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October 2015

Community Connections “Powering up business throughout Martin County”

Celebrating New Businesses

Inside This Issue Page 2 - Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Page 2 - Chamber Dates to Remember Page 4 - Member Announcements Page 4 - Community Calendar Page 7- Outstanding Customer Service Seminar Page 8 - Welcome New Board Members

You are invited to attend a Multi-business Ground Breaking/Ribbon Cutting on October 9th. The festivities will begin at Southern Minnesota Educational Campus, 115 South Park St. at 12:30 with a reception, complete with Papa Murphy’s pizza, then, continue at 1:00 p.m. with a brief presentation. As you arrive, we’ll show photos of the builds, remodeling, business logos, etc. The welcome portion will include business and business people introductions, give the audience a peek into the projects as well as a caravan route map. We’ll keep the celebration moving to each site with the on-site ground breaking or ribbon cutting ceremonies. 1.) Fairmont Area Chamber Ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting at the new Fairmont location of United Hospital District Clinic at 221 East 1st Street.

2.) Then head east on Blue Earth Avenue and Highway 15 where Papa Murphy’s will soon move in 3.) South on Highway 15 to State Street and Prairie Ave, we will celebrate a ground breaking for Commodity Services 4.) On the north east corner will be another new build and the home of a coffee shop, yogurt shop and lease space 5.) Reed Gethmann Dental is moving on the very day of the event but will stop long enough to join the Ribbon Cutting in front of their new location at Victoria State Crossing, 6.) We’ll celebrate the future build of a new kitchen and expanded seating area at The Marina Lodge at 501 Lake Avenue. Don’t forget the first show of the season at the Fairmont Opera House at 7:30 p.m. (Details on Page 7.) Please feel free to call Margaret at the Chamber with questions. We’ll see you October 9th!

New members who join before December 15th need to pay at least one quarter of next year’s dues to become a Chamber member immediately and receive all benefits for the remainder of the year at no charge. It’s about caring for the community, it’s about networking and it’s about creating an environment for busi-

nesses to prosper. By working together to undertake aggressive action, both you and our community can thrive! We offer many avenues for your business to get the word out and network with other local professionals. Join the Chamber and help make a difference! Call today! 507.235.5547

The Business Education Committee is sponsoring the Teacher Recognition Banquet to welcome the new teachers to Fairmont and honor those that have been in the district for twenty-five years or more. The banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $22 per person and we encourage you to attend and get acquainted with our educators. This is a good time to meet and

extend a warm welcome to our new teachers and to honor those who have taught our children over the years. We invite businesses to donate items for gift bags that are given to teachers. If your would like to attend the banquet or sponsor a teacher’s meal that evening or have items to donate for the welcome bags, contact the Chamber at 507.235.5547 by October 13th.

Membership Drive 2015!

Teacher Recognition Banquet

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Mission Statement: The Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce exists to promote a healthy business cli

MEET the

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/ Communications Director Kandi Menne

Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce


Director of Finance and Operations Curt Foster

By: Margaret Dillard, President-Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

