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The following is an inside look at what's taking place in the Big Stone Lake community in the coming months. Welcome to Chamber 101 October 2003! We have had an excellent year for tourism. We have managed to bring more people to our area this year than in past years. Of the 647 inquiries I have responded to, 35 have been for relocation packets. We hope to continue this trend for next year as well. We need your con- tinued support to accomplish this goaL We would like to see WEL- COME banners and flowerpots in our business district. Your Business Revitalization Committee (formerly Retail Committee) is working diligently on this project. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 noon at the Dancing Bean. Please attend or send a representative from your business. Make your voice heard. This meeting is not just for retail, it involves every business that has an interest in what other people think of our area. Looking Back at Summer How about that Culpepper Merryweather Circus in July? Would you like to have them back in a few years? What great family enter- tainment. Th,tnk you to: American Express Financial Bill; SuperValu Plus Blair Johnson, CPA Cashtown Service Cenex Convenience Dancing Bean Dawri; Hair Design EconoLodge Farmers Co-op General Services Henrich & Sons Henqk Sights & Sounds Ke Fireworks Kim E Decorating Kindt Agency MinnWest Bank Minnwest Investment North Star O'Kayes Home Center Ortonville Clubhouse Ortonville Liquor Ortonville Property Partners Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen Pepsi Americas Peterson Chiropractic Pro Auto Rausch Bros Monument Silent Falls Resort SW Minn Private Industry Tyler Computer & Design Vail Vu Motel Wells Fargo Bank for purchasing and donating tickets so that more people had an opportunity to take in this event. Did you have an opportunity to meet Skeeter the Clown? What a bundle of energy she had! MS TRAM was a great success, thanks to the many volunteers that attended meetings for months and worked so hard to bring it all together. Thank you to Steve Stern, Bryan Delage, and Don Donais as co-directors, who did a terrific job of keeping us on task to bring forth a well-organized event. The Minnesota Chapter of MS Society was pleased to receive a donation from our proceeds of $1200 for research for Multiple Sclerosis. The All-you-can-eat waffle breakfast put on by the Kiwanis and Lions was scrumptious. The 65th Annual Cornfest celebration was fabulous in spite of the 1 02-degree temperature. We had a wonderful parade with many participants and the arts/crafts and food vendors plan to return next year. According to Jim McKinney, who willingly volunteers to set up the vendor placement year after year, we had more vendors this year then he has seen since the 1980s when he started this big task. Congratulations to our new Royalty, Queen Amanda Krogsrud, Princess Kristin Barr, Princess Sabrina Strege and Little Miss Stephanie Arndt. These young ladies are excited about representing our area at local functions and in surrounding towns. Our float has been remodeled and is something to be proud of. A special thanks to outgoing royalty; Abby Saeger, Sheila Krueger, Kelli Sis and Kelly Taffe and their families for being exemplary ambassadors of our area. Kim Sykora, Mona Strege and Tami Lundberg, as co-directors did an excellent job of choreographing this yeas Cornfest. Our thanks to the three of you and the many enthusiastic volunteers that plunge in to this event year after year. We wouldrit have a Cornfest without your gracious giving of time and talent and the businesses that helped to support it financially: The Chamber and Big Stone County Museum held King of Trails (US Hwy 75) lSt Annual Fall Marketplace in September. All towns along TheTrail in Minnesota were holding their marketplace at the same time. It was great fun and the Museum received several dona- tions. Watch for it next year on Sept. 11th. Harvestfest was held over Homecoming weekend. We had a few vendors on Main Street. The Ziggy Burgers put on by the Salvation/qrmy were tasty as usual and they earned $1,300 for wor-, thy causes. The Chamber sold caramel apples during the parade. It was great to