Monthly NewsletterApril 2011
Update Sponsors:

~Tech Builders

~ Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group

~ Farm  Bureau Financial Services - Jeff Schlomann


~ Hawkins Chevrolet


~ Sovell Jewelry

~ Bank Midwest


~ Center for Specialty Care

~ Martin County EDA - IGNITE




~ Summit Vue Apartments


~ Martin County Implement

~ Tri-County Implement of Jackson and St. James

~ The Squeegee Bros

~ PC Janitorial Supply


~ Steven E. Pierce, Ltd. 


 ~ Associate Optometry

~ MN Energy Resources

Chamber Calendar

April 5
Center For Specialty Care 
7:00 a.m.

April 11 
Pork Masters  
Jake's Pizza   

April 12
Agri. Business  
Sirloin House   
6:30 p.m.

April 13
Bureau 14
Interlaken Golf Club
6:30 p.m.

April 18
Jake's Pizza
April 18
Blue Ribbon
Chamber Office
4:00 p.m.

April 19
Center For Specialty Care 
7:00 a.m.

April 20
Chamber of Commerce  
3:00 p.m.

April 20
Business Government 
Ranch Restaurant  

April 26
Board Meeting 
Chamber Office
7:30 a.m.
Have you accessed your Chamber this month?  Here's what's been happening:

~ Chamber Gift Certificates 


~ Jefferson Lines Bus Tickets


~ Chamber Update


~ Governmental Affairs


~ Ambassadors


~ Business Government


~ Southern Minnesota Educational Campus


~ Legislative Updates


 ~ Light Bulb Recycling 


~ Member-To-Member Benefit Program 

~ Junior Achievement 

~ Leadership Martin County


~ Light Bulb Recylcing


~ACE - Area Career Exploration

March Community Calendar 

3rd Annual Students Invitational Art Show, Red Rock Center For The Arts

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer/Healthcare Provider, Martin County Red Cross
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Easter Bunny, Five Lakes Centre
Blizzard Snowmoblie Club Meeting, Blizzard Snowmoblie Club Groomers Building

5:15 p.m.   
Martin County IGNITE Committee Meeting, Martin County Courthouse Board Room

12:00 p.m.   
Rotary Club, Holiday Inn

12:00 p.m.   
Uptown Kiwanis, Tami's On The Ave
Area Career Exploration (ACE), Fairmont Jr. & Sr. High School

6:45 a.m.   
Early Risers Kiwanis Meetings, The Ranch Restaurant

6:00 p.m.   
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32, Blue Earth Legion Club

6:00 p.m.   
Standard First Aid, Martin County Red Cross

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
Ron Shera-Traverse DeSioux Library Presentation, Fairmont Opera House

7:00 p.m.   
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Fairmont Opera House

7:00 p.m.   
Fairmont Racing, Fairmont Raceway

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 A.M.  
Digital Photography Basics Workshop, Red Rock Center For The Arts
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 P.M.  
Easter Bunny, Five Lakes Centre
6:00 p.m. - 12:00 A.M.  
3rd Annual Chain of Lakes Yacht Club Fundraiser, Knights of Columbus Hall

