Chisago Lakes Chamber

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

August 2019 Newsletter

A Message From The Board of Directors

Ready or not, the school year is upon us! Although it’s not the same as New Year’s Day, it does mark the start of many new beginnings for students, teachers and staff, parents and the entire community. It’s the start of a new academic year. For the students, it’s a chance to start over with new teachers, school buildings, friends, sports seasons and extracurricular activities. A new school year is also a great time to have a fresh start with their grades. No matter what your grades were last year, this year is a clean slate for working hard, doing your best, and having your grades reflect your understanding and comprehension of the classes you are taking.

For those of us in the post-academic world, we can look at the start of the school year in the same light. Perhaps some of us are in a new job in a new building, with new co-workers and employers, and new job duties. Maybe this is all happening in a different town while living in a different house. These changes can be scary and overwhelming, but they can also be exciting and energizing.

For my wife and I, the scariness of a new beginning and feelings of being overwhelmed when we first moved here were very quickly alleviated. One thing we noticed when we moved to the area is how welcoming and accepting the people in this area are. Chisago Lakes instantly felt like home and it made our transition much easier. The abundance of lakes and trees make this area an idyllic setting for relaxation and recreation. The picturesque landscape makes visitors fall in love with the area immediately, and almost assuredly confirms a return visit.

People love how many opportunities there are for fun in the Chisago Lakes area. Ki Chi Saga Days starts on Thursday, August 15th and lasts until Sunday the 18th. There are many things to do at Ki Chi Saga including live entertainment, juggling, magic shows, Swedish dancers, garage sales, a huge craft and vendor fair as well as a fireworks show. It’s fun for the whole family and kids of all ages!

The Chisago City Farmer’s Market is still going strong every Friday from 2 to 6 at Vilhelm Moberg Park, and the Lindstrom Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday 3-6 & Saturday from 8 to 12 at St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church.

The Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Thursday, August 22nd at the Chisago Lakes Golf Course. Even though all the teams have been filled, you can still go out to the course to enjoy the day and support the Chamber.

Almelund Night on the Town is being held on Friday, August 2nd & August 30th from 6 to 7 pm at 37455 Park Trail in Almelund. Enjoy this old-fashioned community get together by enjoying live music by Interstate Band, while you relax in your lawn chair. But before that, stop by their Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 and take a tour of the Amador Heritage Center.

The Chisago Lakes area has so many fun opportunities to take advantage of. From the many shops that line our streets, to the great food you can find, to the never-ending sea of smiling faces that greet you during your visit, this is a wonderful place to live and visit.

Whether you’re starting anew in some phase of your life or you’re continuing on the path you’ve been on, remember that we can all start each day with a fresh energy, and there’s no better way to do that than to enjoy your surroundings with the people you love.

Dr. Josh Wagner

Wagner Chiropractic

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, August 1st 9:00am
  • Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, August 8th 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Panola Valley Gardens, 26026 Olinda Trail, Lindstrom
  • Chamber Golf Tournament - August 22nd
  • Chisago Lakes Events - 2019 Calendar

August Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, Aug. 8th, 11:30am-1:30pm

26026 Olinda Trail

Lindstrom, MN

Speaker: Dean Jennissen, Superintendent of Chisago Lakes Schools

Topic: 'School District Updates'

Caterer: Panola Valley Gardens

RSVP by Monday, August 5th 5:00pm

*All RSVP's: $10/Chamber Member, $15/Non-Member

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Welcome New Members


Are you interested in helping on an event committee? We have begun planning for the 2020 Winter Blast, and Home & Business Expo already. Throughout the year the Chamber coordinates a number of events and we'd love to have you join us. Let us know if you're interested in taking on a more active role for our events.

* Winter Blast * Home & Business Expo * Triathlon * Golf Tournament * Fall Decorating * Gala *

TED Talks

3 Ways to Plan for the Very Long Term

by Ari Wallach (Click Here)

TED Talks are “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Inspiration can come from all kinds of places and whether you’re looking for ideas about growth and profitability, leading in a multiple generational workplace, or looking to inspire those around you to work in the same direction, I’m confident that TED Talks are a wonderful tool. Every month we’ll share with you a favorite “Business Building” talk that we hope will inspire and fuel you. Enjoy!

Chisago Lakes Triathlon Thank You!

