Chisago Lakes Chamber

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

May 2019 Newlsetter

A Message From The Board of Directors

Happy Spring!

After years of thinking I should, over the winter I finally did read Vilhelm Moberg’s Emigrants series. The account - fictional but based on the author’s on-site research in Chisago Lakes - covers a Swedish family’s 1850s journey to the United States and their homesteading experience in our then unsettled neighborhood. Unexpectedly enjoying the historic detail and description of familiar landscapes, I couldn’t help finding parallels to our situation as the area’s current occupants. The story took on a relevance in daily life. Friends and family have patiently heard my enthusiastic explanations of the plot and insights from the reading; our son began to ask from time to time, “What’s new with Karl Oskar?” Among the complexities of our immigration history are examples of encouragement. Here are some thoughts:

• PERSEVERANCE: After crossing the ocean to New York in a rickety boat, traveling cross-country and upriver, the Nilsson’s, young and old, WALKED from Stillwater to Taylors Falls! It could be worse for 21st century folk …

• FELLOWSHIP: Kristina played an essential role in her family enterprise, but was so homesick and lonely at her remote farm site. How she would appreciate attending Chisago Lakes Area Chamber Business After Hours!

• APPRECIATION: Even within meager means, Karl Oskar and Kristina made special moments with familiar foods and sentimental plants. At our monthly Chamber board meetings, we “share wins” with good news; at the monthly lunch, the Chamber-at- large is invited to share successes and promote events.

My expedition with the Emigrants was launched in the first place because I attended Chamber lunch at the library, stopping at their book sale to stock our Little Library at Al’s. An especially nice vintage copy of the first of four books in the series had been donated for me to find!

We all have stories of the connections we make in real life through the Chamber. Especially if you’re at a desk all day or if you work at home, I encourage everyone to attend - or, better, volunteer at - a Chamber event or two this season and enjoy those connections. Pretty sure Karl and Kristina would approve.

Susan Clayton

Al's Center Saloon

Alan Honn Glass

Upcoming Chamber Events

  • Chamber Board Meeting - May 2nd 9:00-10:00 am Chamber Office
  • Chamber Luncheon - May 9th 11:30 am-1:00 pm At the Uncommon Loon with guest speaker Jon O'Malley. Topic 'Growth & Profitability'
  • Chisago Lakes Triathlon - July 28th Volunteers Needed!
  • Chamber Golf Tournament - August 22 Sponsorship and Team Registration information coming soon!

Chamber Luncheon at Uncommon Loon

Thursday, May 9th, 11:30am-1pm

10825 Lake Boulevard

Chisago City, MN

Speaker: Jon O'Malley, YouProfit Business Coaching

Topic: 'Five Components of Driving Growth & Profitability'

RSVP by Monday, May 6 5:00pm

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

Jon O'Malley

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

April 4th Chamber Board Meeting Highlights

Secretary’s Report:

March minutes reviewed and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer’s report reviewed and accepted.

Executive Director's Report:

  • Three new members in March
  • Triathlon and Golf Tournament planning in process
  • Blandin Grant application update. Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau filed for recipient status
  • Board Interest: board retreat, upcoming training opportunities with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives
  • Decision to pass on ad purchase in Spaces magazine
  • Smore newsletter platform feedback has been positive

Chamber Golf Tournament

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

Welcome New Members

TED Talks

“Ideas worth spreading.” That's how nonprofit TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) describes its mission. The organization is celebrated for its semiannual conferences that bring together some of the world's best movers, shakers and thinkers. Check out this TED Talk 'What Makes Employees Happy at Work?'

Lakes Area Royale Faire

Lakes Area Royale Faire

May 18th & May 19th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Faire will host live entertainment, food, drink and shops for all ages! Join L.A.R.F located at 13292 Sylvan Ave, Lindstrom. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children 6-17, Free/children under 6. For sponsorship opportunities and shop space contact 612-990-8927 Event Flyer


Friday, May 3rd 4:00-7:00 pm

Saturday, May 4th 9:00 am-12:00 pm

An opportunity for staff and the public to tour the Lakeside building one last time before it is vacated this summer.

