Chisago Lakes Chamber

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

November 2019 Newsletter

A Message From the Board of Directors

Hello Lakes Area! Does anyone else feel like you could do without rain for quite awhile? I know that my family and I are feeling a sense of loss with the fall season being so wet and gloomy and somewhat MIA this year. Although, fall bundle decorating, apple orchards, evening fires with friends, hunting at the cabin, fall colors & trick or treat on main street have still made it onto our calendar, which makes it all better! Being a part of this community there are still so many wonderful things to look forward to even in the cold, winter months ahead such as, the Annual Meeting and Holiday Gala at Winehaven Winery, the Home and Business show in the NEW Community Center & Celebration of the Lakes which is spread throughout this great community! Be sure to check these events out & even take a peak at the other events that are on the calendar and join in the fun!

My husband and I build custom homes in our community. We love to see so many new families make this area their home & we strive to familiarize them to everything we have available here by gifting them a "Welcome Home" gift basket on their closing day with lots of items/gift cards to our local businesses. This has proven to ensure that these new homeowners get a jump start into checking out our area, buying local and realizing they don't have to go far to get what they need!

As we move into the holiday seasons, all of us TOGETHER can be a part of buying local to support these businesses! I know we love shopping for gifts for friends and family, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries & weddings because these amazing businesses truly have wonderful things to offer us. Another thought, if you love what you've purchased or a service you've recieved, SHARE IT & let the world now it!! TOGETHER, let's serve, support and promote the businesses and organizations in OUR community!

Laura Haseltine

Elevate Builders Custom Homes

Victory Lane Quick Oil Change & Car Wash

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Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, November 7th 8:00am
  • Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, November 14th 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Chisago Lakes Events - 2019 Calendar

Trick or Treat on Main Street

What a year!! We counted 530 trick-or-treaters at the chamber office and that’s not including all of the adults who came out too! Thank you to all of the businesses who participated in this wonderful community event!

TED Talks

We Should Aim for Perfection and Stop Fearing Failure

by Jon Bowers (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!

October Chamber Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 11:30am-1:30pm

10825 Lake Boulevard

Chisago City, MN

Topic: Impact of the Arts in East Central Minnesota

Speaker: Sheila Smith, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

Location: Uncommon Loon 10825 Lake Blvd, Chisago City

Caterer: Pizza Pub

RSVP by Monday, November 11th 5:00pm

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

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday

Saturday, November 30th

This annual holiday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day after Black Friday, and two days before Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday ensures that consumers keep local businesses in mind as they buy gifts.

The Chamber is expecting our delivery of Shop Small Saturday marketing materials any day. Stop by the Chamber if you want to pick up pens, banners, balloons, door mat, etc!

Celebration of the Lakes

Plans are in motion for the 2020 Celebration of the Lakes!

A few things for you to know:

  • The name has changed back to Celebration of the Lakes
  • Dates are February 14th-16th
  • We are planning a lot of new events including a dance, firework show, bean bag tournament, ice carousel, and snowmobile raffle
  • We are thrilled to welcome back some old favorites like the snowmobile races, chili contest, ice fishing tournament, dog sled rides, and candlelit snowshoe at Ojiketa Regional Park, Chisago City

This event has been a long-standing tradition for the Chamber and the Chisago Lakes Community. We have been working hard to map out events that will withstand whatever Old Man Winter throws our way! Mark your calendars!

Sponsorship of this event is crucial to it’s success. If you’re interested in sponsoring, click here:

Annual Meeting & Holiday Gala

Planning is well underway for the 2019 Annual Meeting & Awards Gala. We are excited about this festive event and hope you are planning to join us! New this year is the opportunity for sponsorship. In years past, we have asked for silent auction donations for this event. This year, we’re hoping to shop locally and build baskets with sponsorship dollars. Will you please consider being one of our generous contributors? Gala Sponsorship

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SCORE Small Business Webinars

