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FEATURED MEMBER: Minnwest Bank

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At Minnwest Bank, we build relationships with doers — the people who start with a dream and are committed to turning it into reality.

At Minnwest Bank, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do — from our workplace, to our communities and to our customers.

At Minnwest Bank we are serving communities to get things done.

Minnwest Bank was founded in 1987 and Minnwest Bank Marshall opened in June of 1996. There are 24 locations serving in Minnesota and South Dakota.

Learn more at www.minnwestbank.com


NEW MEMBER: Enviropump pump plus, llc

Enviro Pump Plus

Providing portable toilet rental and service, commerical and residental pumping; sewer jetting and telvised sewer inspection to Marshall and all of Southwest Minnesota.

FEATURED MEMBER: Titan MAchinery

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Titan Machinery purchased the existing business in 2003. Titan Machinery owns and operates a network of full-service agriculture and construction equipment dealerships in the United States and Europe. Our primary new equipment manufacturer partner is the CNHi family of brands - including Case IH, Case Construction, New Holland Agriculture, and New Holland Construction.

Titan Machinery loves being a good community member and many employees volunteer with many different organizations. 

Learn more at www.titanmachinery.com


NEW MEMBER: 4K Construction 

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A home is the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so it’s important to understand the condition of your investment. Let 4K Construction provide you with a thorough inspection and report you can rely on.


FEATURED MEMBER: Stella House

Stella House

Stella House Airbnb, located in Balaton Minnesota, started in 2004. Family generation owned. Quiet bungalow home good for couples, solo adventures,business travelers, and families with kids. Blocks away from Lake Yankton and a 3 par golf course. Weekly and monthly specials available. Don and Texas Swanjord started this  place along with other homes as a place where people could stay and Texas's son Jason Whiteman took over The legacy a couple years ago.Jason and Nicki Swan manage the property. Call Jason at 507-227-3857 or Nicki at 507-227-7813 for questions or reservations.

Learn more at www.airbnb.com/rooms/14537896?sug=51


NEW MEMBER: Panka Insurance Agency

Panka Insurance Company

We sell and service the following lines of insurance: Auto, Home, Farm, Health, Life, Crop, Business, Disability & Annuities. We will tailor your policy to meet your specific needs so you pay only for what you need.

FEATURED MEMBER: Marshall Municipal Utilities

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The Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) is the community’s water and electricity provider.  The municipal utility was started in 1894, when the electorate decided to create a community water supply and start to generate electricity .  Today, MMU produces about a billion gallons of clean water per year, and sells about 570,000,000 kilo-watthours of electricity.  As one of 127 municipally owned electric systems in Minnesota, MMU is owned by the people it serves.  The MMU Commission is made up of five appointed people.  They are Scott Saugstad, Bill Ziegenhagen, Sonya Kayser, Cindy Verschaetse, and Bill Reilly.  MMU General Manager since 2003 is Brad Roos.

Learn more at www.marshallutilities.com


FEATURED MEMBER: US Bank

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U.S. Bank Equipment Finance is one of the largest equipment finance providers in the United States. And, we've been a major funding source for companies in almost every market sector, with transactions ranging from $50,000 to more than $50 million. We have been a proud member of the Marshall community since 2000. 

Learn more at www.usbank.com


NEW MEMBER: Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a lay Catholic family fraternal service organization. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to all practical Catholic men in communion with the Holy See, age eighteen and above. The term practical Catholic implies that a person accepts and abides by the Commandments of God and the precepts and tenets of the Catholic Church.


NEW MEMBER: US ARmy & Army Reserve

US Army

We recruit America's men and women for today's Army. We are committed to recruiting with integrity, and with the finest keepings of the Army values. We are a values based organization looking for people that want to defend our country.


FEATURED MEMBER: The Dog House

The Dog House

The Dog House was started in June 2017 by Justin and Wendy McKinney, who wanted to provide an opportunity for area residents to kennel their dog in a facility that offers supervised play time, modern amenities, and a convenient location. They are passionate about animals, and have greatly enjoyed getting to know other dog owners since they opened. The Dog House is excited about serving Marshall and the surrounding area in 2018 and beyond!

Learn more at www.thedoghousemarshall.com


NEW MEMBER: Polish Nail Lounge

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Treat yourself to a relaxing pedicure or pamper your nails with some creative free hand nail art!


NEW MEMBER: LA Vintage Warehouse

 
L.A. Vintage Warehouse offers a wide variety of Vintage and Antique as well as modern furniture, and collectible items. 

Learn more on their Facebook group.


FEATURED MEMBER: Action Sports

Action Sports

Action Sports was started in 1979 by Tim and Donna Swenson, In 2009 Jim And Teah Swenson purchased it from Tim and Donna.

We are SW MN largest motorsports, Marine dealer….wth brands like…Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, Can Am, Sea Doo, Ski Doo, Alumacraft, Triton Trailers,Beartrack Trailers…and an all new Pontoon line up…Godfrey—with brands like Sweetwater, San Pan, Aqua Patio. We have a full service shop, parts and clothing department.

Your way to Fun….

Learn more at www.shopyourwaytofun.com


NEW MEMBER: Farm Bureau Financial Services-Kevin Byers

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I'm here to make insurance simple for you. I'm committed to helping you prepare for the future and protect what matters most. Let me help you through all stages of your life.

For your insurance needs, call (507) 376-6567.


MEET OUR BOARD: Kevin Reese, U.S. Bank

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Kevin Reese has been a member of the Marshall community since 1999 when he moved here to start a career with U.S. Bank. Kevin is an active member of the community through his involvement in several boards and community events.
 
Kevin is a graduate of Luverne High School and New Mexico State University. He as a degree in Marketing with focus in Professional Golf Management and he still enjoys the game of golf.
 
Kevin is married to Deann and they have three active kids, Mason, Gabby and Dawson.

NEW MEMBER: Device Repair

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Device Repair MN specializes in quality iPhone, iPad, iPod, Smartphone, and Tablet repair. We are locally owned and have the experience you can trust. Fast and Honest service is what we strive for. Make us your go to for all of your device repair needs.

Learn more at www.devicerepairmn.com


NEW MEMBER: Living Word Lutheran Church

Living Word Lutheran Church
Living word is a Christ-centered family, focusing on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through love, humility and repentance. All sinners are welcome!

FEATURED MEMBER: Seacret Direct-Karla Munkel

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Karla Munkel launched Seacret in Marshall in January 2016.  She enjoys sharing products that help your body heal with natural benefits of the Dead Sea.  
Customers fall in love with the products once they try them.  Seacret is a health and wellness company with personal care and nutrition products with minerals, salt, and mud from the Dead Sea.

Learn more at www.seacretdirect.com/kjm


NEW MEMBER: Rodan + Fields - Ellen Griebel

Rodan Fields
Founded by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Rodan + Fields® puts the power of dermatology-based skincare in your hands, using a highly effective social commerce business model. Contact Ellen Griebel to be your local rep!

Learn more at egriebel.myrandf.com


NEW MEMBER: Marshall Downtown Business Association

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MDBA's mission is to promote the downtown area business climate, coordinate activities and promotions, and help promote an attractive curb appeal for our downtown visitors and customers alike.

Learn more about MDBA here.


FEATURED MEMBER: 20/20 Clearview Window & Rain Gutter Cleaners

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They provide quality window washing services at an affordable price!

Learn more at www.2020clearview.net


 

NEW MEMBER: The Tru Shrimp Company

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trū® Shrimp has redefined shrimp aquaculture with our revolutionary technology. We raise the safest, cleanest, most natural shrimp possible through a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach. We have created a new paradigm of food safety that provides consumers with unprecedented transparency and traceability. Consumers know where their shrimp come from and how they were raised.

Learn more at www.trushrimpcompany.com


NEW MEMBER: Sabrina Ulrich, LICSW; Counseling Services

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Bio: I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to individuals and families.  I enjoy assisting people in their journey to overcome life challenges.  I work with children and their families, adolescents, and women with concerns surrounding parenting difficulties, life adjustments, and blended families as well as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral issues.  I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Play Therapy Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Techniques.  My goal is to provide a safe space for my clients to explore where they are emotionally, where they want to be, and to give them tools to reach their goals. (507) 476-0495

FEATURED MEMBER: PeopleReady

People Ready

PeopleReady, a TrueBlue Company, has been operating in Marshall for 15 years.  We offer staffing solutions to companies in SW Minnesota including direct hire associates, on demand labor, long term associates as well as temp to hire.  Our purpose is connecting people and work.

Learn more at www.peopleready.com/market.


NEW MEMBER: Lyon County MN Republicans

Lyon County MN Republicans

Located in southwestern Minnesota, Lyon County is home to the cities of Marshall, Tracy, Cottonwood, Minneota, and many smaller towns and townships.

The Republican Party of Lyon County is dedicated to supporting and electing conservative candidates in House District 21A, Senate District 21, and Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District.

Learn more at www.lyoncountygop.org


FEATURED MEMBER: Greig-Gregerson LLC

Greig Gregerson

Greig-Gregerson LLC manages both Commercial and Residental Property in Marshall. We'll try to meet your needs. They offer apartments, single family homes, duplexes and many commercial office spaces in Downtown Marshall. Al Greig and Norm Gregerson both have 30 years of business and rental experience. Contact them today if you are looking for rental options!

Learn more at www.greig-gregerson.com.


NEW MEMBER: Murphy Business of Minnesota, LLC

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Murphy Business is one of the largest and most successful business brokerage firms in North America with a powerful network of over 150 offices conveniently located throughout the United States and Canada. We provide our services mostly throughout Minnesota, and on a more limited basis in surrounding states.

NEW MEMBER: Shopko

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 SHOPKO is a specialty discount retailer offering quality merchandise and service to meet our customers' life-style requirements.

Learn more at www.shopko.com


FEATURED MEMBER: ACE Home & Hardware

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Ace Home & Hardware is your locally owned home improvement store.  We specialized in home remodeling, new construction, flooring & cabinets, a full hardware store and beer and wine making supplies.  The business is owned by Jennifer Johnson and Mike Fox, which are 3rd generation owners. Roy Fox bought the business in 1965.  It was just a lumber yard at the time.

Learn more at www.marshallace.com.


NEW MEMBER: Edward Jones-Snodgrass

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Brent Snodgrass & Ryan Snodgrass are our newest Edward Jones members. They believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. It's also important to understand the level of risk you're comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.

Contact Brent here. Contact Ryan here.


