Chisago Lakes Chamber

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

June 2019 Newsletter

A Message From The Board of Directors

From the Desk of Dave Ertl, Principal CLHS:

With the winding down of yet another school year, I wish to update you on the district’s construction projects. Our Wildcat Community Center project began in earnest immediately after school let out in June of 2018. We had an extremely wet fall which caused many soil corrections that were required. The project was thus delayed but as summer recess approaches, we are getting “back on track” and will open in the summer of 2019.

The “new” Lakeside Elementary School has also seen enormous change since the fall. Walls, windows, sheetrock, and carpeting along with the parking lot are taking shape and are truly amazing to see. From all indications, the building will be ready for moving in the second week in August of 2019.

The Taylors Falls additions and renovations have begun with the ground breaking this past April. The new media center footings are in and are ready to block up the structure and await its roof in the weeks ahead. Immediately after school lets out in early June, the interior renovations will begin, with completion set for the first day of fall classes in September.

Our new agri-science, greenhouse, and manufacturing spaces are open and students are enjoying the marvels of new, updated spaces that meet the demands of our current business and manufacturing industries. This fall, we will have open houses that will highlight these spaces alongside all of CLHS’s additions and remodeling.

The new CL tennis and pickle ball courts opened in July of 2018 and have had many users on a daily basis. The courts will be closed for the majority of June in order for the final surface layer to be applied and the final striping completed. Once done, these courts will be fantastic!

We feel extremely fortunate, proud, and blessed to have had the support and commitment of the Chisago Lakes area for all of the district improvements. The entire community will benefit by these added facilities. Please go to our district website at for full details of all of our district construction projects along with pictures and video of our new elementary, Wildcat Community Center, and now the Taylors Falls Elementary projects.

Dave Ertle

Chisago Lakes High School Principal

Window installation in the District Office Space

Window installation in the district office space at the new Lakeside Elementary School

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - June 6th 9:00-10:00 am Chamber Office
  • Chamber Luncheon - June 13th 11:30 am-1:00 pm at The Karl Oskar House, Lindstrom
  • Chisago Lakes Triathlon - July 28th Volunteers Needed!
  • Chamber Golf Tournament - August 22nd Sponsorship and Team Registration information
  • Chisago Lakes Events - 2019 Calendar
  • Chisago Lakes Community Guide - 2019 guides are done so watch for your copy to be delivered soon. Additional copies can be picked up at the Chamber office or Chisago County Press.

June Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, June 13th, 11:30am-1pm

Karl Oskar House 29101 Glader Blvd, Lindstrom

Speaker: City Representatives

Topic: Chisago Lakes Activities & Events

Caterer: Deutschland Meats

RSVP by Monday, June 10th 5:00pm

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

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

May 2nd Chamber Board Meeting Highlights

Secretary’s Report:

April minutes reviewed and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer’s report reviewed and accepted.

Executive Director's Report:

  • Three new members in April.
  • Triathlon and Golf Tournament planning in process.
  • Chamber Masters offers website services in partnership with their umbrella site. Fees/components being researched.
  • Commitments with Midco (phone, internet) and Smore (newsletter) in process.

Welcome New Members

Chamber Golf Tournament

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TO SPONSOR OR REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE or stop in to the Chamber for a form.

Visitors Bureau Update

These are exciting times for the Chisago Lakes area. April 1st marked the official start of the Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau! Through the diligent efforts of many members in our community, we are now able to dedicate funds specifically for tourism in our beautiful corner of Minnesota. We’ve launched a website that we hope you’ll check out and share. We also have a board of directors and a marketing team in place to ensure that nobody forgets that Chisago Lakes is the place to visit, play, stay, and retreat. #yourstoexplore

Chisago Lakes Triathlon

Chisago Lakes Triathlon is Sunday, July 28

This is one of the Chamber's biggest events of the year. It attracts athletes from all over the US and we need your help and support to ensure this great event. Contact us at 651-257-1177 if you would like to be a part of this events

Here is how you can help:

  • VOLUNTEER - Run Route, Bike Route, Swim Safety, Transition, Finish Line & more.
  • PARTICIPATE - Register at We look forward to cheering you on!
  • DONATE - Swag Bag items for 1200+ athletes

TED Talks

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

by Simon Sinek (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 Library

  • Summer Story Time June 5th - July 24th 10:30am
Bring the joy of reading to the library this summer. Story time is a fun-filled experience with stories, songs and play!
  • Paws to Read Saturday, June 8th 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 will be on a first come, first served basis. Ages 0-10 recommended.
  • Minecraft Club Monday, June 10th 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.

  • The Jolly Pops Tuesday, June 11th 1:00pm
Come see this musical trio of dads who live to rock out with kids of all ages! Space is limited so reserve a spot. Pick up a free ticket from the library.

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

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
  • Chisago Lakes Triathlon - July 28th 651-257-1177
  • 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)


Saturday, June 1st

Registration and Check-In at 7:30am-8:15am

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30am

5K Run/Walk begins at 9:00am

Join us for a family fun 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to show awareness for Alopecia! We'll have face painting, special appearance by the Karl Oskar Days Royal Court, silent auction items, music, snacks after the race and more. Proceeds from the race will be donated to The National Alopecia Foundation. $25 per person or $85 per family of 4+.