On behalf of the Chisago Lakes Chamber and DuTriRun we’d like to thank all the volunteers for helping with our annual Triathlon. Congratulations to all the athletes on your hard work and tremendous accomplishment. We are proud to host such an exciting event and could not possibly do it without the help and support from our community.

Thank you to the wonderful local businesses, who sponsored, supported and donated items for the event. Thank you to Pleasant Valley Orchard, Northwoods Roasterie, Bernick’s, and Brinks Market for your donations specific to the volunteers. We all appreciate your generosity! Many area businesses helped with the overall execution of this event. Thank you to Deutschland Meats for providing meals for the athletes, Croix Valley Pick Up for garbage service, and the following for their generous sponsorship dollars: Fairview, MidWestOne Bank, LaBelle Real Estate Team, Svens, Security State Bank of Marine, WCB, and Gregory Contracting. Thank you to Chisago City Parks for the use of Paradise Park. We’d also like to thank The Uncommon Loon Brewery for opening your doors and hosting the awards ceremony and after party.

We could never hope to host an event like this without the support and partnership of the following organizations: Lakes Area Police, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Stacy Fire Hall, Almelund Fire Hall, Shafer Fire Hall, Lakes Area EMS, Fairview, and local lifeguards.

Riley Hoheisel was a first-year volunteer and his feedback sums up the entire event beautifully, “That was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had!” Plan on being a volunteer next year...mark Sunday, July 26th, 2020 on your calendar.

Chamber Golf Tournament - August 22nd

It is exciting to see the positive response to our Golf Tournament. The event is FULL, but if you wish to be on a waiting list, let us know. There are a few ways that you can promote your business through this fun Chamber event:

  • Hospitality Sponsorship ($100 increments)
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Swag Bag Items (108 items needed)

We need raffle Prizes and Swag Bag items by Monday, August 12th. You can either drop them off at the Chamber office or call to arrange pick up.

Message from Executive Director, Katie Malchow!

Our chamber office has been BUSY this summer! A few key events that I’m sure you’re aware of are the Triathlon and the Golf Tournament. Those come alongside our regularly scheduled luncheons, visitors bureau meetings, and board meetings, in addition to lots of other community initiatives. That said, our board has a renewed focus and I’d like to share with you a little bit about it.

Chisago lakes Chamber Mission:

To serve, support, and promote the businesses and organizations in our Chamber Community.

July 11th marked my first 6 months of being your Executive Director. In those first 6 months we had (or rather didn’t have) our Winter Blast, the Home and Business Expo, we integrated new technology in our building, launched the Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau, organized and planned for high-level luncheon speakers, determined new measures to ensure progress and success, and partnered with many of you on projects, meetings, and overall community involvement projects. Throughout these past 6 months, it became clear to me that as an organization, we have a mission, vision, core values and we operate accordingly. However, I’m not sure that you know what we use as guidelines for daily, monthly, and annual decisions.

On July 16th the Executive Board met to fine tune and clarify our core values. We used the Traction method that has been highlighted in recent luncheons, and we had an amazing discussion about the future of the Chamber. We discussed a dreamy 10 year target, then boiled it down to a 3 year picture, and then a more definite (action oriented) 1 year plan. We plan to bring this whole process to your attention but wanted you to know that these discussions are happening, plans are being made, and action taken all in the name of a more engaged, robust, relevant, and exciting Chamber of Commerce.

It truly is an honor to represent our community of businesses as your Executive Director. As I take on the next 6 months, I hope to meet even more of you and learn about how we can all do business better together.

Wild Mountain Waterpark Fundraiser for Chisago Lakes Chamber

Members get a discount on tickets, and the chamber receives $5 from every ticket purchased throughout the season. All of the ordering will take place online, using THIS LINK . When you click the BLUE BOOK NOW button, you will be taken to a calendar to choose the date, and then you will have to select CL CHAMBER from the options.

Lindstrom Farmers Market

Lindstrom Farmers Market

Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-12:00pm

St. Bridget Catholic Church Parking Lot

The Lindstrom Farmers Market is in full summer swing with loads of locally grown vegetables and berries, including sweet corn, peas, beans, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage and cut flowers. Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers will also be available soon.

Home made baked goods, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup will satisfy your sweet tooth. The market offers a good selection of goat milk soap, doTERRA essential oils, and holistic products.

We will be celebrating our 20th season and Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 17th. We will be serving hot and cold beverages and some sweet goodies. Stop by and celebrate with us.