10345 Wyoming Avenue, Chisago City

Chisago Lakes Lions


Saturday, May 4th 7:00-11:30am

This is a kid friendly event and families are encouraged to participate. Registration and entry fees must be received by Thursday, May 2nd. Age 6-12/$5, Age 13 & over/$10, Family of 4 or more/$30. Event Flyer/Registration Chisago Lakes Lions

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 28 651-257-1177
  • 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)

Gustaf's on Main Eatery

  • Scandinavian Rosemaling Flower Box Saturday, May 4th 10:00 am-Noon
Rosemaling is a Norwegian style of folk art from the 1800's. Rosemal a pretty flower box that you can use or give as a gift! Fee is $23 (due before class by contacting Pam Anderson at Cottage Gifts) and limited to 8. Please call 651-257-6199 to reserve your spot. Beverages and Food available to purchase during the event.
  • Mother's Day Tea - Sunday, May 5th 3:00-5:00 pm

Come and celebrate your mom or bring your daughter to enjoy a delightful afternoon in the historic Gustaf Anderson Home sipping tea! Price includes several choices of tea, a cup of delicious soup, finger sandwiches and sweet delicacies. Open to those 10 yrs of age and above. $12 for adults and $10 for young ladies 10 - 12 yrs of age. Reservations required, contact us to reserve your table, tickets must be secured prior to event. Limited space available.

  • Young Ladies Tea - Saturday, May 18th 10:00 am to Noon

Dress up and come enjoy time at the Historical Gustaf Anderson House while sharing the historical experience of a morning tea. Price includes several variations of tea, Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, and scones. Reservations required. $10 per person. Open to those ages 5 and older.

  • Swedish Meatball Dinner - Every Thursday night 4:00-8:00 pm

Reservations requested. $10 includes side salad, Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes and ligonberries. May substitute chicken breast. Uffda! 13045 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-274-9298

National Heritage Area

Imagine the Possibilities!

Saturday, May 4th 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Regional Gatherings offered to promote and celebrate the St. Croix Watershed. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Register Here. Light refreshments will be served. Event Flyer

Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association


Saturday, May 4 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Chisago Lake Township Hall

Leslie George from the Minnesota DNR will be the guest speaker. She is our area Fisheries Supervisor and her department is reviewing the largemouth bass slot regulations on Chisago and South Lindstrom Lakes.

The Summit House

  • Mama & Me: Adult/Child Pair - Saturday May 4th 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Mama & Me is an adult child double canvas paint event! You and your child will each paint a large 20 X 16 canvas designed to be displayed together. Mama & Baby Bear Dancing in the Moonlight is perfect for a boy or girl to paint! The $50 ticket includes two seats: one adult & one child (ages 6 and up). Tickets

  • Detoxing Your Home - Sunday, May 19th 12:00-2:30 pm

Do you know how many dangerous toxic chemicals are in your cleaning supplies? Join us as we teach you about the harmful chemicals and their effects. Event is FREE but tickets are required for this class Here

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

Bachman's Photography

Pro Prom Pictures...Rain or Shine...In our Studio

Saturday, May 4th 12:00-3:00 pm

$25 for a Ten Minute Session and All the Digital Images! Want group multiple sessions. Call 651-257-9380 to reserve your session(s). 13000 Sylvan Ave, Lindstrom

Chisago Lakes Library

  • Minecraft Club Saturday, May 4th 12:00-2:00 pm

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.

  • Being Teddy Tuesday, May 14th 6:30 pm

Travel back in time with Minnesotan Adam Lindquist, whose award-winning impersonation of Theodore Roosevelt entertains, educates and inspires thousands of people each year.

  • Dine & Discover Tuesday, May 21st 12:00-1:30 pm

Prescription Use and misuse: Do's and Don'ts. Learn how to get the best possible results from the prescriptions medications you take. Ashley Schoen, PharmD., Fairview Lakes Medical Center, will share helpful pointers on prescription drugs, and answer your questions. Register online at: Scroll to Senior Offerings #79, or call 651-674-1025.

Have Questions? Contact: Natalie Matthewson at

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

Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


Saturday, May 4th 1:00-5:00 pm

Proclamation establishing Chisago Lakes as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community! Live music, games, giveaways, climbing wall, emergency vehicles, face painting, fair hair and fun! Food will be available for purchase. Chisago Lakes Middle School 13750 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom Event Flyer

Gustaf's Up North Gallery

Annual Spring Gala!