7:00 p.m.   
Glenn Henriksen Piano Concert, Red Rock Center For The Arts
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 P.M.  
Pancake Benefit Supper, Five Lakes Centre
12:00 p.m.   
Rotary Club, Holiday Inn
6:00 p.m.   
Child and Infant CPR, Martin County Red Cross
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 P.M.  
Lunch With The Arts, Red Rock Center For The Arts
12:00 p.m.   
Uptown Kiwanis, Tami's On The Ave
6:45 a.m.   
Early Risers Kiwanis, The Ranch Restaurant
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
Older, Bolder & Better Senior Expo, Five Lakes Centre
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony, Red Rock Center For The Arts
7:00 p.m.   
Fairmont Racing, Fairmont Raceway
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
St. Paul's Lutheran-Fairmont Muscial, Fairmont Opera House
Ceylon Communtiy Days, Ceylon, MN
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Digital Photography Basics Workshop, Red Rock Center For The Arts
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Easter Bunny, Five Lakes Centre
3:30 p.m.   
Many Voices Choir, Red Rock Center For The Arts
3:30 p.m.   
May Dance At The Red Rock, Red Rock Center For The Arts
12:00 p.m.   
Rotary Club Meeting, Holiday Inn
6:00 p.m.   
Adult CPR/AED, Martin County Red Cross
12:00 p.m.   
Uptown Kiwanis, Tami's On The Ave
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
Comunity Easter Egg Hunt, United Methodist Church
6:45 p.m.   
Early Risers Kiwanis, The Ranch Restaurant
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Networking at the Red Rock Center For The Arts, Red Rock Center For The Arts
7:00 p.m.   
Fairmont Racing, Fairmont Raceway
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Easter Bunny, Five Lakes Centre
12:00 p.m.   
Rotary Club, Holiday Inn
6:45 a.m.   
Early Risers Kiwanis, The Ranch Restaurant
6:00 p.m.   
Child and Infant CPR, Martin County Red Cross
12:00 p.m.   
Uptown Kiwanis, Tami's On The Ave
6:45 a.m.   
Early Risers Kiwanis, The Ranch Restaurant
Kinship Industrial Commerical Rummage Sale/Auction, Martin County Fairgrounds
7:30 p.m.   
Heritage Acres Meeting, Heritage Acres Chapel
7:00 p.m.   
Glenn Henriksen Piano Concert, Red Rock Center for the Arts
7:00 p.m.   
Fairmont Racing, Fairmont Racing
11:00 a.m.   
Salad Luncheon For Missions, Grace Lutheran Church
New Chamber Member 

BioFuel Energy Corp.

1125 North Bixby Road

Fairmont, MN


BioFuel Energy Corp is a publicly traded company whose goal is to become one of the leading ethanol producers in the United States.  Headquartered in Denver, CO the company is currently operating two 110 million gallons per year ethanol production facilities in Fairmont, MN and Wood River, NE.  These two facilities produce 230 million gallons per year of fuel grade ethanol and 720,000 tons of distillers grains and deliver these products to fuel blenders and agricultural users both locally and nationwide.
BioFuel Energy Corp was formed to produce fuel ethanol and thereby play a role in helping to solve the U.S. and the world's energy dilemma.  By initially creating a sustainable business in the United States, it is our belief that we can earn a reasonable profit while reducing the U.S. dependence on foreign energy and helping the environment.  In doing this we expect to provide growth opportunities for employees and provide financial returns to our shareholders.
Chamber Golf Outing

You and your employees are invited to the

14th Annual

Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

4 Person Scramble Golf Outing


Where: Interlaken Golf Course

When: Monday, May 23, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start



$650.00 - Golf, Cart, and Burger Bar

$55.00 - Golf and Cart

$10.00 - Meal Only


Game Improvers available for $1


Hole In One Sponsorships:

~ Win $1,000 - Sponsored by Peters Insurance Agency

~ Win a new car from Hawkins Chevrolet, Fairmont Ford or Militello Motors


Tee / Green Sponsorships available for $100.00.

Contact the Chamber for more information.


To register call the Chamber at 507-235-5547 by May 16th.



Business Briefs

Eric B. Johnson Financial Advising
Eric B. Johnson Financial Advising is now providing financial planning services to individuals and couples dealing with financial strain. Services are tailored to those who: are feeling financial pain, earn a good income but have trouble paying monthly bills, have relationships that are strained by money issues, or budgeting has been tried - and it failed.  No products are sold. Not a debt consolidation service. First consultation is free.  Affordable and life changing.

Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation
FMC Hospital LogoThe public is invited to a book sale Tuesday, April 8th, from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., at Fairmont Medical Center - Mayo Health System. This event will be held in the main classroom of the medical center and is a fundraiser conducted in coordination with the Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation. Half of the proceeds will be used to purchase children's books for pediatric patients at Fairmont Medical Center. Book sale customers may purchase books for personal use or donate the books directly to the medical center.  Those unable to attend may also order books online at and click on the Fairmont Medical Center link. Online orders generate a 50% match in free books for pediatric patients.