New MEMBER: Park N Sell

Park N Sell

Park 'N' Sell
Sell your vehicles or equipment including Autos, atv’s, trailers, RVs, lawn equipment, boats, fish houses, skid steers & more!

Learn more at www.parknsell.info


FEATURED MEMBER: Sussner Construction

Sussner Construction

From the first handshake to the first-day ribbon cutting, we are completely committed to your success. Sussner Construction, Inc. is a general contractor with precise standards. Since 1993, we have been providing commercial and industrial construction, Nucor Building Systems pre-engineered buildings and design/build services to businesses in southwest Minnesota and the tri-state region. We are experienced concrete specialists and carpenters and just as importantly, skilled project managers, administrators and supervisors. We understand the critical significance of a strong infrastructure in construction and organization.

Learn more at sussnerconstruction.com


MEET OUR BOARD: HAyley Merritt, Applebee's

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Hayley April Elayne Merritt is the Assistant Manager for Applebee’s since June 2016 which relocated her from La Crosse, WI to the Southwest MN area. 

Background:  Orignally from Preston which is located in Southeast MN and went to college in La Crosse WI at Viterbo University where I graduated with a business degree. Moved to the area with my fiancé, Ryan Schmahl, in June 2016 for our careers.  We enjoy watching sports, playing as much sand volleyball that we can, and also going out on the lake! I spend my free time these days planning our wedding which will be celebrated Fall 2018 J Hayley is also involved in Women's Connect and Young Professionals.


FEATURED MEMBER: Runnings

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The Runnings story began in 1947, when founder Norman "Red" Running opened the first store in downtown Marshall, Minnesota. Runnings started as an automotive supply store, but has expanded over the years to include clothing, sporting goods, farm supplies, housewares, tools, pet and animal supplies and more. Under the leadership of Owners Dennis and Adele Reed, Runnings has grown from 8 stores in 2 states to 41 stores in 6 states including Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, New York and New Hampshire. The company has undergone incredible change over the years, but one thing that will never be compromised is our commitment to serving the needs of our customers.

Runnings is your home, farm and outdoor store!

Learn more at www.runnings.com.


MEET OUR BOARD: Roger evert, Runnings

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My name is Roger Evert.  I have been the Director of Human Resources at Running Supply, Inc. for the past 8 years.   In Marshall, I have previously worked for Schwan’s and Minnesota Corn Processors.  My wife, Joyce, and I have been Marshall residents since 1992.  We enjoy golfing at The Marshall Golf Club.  Our three daughters all have graduated from Marshall High School and started families in Brookings and Sioux Falls.  We have 6 grandchildren and number 7 will arrive next Spring.  I currently serve as a member of the Marshall Area Chamber Board of Directors.  I have previously served on the United Way Board and continue to support the United Way through Running’s Corporate campaign.  


Taste of Marshall 2017

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Taste of Marshall 2017 was a great evening once again! We had about 300 people in attendance for our annual Taste of Marshall/Annual Awards.

Marshall Area Chamber Annual Awards:
Rookie of the Year: Marty Seifert (Seifert Properties)
Volunteer of the Year: Bill Mulso (Southwest Minnesota State University)
All Star Award: Mike Snodgrass (Edward Jones) AND Bill Ziegenhagen (Marshall Small Engine)
Businesses of the Year: Patzer's Hardware Hank/Furniture & Appliance AND Bisbee Plumbing & Heating celebrated their 50th Anniversaries this year! Congratulations!

Taste of Marshall Awards:
Best Food Item: 1st Place: Prairie's Edge Casino Resort-Shrimp Scampi
2nd Place: Hitching Post-Ribs

Most Unique Item: 1st Place: The Daily Grind-Roasted Squash Soup
2nd Place: Columbia Imports (Olive Oils & Vinegar)

Best Booth Display: 1st Place: The Daily Grind
2nd Place: Hitching Post


MEET OUR BOARD: Lucas Hilgemann, Titan Machinery

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Lucas Hilgemann is an Area Sales Manager at Titan Machinery in Marshall and Pipestone. He covers 8 counties in SW Minnesota.  He is originally from Aberdeen, SD born and raised.  Lucas moved here in 2009 with Titan Machinery.  He and his wife, Jessica have 3 kids.  Brayden 15, Jordyn 14, Jaryn 10.  They are all very active in school sports and activities.  He has coached the kids in just about every sport at some point in time.  His wife Jessica owns Sole Mates in downtown Marshall.  They absolutely love Marshall and can’t picture raising their kids anyplace else.  Lucas is also part of the Chamber Ag Committee.


FEATURED MEMBER: AP Design

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AP Design, an awards, promotional product, decorated apparel and full service sign company is in its 28th year of business.  AP Design, incorporated in 1989, started as a traditional awards and trophy shop.  In 1998, under new ownership, AP Design expanded into the promotional products industry.  Then again in 2005 AP Design purchased Signature Logo Solutions, an apparel decoration company.  Finally in 2010, AP Design bought Paxton Signs, a 62 year old sign company.  AP Design's clients and customers include businesses, schools, athletic and community groups and individuals.

Learn more at www.apdesignpro.com.


