News from the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce

Dala Business Women News & an Invitation to You~

Dala Business Women Meeting

Monday, November 27, 2017  

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Don’t forget to pay your dues for 2017-2018.  

For only $39 you can be a member of both Dala Business Women and the MN Federation of Business and Professional Women.  (Such a deal!)

Thanks for belonging, you are appreciated!

Click Here to register for the November meeting!

Imagine being suddenly blind

Scott McKinney is no stranger to helping people.  He has been a Community Services Director, Radio Broadcaster, Reporter, Writer, Operations Manager for KBEK 95.5 Radio for 20 years.  Today he supervises talking books.  A state wide radio network broadcasting books and information across Minnesota and the country to people with impaired vision.  Scott will share his experiences working with visually impaired people.

Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) was founded in the 1920s to provide services to blind and visually-impaired individuals, and support independent living skills.  Services include Radio Talking Book (RTB), Dial-In News, and the NFB Newsline, and include individuals who have physical or learning disabilities that impede them from accessing print materials. SSB is part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 

Scott is a contributing writer for the Kanabec County Times and the Braham Journal. He was also the director of the Community Services Department at Lakes and Pines CAC.  In his free time Scott initiates spirited online political discussions, and ponders how come traffic moves so doggone slow on Highway 65. 


November 27th, 2017
Freddie’s Pine Room
Mora, MN
5:00 – 7:00 pm
$15.00 for Meal and Program

Click here to register for the meeting

The results are in from our
NBWW Scholarship Fundraiser
held last month….  We raised $773!!

Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!  


December Holiday Get Together is Monday, December 18th and Linda Laitala has graciously offered her home as the meeting place.
1729 Harbor Street, Ogilvie

Once again we will be collecting donations for the St. Clare Living Community of Mora.  You may bring your donation that evening or drop it off at Made of Mora on Union Street in Mora.

Below is a list of items needed:

Ladies pajamas

  • size medium
  • size large

Ladies and Men’s 

  • socks
  • slipper socks with gripper bottoms
  • sweatpants
    • size medium
    • size large
  • sweatshirts
    • size medium
    • size large

Men’s T-shirts

  • size medium
  • size large

Miscellaneous Items

Color crayons
Colored Pencils
Adult coloring books
Fuzzy coloring pictures
500 piece puzzles

  • cheese
  • plain

Hair spray
Comb and Brush
Hand mirror

Old Time Movies or TV series (50’s to the 80’s)

  • Lawrence Welk
  • Green Acres
  • Beverly Hillbillies
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Lucy
  • Texas Walker Ranger
  • Walton’s
  • John Wayne (any)
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Mary Tyler Moore
More Details to Follow

Our Mission

Working women, working together to promote personal empowerment, professional development and political awareness for the women of Minnesota


Mark your Calendar for the BPW State Event
April 21 – 22, 2018
Spicer, MN  (near Willmar)

Theme is Stepping up & Staying Strong

  • Friday night is a social event.  We’re going to 2 local wineries /breweries.  A bus will pick us up at the hotel and bring us back.  Food will be served.  Fun way to get acquainted!
  • Saturday there are wonderful speakers lined up again, including the Willmar 8! Click the picture to learn more.

More Details to come!
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The Man Himself is On His Way ~ Santa Sighting!


He and his Elves are coming to Mora to join us in Small Business Saturday, November 25th

Here is the schedule for the day and also some details you may not be aware of:

Crystal Bar & Grill – Ugly Sweater Fun Run, 11:a.m.  Preregister by November 20th – 679-4300

Free Movie at Paradise Theatre – 12:30pm – 2:00pm – Despicable Me 3

Children Greeted by Santa in theatre – 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Tractor Pulled Hay Rides from Theatre around town with Santa – 3:00 – 4:15
Hop on at Feed Mill Lot & off at Clocka.
                Stops at:
                  Emma’s Pizza to see Mrs. Claus

Jeremy Voss of the Fish House Coffees will be in the Feed Mill Lot with coffees and treats for sale.
Backwoods Kettle Corn will have kettle corn and hot chocolate for sale in front of the Vasaloppet HQ.
4:30 – Hay Wagon arrives at Trailview with Santa and Helpers. Santa will move to the Firetruck Float.
Light Parade with Santa on the big lit float, Mora Fire Department and other
regional Fire Departments & Local Business Floats.
Mora Football team to walk the parade, hay wagon with people on it to follow.
Parade past St. Clare Living Community between 4:45 & 5:00.
Then through Mora neighborhoods to downtown.