Fairmont Medical Center - Mayo Health System
Fairmont Medical Center - Mayo Health System and the Fairmont Medical Center Auxiliary annually award scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in health care. In 2011 two $750 scholarships will be awarded to area high school seniors, one $750 scholarship will be awarded to an adult/post-secondary student and the Erma H. Rosen Nursing Scholarship will be awarded to adult/post-secondary student(s).

FMC 2011 scholarship applications are available at Application deadline is April 15th. For more information contact FMC Community Relations at 507-238-8559 or 1-800-234-6141, extension 8559 (toll-free).
Red Rock Center For The Arts
With the increase of rentals, including formal dinners, wedding receptions, and events comes the need for new chairs. Three ways to support the cause: purchase one or more chairs for $50 each, purchase tickets to the Kiwanis Early Risers Pancake Benefit on Monday April 11th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Five Lakes Centre, or any monetary donation made towards the purchase of new chairs. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Smith's Greenhouse and Tree Service
Smith's Greenhouse is hosting the 2nd Annual Gardeners Night Out on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Come join the Smith's Greenhouse staff and special guests for garden talk and fun.  The night starts with grilled meats, chips and pop for sale starting at    5:00 p.m.  Smith's Greenhouse will supply coffee,  lemonade and cookies to celebrate their 65th year in business. The Guest Speakers will start at 6:00 p.m.  Martin County Soil and Water is speaking on "No Till Gardening", and Nathan Vrieze of Trimont Greenhouse speaks about "Lake Shore Restoration and Rain Gardens".   Other guests on hand to answer your questions are Green Thumb Landscaping, Thate's Tree Service, Olson's Rental, Chem Turf, CER, Moss, and Ainsley's Garden Project.  Smith's Greenhouse staff and friends well be on hand to help with a free childrens craft area, container plantings, and vegetable gadening 101.  Plus receive big discounts on special items to get your garden going.  Leave with a free gift bag,  pick up discount coupons and register for prizes.  Please preregister at the CER Office or call 507-235-3141.

Thank You Junior Achievement Volunteers


Thank you to the many volunteer teachers and the public and private school staff for a great year! Also, thank you to the many businesses that permit their employees to volunteer an hour a week for five weeks to teach the class. Junior Achievement programs are engaging and fun while stressing the importance of an education as they introduce economic concepts and information about the world of work.

Thank you to the following volunteers:
Joan Meyer
Kerry Allen
Christina Nigon
Jaime Bleess
Melissa Roeder
Sarah Nichols-Caballero
Deb Kelly
Minnesota National Guard - Fairmont
Monica Shelgren
Traci Lardy
Nanci Geistfeld-Freitag
Greta and Bob Lintleman
Karla Sauck
Jennifer Bendix
Crystal Hanson
Doug Hoffman
Louise Hendricks
Deb Baker
Katie McConnell
Stephani Geerdes
Karen Munsch
Paul Carlson
Laura Bearson
Angie Scheff
Jen Bartholmey
Christi Redenius
Joe Kallemeyn
Nancy Driano
Lisa Olson
Char Kahler
Deb Eversman
Dan Decker
Lynae Rodriguez
Lynne Burgraff
Kathy Lundgren
Chris Pierce
Jessica Grolla
Thomas Hammer
Debbie Morris
Loren Dunham

Thank you to all sponsors, without you Junior Achievement would not be possible.  Also thank you to Subway of Fairmont, BowlMor Lanes and McDonalds for their donations for the volunteer and teacher thank you's. 

Fluorescent Bulb Recycling


Thursday, May 5th  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fluorescent light bulb recycling will be held in the northeast corner of the Kmart parking lot.  There will be a charge at the time of disposal.  Contact the Chamber with any question at 507-235-5547.  Fairmont Public Utilities customers are eligible for total reimbursement for bulb recycling costs.  When dropping bulbs off for recycling ask for a rebate coupon, keep your receipt, and turn both in to Fairmont Public Utilities for reimbursement of recycling costs.

