Chamber News February 2016

Annual Chilly Bowl

  February 26, 2016
6:30 p.m.
at Rand's Bowling Lanes
$150/team (5 on a team)

Sign your team up now! Find another 
team to challenge!

Funds go toward Placemaking efforts and 
youth scholarships!


Ambassador Activities
Ribbon Cutting at the new location of 
The UPS Store.
1311 South Main Street

Jackie Molden, Linda Wiese, Wendy Markgren, Scott VanderVoort, Sandie LeVan, Bert Richard, Lyn Dunham, Scott Fredrickson and Eric Richter.

Spotlighting You...

When: April 21st, 2016
Where: Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire
For more information, visit


The Barron County Historical Society Museum is excited to announce the planned acquisition of a Soo Line Railroad caboose. The caboose will be a valuable addition to the Museum's existing collection of more than 40 buildings and displays.

The committee needs to raise $35,000 to purchase and restore it. Please consider a tax deductible donation. Please direct questions to or mail checks to:

Barron County Museum
Box 242
Cameron, WI 54822


The Financial Coalition of Barron County, in partnership with Royal Credit Union, will be presenting a reality fair called "Test Drive" for junior and senior high students throughout the county.  It is a simulation of real life when it comes to money and finances. This event is a hands-on experience in which students select a career, research the education needed for the career. The students are required to live on the given salary while paying for general living expenses. They visit various booths covering the components to real life. 

In order the make this event successful, we are looking for approximately 75 volunteers from area businesses to work the various booths that will be available. 

Where: WITC in Rice Lake
When: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Jackie Molden at by Friday, February 19th.


  • Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child?
  • Do you have 30 minutes once a week available?

The Rice Lake Middle School Mentor Program is partnering with Kinship of Rice Lake & Cameron to work on a school/community partnership that is committed to strengthening students social and emotional growth through one-on-one matching with caring and responsible role models. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference. 

For a mentor application or questions, please contact Nate Vlcek at or 715-234-8156 Ext. 5362 or you may contact Melinda Pedersen from Kinship at or 715-234-1995.


In This Issue
2016 Bizology Schedule

March 8 - Elk's Club/Taste of Rice Lake

April 12 - Rice Lake Main Street "Artscape"

May 12 - Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin

New Members
CWS Security Watch, LLC
John Wess
2901 Pioneer Avenue, Rice Lake

Rice Lake Area Business Alliance
Alicia Grover
PO Box 175
330 S. Main St. Rice Lake

Membership Renewals
Appleyards Home for Funerals - 39 years
Barron Electric - 10 years
DCS Netlink - 26 years
Deutsch's Gymnastics -  26 years
Gator Garb, Inc. - 3 years
Goodwill Industries -  16 years
Haack Orthodontics -  54 years
Allysa Headley ASP State Farm Insurance - 3 years
McCollum, Crowley, Moschet, Miller & Laak, LTD - 
19 years
John Mongerson - 18 years
Pizza Hut - 32 years
RE/Max Advantage -  12 years
Dr. David Wilson, D.D.S. - 33 years

Committee Meetings
Economic Development & Education, Thursday, February 4, 7:30 a.m.
Board of Directors, Tuesday, February 9, 
7:30 a.m.
Placemaking , Wednesday, February 10, 11:30 a.m.
Golden K Board - Tuesday, February 16, 
9:30 a.m.
Ambassadors - Friday, February 26, 8 a.m.
Executive Committee. Tuesday, February 23, 
7:30 a.m.
Heart of The North

The "Heart of the North" trip to Madison has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 24, 2016. If you are interested in signing up please call 715-234-2126. Spaces are limited.


Placemaking Update
A mural depicting Rice Lake's lumbering heritage has been placed on a building by the Rice Lake dam as part of the Placemaking effort. Many citizens have expressed the need to keep Rice Lake's heritage alive. Artist Stacy Carlson-Kelly from Eau Claire painted the mural. The mural was paid for with a $1500.00 grant from the Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin. Barron County Economic Development, Taco Johns and the Chamber of Commerce also contributed funds. 

Barron County employees placed the mural on the building January 29th.


There will be a community Placemaking meeting to provide updates to the public and City Councilmen regarding how the program is progressing and improving our city.
  • Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rice Lake City Hall
Customer Service Recognition Award
The Rice Lake Chamber Ambassadors love to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional customer service to you.

Please fill out this form with details of how someone went above the standard service.  How their personality left you feeling great. How they worked out an issue for you. How they provided exceptional Customer Service!

Member Appreciation!
Thank you to Northwoods Promotions and Thompson Nelson Insurance for sponsoring our January Bizology After Hours!

Thank you to Barb's Custom Imprint for sponsoring our January Chamber Chat program!

We appreciate YOUR support!!

Free Website Benefits
Our NEW website it set up to help us promote YOUR business!  See what you can do:

-Add events to the calendar for the public to see

-Post jobs on the Job Posting section

-Promote your business with sales, promotions, coupons on the Hot Deals section

-Add a logo to your listing in the directory

-Update and add descriptions etc. to your listing in the directory

These services are free to our members, so please take advantage of the opportunities available!


Bert's Joke of the Month

The other night on the Stephen Colbert Show one of his guests was Kermit the Frog. The topic if their discussion was about life. Stephen asked Kermit, "What was your biggest disappointment in life?", to which Kermit replied, "It was probably when I signed up for biology in high school". 

Karen Heram
Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce