Chamber Newsletter
June 2021
Dairy Day- June 4th
Dairy Day – Friday, June 4 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Library Square Park

Join us for the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 lunch and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

This year’s activities include:
  • Cow Milking Contest featuring celebrity milkers: Roman Bloemke (Woodstone Senior Living), Sheila Murphy (McLeod County Administrator) & Tony Monteforte (3M- HR Manager).
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way, McLeod County Dairy Princesses & Water Carnival Royal Family
  • $5.00 Lunch
  • Live Music by Josie Sanken
  • Kids Activities

Bring your lawn chair and/or a blanket to enjoy music & a meal.
More than Simple Supply and Demand
More than Simple Supply and Demand  
The pandemic’s unprecedented effect on the labor market
- Carson Gorecki and Shawn Herhusky
The pandemic has upended the labor market in unprecedented ways and it will take some time for the disruption to be resolved. Our new article examines employer challenges in finding workers during pandemic recovery and offers some ideas for new steps employers can take now to find the workers they need.

In our work as DEED’s Labor Market Analyst and Workforce Strategy Consultant for Northeast Minnesota, we’ve heard from many employers who aren’t receiving the same number and quality of applications they were receiving prior to the pandemic. This is happening as many employers are hoping to hire more employees to meet growing demand.

We are witnessing an unprecedented paradox where employers see too few or unqualified candidates while unemployment remains relatively high. The reasons why people are not seeking work are complicated and driven by individual or family needs. It will take some time to understand all the factors at play, but one thing is clear: the pandemic recession is unlike any other in its impact on the labor market.

While much attention was focused on high unemployment during 2020 and early 2021, now the focus is shifting to high vacancies and hiring difficulties. Starting earlier this spring, DEED staff started calling thousands of Minnesotans currently receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits to make sure they are aware of the many current job openings and help connect them with employers hiring now.

There are also things that employers can do during this very unusual time in the labor market. For most employers, it likely won’t be enough to just do what they’ve always done to recruit, hire and retain workers. We offer steps, ranging from simple ones to those requiring significant investment and planning, that employers can take now to help find the workers they need.
You can learn more and see detailed recommendations in our article, More than Simple Supply and Demand. The article is featured in the June issue of Minnesota Economic Trends, a quarterly publication of DEED’s Labor Market Information (LMI) office.
Subscribe to receive more information from DEED.
Hutchinson Leadership Institure

Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2021-2022 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 33rd year!

The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Once you have completed the Leadership program, you can participate in Leadership 2.0! The 2.0 program takes a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community.

If you have questions about this program please email Mary call 320-234-0785.
QR Code- Have your event listed today!
Table Tents– Out.
QR Code Stickers– In.

Boost Your Event
Just like table tents, QR stickers will be around the community to tell your story louder and farther.

Direct Link
All paid entries will be linked directly to your community calendar event entry, allowing people to get specific details about your event.

Stretch Your Marketing Dollars
List your event up to twelve months in advance.
We’ve lowered the price due to
printing costs being eliminated.
And, what’s not to love about no deadlines?
How to Utilize This Program
· Complete this Entry Form
· Send payment via cash, check, or credit card
* Chamber Members may request invoice
· GO IMMEDIATELY to the Calendar of Events Page on our website and input as much information as possible.
* Chamber Members: Enter your event via your portal for easy access to make updates as necessary.

Specific date(s).
Dates must be consecutive, or a second entry/fee
 is required for non consecutive days.  

Hutchinson Arts & Crafts & Taste of Hutchinson
Friday, September 17th – Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Interested becoming a vendor at the Hutchinson Arts & Crafts festival or have a friend that you believe would be a great addition? Great, feel free to reach out to the Hutchinson Chamber and/or review the festival guidelines/application. Apply Online!

Be sure to stop at Taste of Hutchinson to try something new, grab an old favorite or a cold drink. Looking to become a vendor? Apply today as the spots fill quickly!

CrAZy DaYs!!!
July 15-17th
Ambassador Business Visits
The Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.
The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.
You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

May Ambassador Business Visits:
  • Main Street Sports Bar
  • Stockmen's Greenhouse & Garden Center
  • T-Mobile (Hutch Shops Location)

Main Street Sports Bar
Stockmen's Greenhouse& Garden Center
T- Mobile
Business After Hours

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber Members. Get behind the scenes access to our local businesses… see what they make, do, or provide for our community. This monthly event is open to all Chamber Member business employees or by a Chamber invitation.

Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, or seeking more information should contact the Hutchinson Ambassadors.

If you're the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us!

June Business After Hours will be held on
Wednesday, June 9th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at
Sonora's Mexican Restaurant * CenBank in Hutchinson
New & Renewing Members
Thank You to the following members for continuing their Membership as a
May renewal

  • 3M
  • American Legion Post 96
  • Benny's Meat Market
  • Chef Craig's Catering
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair, Inc.
  • Hutchinson Health Auxiliary
  • Hutchinson Pizza Ranch
  • Midwest Vision Centers
  • Main Street Sports Bar
  • Relay for Life of McLeod County
  • Re/Max Results
  • Sheldon Nies
  • Tidy Tightwads
  • Upper Midwest A-C Club

Maximize Your Membership
Are you looking for ways to promote an event?

Utilize your membership benefits by posting the event on the 

Community members can post events to the Community Calendar; however, Chamber members can post an event as well as photos, videos, logos, map service and more! After your event is approved it will receive community exposure on

Additionally, events from the Community Calendar that are hosted by a non-profit organization, non-recurring, open to the public and located in Hutchinson are posted on the Marquee (Electronic sign at Hwy 7 &15)! No additional action is needed on your part after submitting it to the Community Calendar, we will take care of the rest!

2021 Tourism Marketing Grant
Grant applications are due by June 1, 2021! TODAY!!!

Since 2013, the Chamber has enjoyed granting money to events held in Hutchinson hosted by nonprofits and for-profits. These grants help cover the expense of marketing that covers a radius outside the Hutchinson area for the event. These events help the Chamber bring more people to our beautiful and welcoming community – there really is #MuchInHutch!

Tell your friends, co-workers, committees, and organizations about the Chamber’s Tourism Marketing Grant. We love to help events as they help us and increase the traffic and awesomeness of Hutchinson!

Business of the Month

Paul and Heather Wright own and operate Wright Farms. This family farm is located southwest of Hutchinson on County Road 7. Wright farms is comprised of Dairy, Beef, Crop production, Hay and Straw production, and Aronia Berries.

Aronia Berries are the highest antioxidant fruit available, with 3x more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates! Aronia’s potential within the health food diet is amazing and something to consider in today’s health-conscious atmosphere.

Wright Farms beef is raised on non-GMO feeds, hormone free, and locally processed.  Beef is sold in quarters, halves, and wholes. This fall beef packages can be purchased directly from our farm!

Hay and Straw sales are marketed through retail and wholesale channels as they have a unique packaging system to make handling very easy. The straw market also includes production of a “mini straw bales” popular for fall decorations. They market to local farms/stables, lawn and garden centers and farm stores.  Taking great pride in their “farm to table" connection with our beef sales.

The Wright Family enjoys participating in the county and state fair, promoting agriculture, and are blessed with the opportunity to have raised their children on a family farm. Paul & Heather have 4 children Cody, who currently works at R D Machine Inc, Breanna (just completed 3rd year at South Dakota State University in Ag Science and Ag Leadership), Allison (just graduated from HHS and will be attending South Dakota State University in Ag Education and Ag Communication) and McKenna (just completed her sophomore year at HHS). They are strong believers in community support & are active volunteers in their church, 4-H and FFA programs.

15215 County Rd 7 Hutchinson, MN

 Fun facts
   * Each year Wright Farms opens their farm for Farm Safety Day. This is an event that the Hutchinson Ag Program puts on and brings the entire Hutchinson 4th grade class to our farm to learn about farm safety, farming products, see the livestock and machinery.
   * They have one of the largest Aronia Berry orchards in the State of Minnesota!
   * For Holidays and special events, they build bale displays in the shape of Easter bunnies, Halloween pumpkins, Santa Claus and other designs. Keep an eye out for our June Dairy month creation!
   * 3 generations of family that work on the farm.
   * Paul serves as a McLeod County Commissioner and Heather works at Ridgewater College.

Interested in Sponsoring Dairy Day? Sponsorship form.
Are you under 40 and looking for a professional group to be apart of? Look no further... PULSE is here.

PULSE is a group of Professionals Under 40, Leading, Socializing, and Educating. This group hosts monthly lunch & learn events and holds four social events throughout the year.

Wondering how to have your business displayed here? Call Cegi at the Chamber with your questions!