MEET OUR BOARD: Jill Pieper, Schwan's Company

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Jill Pieper is currently VP, Corporate Controller for Schwan’s Company.  She has been with Schwan’s for 15 years in various roles in Finance. She is involved in Holy Redeemer School and Church, Marshall’s Women’s Connect, and Junior Achievement of Lyon County. Her family consists of husband (Gabe Pieper) for almost 10 years and 2 children, Noah (7) and Addie (5).
She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling. She is also a sports fanatic and love watching all sports, but her favorite is the MN Vikings.


Governor's PHeasant Hunting Opener 2017

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We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Opener a success.  Thank you to our committee (Cal Brink, Karen VanKeulen, Darin Rahm, Cassi Schreckenghaust, Ron Prorok, Bill Mulso, Brad Strootman, Nate Petersen, Don Atcher, Nick Simonson, Lisa Havelka, Scott Roemhildt, and Dan Ruiter) and volunteers (Deb Brink, Josh Behning, Tara Onken, Stacy Frost, Joyce Strootman, Marcy Heemeyer, and the Bird Bustin’ Babes).  This event was made possible thanks to our generous sponsors.  Although it took a LOT of work, we had a LOT of fun.  We’re fortunate to have great local venues (Shooters Sporting Clays, Southwest Minnesota State University, Red Baron Arena & Expo) and weather that cooperated beautifully.

Congratulations to the winners of our raffles and contests from the 2017 Governor's Pheasant Opener:
Polaris Ranger-Don Schwarz
Shotgun-Kevin Keefe
$500 Marshall Gift Checks-Mike Sweetman
Meger print-Patty Funk
Action Manufacturing table-Nick Simonson
Action Manufacturing hat rack-Rick Peterson
Sound Gear Custom Fit Hearing Protection-John Roach and Chet Lockwood
Sound Gear Instant Fit Hearing Protection-Alison Fenske
$50 Runnings Gift Card-Tory Schreurs
$25 Runnings Gift Card-Paul Nester

Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who bought a raffle ticket!


 

MEET OUR Board: Diane Buesing, Wilson O'Brien Realtors

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Diane Buesing is on the Marshall Chamber Board and is the Broker/Owner of Wilson O'Brien, Realtors. She has been selling real estate in Marshall and the surrounding area since 2011. In 2015 she became licensed in South Dakota and expanded her business. She is an Ambassadors for the Marshall Chamber and also assist with giving community tours to new prospects to the area. She is President of the WCAR Board for Realtors. She has 2 grown children and married. She has a granddaughter (1 year old). Life is good. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, going the lake.


FEATURED MEMBER: Cornerstone United Methodist Church

Cornerstone United Methodist Church

Cornerstone United Methodist Church is a Family Friendly ~  Bible Believing Christian Community. We are committed to building disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Cornerstone is located at 202 North 4th Street near downtown Marshall. Our Sunday morning Family Worship service is at 9:30 AM with Children’s Church and nursery provided every week. Wednesday is Family Night at Cornerstone with a free meal at 5 PM and Christian Education for all ages at 6 PM including an adult small group study. Albright UMC and Wesley UMC combined in 2015 to form Cornerstone UMC. Our first service as a newly formed church was on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  

For more information check out our web site at www.cornerstonemarshall.org, or our Facebook page at Cornerstone United Methodist Church


FEATURED MEMBER: SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Founded in 1967, Southwest Minnesota is proud to celebrate 50 years serving Marshall, southwest Minnesota and beyond. The University prepares students to meet the complex challenges of this century as engaged citizens in their local and global communities. SMSU offers more than 50 majors, boasts the highest job placemtn rate in the system at 99% and is consistently recognized for exceptional value and affordability.

CONGRATULATIONS, SMSU, on celebrating 50 years! What an asset to our community!
Learn more at www.smsu.edu


MEET OUR STAFF: Marcia Loeslie, EDA Assistant Director

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Marcia Loeslie is the EDA Assistant Director for the City of Marshall/Marshall Area Chamber. She has been in an economic development role for the past 9 years. She has been involved in Marshall Area Young Professionals, Discover Southwest Minnesota Partnership and Grace Life Church. Marcia has been married to her husband, Matthew, for 12 years and they have five children: Aleya (8), Makiah (6), Selah (4), Raya (2) and Noah (1). She enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball and basketball, playing cards and scrapbooking.


NEW MEMBER: Connect Hearing

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We are dedicated to providing outstanding patient care and finding customized hearing care solutions that perfectly match each patient's individual needs, lifestyle and budget.
 

NEW MEMBER: Broadmoor Valley

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Welcome to our newest Chamber member, Broadmoor Valley! They are located at 100 Lilac Drive in Marshall, MN. 
Manufactured Housing Community, Sales, Lot Rental, and Lot Sales. Also provides short-term housing. RV Parking available!
 

MEET OUR STAFF: CAl Brink, Executive Director

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Cal Brink is the Executive Director for the Marshall Area Chamber, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Economic Development going on 9 years. He is involved in Business Development, Marshall Area Transportation Group, Hunting Works for MN and the Governor’s transportation advisory committee.
His family consists of wife (Deb) for 38 years and one daughter (Jamie) who is married to Justin Thordson and they have 3 kids. Caden (16), Brogan (5) and Beckett (3) all of which live 1 mile from Grandma and Grampa just outside of Lynd.
Cal's interests include anything that makes Marshall and the area a better place to live and hobbies would be anything that involves time with family, 4 wheeling out in the Black Hills, raising buffalo and donating buffalo meat to benefit local organizations.