Reminder All Clubs and Organizations


Remember to turn in the dates and times of your events for the Community Calendar.  The calendar is published monthly in the Chamber Update and many people call the Chamber office to inquire what is happening.  Even if you have events on the calendar that take place every month, please give the dates for your 2011 events or meetings to the Chamber.  By doing this, we will have the correct dates and times from you.  Contact the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-235-5547, or email Callie at

Important School Dates To Remember


William Budd Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 and Thursday, April 7, 2011
Program: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Before Round-Up Programs
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. School Days
"Saying Goodbye to William Budd" Open House
Sunday, May 1, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Program in North Gym at 2:30 p.m.
Come Visit with Retired Teachers and Principals
Open to the Public

Pork Masters Golf Outing Approaches


The Martin County Pork Producers and the Agri-Business and Ambassador Committees of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce have joined together to host the 19th Annual Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Rose Lake Golf Club.  Martin County is Minnesota's leading pork producing county.  This event is open to area pork producers and recognizes the importance of the pork industry to Martin County and the state of Minnesota while raising funds for ag-scholarships and ag-awareness.  Lunch and dinner is provided for the participants at Rose Lake Golf Club.  There will be games and prizes on every hole with over 250 golfers expected to participate.  For golf or sponsorship information call Tom at the Chamber office at 507-235-5547.

Hunting Works For Minnesota Outreach


Recently the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau became partners of Hunting Works for Minnesota, a non-partisan organization launched in late October 2010 to highlight the positive economic impacts that hunting and the shooting sports bring to our state and region. 

All across Minnesota, Hunting Works for Minnesota is working with local chambers of commerce, tourism organizations, businesses such as hardware stores, sporting goods stores, hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and hunting organizations to highlight all of the positive economic benefits hunting brings to Minnesota and to help safeguard and preserve jobs and Minnesota's hunting heritage.

As you are aware, hunters buy supplies at our local sporting goods and hardware stores and stay at local hotels/motels/resorts also eat at our local restaurants/diners, buy gas and snacks at our convenience stores and shop at other local businesses.  They have a very important economic benefit all throughout Minnesota. 

We would like to encourage you're business to sign on as a partner of Hunting Works for Minnesota.

There is no cost to be listed as a partner and you can be as active or inactive as you would like.  From just having you name listed as a partner to helping suggest businesses that would make good partners, or sending a letter to the editor to a local paper to tell about the positive economic benefit that hunting and the shooting sports brings to our state, there are many ways to be involved.  

Partners will be listed on the website with a link to your website.  Plus if you have a logo to share that can be put up as well.  HWFM also has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter to help promote partners and to get the positive economic message out about hunting and the shooting sports. 

There are currently over 118 partners including regional chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus, The Minnesota Retailers Association, Midwest Hardware Store Association and local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, local sporting goods stores, hotels/motels/resorts from every corner of the state. 

Hunting organizations such as Pheasants Forever, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partners along with other similar sportsman groups.  To see a complete list of partners please visit

Co-chairs of Hunting Works for Minnesota include Ron Schara, Host of Minnesota Bound Television Show, Brian Steinhoff, President MN Retailers Association, Cal Brink, Executive Director, Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, Greg Larson, Owner Larson Ace Hardware in Redwood Falls, and Mark Johnson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.  

