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November 2015

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Glows Parade-A Community Tradition

Inside This Issue

Page 2 - Glows Parade and Brain Gain Page 3 - New Businesses and Expansions Page 4 & 5 - Member Announcement Page 6 - Teachers Banquet Page 7 - Training Grants Page 8 - What’s Happening at CER?

Santa, direct from the North Pole, will be arriving at the Fairmont Airport on the North Pole Express at 4:05 p.m., Friday, November 20th. Everyone is invited to meet and greet this special arrival. Remember to bring your camera. Join us on Friday, November 20th for the Glows Parade along with preand post-parade activities. The First Congregational Church, 319 Downtown Plaza, will be serving soup and hot sandwiches from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and complementary cookies and cider curbside. The Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1200 North North Avenue, will be serving Chili and Oyster Stew from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Martin County Humane Society will be having a Bake Sale and

serving Turkey Melt Sandwiches at St. John’s UCC before and after the parade. Gran D’s Popcorn will be serving fresh popped popcorn on the corner of Downtown Plaza and 3rd Street. Heaven’s Table will be collecting food shelf items during the parade, please bring an item to donate. After the parade stop down to the American Legion for music and fun. The Glows Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. Come and see the wonderful floats, thousands of lights, appearance of Santa on the 26th anniversary of the Glows parade. We encourage anyone still interested in entering the Glows Parade to please do so. If you have any questions please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 507235-5547. This is an event for all ages!

Four professionals round out the 13 member Fairmont Area Chamber board. Ann Terfehr; Les Anderson; Bob Bartingale; and Mandi Kosbab will officially take their seats in December for a term of three years. Thank you to outgoing board members: Past Chair-Jeff Schlomann; Bonnie Vetter; Mae-DeWar-Aust and Joe

Melsha for your service to our community. Others who will remain on the board through 2016 are: Doug Hoffman; Ron Kopischke; Sara Cyphers; Stephanie Busiahn; Chris Carstensen; Rich Johnson; Kerry Nagel-Allen; Dr. Kerri Henderson and Ryan Nicholson.

The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of University Women, and Martin County Farm Bureau will be holding candidate forum on Monday, November 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. The forum for

Martin County Commissioner will take place in the Fairmont City Hall Council Chambers. The candidates will answer questions developed by the sponsoring groups, phone calls, and the audience. (Continued on Page 6)

Welcome New Board Members

Candidate Forum-November 16th

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

MEET the

By: Margaret Dillard

Board Officers: Chair Doug Hoffmann 3M Vice Chair Ron Kopischke Profinium, Inc.


Past Chair Jeff Schlomann Farm Bureau Financial Services

Treasurer Sara Cyphers D&S Trophies - Embroidery and Screen Printing

Stephanie Busiahn Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau

Joe Melsha Iberdrola Renewables

Mae DeWar-Aust Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center

Ryan Nicholson Fareway Stores, Inc.

Chris Carstensen Carstensen Cabinetry and Woodworking

Kerry Nagel Allen MRCI-WorkSource

Dr. Kerri Henderson Optimal Health and Chiropractic Center

Bonnie Vetter Fleet and Farm Supply

Rich Johnson Culligan Water Conditioning


President Margaret Dillard Office Manager/ Director of Communications Kandi Menne