Throughout my career with chambers of commerce, the Fairmont Chamber has the most mature educational initiatives that I have seen. When networking with other execs, most desire programs that focus on education, but feel that the community and members may not see the extensive efforts as appropriate use of staff time. My predecessor, Bob Wallace began guiding this Chamber towards an educational focus almost two decades ago working with Early Childhood, Youth First, Healthy Youth, Fairmont Substance Abuse Upcoming Events: Prevention Coalition, Area Career Oct. 1: Fluorescent Bulb Recycling, K-mart Exploration, Teacher Recognition parking lot. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Banquet and other programs and events. Workforce education has Oct 7: LeadsPlus!, Center for Specialty Care, 7:00 a.m. become a trademark of sorts; one that we continue to pursue with Oct. 9: Multi-business Ground Breaking/Ribbon Cutting Ceremo- diligence. As children go back to school and ny, SMEC, 12:30 football season is upon us the FairOct. 9: Fairmont Opera House, first mont Area Chamber of Commerce show of season, 7:30 p.m. turns attention to preparing our Oct. 13: PM Exchange,-Opera House, 5:00 next workforce. Day-to-day duties p.m. to 7:00 p.m. are focused on Junior Achievement and honoring local educators. Oct 14: Bureau 14, Holiday Inn, 6:00 p.m. Almost 40 volunteers and generous sponsors come together with Oct. 20: Outstanding Customer Service Chamber staff to teach local stuSeminar, SMEC, Rm: 012, $79-Members, dents kindergarten through 6th $99-Others, 1:30-4:30 p.m. grade business skills. Oct. 21: Ambassadors, Chamber Board I was privileged to be in the classRoom, 3:00 p.m. room during a 3rd grade sesOct 21: LeadsPlus!, Center for Speciaty sion last year where the children Care, 7:00 a.m. l learned about opening their own Oct 27th: Teacher’s Banquet, restaurant-where it could be locatHoliday Inn, 6:00 p.m. ed according to city zoning, how Oct. 28: Board Meeting, Planning Ses- location could affect their cliension, 7:30 a.m. tele, what kind of food they would

serve, what they would name their business and who they needed to hire. Teacher and instructor observed the groups of four and, if they worked well together, “paid” dollars they would then use to pay rent and utilities. What a fun experience it was for all involved! Curriculum for each class cost $190 and, though we are able to piece together kits, the cost of the program is a challenge. The success of this program depends upon the generosity of volunteers and sponsors like you. We thank those already involved and are seeking both to help us continue Junior Achievement . First classes begin in October, later classes start in January with final classes held next spring. Volunteers lead 5 1-hour session. Tuesday, October 27th, 6:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn, you are invited to celebrate with teachers who have been in the classroom for 25 years or more and welcome new teachers. The opportunity exists to show your appreciation by buying a teacher’s dinner and your own. We’ll seat you at the same table and each educator will take home a “goodie bag” of supplies after the program. I am pleased and grateful that our community and Chamber members place such emphasis on education and that we are entrusted to coordinate these programs. We welcome volunteers in these and other programs. If you would like to be involved, please feel free to contact me.

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

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Community Calendar Seminars

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BENEFITS of the COMMUNITY CALENDAR for the PUBLIC Use the newly designed community calendar to find out what’s happening in your school, community or county today! Sporting events, arts, festivals, and community education and recreation opportunities are included in this easy to use online site. FREE but please register 2 days prior to class to ensure class will be held. Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Fairmont Elementary School, Room 1017 Thursday, November 19, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Fairmont Elementary School, Room 158 Enter through door #15A

Do you need help with basic technology? Would you like to know more about using your smartphone or tablet? Have questions about how to use Wi-Fi or your equipment, or to just feel more comfortable about using it? Come have coffee with us! We have professionals available to help you ... all for FREE! 2015-2016 Course Dates/Locations - 1-hour classes begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10th at Brewkas (Fairmont) Thursday, Oct. 15th at Truman Cafe (Truman) Monday, Oct. 19th at Hy-Vee (Fairmont) Saturday, Oct. 24th at Cup N Saucer (Sherburn) Tuesday, Nov. 10th at Trimont City Hall Community Room (Trimont) Tuesday, Nov. 17th at American Legion (Ceylon) Tuesday, Jan. 12th at Granada City Hall (Granada) Saturday, Feb. 20th at Martin County Library (Fairmont) Wednesday, Mar. 30th at Korte’s Bar and Grill (Welcome) Register now through CER at 507.235.3141 Class sizes limited to 15 people. Must register at least 2 days in advance. Funded by Martin County and a grant from the Blandin Foundation.