At around 5:pm the parade down Union Street ends Downtown. Santa will be delivered to the tree in front of the Vasaloppet HQ.
Santa will light the tree in front of Vasaloppet HQ.

Santa will relocate to his HQ in the Northern Lights Realty building with his helpers. Families encouraged to have their photos taken there with Santa between 5:45 and 8pm.

$300 Chamber Cash Giveaway-
Anyone who spends over $10 in participating business can fill out one ticket. Just one! And money spent only on Saturday. Folks can go to other businesses and spend $10 to get another ticket. This spreads the playing field and opens it up to anyone and everyone. We were graciously given $100 by each financial institution –

Spire Credit Union,

Neighborhood National Bank

and First Citizens Bank.

This $300 will be divvied up into 1 – $100, 2 – $50, 4 – $25 Chamber Cash winners. The drawing will be done at 7:45pm at Northern Lights Realty. Winners need not be present to win. One winner per amount.

Christmas Lighting/Window Decorating Contest – Culminates on November 25th.
                Chamber Members have a chance for 2 tix to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre,
Sister Act.
Winner chosen by Santa and his elves. Announced on November 27th.

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Updated Version of Small Business Saturday Event – November 25th

A collaboration between the business community of Mora, Mora community members, Kanabec Publications and the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce presents:Held in conjunction with American Express’s Small Business Saturday –
A perfect day to shop!
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Social Media Breakfast – You’re Invited!

Time-Saving Tips for Social Media


Wednesday, Nov. 29
7:30am – 9:30am
North Branch Area Library 
(6355 379th St)

Join other business leaders from Chisago County for a free breakfast, presentation & open discussion.  Russ Hanes, Social This!, will highlight some tips for the time-crunched business owner, as well as help us decipher basic analytics.  We’ll also have time for some open discussion. PLUS we’re giving away two $25 Gas Cards!  

RSVP to by Nov. 26, or click button below:






This is the last free training for Chisago County Business from the Chisago County Blandin Foundation grant. Thank you for participating!

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Saturday, November 25th – Small Business Saturday

The Mora Area Chamber of Commerce and Kanabec Publications
are teaming up for this year’s
Great Shop Local,
Bring on the Merry,
Small Business Saturday event!Please decorate your windows for the Christmas Window Decorating Contest
(please let Karen know if you would like to participate in the Contest.
Winner will be awarded a ticket for two to the
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s presentation of Nunsense).



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All Mora Area Chamber Member Businesses Invited to Participate in a Christmas Parade!

The Mora Fire Department is coordinating a fantastic parade for
November 25th, Small Business Saturday!
Please take a look at the flyer below and participate with a float depicting your excitement for the Holidays!!!
Businesses can work together or alone, but let’s have an exciting parade this year with YOU included!

Please call Jeremy Frahm for more information.

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2017 Chamber Gala, November 9th at Freddies Pine Room ~

A special Thanks to Sue and Mark Cannon for serving up a delicious dinner – including my favorite Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla! We all ate our fill and enjoyed your bountiful buffet ~

Last night we recognized our chamber members for what they are to our community. There was networking and introductions, a 50/50 raffle, cocktails, the 2018 Vasaloppet Poster unveiling and a fun power point presentation.
Hosted by our Board President Toni Fulton, we started out with information about the recipients of the 2017 Kanabec Area Chamber Business Development Education Scholarship Program. Followed by an introduction from Kanabec County Economic Development Authority by Coordinator, Heidi Steinmetz. We then learned what’s new at Pine Technical and Community College from President Joe Mulford.
Toni then moved on to introducing our newest Chamber Members.
Please read on to find out more of what the evening brought.
Please keep in mind, these nominees and votes all came from YOU, our chamber members.  The Director’s Choice Award on the other hand, was just that, the Chamber Board of Director’s Choice ~
Some of our New Chamber Members:
L – R
Elite Septic Maintenance – Kevin Schiferli
Keith Dullinger Agency, Farmer’s Insurance – Keith Dullinger
Kevin Lindberg – Serenity Manor, True Directions
Myron & Sue Belford – Belford Electric
Bryan Johnson & Kris Touray – Dandelion Floral & Gifts
Not Pictured: 
Nicky Brodal – All American Title Company
Cristy Lahr – Franklin Advertising
Malinda Andrews of Fresenius Kidney Care
Danielle Wilcox of the Local Bar & Lounge
Brian Weiss & Dennis Tepler – Newly Reopening Joan & Marian’s Antiques
Kelly & Ed Knudson of Knudson Tree Experts
Erik Aleckson – Miracle Ear
Bridget & Jeff Lien of Pizza Pub
Scott & Jen Callander of Scott’s Lawn & Landscaping
Amy Schifsky of Shear Wisdom
Ashley Martin of United Country Banning Junction Realty
Liz Westrom of Volunteers of America