Chisago Lakes Welcomes You!

Thank you to all of the local businesses who have generously donated to our welcome program! We are all set to begin delivery in late August. If you'd like to contribute items for the following gifts, please drop them off at the chamber office.

  • New Businesses
  • New Chamber Members
  • New Residents

We already know that we live and work in an amazing community, but we don’t want the new-comers to waste any time in feeling a part of it too. If you’d like to include anything from your business, we would happily present it on your behalf.

Thank you for your participation. We are excited to meet these new-comers and hope to make them feel welcome on behalf of all of the Chisago Lakes area businesses!

Volunteer Opportunities - Are you looking for places to volunteer in our community?

Here are a few...

  • Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon 651-243-1621
  • Ecumen Hospice 651-714-0200
  • Farmaste Animal Sanctuary 651-409-1309
  • Let's Go Fishing 651-402-5960
  • Parmly on the Lake 651-257-7953 (Ron Gerl)

Almelund Nights on the Town

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Chisago Lakes Library

  • Storytime in the Park August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 31st 10:30-11:00am
Come practice early literacy skills. Read, talk, sing, write and play for our storytime in the park series. Join us in August at Chisago City Dog Park as Library staff and volunteers lead us in storytime. Best suited for ages 0-5, but siblings welcome. No registration needed. In the case of bad weather, storytime in the park will be canceled.
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover Monday, August 5th 6:00pm
Come to the library for an evening storytime with your stuffed animal. Your stuffed animal will get to have a sleepover in the library. Then come back on the next day, Tuesday, August 6th to see what your stuffed animal has been up to! Please, only 1 stuffed animal per child. Older siblings are welcome, but please limit stuffed animal to children 8 & under.
  • Snake Discovery Friday, August 9th 11:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-2:30pm

Tickets will be available starting Friday, August 2nd and are required for this event. Join us for Snake Storytime and Snake, Rattle & Roll! Ms. Kirsten will get us started with some snake stories. Then we will welcome some REAL. LIVE. SNAKES. In particular, one named Bacon! We'll be learning about reptiles, amphibians and snakes native to Minnesota. We'll learn about them and their importance to the culture of our state.

  • Minecraft Club Monday, August 12th 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.

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

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Hazelfest Celebrate Life

Saturday, August 3rd 11:00am-8:00pm

Be part of summer's positively best day of music! Two stages. One great day. An amazing line-up along with fantastic food trucks, inspiring speakers, vendors and more--making for the best day of music this summer. Contact Mary Kay Campbell at or call 651-213-4670 to submit an application to be an exhibitor or have a food truck at the event. Space is limited. Tickets are $20/advance, $30/door. You can get your tickets at

Gustaf's On Main Eatery

Come Celebrate our 1st Anniversary!

Saturday, August 3rd

  • All you can eat Swedish Pancakes 9:00-10:30am $6.00/person

  • Free Ice Cream Cones 3:00-4:00pm
  • Standard menu served all day as well. Special activities for all ages.

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

Enjoy a cruise on the St. Croix River. Choose from a variety of specialty cruises. Full cash bar, soft drinks and lemonade available for purchase. 651-465-6365

  • Wine & Chocolate Dinner Cruises – Saturday, August 3rd, 17th, 31st 7:00-10:00pm

Cruise featuring local Winehaven wines and fine chocolate and a romantic dinner at sunset aboard one of our authentic paddle wheel riverboats on the scenic St. Croix River. Book

  • Dinner Cruise – Saturday, August 10th, 24th 7:00-10:00pm

Spend a summer evening with friends and family with a delicious meal, live entertainment and the beauty of the St. Croix River. Trip includes a narrated scenic tour of area history and the rock formations along the river. Book

Franconia Sculpture Park


29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer 651-257-6668

  • Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour - Saturday, Aug 3rd

Community Mold-Making Workshops: 10:00am-3:00pm; Iron Pour: 12:00-8:00pm & Behind The Scene Tours of the Foundry: approximately 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00pm. Artists from around the country converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in the unique art-making process! Witness artists working a furnace that heats up to 2,700 degrees F, as they pour over 8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day. Bring the family and make a day of it! FREE - bring the family!