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

Pleasant Valley Orchard


November 1st-9th 10:00am-5:00pm

The wood stove gently warms the Appleshed, unique Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts are available along with all your fall favorites! Discounts on apple seconds. Its the perfect time to stock up on apples and pies for the Thanksgiving Holidays. 17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer 651-257-9159

Gammelgarden Museum

  • Annie's Swedish Coffee Party

Saturday, November 2nd 10:00am & 1:00pm

Annie, Gammelgården’s oldest resident, is the inspiration behind our traditional Swedish 3-course Coffee Party. A perfect way to celebrate birthdays, Red Hat outings, a family get together, or a special treat for yourself and a friend! Afterwards, visit the Butik gift shop to find wonderful Scandinavian gifts. $15/person Reservations required by Wednesday, September 4th at


  • Lutfisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner Thursday, November 21st Seating Noon-6pm

Enjoy a traditional holiday Swedish Smörgåsbord starring the famous Swedish Lutfisk served with cream sauce and melted butter accompanied by: glorious Swedish meatballs, parsley buttered potatoes, Swedish beans, pickled beets, Scandinavian coleslaw, rye bread, lefse, krispbread and Swedish almond cake with lingonberry compote. Before or after dinner stop and place a bid or two at our Silent Auction and/or head across the street to the Butik Gift Shop to take advantage of our annual sale. 15% discount on ALL items in addition to your member discount of 10%! $20 for adults/$12 children (12 & under). At the Scandia Community Center. 20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia 651-433-5054

Gustaf's Up North Gallery

  • Scandinavian Holiday Market - Saturday, November 2nd 10:00am-5:00pm

Kick off the holiday season! Find gifts for everyone, take photos with Santa and enjoy Glogg, Lingonberry punch, and gingersnap cookies. 15% OFF all Scandinavian products store-wide! Sale includes imports from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Spend $100 and take home a free bottle of Lingonberry Concentrate.

  • Cold Spring Hallelujah Release - Thursday, November 7th 7:00-8:30pm

Join author Heidi Barr for the release of her latest book, Cold Spring Hallelujah. Enjoy an evening of poetry & fellowship. Light refreshments will be served. Author remarks will begin at 7:15pm *Books will be available at the event. Learn more about the author and the book: Please RSVP to so we have enough books on hand!

13025 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-1821

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 3rd

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Winehaven Winery

  • Build a Do-It-Yourself Clock - Sunday, November 3rd 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!

  • Fall Sip & Shop - November 9th 10:00am-5:00pm & November 10th 11:00am-5:00pm

Browse a wide array of unique clothing, jewelry, essential oils and craft items while enjoying special sips of our new vintage and, of course, the warmth of our toasty fireplace!

  • Paint & Sip - Sunday, November 17th 12:00-2:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun and relaxation among Winehaven’s vineyards and wine barrels. Sip your favorite wines and enjoy step-by-step instruction with local artist Linda French. Leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore! We provide all the supplies and clean-up afterwards. Cost: $25.00/person. Reservations required by calling Linda at 651- 343-9691 (after 2:00pm).

  • Cheese & Chocolate Weekend - November 23rd 10:00am-5:00pm & November 24th 11:00am-5:00pm

Come and sample your way through some great cheese and chocolate wine pairings. Discover which cheeses pair best with which wines and how to make a simple bite of chocolate shine as a dessert course with wine.

  • Soy Candlemaking - Friday, November 29th 1:00-3:00pm

Join us for a do-it-yourself soy candle-making class at Winehaven! Choose from dozens of cozy autumn or winter scents and make three of your own soy candle tins and one soy wax bar. The class is $45.00/person and pre-registration is required by clicking here! 10020 Deer Garden Lane, Chisago City 651-257-1017

Chisago Lakes Library

  • Minecraft Club - Monday, November 4th 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.
  • Free Toddler Play - Wednesdays, November 6th, 13th, 20th 10:30-11:00am

Join us as we practice early literacy skills through play. Sharing in playtime is an excellent way to promote bonding between caregiver and child, enhance learning and social skills. Plus it's a great way for everyone to discover that the library is a destination for fun! Recommended for newborns to age 4. No registration necessary.

  • Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - Thursday, November 7th 1:00-3:00pm

Community members are invited to a presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Presenting will be Pam Beckering, MS, LPCC, from Centra Care MN. Learn what ACES are, how to recognize their effects on children, as well as how to support children who struggle with having experienced traumatic events. This event is open to the public. Registration is required.

  • Author Visit: Dean Hovey - Tuesday, November 12th 6:30-7:30pm

Come to Point Pleasant Heights to hear local author Dean Hovey talk about the first book in his new series, Stolen Past. Set in Arizona and featuring archaeologist Douglas Fletcher, Stolen Past is the first of at least three novels in the series. Light refreshments will be served by the Chisago Lakes Area Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for adults. Point Pleasant Heights, 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City. For more information or questions, call the Chisago Lakes Area Library at 651-257-2817.

  • Author Visit: Leif Enger - Tuesday, November 19th 6:30-7:30pm

The first novel in 10 years from this award-winning, bestselling author, Virgil Wander is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly 20 years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife, Robin, and two sons. He is the author of the bestselling novels Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome.

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

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale

November 6th-10th

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

Trio Wolf Creek Online High School

Career Panel

Thursday, November 7th 10:30-11:30am

Wolf Creek is excited to create a new opportunity for our students to learn about high demand careers. Our next panel will focus on manufacturing where students will learn about all aspects of the field of manufacturing: various types, how positions differ, skills needed to succeed and the type of education/training required to pursue a career in manufacturing.

We are looking for representatives from manufacturing businesses in the community to join the panel. If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Lindsay Miller at or 651-964-0286. Thank you for supporting our students!

Chisago Lakes Band Booster

Garage Sale

Saturday, November 9th 8:00am-5:00pm

Treasures will not be priced. Donations will be taken to help purchase new uniforms for the Marching Band. The CL Marching Band is currently wearing uniforms from 1984. We are actively raising money to purchase 75 uniforms. Lindstrom Community Center, 13292 Sylvan Avenue, Lindstrom

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

  • Quilt Shop Hop - Saturday, November 9th 8:00am

Join us as we adventure by bus to three awesome Minnesota quilt shops all in one day! Our first stop will be Millie P's in Anoka, then we'll move onto Quilted Treasures in Rogers, MN where we'll enjoy a great lunch. Finally, we'll visit the Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee where we'll enjoy an afternoon snack. All three shops will have demonstrations on various subjects and knowledgeable staff to help us out. Join the fun on opening deer hunting day! More Information & To Register

  • Mother/Son Jammin' Fun Night - Friday, November 15th 6:00-8:00pm

We are revamping our annual Mother/Son dance! We are removing the dance portion and providing tons of games and activities for you to enjoy! Yo-Yo performances, a HUGE inflatable, sundaes, dodgeball, floor hockey, life size games, photos, refreshments, crafts, and more! All this included in one low family price! Get excited because this event is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Feel free to bring grandmothers/aunts/mother figures to this event as well. More Information & To Register

  • Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks Tour - Tuesday, November 26th 1:00pm

Join us for a pottery & art gallery tour at the Luhrs/Bjornson Artworks in St. Croix Falls. We’ll enjoy a tour, learn about the trade and enjoy a treat at Valley Sweets too! Valley Sweets is not included in the price. It’ll be a fun afternoon! More Information & To Register

PTO Craft Fair

Chisago Lake PTO Craft Fair

Saturday, November 9th 9:00am-4:00pm

Come do your holiday shopping at our Annual Chisago Lakes PTO Craft Fair! Over 100 vendors, food trucks and free admission. Chisago Lakes Middle School 13750 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom Flyer Vendor Form st19 Form

Festival Theatre

  • Monroe Crossing - Saturday, November 9th 7:30pm
  • Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, gospel, and heartfelt originals. They are favorites among connoisseurs and non-bluegrass listeners alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music! Alliance Church of the Valley, 1259 WI-35, St Croix Falls

  • A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play | Adapted By Really Inventive Stuff November 22nd–December 22nd A unique twist on Charles Dickens’ world-famous story, A Christmas Carol, presented as an on-air radio show, featuring live actors, music, and sound effects. This fun-filled classic tale is sure to get you in the holiday spirit or visited by a spirit. Tickets ​Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington Street, St. Croix Falls 715-483-3387

doTERRA Essential Oils Class

Essential Oils Class Tuesday, November 12th 6:30pm

Autumn is in the air! Using essential oils is a natural way to fill your home with great aromas that are healthy and help you enjoy one of the best seasons of the year. You can create the perfect setting for a sense of comfort, warmth and reflection.

Come to this free class to hear how essential oils can help you become healthier this fall. Afterwards you will have the option to create an Autumn Make & Take item ($). If you have any questions call Trudy Lodien at 651-491-0962

Veterans Day Program

Point Pleasant Heights Veterans Day Program

Monday, November 11th 2:30pm

We have a special program lined up to honor all the wonderful Veterans of PPH. Pastor Bill Headley from Chisago Maranatha Church will share a message; Chisago American Legion Post 272 Color Guard will be with us as well as the Solid Rock Quartet. Light refreshments to follow. Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City 651-257-4035. Flyer

Chisago Age Well

Dine & Discover

'Beating the Holiday Blues: Overcoming Depression and Loneliness'

Wednesday, November 13th

Presenter Selena Stevens of Therapeutic Services Agency, Pine City will offer helpful approaches for recognizing and dealing with the increased stress, anxiety and isolation that can lead to the holiday blues. Choose one of three times and locations:

  • 9:00-10:30am Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave, NB (Brunch served)
  • 12:00-1:30pm Chisago Lakes Area Library, 11754 302nd St., Chisago City (Lunch served)
  • 3:30-5:00pm Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd, Wyoming (Box lunch served)

Registration requested by November 6th at, and scroll to Senior Offerings or by calling 651-674-1025. Questions: Expo Flyer

Gustafs on Main Eatery

Tea at Gustaf's on Main Eatery

Come enjoy a delightful afternoon in the historic Gustaf Anderson home sipping teas and partaking in a light lunch with your friends. Price includes choices of teas, soup, finger sandwiches, and sweet delicacies. We have 3 dates to choose from:

  • November 15th
  • December 8th (Christmas Tea)

Reservations and payment required prior to each event. $20 per person. Space is limited. Open to 12yr olds and above. Contact us at 651-263-0737 to secure your personal table. 13045 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom

Ojiketa Holistic Living Expo

Ojiketa Holistic Living Expo

Saturday, November 16th 11:00am-4:00pm

What better way to prepare your mind, body and soul before the hectic holiday season than by joining us at Chisago City’s Ojiketa Holistic Living Expo. Replenish yourself after a busy summer and fall season by visiting more than 13 vendors offering insight and guidance. The Expo is to highlight holistic oils, massage, reiki, meditation/hypnotherapy, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, yoga, life coaching, crystals, jewelry, soaps, teas/coffees, and more. Speakers will be scheduled throughout the day on related topics. The Expo will be held at Ojiketa Regional Park in Strom Hall, 27500 Kirby Avenue, Chisago City.

Lakes Area Royale Faire

'Half Way' Event

Saturday, November 16th 2:00-8:00pm

Come celebrate it being 'Half Way' to our next Lakes Area Royale Faire with this fundraising Arts & Craft Event! This will be a family friendly fantasy fundraiser so wear your renaissance costumes! Shop hand-made items from our LARF vendors, enjoy entertainment, participate in a silent auction and check out the Uncommon Loon Brewery. $5.00 wristband for all day entry. Flyer

Wage Theft Prevention Class

Wage Theft Prevention Class

Friday, November 22nd 8:15-9:15am

Lakes Region EMS (Building does not open until 8:00am)

40245 Fletcher Ave., North Branch

The State of Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry is trying to reach as many businesses as possible to explain the new Wage Theft Law that has gone into effect. One of the changes is that there is a new required form for all employees to sign. More information Register online Here. This is a free event; registration required.

American Legion Annual Turkey Bingo!

American Legion Annual Turkey Bingo!

Saturday, November 23rd 7:00-9:00pm

Purchase Bingo Cards 1/25¢ or 3/50¢ Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs and popcorn. Event will be at the Uncommon Loon.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28th

Seating at noon - Serving from 12:30-2:00pm

The free dinner is hosted by Chisago Lake Lutheran Church with the support of the Chisago Lakes Lions and other area churches. A tasty, homemade turkey dinner will be served for those seeking fellowship this Thanksgiving. Individuals wishing to donate cash to support the event are invited to contact Louise at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church 651-257-6300. Flyer

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Eichten's Market

Eichten's on Hwy 8 is going back to its roots. Eliminating its full service restaurant & focusing on a great market shopping experience. What to expect at Eichten's Market:
  • Large Selection of Specialty Cheese
  • All-Natural Bison Meat
  • Gourmet Foods
  • Local Wine & Craft Beer On/Off Sale
  • Gifts *Holiday Gift Boxes and Baskets available through Christmas
  • Consignment gifts being added to Eichten's Loft
  • Sip & Shop: On-sale wine & tap beer plus small food offering still available.
16440 Lake Blvd, Center City 651-257-1566

Wild Mountain


November 29th - December 1st 9:30am-3:00pm

For more information on all of TR2's Race Camps, follow this link to the TR2 website: Four Degree USSA Racing registration page. Please note lift tickets are not included in camp fees and must be purchased from Wild Mountain. Purchase lift tickets online at Wild Mountain. 37200 Wild Mountain Road, Taylors Falls 651-465-6365

Shop Small Saturday Shopping Bingo

Lindstrom Business Group

Shop Small Saturday + Bingo Fun!

Saturday, November 30th

The Shops of Downtown Lindstrom have been planning and are excited for this years Shopping Bingo Day! Here's how it works...

Pick up a FREE Bingo card at one of the wonderful participating businesses. When you make a purchase, you'll get a daub on your card. Once you make a bingo or coverall you'll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win "Lindstrom Bucks" to use at any of the participating businesses.

Participating Businesses:

Wally Carlson & Sons BP, Homespun Treasures LLC, All Is Wellness, Chisago County Historical Society, Cottage Gifts, Details Salon, Family Pathways Thrift Stores, Goldstar Printworks, In the Moment Boutique, Lindstrom Hardware Do it Best, Nick & Drew's Discount Foods, Lindstrom Thrifty White Pharmacy, Deutschland Meats, Gustaf's On Main Eatery, Gustaf's Up North Gallery, The Oven Mitt, Lindstrom Antique Mall, Lindstrom Liquors, Rural Design Co., Anderson's Ice Cream Shoppe, St. Croix Regional Wellness, Northwoods Roasterie, Floral Creations by Tanika, Lindstrom MUNI, Rose's Collectibles and the Swedish Inn.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities - Are you looking for places to volunteer in our community? Here are a few...
> Anonymous Santa Program (for December 15th-21st)

Volunteer Coordinator: Lena 651-242-8192. Holiday Gift Application

> Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon 651-243-1621
> Ecumen Hospice 651-714-0200 Flyer
> Farmaste Animal Sanctuary call 651-409-1309
> Chisago County History Center call 651-257-5310

Support for our TH 8 Project

The State of Minnesota and Governor Walz would like to hear from the taxpayers on what projects they support for Legislative funding. The Minnesota Management and Budget Office (MMB) has a project website with a very quick and easy way to show your support for our project. Please visit this LINK and fill in the 5 or 6 spaces to show support for our TH 8 project. Every bit of support counts!!

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 will be better than ever! New location! New vendors! New entertainment! Be part of the excitement. Expo Information & Registration

Advertising Investors

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