Saturday, May 4th 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

You are cordially invited to enjoy an evening of fun, friends, food and drink. Hand-picked, masterworks, straight from our artists' studios; these GEMS are priced with generous considerations from our artists! 13025 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-1821

Earth Arts Spring Art Tour

May 4-5 (some spots open May 3rd)

Driving around on the first weekend in May each year, you're bound to see the simple, distinctive Art Tour signs directing you to the various studios and galleries hosting our Earth Arts members. Enjoy this fun event and the wonderful art that will be on display. Check the Brochure for locations and times!

Winehaven Winery

  • Paint & Sip

Sunday, May 5th 12:00-2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun and relaxation among Winehaven’s vineyards and wine barrels. We provide all the supplies and clean-up afterwards. No experience necessary! The cost is $25.00 per person and reservations required by calling Linda at (651) 343-9691 (after 2:00 pm).

  • Tap the Barrel Weekend

Saturday, May 25th 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, May 26th 11:00 am-5:00 pm

To mark the beginning of another growing season, and to remember the fruits of last year's labor, join us for a winemaker's barrel tasting weekend. Don't miss the unique opportunity to taste wine directly from the cask! 10020 Deer Garden Lane, Chisago City 651-257-1017

Security State Bank of Marine

100th Year Anniversary

May 6th-10th

  • Coffee & Treats
  • Register to win a Yeti cooler
  • Daily prizes & giveaways
  • Kids Day Tuesday 2:00-6:00pm at Scandia location
  • Food Trucks Friday 2:00-6:00pm at all locations
  • Paper Shredding at Marine location.

Hwy 8 & Co Rd 14-Chisago Lakes; Scandia Plaza-Scandia; 120 Judd Street Marine on St. Croix

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale

May 8th-12th

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

LB Sales Online Auctions

Current Online Auction ends Thursday, May 9th. To view items go to Inspection dates are Saturday, May 4th 12:00-6:00 pm & Wednesday, May 8th 10:00 am-2:00 pm at 324 Summit Ave, Center City.

Questions, call Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 or 763-228-0153 (Cell).

In the Moment Boutique

Swag Bag Friday

May 10th 4:00 pm-9:00 pm

A fun evening of treats, craft and specials! Get a FREE Swag Bag with your purchase of $35 or more. These bags will have some Deluxe Swag in for you from us! Then bring your new canvas tote to our craft center and bling it up! SOME of the bags will randomly have Gift Cards in them!

12745 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-9855 In the Moment Boutique

The Oven Mitt

The Oven Mitt is Turning 3!

Friday, May 10th 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday, May 11th 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Join us for TWO fun-filled days of shopping, special pricing, giveaways, food tastings & more!

  • Free tastings of Tillen Farms gourmet foods all day both days.
  • Friday from 11a-1p, meet Karen Van Meter, representative for Stonewall Kitchen & Tillen Farms for product tastings & Israeli Couscous Salad made with Stonewall Kitchen's Lemon & Avocado Oil Vinaigrette dressing
  • Free mini jam from Stonewall Kitchen with any purchase of Stonewall Kitchen or Tillen Farms purchase while supplies last
  • Friday from 11a-1p, meet Amy Jenkins, representative for Kuhn-Rikon, Victorinox, & Epicurean for demos of these great products!
  • Free Epicurean bar board with $35 purchase of Victorinox &/or Epicurean products while supplies last
  • Register each day to win one of two "Spring Cleaning Bowls" including Stonewall Kitchen Strawberry Lemon Dish Soap, Hand Soap, Lotion, & Soy Candle plus a Scrubeaze, tea towel, & beautiful ceramic bowl! One winner chosen each day. "Like" us on Facebook to see if you won!
  • 25% off all Nordic Ware products both days!
  • An extra 15% off all clearance products with savings up to 80% off original prices!
  • 50% close-out famous-maker wine glasses while supplies last!
  • And stop-in for other surprises!!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date! 12780 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-213-3310 The Oven Mitt

St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour

Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Sunday, May 12th 10:00 am-5:00 pm

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by all who enjoy handmade pottery. It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters. Always held on Mothers' Day weekend, "The Tour" is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, you can meet 55 accomplished guest potters from around the nation. Each has been invited by their host potter especially for this weekend event. Map

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Opening

Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Opening

Saturday, May 11th 10:00 am

Shafer City Hall

You are invited to celebrate and ride the new Shafer trail connection. Trail Advocates, friends adn neighbors will join to celebrate a milestone in reconnecting the long abandoned transportation corridor between Taylors Falls and Shafer. Snacks provided by Chisago Co. Parks and Trails Foundation. Bike, ride or walk. Door prizes.