  • Music @ Franconia- August 31st 2:00-6:00pm

Join us at Franconia's Earthen Amphitheatre for an afternoon of music as we host School of Rock with headliner Ipso Facto! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, grab a bite or beverage from an on-site food truck or Lizard Lounge, and enjoy the afternoon with friends and family. Participate in guided exhibition tours during band breaks where they can meet artists-in-residence and learn about the exhibition and works-in-progress directly from their creators. Free event.

Chisago City Farmers Market

Chisago City Farmers Market

Fridays through September 2:00-6:00pm

Moberg Park, 10656 Railroad Ave, Chisago City

Our market offers a variety of fresh products from local growers, producers, and artisans. CCFM also hosts many activities throughout the season such as PoP Club for Kids, Blood Drives, Story Time, and live music.

Winehaven Winery

  • Wine and Chocolate Dinner Cruise on the St. Croix River - Saturday, August 3rd, 17th, 31st 7:00-10:00pm

This festive three-hour cruise includes a narrated scenic tour of the river, wine sampling, live music, cash bar and reserved seating with a buffet style meal including your choice of roast Prime rib of beef aujus or boneless chicken breast on a bed of wild rice. Both entrées are served with assorted breads, Caesar salad, vegetable and dessert. Cost: $53.06/person. Reservations and prepayment required, call 651-465-6315.

  • Make Your Own Beeswax Candles - Sunday, August 4th 1:00-3:00pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of DIY rolled beeswax candlemaking! Cost of class also includes 8+ of your own candles to take home. This class is a wonderful time to enjoy great food and drinks, learn something new and meet fun, great people! All materials you need are supplied so you can make about 8 candles, including different colored beeswax, wicks, and easy to follow instruction from Charlene. The cost is $35.00 per person and prepayment is required. Register Here.

  • Build a Do-It-Yourself Clock - Sunday, August 11th 1:00-4:00pm

Create your own do-it-yourself clock! Sip your favorite wines and enjoy step-by-step instruction to creating a unique clock that you get to take home! Register Here. 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 for your class! Cost: $64.95, prepayment required.

  • Yoga at Winehaven - Saturday, August 24th 11:00-11:45am

Join Annie Hayes Wellness and Winehaven as we host this phenomenal YOGA classe. Stay for lunch and sit on the patio. All levels welcome. Bring a mat and a smile. Cost: $15 includes 45 minute yoga session and a glass of wine of your choice. Sign-up online here! 10020 Deer Garden Lane, Chisago City 651-257-1017

Taylors Falls National Night Out

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6 6:00-8:00pm

Taylors Falls Elementary School

Join in and celebrate neighborhood unity and a safe, healthy Taylors Falls area! Free hot dogs, chips and lemonade for all! Community members are invited to bring a dessert to share.

  • 6:00pm: Displays by area organizations, supper live music by area musicians
  • 6:30pm: Chisago County Sheriff's Department demonstrations, music, dessert, snow cones and displays

Many organizations serving the Taylors Falls area will have informational displays throughout the evening. FLYER

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale

August 7th-11th

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

2019 Harmony in the Park

Harmony in the Park Concerts are held in Lions Park next to Lindstrom City Hall. Concerts begin at 7:00pm with the ‘Special Events’ starting at 6:30pm. This is the last concert of the summer.

August 7th Rockin' Hollywoods (50s-80s Rock) Special events: National Night Out, Lions Corn Feed & Ian Dudley Art Show

Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family for a great evening of fun. In case of inclement weather concerts will be held inside the Lindstrom Community Center.

Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights

Critter Carnival

Thursday, August 8th 2:00-3:30pm

This is our annual summertime themed party held out in the front parking lot circle under the canopy. We are looking forward to an afternoon of fun; carnival food, cute (and some cuddly) animals and games! We even have a scheduled stop from the local ice cream truck, Scoops. This event is with our tenants, your families and friends and is open to the community. (Rain or shine, we will move inside if rain). Tours available at 3:30pm

Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City 651-257-4035

Community Meal Fundraiser

Thursday, August 8th 3:00-6:00pm

Zion Lutheran Church, 28005 Olde Towne Rd, Chisago City

The Lutheran/Methodist Churches of the Chisago Lakes Area have been serving a free community meal every Monday night for the past 8 years at Zion Lutheran Church. Come and join us for a fundraising event! There will be picnic food and ice cream, games for kids and live music. A free will offering will help us continue to feed over 200 people every week.

