Chamber Links: news and updates

September 15, 2022 | Volume 4 Issue 6

Fall Fun is in the Air

We’re clinging to the fleeting moments of summer, but there’s no doubt about it, fall is in the air. While, these summer months have brought so much fun, fame, and fresh new faces to Lake City, there’s something about the autumn months that make this area truly special. Whether you enjoy a quiet crisp morning on the river or twisting your way through bluffs on county roads or hugging Lake Pepin on Highway 61, you can’t beat Lake City for amazing colors and vistas. We’re a place where families can find fun, treats, and gifts at Pepin Heights, experience fantastic art at LCAA, explore the shops and restaurants in downtown, and hike to the heart’s content at Hok Si La and Frontenac parks. And now, for its second year, Fall Fest is back with an October filled with exciting events..

Read more from our director here.

Johnny Appleseed

Lake City’s premier autumn event is October 1st and 2nd, 2022. This 2 day hootenanny is family friendly and super fun! This year the festivities will be an old-fashioned block party, right downtown on Washington Street!

Live music, kids activities, dozens of vendors, food trucks, and beverages from your favorite downtown pubs.


Celebrate the apple harvest and our creative community at Johnny Appleseed Days.

Business After Hours

Heidi's Huggamug Cafe and Lakeshore Real Estate, Krage and Associates are teaming up for September's Business After Hours event!

This month join us at Heidi's on September 29th from 5:30 to 7pm to nosh on tasty treats, have a beverage or two, win prizes, and most importantly, engage with the business community of Lake City.

We've been having so much fun since we restarted this networking program over the summer. Come see what all the talk is about!

Learn more here

Interested in hosting a future Business After Hours? Email us here

Candidate Forum

The Woman’s Club of Lake City and the Lake City Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a public Meet the Candidates Forum to take place on Tuesday, October 11th at City Hall in the council chambers (205 West Center Street). The event will be televised live on Lake City’s local channel 16. Light refreshments will be served.

This is your chance to hear from a variety of candidates running for federal, state, county, and local seats.

Read more about the event here 

Future Together Grants

Obtaining a college credential is critical for future career opportunities and total life-time earnings. Unfortunately, too often the cost of college can be a barrier. The Minnesota Future Together Grants can provide a tuition-free pathway for students in high-need career areas.

Learn more here

Manufacturing Month Survey

The Lake City Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Development, Inc. are planning Minnesota Manufacturing Month events for October.

It is our goal to celebrate the local manufacturers in our area, and increase awareness of all they bring to the community.

If you represent a local manufacturer, please take 3-5 minutes to fill out our survey so that we can better understand how to best serve your businesses. Take survey here.

LPLA Gathers in Lake City

The Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance is hosting its annual meeting on Thursday, September 22, from 6-8 at the Lake City Sportsman’s Club. All current LPLA members are invited to attend. Learn about the groundbreaking of our long awaited habitat restoration project near Bay City, WI with special guest Brenda Kelly, Wildlife Biologist. Also, test your Lake Pepin knowledge and win prizes, and enjoy food from Smokin' Oak Rotisserie Grill. Learn more here

Fall Fest

Year two of this new Lake City tradition is sure to be a hit!

Lake City is filled with a full spectrum of activities during the 5 Weeks of fall festivities including Johnny Appleseed Days, Touch-a-Truck, a Beer and Wine Tasting, a Kiddie Parade, Haunted Forest Trails, Bingo, Meat Raffles, and so much more!

Visit the Fall Fest page on our new website, and also follow the Facebook page for updates and information.

Interested in being a vendor at Johnny Appleseed Days/Junk Crush? Click here for an application.

From the 150th Committee...

Camp Fire Girls was chartered in 1946 and was an active youth organization in Lake City until 2003. It provided an opportunity for girls to participate in clubs that provided training in outdoor skills, community service and leadership while building self confidence and having fun.

To celebrate the 57 years, a group of alumni are inviting all Camp Fire members to a reunion Sunday, Sept 18th at 2 PM at Hok-Si-La Park in Lake City (Shelter 3). The event will include time for groups to reminisce, share memorabilia, and enjoy a camp fire with singing the songs still easily remembered.  

Camp Fire alumni are also invited to join the Lake City MN Camp Fire Reunion Facebook page for updates and to share memories.

Attendees should bring a lawn chair and any memorabilia they would like to share.

Welcoming New Members

Gamehaven Council

Gamehaven Council has been serving the Cub Scouts and Scouts of Southeastern Minnesota since 1911. They help operate Packs for over 700 Cub Scouts, and BSA Troops for over 600 Scouts. They also helped 38 young men and women earn their Eagle Scout rank in 2021 alone. Gamehaven operates their own Scout Camp to the east of Rochester, running program all through the year.

For more information about Gamehaven, or to find out to enroll your kids in their scouting programs, visit, email Brady Geary at, or call 507.361.5345  

New Hope Church 

New Hope Church meets Sundays at 10:00 am at the corner of North Prairie and West Walnut Streets in beautiful Lake City, Minnesota. They have a "come as you feel comfortable" policy, and offer a casual and contemporary style of worship.

The mission of New Hope Church is to evangelize and disciple individuals (i.e., to proclaim the Gospel and to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ)

Clementson Homes, LLC 

Clementson Homes LLC, owned by David K Clementson, is a licensed construction contactor and home builder in Lake City with years of experience making homeowners dreams come true! If you have work that needs to be scheduled, call Dave at (507) 251-0859 to get an estimate.

Ryan Repair 

A trusted name in the local auto repair business since 1986, the Chamber welcomes this full service repair shop to our network of members. From oil changes to tires to big jobs, you'll receive service with a smile from Terry, Mike and the Ryan Repair crew. Check them out for your auto repair needs at 511 8th St. Lake City MN 55041 or call (651) 345-4790.

Johnny Goes Downtown!

For a full schedule of Johnny Appleseed events click here

Lake City Chamber of Commerce

100 E Lyon Ave

Lake City, MN 55041

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(651) 345-4123

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