BENEFITS of the COMMUNITY CALENDAR for BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONS Learn why and how you can benefit from using the Community Calendar for event and hospitality planning. Learn how you can begin posting items on the calendar or have a representative in your organization trained to do this. FREE but pease register 2 days prior to class to ensure class will be held. Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fairmont Elementary School, Room 158 Enter through door #15A

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Chamber Member Announcements


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Shoe Sensation 507-238-9211 Shoe Sensation in Five Lakes Center is hosting a Clarks Trunk show from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday, October 24th. The entire stock of Clarks will be on sale and Clarks representative Bob Green will be there with a large selection of styles, colors, and widths available for special order. Also, you will receive a free gift with your Clarks purchase during the Trunk Show. While you are attending the Trunk Show, please remember to register to win a free pair of Clarks. No purchase is necessary to enter. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the trunk show. Burtis Chiropractic 507-235-5551 Burtis Chiropractic Center would like to welcome Miranda Parrott to the team! – “Hello, I am new to Fairmont, along with my husband Ross and our son Jordan, we moved here from south west Iowa and we are happy to say it has been a warm welcoming and we are very excited to be a part of the Fairmont community. I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it be hunting, fishing, or taking a new and exciting vacation. I am the full-time Chiropractic Assistant at Burtis Chiropractic Center. I will be assisting Dr. Burtis in every way possible to make your appointment a great experience. I will also be one of the beautiful smiling faces greeting you at the door, as well as the jolly voice you will hear over the phone. Can’t wait to meet you!”

Eunoia Family Resource Center 507-235-6070 Linda Zarrett has attained her Doctor of Nursing Practice in psychiatry. Dr. Zarrett handles medication management for children ages 5 to 17. Chelsea Teichroew has attained the level of Licensed Associated Marriage and Family Therapist. Ms. Teichroew offers individual, couples and family therapy under the supervision of Dr. Ramie Vetter, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist. Finally, Eunoia announces the opening of its new office in Gaylord, Minnesota! Providers include Karen Appel, MSW, LICSW, RPT; and Jan Schwarzrock Carlson, LGSW, MSW, both of whom provide individual, couples, marital and group therapy. They both also specialize in play therapy. Beginning in October, they will be joined by Dr. Linda Zarret, providing medication management for children ages 5 to 17. The office is located at 112 5th Street in Gaylord. More information is available at 507-299-6038 or

Century 21 Northland Realty Gillian Tunnell 507-399-9211 Thinking of retirement and wondering how to make the $$$ stretch further? One way is to downsize to a smaller home! This could reduce some of your expenses and you may even have some cash left over from the sale of your present home. For example, your utilities and property taxes may be lower, and you perhaps would make less purchases for your home if you had less space. Another advantage of moving for retirement would be that you can either choose a home that is amenable to disabilities, or have the home fitted while you are still able, and before it may become a necessity. As a Seniors Residential Specialist, I would be happy to help you find your new home.

Mandi Kosbab- Edward Jones 507-235-8524 If you’re a small-business owner, your “to do” list probably never ends. But here’s one task you might have overlooked: funding your own retirement plan. Fortunately, when choosing a retirement plan, you’ve got some good choices. Although the various plans have different requirements and contribution limits, they all offer tax-deferred earnings potential, and some allow you to make tax-deductible contributions. One of the plans you might consider is an “owner-only” 401(k), which offers many of the same benefits found in 401(k) plans offered by big companies. This plan may be appropriate for you if you have no full-time employees, other than yourself or your spouse. Other retirement plan options include a SEP IRA and a SIMPLE IRA. And you can even establish your own defined benefit plan, similar to the traditional pension plan that was once commonplace.Explore your choices carefully, possibly with the help of a financial professional. But don’t wait too long to act – when building resources for retirement, time is your greatest ally.

Partners Funding, Inc. 507-235-3456 As follow up to recent articles, a fifth example of the benefit of Invoice Factoring, with growth being the first, assimilating a large customer the second, seasonal business fluctuations the third, and accounts receivable management the fourth, relates to a New Business Venture . A new startup may not have the funds needed when a key customer of theirs requests net invoicing terms. In many cases, traditional funding sources require a business history and/or assets to extend working capital. That’s where Partners Funding can be of help. Invoice Factoring will focus more on the fundability of the Clients Customer vs track record of the Client. Contact Brad with questions at 507-235-3456, by email at, or find out more at .