Glows Parade and Other Thoughts


Director of Finance and Operations Curt Foster

26th Annual Glows Parade to nouncements from Mayo Health System of Fairmont, be held November 20th Ingleside and Lakeview totaling more than $22 milFor more than a quarter of a lion. century the Glows Parade has kicked off the holiday season Every month chamber ambassadors gather to cofor the Fairmont area. The ben- ordinate ribbon cuttings and to identify businesses efit to who have recently opened, busiexpanded, changed location nesses or management or had recent a n d announcements because the resicommittee would like to recdents ognize them with a ribbon cutPeople often lament a brain drain alike are far-reaching. This ting. This month, ambassadors in rural Minnesota—the loss named eight to contact and year, the tradition continues! The 26th annual Glows Paconducted a ribbon cutting at of 18-25-year-olds who leave rade will be held at 6:00 p.m. new Fairmont business, Comtheir small home towns after November 20th. With the puter Lodge, LLC. The comincrease in attendance, the high school. But there is also an puter service and sales store is Glows Committee is dedicatlocated on Blue Earth Avenue in-migration to these towns of ed to coordinating a safe and just south of Downtown Plaza. enjoyable event. Entry driv30-49-year-old adults and their All of this activity points to a ers have expressed concern vibrant and prosperous city. young children. In many cases, about the crowd pushing into the parade route particularly those moving into rural commu- Brain Gain and Changing the the Downtown Plaza area Rural Narrative nities offset, or surpass, the numfrom Blue Earth Avenue to The stories above are evi4th Street. More volunteers dence that Fairmont’s future bers of those moving away. This, are needed that night to help is bright! More often than I says Extension research fellow Ben with this event to walk the would like to say, I have been white stripe at end of parking Winchester, is a brain gain. This is told or heard the words, “Fairspaces in those few blocks. mont is dying.” It’s typical conhopeful news for rural Minnesota. versation in rural communities Businesses Invest in Fairacross the country, but the But the trend must be sustained. mont possibility of even the smallest This information and more may be found at Recently, a group that includceasing to exist is rare. Many ed city, county and state offiadults ages 30 to 49 are cials, chamber ambassadors, ing to live in rural America. board members and othAccording to Winchester’s reers turned out to celebrate search, the top reasons cited two ground breakings and four ribbon cuttings that for migration to rural Minnsota include a desire for marked significant confidence in the commerce en- a simpler life, safety and security, afftodable housing, vironment in Fairmont. These facility builds and ex- outdoor recreation and for this with children, locatpansions come on the heels of major expansion an- ing a quality school.

Brain Gain

Celebrating New Businesses and Expansions Chamber Ambassadors were busy this month welcoming new businesses and celebrating expansions. Friday, October 9th marked a first for us as we invited all to join a traveling groundbreaking and ribbon cutting event for six businesses. The future home of United Health District’s Clinic will be at 221 E. 1st Street. The future home of Papa Murphy’s will be at the former BP station on the corner of Blue Earth Ave. and Hwy 15. Commodity Services’ new building is underway on the south corner of State St. and Prairie Ave.


Across State St. to the north will be Graffiti Corner, a yogurt and coffee shop. Gethmann Dental has moved office to Victoria State Crossing. The Marina Lodge at 501 Lake Ave. is expanding its seating area, kitchen and restrooms. Computer Lodge opened their doors in October and celebrated with a ribbon cutting on October 21st. If you get a chance to stop in these businesses or you see the owners in town, congratulate them!

Sentinel 64 Downtown Plaza

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

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


V i s i o n S t a t e m e n t : T h e F a i r m o n t A r e a C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e w i l l b 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 Announcements


Email if you would like to have your announcement in the newsletter Burtis Chiropractic Center 507-235-5551 Casey Simpson is the Billing and Insurance Specialist at Burtis Chiropractic Center. She has had extensive training in insurance and medical billing. If you have any concerns or questions with personal injury insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, Medicare, Minnesota Assistance (MA) or your own personal insurance, Casey will be happy to answer them for you. Casey recently relocated to Fairmont from Madison, South Dakota. She is excited to explore this City of Lakes!

Visual Identity Vault 507-238-9793 The Visual Identity Vault is preparing for a busy Christmas shopping season by stocking up on customer favorites to support your local sports team, and restock our area businesses with great promotional items at end of year pricing. Stop in throughout November for weekly sales on many items in honor of our 1 year Anniversary. The Visual Identity Vault in the Heart of Historic Downtown Fairmont at 206 Downtown Plaza, 507-238-9793. Shop Local, Save Local! Nothing is Impossible with a Great Identity!

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont 507-238-8100

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont recently hired five new providers. New behavioral health providers are Siri Heille, nurse practitioner, and Sarah Martinson, nurse practitioner. Martinson joined the team in September and Heille in October. Jessica Julig-Weedman, nurse practitioner, and Heidi Stevermer, nurse practitioner, joined the primary care team in September and October, respectively. Julig-Weedman is transferring from Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato and Stevermer from Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Finally, Evan Jones, physician assistant, became part of the hospital medicine group in October. He will train for a number of weeks and begin seeing patients in December.

