th season on the Fairmont lakes fishing & boating with the senior citizens of Martin County & surrounding area. Fishing trips are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and boating trips are from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They are free trips, no cost to participants. The past 8 seasons “The Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors” volunteers have taken over 3,700 senior citizens out on Fairmont lakes. If you have a group, an individual or couple that would like to go fishing or boating with us please call 507-848-5069 to set up a time. (Note must be at least 55 years of age)

Partners Funding, Inc. (507) 235-3456 Partners Funding, Inc., located in Fairmont (MN), can help your business by unlocking working capital through commercial, next day, invoice funding. Are you missing opportunities today because you are waiting too long to get paid? With Partners Funding you can “Get paid tomorrow for the work you did today!” Let us help you put cash in your pocket so you can achieve your goals and grow your business. The experienced staff at Partners Funding, Inc. is here to help. Let us show you how to add financial flexibility to your business by calling us today at 507-235-3456 or visit our website at


Edward Jones Investments - Mandi Kosbab (507) 235-8524 - Member SIPC Here’s a sobering statistic: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft. How can you protect yourself? Consider these suggestions: First, protect your Social Security number. Be reluctant to give it out to anyone. And never carry your Social Security card with you. Also, shred all credit card offers. Identity thieves can go through garbage, fill out credit card offers and take advantage of them. And don’t give out your credit card number unless you’re initiating a purchase with a reputable business. You might also want to shred all bank and brokerage statements. And you might be better off by switching to “paperless” statements. Finally, don’t give out your passwords to anyone, except perhaps a trusted family member. And it’s a good idea to change your passwords every so often. Even after taking these steps, you could still face identity theft. If you think you’ve been compromised, contact one of the three credit-reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to request a free fraud alert. You can help preserve your good name from those who want to misuse it – so, stay vigilant. Red Rock Center for the Arts (507) 235-9262 Do you have a passion for arts & culture? Consider serving on the Martin County Preservation Association Board of Directors. The MCPA manages the Chubb House & Red Rock Center for the Arts. Share your strength and make a difference in this dynamic and growing organization. Call for more information.

Meet Chamber Board Member Rich Johnson Fairmont Area Chamber Board Member Rich Johnson is the 3rd generation owner of Culligan Water Conditioning in Fairmont. When asked why he serves on the board, Rich explains, “(I did it) To get involved with community events and give back to this great community of Fairmont which I believe in whole-heartedly.”

Rich graduated from Fairmont High School class of `86. In 1991, he earned his degree in Corporate Fitness/Business from Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Rich has served on the Fairmont Lakes Foundation Board, FEDA Board, FSAP Board, 2 Culligan Boards, and also coaches B-Squad Basketball for St. Paul’s Lutheran. His wife Stephanie currently serves as the Program & Implementation Coordinator for Fairmont Substance Abuse Prevention (FSAP) Coalition. They have two children, Jayden (14) and Jaxon (11). In his leisure time, Rich enjoys golfing and boating on Fairmont’s beautiful lakes.

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Chamber Member Business Briefs

Email if you would like to have your announcement in the newsletter Dulcimer Medical Center (507) 238-4968 Dulcimer Medical Center is excited to announce the addition of two new nurse practitioners. Darla Wilton comes to us from Nebraska. Darla received her RN from Methodist University, Omaha and her BSN from the University of NE at Kearney. She went on to receive her MS/ FNP from Creighton University. Darla is busy finishing up the move and has purchased a home in Fairmont. Samantha Farnum will be making the move to rural Truman with her husband and their three children. They currently live in Iowa and are thrilled to be coming to the area. She received her BSN from Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Her MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner is from Clarkson College out of Omaha, Nebraska. Welcome to Dulcimer! Welcome to Fairmont!


