Chisago Lakes Chamber

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

January 2020 Newsletter

A Message From the Board of Directors

Happy New Year!

With the flipping of the calendar our eyes are focused on 2020, but I’ve been giving a lot of thought to 2019 and all that I’ve learned. It’s a bit like having my rookie season under my belt and now that it’s done, I can look at the successes, failures, and opportunities for development.

Thing is, in this job there is no off season. There is not a specific time that’s dedicated to dialing in and fine-tuning our skills. Don’t get me wrong – we celebrate, we evaluate, and we educate, but we keep moving. We concluded 2019 with a tremendously successful Holiday Gala and Annual Meeting. We had a record number of attendees and we heard wonderful feedback on the event. That said, the following week was spent in meetings for Celebration of the Lakes, the Home & Business Expo, and the Visitors Bureau. The wheels are constantly in motion around here and that’s part of what makes the role as your Chamber Director so exciting and challenging.

As I settled into this role, I learned that the Chamber was primed, practiced, and ready for more. With the support of the Board of Directors, I was charged to build upon the foundation that was laid by my predecessors and the Board of Directors that came before me. We had years of community development that built a platform for us to launch the Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau. And while that is a separate entity, the efforts dedicated towards tourism to our area will undoubtably have a tremendous effect on our area businesses. The Chamber has also built over the years, many successful annual events. Most of those events have a seasoned committee interested in building upon what’s been done in the past and they were ready to level-up as well.

So, what is to come? I’m so glad you asked!

· Chamber Master – A robust data management software

· Website Revamp – New features for members & visitors as well as a new look

· New Networking Opportunities – Friday Fika & Chamber After Hours

· Highlight Reel – Renewed focus on building our image library to better feature all of you

· Strategic Plan Phase 2

· Evolving ideas and implementation for each of our annual events

2020 will bring us into a new year, a new decade, and a new season for the Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce. There has been remarkable effort spent to build this chamber to where it is today and to provide a launch pad for where we intend to go in the next few years. I assure you that your Board of Directors is excited about the direction we’re headed in and eager to pursue our goals. We are here to serve, support, and promote each of your businesses and organizations and it is an honor to do so.

Looking forward to connecting and collaborating with you in 2020!


Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Retreat - Friday, January 17th 1:00-4:00pm
  • Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, January 9th 11:30am-1:00pm
  • New Chamber Email Address: - Our other email address will continue to work, but we're moving to this email address going forward
  • Newsletter Deadline: 1st of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline: Every Monday

Welcome New Members!

Friday Fika

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th 8:30-9:30am

CHAMBER OFFICE 30525 Linden Street, Lindstrom

We look forward to talking and having a cup of coffee with you!

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Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 11:30am

Chisago Lakes Library 11754 302nd Street, Chisago City 55013

'Chamber Luncheon' - Thursday, January 9th 11:30am-1:00pm
Speaker: Colton Anderson, Chisago County Health & Human Services
Topic: 'ACEs Study: Adverse Childhood Experiences'
Caterer: KWIK Trip

Location: Chisago Lakes Library, 11754 302nd Street, Chisago City

Please RSVP No Later than Monday, January 6th 5:00pm to 651-257-1177 or

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Celebration of the Lakes February 14th-16th

We are excited to present the 2020 Celebration of the Lakes line up! With a concentrated effort on making this “weatherproof” you’ll notice some wonderful new additions to the festivities:

Friday, February 14th

  • Dogsled Rides (Moberg Park)
  • Snowperson contest (Moberg Park)
  • Candlelit snowshoe (Moberg Park)
  • Corn Hole Tournament (Uncommon Loon)
  • Valentine’s Luau (Winehaven)
  • Sweetheart Dinner (Gustaf’s on Main)

Saturday, February 15th

  • Medallion Hunt (Community Wide)
  • Vintage Snowmobile Show (North Center Lake)
  • Radar Run (North Center Lake)
  • Kids Pro Snowmobile Races (North Center Lake)
  • Children’s Storytime (Library)
  • Chili Contest (Uncommon Loon)
  • Ice Carousel (North Center Lake)
  • Fishing Tournament (North Center Lake)
  • Spaghetti Dinner (Chisago Lake Lutheran)
  • Fireworks (Paradise Park)
  • Loon Dance (Uncommon Loon)

Sunday, February 16th

  • Bingo & Breakfast (Trinity Lutheran)
  • Kitten Ball Tournament (Shafer)
  • Kids Pro Snowmobile Races (North Center Lake)

Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! Celebration of the Lakes 2020 is not to be missed!

* Sponsorship of this event is crucial to it’s success. If you’re interested in sponsoring, CLICK HERE. To be listed as a Celebration of the Lakes sponsor, please send us your information by Monday, January 13th.