Sweet Financial 507-235-5587

Bryan Sweet and Ty Totzke, Wealth Advisors at Sweet Financial Services, along with Krystal Hill, Director of Client Experience and Marsha Malo Associate Director of Communications, attended the Peak Advisor Alliance Fall Excell workshop in Omaha. Bryan has been a participant in Peak’s financial advisor coaching program since 2006. Julie Leichtnam and Lynne Burgraff, Wealth Advisors at Sweet Financial Services recently presented at the 21st Annual Women’s Advisor Symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida. The goal was to discuss SmarterWomen and how it has impacted our female members. The Women’s Advisor Symposium was a chance for our female advisors to gain a fresh perspective to continue leading and educating women.

Century 21 Northland Realty - Gillian Tunnell 507-399-9211

What is an appraisal? ~ During the home-buying process, your lender will order an appraisal to ensure that the house is worth at least the mortgage amount. An independent, licensed appraiser will do a walk-through, noting anything that can affect the value, taking photos, and checking for code or safety violations which may need to be fixed before the loan can be approved. The subject home is then compared to similar homes that have either recently sold or are still on the market. Location, condition, and amenities also factor in to the appraised value. You, as the buyer, are responsible for the appraisal fee, which is generally paid at closing and can run to several hundred dollars, depending on the size of the property. An appraisal report is generally sent to the lender in about a week, and you, as the buyer, are entitled to a copy for your own records.

Fairmont Opera House 507-238-4900

Catch the vivid beauty and energy of the flamenco dance tradition in “Zonongo Flamenco” Friday, November 6. Meet one of the artists before the show in the Footlight Lounge or join the Question/Answer session after the show. Dancers of any level over the age of ten are invited to attend a free Flamenco Dance Workshop at the Fairmont Opera House at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Pre-register by contacting The magic and grandeur of “Nelson Illusions” will transform the Fairmont Opera House on Friday, November 20. Join us after the Glows Parade for a warm, exciting evening enjoying the largest touring illusion show in the U.S. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20/adults; $10/students. Call the box office at 507-238-4900 for group rates. Box office & Footlight Lounge open at 6:30 p.m.

Partners Funding, Inc. 507-235-3456

As follow up to recent articles, a sixth example of the benefit of Invoice Factoring, with growth being the first, assimilating a large customer the second, seasonal business fluctuations the third, accounts receivable management the fourth, and a new business venture the fifth, relates to financial flexibility. Flexibility is a key benefit to Invoice Factoring. By completing the application process, your company is now in a position to take advantage of an opportunity, when it arises. Some examples include vendor discounts, special purchase opportunities, needed equipment purchase, continued funding of important projects, or just insuring your cash flow meets your business demands. Contact Brad with questions at 507-235-3456, by email at, or find out more at www. .


Chamber Member Announcements Bowlmor Lanes 507-235-5719 Bowlmor is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a community open house! Join us November 7 from 2-6 p.m. We will have cake, drawings, and a walk down memory lane with our gallery of photos, memorabilia and headlines from days gone by. We will also have 75 cent specials such as bowling, shoes, small soda, French fries, hot dog, chips, and more! Come help us reminisce and celebrate. If you have Bowlmor stories or memorabilia to share, call Dave or He would love to hear about it!

HR Advisors

ALIGNING BUSINESS AND PEOPLE ~ No business can achieve its goals without a strong workforce. HR Advisors provides professional human resources advice and support to bring workable solutions for your workforce needs. By aligning business and people, you can create outstanding work and business performance with quality outcomes through COACHING, ASSESSMENT OF HR PRACTICES including HANDBOOKS, RECRUITING, PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT/ EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, TRAINING AND FACILITATION. HR Advisors provides flexible customized human resources consultation for small and mid-sized companies. Our goal is to help you manage HR issues so you can focus on your core business. Contact Wes Pruett at 507-399-1240 or at or Courtney Cutler, SPHR at 507-236-9965 or

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

Computer Lodge 507-749-2223 Now OPEN! We are excited to announce our new location right here in Fairmont, and we’re ready to serve. We have a friendly team of fully qualified technicians ready to work hard for you no matter how big or small your tech problem might be. We offer free estimates with no obligation and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Stop in and see us at 103 W Blue Earth Ave or call us! Sign up now through November 20th for your chance to win a FREE Laptop, Leap Motion Controller OR $50 Computer Lodge Cash!! Winners will be announced at our Grand Opening on November 20th. Red Rock