Almelund Threshing Show

August 9th, 10th & 11th Gates open at 7:00am

Minnesota’s premier outdoor event for classic tractor and old-tyme farming fans. Vintage equipment is not just on display but actually in use. This is a family friendly event complete with a playground for children, a farm animal petting area, and the largest flea market around. Food and beverages available on site. Admission is $20 for all three days or $10 per day (MN sales tax included). Three full days of attractions – including tractor pulls, parades and demonstrations. It only happens once a year so don’t miss it! Be close to the action – stay at our campground. Camp sites are $10 per night.

Tractor Caravan Join the fun and drive your tractor to the show grounds on Sunday, August 4th. Wagon riders welcome. Contact Al Deiss 715-646-9393

Festival Theatre

  • 'Crimes of the Heart' August 11th - 26th
Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany, and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. The Magrath sisters have gathered together to escape their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious. Tickets
  • 'Fools' July 13th - August 4th

Leon Tolchinsky has landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives, people sweep dust from the stoops back into their houses and milk upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years and he must break the curse. Tickets

  • 'Sew Good Improv' - Fridays 9:00pm

The best show you'll get for $5! Festival Theatre's Sew Good Improv hits the stage for an evening of comedy and hilarity all made up on the spot! Right after Music on the Overlook.

Fairview Lakes Medical Center

TEE UP Charity Golf Tournament

Monday, August 12th 1:00pm Shot Gun Start

Fairview Lakes Medical Center Volunteer Organization presents this 18-Hole Scramble benefiting Fairview Hospice in our communities and Pediatric/Cardiac Rehab Services. Also includes a silent auction & dinner. Held at Chisago Lakes Golf Course, Lindstrom.

Golf Brochure Online registration:

doTERRA Essential Oils

Oils to Help you Get Ready for School

Tuesday, August 13 6:30pm

This free class will equip you with tools and tricks for staying healthy, as well as educating you on oil use for anxiety, germs, and building a calm learning environment. For more information call Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962. Class is held at the Chamber office, 30525 Linden St., Lindstrom. Chisago Lakes Chamber Office 30525 Linden Street, Lindstrom.

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

  • Chisago Lakes Junior Golf Championship
Wednesday, August 14th 1:30pm at Chisago Lakes Golf Course

Compete in this tournament for trophies in each division. For grades K-8. The tournament will be organized by the golf professionals at the golf course. Players will be grouped according to level of play. More Information & To Register

  • Potluck Luncheon
Tuesday, August 20 at 1:00 pm at the Chisago Lakes Lion’s Park

Join us and the rest of the Forever Young Club at the Lindstrom Lion's Park (Off of Sylvan Avenue in Lindstrom). In case it rains, we'll move inside to the Chisago Lakes Community Ed. office. Join us for great food and engaging conversation! Don’t forget to bring a dish to pass!


Captain Shawn’s Charters and Rentals

Fishing * Pontoon * Kayaks * Sailboat

12565 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom (Meredee’s Bistro Docks) 651-769-3343

Explore the scenic surroundings of our awesome chain of lakes! Rent a pontoon, kayak or fishing boat “w/motor” and see what wonders Chisago Chain of Lakes has to offer. There are portaging adventures via the newly formed Chisago Lakes Water Trail. Chisago Lakes offers camping, mini portages and awesome local shops and restaurants along the way. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at one of the new day camps, stop at a local restaurant on the water or order a pizza and have it delivered to our boat!

Ki Chi Saga Days August 15th-18th

Join our community to celebrate Ki-Chi-Saga Days, a great city festival with activities for all ages! The celebration is held in Moberg Park, but also includes other various locations throughout the city. Enjoy LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, including music, magic shows, Swedish dancers, and jugglers. There's fun for everyone from cribbage, garage sales, fishing, craft fair featuring 100+ vendors, food & more! FIREWORKS highlight the event on Saturday evening. This community celebration has been a great success because of our volunteers and donations from local businesses and others. Don't miss this wonderful community celebration! Check back for updates and find more details on the Schedule of Events, which will be posted closer to the event. Ki Chi Saga Days

Panola Valley Gardens

Luncheons & Afternoon Tea in the Garden

2019 schedule

For a special occasion or just an afternoon with some friends, join us for lunch or afternoon tea. Our gardens welcome you and your guests to a unique outdoor dining experience. All luncheons, afternoon teas, and other events are served under our pavilion. Our elegantly set tables create a beautiful setting for meticulously prepared salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit platters and desserts.

