Chisago Lakes Chamber

Serving the Chisago Lakes Community

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - September 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Chamber Luncheon - September 9, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Friday Fika - September 10, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Newsletter Deadline - 25th of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline - Every Monday

Please check www.chisagolakeschamber.com for all upcoming events

Letter from the Board

Hello Chisago Lakes Area Chamber Members,


It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and a new season is upon us! We ended the summer with a bang with two major events for the Chisago Lakes Chamber under our belt - the Chisago Lakes Triathlon and the Chisago Lakes Chamber Annual Golf event. Both events were a huge success.


We heard over and over from the athletes how much they love coming here and how great our volunteers were. That is something to be proud about! We hope to continue to bring patrons to our surrounding businesses through the Chamber and the Chisago Lakes Triathlon!


For our annual golf event, we sold out in record time. We were able to support our local Chisago Lakes Early Literacy Program to help make a difference for our youth to encourage and help develop the necessary reading skills to be successful in the years to come.


Thank you again to all those who participated. We couldn’t have done these events without our amazing sponsors and volunteers. We can’t thank them enough for all their support, hard work, and dedication to make these events a success. It just goes to show, once again, how great our community truly is!


September is here and we are embracing another month of change and transition. The kids are going back to school, the leaves will begin to change colors, we’ll break out those football jerseys and do I dare say everything pumpkin spice. But in all seriousness, September is also Life Insurance awareness month. Now, more than ever, as the reality of world circumstances has changed, our priorities need to be re-examined. Have you thought about the financial impact to your loved ones or to your business if you were no longer present financially? Did you know that very few life insurance policies obtained through the workplace maintain 5, 10 or even 15+ years of financial stability? Have you reviewed your current life or disability policy? Especially in light of our current world environment and all the changes we’ve endured the last year, consider talking with your trusted insurance advisor or give Empire a call and speak with one of our Life Insurance specialists to review and personalize a plan that works for your family or company's needs. There is no better time than now.


Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Fall season!

Sincerely,


Nikki Vodicka

Chisago Lakes Chamber President

Empire Insurance Group Agency Manager – Lindstrom


*If you are interested in a life insurance review with one of our specialists, please reach out to us at 651-257-2040 or by email at Nicole@MyEmpireAgent.com

welcome new members

Congratulations!

Now Hiring

We are sad to say that Jerrie Anderson is no longer with the Chamber. Her energy, enthusiasm, and warm smile will be greatly missed. She was a great fit for the chamber, but after months of working here, she decided that the chamber wasn't a great fit for her. We wish her all the best and hope she'll join us for Friday Fika in the near future.


With that said, we are again looking to hire an office manager. The full posting can be found here. Please reach out with any questions you may have. We appreciate your help in letting others know about this opportunity.

Fall Decorating

Let the chamber decorate your stoop for fall! Sign up here by September 15th.

Upcoming Luncheons

Calendars of Events

Chisago Lakes has so much to offer! Many area businesses are coordinating events every month and we want to make sure we're helping you promote them. Please consider listing all of your events in these 3 places:


  • Chisago Lakes Chamber Website (Member Exclusive)
  • Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau Website (Tourism Specific)
  • Explore Minnesota Tourism Website (Tourism Specific)


Every week we check our calendar listings to make sure we are sharing your events - Just login to your membership portal to update information, list events, job postings, photos, etc.

Congratulations Golf Tournament Winners!

Glädje

(Formerly Gustaf's Up North Gallery)


Events at Glädje:


Poetry Series

September 2, 9, 23, 30 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost: $40
This course taught by artist Jim Hainlen will study six contemporary poems plus offer writing prompts each week for people who are interested in writing poetry. Learn more here.
Call to sign up: 651-257-1821


Art on the Block

September 25 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join us for our second annual Art on the Block arts & crafts fair! This outdoor event will have live music, live art demonstrations, local artisans selling their crafts, and much more. Get 10% OFF the entire gallery and coupons to other local businesses! Vendor booths are $40 for the entire day - email gustafsjocelyn@gmail.com to sign up. Learn more here.


