Chisago Lakes Chamber

Serving the Chisago Lakes Community

September 2020 Newsletter

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, September 3rd 3:30-5:00pm
  • Chamber Luncheon - Thursday, September 10th 11:30am
  • Friday Fika - Friday, September 11th 8:30am
  • Newsletter Deadline: 25th of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline: Every Monday

Chamber Golf Tournament Success!

Thank you to all the wonderful participants in our 12th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament. We had a beautiful day for golfing and would like to congratulate the following teams for taking first place in their divisions:

Men’s D-Lighted Designs

Women’s – Eichten’s Hidden Acres

Mixed – Empire Insurance

We had an incredible number of generous sponsors this year. This is one of the chamber's largest events throughout the year and we could never do it without the support from these businesses. Thank you so very much to each of you for your donations and belief in the chamber.




Embrace Orthodontics * MidwestOne Bank * Northwoods Roasterie * Xcel Energy


State Farm Insurance * Competitive Edge Real Estate * Nick Junker Real Estate * Eichten’s Cheese * Kwik Trip


Brinks Market * The Drive-In * Frankies * Whitaker Buick


Al’s Center Saloon * American Family Insurance – Melanie Berneck Agent * Captain Shawn’s Charters * Chisago County Press * Competitive Edge Real Estate * Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights * Farmers Insurance – Tom Kieffer * Grandstrand Funeral Home * Nick Junker Real Estate * Pizza Pub * Security State Bank of Marine * State Farm Insurance Supreme Lending * Sven’s Comfort Shoes * Timber Ghost Realty * Wagner Chiropractic

PRIZE SPONSORS: Thank you to all our generous prize sponsors.

Each year the golf committee chooses an organization as beneficiary for a portion of the event proceeds. It was our honor this year to award $1,000 to the Safe Haven Foster Shoppe. This organization works directly with foster care programs to meet the immediate needs of children entering the foster system. They are run completely on donations and provide children with their own, new, hand-selected items intended to ease the stressful transition for the children. With a storefront in downtown Lindstrom, this organization helps children right in our community and they are always looking for donations and volunteers. More information can be found at

A Special thank you to Bachman's Photography for team photos and to Craig Stockel for helping out all day. We’d also like to thank the Chamber of Commerce Golf Committee. This group of people put in hours of time to ensure the success of the event. Thank you to Liza Francois (American Family – Melanie Berneck Agent), Laura Haseltine (Elevate Builders & Victory Lane Quick Oil Change), Jeff Bouchee (Lake State Carpet Cleaning), and Tom Kieffer (Farmers Insurance).

We would also like to thank Sarah, Cory, & Chris at the Chisago Lakes Golf Course for collaborating with us to create a wonderful tournament.

Chisago County HRA/EDA

Chisago County Relief Grant

Small Business Relief Grant Online Application

Nonprofit Relief Grant Online Application

Chisago County HRA/EDA in partnership with our cities have over 2 million dollars in grant relief available for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Your business is encouraged to apply.

We need the required documents to complete the application review process – if you have any questions regarding the required documents please contact us. 651.674.5664. If you are unable to complete an online application please print the correct application and return to the HRA – EDA office. 38871 7th Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056

Ted Talks

Inside the Bizarre World of Internet Trolls and Propagandists

by Andrew Marantz (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!

Franconia Sculpture Park


29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer


Franconia Sculpture Park's grounds are now open from 8am to 8pm, daily. A chain has been installed at the parking lot entrance and it will be locked during our closed hours. Please make sure to plan your visit accordingly! Franconia Sculpture Park is committed to remaining open as an oasis for our visitors during this difficult time. In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines we’re asking our patrons to wear masks and pre-register for all 2020 events. Thank you for your cooperation! Register Here

'Franconia Yappy Hour' - Friday, September 4th 5:00pm -7:00pm

Join Franconia Sculpture Park and Ruff Start Rescue for a very special Yappy Hour at the park. Visit our 43-acres with your pup, or leave with a new best friend! Ruff Start Rescue will be on-site with dogs available for adoption, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit their organization. Tag your dog in front of your favorite sculpture, play a game of corn hole, and enjoy a cool beverage…we’ll even have Dog-tinis! Enter your dog on-site to participate in our peanut butter eating contest to win prizes. Dogs can also create their own painting for you to take home! Plus, we’ll have a portrait area for you and your celebri-pups to get a commemorative photograph taken at Franconia. Cuteness overload!!

