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Happy Holidays and welcome to theChamber 101 newsletter! Holiday Season 2002 You will be hearing music by "Henry Sights & Sound on main street this holiday season. Plans are underway for Santa; arrival on Saturday, Dec. 14th at the Dancing Bean from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, carriage rides by Odessa Jolly o Workers 4-H Club on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 from 12 noon to 4:00 PM, Christmas ntasy World at the Dancing Bean on O ° Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8 and ° much more. kc/atch for the calen- dar of events. Participating mer- chants are once again sponsoring a $3,000 Christmas scrip drawing. See the details in the Ortonvifle Independent telling tw you can be a WINNER! Retail businesses will be extending their hours for your holiday shopping conve- nience. Shopping locally is important to our communit econo- my: By shopping locally, not only for the holidays, we pro- mote local job opportunities and do our part to retain our unique shops, stores, restaurants and services. Remember CHAMBER BUCKS can be purchased by ANYONE at the Chamber Office and used for purchases at any chamber member business. In incre- ments of $5, $10 or $20 they make great office party gifts, stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts and promote economic growth to our area. Most retail businesses will be extending their hours for your holi- day shopping. Looking Back Halloween and the Haunted Park have come and gone. The Jaycees did a fabulous job of pooking u the park. Many of the kids went through three and four times. In spite of the rain, snow and wind, everyone had a fantastically scary time. The eerie sounds heard at the waiting line-up were frightful as they entered with great trepidation. Special effects were definitely 6ut of this world: Thank you Jaycees, "Henr Sights & Sound£' volunteers and chamber direc- tors for your time and effort. -., Saturday, Oct. 5 was a day of celebration for International King of Trails Historic Hwy. 75 and for every Minnesota town along the route. Thank you o Jeanne Krueger, County c0rnrnissi0ner f6r the historical background on Hwy: 75 and to Mayor Dinnel, Bud Haukos and the Swingtime nd for making our cit celebration, held at the Big Stone Gounty Museum, so special. 4-Hers released yd- bw and black balloons at exactly 10:30 along with all the other towns. Refreshments were served by the volunteers at the Museum. Thank you Mary Ann Ulrich, C,,eorgia Kolb and Anne Lundberg for making all of the arrangements. Check out the new International Historic Hwy: 75 King of Trails signs on the highway: The Tourism Committee invited Dave Vogel, Regional Manager of Southern Minnesota Tourism Association, a division of Minnesota Office of Tourism, to Ortonvil[e to help us understand the benefits of tourism and what it can do for our community: During our is an inside look ai"xvek.t  taking place in the The folloMng Big Stone Lake comnmnitv i the "t'oming months. picnic supper at the Dancing Bean, Dave was able to answer many questions for us and explain the state laws regarding lodging taxes and how those monies must be spent. ¢"- The top two things people considered " most important features of a vacation were BEING NEAR WATER" and "RELAXATION" We just have to get the word out that we have both! J The theme "Exploring Minnesota replenishes what the rest of the world takes away; has been the tag line to promote travel to Minnesota this year. The overnight visitor to Minnesota on non- business trips who paid for lodging spent an average of $264 per day per party: Each dollar spent turns over seven times equaling $1,848 to our economy. Please Welcome New Chamber Members • Qneral Services (locksmith, computers, video game and movie rentals) - Mary Jo and Charlie Larson s Northern Lights Ethanol • Terry Kalberg - AFLAC s Midstate Mortgage - Jamie Mittelstaedt • Sunrise Motel - Wally and Start HaIlock • Dan Kafka - Herbalife Distributor • Headwaters Grill and Bar (fore, fly Baxter's Beef & Brew) - Dale and Mary Homan • Matador Supper Club - Nikki and Ryan Kehnle • Marl4; Custom Woodworks - Mark Boerger • Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, PA - John Thuente Budget Time Your Board of Directors is working diligently to define our bud- get. The Chamber would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to Big Stone County Commissioners, Ortonville City Council, the Ortonville EDA Board and Big Stone City Development Corporation for their generous support for 2003. I 2003 PROPOSED BUDGET EVENTS NET INCOME EXPENSES Annual Meeting . $ 1,300 $ 2,800 $ 1,500 Chamber 101 1,000 2,000 1,000 Cornfest 1,000 12,000 11,000 Cornfest Royalty 0 $1,100 $1,100 Directory Advertising 2,000 3,500 1,500 Golf Tournament 500 2,700 2,200  bstam Page ..... 