April 2020 

Monticello Chamber's April Newsletter

April News at the Chamber
COVID-1 9 Unemployment Insurance Information
Apply Online for Unemployment Benefits
It's faster - and it helps everyone!
If you find yourself needing to apply for unemployment benefits, know that we're doing everything we can to ensure a quick, smooth process. But you can speed up that process - and help your fellow Minnesotans - by following these steps:
1. Apply online at www.uimn.org . Our award-winning system is designed to be self-service. Just answer the questions as best you can and hit submit.
2. Find answers to your questions without calling. Start by clicking on the word "Applicants" in the upper left corner of the Unemployment Insurance website - and select from the menu options: What do I need to know? How do I apply? How do I get paid? What affects my benefits? These are designed to answer the questions most people have.
  •  If you call, you may have a long wait - and you will be tying up our phone lines. We're trying to free up those lines to help people who do not have any online access and to help those who need translators in order to apply for benefits.3. Get help from others you know. If you're not comfortable filling out forms online, maybe you have a smart niece or nephew who can help walk you through it. You're not alone. Nearly 1 million Minnesotans have used our online Unemployment Insurance application in the past 10 years; most of us have family, friends, and neighbors who are familiar with the application process.
One Minnesota means we help one another - and we know when to ask each other for help. We're asking you to help us better serve Minnesotans in this crisis by applying online for unemployment benefits.
Have more questions about whether you qualify for Unemployment Insurance, how to apply and what the process is? https://mn.gov/deed/
Walk & Roll 2020
We would like to provide an update to you regarding this event due to COVID-19. In the best interest of the community, we are going to postpone Walk & Roll to Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We appreciate your support and understanding during these times. We also understand that some of our sponsors will not be able to attend the event given the new date. Please email me directly if you would like a refund of your contribution to Walk & Roll by May 1  st , 2020.
We are staying positive and hoping to see all of you in August for our 25 th  celebration of Walk & Roll.

Share your News with our Members 
Member News is free advertising for your business. Whether it's a sale, special discount for only Chamber Members, a Grand Opening, upcoming event, etc. We want to help spread your news! Please provide us with a small paragraph/blurb (3-5 lines) and send it to info@monticellocci.com by Thursday, April 23rd at 3pm  if you want it to run in the May 2020 Newsletter. 
Chamber's "HOT DEALS"
Post your new hours, modified menu, special pick up details, deals and discounts on the Chamber's Website!  Click here to view Hot Deals

Welcome Our Newest Members
Luke Holker, 216 West Broadway St, Monticello, 763-219-4004, Lawn Care

Gabrielle Gallagher, 176 Riverview Dr, Monticello, 320-200-0156, Senior Housing

Lolli Pepel, 47 Lake St S, Big Lake, 763-309-1018, Restaurant and Bar

Body Rhythms
Body Rhythms is a massage/yoga studio located @ 150 W. Broadway.  They offer lots of styles of massage and bodywork (Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Thai Yoga, and of course your good ol' fashioned deep tissue and relaxation massages.  Having an infrared sauna also sets them apart from other massage services in town, you can add the sauna to any massage session for a discounted rate or try it as a stand alone therapy.  They offer sound therapy and Shirodhara and Yoga and many workshops for both lay people and Certified Massage Therapists.  Celina McKenzie has taken continued education each year since 2002 and has also taught for Minnesota School of Business and Northwester Health Sciences University for over 10 years.  Angella Hoglund is a previous graduate from Celina's teaching years.  She is available Monday thru Friday and Saturdays by appointment.  Come check them out for your next relaxation session-they promise to turn you into a noodle. :)

Temporary Sign Changes
The City Council approved relaxing certain temporary sign requirements in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  To support businesses as they communicate on their available services, the temporary measures include:
  1. The requirement for permit application for temporary signs is waived through June 30th, 2020.
  2. No temporary sign application fee will be charged for applications for the balance of 2020.
  3. Temporary signs currently in place will be allowed to remain through June 30th, 2020, regardless of their application date.  Businesses with existing permitted temporary signs will also be allowed to apply for a new 2020 temporary sign permit upon reinstatement of the full ordinance.
  4. After reinstate of the full ordinance, any new temporary sign permits for 2020 will start with a full 120 days available to all businesses.
  5. Each business is allowed one temporary sign consistent with ordinance requirements for size with no distance requirement between signs.
  6. Each business is allowed one temporary sign at up to 40 square feet, in addition to the use of one sandwich board per business.
The waiver applies to all businesses and industrial districts.  Businesses should note that off-premise signage remains prohibited.  Other sign regulations also remain in place.  Any questions can be directed to City Hall at 763-295-2711.