165th Anniversary Celebration

  • Sunday, May 12th 165 years ago, May 12, 1854, the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Chisago Lake was organized by 100 Swedish immigrants. You are invited to join us as we celebrate this special anniversary.
  • At the 8:30 am worship service we are planning special music and hymns, use of our historic wooden offering plates, historic banner, Swedish flag, and more. Between worship services we invite you to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy Anniversary Cake and Swedish Egg Coffee, sponsored by the Historical Committee. The Heritage Room will also be open for viewing. Also planned is a Sunday School event, Middle School/High School Youth event, Adult Forum.

The church is located 1/4 mile north on County Rd. 9 and U.S. Hwy. 8 in Center City. Contact Sally for questions: 651-257-4773.

doTERRA Essential Oils

Camping with Essential Oils

Tuesday, May 14th 6:30 pm

If you are a camper (even if you aren't) and get 'bugged' by nature, join us to find out how essential oils can help you out. At this meeting you will find out about how to use essential oils for:

* Bug Repellent

* Bug Bites

* Sun Burns

* Scrapes & Scratches

* Bruises & Sore Muscles

There will be the option to make a Hand Sanitizer to take with you. The class is free but there will be a $5.00 charge for the optional make & take item.

For more information call Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962. Class is held at the Chamber office, 30525 Linden St., Lindstrom.

The Northern Tavern & Grill

Northern Night - Tuesday, May 21st 4:00-8:00 pm

A percentage of your bill will be donated back to the Chisago Lakes PTO. 10470 South Ave, Chisago City 651-257-0100

The Northern Lake Tavern & Grill

American Family Insurance

Home Buyers Seminar

Wednesday, May 22nd 6:00-7:30 pm

North Branch Fire Hall, 37917 Forest Blvd, North Branch

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to move into your dream home but always feared the expense associated with a move like that?

Join us for appetizers and a relaxed informational social to learn how a team of customer focused professionals will help you with every step along the way. They will help you Find, Sell, Finance and Protect your dreams.

RSVP's appreciated but not required to Liza Francois 651-408-0027 or Invitation

Franconia Sculpture Park


29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer

  • 2019 Kids Make Sculpture Workshop: Saturday, May 25th 1:00-4:00 pm Come be a part of the fun and hands-on creativity! During each workshop, children spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia’s resident artists and artist interns. Materials (usually lumber and other wood), tools, and technical assistance are provided to accomplish virtually any construction. Kids are encouraged to use their imagination to construct something BIG! Spaces fill up fast! $50 non-refundable fee per participant. REGISTER HERE.
  • Free Sunday Afternoon Tours - May throught October at 2:00 pm Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information of the 43-acre sculpture exhibition during a guided walking tour. Visit with Franconia’s artists-in-residence and discover the ideas, concepts, themes, and processes of the work with behind-the-scenes information from your tour guide. Donations are welcome and encouraged to help sustain Franconia’s Tour Programs.
  • Artist Talks - May through September Join us at Franconia Sculpture Park on select Thursdays (typically the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month) to dine with and meet our 2019 Artists in Residence! These evenings will include a slide show of 2-3 current resident artists’ work and a freewheeling discussion about art of three dimensions. The talk begins at 8pm. May 9: Open Studio Fellow Eliza Evans, NY FSP/Jerome Fellow Emmett Ramstad, MN Artist Intern Rachael Carruthers, MD To those interested, dinner will also be served prior to the talk at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required if you plan to join us for dinner. We request $10 to enjoy the delicious home cooked meal. RSVP at 651-257-6668 or email

Northwoods Roasterie

Northwoods Roasterie Book Club

Friday, May 31st 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of community, coffee and discussion on our monthly book. This month's book is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

Festival Theatre

Paul Draper: Mentalist Magician Extraordinaire

Friday, May 31st & Saturday, June 1 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Franklin Square Black Box 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls


Chisago Lakes Rotary

22nd Annual Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 4th 12 Noon Shotgun Start

Proceeds will benefit The Chisago Lakes Area Rotary club's Local Scholarship & Community Service Projects. Register your team and pay before May 13th for a chance at a $100 cash drawing! Registration Form

Wild Mountain

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

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