see our High School band marching. It really added to the festivities. Thanks Don Donais and kids. Chamber Bucks Chamber Bucks are available to everyone year around at the Chamber Office for your promotions, employee incentives and gifts. The ChambeCs overall goal is to increase the dollars spent locally at member businesses. Anyone can purchase Chamber Bucks in incre- ments of $5, $10, or $20. They are equal to cash and can be spent at any member business. Take advantage today. Call the Chamber Off- rice at 839-3284 or stop in to purchase them. It is a great way to sup- port our local business. Chamber Bucks make terrific stocking stuffers, holiday party prizes, employee appreciation gifts and bonuses. Itt; a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person in your life. No returns - no hassles! Scam Alert A letter from the Attorney General Office alerts us of Internet scares and unsolicited invoices for office supplies, products, and ser- vices. Scare artists often aim fake invoices at companies, churches, and other non-profit organizations, hoping to get them to pay for products such as printer toner, subscriptions and directory listings they did not order and are never delivered. Fun Factoids 2.2 million people spent $531 Million observing, feeding and pho- tographing wildlife in Minnesota in 2001. Nationally 66 million peo- ple spent $38 Billion in 2001. In the month of August, 326,000 visitors came to the USA from 69 different countries. Big Stone County Museum is now an Affiliate Travel Informa- tion Center appointed by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Congrat- ulations! Travel and Tourism is the third largest retail sales industry in busi- ness receipts behind automotive and grocery stores. The economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota alone is an estimated $1 billion each year. In 2001-2002 MnUSA snowmobilers raised $120,000 for Multiple Sclerosis Society, $159,000 for Special Olympics and $110,600 for ALS-Lou Gehri Disease and volunteered 22912 hours teaching safety training last year. This n00wslefter is brought to you courtesy of the followingbusinesses.,. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Member NASD Becky K. Parker, CFW Financial Advisor 33 NW 2nd Street, Suites A & B Ortonville, MN 56278 Telephone: 320-839-3030 Toll Free: 888-839-3373 © 1998-2001 American Express Financial Corporation. All rights reserwM. PEPSI AMERICAS 148 Second Street SE Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320.839.2577 Fax 320.839.2409 i i .******l,**,,****, =,, ****,l,**,******,s,****.*********,* J****.* =*********** *****,. Dr. Steven Winther,A00DDS He00. aria( 17 SE Second Street _ _ .. Ortonville, MN56278 l  N' O  320-839-2596 r 16 NW SecOndp2:: 3Z;le, MN 56278 Keeping Smiles Bright in the L W r i • Big Stone Lake Area/ f,U t /Fax 320-8 ,J WE DO ALL TYPES OF PRINTING *Six Locations to Serve You *Photo Processing *Hallmark Cards and Gifts *Convenient Hours *Major Credit Cards Accepted *Private Consultation Available *Free Mail-Out or In-Town Delivery Liebe Drug/Variety Milbank or Wllmot, SD Appleton, Browns Valley, GraceviUe, Ortonville. MN AND Lamination, Book Binding, Fax Service We have specialty paper and envelopes for making your own letters, cards, etc. 3', Photo Buttons - $1.50 Stop in and let Shirley, Galen or Gary help you with all your printing needs. Chamber Memberships We are proud to welcome Alley Cat Lanes as a new l the Chamber. We held a ribbon cutting on October 8thi grand opening was held October 17 and 18. CongratulatiOli come to Bruce Montzka and his family, new owners ofi Lanes. We wish you a huge success. A letter will be mailed to members with a new memt schedule. We have reduced some of the dues and made pro home businesses. For business owners that operate more business, you can list your second business for only an If you have added or changed a fax, e-mail, or web the Chamber Office has that current information. We offer referrals or information to inquiries for those more than 90 days overdue with membership dues. to direct and indirect dollars to your business. These be removed from the website as welL This is a difficult l the Board of Directors. The more services we have to