Monthly Archives: May 2017

Events Coming up VERY SOON at the Audubon Center of the North Woods

Two Upcoming June Events at ACNW

Volunteer Work Weekend
June 2-4, 2017 (additional Volunteer Work Weekends are July 7-9 and September 8-10)

Enjoy a summer weekend at the Audubon Center of the North Woods – in exchange for some volunteer help on a variety of service projects on the Center’s grounds and buildings.
Ages 12 years and up only please (children must be accompanied by an adult/parent).

Includes two nights lodging in our Crosby Lodge and all meals.

Learn more: Volunteer Weekend

Service projects you’ll be helping on may include weeding, invasive species removal, painting, beautification of Center grounds, fixing fences, general organizing, etc. Upon arrival, you’ll be able to choose from the list of various ‘chores’ and we’ll assign work crews and shifts.
There will be plenty of free time built into this Volunteer Weekend for you to enjoy hiking on our 7 miles of trails, get out on beautiful Grindstone Lake in a canoe, go swimming or fishing, or just sit back and soak up the nature here at the Center. On both evenings, weather permitting, there will be a group campfire.

Dinner at the Lake – “Minnesota’s Moose” with Michelle Carstensen, MN DNR
June 17, 6-9 pm

After a wonderful dinner in our beautiful lakeside dining hall, Michelle Carstensen, DNR Wildlife Health Program supervisor, will share insights into the lives of one of Minnesota’s most beloved and charismatic mega fauna – the moose – and updates on the status of this iconic animal.
Appetizers start at 6:00 p.m.; presentation following dinner
Dinner at the Lake meal and presentation: Adults: $35; Children ages 5-12 yrs: $17

To make reservations: Call (320) 245-2648,
Email, Register online at: Dinner at the Lake

Dinner at the Lake – June

Volunteer Work Weekend
Dinner at the Lake


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SPIRE Awarded Prestigious DECA Marketing Award!

SPIRE’s Stoltz Honored with Prestigious DECA Marketing Award

Dan Stoltz, President/CEO of SPIRE Credit Union, pictured with Sonja Weiler, Elk River High School Business Teacher & DECA Program Coordinator

Falcon Heights, MN              
Dan Stoltz, President and CEO of SPIRE Credit Union, received the 2017 Outstanding Marketing Executive of the Year Award at the recent DECA State Conference Grand Awards Ceremony.  Stoltz now joins a distinguished group of past award recipients, including: Curtis L. Carlson, Carl Pohlad, Marvin Schwann, Rudy Boschwitz, Leeann Chin, Skip Humphrey, Governor Ventura, Lorie Line, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett.Stoltz was honored because of SPIRE’s participation with Elk River High School (ERHS) on the Future Finance Academy program.  In a collaborative effort between ERHS DECA students and SPIRE staff, an event was developed to educate high school students, on the brink of entering adulthood, on how to become financially literate.  The results of this program were astounding.  On day 1 where students completed the pre-test, an average of 38% of the 72 students answered the questions correctly. On day 4, this number increased to 90.93% of students answering correctly; a 190.93% increase in financial knowledge. 

As SPIRE’s President and CEO, Dan Stoltz ensures strength and stability for the sixteen-branch credit union, holding assets of $935+ million and 93,000+ members.  He has been with SPIRE since 1999, starting as the Chief Financial Officer prior to becoming the President/CEO in 2010.  Under Stoltz’s leadership, SNL Financial rated SPIRE the top performing credit union in Minnesota and 15th nationally in early 2015. Additionally, in 2015 Stoltz was bestowed with the highest honor within the Minnesota Credit Union Industry, Professional of the Year.

“I am absolutely honored to receive the award for Marketing Excellence and incredibly humbled to join this group of Minnesota heroes,” says Stoltz, “I appreciate DECA’s contributions in developing future leaders, and I am ever-grateful for being recognized by this prestigious organization.” 

About SPIRE Credit Union: SPIRE Credit Union has been proudly serving Minnesota and Wisconsin residents since 1934, and is a full-service financial institution committed to providing smart products, great rates and excellent service for both personal and business members. SPIRE has 16 branches across the metro and throughout northern Minnesota.

About DECA:  DECA is a student organization whose goal is to develop future leaders in marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship. There are over 2,500 members in the High School Division of Minnesota DECA, and we are part of a national organization with 160,000 members across the country.

Bridget Petersen

Market VP of Community Outreach


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Chamber’s Newest Member –

Elite Septic Maintenance

Kevin Schiferli has been working with Donny Holznagel and has taken educational classes in the world of Septic Maintenance. Donny sold this part of his business to Kevin. 
Elite Septic Maintenance is owned by a man with drive and strong values. Kevin will clean you out, educate you on best septic practices and set you up for success. 

Please welcome Elite Septic Maintenance to the
Chamber Member Businesses!
Find Elite Septic Maintenance on Facebook.
Kevin’s number is 763-226-6771.
His email:


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Emma’s Specials of the Week

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Come on Down to the Launch of Lakes 103.5FM

Mora’s new radio station! Playing the music hits from 1962 – 1982.
All the hits you remember.
We will be there from 3pm – 8pm today (May 26th) –
At the Crystal Bar & Grill back porch!
Meet Musician and DJ Guru Mr. Bill Campbell!
See (and hear) some familiar faces (and voices!)
We’d love you to join in as we start up Mora’s new station,

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Karen declares a very sorry omission…

In apology, Staci Norby is also a board member of the Mora Area Chamber. 
My pea brain missed listing her yesterday… I’m sorry Staci. 

