Chisago Lakes Chamber

Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer & Taylors Falls

April 2019 Newlsetter

A Message From The Board of Directors

I’m not fooling around when I say, April 1st is like New Years Day and New Years Day is like April 1st. You see, we often fool ourselves with “New Year resolutions” that by now are long dead. Honestly, who really comes out of hibernation before April anyway? I just said hello to my next door neighbor for the first time in 4 months! Isn’t April the time we are more likely to put into action things that will make lasting, meaningful change? Maybe it’s something about the thawing of the old and the new hope that comes from the warmth of Spring. Both figuratively and literally, now is the time to plant.

We plant so that we can harvest. And like a harvest, good things come to those who prepare and persevere with patience. Choose to invest now in your business, in your family and in your community. We live in fertile times. Unemployment (3.8%) is at a 50 year low because almost 21 million new jobs have been created since February 2010. Inflation is at 2.1% which is well below the 50 year average 4.0%. Interest rates are holding near historic lows. Economic growth has been positive for 10 years; corporate profits at 10% (Q4 ’18); Household net worth at record levels and household debt (as % of disposable income) at 40 year lows. Put a smile on your face! Now is the time to put into action the plans you have.

Take another look around our community. Have you noticed all the new construction and new businesses? Membership growth in our Chisago Lakes Chamber is robust! Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to prioritize and attend the April 11th Chamber Luncheon at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. You’ll be treated to a great meal, a healthy group of optimistic people, and an engaging presentation on how a new local grass-roots initiative is bringing together multiple community organizations (the Chamber, the Library, the Community Center, and Local non-profits) in a novel way to make our community stronger for the future.

Who you are matters. What you do matters. Hibernation is over! Your plan is waiting for you and so are we!

Greg Paine-Edward Jones


Upcoming Chamber Meeting & Luncheon

April 4: Board Meeting 9:00am

Chamber Office, 30525 Linden Street, Lindstrom

April 11: Chamber Member Luncheon 11:30am-1:00pm


> 'Hazelden Updates' - Chuck Rice

> 'Chisago Lakes Area Early Childhood Literacy Project' - Tanya Paine, Carmen Woeltge, Kirsten Vaughan & Katie Malchow

Location: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, CORK Center 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd, Center City

RSVP by Monday, April 8 5:00pm *All RSVP's: $10/Chamber Member, $15/Non-Member

March 7th Chamber Board Meeting Highlights

Secretary’s Report:

February's minutes reviewed and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer’s report reviewed and accepted.

Executive Director's Report:

  • Seven new members in February
  • New Business Program planning
  • Chamber After Hours announced for March 21 at Gustaf's Up North Gallery
  • Home & Business Expo update
  • Website/tech updates: new equipment in process
  • Board retreat proposed

Welcome New Members

Business After Hours Thank You!

Thank You to Gustaf's Up North Gallery for sponsoring our March Business After Hours! We all enjoyed great appetizers, Lingonberry punch and networking in a great atmosphere.

If you are interesting in hosting one of our Business After Hours events please call the Chamber at 651-257-1177.

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

> 'Omnitheater Show: Cuba' - Tuesday, April 2nd 12:30-3:00 pm

Community Field Trip Opportunity. "Cuba. It is an extraordinary subject for giant screen theaters and it has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity to participate in the film’s development,” said Mike Day, Executive VP of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Information/Registration

> 'Spring Make It & Take It' - Tuesday, April 23rd 6:00-7:30pm

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to the Community Ed Family Center to plant some seeds and make spring crafts. We’ll have a variety of activities and projects for parents and children to do together. Children must have a parent or adult supervisor with them at all times. Information/Registration

> 'Family Game Night: Outdoor Games' - Wednesday, May 1st 5:30-6:30pm

Grab your family and let's play outside at the High School Stadium! Playing all sorts of lawn and group games, including cornhole, ladderball, Yahtzee, Jenga, 3 legged race and so much more! Please bring a water bottle and wear tennis shoes. Information/Registration

Brandy Grell-RE/MAX Professionals

'Prepare to SELL Your Home'

Tuesday, April 2nd 6:00pm

Chisago Lakes Library 11754 302nd Street, Chisago City

From curb appeal to accurately pricing your home, this 1-hour class will walk you through the process of preparing to sell your home. Ages 18 and up please. RSVP to Brandy: 651-270-2880 or

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale!