offeri the better it is for our entire community. Your to pay for the website, toll-free telephone number and bring more tourists dollars to our area. Nov. 27 Nov. 28-29 Nov. 29 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 & 21 Dec. 1519 Dec. 20 Dec. 22-23 Dec. 24 Calendar of Events Happy Turkey Day OPEN HOUSE at all stores. Enjoy coffe and other goodies to begin your local shopping. Watch for the "Door Buster S Enjoy the music on Main Street. Santa will be there to assist you. Win SCRIP Carriage rides and be sure to bring your for Santa! Christmas at Big Stone County Museum Stores open 1:00-4:00 PM Stores open until 8.'00 PM Stores open until 4:00 PM, Carriage Stores open until 8:00 PM Stores open until 3.'00 PM Your Chamber Board of Directors wish you a joyous The Chamber is working on our calendar of events Please call 839-3284 with your dates for next yea the top 50 are contin oss the :Urope and t Harry, wi e appearinl %v 3 at 1Auditorit arance her [ the Chau and is par t series. "Sic of K I been feat/ Considere PRI document of the a rec( The PI Dilk tve als Opry, Cinci] I World. H Army Bn Shopping Locally Let remember to shop locally, especially at this time local businesses are always there to support our events, tions, and fundraisers with discounted goods, prizes. Show your support and pride in our community at the businesses that believe in our area. Independent Herbalife Personalized weight Introducing ALL NEW... TOTAL A WEIGHT LOSS   l; BUm FaL..BIock Cravings...Boost •,  • All for less than $ Dan Kafka c,, me,.... Toil Free Lose Weillat Feel GREAI. Work at Home: www.UseTh (1) C s r MORE HOURS... MORE SER l)wnfowD Ortonvilie Member FDIC LOBBY: M-TH 9-4:45; DRIVE-UP: FRI 9-6:00; SAT 9-12:00 FRI 8-6:00; ATM ON PREMI ACCESS 24 HOURS A DAY MINNWEST ORTONVILLE MINNW[$1 BANK GROUP R ¸¸! & GLASS C Ste atd Linda Roggenbuck (320) 839--2255 Toll Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8aln-5:3Oprn; St. 9am-12 ooo Farmers C Grain Drying • Cleaning • Petroleum • Oil " Fertilizer * Monsanto Seed • Pet Food " Rene Athey Roger (Barney) Barnhardt MANAGER AGRONOMY & Box 305 • Ortonville, MN 56278 Fax The following is an inside look at what's taking place in the Big Stone Lake community in the coming months. Welcome to Chamber 101 October 2003! We have had an excellent year for tourism. We have managed to bring more people to our area this year than in past years. Of the 647 inquiries I have responded to, 35 have been for relocation packets. We hope to continue this trend for next year as well. We need your con- tinued support to accomplish this goaL We would like to see WEL- COME banners and flowerpots in our business district. Your Business Revitalization Committee (formerly Retail Committee) is working diligently on this project. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 noon at the Dancing Bean. Please attend or send a representative from your business. Make your voice heard. This meeting is not just for retail, it involves every business that has an interest in what other people think of our area. Looking Back at Summer How about that Culpepper Merryweather Circus in July? Would you like to have them back in a few years? What great family enter- tainment. Th,tnk you to: American Express Financial Bill; SuperValu Plus Blair Johnson, CPA Cashtown Service Cenex Convenience Dancing Bean Dawri; Hair Design EconoLodge Farmers Co-op General Services Henrich & Sons Henqk Sights & Sounds Ke Fireworks Kim E Decorating Kindt Agency MinnWest Bank Minnwest Investment North Star O'Kayes Home Center Ortonville Clubhouse Ortonville Liquor Ortonville Property Partners Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen Pepsi Americas Peterson Chiropractic Pro Auto Rausch Bros Monument Silent Falls Resort SW Minn Private Industry Tyler Computer & Design Vail Vu Motel Wells Fargo Bank for purchasing and donating tickets so that more people had an opportunity to take in this event. Did you have an opportunity to meet Skeeter the Clown? What a bundle of energy she had! MS TRAM was a great success, thanks to the many volunteers that attended meetings for months and worked so hard to bring it all together. Thank you to Steve Stern, Bryan Delage, and Don Donais as