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Chamber Member Announcements Optimal Health & Chiropractic of Fairmont 507-235-5505 Optimal Health & Chiropractic of Fairmont xpanded to an additional location in Jackson with a part time office opening on May 4, 2015. In celebration of the grand opening of this second location $1 from each patient visit to either location during the month of May was donated to the Southwest Crisis Center. In September two representatives from the Southwest Crisis Center received a check from Dr. Kerri Henderson for $528 to be directed toward educational programs for youth and young adults that address recognition and prevention of verbally and physically abusive relationships.

Pioneer Museum 507-235-5178 Have you ever wondered about a good location for a family reunion, a birthday party, a bridal shower, a wedding reception, a class reunion, a graduation party, holiday party, or another gathering of this nature? If so, consider the possibility of renting the Pioneer Parsonage. Its location, grounds, décor, and renovation is unique and appealing. It’s available for rentals year around at a modest price, catering is acceptable, and it may well fit your needs.

Boekett Building Supply 507-776-1204 Established in 2004 in Truman, Boekett has been serving the local area and beyond for over 10 years. We are proud to be a family owned company and to employ over 20 people in our local community. With our recent expansion in Fairmont in 2013 we are able to serve you better with high quality building supplies day in and day out. Boekett is more than just building supplies; we can turn your idea into a turnkey project from start to finish. From Residential to Livestock Buildings and equipment we are your one stop shop. Stop in for a free consultation and quote today!

If you would like to have your company announcement included in the next issue, please submit 100 words or fewer to Space is limited. First submitted-first printed. The subject line should read: “Member Announcement-Newsletter”.


Peterson Anthony Insurance 507-238-2008 Peterson Anthony Insurance is excited to announce the addition of a new agent, Carrie Westcott. Carrie comes to us with 9 years of insurance experience from American Family. Her background helps us continue our mission of providing superior customer service and high quality, competitively priced insurance products. She is a great addition at our Fairmont location and rounds out our entire team both in Trimont and Fairmont. Call or stop by to set up a time to meet with Carrie. Heritage Acres 507-764-3531 Heritage Acres will have their annual Fall Festival, Sunday, October 18, 2015. Ecumenical church service at 10:00 AM in the chapel. Soup & Sandwich dinner served in the Prairieville building from 11:00 AM 1:00PM. There will be a variety of soups, chili, egg salad sandwiches, plus a variety of meats & cheeses, beverages and desserts. Dan Beberness & his group will square dance at 11:30 AM. There will be a variety of activities in the afternoon such as baking in the house, pressing apples, rope making, engine display, shelling corn, combing beans, plowing with horses, games & train rides for kids and wagon rides for everyone. Market Square & vendors will be there also. No gate fee but there is a charge for the dinner. All buildings will be open & are handicap accessible.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont 507-238-8100 We began full-fledged construction on the Emergency Department (ED) expansion and renovation project at the end of August. We’re excited that earth is moving and foundations are being built, and we expect the updated facility will be complete late summer or early fall of 2016. We’re creating a facility that reflects the quality of care we’re able to provide. The new space will improve quality of care, comfort, privacy and safety for our patients and their families. This is a $4.5 million investment in local health care and the Fairmont community. Thank you for your support and partnership. Hometown Sanitation Services 507-235-5665 HOMETOWN CAN HELP! Crisp cool fall weather is right around the corner. It’s great weather for cleaning up. Hometown can help. We’ve got a full range of dumpsters and roll-offs that make the clean-up job much easier. It’s easy to do business with Hometown. We’re local. We’re family-owned. We’ve got offices in Fairmont or Windom. Just stop by or give us a call (507-235-5665). We can get a dumpster or rolloff to you quickly, and you can take advantage of the crisp cool fall weather to get cleaned up and organized.