Sign up online or the day of the Online Registration

Chisago Lakes Rotary

22nd Annual Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 4th 12 Noon Shotgun Start

There is still room for team registrations. Proceeds will benefit The Chisago Lakes Area Rotary Club's Local Scholarship & Community Service Projects. Registration Form

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale

June 5th-9th

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

2019 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. Full Schedule

  • June 5th White Sidewalls (Doo-Wop/Rock & Roll) Boy Scouts 75th/Joe Wishy Car Show
  • June 12th World According to Garth (Garth Brooks Tribute) 2 Hour Show
  • June 19th Buddy Holly & the Winter Dance Party Unexpected Company, Health Fair Night
  • June 26th Darlene & the Boys (Country/Variety) Lake Country Chorus, Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo

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. If you would like to help support this great community event and get your business advertised, you may drop off your donation at Lindstrom City Hall.

The Summit House

  • June Occasional Sale - June 6th-9th
Join us at The Summit House Boutique & Market in the Theater for our 4 day occasional sale. New treasures and vendors just in time for Father's day, graduation & wedding season!
  • Into to Essential Oils & Make & Take Class - Saturday June 15th 12:00-2:30 pm
We will walk you through step by step and give easy, simple, and affordable tactics anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet. Gear up for a fast paced, ground up lecture on everything oils and how they can promote overall wellness for you and your family. Ticket purchase ($10) is required to attend. Tickets Event Information

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

Trinity Lutheran Church


Saturday, June 8th

8:00-8:45am Registration 9:00am Race Begins

Annual Fun Run sponsored by Trinity's Workcamp. All ages welcome! For more information call 651-257-5129 ext. 1. 13025 Newell Ave, Lindstrom Trinity Lutheran Church


Winehaven Winery

  • Wine and Chocolate Dinner Cruise on the St. Croix River
Saturday, June 8th & June 22nd 7:00pm to 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, carved to order with baked potato 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.
  • Annual Raspberries and Wine Festival

Saturday, June 22nd 10:00am-5:00pm & Sunday, June 23rd 11:00am-5:00pm

Celebrate summer with hourly vineyard tours, wine tasting and lunch at the vineyard. We will also be releasing our new batch of Raspberry wine! Sweetbriar Carriage Company will be on-hand throughout the weekend offering horse-drawn carriage rides through our vineyard. The Grandstand Food Truck will also be on-hand with a wonderful raspberry inspired menu! No fee for admission and reservations are not required.

  • Build a Do-It-Yourself Sign - Saturday, June 30th 1:00-4:00pm

Sip your favorite wines and enjoy step-by-step instruction to create a unique sign that you get to take home! Please preregister before May 28th. 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 when you arrive for your class! The cost of the event is $54.95 and prepayment is 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

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, June 8th & 22nd 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

  • Elvis Cruise – Friday, June 14th 7:00-9:00pm

Includes live musical performance, and hors d’oeuvres with a full cash bar. Steve Marcio performs a show not to miss! Book

  • Father’s Day Dinner Cruise – Saturday, June 15th 7:00-10:00pm

Celebrate Dad with a dinner cruise and beer sampling. Choice of Roast Prime Rib of Beef AuJus, carved to order, with garlic mashed potatoes or Boneless Breast of Chicken on wild rice served with a mushroom and brie sauce. Also offering four cheese stuffed shells served with marinara. Entrées served with assorted breads, Caesar salad, vegetable, dessert, coffee and water. Tin Whiskers beer sampling included. Book

  • Father’s Day Brunch – Sunday, June 16th 10:30am-12:30pm
The two-hour cruise includes a narrated scenic tour through the Dalles of the St. Croix, live entertainment for easy listening, and buffet style meal. Meal includes freshly carved ham, cheesy scrambled eggs, Au gratin potatoes, fruit, muffins, bacon, pasta salad, juice, coffee, and water. Cash bar and soft drinks available for purchase as well. Book
  • Dinner Cruise – Saturday, June 29th 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

doTERRA Essential Oils

Essential Oils 101 - 'How to Keep You and Your Family Healthy'

Tuesday, June 11th 6:30pm

Learn about and experience the power of essential oils. Come to this free educational class to find out what they can do for you and your family.

  • Help relieve coughs, colds, flu, headaches and more
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Help relieve stress and anxiety
  • Assist in first aid & pain relief
  • Clean the air in your home

Bring a friend or family member! Attendees will receive a free bottle of essential oil. RSVP's not required but appreciated to Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962 or Laurie Doughty at 218-851-3925. Class is held at the Chamber office, 30525 Linden St., Lindstrom.