co-directors, who did a terrific job of keeping us on task to bring forth a well-organized event. The Minnesota Chapter of MS Society was pleased to receive a donation from our proceeds of $1200 for research for Multiple Sclerosis. The All-you-can-eat waffle breakfast put on by the Kiwanis and Lions was scrumptious. The 65th Annual Cornfest celebration was fabulous in spite of the 1 02-degree temperature. We had a wonderful parade with many participants and the arts/crafts and food vendors plan to return next year. According to Jim McKinney, who willingly volunteers to set up the vendor placement year after year, we had more vendors this year then he has seen since the 1980s when he started this big task. Congratulations to our new Royalty, Queen Amanda Krogsrud, Princess Kristin Barr, Princess Sabrina Strege and Little Miss Stephanie Arndt. These young ladies are excited about representing our area at local functions and in surrounding towns. Our float has been remodeled and is something to be proud of. A special thanks to outgoing royalty; Abby Saeger, Sheila Krueger, Kelli Sis and Kelly Taffe and their families for being exemplary ambassadors of our area. Kim Sykora, Mona Strege and Tami Lundberg, as co-directors did an excellent job of choreographing this yeas Cornfest. Our thanks to the three of you and the many enthusiastic volunteers that plunge in to this event year after year. We wouldrit have a Cornfest without your gracious giving of time and talent and the businesses that helped to support it financially: The Chamber and Big Stone County Museum held King of Trails (US Hwy 75) lSt Annual Fall Marketplace in September. All towns along TheTrail in Minnesota were holding their marketplace at the same time. It was great fun and the Museum received several dona- tions. Watch for it next year on Sept. 11th. Harvestfest was held over Homecoming weekend. We had a few vendors on Main Street. The Ziggy Burgers put on by the Salvation/qrmy were tasty as usual and they earned $1,300 for wor-, thy causes. The Chamber sold caramel apples during the parade. It was great to see our High School band marching. It really added to the festivities. Thanks Don Donais and kids. Chamber Bucks Chamber Bucks are available to everyone year around at the Chamber Office for your promotions, employee incentives and gifts. The ChambeCs overall goal is to increase the dollars spent locally at member businesses. Anyone can purchase Chamber Bucks in incre- ments of $5, $10, or $20. They are equal to cash and can be spent at any member business. Take advantage today. Call the Chamber Off- rice at 839-3284 or stop in to purchase them. It is a great way to sup- port our local business. Chamber Bucks make terrific stocking stuffers, holiday party prizes, employee appreciation gifts and bonuses. Itt; a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person in your life. No returns - no hassles! Scam Alert A letter from the Attorney General Office alerts us of Internet scares and unsolicited invoices for office supplies, products, and ser- vices. Scare artists often aim fake invoices at companies, churches, and other non-profit organizations, hoping to get them to pay for products such as printer toner, subscriptions and directory listings they did not order and are never delivered. Fun Factoids 2.2 million people spent $531 Million observing, feeding and pho- tographing wildlife in Minnesota in 2001. Nationally 66 million peo- ple spent $38 Billion in 2001. In the month of August, 326,000 visitors came to the USA from 69 different countries. Big Stone County Museum is now an Affiliate Travel Informa- tion Center appointed by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. Congrat- ulations! Travel and Tourism is the third largest retail sales industry in busi- ness receipts behind automotive and grocery stores. The economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota alone is an estimated $1 billion each year. In 2001-2002 MnUSA snowmobilers raised $120,000 for Multiple Sclerosis Society, $159,000 for Special Olympics and $110,600 for ALS-Lou Gehri Disease and volunteered 22912 hours teaching safety training last year. This n00wslefter is brought to you courtesy of the followingbusinesses.,. American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Member NASD Becky K. Parker, CFW Financial Advisor 33 NW 2nd Street, Suites A & B Ortonville, MN 56278 Telephone: 320-839-3030 Toll Free: 888-839-3373 © 1998-2001 American Express Financial Corporation. All rights reserwM. PEPSI AMERICAS 148 Second Street SE Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320.839.2577 Fax 320.839.2409 i i .