Staci is the Branch Manager of SPIRE Credit Union in Mora and a very valuable member of our Chamber Board.


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Emma’s Pizza Specials this Week!

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Important News from the Chamber…

In an effort to keep you all informed about what’s going on in our community, it’s also important that you are aware of who has recently joined the chamber so that you can utilize their services. We are posting these new members (and will continue to do so), as well as requesting that you take a look at the links: alpha list / categorical list of the members that have been loyally with us for a while. Chamber members all share things in common, one of them being the success of our business. Another, to see the community thrive. By utilizing the members that you see on the list, you are working with people who think like you do, who receives the messages that you do, who is part of this organization that together – strengthens the community. 

How? Here are a few things we have in place:
    Over $3000. in Chamber Cash has already been purchased this year (!) from the chamber that will circulate among you – and only you. 
    Promotions – come out (almost) daily reaching over 150 people regularly – and more if you will all share on Facebook as these little blurbs are in your email, on the Chamber’s Facebook Page and also under NEWS on the Chamber’s website. You send them to the chamber as an email, and they will get out as soon as possible in the 3:00 Blast. 
   The LED sign on 65 and 23 is constantly running and we’re hoping that you’re taking a look at it, as there are surprises on there throughout the years. It’s available for chamber member businesses only – and if you are interested in advertising on it please let me know.
    The Banners on 65 (and also now on 23 E.) very soon will be replaced/updated. The Chamber Foundation will be selling the banners to Chamber members first, then non-members will be allowed to purchase them. Wind has been a real issue for their longevity so some changes will be made in how this will be handled moving forward – most likely the banners will be replaced more often (every 18 months vs. every 3 years). The cost of the banners will be lower to reflect this change. We are currently getting quotes from available banner businesses. Information on this project will be coming your way within the next month. 
     Literature Racks & Shelves are available to all of you at the chamber office. Please feel free to hand over some of your business cards and information pamphlets so that I can share to those who are new to or inquiring of the area.
    Networking Meetings are beginning again. On a monthly basis, the 3rd Wednesday of each month will be set aside for a business to host a gathering either at their business, another venue or at the telework conference room in the chamber office building. These can be morning, noon, or evening gatherings. The Chamber will assist in paying for food where ever these meetings are held. Informative speakers are encouraged. So are tours and interest grabbing activities. These will give you a chance to meet other business members and make the necessary connections that can help grow your business. Please let me know if you are interested and we’ll get a calendar date set up!
     Business Development Education Scholarship Program applications are due June 1st. Please see the Chamber’s website for more information.

Newest Chamber Members (as of the past month):
     Scott’s Lawn and Landscaping
     Fresenius Kidney Care
     Shear Wisdom Hair Design
     Franklin Outdoor Advertising
     The Local Bar & Lounge

Thanks to all of you for your support over the years. It’s my hope that you find the chamber has an open door and is available to work with you on any issues that you need help with. You know me, so let me introduce the Board of Directors as it stands currently:

Toni Fulton – President – BetaBFit Fitness Consulting and Training
Jodi Schultz – Vice President – Neighborhood National Bank
Kathy VonBank – Treasurer – Bassett’s Greenery
Shannon Jackson – Seven County Senior Federation
Rose Tomlinson – Northern Lights Realty
Jack Cole – Town & Country Insurance
Matt Pfankuch  – Tread Company

Chamber Board meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month at noon – currently at the Chamber Office. Please – if you are interested in attending – you are welcome to! If you are ever interested in helping out any of our events – we’d welcome you! Every 2 months the Foundation meets following the Chamber Board meeting.

Upcoming activities:
Scholarship Applications – due June 1st.  Applicants will be announced after the June 22nd Kanabec Area Chamber Foundation Board meeting.
Bingo at the County Fair – Volunteers who assist at the chamber booth are encouraged to bring along promotional information to share at the fair! We will be in the Boy Scout building again. Thurs, Fri, & Saturday.
Highway Banner Project – More to come on this. Lots more…

The Planters Downtown will be planted as soon as Cory Stanchfield and her 4H students get a nice day to get it done.
The plants are all purchased, it’s just been rather cold and rainy lately!

Thank you.

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Chasing the Dragon Movie/Documentary – Paradise Theatre, Thurs., May 25 @ 6:30pm

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Communication Workshop

Our friends at the James J. Hill Center in St. Paul are holding a “Soft Skills Revolution for Entrepreneurs” course on Thursday, June 1st.

This interactive workshop gives a deep dive into the most valuable and sought after skill in business today: communication. This 4 hour course is appropriate for all levels of experience and is open to entrepreneurs, business owners and people interested in professional development! Led by four experienced thought leaders: Jeff Brown & Chris Carlson of NarrativePros, Ben Shank of Writing Consultants and Brian Sostek of Sossy Mechanics.
For more info, please check out this link: 

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