'Film @ Franconia' - Saturday, September 5th 9:00pm

Featuring The Wicker Man (Director's Cut)

The Wicker Man: Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents’ frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders’ strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child. 100 minutes Parking is $5/car. Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

'Franconia Art & Farmers Market' - Sunday, September 6th 10:00am-2:00pm

Local farmers and artists will come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and handmade crafts to our nearly 150,000 annual visitors. Each event is a fun way for people to connect directly with the local farmers and artists in the St. Croix River Valley. If you're interested in learning more about our vendors or in becoming a vendor please visit Here

'Intro to Home Perfumery Workshop' - Saturday, September 12th 1:00pm-4:00pm


This workshop will introduce the basic process of home perfume–making with a special emphasis on intuitive, conceptual techniques. Participants will examine (smell) the individual ingredients of a scent–in–progress and be able to take samples of the final product home at the workshop’s conclusion. We will also discuss “tinctures” and consider some possibilities for how they are made. We will sample a series of one–off tincture experiments made by the artists before and during their time working at Franconia, some of which will be made using raw materials found on site. The workshop will discuss basic materials and supplies needed to get started and best–practices for casually working on your own to create custom scents. If time allows, the class will collect materials from the park to make their own tinctures.

'Virtual Dinner & Discussion'' - Tuesday, September 22nd 6:00pm

Franconia's longstanding "Dinner & Discussion" lecture series invites the community to engage with visiting artists in a fun and informal setting. Artists give a one-hour presentation, followed by dinner and a community dialogue about the work. 2020 Visiting Artist Ashley Blalock will be discussing her current installation at Franconia Sculpture Park.

'24th Annual Art & Artists Celebration and Franconia Commons Grand Opening'

Saturday, September 26th 3:00pm-9:00pm

The 24th Annual Art & Artists Celebration will feature musical performances by Minnesota-based bands XOXOTECH and Little Tin Box, food trucks will be on site vending, and tours of the new Franconia Commons building and sculptures created in 2020 will take place throughout the day in addition to artmaking demos by artists-in-residence. Please join us in celebrating this important achievement for Franconia and the Minnesota arts community! Free event! Parking $5/car

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Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale September 9th-13th

Wednesday 3:00-7:00pm

Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

We are fully open with new hours! We are excited to have our customers back! 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

Rotary Golf Tournament

Tuesday, September 15th - Noon Shotgun Start

Chisago Lakes Golf Course

Register your Golf Team and pay before August 11th, 2020 for a chance at a $100 cash drawing! For more information contact:

GOLF: Cost: $125.00/Person - $500.00/Foursome

Cost includes: Golf with cart, lunch, special hole events and heavy appetizers/awards ceremony.


Cost includes: Company sign prominently posted at a Golf Hole Tee Box, special mention during the awards and pre-event, event, and post-event Advertising.


Rotary will include donated items in Team Swag Bags or Event Raffle Prizes. We will contact you to arrange for pick-up of item(s).

Golf Brochure Registration/Sponsorship Form

Bachman's Photography

2021 Digital Grad Special!

2 Outfits - 20 Digital Images - 20 4x6 Proofs

All for only $200.00! Go Wildcats!

( Additional outfits $100.00 each)

Bachman's Photography 13000 Sylvan Ave, Lindstrom 651-257-9380 or,

Chisago Age Well Coalition

Ongoing Free Program for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Offered by Lakes and Pines CAC

During Covid-19 many more people are caring for their elderly spouse or parents in their home who might otherwise take advantage of respite care services or congregate living facilities. These caregivers (and their family members) need a break and this program is designed to provide some help online. Please share this flyer with your employees, friends and neighbors. They need to call the 800 number to register and receive the link for the online events. Event Flyer

Heartland Express

The team at Heartland Express understands that during these uncertain times, finding safe and reliable transportation can sometimes be difficult. We strive to be a good community partner and want to make sure that everyone is able to utilize our services for their transportation needs.

As a result, we are happy to announce that we will not be charging for ANY rides for the remainder of 2020. Whether you're going to work, school, shopping, a medical appointment, or just to visit family and friends, Heartland Express will give you a free ride through December 31, 2020! Call 651-213-5790