April 3rd-7th

Wednesday 3:00-7:00pm

Thursday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

A large Victorian 2-story house filled with affordable, ever-changing items. Find antiques & vintage items, painted furniture, garden items, home & cabin decor, re-purposed items, textiles and so much more! Downtown Lindstrom. 651-334-1444

The Summit House

  • 'Golden Egg Hunt at Market' April 4th-7th 10:30am-5:30pm

Join us in the Theater for our April occasional sale. Each customer will receive an Easter egg with a prize in it to redeem at check out. Each day we will also hide 1 Golden Egg with a gift certificate to be used at either The Summit House Boutique or Market in the Theater!

  • 'Card Making' Tuesday, April 9th 6-30am-8:30pm

Join us for an evening of creativity, fun and laughter while we gather to learn card making techniques. Whether your interest is in stamping, coloring or assembling, this monthly class will help you develop those skills.

The Summit House 332 Summit Ave, Center City 651-317-9071

St. Bridget's Ninth Annual Fish Fry!

Lent Fish Fry

April 5th & 12th 5:00-7:00pm

Pub Battered Cod & Baked Fish! Includes French fries, coleslaw, dinner rolls, dessert and beverage. Meatless spaghetti for the kids!. Adults $11, Seniors/Military (65+) $9, Kids (6-12) $6, Kids 5 & under are FREE. Flyer 13060 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-2474

Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

'Brews for Warriors'

Friday, April 5th 3:00-10:00pm

Uncommon Loon Brewing Company has teamed up with Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a program that pools resources together in our community to provide a safety net for service members, veterans and their families. Uncommon Loon will donate $1 from every beer sold for the day to this great organization as a show of appreciation for the support they provide to our communities. We will also have a live band playing for your listening pleasure. There will be pizza, water and pop for sale along with games and silent auction items. 10825 Lake Blvd, Chisago City Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Winehaven Winery

'New Vintage Days Sip & Shop'

Saturday, April 6th 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, April 7th 11:00am-5:00pm

Be the first to try our new wines from September's harvest! We will be conducting special 'vertical tastings' so you can see how the previous vintage has aged, and get a first taste of our newest wines that were just bottled!

During this special event, the winery comes alive with a wide variety of local clothing, jewelry and craft vendors. Browse these unique items while enjoying special sips of our new vintage! Wine tasting is $10.00 per person and admission is free!

'Art Fair'

Saturday, April 13th 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, April 14th 11:00am-5:00pm

Several artists will be on hand displaying and selling their products. Explore one-of-a-kind pieces from a wide variety of mediums and watch new works being created. We have a fantastic lineup of artists. Portrait Oil Painting-Matt Linz will be painting live on Saturday and Oil Painting-Julie Dobson Miner will be painting live on Sunday.

'Sign Painting Class'

Sunday, April 28th 1:00-4:00pm

Sip your favorite wines and enjoy step-by-step instruction to create a unique sign. Please preregister before April 26th using this link. Under tickets, you may either model your sign from a design shown on the link or you can create your own. During check out, you will receive a message saying your materials will be shipped to your house. However, we will have everything ready for you at Winehaven when you arrive. Cost depends on the type of sign you choose. Please feel free to contact Dawn with questions at 612-290-9042 or 10020 Deer Garden Lane, Chisago City 651-257-1017

Chisago Lakes Library

  • 'Minecraft Club' Saturday, April 6th 12:00-2:00pm

Join Minecraft Club for building challenges and general Minecraft fun! For ages 7-12. Children under age 9 need to be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Please register each player individually.