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 available.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont (507) 238-8100 Mayo Clinic Health System is excited to Presentation College sponsor a number of exciting events this spring and summer. A few in June (507) 235-4658 include the Interlaken Heritage Days parade, the Interlaken Heritage Days Meet William Potter, our new Director of the FairTriathlon and Duathlon, and Relay for Life. Interlaken Heritage Days takes mont Campus for Presentation College. We look place Saturday, June 11, and Relay for Life is set for Saturday, June 25. The forward to being a “working partner” for the future of Fairmont and Martin Mayo Clinic Health System Angels Among Us team will be at Relay for Life to County. We would like to expand our mission to help meet the educational help raise awareness, celebrate survivorship and remember those who have and training needs of the community. Together, as a united community, we passed away from cancer. We hope to see you at these events and many more can achieve positive results and set an example for all! throughout the summer! “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.

Annual Golf Outing

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing on May 16th. The event was a great success. We would also like to thank our member organizations and businesses for their continued support of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.


Ian Bents, Clint Forstrom, Dave Cone, CJ Johnson


Tom Relph, Katie Hanson, Crystel Grunewald, Lisa Tutt


Bolton & Menk, Culligan of Fairmont, Fairmont Ford, Hawkins Chevrolet, KEYC-TV, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, McDonald’s of Fairmont, Militello Motors, Minnesota Energy Resources, Optimal Health & Chiropractic, and Peterson-Anthony Insurance

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, June 7th - 4:00 p.m. Pork Cook Off Meeting Monday, June13th - Noon Pork Masters Meeting

MN State Legislative Update located for working families by expanding the working family tax credit and $32 million to reduce the cost of childcare; $90.6 million in agriculture property tax relief for Minnesota farmers to deal with school bond levies; and $49 million for families who contribute to 529 Plans to save for their children’s college costs.

Wednesday, June15th - 3:30 p.m. Ambassadors Meeting / Ribbon Cuttings Wednesday, June 22nd - 7:30 a.m. Board Meeting

Thursday, June 23rd - Noon Fairmont Area Life (Brain Gain) Meeting Tuesday, June 28th - 9:00 a.m. Social Media Breakfast

City-Wide Cleanup

The City of Fairmont is looking to the business community to assist with the coordination of volunteers and pickup. Flatbed trailers are needed to facilitate a safer and easier method of transport for larger items. If you are able to help, please contact or call (507) 238-3933 as soon as possible.

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A bipartisan agreement that provides more than $800 million in tax relief over the next three years has been approved in the Minnesota Legislature and is on its way to Governor Dayton’s desk.

Considering we had a $900 million surplus at our disposal, we absolutely needed to provide tax relief to the overtaxed residents who created that windfall. $150 million in tax relief is al-

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There’s also $146 million in state property tax relief for every Main Street business owner by exempting the first $100,000 of their commercial-industrial property; $13 million for veterans; and $110 million for college graduates paying off student loans through a refundable tax credit up to $1,000 - the first of its kind in the country. People in nearly every age bracket would benefit from this tax relief plan. There’s no doubt this is the most important bill we passed this session, and I’m hopeful Governor Dayton will sign it into law. One proposal that will not be heading to the governor’s desk is a transportation plan. De-

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spite an agreement between the House and Senate to dedicate nearly $700 million to our road and bridge needs without raising taxes, Senate Democrats chose not to approve it because the legislation did not include new funding for light rail.

It’s really troubling that Senate Democrats destroyed a significant road and bridge funding proposal over their insistence on another train for Minneapolis. It’s now up to Governor Dayton to decide whether to bring us back for a special session to address our transportation needs. Talk to you soon,

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

Martin County Youth Foundation Awards $19,250 in Grants The Martin County Youth Foundation held its Donor Recognition and Awards Presentation on Monday, May 23rd.

The Martin County Youth Foundation was founded in 2000. The organization is committed to acquire, manage and distribute funds to enhance the lives of youth in Martin County. It contributes over $30,000 each year in grants to support youth related programs and activities in Martin County. For more information, visit

SPRING 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS Fairmont CER - ISD 2752 $2,000 - Summer Nature & Science Discovery Camps Fairmont CER - ISD 2752 $2,000 - Community Youth Scholarships Martin Co. Preservation Assoc. $450 - Children’s Theatre Workshop & Play K-6