Nominated for
al Community Volunteer Organization:
(need not be a chamber member)
Mora Area Youth Recreation Association (MAYRA) – Patti Miller
Mora Food Shelf – Joan Kadditz
Mora Lions – Joe Anderson
Vasaloppet USA – Sue Belford
The Winner is:
Jean Kadditz accepted the award on behalf of the MORA FOOD SHELF.
The organization that deserves this honor brings the community together towards a common goal. Each person within the organization has strong convictions of service and filling the needs of others.

Nominated for
Outstanding Individual Chamber Member(s) of the Year:

Debbie & Jim Morrison
Deb & Mike Hallin
Dre Atchison, Abby Pendzimas, Tricia Otto
Joe Mulford
Karl Gotfredson
Myron Belford
Terry Salmela
And the Winner is:
Dre Atchison & Abby Pendzimas accepting their award for “Food For Friends” the Mora High School’s Food Shelf. Tricia Otto and Denise Ganz were also recognized.
The award this year is given to these individuals who have opened the hearts, souls, and the eyes of their peers. Their involvement with the community may tend to go unnoticed, but in reality, they are very appreciated by us all.

Nominated for 
Chamber Member with the Greatest Community Involvement:

Coborns Superstore
Kanabec History Center
Neighborhood National Bank
Refuge Network
Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (S.A.C.K.)
The Winner is:
Sandy Juettner accepted the award on behalf of S.A.C.K.
This organization was given this award because they have created a positive educational impact on the Mora Area and beyond. Commanding the attention of legislators, they lead the drive in informing our public on an epidemic affecting youth and adults.

Nominated for
2017 -2018 Business of the Year:

ACE Hardware
Freddies Family Restaurant
Glen’s Tire
Hohn’s Auto Body & Glass
Joan & Marian’s Antiques
Johnson’s Hardware
Made of MORA
Mora Chevrolet/Buick
The Winner is:
Butch & Kristy Hohn of Hohn’s Auto Body & Glass, Collision & Mechanical
This award is given to a business/organization that has shown positive growth, outstanding care and service, a positive work environment and makes a positive economic impact upon the local business community.

The Director’s Choice Award went to an organization that is now under the direction of Family Pathways. The Refuge has been graciously serving this community for many years. We believe that they are worthy of recognition; chosen because of their outstanding ability to address & abate a concerning issue that surrounds us.
Char Weidendorf accepted the award on behalf of the Refuge Network.

There was an ongoing message from the members’ votes this year. As you can see by those chosen, it was a message of caring, empathy, awareness & serving others.
In closing, please keep this quote from WWI General, Peyton C. March,
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind –
are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

Thank you.
                                                                          Karen Amundson, Executive Director


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Miracle Ear Open House in Mora, November 9th & 10th ~

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State Tournament Games Live Broadcasts!

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2017 Chamber Member & Community Recognition Gala Reservations ~

Please don’t put it off any longer, reserve your spot now!

Those who have been nominated for specific awards are listed below. 
Nominees are encouraged to attend!
Reservations are available for purchase online at:
Dinner and Gala – $25.00 per person. 
Social Time: 5pm
50/50 Raffle Sales throughout the evening.
Recognition and awards event will begin promptly at 5:30.
Please pass this message on and share, as not everyone looks at their emails –
from what I understand!

Nominated for
Chamber Member Business of the Year:

ACE Hardware
Freddies Family Restaurant
Glen’s Tire
Hohn’s Auto Body & Glass
Joan & Marian’s Antiques
Johnson’s Hardware
Made of MORA
Mora Chevrolet/Buick

Nominated for 
Chamber Member with the Greatest Community Involvement:

Coborns Superstore
Kanabec History Center
Neighborhood National Bank
Refuge Network
Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (S.A.C.K.)

Nominated for
Outstanding Individual Chamber Member(s) of the Year:

Debbie & Jim Morrison
Deb & Mike Hallin
Dre Atchison, Abby Pendzimas, Tricia Otto
Joe Mulford
Karl Gottfredson
Myron Belford
Steve Froelick
Terry Salmela

Nominated for
al Community Volunteer Organization:
(need not be a chamber member)
Mora Area Youth Recreation Association (MAYRA)
Mora Food Shelf
Mora Lions
Vasaloppet USA

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