Chamber Newsletter

Serving the Chisago Lakes Community

February 2022

Chamber News & Events


  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, February 3rd 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Chamber Luncheon - Postponed until March, 10th, 2022
  • Friday Fika - Friday, February 11th 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Newsletter Deadline - 25th of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline - Every Monday


Please check www.chisagolakeschamber.com for all upcoming events.

Letter from the Board

If you haven’t spent much time outdoor enjoying winter fun yet, your chance is coming soon! Get the boots, get your hat & gloves and don’t forget the long underwear because CELEBRATON OF THE LAKES IS COMING! Mark your calendars from Thursday, Feb. 10th through Sunday, Feb 13th to get out and participate in a long list of weekend activities! This awesome community event kicks off with the Celebration Of The Diva’s Thursday night, so ladies get out to the down town shops to score some great deals. Friday night is the 2nd annual candle lit trail hike at Alemansrätt Park. Enjoy up to 3+ miles of awesome trails, guided by luminaries, with a bon fire and free hot cocoa. It’s definitely a sight to see and enjoy. If the outdoors isn’t your thing, then head to the Uncommon Loon to watch or participate in the Corn Hole Tournament and enjoy the latest brews. Saturday is filled with events; Ice Racing (cars), Radar Run (snowmobiles and side by sides), Kids Pro Racing, food stands, Jack Daniels tasting and the Rotary Ice Carousel. At 4 pm, the winner of the 2022 Indy Polaris snowmobile raffle will be drawn. (Stop by the chamber to buy your tickets). But that’s not the end of the day because at 7 pm, fireworks will launch on Chisago Lake right out from Paradise Park in Chisago City, followed by TWO live band dances to suit your music flare...one at Frankie’s new boat showroom in Chisago City (7:30-10:30 pm) and one at the Lindstrom Community Hall for the ever-famous Polka Dance (6-9 pm). There’s no reason to not get out and stomp your feet!


Sunday brings another day of fun for all, with the return of the Dodgeball tournament, which is seriously the most hilarious event watch or participate in. Also returning Sunday is the Lions Ice Fishing contest, more Ice Racing and Kids Pro Racing. Grab your fishing rods and try to catch a fish as this tournament has lots of prizes to give away, including a $500 Frankie’s gift certificate for the biggest pan fish and $300 certificate for the biggest game fish. For kids under 10 years of age, there a girls AND boys bike for the biggest fish caught. Don’t worry about packing a lunch because the Lions Club will be on the ice with their food stand. It’s loads of fun!! Look for the chamber trailer on the ice to buy a raffle ticket for the raffles. Hope to see you out there!


Just two weeks after Celebration of the Lakes is the 2022 Home & Business Expo! Nothing says ‘spring is coming’ like our local home show, schedule for February 26th and 27th at the Wildcat Community Center in Lindstrom. Start you home projects list and come out to shop and talk to local businesses that can make your wish list a reality. There’s plenty of food, entertainment and fun for all.


Marlys Dunne

Chisago County Commissioner

Luncheon

NO LUNCHEON THIS MONTH!


I hope you'll understand that we've been SO busy planning all of these wonderful community events, we've decided to "table" (see what I did there?!?) the February luncheon. We look forward to welcoming you back to our regular luncheons in March.

FridayFika

We'll have the coffee on Friday, February 11th from 8:30 - 10:00. Join us for some conversation, a breakfast treat, and a hot cup of coffee.

Celebration of the Lakes

Your favorite winter weekend of the year is here! Check out what's in store! Thank you to our partnering organizations for your dedication to this community event. Thank you also to our sponsors!



We are still taking registration for the Dodgball Tournament on Sunday. Register your teams here. We also still have snowmobile raffle tickets available. Stop by the chamber anytime to get yours!

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Home & Business Expo

February 26th - 27th - Don't miss out on this wonderful annual event. Registration is open. Click here to register your business.


We last held this event in 2020. We welcomed thousands of people to the Wildcat Community Center over the course of the weekend and we anticipate even bigger numbers this year. Please don't delay in signing up!


If you'd like to present a product, activity, or showcase from the big stage, please email here. We are lining up our stage show and would love to include you!

2022 Membership Dues are Due!

If you haven't already paid your 2022 membership dues, please do so ASAP. If you need another copy of your invoice, we can easily send one over. Thanks for your attention to this!
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Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau

New website alert!! Check out the new Chisago Lakes Visitors Bureau website!

chisagolakes.org


Also be sure to follow our tourism organization on Facebook & Instagram.