Core Values: We value for our members, employees and community: integrity in all we do, collaboration with all our stakeholders, growth and develop

Junior Achievement Seeks Donations and Volunteers 6

Junior Achievement has proven to be engaging and fun while stressing the importance of an education as economic concepts and information about the world of work are introduced to students. For the future of our community, it is essential for businesses to work with the schools so our children are aware of the opportunities here in virtually any occupation in which they may be interested. Junior Achievement is an ideal way to start this process. The Junior Achievement program has included grades K-6. We are seeking volunteer teachers for the following sessions that run for five weeks, one hour each week, during the school day. 1 - 4th grade classroom (October start) St John Vianney 1 - 3 grade classroom (October start) St Paul’s Lutheran 1- 4 grade classroom (October start) St Paul’s Lutheran 1- 5 grade classroom (March start) St Paul’s Lutheran Following classes are at Fairmont Elementary

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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

1 - Kindergarten class (April start) 1 - 1st grade classrooms (March start) 3 - 2nd grade classrooms (January start) 3 - 3rd grade classrooms (October start) 3 - 4th grade classrooms (October start) 4 - 5th grade classroom (March start) 3 - 6th grade classrooms (October start)

All materials are provided along with a training manual. If you or anyone in your business is interested in volunteering, please call the Chamber at (507)235-5547. Please consider helping the Junior Achievement program anyway you can. Your future workforce depends on such initiatives. Please send your donation to the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031. We appreciate your past involvement and hope you can help again this year. We cannot do it without you!

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 Grant. Other Partners: Fairmont Communicty Education and Recreation.




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

Outstanding Customer Service


Wes Pruett of HR Advisors and Courtney Cutler of HR Advisors will be hosting a Outstanding Customer Service Seminar. When: October 20th - 1:30-4:30 Where: Southern Minnesota Educational Campus (SMEC), Rm: 012 (Use south entrance off Blue Earth Avenue, across the street from Casey’s.) Most employees want to do the right thing but many don’t know the essentials of top customer service or they need a reminder. Any employee (regardless of industry) who has contact with customers has the potential to retain customers or chase them away. An investment in employee training is an investment in sustaining and growing your business. This three hour program provides critical information employees need to know to deliver the type of service your employees expect.

What participants will learn: • Understand value of customers and why that is important to every employee • Find out who the customer really is • Establish service standards for providing excellent service • How to Connect, Anticipate, Delight & Inspire to retain your customers • How to recover when customers aren’t happy • Learn the 4 critical components to great customer service This program is intended for any employee in any industry who has contact with customers. To register contact Kandi at the Chamber at 507.235.5547

SMIF ANNUAL LUNCHEON - Please join Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees as they celebrate community success stores from the pas year. Highlights from several projects that have promoted regional growth by linking area assets and organizations. Outstanding Partner of the Year and Donor of the Year will be recognized.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015, Registration: 11:30 a.m., Lunch & Program: 12:00-2:00 p.m., Strategic Plan Input Session: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Where: Holiday Inn, 2365 43rd St. NW, Owatonna, MN RSVP: Register online at or contact Melissa at 507.455.3215 Cost is $30

The Fairmont Opera House is designating the first show of the season, “Annie Mack Blues,” to the memory of Steve Pierce, longtime patron, sponsor, and friend of the Opera House. Tickets are still available for this eclectic music show that takes place on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. With a combination of blues, gospel, country, and soul music, this show is certain to entertain audiences of all ages. Annie Mack captivates with her powerful voice, strong presence, and vivid storytelling. Come hear her “testify” about the experiences of life. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Catch the vivid beauty and energy of the flamenco dance tradition in “Zorongo Flamenco” on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Fairmont Opera House. In addition to the fiery, exciting, passionate and sensual qualities of the traditional flamenco tradition, the “Zorongo Flamenco” will also present new original dances that explore the issues of contemporary life. This group of international artists, dancers and musicians use the rhythm, speed, and sharp sudden movements of this dance form to express feelings and emotions while capturing the sound and beauty of human expression. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 for adults; $10 for students.