Franconia Sculpture Park


29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer

Artist Talks - Thursday, June 13th & June 27 8:00pm

Dine with and meet the Artists in Residence. The evening will include a slide show of these current resident artists’ work and a freewheeling discussion about art of three dimensions. The talk begins at 8:00pm. To those interested, dinner will also be served prior to the talk at 7:00pm. Reservations are required if you plan to join us for the community dinner. We request $10 to enjoy the delicious home cooked meal. RSVP at 651-257-6668 or by emailing

Music @ Franconia - Saturday, June 22nd 2:00-6:00pm

Join us at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre for an afternoon of raw funk and aggressive soul music! Bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat from either Yummies (Greek), Asase Yaa Global Foods, or Cotton Candy Ice Cream. Visit Mary Johnson’s famous Lizard Lounge for a Freezie Pop and a beverage! Enjoy an afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture. Concert admission is free - parking is $5 per vehicle. Free tours of the park exhibit between sets. In the event of rain, Franconia has a large tent set up to shelter guests. All events are family & dog friendly, please pick-up after your furry friends. 2:00pm Prairie Fire Lady Choir 4:00pm Jaedyn James and The Hunger Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon with friends, family, and community.

Chisago City Farmers Market

Chisago City Farmers Market

Fridays, June - September 2:00-6:00pm

Moberg Park, 10656 Railroad Ave, Chisago City

The Chisago City's Farmers Market will be back this year at Moberg Park. 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.


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!

Gammelgarden Museum

Gammelgarden Museum

20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia 651-433-5053

  • Midsommar Dag - Saturday, June 22nd 10:00am-4:00pm
The most important holiday of the year and one of the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The Majstång is decorated with greens and flowers then raised in the center of town. Traditional Swedish music and dances celebrate the long days of summer! Historic Buildings Open FREE 10-1 and after program. Art & Craft Fair, Swedish Genealogy Society of Minnesota will be available to answer questions, St. Paul Kubb Club Society demonstration, Children's activities, Gazebo food sales, Smorgasbord, the Scandia Band.
  • 4th Thursday Smörgåsbord -Through September

Enjoy $2 off our regularly priced $7 tour by purchasing a combo ticket. Choose your tour time, 10 am or 1 pm. Both tour groups will be served Smörgåsbord at Elim Church from 11:30 - 1:00. 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 is enjoyed on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2:00-4:00pm

June - through September. 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 1:00 & 2:30 for $7. Purchase tickets in the Butik gift shop.

Northwoods Roasterie

Northwoods Roasterie Book Club

Friday, June 28th 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of community, coffee and discussion on our monthly book. This month's book is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

Festival Theatre

Art in Action Camp for youth ages 7-13


'Art In Action' is committed to meaningful engagement with the arts through process-based learning,” says Arts Education Director Brooke Smith. “We chose the name Art In Action because we want our campers to think of art as a verb. It’s something you do, not something you make. Art is a process, not a product. When you focus on art as an action, then mistakes are less scary. And it's only through making mistakes that we really can learn anything. We believe that practicing this mindset makes us better creative thinkers and better people.”

2019 Art In Action Dates and Locations:

  • July 15-19 St. Croix Falls Middle School, 740 Maple Dr., St. Croix Falls, WI
  • July 22-26 St. Croix Falls Middle School, 740 Maple Dr., St. Croix Falls, WI
  • July 29-Aug 2 Luck High School, 810 S 7th St., Luck, WI
  • Aug 5-9 Grantsburg Public Library, 415 S Robert St., Grantsburg, WI
  • Aug 12-16 Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N., Scandia, MN

To register or for more information, visit or call the Festival Theatre Box Office at 715-483-3387.

Stein Agency

We are looking for a positive and energetic individual, preferable P&C licensed, to join our great insurance team! As a CSR/Account Manager for our Personal Lines Department you would be responsible for providing prompt, courteous and professional customer service to all clients and underwriters. Also handle phones, payments, claims and rating. Additional Qualifications:

  • Detailed Oriented and having excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member to achieve department goals and overall company goals.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently perform multiple tasks in complex working environment.
  • Self-motivated with initiative, integrity and thoughtfulness.
  • Computer experience.

Hourly pay and Commission. We look forward to hearing from you! Please email resume to: 12800 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom

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Panola Valley Gardens

Luncheons & Afternoon Tea in the Garden

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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

Scandia Stoneworks

Stone Countertop Fabrication and Installation Business for Sale

After serving the Chisago Lakes area since 2004, the owner is retiring and is selling the entire operating business. he will train the new owners and pass on his knowledge, skills and client base. The asking price is $50,000 depending on how much training is needed or wanted.

This is an excellent opportunity for a 2-4 person operation. The existing shop is located in an Industrial Park in Chisago City. The shop is 2400 square feet. It has a large paved parking lot and an outside fenced-in gravel storage area. The lease is transferable.

All equipment, tools, supplies and inventory are included:

  • Park Cougar Bridge Saw with 3 phase converter
  • Alpha MPW-500 Radial Arm Drill/Polisher
  • Diarex Magnum Router with multiple bits
  • 1995 E350 Box truck (80,000 miles)
  • Hyster S-40 Propane Forklift
  • Ingersoll Rand Air Compressor
  • Sand Blasting Cabinet
  • Water Treatment System
  • Multiple hand grinders, saws and polishers
  • Tilting delivery trailer
  • Work A-Frames of whole and partial stones slabs
Contact Steve Monson at 651-343-7139,,

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