Community Book Club

What's a better way to meet your neighbors than a book club? Join us on the last Monday of every month at 6:00 PM to discuss this line up of books:


  • Monday, February 28th - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • Monday, March 28th - The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  • Monday, April 25th - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
  • Monday, May 30th - Daisy Jones & The Fix by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Monday, June 27th - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig



Twinflower Books is happy to offer a 20% discount to our book club when purchasing in their shop.


All book club meetings take place at the chamber building, 30525 Linden Street, LIndstrom

Chisago Lake Lutheran Church

As part of Celebration of the Lakes, Chisago Lake Lutheran Church is making dinner! This is a fundraiser for their congregation and the food is sure to be delicious! RSVP for your meal(s) today!
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Downtown Lindstrom

Diva night is back! Shop locally February 9th - 12th and eat, shop, & WIN!!
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Gustaf's Eatery

Sweetheart Dinner - February 11, 6pm-8pm

Bring the love of your life to the historic Gustaf Anderson home known as Gustaf's Eatery for a romantic quiet dinner for 2.

Enjoy a candlelit dinner of Chicken Kiev, Potatoes, Sugared Carrots, beverage, and dessert.

$45 plus tax & gratuity per couple.

Call 651 263 0737 for reservations. Space is limited.

Lindstrom Park Board Polka Party

We're Back!!


Kick up your heels at a good ol’ fashioned polka party. If you don’t know how to polka, we’ll teach you! FREE admission. Music by the Chmielewski Funtime Band. Food from Deutchland Meats & beverages & German beer available for purchase. Fun for all ages!


Saturday, February 12th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Al's Center Saloon & Alan Honn Glass

FEBRUARY at Al’s in Center City:

We’re loving business as usual at Al’s Center Saloon, dine in or take out, 11am-midnight, daily,

and at Alan Honn Glass, open Fridays & Saturdays, noon-6pm.

SAVE the DATE for St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Fest in March!!

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alanhonnglass.com

The Uncommon Loon Brewery

Exciting things coming up in February!

  • Friday, February 11th - Cornhole Tournament. Register here.
  • Sunday, February 20th - Elderberry Syrup Making Class
  • Tuesday, February 22nd - Revel Roots Clothing Truck
  • Every Wednesday - Trivia at the Loon
  • Every Thursday - Live Music at the Loon

St. Croix Valley Foundation

Wednesday, February 9th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Join Hon. John Robert Smith as he shares how intentionally fostering an attachment to place can impact economic growth, attract and retain residents, and build thriving communities.


This series is free - please register here.

Franconia Sculpture Park

Lots happening this month at your favorite Sculpture Park!


Be sure to check out www.franconia.org for more upcoming events & exhibits.

Dare to Be You Boutique

Winter hours have changed. Please be sure to stop by this wonderful boutique soon! Online store is open 24/7 here.

North Woods & Waters

Harnessing the Power of Our Watershed 2022

Thursday, February 24th from 9:00 - 11:00 AM


On February 24th, economic and community development groups representing the entire St. Croix River watershed will gather for the second time to explore ways to use regional identity to foster economic opportunity. “Harnessing the Power of Our Watershed 2022” is being organized through North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area* a nonprofit organization that promotes the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the St. Croix River watershed.


In this online event, you will:


  • Discover new resources available through Minnesota and Wisconsin tourism to promote heritage and recreational opportunities within the St. Croix River watershed
  • Get an update about efforts to designate this region as a National Heritage Area
  • Find out the results of the Carlson School of Management’s Economic Impact Study and how you can use this information
  • Explore the possibilities for joint marketing of recreational opportunities, cultural and historical sites, businesses, and the arts
  • Discuss online marketing strategies with your colleagues and help to shape tools that highlight the St. Croix Watershed’s events and resources


This event is free but registration is required. Register here.

Chisago Age Well Coalition

Join us February 16th from 9:00 - 10:30 AM at the Chisago Lakes Library to learn about Mindful Stress Management. Register here to join us!

Chisago Lakes Community Ed

Through a collaboration with the Chisago Lakes Chamber and the Blandin Foundation, we are pleased to offer free computer classes and tech labs to adults age 50+. Please help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity.
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Chamber Sponsors