Fall Framing Sale

Coming in October!

Yoga at Winehaven

Saturday, September 4 from 11:00 - 12:00

Join us for yoga and wine in the vineyard! Join Annie Hayes Wellness and Winehaven. Perfect for a girl's day, unique date or just for unwinding after a busy week. Stay for lunch and relax on the patio! All humans and levels welcome. Bring a mat and a smile!

Labor Day Paddle

Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association will again lead a paddle along part of the Chisago Lakes Water Trail on Labor Day. We’ll be heading out from Paradise Park on Chisago Lake at 9:30 am to celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 6, 2021. We will be passing by Lindstrom Beach Park around 10:30 am and paddling over to Bull Lake in Allemansrätt Park for a "bring your own" picnic lunch. The group will then retrace the route back to their starting point.


So, call your friends and make a plan to join the paddle fun!

Event will be canceled in case of inclement weather, we will email by 7:00 am in case there is any question and also post on our Facebook page.

St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church

Save the Date!

St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church BLOCK PARTY!

Saturday, September 4th from 6 PM - 11 PM

For more information see: stbridgetofsweden.org

What's new at Al's

  • September 4 & 6 - Glassblowing at the Minnesota State Fair 3:00 - 9:00 Al will be doing demonstrations with the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts at the West End Market
  • September 13 - Take The Day Off Golf Tourney - 2 person scramble, details and sign up at Al's Center Saloon
  • Alan Honn Glass Showroom is open Friday's and Saturday's from 12 - 6:00

D-Lighted Designs

We're at the fair! Stop by and see us in the upper Grandstand booth #262 (East side). It's always great to see a familiar face - see you there!

Events at the Uncommon Loon

Check here to learn more about specific bands and trivia themes!

  • September 1 - Trivia Night
  • September 2 - Live Music
  • September 8 - Trivia Night
  • September 9 - Live Music
  • September 15 - Trivia Night
  • September 16 - Live Music
  • September 22 - Trivia Night
  • September 23 Live Music
  • September 28 - Revel Roots Clothing Truck
  • September 29 - Trivia Night

Franconia Sculpture Park

Fraconia Sculpture Park

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


September 1 - Assuming the Ecosexual Position Book Launch
September 3 - Yappy Hour
September 5 - Franconia Art & Farmers Market
September 11 - Franconia 5 Minute Film Fest
September 21 - Virtual Dinner & Discussion with Kehayr Brown
September 25 - 25th Anniversary Celebration

Family Pathways

Labor Day Sale

Family Pathways Thrift Stores’ Labor Day sale is back! Save 50% off storewide at each of our 10 locations on Labor Day. Some exclusions apply; see store for details. Stores will be open 9 am-5 pm. Family Pathways Donation Centers will not be accepting donations on Labor Day.

Friends of Allemansrätt Wilderness Park

Nature Party

Sunday, September 9th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Enjoy hiking, playing games, a digital scavenger hung, learning the history of the park, hotdogs, and marshmallows by the fire! Learn more here.

Community Book Club

Many of you know that the story of Karl Oskar and Kristina is a fictional account written by Vilhelm Moberg in the 1940's & 1950's. In the 1970's a movie was made that met with wild success. On December 25th, 2021, a remake of this movie is coming out in Sweden and we have a few plans to commemorate it here in the Chisago Lakes Area. You're invited to join us as a community book club in reading this 4 book series.


  • Book 1 - The Emigrants - September 14
  • Book 2 - Unto a Good Land - October 12
  • Book 3 - The Settlers - November 9
  • Book 4 - The Last Letter Home - December 7


If you don't already have copies of the books, you can purchase them locally at Glädje, Gammelgården Museum, and Chisago County Historical Society, or check the library too.


You're also invited to join the Chisago Lakes Reads book club. More information can be found here.