Red Rock Center for the Arts is working towards improving the accessibility to the center by expanding and paving the current parking lot. With the recent purchase and demolition of the neighboring property we are now in the final stages, and your help is needed. The Schellpeper family has graciously offered to match up to $5,000 of any new funds added to make this project a reality come spring. Please consider a tax deductible contribution to the Martin County Preservation Association (operating the Red Rock Center for the Arts) 222 E. Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont. Questions? Call (507)235-9262. Thank you for your support.




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Nov. 9 - Martin County Youth Foundation Grant Awards, Red Rock, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 - Bureau 14 Committee Meeting, Interlaken Golf Course, 6:00 p.m. Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day (Chamber office closed) Nov. 16 - Co. Commissioner Candidate Forum Nov. 17 - Agri-business Committee Meeting, Tami’s on the Ave, 6:00 p.m. Nov. 17 - Wireless World/Verizon Wireless Grand Opening and Open House, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Nov. 20 - Glows Parade, Ward Park to Lincoln Park, 6:00 p.m. Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving, (Chamber office closed) Nov. 27 - (Chamber office closed) Dec. 4 - Holiday Delights, Downtown Plaza

Teachers Recognized at Banquet


On October 27th the Business Education Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce honored new and 25+ year teachers in the Fairmont area. The new teachers from Fairmont Public Schools, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Martin Luther High School, St. John Vianney, Southern Plains Educational Cooperative and Presentation College were introduced and welcomed to our community. Pictured are Joe Brown, Superintendent of Schools at FUSD and Chris Engleby, teacher at Fairmont for 25 years.

Reaching Your Customers

Attention business owners, managers and marketing professionals:

Opportunities exist with the Fairmont Chamber that may fit your needs. Between now and December 9th, we are preparing to publish the 2016 edition of the Fairmont Map and the Fairmont Visitor Guide. Advertising space is also available in this publication. Call the Chamber for details.

Dec. 11 - Holiday Open House, Chamber office, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Candidate Forum

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The event will be aired live on local cable access Channel 13 and KSUM Radio. Forums will also be available on the internet at forums beginning Monday October 27th, Jeff Hagen will moderate. The public is invited to attend the forums at City Hall or call 238-9461 with issues they would like addressed. or call 238-9461 with issues they would like addressed.

Music at Red Rock Center

Larissa Lundstrom, an inspirational county musician with Minnesota ties brings together faith, family and country through her music on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm at the Red Rock Center. Larissa carries on a unique family legacy simply through the Lundstrom name. With several singles hitting #1 on the ICM charts since and the recording her 4th album during a recent trip to Nashville it’s a concert you don’t want to miss!! Admission $10 at the door (students $5).

Tailgate Party raises money for FHS Booster Club

Center for Specialty Care hosted the FHS Tailgate Party on October 20th. It was a perfect fall evening for enjoying pork chops on a stick and football! Our thanks to the Martin County Pork Producers for grilling the pork chops to perfection. All proceeds from the evening were donated by Center for Specialty Care to the FHS Booster Club. Pictured are FHS Booster Club Treasurer, Sue Ruen, & Dr. Corey Welchlin.

Dual-training Grants Offered to Employers

ployers develop dual-training programs.

The PIPELINE Project was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 to expand dual training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota. Additional legislation passed in 2015 created a grant award program to help em-


occupation for which a competency standard has been identified in one of the four PIPELINE industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health Care Services and Information Technology. The employers must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the competency training. Applications are now being accepted. Employers must complete a DualTraining Grant Application by Nov. 16, 2015. The application includes information on the employees/students receiving the training, and an agreement with the training provider outlining the program/courses in which the trainee will be enrolled. The maximum total grant application is $150,000; the maximum grant award for each employee participating in dual training is $6,000. Grants will be awarded by balancing metro and greater Minnesota needs for each of the four industries. Awards will be granted in January 2016.