******l,**,,****, =,, ****,l,**,******,s,****.*********,* J****.* =*********** *****,. Dr. Steven Winther,A00DDS He00. aria( 17 SE Second Street _ _ .. Ortonville, MN56278 l  N' O  320-839-2596 r 16 NW SecOndp2:: 3Z;le, MN 56278 Keeping Smiles Bright in the L W r i • Big Stone Lake Area/ f,U t /Fax 320-8 ,J WE DO ALL TYPES OF PRINTING *Six Locations to Serve You *Photo Processing *Hallmark Cards and Gifts *Convenient Hours *Major Credit Cards Accepted *Private Consultation Available *Free Mail-Out or In-Town Delivery Liebe Drug/Variety Milbank or Wllmot, SD Appleton, Browns Valley, GraceviUe, Ortonville. MN AND Lamination, Book Binding, Fax Service We have specialty paper and envelopes for making your own letters, cards, etc. 3', Photo Buttons - $1.50 Stop in and let Shirley, Galen or Gary help you with all your printing needs. Chamber Memberships We are proud to welcome Alley Cat Lanes as a new l the Chamber. We held a ribbon cutting on October 8thi grand opening was held October 17 and 18. CongratulatiOli come to Bruce Montzka and his family, new owners ofi Lanes. We wish you a huge success. A letter will be mailed to members with a new memt schedule. We have reduced some of the dues and made pro home businesses. For business owners that operate more business, you can list your second business for only an If you have added or changed a fax, e-mail, or web the Chamber Office has that current information. We offer referrals or information to inquiries for those more than 90 days overdue with membership dues. to direct and indirect dollars to your business. These be removed from the website as welL This is a difficult l the Board of Directors. The more services we have to offeri the better it is for our entire community. Your to pay for the website, toll-free telephone number and bring more tourists dollars to our area. Nov. 27 Nov. 28-29 Nov. 29 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 & 21 Dec. 1519 Dec. 20 Dec. 22-23 Dec. 24 Calendar of Events Happy Turkey Day OPEN HOUSE at all stores. Enjoy coffe and other goodies to begin your local shopping. Watch for the "Door Buster S Enjoy the music on Main Street. Santa will be there to assist you. Win SCRIP Carriage rides and be sure to bring your for Santa! Christmas at Big Stone County Museum Stores open 1:00-4:00 PM Stores open until 8.'00 PM Stores open until 4:00 PM, Carriage Stores open until 8:00 PM Stores open until 3.'00 PM Your Chamber Board of Directors wish you a joyous The Chamber is working on our calendar of events Please call 839-3284 with your dates for next yea the top 50 are contin oss the :Urope and t Harry, wi e appearinl %v 3 at 1Auditorit arance her [ the Chau and is par t series. "Sic of K I been feat/ Considere PRI document of the a rec( The PI Dilk tve als Opry, Cinci] I World. H Army Bn Shopping Locally Let remember to shop locally, especially at this time local businesses are always there to support our events, tions, and fundraisers with discounted goods, prizes. Show your support and pride in our community at the businesses that believe in our area. Independent Herbalife Personalized weight Introducing ALL NEW... TOTAL A WEIGHT LOSS   l; BUm FaL..BIock Cravings...Boost •,  • All for less than $ Dan Kafka c,, me,.... Toil Free Lose Weillat Feel GREAI. Work at Home: www.UseTh (1) C s r MORE HOURS... MORE SER l)wnfowD Ortonvilie Member FDIC LOBBY: M-TH 9-4:45; DRIVE-UP: FRI 9-6:00; SAT 9-12:00 FRI 8-6:00; ATM ON PREMI ACCESS 24 HOURS A DAY MINNWEST ORTONVILLE MINNW[$1 BANK GROUP R ¸¸! & GLASS C Ste atd Linda Roggenbuck (320) 839--2255 Toll Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8aln-5:3Oprn; St. 9am-12 ooo Farmers C Grain Drying • Cleaning • Petroleum • Oil " Fertilizer * Monsanto Seed • Pet Food " Rene Athey Roger (Barney) Barnhardt MANAGER AGRONOMY & Box 305 • Ortonville, MN 56278 Fax