Veritas Academy

Reclaim our Youth Community Prayer

September 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Veritas Chapel, Reclaim Our Youth Community Prayer is a time for us to intercede for the young people in our community. Join us to pray for our youth as they prepare to go back to school. The event will take place at Veritas Academy East Campus parking lot. Bring a lawn chair if you like.


11725 Stinson Avenue

Chisago City

Pleasant Valley Orchard

We're back open for fall apple picking on Labor Day Weekend. Please join us for our upcoming events.



Come see us at the orchard throughout the fall!

Friends of the Karl Oskar House

Nordic Folk Music Jam - Sunday, September 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM


During the Summer many fantastic musicians and music groups have played at the Karl Oskar House/Nya Duvemåla. We are closing the house for the season at the end of September, so we wanted the last Sunday to be special. And what could be better than seeing the musicians from the summer? Join us for Fika and a great Nordic folk music jam!

All are welcome and please bring fellow musicians who play Nordic folk music and supporters.


Ki-Chi-Saga Park

29101 Glader Blvd

Lindström

Trio Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek Online High School is seeking community representation for an equity working group that is forming at the school. We will hold meetings virtually and when convenient for all members of the group. Commitment will be meeting 3-5 times this year. If interested contact Tracy Quarnstrom at tquarnstrom@wolfcreekhs.org

Wildwood Campground

Enjoy a cool crisp night around the fire with friends and family. Click here to book!
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Taylors Falls Boat

Come visit Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours while the fall colors are dressed their best!


Join us on September 10 or 17 for Music on the river with Charlie O.

Picket Fence Gals

September 8 - 12, 2021

Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm


A large Victorian 2-story house filled with affordable, everchanging items. Find antiques, vintage, painted furniture, garden items, home & cabin décor, re-purposed items, textiles and so much more!


Please know that the health and safety of our customers is our #1 concern, therefore we have the following guidelines:

  • One entrance-one exit
  • Indoor and outdoor registers each day, weather permitting
  • Must wear a mask in buildings, and masks are strongly suggested in the yard
  • Social distancing
  • Hand washing machine available at exit. Hand sanitizer at all checkouts

13075 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom PicketFenceGals.net

Books Across our Parks Little Free Libraries- A Story of Community!

Visit all 5 Books Across our Parks Little Free Library locations this summer and share the magic of storytime with your children. Locations include: Moberg Park, Paradise Park, Lindstrom Beach Park, and inside the Wildcat Community Center!


What inspired the "Books Across our Parks" Little Free Library Project? Join Jack Doepke of Chisago Lakes Public Television as he interviews Tanya Paine, found of the Chisago Lakes Early Literacy Project about this wonderful initiative focused on building early literacy skills in children ages 0-5. Learn about the local organizations, businesses and individuals who worked together to make it all come to life! Check it out!

August's Featured Ice Cream Flavors

Candy Apple: Granny Smith Apple Ice Cream blended with apples, M&M candies and caramel apple ribbon.

Frozen Tundra: Green Mint flavored Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Swirl and Brownie pieces.

Can you say delicious!

Wild Mountain

The Corduroy Club is open for business! Open daily from 11:00 - 6:00 pm. These new amenities offer upgrades to the Wild Mountain experience for both summer and winter. Learn more here.


Save the date for our annual Ski Swap on October 2 & 3. More information can be found here.

Grant Applications Available

This year, $10,000 in grants for non-profits is available from Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation! CLACF is celebrating the 13th Anniversary of giving grants to local charitable needs that enhance the quality of life in our area.


The foundation fulfills its mission by:


  • Building a community of donors
  • Offering donors simplicity and flexibility in charitable giving
  • Supporting projects by awarding grants that stimulate the further development and enhancement of our community


Find more information and the grant application at clac-foundation.com/grants/

The deadline for accepting grant applications is September 30, 2021.

Grant(s) will be awarded in late October, 2021.

News & updates at facebook.com/CLAcommunityfoundation