2020 Home & Business Expo

2020 Home & Business Expo

Saturday, February 29th 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, March 1st 11:00am-3:00pm

The 2020 Home & Business Expo is shaping up to be better than ever! New Location, new vendors, new entertainment and NEW PRICE! Each 10x10 space is only $150. Register here to be a part of this showcase opportunity!. Expo Information & Registration Facebook

TED Talks

The Power to Think ahead in a Reckless Age

by Bina Venkataraman (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!

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale

January 8th-12th

Wednesday 3:00-7:00pm

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

Sunday 11am-5pm

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

Wild Mountain

  • Night Moves - January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st Ski and ride until 1:00am Information
  • First Saturday Session for Wildcat Season - January 4th Information
  • Starlight Tubing - January 4th, 10th, 18th, 24th Information
  • Scout & 4-H Day - January 5th Information
  • First Sunday Session for Wildcat Season - January 5th Information
  • Home School Days - Tuesdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Information
  • Four Week Wednesdays Program - January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Information
  • Women of the Wild - January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st Information
  • Friends & Family Fun Day - January 11th, 12th Information

Wild Mountain. 37200 Wild Mountain Road, Taylors Falls 651-465-6365

Gustaf's Up North Gallery

  • Monday, January 6th: We are hosting a meeting for those interested in starting an arts education and theater company, 6:00pm. All are welcome!
  • All Month of January: Review Gustaf's Up North Gallery on Google for a chance to win a $25 gallery gift card. We will choose a new winner each week during the month of January!

13025 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-1821

SCORE Small Business Webinars

Our friends at SCORE are holding some free small-business webinars. Attend one or all of them!

  • January 7th: Move Your Business Beyond Its Competition: Recognize Non-Obvious Trends Event Details
  • January 16th: Get Predictable Returns with a Recurring Revenue Business Model Event Details
  • January 23rd: How to Take Your Business Global in the Digital Age Event Details
  • January 30th: Trademarks & Copyrights - Is Your Brand Protected? Event Details

Chisago Lakes Library

  • Storytime - Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 10:30-11:00am

Children from birth to age 5 will enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. Siblings are welcome. No registration necessary.

  • Book Club - Thursday, January 16th 6:30-8:00pm

The Chisago Lakes Area book club meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss the book chosen for the month. Newcomers are always welcome. Ask for a copy of the book we're reading at the front desk.

  • Minecraft Club - Saturday, January 18th 12:00-2:00pm

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

  • Discover Club Junior - Monday, January 27th 3:30-4:30pm

Discover something new at the library! Each month, we will explore topics like programming, nutrition, photography, and much more. January's theme is Lego Programming, a great adventure for the creative mind. Design, build and use WeDo software to program your Lego model to move! This program occurs on the last Monday of the month and is aimed at children in K-4th grade. Registration is required.

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

Winehaven Winery

  • Rolled Beeswax Candlemaking - Sunday, January 12th 1:00-3:00pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of DIY rolled beeswax candlemaking! Cost is $35.00/person and includes 8+ of your own candles to take home. Pre-registration is required by signing up online Here. Take-home kits will also be available in class for additional projects.

  • Build a Do-It-Yourself Clock - Sunday, January 26th 1:00-4:00pm

Sip your favorite wines and enjoy step-by-step instruction to create a unique clock that you get to take home! Preregister Here All materials will be ready for you when you arrive for class! Prepayment $64.95 required. Please feel free to contact Dawn with any questions at 612-290-9042 or Sign-up online here! 10020 Deer Garden Lane, Chisago City 651-257-1017

Franconia Sculpture Park

  • Curator-Guided Snowshoe Tours of Franconia - Sunday, January 12th 1:00-2:30pm

Join Franconia's Executive Director & Chief Curator for guided snowshoe tours of the sculpture park, followed by hot chocolate and snacks. Participants will get a quick snowshoeing how-to and history lesson from Interstate State Park’s interpretive naturalist before heading out on a wintry tour of Franconia, where you’ll traverse our snow-covered prairie and view contemporary sculptures in the landscape. Stay after the tour to enjoy light refreshments indoors. Registration is $10/person, payable online. We will have 18 pairs of wooden adult snowshoes and six pairs of aluminum children's snowshoes (ages 6 and up) available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each tour is limited to 20 people so please sign up early. Register Here (Click on the "Tours" tab to find the Snowshoe tours). *NOTE: If there are less than five inches of snow on the ground we will not be able to use the snowshoes and will enjoy a hike by boot instead. Make sure to dress for the weather!