 

FEATURED MEMBER: Southwest Minnesota State University

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Founded in 1967, Southwest Minnesota is proud to celebrate 50 years serving Marshall, southwest Minnesota and beyond. The University prepares students to meet the complex challenges of this century as engaged citizens in their local and global communities. SMSU offers more than 50 majors, boasts the highest job placemtn rate in the system at 99% and is consistently recognized for exceptional value and affordability.

CONGRATULATIONS, SMSU, on celebrating 50 years! What an asset to our community!
Learn more at www.smsu.edu

 


FEATURED MEMBER: North Star Mutual Insurance Company

North Star Mutual Insurance

North Star Mutual is Minnesota’s largest farm insurance writer and has been headquartered in Cottonwood since the 1920’s.  With a growing staff of 244 employees, we specialize in farm, home, auto and small business insurance and write approximately $400 million in premium annually.  North Star offers insurance through a network of nearly 1,500 independent insurance agents across the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Although we’ve grown substantially over the years, our company holds firmly to rural values and is committed to serving our policyholders, agents, employees, and community with pride. For more information about North Star visit www.northstarmutual.com


 

MEET OUR STAFF: Cindy Winn, Finance COORDINATOR

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Cindy Winn is the Finance Coordinator for the Chamber, Visitor's Bureau, EDA, and MDBA and is involved in Women's Connect. She has been with the Chamber for almost 5 years. She has been married to her husband, Ken for 44 years and together they have 3 married children, Holly (Craig) Lamote, Josie (Doug) Malecha, Ed (Lauren) Winn and 8 grandchildren. She loves going to the lake, traveling, going for walks, playing Bunco, hanging out with family and watching the grandkids.


FEATURED MEMBER: Traveler's Lodge

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The Traveler’s Lodge is an independently owed Motel serving guests that need a room for a day or need a room for an extended stay. We took over ownership 4 ½ years ago and have focused on room upgrades from day one.
Room upgrades have included: Granite counters with above counter sinks, New light fixtures, New wood floor options, New TV’s, New Beds, New Furniture, and many others.
Our Goal at the Traveler’s Lodge is to give great value and price to our guests that don’t want to pay for amenities they won’t even use. We want every guest to be able to checkout of their room saying, “Wow, that was a really nice room”.

For those needing a room in Marshall, I hope you use the opportunity to stay with us.

Learn more at www.travelerslodge.biz


MEET OUR STAFF: Erin Raveling, Marketing Coordinator

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Erin Raveling is the Marketing Coordinator for the Marshall Chamber. She has been with the Chamber for 7 years. She is involoved in Marshall Area Young Professionals, Marshall GreenStep Committee, Marshall Downtown Business Association, and will be joining the Marshall Community Foundation Board. Erin has been married to her husband, Cody, for 7 years and they have twin 2 year olds, Eden & Beau. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake and shopping when she can!


FEATURED MEMBER: MVTV Wireless

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MVTV Wireless is a non-profit member owned cooperative, providing broadband internet service to almost 30K square miles within SW Minnesota. Our Fixed Wireless technology enables us to bring broadband to areas that have never had affordable, reliable and dependable service options. We serve both residential and business customers.

We’ve just recently completed a 1.8 million dollar network upgrade which allows us to now offer speeds up to 25Mbps. That’s unlimited, with no contracts to hidden fees!  And our customer service is second to none! We also have technicians that live throughout our service area, ensuring quick response when necessary.

If you’re not happy with your current service… give MVTV Wireless a call TODAY for a FREE serviceability check. 320-564-4807

Learn more at www.mvtvwireless.com


 

FEATURED MEMBER: Canby Inn & Suites

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At the Canby Inn and Suites, we don't just offer accommodations, we offer sincere hospitality miles away from big hotel chains.  Our quaint 28 room hotel opened in June 2011 features a pool/hot tub, expanded continental breakfast with hot items served daily, wireless internet, and a business center.  Each room offers a refrigerator and microwave, iron/board, hairdryer, and coffee maker. We are located close to the Minnesota/South Dakota border and 30 miles from Marshall, MN.  The Historic Lund-Hoel House and Stone Hill Park/Del Clark Lake are only minutes away.

Learn more at www.canbyinnandsuites.com


MEET OUR STAFF: Darin Rahm, Convention & Visitor's Bureau Director

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Darin Rahm is the Director of the Marshall Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. He has been with the CVB for 3 years. He is married to his wife Shannon and they have 3 kids, Abby (22), Erin (19) and Anna (13). He is involved in MN Amateur Sports Commission, Vice president of the Southern Minnesota Tourism Association and the Explore SW MN travel group. Darin enjoys golfing, craft breweries and antiquing. He also enjoys spending time with his grandson Lincoln. 


FEATURED MEMBER: Reinhart Food Service

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Reinhart Marshall has been in operation for over 30 years and serves independent restaurants, sporting venues, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and chain accounts.  We strive to be the RIGHT CHOICE for our customers throughout parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota by delivering the best products, service and value they need. In everything we do our customers sustainable success remains our top priority.