Member News...
SERVPRO of Wright County
Servpro of Wright County is a leader of fire, water, mold, and other specialty cleanup services such as:  Carpet, HVAC, and Biohazard.  Our Restoration services include:  Fire, Smoke and Soot, Mold mitigation and content cleaning.  We are a start to finish Restoration Company from the start of the Mitigation through Construction.  Services are available 24/7.  We are locally owned and operated by Shaun and Joe Hickman, who have several years of Restoration experience.  We are located at 208 Dundas Road, Monticello, MN 55362-Office phone number is 763-295-1161. 
www.Servprowrightcounty.com  Please Like and follow our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/servproofwrightcounty/.

North Risk Partners
We are the largest privately owned independent insurance agency in the state of Minnesota with over 70 companies that we can partner with to solve your commercial, home, auto, life, health and Medicare needs.  We are ready to put a no obligation assessment together on your behalf.  You will find us to be a client focused agency with knowledgeable advisors and best in class customer service that is sure to earn your business and trust.  To put us to work for you, please call Rick Schrupp at 763-314-0633.

Mosford, Barthel & Co., PLC.
Prime Office Space Available!
Cedar Court Offices has office space for lease.  Located at 305 Cedar Street, Monticello (one block off of Hwy 25).  The office space is approx. 1,100 sq. ft. and is located on the main level of the building.  Space may be sub-divided.  Off street parking available, and located in a secure building.  Call Bob for more information at 763-295-4800.

American Family Insurance- Tim Whitacre Agency
Local American Family Insurance agency owner Tim Whitacre earns top honor for customer service.  He has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program.  
The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the company's American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. The process consists of a customer satisfaction survey which measures customers' overall experience with their current American Family Insurance agency owner.  Whitacre has been an agency owner for American Family since October 1989. His agency office is located at 731 East Broadway St. Monticello, MN 55362.
(763) 295-3795

TDS Telecommunications 
A single contact for Upgrades, Billing and Support.
Shannon Zook 218-568-4150, shannon.zook@tdstelecom.com

Hi-Way Liquor
Hi-Way Liquors Spring Wine Sale
30% Off All Wine!!!
April 3rd - 19th

Monticello DMV
Spring is here!  To get your 2020 fishing license, go to the following website to order your fishing license until the state mandated stay at home order is lifted: www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/fishing

The Country Travel Store
Dreaming of vacation?? When you're ready to start exploring again, we'll be here to help you with your travel plans.  Professional, affordable service to provide you with a memorable getaway.   The Country Travel Stor e- - serving the community for more than 32 years.  God bless and good health.
countrytravel11@gmail.com.  Ph:  763-295-3350.

G&M Outdoor Services, LLC
Spring is coming!  We are now filling spots for Spring Clean ups! We also offer customizable year round packages for Lawn Maintenance and Snow Removal.  If you are interested in services send an email to maint@gmoutdoorservices.com, visit www.gmoutdoorservices.net or call 612.872.2677 anytime for Landscapes, Hardscapes, Excavating, Snow Removal, and Lawn Maintenance.

Body Rhythms
Body Rhythms Wellness is happy to serve you with massages, classes and yoga.  Celina is out from a recent shoulder surgery but has a replacement on Monday's 12-6, Wednesday's 9-2, and every other Saturday 9-12.  Schedule online at www.MonticelloMassage.com.  
Schedule will resume after state mandated shutdown.  Thank you for your support.

Rustech Brewing
NOTE: if you are ordering a growler or Howler and do not have one to return please add the $6 growler deposit or the $4 howler deposit to your order. Thank you 
Hi Everyone! We have our online store up and running! You can order Crowlers, Growler fills and Howler Fills for pickup. We will be adding beers as they become available. Thanks for your continued support ! Cheers Bill & Penny

Scott Build
We are thrilled to announce that Scott Build Founder/CEO, Rick Scott has joined the famous Buffalo Rodeo committee.  The Buffalo Rodeo is Minnesota's oldest rodeo and has been an exciting and well known entity since 1955.  Since 2003 it has been a successful nonprofit organization supporting many charitable groups including the High School Rodeo and the Lions.  Please join us in congratulating Rick for joining the committee and mark your calendars for the 2020 Buffalo Rodeo June 26th and June 27th.

