Chamber Newsletter

December 2021

Letter from the Board

December!! I can hardly believe it! This time of year is always so fast-paced, festive, and busy. Many of our businesses count on November and December for the bulk of their annual revenue, others are working hard to wrap up their fiscal year, and many are able to sit back and enjoy the lights and music that soundtracks this season. Whatever your hustling for these days, I hope you are filled with joy, friendship, good food, and cheer.

Here at the chamber I have a lot to be grateful for. Top of the list? A supportive and active board of directors! As many of you know, the chamber has operated without an office manager since August. There has been a significant shuffle to prioritize responsibilities, projects, and daily tasks. I've sent out messages to the board when I need help, support, or bolstering and they have never once shied from the challenge. It's humbling to work for an organization that is so focused on community betterment. It's wonderful to have that at the center of my daily work. That said, bettering the community literally takes a village and I'm reminded regularly that we have some of the very best at the table.

I'm also so very grateful to be working alongside Alyssa Auten. Alyssa joined the chamber/ tourism team this summer as a part time resource. I'm awed regularly at her talents and ability to make things I find difficult and laborious seem effortless. She's a gift and the entire chamber family gets to benefit from her many skills.

I'm also grateful to get to work alongside so many of you! Just yesterday I wrapped up my day on a conference call with people spanning so many areas of our community. Represented was Chisago Age Well, Community Education, ISD2144 Educators, and community volunteers. It struck all of us as we were wrapping up our meeting how unique this group was. Our project spanned multiple geographic areas of our community, addressed the needs of a large age span, considered the needs of businesses, and fundamental broadband connection. In this small group, we all arrived at the table as colleagues, tirelessly working to better the connection and lives of our friends and neighbors. I had a moment of thinking, "This is my job!" It's a privilege to get to work alongside so many wonderful people in our community.

I could go on. I show up to work everyday feeling lucky that I get to support and work alongside the business community of Chisago Lakes. If you find yourself feeling festive (or not) this season, I hope you'll stop in for a cup of coffee and some conversation. That truly is the best part of my job and I welcome you anytime.

I genuinely wish you and yours the very best this holiday season!


Katie Malchow

Chisago Lakes Chamber Executive Director

Welcome to the Holiday Season

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Annual Meeting & Holiday Gala

LAST CALL! We are excited to bring this event back this year. If you'd like to join us on Thursday, December 9th, register today! Catering numbers need to be in by tomorrow so don't delay!
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Chamber Office Manager

We are hiring for an Office Manager! Please take a look at the full job description here. If you or someone you know would be a good fit for this position, please reach out. 651-257-1177 or

Holiday Decor

If you'd like the chamber to deliver a holiday planter to you on Friday, December 10th, please register today! Planters are $75 and include a collectable garden stake from Unruly Acres. Register here if you want to participate.

The Emigrants Movie Premier

Many of you already know that the Emigrants Movie is due for release in Sweden on December 25th. The Chamber and Visitors Bureau have been working on a number of projects to commemorate this event.

  • Monthly Book Club to read all 4 of the Moberg Books
  • A full tourism itinerary
  • An article published in Group Tours Magazine (Page 8-9)
  • A community showing of the 1971 movie on December 12th

Take a look at the movie trailer for The Emigrants Directed by Erik Poppe:

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Eichten's Cheese Farm

Join us for the Holiday Gift Pop-Up Market! Come out to Eichten's Cheese Factory and enjoy shopping for cheeses, specialty foods & gifts. Many pre-made gifts to select from or let us build you a custom gift. (Pssst... we ship nationwide & make excellent client appreciation gifts).

  • December 4th from 11:00 - 3:00
  • December 5th from 11:00 - 3:00
  • December 11th from 10:00 - 3:00
  • December 12th from 10:00 - 3:00
  • December 18th from 10:00 - 3:00

Enter the North side of the building:

16809 310th Street, Center City 55012

Empire Insurance Group, Inc.

Don't miss out on the fall coloring contest! Empire Insurance Group, Inc. will be awarding 3 winners at each of their locations who participate. They will also be donating $50 per winner to Family Pathways. Contest ends December 3rd.
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Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park is excited to once again present Frost Fest @ Franconia, an outdoor holiday market and bazaar where shoppers will find unique gifts by local artisans and vendors. This year’s event features Potter’s Pasties food truck, hot beverages, and holiday-themed art making activities. Learn more here.

St. Croix Festival Theatre

The Gift of Magi, based on the story by O. Henry, adapted by Jon Jory. Now showing through December 19th. Purchase your tickets here!

The Uncommon Loon

  • Wednesday, December 1st - Trivia at the Loon
  • Thursday, December 2nd - Music at the Loon
  • Wednesday, December 8th - Trivia at the Loon
  • Thursday, December 9th - Music at the Loon
  • Sunday, December 12th - Wooden Gnome Workshop
  • Wednesday, December 15th - Trivia at the Loon
  • Thursday, December 16th - Music at the Loon
  • Wednesday, December 22nd - Trivia at the Loon
  • Thursday, December 23rd - Music at the Loon
  • Tuesday, December 28th - Revel Roots Clothing Truck
  • Wednesday, December 29th - Trivia at the Loon
  • Thursday, December 30th - Music at the Loon

Alan Honn Glass

  • Every Wednesday through December from 4:00 - 8:00
  • Every Friday through December from 12:00 - 6:00
  • Every Saturday through December from 12:00 - 6:00

2022 Home & Business Expo

Registration is open for the 2022 Home & Business Expo. Event dates are February 26th & 27th. Register here to be a part of this wonderful event. Follow the Home & Business Expo facebook page to learn about updates.

Celebration of the Lakes

We are finalizing our schedule of events for the 2022 Celebration of the Lakes! Mark your calendars for February 10th - 13th. Follow our event page on Facebook for updates and excitement.

Once again we will be raffling off a Polaris Indy . Raffle tickets are available now for $10 a piece. Please contact the chamber if you'd like to purchase tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Celebration of the Lakes. This is an event that will be promoted throughout our community as well as through all of our tourism avenues as well. We market this event as a regional festival and bring in people from near and far. If you're interested in sponsoring this event, we'd love to promote your business to all those who attend.

  • Gold Sponsor = $1,000
  • Silver Sponsor = $500
  • Bronze Sponsor = $250
  • Hospitality Sponsor = $150

Click here to sponsor Celebration of the Lakes

Thank you to our Advertising Sponsors