  • Luncheons $23 with seating at 11:45, 12:00 & 12:15 Luncheon includes: Fresh fruit, Appetizer, Salad of the Day, Bread, Dessert and Beverage.
  • Afternoon Tea $24 with seating at 1:45, 2:00 & 2:15 Tea includes: Fresh fruit, Assortment of Tea Sandwiches and Savories, Scones, Sweets, Tea and Infused Water.

More information at Reservations: call Mary Ann 651-257-6072. Panola Valley Gardens 26026 Olinda Trail, Lindstrom

Gammelgarden Museum

Gammelgarden Museum

20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia 651-433-5053

  • Spelmansstämma - Saturday, August 17th 10:00am-4:00pm

The Immigrant Fiddle Fest is a long held Swedish tradition where fiddlers gather on a lovely day, play tunes and teach each other new music. The music has never been written, it is always shared by playing only! This annual festival held on the museum grounds is a great activity for families. Spelman = Fiddler / Stämma = Gathering Celebrate the immigrant fiddle with musical entertainment, dancing and food!

  • Smörgåsbord - Thursday, August 22nd

Enjoy $2 off our regularly priced $7 tour by purchasing a combo ticket. Choose your tour time, 10:00am or 1:00pm. Both tour groups will be served Smörgåsbord at Elim Church from 11:30am-1:00pm. Adult ticket price for Smorgasbord $20 plus discounted tour ticket $5. Smörgåsbord combo ticket $25. Combo tickets for children under 12 are $10. Reservations are required 2 weeks in advance of your visit. Call 651-433-5053 or e-mail

  • Bluegrass & Lemonade - Sunday, August 25th 2:00-4:00pm
Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon of pickin’, plunkin’ & harmonizin’ with pick-up Bluegrass music. Free lemonade for all in the shaded back yard of the Gammelgården. No charge for playin’ or listenin’. In case of rain, we will be inside the Välkommen Hus. *Guided tours of the five historic buildings are given at 1:00pm & 2:30pm for $7. Purchase tickets in the Butik gift shop.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

5K/10K Run & Walk

Sunday, August 18th Registration 7:00-7:45am, Race Starts 8:00am

Fun, community open to children, teens and adults! Wear your camo and patriotic attire for the run! Fundraiser proceeds go to Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon! 10940 Stinson Ave, Chisago City Register Here


Phil Chalmers' Training: Prepare, Prevent & Respond

Thursday, August 22nd 8:00am-Noon

Braham Event Center, 655 8th St SW, Braham

Phil Chalmers: TV Personality, True Crime Writer, Law Enforcement Trainer, Youth Culture Specialist. Flyer Learn about:

  • Why school shootings happen
  • Causes, warning signs, triggers of mass shootings
  • How to stop school shooters and mass murderers from attacking your school, church or business
  • Dangerous youth culture
Due to sensitive material, must be 18 years to attend. Limited seating. $25.00 Register at or call 651-674-8040. For more information on Phil go to

St Bridget's Catholic Church

Block Party

Saturday, August 31st 6:00-11:00pm

Turkey dinner, beer tent, burgers, hotdogs, brats, kids games, silent auction, 5K cash raffle. Featuring Boogie Wonderland Get Down Tonight 7:00-11:00pm.

St. Bridget of Sweden Hwy 8, Lindstrom 651-257-2474

American Pickers

American Pickers is coming to the Chisago Lakes area! Mike and Frank are looking for large, rare collections & things they've never seen before. Tell us the interesting story behind your stuff! Check out this FLYER for complete information.

2020 Home & Business Expo

2020 Home & Business Expo

Saturday, February 29th 10:00am-4:00pm & Sunday, March 1st 11:00am- 3:00pm

It's not too early to start thinking about promoting your business at the 2020 Home & Business Expo. We will be in the Chisago Lakes Wildcat Community Center! Expo Information & Registration

Forest Lake Times

Have an event coming up, setting up a new business or need your current business out there?

Please call or e-mail me for all your advertising needs. We also print flyers, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, etc. Let me quote them for you. Thank you for considering me as your advertising specialist!

Lori Ann Kofstad

Multimedia Consultant - APG of East Central Minnesota

Forest Lake Times & St. Croix Valley Peach

146 Lake St N #125, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Office: 763.233.0711 Mobile: 651.895.5253

Advertising Investors

Thank you to the following businesses for entrusting the chamber to advertise on your behalf.