Learn more at https://rfsdelivers.com


MEET OUR STAFF: Karen VanKeulen, Partnership & EVents Coordinator

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Karen has been with the Chamber for 9 years. In that time, she has been in every role and is currently the Partnership and Events Coordinator. She and her husband Pat, have 4 kids: Emily (and Dan Offerdahl), Grant, Haley and Chase. Karen enjoys golf, reading, and general socializing. She is involved with SMSU Alumni Board, Mustang Booster, and Marshall School Board.


NEW MEMBER: The Bend Studio

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Welcome to our newest Chamber member, The Bend Studio! They are located at 114 North 3rd Street, Suite A in Marshall, MN. 
We are a specialty fitness studio offering a variety of yoga, barre & pilates classes, as well as personal training sessions. Our growing studio boutique features a selection of active wear, accessories and yoga mats.
 

FEATURED MEMBER: Southwest School of Dance

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In 2016 Larvita McFarquhar purchased the Southwest School of Dance from Charlotte Wendel, who started it back in 1983.  We moved into our new location in the former Lyndwood Center building in Lynd, in the fall of 2016 along with opening Prestige Gymnastics.  We are excited to begin our 35th season of dance and our 2nd season of gymnastics!

Learn more at www.southwestschoolofdancemn.com


 

MEET OUR STAFF: Tara Onken, Economic Development Director

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Tara is currently the Economic Development Coordinator in Tracy and Balaton and will be transitioning into her role as the Marshall EDA Director later this year.  Tara has been with the Chamber for two years.  She is involved with Marshall Area Young Professionals, Southwest Economic Development Professionals and the Economic Development Association of Minnesota.  She volunteers her time as an EDA Board Member in Balaton, as well as working on natural gas, broadband and park projects in her community.  When Tara isn’t working, you can find her at the family farm, or at her family lake cabin, spending time with her family.


NEW MEMBER: SR Auto Repair Garage

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Welcome to our newest Chamber member, SR Auto Repair Garage! They are located at 406 Airport Road in Marshall, MN. 
SR Auto Repair Garage offers complete automotive and light truck repairs, with honest and dependable customer service. Give me a call for all your automotive repair needs.
 

FEATURED MEMBER: Action Manufacturing

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Action Manufacturing Inc. began in 2008 in Marshall, MN with the production of the first ever tracked all terrain wheelchair called The Action Trackchair. In 2010 the Action Trackstander was created, both units have vastly improved independence and accessibility for the disabled community.

Additional products manufactured by Action Manufacturing include:

  • The Action Trackporter, a device used in the pork production industry.
  • The Action Trackbot which is a remote controlled robotic platform with numerous applications such as in hazardous work environments, military, police as well as in tactical training programs.

Action Manufacturing has a dealer distribution network through-out the US as well as Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Spain and the Netherlands.  www.actiontrackchair.com  


MEET OUR STAFF: Cassi Schreckenghaust, CVB Social MEdia/Marketing Coordinator

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Cassi is the Social Media/Marketing Coordinator for the Marshall Convention & Visitor's Bureau - Visit Marshall, MN. Cassi has been with the for CVB for 1 year. She is involved in Marshall Area Young ProfessionalsSouthern Minnesota Tourism Association, & Explore SW MN. She has coached High School and 12U hockey in Marshall the past 4 years. She also enjoys taking road trips with her new fiancé Michael, hanging out with her cat Radish and cooking and baking any spare time she gets!

FEATURED MEMBER: Wilson O'Brien Realtors

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Wilson-O’Brien has been one of Marshall’s leading area home realtors since 1959. Our friendly staff and positive reputation for integrity and professionalism will help you in buying or selling your home. We’re ready to do everything in our power to fulfill your home needs. 

Learn more about Wilson O'Brien Realtors.


Meet our Staff: Brad Gruhot, Chamber Director

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Brad has been with the Chamber 3 years but in the Chamber industry for 8 years. He is involved in Young Professionals, Business Development, Ambassadors, Transportation & Legislative Committees and oversees the daily Chamber operations. Brad has been married to his wife, Karen, for 16 years, and they have two children, Jonathan (12) and Alayna (9), who attend Holy Redeemer School. Brad likes to golf, is an avid Minnesota sports fan and is involved in several organizations including Holy Redeemer Church & School, SMSU Boosters and Foundation, MAYBA and the Marshall Area YMCA.
 
 

FEATURED MEMBER: Marshall Food4Kids

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  • Marshall Food4Kids started in 2013 serving 98 children and grew to more than 200 students in less than a year. About 400 children are currently enrolled and more are regularly being added as funding allows.
  • The food is packed by volunteers and delivered to schools weekly.
  • We are a 100% volunteer organization.
  • Any child in Head Start or any Marshall Public School student who wants extra food assistance for the weekend, with a parent or guardian’s consent, is eligible to participate in the program. 

   

Learn more about Marshall Food4Kids.


FEATURED MEMBER: Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care

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Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care is a nonprofit organization, established by members of the community, to serve the community.  As a Medicare-certified Hospice provider, we have been providing hospice care for patients in Lyon County and the surrounding area for over 33 years, touching the lives of over 1,600 patients and their families.

 In 2004, we opened the first hospice house in the community (Lockwood House) and look forward to opening a second hospice house (McLaughlin House) in Marshall in September to meet the growing need for residential hospice care in the community.

In 2014, we expanded our continuum of care to meet a growing need in the community and became a Medicare-certified Home Health Care provider, providing us the opportunity to serve patients with a wide variety of home care needs.