Thank you for your time and consideration if you have any questions or would like to add your name as a partner please contact HWFM coordinator Nate Prouty by emailing

Leadership Martin County


A leadership program designed to enable candidates to learn about Martin County resources, values, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.  A learning experience geared toward providing an intense look at the business community, politics, education, quality of life, health care, human services, law, media, diversity, and/or other topics inherent in our community. This program will provide opportunities for candidates to exchange ideas, build networks and begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues.
A pool of candidates who are current or prospective leaders in the Martin County community. Candidates are drawn from business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups, and virtually all other facets of the professional community. Class size will be limited.
Program Development:
A Chamber-designated "Leadership Advisory Committee" oversees the development of the LEADERSHIP Program. Riverland Community College and the Chamber will assist with individual seminar  curriculum development in cooperation with designated day-leaders.
This localized program was designed by the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Riverland Community College and its Training and Development Division. All sessions are facilitated locally and focus on topics directly affecting our community. Seminars are held at a different location each session.
To develop candidate knowledge and understanding of our community ... its complexities and its potential.  To provide an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with each other and current community leaders. The intent is to motivate and encourage participants to assume individual leadership roles in community affairs.
A series of topical seminars held over a nine-month period and conducted by local, regional, and nationally known professionals. The bulk of the instructional staff is drawn from volunteers in the area.
$650 - Tuition is payable at the time a participant is accepted to candidacy. Scholarship opportunities are available.
Monthly sessions run September  - May on the first Wednesday of each month. A closing work session and graduation program is held in May.
Applications for this year's program will be accepted through June 15, 2011.
Presentation College

By: Susan Barnes, Admissions/Office Coordinator


Presentation College Logo

Coming home for the summer?  Need to take a college course?  Presentation College offers many classes this summer that would fit into your busy schedule.  We are also currently taking applications for fall semester. Now is the time to complete the admissions process and register for classes.  Registration for summer and fall classes begins in April.


Presentation College offers a variety of four, two and one year programs for you. 


Our programs include:

Bachelor of Science  

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology

Associate of Science

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Medical Assisting
  • Radiologic Technology


  • Surgical Technology


Check out our website at or call us today at 507-235-4658 to learn more about our programs and financial aid options for you.

What's Happening At Fairmont Community Education and Recreation?

Check out the new CER catalog for spring and summer activities for all ages. Activities include Zumba for Kids, Pickleball, Upholstery, Nature Interpretation through Art, Yoga by the Lake, Preparing Foods from your Garden, as well as garden, computer, parent education, art, youth and adult summer sports, boat and water safety, safe routes to schools activities, and so much more.

Plan to attend these upcoming community events.  The Older, Bolder & Better Senior Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Five Lakes Centre and co-sponsored with Martin County Senior Voices. The Healthy Youth-Youth Activities Expo featuring lots of summer opportunities for area youth will be held on Tuesday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Five Lakes Elementary School Gym.  Contact CER for more information on either event.  Both events are free and open to the public.

The Martin County Senior Voices "Empower, Engage, Enhance, Enrich & Enjoy" meets Monday, April 7th at 10:30 a.m.  For more information on how you can be a voice in your community for our retired/aging population, contact CER.  Representatives from Truman, Granada, Ceylon, Dunnell and East Chain are especially needed to make this truly a Martin County Council.


A Sampling of Upcoming Activities

  Walkable Community Workshop (Free 9-11 am) - April 2

  Co-ed Softball Organizational Meeting - April 7

  Co-ed Sand Volleyball Organizational Meeting - April 7

  Older, Bolder & Better Senior Expo - April 13

  Youth Activities Expo - April 19

  Boat and Water Safety - April 21


Check out the CER Web Store located at for an up-to-date list of activities and register online with your MasterCard/Visa. For more information, contact the CER Office located in the Five Lakes Elementary School, 714 Victoria Street, Fairmont, call 507-235-3141 or email



Ambassador Visits


Twelve Baskets Resale - Relocation

210 Downtown Plaza

Joni Simpson, Store Manager


AgStar Fund for Rural America awarded $3,000 to Area Career Exploration (ACE) to promote agricultural career awareness in South Central Minnesota. Over 400 area sophomores and 120 local businesses converge in Fairmont on April 6th to raise career awareness and promote job opportunities in our local area.  From L to R, Garey Ferguson of Minnesota Dept. of Employment & Economic Development; Larry Anderson of AgStar Financial Services; and Bob Wallace of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.