In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created the Dual-Training Grant program to help employers and training providers deliver dual training to Technical assistance will be available to assist employers interested in apmeet industry-developed occupational competency standards. The Office plying for PIPELINE dual-training grants. of Higher Education is administering these grants, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). Read more about the PIPELINE Project dual-training grants by visiting: Employers can use Dual-Training Grant awards to train employees in an 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 Vistors Bureau, City of Fairmont, Fairmont Area Schools, and Blandin Community Broadband Grand. Other Partners: Fairmont Community Education and Recreation.

Agri-business Committee to Meet

The Agri-business Committee’s will meet on Tuesday, November 17th at Tami’s on the Ave. Bill Crawford is slated to speak about incorporating agriculture into local tourism. Thank you to our sponsors: Krahmer and Shaffer, Ltd., Martin County Farm Bureau, Rabe International, Inc., Roessler, Nuss and Co. P.A., Rosen’s, Inc., State Farm Insurance – John Korsmo.

Over a decade of helping my customers make good choices.

Troy Sunken 1304 Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN


8 Celebrate 44 years of Community Education and Recreation in Fairmont with us at our CER Open House on Thursday, November 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Get acquainted with CER staff over coffee and cookies! Come in to our office at the Fairmont Elementary School, 714 Victoria Street, Door 15A on south side of building off Orient Street Parking Lot. CER is offering a variety of new opportunities for lifelong learning this fall. Try out Feather Painting/Dream Catchers, Pickle Ball, Roller Skating (private party rates available), Welding for the Woman Hobbyist, Canvas Creations for Adults, Computers, DISH Freezer Meals, Serger Sewing, Coffee Connections throughout the County, Open Gym for Women’s Basketball on Wednesdays, Volleyball & Pickleball Open Gym on Tuesdays, Adult Co-Ed Leagues, youth enrichment, Adult Basic Education Distance Learning options and much more. Adult Basic Education activities are offered Free on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, at the CER Office (enter Door 15A on south side of the Fairmont Elementary School.) Study for the GED Exam or Minnesota State Adult Diploma, Learn English, Improve Math or Work Readiness Skills, Learn to Type or Basic Computer. New programs are available to allow study at home on your own computer in many of these areas. A Sampling of Upcoming Activities Zumba Fitness November 3 Sewing November 5 FamilySearch.Org November 5

MOST Fairmont teens would rather NOT drink when hanging out with their friends. Community Norms Student

Survey of 574 7-12th grade

students at FHS. Funded

through a grant from the

For an up-to date list of activities, see the CER Web Store located at 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

Have you seen our Positive Community Norms ‘PCN’ Messaging?


Based on the 2015 Positive

Pool for Beginners November 5 Microsoft PowerPoint November 7 Saturday Boys Basketball (Grades 4-6) November 7 Learn to Skate November 7 Youth Ice Hockey November 7 Beginning and Conversational Spanish November 10 Get to Know Your Serger November 10 Community Education Day Open House November 12 Savvy Social Security Planning November 12 Red Rock Children’s Theatre Workshop November 14 Feather Painting & Dream Catchers November 16 Serger Napkins & Tablecloth November 17 Community Reads November 18 Benefits of Using the Community Calendar November 19 Hy-Vee DISH November 22 Youth Wrestling (4 yrs – Grade 6) December 1 Canvas Creations (adults) December 5 Snowmobile Safety December 12 …and much more!

- Steph Johnson, Planning & Implementation Coordinator

MN Department of Human

Services, Alcohol & Drug

Abuse Division.

Do you know that kids who think “EVERYONE” drinks alcohol are 5 times more likely to drink? Funding provided by MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division.

PCN reasearchers have found that misperceptions held by our kids and by our communities actually lead to more negative behavior. If we think “everyone is doing it” we are more likely to do it because we want to be like everyone else. That’s why our “WHO WE ARE” PCN campaign is so important! It lets our kids know that by NOT drinking alcohol, they ARE like MOST of their friends!

To join, contact: Steph Johnson

phone: 507-848-4516 email:

FSAP Coalition Meetings: Noon on the 3rd Monday of each month at Fairmont High School in Room # E144F (next to the library)

November 2015 Community Connections  

November 2015 Community Connections

November 2015 Community Connections  

November 2015 Community Connections