Fairmont Opera House - Children’s Theatre Camp Martin Co. West CER - ISD 2448 - Summer Program Scholarships Martin Co. Preservation Assoc. - Creative Art Opportunities for Youth Youth First, Inc - Fairmont Area EC - Strong Fathers/Strong Families GHEC School - ISD 2536 - After School Program Kinder Prep - ISD 2752 - Kindergarten Summer Program Truman Public PreK & ECFE - ISD 458 - Field Trips for Preschool and ECFE Fairmont Area Kinship - Adopt-A-Match Program


$2,500 $1,500 $800

$1,500 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $3,000

Ambassadors offer scholarship to college students

ness related field entering their Junior or Senior post secondary year in a four year college or their final year in a technical college. The scholarship will be awarded after a review of grades to confirm achievement of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship applications may be picked up at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 323 East Blue Earth Avenue or fill out The Ambassador Committee of the Fairmont the application online at the Chambers website at Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $1,000 Applications are due scholarship to a Martin County student in a Busi- at the Chamber office by July 8, 2016.

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Community Education & Recreation “Staycation” in the Fairmont area this year. Lots of great summer adventures for youth, families and adults are featured in the CER Spring/Summer Program Catalog! Adult Co-Ed Leagues, Fairmont Aquatic Park, T-ball, Girls Softball, Soccer, Summer Runs, Sport Camps, arts, Martin County Library and more. Register online at Remember to go to the Community Calendar ( to find out what is happening in our community and county on a daily/ weekly/or monthly basis when planning your summer adventures. Go Roller Skating with Family and Friends at the Fairmont Elementary School Gym, 714 Victoria Street (enter Door 17). $5 admission includes skates. Children grade 2 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Skate dates are Thursday, June 16, 6-8 pm; Monday, June 27, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm; and Monday, July 25, 1-3 pm or 6-8 pm. Summer Reads VISTA, a reading program to prevent summer slide in reading, has awarded Fairmont CER 3 VISTA workers this year for this free program running June 13-July 29 for youth entering Kindergarten through 4th grades. Contact CER if you would like to have your child enrolled in this program meeting twice a week with one-to-one and small group reading activities. Summer Hours for the CER Office are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm beginning June 3. A Sampling of Upcoming Activities Beginning Pool June 2 Microsoft Word Basic June 4 Track Camps June 6-9 Preschool-K Gymnastics June 6-9 & 13-16 Over 55 Defensive Driving Refresher June 6 Lego Design June 6

Adult Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Begins June 6 Canvas Creations June 6 CER Girls Softball (MW) Begins June 6 Gymnastics (Beginning Preschool-Grade 1) June 6 T-ball (TTH) Begins June 7 College Level Girls Basketball Clinic (Gr 2-8) June 9 Girls Basketball Camp (PreK-Gr. 6) June 13-17 Volleyball Camps June 13-14, 15-17 Summer Reads VISTA (K-4) June 13 & 14 Fishing on Hobo Trail (Gr 3-6, free) June 14 Archery 1 & 2 (grade 5 and up) June 13-17 Youth Tennis Camp June 13-24 Sylvania Park “Fear Factor” (Gr 4-7) June 13-16 I-90 Boys Basketball Camp (Gr 7-12) June 20-24 Cedar Park Nature Olympics (Gr 4-7) June 20-23 Cedar Park Nature Detectives (Gr 1-3) June 20-23 Cedar Park Adult Evening Camp June 23 Cooking Matters for Teens (free) June 23 Sylvania Park Step Back In Time (Gr 4-7) June 27-30 Baton Twirling June 28 Hy-Vee Kids in the Kitchen 4th of July June 28 Who Grew My Soup (K-Grade 3) June 29 …and much more!

For complete list, see the CER Web Store at Register online with MC/Visa. For more information, contact the in the Fairmont Elementary School Door 15A, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont. Call 507-235-3141 or Email

Social Media Breakfast - June 28th The next Social Media Breakfast will be held on June 28 from 9 to 10 am at Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, 115 S. Park St., in Fairmont.

During this free seminar, instructor Rachael Ackerman will show you the Top Free Social Media Apps and the Top 5 Social Media Do’s and Don’ts. Marketing is changing and it is more important than ever to embrace the tools that are available for businesses. Are you leaving money on the table by not embracing social media?

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June 2016 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  
June 2016 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter