Chisago Lakes Chamber

Serving the Chisago Lakes Community

August 2021 Newsletter

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, August 5th , 3:30-5:00pm
  • Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, August 12th , 11:30 am -1:00 pm RSVP Here
  • Friday Fika - Friday, August 13th , 8:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Newsletter Deadline: 25th of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline: Every Monday

Please check for all upcoming events

Letter from the Board

It’s hard to believe that July has already come and gone. We’ve celebrated together as a community so many times in the past few months with Wannigan Days, Karl Oskar Days, Center City Days, and soon, Ki Chi Saga Days, the Threshing Show and Hay Days too.

The summer months are always busy at the chamber. We had another successful Triathlon, thanks to so many community volunteers. We welcomed 900 athletes to our community as well as their supporters. We heard positive feedback from so many of them.

“You have the best volunteers.”

“The course is beautiful.”

“Thank you for putting this together.”

Are among a few things we heard repeatedly. We couldn’t do it without the help and support from so many in our great community.

Hot off the press is the new Chisago Lakes Tourism brochure. Stop by the chamber office to pick one up if you haven’t already. This brochure is an invitation to folks outside of our community to come and visit, to stay, and to explore all that we have to offer. Thank you to the Chisago Lakes Community Foundation and Explore Minnesota for making it possible through grant dollars.

Speaking of tourism, we’d like to encourage area businesses to list any upcoming events on 3 sites. Each of these sites markets to different demographics, but they are all unique and important in their own ways.

  • Chisago Lakes Chamber Website - We are so proud to announce that we are launching our new website today. We encourage you to login to your member portal and update your bio and current events. If you don’t have a login, please email us here. Please share with us your feedback as well.
  • Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau Website - This site is marketed to those looking to visit our area. List tourism specific events here.
  • Explore Minnesota - Offers a free listing to any business in the tourism industry. Explore Minnesota will search these listings when building their publications as well so it’s an amplified benefit to anyone utilizing this resource.

We hope to see you out and about as the final weeks of summer wrap up and as the fall arrives.


Jeff Bouchee

Lake State Carpet Cleaning

Upcoming Luncheons

Using the chamber calendar for events

Chamber Golf Tournament

Join us! August 19th, 2021

We are excited to hold our 13th annual golf tournament! We are excited to report that we are "sold" out for golf teams! We will be supporting the Chisago Lakes Early Literacy Project this year and look forward to sharing more about this wonderful organization. Call or email if you'd like to sponsor or be added to the waitlist.
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Chisago Lakes Triathlon

On behalf of the Chisago Lakes Chamber and DuTriRun we’d like to thank all the volunteers for helping with our 15th annual Triathlon. Congratulations to all the athletes on your hard work and tremendous accomplishment. We are proud to host such an exciting event and could not possibly to it without the help and support from our community.

August Events at Winehaven

Kost Church Family Art Camp

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Almelund Threshing Show

Save the Dates!

Almelund Threshing Show

August 13th, 14th & 15th

Gates open at 7:00 AM

For more information go to

CLLA Full Moon Flotillas

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Gustaf's Up North Gallery

Franconia Sculpture Park

Fraconia Sculpture Park

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

August 1| 2022 Residency Application deadline EXTENDED to Sept 1.

August 3| Virtual Dinner & Discussion: Julie Schenkelberg

August 7| Film@Franconia: Warrior Women

August 8| Follow-up virtual A&A with Madonna Thunder Hawk and Director Elizabeth Castle at 7 pm. Zoom Link:

Passcode: 621556

August 14 | Music @ Franconia (The River High, Monica LaPlante, The Stress of Her Regard) & Food Truck Rally

August 20-22| Queen B: A New Work of Honeybee Futurism

Friends of the Karl Oskar House

Ki-Chi-Saga Days Celebration

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2021 Celebration Thursday,-Sunday, August 19-22

Join our community to celebrate Ki-Chi-Saga Days, a great city festival with activities for all ages! The celebration is held in Moberg Park, but also includes other locations throughout the city. For more information click HERE.
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Chisago Lakes Rotary Blood Drive

Donate blood in Chisago City on:

August 20th from Noon - 5 PM

Moberg Park

Appointments can be made online at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253).

As a thank you all presenting donors will be entered for a daily chance to win Minnesota State Fair tickets.

Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre

125 N Washington St, Saint Croix Falls, Wi

Festival 715-483-3387

North Circle Online Farmers Market

North Circle Online Famers Market Pick Up Locations

North Circle Online Farmers Market is a collection of small, local farmers creating a convenient place to shop locally for a huge variety of products. The market is open for ordering Sunday at 6pm-Wednesday at 4pm for Friday pick ups at locations across Chisago and Isanti counties.

Sunday, August 8th: 6 PM

Wednesday, August 11th: 4 pm.

Pick ups on Friday afternoons, time varies by location

Pick Up Locations: Uncommon Loon, Eichten's Market, Evergreen Coffeehouse and more! Home delivery available for orders of $150 or more for a $15 fee.

Website: Click HERE

Email: Send Email

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:

St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church " The Baby Blanket Boutique * Hannah's Arms"

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Taylors Falls Canoe and Kayak Rental

New this season enjoy some double fun in our double kayaks. Group rates available for a fun family, friends, or company outing. A great social distancing activity. Call today for more info at 651-465-1080 or

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Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

Enjoy the beautiful St. Croix River via a paddlewheel boat. We offer 80 minute Daily Excursions 7 days a week. Looking to do something Friday or Saturday night, check out our 80-minute Sundown Cruise. Come early and sit on our new patio, and enjoy beer, wine, soda, pizza, a sandwich, or ice cream before boarding. Make your reservations soon! Click here to Book
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Wildwood RV Park and Campground

Wildwood RV Park & Campground
It's time to gather your S'mores supplies and make your reservations. Make your reservations online. . Come for the night, the weekend or stay a whole month! Enjoy the pool, playground, basketball, horseshoe, mini-golf, and the Swedish Immigrant Trail for biking and hiking.

Gustaf's on Main Eatery

Uncommon Loon Brewing August Events

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For more information on all events Click Here

Thursdays in August: Live Music from 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Wednesdays In August: Mafia Trivia from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM.

Tuesday, August 3rd from 6 PM to 8 PM: Pints and Pottery Gnomes. For tickets Click HERE

Tuesday, August 3rd and August 24th from 4 PM to 8 PM: Revel Roots Clothing Truck (Suki)

Check out the Uncommon Loon Facebook page. HERE

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale August 4-8, 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 decor, 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

Books Across our Parks TV Special!

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!

1. Download and embed or add to your website.

2. Link to the Chisago Lakes TV YouTube Channel

Anderson's Ice Cream

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!

Almelund Mercantile

Come visit us! Vintage & Scandinavian goods, antiques, books, jewelry. Fresh roasted, organic coffee, organic foods, local cheese, maple syrup & honey, Schwans soft serve ice cream.

Located at 15790 Maple Lane, Almelund MN 55012. Phone: 651.583.3696. Check Facebook for hours, new items and grocery specials. FB: Almelund Mercantile

Pleasant Valley Orchard

Wild Mountain

Wild Mountain New Amenities

Big things are happening at Wild Mountain. We are currently constructing a new bar and massive sun deck that overlooks the mountain and our attraction. These new amenities will be impressive upgrades to the Wild Mountain experience for both summer and winter. We will have active construction in May and June, and these amenities could open to the public as early as July. See The Plans Now.

Harmony in the Park

Concerts are Free and Open to the Public

2021 SCHEDULE - click here


Lions Park Band Shell (next to City Hall)
Wednesdays 6:30pm

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Alan Hohn Glass In August

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Summer Hours at Al's in Center City

Enjoy the mix of Al's glass and two spectacular canvases by our friend, painter Erin Goedtel. Erin is a professor, caricaturist and art adventurer with Center City ties. Her works from the High Horse Series offer layers of imagery and pure enjoyment. Find more to the Story at

Showroom hours: Fridays & Saturdays, Noon to 6 PM

Alan Hohn Glass, across from Al's Center Saloon

320 Summit Avenue, Center City


Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation

CLACF Grant Applications Available Now:


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.

This foundation serves approximately the same geographical area as Chisago Lakes School District # 2144.

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

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

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

News & updates at


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Upcoming Events at Gammelgarden

Visit Us Today!

Upcoming Events at Gammelgarden!

Bluegrass & Lemonade in the Shade

Dates: July 25th & August 22, September 26

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

There's no charge, bring your own chair. If case of rain, it will be canceled.


Learn how to paint your own carved, wooden Dala Horse

Dates: August 11th

Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Reservations required: 651.433.5053

Little Swede Wellness

August 14th: from 10 AM - 11 AM

Don't miss this fun,, interactive outdoor class. Storytelling magic with the controlled movements of yoga.

30th Annual Spelmansstamma

Saturday, August 21st. Free tour at 10 AM and Spelmansstamma begins at 1 PM

This celebration is based on an outdoor gathering (stamma) of Swedish fiddlers (spelman) to share music, friendship and cultural traditions

Tor & TIlda Family Tour

Dates: August & September. Check out our website.

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Reservations required: 651.433.5053

More info and reserve a spot for events here

Chisago County HRA-EDA

Sunrise River Tubing

Increased Hours @ Sunrise Ice Cream and Snack Shop

If you haven't tried Bridgeman's Ice Cream, you've got to stop in the little historic town of Sunrise, located north of Hwy 95 on Co Rd 9. Our popular flavor right now is "Salted Caramel Espresso" and "Superman". New this year is "Key Lime Pie". It's great to see families come together for ice cream and sit around a table inside or on our patio. We appreciate your business!

New Hours:

Wednesday & Thursdays: 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 7:30 PM.

Sunrise River Tubing is closed for the remainder of the summer. With the drought conditions the river is too low to tube. Hope to see you next year!

Please call 651-674-2157 with questions.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

MN State Fair Volunteers

We still have some spots available for the BTYR Community Volunteers to assist during the Tuesday, August 31st Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair! We have six slots available for each 2-hour time slot. MN State Fair tickets are Free to volunteers. Volunteers are responsible for parking fees.

To sign up as a volunteer for one of the slots or for the parade, please use the following link:

Chisago County Citizen Review Panel

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A New COVID-19 'Vaccine Connector'

The State of MN has created a new COVID-19 “Vaccine Connector” portal to help Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will: alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine; connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

Chisago County Public Health is offering regular vaccine clinics. Learn when and where you can secure a vaccine close to home here.

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