ProFusion CBD + Wellness 
WE have a Special CBD Sample Pack for $15 so you can see how CBD may help you.  Each package contains either 3 soft gels fo water soluble gels of regular CBD or CBD with melatonin for sleep aid, a sample bottle of pain cream, and 2 different types of 20 mg Gummies.  The pain cream works in 2 to 3 minutes on a sore area.

Monticello Memorials LLC
AS the winds and rain slowly erase the tangible aspects of our earthly life, our major contribution to humanity will be measured by the stories we created in the hearts of the people we touched, lessons taught, and treasured memories we shared.  All life is worth celebrating and never forgetting.  Visit us at www.monticellomemorials.com.  763-314-0322 (located right behind General Rental).

Worship online with us at www.resurrection-mn.com/live .  We will offer a Good Friday experience on April 10th at 6:30pm, includes virtual communion, and an Easter experience online at 9am and 10:30am on Sunday, April 12th.  In addition, we've been hosting live videos every day.  Check us out online?

Spring is here!  How about building a new home on some acreage?  Three 10 acre lots available just outside Monticello listed at $135,000!  Please contact Lance Lindstrom of Life and Liberty Real Estate, LLC.  We can sell your current home as well.  Check out the Life and Liberty advantage!  www.LifeAndLibertyRealEstate.com 763-234-7629.

Back 2 Health Chiropractic
Effective 3/26/2020, Back 2 Health will be closing and asking that you stay in your car and call the office when you arrive to the clinic.  At that time, you will be let in one at a time so that we can limit exposure and have time to sanitize in between patients.  We at Back 2 Health are here for your Chiropractic care and hope to continue to be your health partner in massage therapy when we are allowed to do so.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 763-295-9111.  Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

SPOE-Prime Office Space Available!
Our building has office space available for lease as of June 1st.  Located at 611 Walnut Street, Monticello (one block off of Hwy 25).  The office space is approx. 1,300 sq. ft. and is located on the lower level of the building.  Off street parking available.  Call Megan for more information at 763-295-2107.

A Plus Performance
Does your business / restaurant need some extra advertisement or promotion during this time!?!  Let our large mobile signs do that work for you!!  I know a guy with some great daily rental rates ;)  A Plus Performance

Monticello Women of Today
Monticello Women of Today will not be meeting in person or holding public events through the end of April.  However we welcome guests to check out our website at www.monticellowomenoftoday.org.  We can be contacted via email at monticellowomenoftoday@gmail.com.  Thank you to the Monticello Community for your support of volunteer organizations.

American Legion Post 260
Monticello American Legion Post 260 will be doing a drive thru Fish Fry, from 4-7pm on Fridays, now thru Lent.  $7.50 will get you 4 pieces of fish, a side of fries, a side of coleslaw, and a dinner roll.  Pull up to the door on the north side, place and pay for your order and we will deliver it to your car.  This will be while supplies last each Friday, or until a stay at home order is issued by the governor.

Monticello VFW
American Red Cross Blood Drive
April 22, 2020 12:00pm to 6:00pm
at Monticello VFW Post 8731, 713 Cedar St, Monticello, MN, 55362.  Please sign up online www.redcrossblood.org (enter your zip code) or call 1-800-733-2767.  


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Upcoming Chamber Events Calendar (All events are subject to change.)

June, July & August 2020    No Business After Hours- Enjoy your summer!

May 21, Thurs.  Chamber Golf Tournament, Monticello Chamber 20/20 Open?  Keep your eye on the ball!  Whispering Pines Golf Course , please watch for updates on this event due to state mandated closures on golf courses.

July 8, Wed.,     Party in the Park - 5-9 pm West Bridge Park, Monticello

July 9,     Riverfest Activities Begin in Pioneer Park (Car Show, Pie Eating Contest at 6:30pm)

July 10,     Riverfest Activities - Talent Show, Fireworks at Dusk

July 11,     Art in the Park & Taste of Monticello  in Ellison Park  8 am-3 pm, Riverfest Activities- Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Street Dance "Outside Recess"

July 12,     Riverfest Activities;  Parade at 12:00 pm

August 8, Walk & Roll 25th Anniversary, 9 am- 3 pm, NEW DATE

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