Thanks to the support of a very caring community, Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care continues to maintain a strong commitment to serving the community through the delivery of exceptional services and compassionate care, as a trusted leader in home health can hospice care. 

 

Learn more about Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care.


 

FEATURED MEMBER: Marshall Area YMCA

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The Marshall Area YMCA believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.  That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause.  Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors in our community to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  The Y facility opened in 2003 providing Marshall with services and programs focusing our work in three areas - Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.      

Learn more about the Marshall Area YMCA.


 

NEW MEMBER: Waste Management

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Welcome to our newest Chamber member, Waste Management! They are located at 905 Channel Parkway in Marshall, MN. 
Waste Management serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers through landfill operations, curbside collection, dumpster, recycling, and other waste collection services.
 

FEATURED MEMBER: Rotary Clubs of Marshall, MN

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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors organized into over 35,000 clubs worldwide in about 200 countries.  Members serve as friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Rotarians support projects that: Promote peace; Fight disease; Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Save mothers and children; Support education; and Grow local economies.  Rotary is the oldest service club in the world, now in its 113th year.

The two Rotary Clubs of Marshall are: 

Rotary Club of Marshall – Noon, meeting each Tuesday noon at Shay’s. The Noon Club was chartered in 1949.

Rotary Club of Marshall Sunrise, meeting each Thursday at 7:00 am at the YMCA. The Sunrise Club was chartered on Feb. 23, 2003.  

Any interested person would be welcome stop in at either meeting to learn more about the organization and to consider joining.

Local projects have included:  Liberty Park redesign, Memorial Park, Dictionaries for elementary school kids, work with Big Buddies, etc.

International projects have included:  Food for Kidz (providing about 90,000 meals annually), Water Collection and Storage Tanks for Uganda, Wheelchair distribution and fitting, etc.  Local members have worked on projects in Uganda, Guatemala, Romania, and Jamaica.

Learn more about Rotary Clubs of Marshall.


FEATURED MEMBER: Bremer Bank

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Partnering with Bremer Bank presents a world of financial possibilities. From personal and business banking to investments, insurance and trust, Bremer listens to your needs, then finds solutions to help realize your goals.

We are as large or small as you need us to be. We are large enough to offer significant resources, yet small enough to deliver the personal attention and individualized solutions you deserve.

When you put your trust in Bremer, you experience an unparalleled level of service, commitments you can count on and a partner who understands your needs and the needs of the community. Since 1935, Bremer Bank has been a proud member of the Marshall community.

Learn more about Bremer at www.bremer.com

 


NEW MEMBER: Lyon County Farm Bureau

Lyon County Farm BureauWelcome to our newest Chamber member, Lyon County Farm Bureau
Farm Bureau is an organization guided and directed by our nearly 30,000 member families-teachers, farmers, community leaders, husbands, wives, parents and business owners. Each one is concerned about their children, families, communities and making Minnesota a great please to live and work.
 
 

Featured Member: C&N GameRoom Outlet and Security

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Serving Customers Since 1928!
C & N Sales offers Pool Tables, Dart Boards, Jukeboxes, Pinball Machines, Video Games, sanctioned Pool and Dart Leagues and Home Entertainment Sales.
C&N Sales has the largest league system in SW MN for pool and darts in the country! With over 400 taverns served and 10,000 league players, our patrons come from all over the Midwest to play in our weekly leagues and qualify for our premier tournament schedule.

Learn more about C&N Sales at www.cnnsales.com

 

New Member: Pulver Towing

Pulver TowingWelcome to our newest Chamber member, Pulver Towing of Marshall! They are located at 2554 County Road 7 in Marshall, MN. 
Pulver Towing of Marshall has been providing towing, recovery, and most importantly, emergency road assistance to the residents and businesses in the Greater Marshall area. We are backed by our qualified staff members and more than 70 years of experience. Our family-owned and operated company strives to help many customers at the same time, irrespective of their location within our service area.
 

MN Chamber LEgislative Updates

In partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers throughout the State, we made real progress on addressing employer needs on several fronts from taxes, transportation and health care, education/workforce development, environmental regulations and energy costs. 
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BUSINESS TAX RELIEF
The Legislature delivered the biggest tax relief bill for all Minnesotans since 2001. We have worked for years to reverse a number of tax laws that are a drag on our state’s economy and potential growth. Specific to business, our victories:

Property tax:The automatic annual inflator in the statewide property tax was eliminated, and the first $100,000 of a property’s market will be exempt from the state levy and the overall levy was reduced. This critical tax change will benefit every business located in our state by lowering this uncompetitive fixed cost of doing business.

Research-and-development credit:The tax credit will be enhanced by increasing the second-tier percent from 2.5% to 4%. This will ensure continued competitiveness for the innovation segment of Minnesota’s economy.

Estate tax:The threshold for this tax will be increased from the current $2 million to $3 million by 2020. The federal level is $5.49 million. While we fell short of the goal of full conformity, this change is an important step toward encouraging successful individuals to retire in Minnesota and continue to invest in their communities and our state.

Residency factors:An individual’s use of Minnesota financial advisers, accountants, etc., will no longer be used to determining residency for tax purposes. This is another critical consideration for highly mobile successful individuals and the professional service sector they rely on.