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Autumn is here along with new adventures in lifelong learning and leisure for all ages at Fairmont Community Education and Recreation. Below is a sample of upcoming activities with much more to be found in the catalog. If you did not receive a catalog in September, please contact CER at 507-235-3141 for a copy. See what’s happening in Martin County with a visit to the Martin County and Fairmont Area Community Calendar site If you have events from your community, club/organization/church, etc, that you would like on the calendar, please contact the CER Office (507-235-3141) for more information. This site is brought to you by the City of Fairmont, Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau and Fairmont Public Schools-CER. A Sampling of Upcoming Activities Afterschool Enrichment (Grades 2-6) Begins

September 28-October 1 Get to Know Your Serger October 1 Math Boot Camp for adults October 2 Zumba Flair October 5 Welding for the Woman Hobbyist October 6 Sewing October 8 Night Club Dance October 8 Co-ed Volleyball League October 8 Microsoft Word Basic October 10 Coffee Connections (Fairmont-Brewkas) October 10 Lego Design October 10 Defensive Driving Refresher October 14 Volleyball Camp (Grades K-6) October 14 Parents Forever October 15 DISH Freezer Meals October 18 Defensive Driving First Timers October 19 Archery I & II October 19 Cooking Matters for Families October 19

Baton Twirling October 20 Dog Obedience October 20 Outstanding Customer Service Seminar October 20 Girls Basketball Oct. 20 & 26 What’s New In Medicare October 21 Family Roller Skating Night October 23 Pool for Beginners October 29 Newcomers & Neighbors October 29 Zumba Fitness November 3 …and much more! 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, 714 Victoria Street Fairmont. Call 507-235-3141 or Email

Welcome New Chamber Call for Glows Parade Entries Parade units are needed for the Glows Parade on Board Members The Fairmont Area Chamber Board of Directors, President and Staff are pleased to welcome new directors who will begin in December for a 3-year term: Mandi Kosbab - Edward Jones Les Anderson - Martin Co. Farm Bureau (Trimont) Bob Bartingale - Mayo Health System - Fairmont Ann Terfher - Dan’s Appliance, Sleep Source & TV

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Mayor Randy Quiring gives a thumbs up at the 2014 Glows Parade!

November 20th. Clubs, organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate in the Glows Parade. Be creative and let your lights shine! The registration deadline is Monday, November. 2nd, 2015. This timehonored Martin County tradition needs your light to shine! Contact Kandi at the Chamber: 507.235.5547.


I am excited to announce the addition of our YOCO group leader, Teresa Kiehl!

- Steph Johnson, Planning & Implementation Coordinator

Hello! We are so excited to announce we have a new YOuth COalition (YOCO) leader Teresa Kiehl! Please

join me in welcoming her to our Coalition! Teresa is an American History teacher at the high school. She also coaches volleyball and softball at the high school and basketball for St. Paul Lutheran. Teresa came highly recommended from some of the YOCO members, and several FHS parents and staff! It will be wonderful to have her leading our youth on their mission to empower their peers to make chemical-free choices and promote positive community change. It’s gonna be a GREAT year at FHS! Teresa (Behrens) Kiehl is a Fairmont native and is married to Brian. They have 2 grown sons Kody & Mason. We are very excited to have Teresa as part of our team! Funding provided by MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division.

We are always seeking new members and volunteers.

If you want to work together to improve the lives of Fairmont’s youth, please contact:

Steph Johnson

Planning & Implementation Coordinator phone: 507-848-4516 email: P.O. Box 826, Fairmont, MN 56031

FSAP Coalition Meetings:

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

October 2015 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  

October 2015 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter

October 2015 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter  

October 2015 - Fairmont Area Chamber Newsletter