  • 'William Kent Krueger Author Visit' Tuesday, April 9th 6:30-7:30pm

Join the East Central Regional Library for a special visit and book signing by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger. Attendance for this event is limited and a ticket is required. Tickets for admission will be available at no cost, starting TUESDAY, APRIL 2 at the library. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

  • 'Spring Book Sale' Thursday-Saturday, April 18th-20th

Everyone is welcome to the Chisago Lakes Area Friends of the Library Book Sale. Browse our selection of gently used books, music CDs and DVD titles. We have something for all ages and interests.

  • 'Paws to Read' Saturday, April 27th 10:00am-12:00pm

Children can come to the library and have one-on-one sessions reading to a real reading therapy dog. This is a great way for young readers to gain confidence in their reading abilities while having fun. The sessions with Scout will be first come, first serve.

  • 'Trench Warfare' Saturday, April 27th 11:00am-1:00pm
Join us for a discussion of the history of trench warfare with an emphasis on World War I. Presented by the local speaker, Keith Green.

Chisago Lakes Library 11754 302nd St, Chisago City 651-257-2817

Gustaf's on Main Eatery

> 'Needle Felted Easter Eggs' April 6th 12:00pm

Come learn how to make Needle Felted Easter Eggs. Pam from Cottage Gifts will be teaching us how to use needle felting to make colorful Easter Eggs. The cost of the class is $15. Contact Pam at 651-257-6199 to reserve your spot. Gustaf's Eatery will be hosting this class. The kitchen will be open for food and beverages.

> 'Tea at Gustaf's on Main Eatery' Sundays, April 7th & May 5th 3:00-5:00pm

Enjoy a delightful afternoon in the historic Gustaf Anderson Home sipping tea with your friends. Price includes choices of tea, a cup of Tomato Bisque Soup, finger sandwiches and sweet delicacies. Tickets must be paid for prior to the event to secure table and are available by stopping in or calling 651-263-0737. Intended for ages 10 yrs and above. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children 10 - 12 yrs of age. Reservations required. Please let us know if you need main level seating when reserving your spot. Event Details

> 'Swedish Meatball Dinner' Every Thursday night 4:00-8:00pm. Reservations requested. $10 includes side salad, Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes and ligonberries. May substitute chicken breast. Uffda! 13045 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-274-9298

Festival Theatre

Layne Yost (John Denver Tribute)

Saturday, April 6th at 7:30pm

Alliance Church of the Valley

Layne Yost and his friends Jon Shimoda and Carol McDowall share Denver's music through guitar, upright bass and fiddle arrangements. Last year's show was the second largest audience in St. Croix Festival Theatre's 2018 musical lineup. Marketing Director Isaac Bont, a fan of John Denver, relayed excitement about the group returning, "John Denver was a true class act with amazing music. I can't wait to see how this band captures his spirit and bring their own lives to the table in their performance" Tickets: $25/advance, $30/door and can be purchased at, or by calling 715-483-3387.

doTERRA Essential Oils

'Spring Cleaning - Essential Oils in the Home!’

Tuesday, April 9th 6:30pm

Are you looking for ways to minimize the amount of chemicals you clean with in your home? Boost your cleaning power with these essential oil DIYS for a safe, non-toxic and natural alternative that will leave your home smelling fresh. Get recipes for the following:

* All-Purpose Spray

* Room Refresher

* Glass Cleaner

* Powder Cleanser

Come and learn about the best oils for cleaning. There will be the option to make an All Purpose Spray to take with you. The class is free but there will be a $5.00 charge for the optional make & take item.

For more information call Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962. Class is held at the Chamber office, 30525 Linden St., Lindstrom.

Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights

'St. Cloud State University Driver Improvement Program'

8-Hour First Time Class - Saturday, April 6th 9:00am-5:00pm

4-Hour Refresher Class - Friday, April 12th 9:00am-12:00pm

This course will save you 10% on your auto insurance for 3 years. There are no written or behind the wheel tests! Please call Beth at 651-257-4035 to register or for more information. Cost is $26.00/8-Hour Class and $22.00/4-Hour Class.