  • Franconia Flash Art Shanty Project - January 18th-February 9th at Lake Harriet

We are participating in the Art Shanty Project and are looking for volunteers! The Art Shanty Project is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand the notion of what art can be. Franconia’s Art Shanty, Franconia Flash is an interactive art experience inside a dazzle camouflage sculpture. Volunteers are needed to help us with this event on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am-4:30pm, January 18th–February 9th. Volunteers will rotate throughout the day between roles including line/crowd management, set-up and tear down, and assisting in the dark room. To sign up to volunteer visit: To learn more about the Art Shanty Project visit:

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

  • Chisago Lakes District Spelling Bee - Monday, January 13th 5:30pm

5th-8th graders will compete for the District title and qualify for their opportunity at winning State…and possibly Nationals! More Information

  • Glazing Memories Studio Tour - Tuesday, January 14th 1:00pm

Have fun, be inspired and create a work of art as you paint your own pottery at the Forest Lake Glazing Memories Art Studio. More Information & To Register

  • Chisago lakes NASP & Open Archery Tournaments - Friday, January 24th 6:00-8:00pm & Saturday, January 25th 9:00am-4:00pm

Come on out and encourage our Chisago Lakes Archers! We will be competing against other archers around the state. More Information

  • One Act Play Performance & Lunch - Tuesday, January 28th 12:30pm

Be entertained by our very own Chisago Lakes High School students as they perform their One Act Play at 2 pm. There will be a short Q & A session and will wrap things up around 3:00 pm. More Information & To Register

doTERRA Essential Oils Class

Natural Strategies for Cold & Flu Season

Tuesday, January 14th 6:30pm

doTERRA Essential Oils and products can make the cold and flu season more bearable without side effects or toxins!! This free class includes a Make & Take portion where you will have a chance to make some doTERRA homemade cough syrup using essential oils and honey! The oils can help to soothe the throat, boost the immune system and settle a cough!

If you have any questions call Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962

Chisago Lakes School District

Coffee with the Superintendent

Tuesday, January 21st 7:30-8:30am

Taylors Falls Elementary, 648 West St, Taylors Falls

Join Superintendent Dean Jennissen as we discuss life, school, and stories all while enjoying a fresh cup of Joe. Taylors Falls Elementary - Community Room/Media Center

Northwoods Roasterie Community Book Club

Community Book Club

Friday, January 31st 6:30-8:00pm

Come one come all! Book Club meets on the last Friday of the month. Our book for January is Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Northwoods Roasterie 12710 N 1st Ave, Lindstrom 651-257-5240

Gustafs on Main Eatery

Tea at Gustaf's on Main Eatery

13045 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom

Gustaf's On Main Eatery is excited to be open all winter this year with our delicious hot soups, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast-all-day menu! We will have the following hours from January 1 to May 1:

  • Monday - Wednesday 11:00am-3:00pm

  • Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm

  • Friday-Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm


Happy Holidays from The Happy Trucker Show!

For a limited time, you can sponsor The Happy Trucker Show on KBEK for only $110/month! Sponsorship includes:

  • Twelve :30 second plays per month during the live broadcast of The Happy Trucker Show.
  • Eight live mentions per month during the live broadcast of The Happy Trucker Show.
  • Twelve daytime plays per month.
  • Live interview opportunities.
  • Production of one :30 second commercial.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities - Are you looking for places to volunteer in our community? Here are a few...

> Chisago County History Center call 651-257-5310

> Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon 651-243-1621
> Ecumen Hospice 651-714-0200 Flyer
> Farmaste Animal Sanctuary call 651-409-1309
> Franconia Sculpture Park Call 651-257-6668

Lake Center for Youth & Families

We welcome Our New Therapist, Jordan Martin!

Jordan recently graduated from Capella University with her MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with approaches based primarily in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also has several years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism, providing interventions and shaping behaviors.

Jordan says, "I strive to create a unique approach for each client in a comfortable environment to promote their overall wellness and fulfillment. I look forward to working in a positive environment at LC4YF and am most excited to be working with children and in a school setting."

LC4YF offers on-site counseling as well as school-based counseling in Forest Lake Schools. We accept insurance and offer a sliding-scale fee.

Jordan is accepting new clients! To learn more about our counseling programs or to schedule an appointment, visit our website at or give us a call at 651-464-3685.

Lakes Area Royale Faire (LARF)

LARF Sponsorship Opportunity

We would like to offer Lakes Area Community businesses a chance to become a part of our LARF volunteer family by helping sponsor our 2020 event in one of the following ways:

Gift Baskets for Raffles – up to $50.00 value

Product or Service Sponsorship – any value amount

Direct Monetary Sponsorship

Please consider sponsorship as an opportunity for use of some of your advertising funds and become a 2020 LARF sponsor. This provides the benefit of additional advertising of your company through our advertising campaign which utilizes printed media, internet and social media networking with no extra time and effort from your busy schedule!

LARF Sponsorship Letter LARF Sponsorship Page 1 LARF Sponsorship Page 2

Advertising Investors

Thank you to the following businesses for entrusting the chamber to advertise on your behalf. Advertise for 2020 Here