LAWSUIT REFORM
Minnesota has experienced a wave of abusive lawsuits by a small group of attorneys targeting small businesses by alleging technical violations of federal American with Disabilities Act and Minnesota Human Rights Act in order to achieve settlements and attorney fees. Working with a number of important partners including the Minnesota State Council on Disability, Legal Aid and the Department of Human Rights, the Minnesota Chamber led the way in addressing these abusive lawsuits and ensuring disabled individuals are able to gain access to businesses while mitigating the potential for lawsuit abuse. Minnesota businesses want to be accessible to all customers, but many of these lawsuits are not about access but instead about technical violations such as height and color of parking signs.

Mandatory notice to businesses: Plaintiffs represented by an attorney must provide a notice of an alleged accessibility violation and give businesses 60 days to respond (30 days longer for weather conditions) before a lawsuit can be filed for state claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information, click here.
 

Featured Member: Schwan's Company

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We are starting to do a weekly featured member!
First, we would like to feature Schwan's Company! They recently changed their name from The Schwan Food Company.

Schwan’s Company started in Marshall in 1952 when a young Marvin Schwan loaded 14 gallons of his family’s ice cream into an old dodge panel van and set out to sell it door to door. By the end of the trip, all 14 gallons were sold and the business model that would become Schwan’s Company was born. Today, the company sells hundreds fine frozen foods on its traditional delivery trucks, in grocery-store freezers and in the food-service industry.
Learn more about Schwan's Company at www.schwanscompany.com


May 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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APRIL 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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MARCH 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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FEBRUARY 2017 CHAMBER CONNECTION

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A Change of Pace

Check out the article featuring our Chamber Director, Brad Gruhot, in the Marshall Independent. We're glad to have you back in Marshall!


HAPPY NEW YEAR'S

We are now three weeks into 2017 but in today’s column, I want to recap 2016.

Women’s Connect is as strong as it has ever been.  In 2016, Women’s Connect heard about everything from fitness goals, hearing from minority advocates to getting an EDA update.  The Women’s Connect group also partnered with their counterparts from Schwan’s and had a wildly successful program featuring Pat McGill, a motivational speaker who spoke on real life experiences in the workplace and at home.  The Pat McGill event brought in 161 attendees!  One of their highlights though was the Secret Spaces tour at SMSU, which there will be a “Part two” version this year.  Overall, Women’s Connect averaged 46 attendees throughout the year. 

Similarly, Young Professionals had the same type of events.  Some of their highlights included a talk on Work/Life balance from former CEO of Schwan’s, Ken Noyes, Lessons in Leadership from Ralco CEO, Brian Knochenmus to a legislative recap from former State Representative, Marty Seifert.  Young Professionals membership is as strong as ever with nearly 80 members of the group.  Young Professionals averaged 39 attendees per event in 2016.  The Sleep Inn was and still is our Young Professionals Sponsor.

Two times a year we bring in a main event speaker.  In March, Willow Sweeney, a one-of-a-kind motivational speaker came in and spoke on living above and below the line.  She was certainly worth the price of admission and attendees agreed as we saw nearly 200 attendees at this event.  Part two is March 29th of this year. 

Our second Speaker Series speaker was Luke Riordan who spoke on Social Media Marketing.  This event brought in nearly 100 attendees. 

Business After Hours events are always one of our more popular events we have monthly.  This event gives the hosting business an opportunity to showcase their business in a social setting, and at the same time, members get to network with each other.  2016 brought us to Advanced Opportunities, the new Runnings Warehouse to the new Red Baron Arena and then capped it off at Bremer Bank in December.  In October, in place of Business After Hours is our Taste of Marshall.  At this event, where restaurants get to showcase what they have to offer, we saw 340 people show up!  Be sure to mark your calendar for this event later this year.

Let’s Connect is still a newer event where businesses take turns talking about their business for up to a minute with 25-30 other businesses in the room.  A nice visibility event if you have something to market at your company.  Our host and sponsor is the AmericInn.  On average, we saw 26 attendees to this event. 

Finally, on the event side of things, we have our Chamber 101 orientation event.  At this bi-monthly event, we give an overview of what benefits and features the Chamber has to offer.  We averaged just over 10 attendees at this event in 2016.

What else went on in 2016?  A newly formed non-profit roundtable launched in March.  This group met a handful of times to talk about all things non-profit related and this group led the charge for Give to the Max Day in November.  We have over 100 volunteers that sit on our various committees that include Transportation, Business Development and our strong Ambassadors group that welcomed 20 businesses with a First Dollar.  Overall, we saw 21 new businesses open in 2016 in the Marshall Area.

Lastly, our membership sits at 524 members including 13 new members in December alone!  We also have 69 businesses that are outside of the Marshall zip code. 

We expect another good year in 2017.  Be on the lookout for our new directory very soon and our extremely popular coupon book later in February.  

 

Brad Gruhot

Marshall Area Chamber Director


MN CHAMBER LOOKS TO 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

MARSHALL - Taxes, health care, transportation infrastructure - there are a lot of current issues of concern for the Minnesota businesspeople. But the timing of the upcoming state legislative session might be good to try working out solutions for the future, speakers from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce said Monday.


DECEMBER 2016 CHAMBER CONNECTION

Check out our monthly page featured in the Marshall Independent.