'Coffee Chat - Hospice, A Special Type of Care'

Friday, April 26th 9:45-10:15am

Ecumen has been awarded a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust which focuses on hospice education. You are invited to participate in this important research to see if education can positively impact people's perception of hospice care. This 30 minute presentation will educate about hospice. Participants will complete a short pre and post survey.

Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City

First United Methodist Church

'Easter Carnival'

Saturday, April 13th 10:00-11:30am

Fun! Games! Entertainment! Candy! The Easter Carnival at FUMC is a fun morning for all the children in the community. We hope you will join us for fun, games, candy, and a great message at the Easter Carnival! 30828 Irene Ave, Lindstrom 651-257-4306

Chisago City Parks and Recreation

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13th 2:00-3:30pm

Enjoy lots of activities including games, Easter Bunny, egg hunt and a prize for the best decorated baseball cap or bonnet. Please bring item for local food shelf. This event will happen rain...shine...or snow! Paradise Park, Chisago City.

*** Easter Coloring Contest (due by April 12th) ***

City of Lindstrom Parks Commission

'Spring Swing Dance'

Saturday, April 13th 6:00-9:00pm

5:30pm Swing Instruction by Carol Brecht-Wiles

6:00pm Music by Maryann & the Money Makers

Free admission. Food & Beer available for purchase from Deutschland Meats. Flyer

Northwoods Roasterie

'Northwoods Roasterie Book Club'

Friday, April 26th 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of community, coffee and discussion on our monthly book. This month's book is Beloved by Tony Morrison.

Chisago Lakes Lions

‘Cadillac Dinner’

Saturday, April 27th 5:00-9:30pm

Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave, Stacy

Social Hour 5:00-6:30pm-Dinner 6:30pm-Program 7:30-9:30pm

Ticket Price: $150 per couple. Entrée Choice: Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Blu. BYOB, Beer and Set-ups provided by Stacy Lions Club. Music by DJ Dan! Over $3000 Value in Raffle Prizes and $4450 in Cash Prizes! For ticket information and reserved tables call Jeff Vitali at 651-257-5011 Reservation requests no later than Monday, April 22nd.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Vendor Fair & Bake Sale

Saturday, April 27th 9:00am-2:00pm

13025 Newell Ave, Lindstrom

Enjoy a day of shopping from a wide variety of local artists, crafters and your favorite direct sales vendors. Just in time for Mother's Day! Baked goods and refreshments will also be available. Benefit for Trinity Youth Workcamp. Flyer

Eichten's Market & Grill

Breakfast Special!

Monday-Friday 8:00-11:00am

Get Northwoods Northern Blend coffee only $1.25! Offer valid with a min $5 breakfast purchase. 16440 Lake Blvd, Center City 651-257-1566

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Franconia Sculpture Park

International Sculpture Day!

Saturday, April 27th 5:00-8:00pm

29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer

In partnership with the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture Magazine, join Franconia Sculpture Park in celebrating the fifth annual #ISday and all things 3D. International Sculpture Day is a celebration event held worldwide on April 27th, to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. It is a day to create a unified community championing sculpture.

Join us at the park for a grill and chill, activities, take a specialized tour that features international artists with work on exhibition at Franconia, or wander on your own in the park to complete a sculpture scavenger hunt (you might just win a prize)! Suggested donation of $10 to join us for dinner. RSVP to 651-257-6668 or

Lakes Area Royale Faire

Lakes Area Royale Faire

May 18th & May 19th 10:00am - 6:00pm

The Faire will host live entertainment, food, drink and shops for all ages! Join L.A.R.F located at 13292 Sylvan Ave, Lindstrom. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children 6-17, Free/children under 6. For sponsorship opportunities and shop space contact 612-990-8927 Event Flyer

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