Monthly Archives: November 2016

Looking for a fun way to change some lives?

There is a great need of local volunteers for Girl Scouts.  
They have two Kindergarten Girl Scout Daisy’s waiting for a Troop Leader.


GSUSA has an awesome incentive if anyone is interested they can contact Bonnie directly!

Bonnie Reeves
Volunteer Specialist
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Lakes and Pines
PO Box 336, Mora, MN 55051



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Kanabec County Community Forum on Heroin & Opioid Abuse

Please note the upcoming Community Forum discussion Heroin and Opioid Abuse/Use. Kanabec County Public Health and the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County is partnering with First Light, Kanabec County Sheriff Office, East Central Drug Task Force, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth to bring this community forum to our area! 

Heroin and Opioid abuse is something that many of our neighboring communities have been dealing with and from our perspective education is prevention and we want to make sure people are aware of issues and know that there are resources in our community!


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Audubon Center of the North Woods – Smithsonian Exhibit

waterwaysFor Immediate Release    

New Smithsonian Exhibit Will Visit Sandstone
Water/Ways Connects Communities Through Water and the Humanities
Exhibit Opens at Audubon Center of the North Woods on November 19, 2016


November 10, 2016—ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Humanities Center is pleased to announce the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition—Water/Ways—will open in Pine County at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone on Saturday, November, 19. The Water/Ways Sandstone Opening Ceremony will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday November 19 at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone.  Water/Ways is a traveling exhibit that focuses on the relationships between people and water—how water connects story, history, faith, ethics, the arts, and science, all through community. 

Water/Ways reveals the central nature of water in our lives by exploring how Americans use water, how water unites communities, how water affects every element of life, and how Americans care for our water and protect this valuable resource for the future. As Governor Mark Dayton mentioned in his 2016 Water Summit speech, “we have critical water quality problems in Minnesota . . . we cannot ignore them. We have to face up to them and work together, to solve them.” Water/Ways addresses water resource issues while seeking active solutions to real water problems in the host communities and our state.

Minnesota is one of only five states chosen by the Smithsonian to launch this new traveling exhibit. Developed as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, Water/Ways is a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. “Water/Ways invites us to consider how we will take care of water—this most basic resource. It is a conversation about water,” said David O’Fallon, President of the Humanities Center. “Water/Ways offers exhibits, events, scientific information, and, most of all, opportunities to meet within our communities. I applaud the Audubon Center of the North Woods for hosting Water/Ways and bringing together an array of Sandstone-area partners. Sandstone can be a leader in forming a new water ethic.”

The Water/Ways exhibit is specially designed for viewing in smaller, rural communities and will visit six Minnesota communities in 2016 and 2017. Through theWater/Ways traveling exhibit each host community will tell its local water stories and envision the future of water. The upcoming host sites for Water/Ways are:


  • Lanesboro (Fillmore County), Lanesboro Arts. January 7 – February 19, 2017
  • Detroit Lakes (Becker County), Becker County Historical Society. February 25 – April 9, 2017


Water/Ways has already visited these host sites in Minnesota:

  • New London/Spicer (Kandiyohi County), Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.
    June 25 – August 7, 2016
  • St. Peter (Nicollet County), Nicollet County Historical Society. August 13 – September 25, 2016
  • Red Wing (Goodhue County), Goodhue County Historical Society. October 1 – November 13, 2016 

As a part of Water/Ways, a companion exhibit, We Are Water MN, has been developed in conjunction with the Humanities Center’s Water/Ways partners, which include the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association, to tell the Minnesota story. This interactive, story collecting exhibit focuses on individuals’ relationships with and responsibilities to water. We Are Water MN raises awareness about Minnesota’s water quantity and quality, connecting exhibit-goers to active water solutions. 

“We launched the tour in June and over the last four months we’ve had a great response from visitors, especially regarding the hands-on and local content,” said Britt Gangeness, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Outreach Specialist. “The companion We Are Water MN exhibit is designed to facilitate conversation and interaction among visitors. Stop by with your friends before a night out or with your family on the weekend.”