14SO) 200 6SO Marketing and Tourism 2,200 31,965 29,765 Walleye Tournament 6,000 30,000 24,000 Main Street Improvement 0 0 Retail Promotion• 0 3,100 3,100 Sports & Leisure Show 1,000 4,000 4,000 Chamber Buck• 0 4,000 4,000 Investment Dues 23,000 23,000 Totals $ 37,550 $120,365 $ 82,815 Office Expense• $33,180 TOTAL EXPENSES $115,995 YEAR END NET $4,370 Thank you to all our members and sponsors. Your contributions make up over 72% of our budget. Your sustained commitment to the Chamber enhances your image in the community. This newsletter is brought to you courtesy of the following businesses... American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Member NASD Becky K. Parker, CFF" Financial Advisor 33 NW 2nd Strcx, t, Suites A & B Ortonville, MN 56278 Telephone: 320-839-3030 Toll Free: 888-839-3373 © 1998-2001 American Express Financial Corporation All rights reservext. PEPSI AMERICAS 148 Second Street SE Ortonville, MN 56278 Phone 320.839.2577 Fax 320.839.2409 i Dr.Steven ler, DDS Orton, ille, MN 56278 [( :>,: )':2,p Key)ing Smiles Bright in the  \\; BigStoneLakeArea! fj t *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/ 'ariety Milbank or Wflmot, SD Appleton, Browns Valley, GraceviUe, OrtonviUe, MN Welcome to Ortonville and Big Stone Lake! Plans are shaping up nicely for our new granite sign to at the Hwy. 75/Hwy: 12 intersection. Pare Schneck of putting the finishing touches on the design. The base of the is being donated by Dallas Hanson Construction and The sign will be 11 ft. wide by 6 ft. talL Call the Charn have your family name engraved on the sign. Letters will to out of town people who may be interested in having represented on the sign as a special remembrance. The asking for donations of $100 to cover the cost. A special been set up just for funding this project. Chamber Directory To ensure that your business is included in the Membership Directory and listed on information sent inquiries and families requesting relocation packets, yo be current. This is a benefit for members only: In 2003 the anniversary date for will be changed to January. Everyone who throughout the year 2002 will be In other words, if your anniversary date was] will be given credit for January through January 2003, you will only be Invoiced December 2003. Please call the Chamber 839-3284 if you have a question. Many addresses have changed this past year. If information, phone numbers or added employees or modations, please let the chamber office know so that we' your investment dues up or down accordingly: Have you number or web site that you wish to be published in the no additional charge? Would you like to add a display ad tor for a very nominal fee? Please call the Chamber at Calendar of Events Plans for the Annual meeting are under wa' Winterfest, Sports and Leisure Show, fishing TRAM and Cornfest 2003. If you would like to gestions, let us hear from you. The Tourism with the Sno-Riders Club to add exciting events also. If you have events to add to our calendar and websit¢, the Chamber Office. The calendar, along with lodging are sent to every inquiry Your Board of Directors and I wish you all a day season and a very prosperous new year. BSLA Independent Herbalife Personalized Wei Introducing ALL NEW... TOTAL A WEIGHT Burn FaL..Block Cravings... All for less than $1.001daY Dan Kafka c M,., : Tog Free 1-877-905-2462 o Lose Weight Feel GREAI. Work at Hom www.UseTheS MORE HOURS.. MORE It'VD, t OWn Ortom, itle Member FDIC LOBBY: M-TH 9-4:45; DRIVE-UP: FRI 9-6:.\\;'; SAT 9-12:_D FRI 8-6:00; ATM ON PREMI ACCESS 24 HOURS A DAY MINNWEST BANK ORTONVILLE Farmers Elevator Grain Drying • Cleaning • Petroleum • Oil • Che¢ Fertilizer • Monsanto Seed • Pet Food • Renee Athey Roger (Barney) Bamhardt MANAGER AGRONOMY & SEED Box 305 • Ononvtlle, MN 56278 Fax