The Minnesota Water/Ways exhibit tour began on June 25, 2016 in New London/Spicer and ends on April 9, 2017 in Detroit Lakes. The public can participate in the conversation to raise awareness of water on social media at #wearewatermn. Minnesotans can enter the #WeAreWaterMN Instagram Photo Contest to win a variety of prizes (details at  For more information about exhibit host sites, the Sandstone Opening Ceremony, tour dates and hours, and community activities visit To learn more about the nationwide Water/Ways tour and other MoMS traveling exhibitions, visit

Contact at Minnesota Humanities Center:
Christi Shortridge, Communications Director,, 651-772-4251,
cell: 651-278-2635                                                             

Christi Shortridge | Communications Director
Minnesota Humanities Center | 987 Ivy Avenue East | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
PH 651-772-4251 | FAX 651-774-0205
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2016 Chamber Gala Evening

There will be photos of the actual event coming soon, but in the meantime – we wanted you to know about the event, the awards given and who the winners of the awards were ~ 

Outstanding Individual Chamber Member of the Year
Exceptional Community Volunteer Organization
Community Involvement Award
Director’s Choice Award
& The Mora Area Chamber Member Business of the Year

Click here for more!


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Spire Raises $1,835. for the American Cancer Society!

Way to Go, Spire Credit Union!


Mora SPIRE Employees Support American Cancer Society Fundraiser

SPIRE Credit Union employees at all 16 branches recently participated in a fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society.  Employees who purchased a “SPIRE PINKTOBER” fundraising T-shirt would earn the privilege of wearing jeans to work every Wednesday during October.  Proceeds from shirt sales resulted in a donation of $1,835!

“I’m truly honored to work with such a great TEAM of generous and hard-working people,” says SPIRE President/CEO Dan Stoltz.  SPIRE has a long-standing history of supporting the American Cancer Society through various fundraisers, and community outreach efforts.  Throughout 2016, SPIRE and its employees have donated more than $5,000 to cancer-related causes.

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Made of MORA Online Auction – check it out!

Made Of MORA online auctions

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This auctions has several consignors and very good items.  The bar from the Fish Lake Pavilion in Kanabec County, Many collectible vintage car emblems, heaters, air conditioner, dishes, tools, china, hunting, bike speedometer, depression glass, windmill, shop vac.  

Welcome to another online auction

Auction ends on November 17 at 8:10 pm.  Please share with others so they may have the fun of an online auction too.  There are several consignors on this auction. 

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us at 320-225-6233 or email us at 

A quick link to the auction:

The link to our website is:

Email any questions to:

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Let’s Nominate Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly Hard Cider! A local business right here in Quamba!

Hello friends, family, and colleagues. 
The Growler magazine “Kind of a big deal” nominations are out and we are up for best “Locally-made Cider.” We would love it if you would vote for us! 

It’s a long list of nominations.  This link to the ballot should take you right to the spot… just scroll down to “locally-made cider” and vote for Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly.


HINT: Be sure to scroll to the second page! You’ll find it, don’t give up! It’s after the pictures of beards and tatoos and at the bottom of page 2:
Pass this on to your friends as well. Thank you very much!

Jim & Debbie Morrison
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Chamber Member Recognition Gala Reminder…

front-of-program-flat-aMark Cannon needs a headcount for dinner by Friday so please give us your numbers of attendees from your business or organization.

This fun event will be held on Thursday, November 10th at Freddies
beginning at 5pm and includes a Full Dinner Buffet
(Ribs, Broasted Chicken, Salad, Veggies, Quesadilla,
Breadsticks, Desserts, Beverages)
Reserve your tables now!

Tickets are $25. each
Tables of 8 – $175.
Click here to go to payment page (if you wish to purchase a table, just put in the amount and the event in the comment area).

Nominated Businesses for
Business of the Year  and  Community Involvement are:

• Spire Credit Union
• St. Clare Living Community of Mora
• FirstLight Health System

Also announced, The Winners of the
Exceptional Community Volunteer Organization,  Director’s Choice and
Individual Chamber Member of the Year Awards.

See the new 2017 Vasaloppet Poster – be the first to have this poster for your business!

We are so excited to invite you to our
 3rd Annual Chamber Member Business Appreciation Gala!

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