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Registration ends COB Tuesday for
"R oadside Advertising in the Digital Age"
L AST CHANCE! Register now to attend the  Roadside Advertising in the Digital Age workshop on Thursday, September 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tri-County Electric Co-op Meeting Room (note new location). University of Minnesota Extension will give us the tools and know-how to ensure people find our businesses, attractions and other places with a computer, a smartphone or GPS device. Location-based mobile applications have revolutionized the way we find and choose places to shop, to eat, to fix a car - you name it.  D ue to support from the Rushford Economic Development Authority and Rushford Foods, the cost to register has been reduced to only $10/person to cover your lunch. Register by emailing the Chamber by September 27!
Update Your Listing in the Rushford Peterson Valley Guide
Ou r gu ide developed and printed in 2015 are now gone--having been distributed to locations locally, regionally and statewide over the  past 17 months. Please click on the guidebook photo to review your listing.  If you are a new Chamber member since the guide was printed in April 2015, you will have a photo, website link and description in the new guidebook. Send updates to the Chamber by October 1.
More Chamber News
Small Business Saturday.  Although November 26 is two months away, the  Chamber is gearing up for Small Business Saturday promotion. 
This national day encourages people to shop local, especially during the upcoming holiday season. This year, the Chamber would like to help local businesses with promoting sales and activities for Small Business Saturday. In addition to website, email and social media activities, we also hope to coordinate an Every Door Direct Mail flyer highlighting Small Business Saturday and the local businesses that will be open and participating with the day's activities. Please contact the Chamber if your business would like to participate.   

MN Chamber of Commerce Webinars for Businesses. Chamber Coordinator Jen Hengel has registered for two October webinars hosted by the MN Chamber of Commerce, of which the RP Valley Chamber is a member. Please join Jen at the Rushford Depot if you'd like to learn more, or stay tuned for the October newsletter that will include a summary of both webinars:
Date: October 3, 2016 from  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Topic:  On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime regulations go into effect. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has noted, "The final rule radically increases the salary threshold under which most employees will be automatically eligible for overtime pay.  The current salary level required for exemption is $455 a week ($23,660 for a full-year employee), which was last updated in 2004, and the new exemption threshold will be $913 a week, or $47,476 per year."  Join the presentation to learn:
- Who will this affect?
- New overtime rules - Comparing the current rule and final rule
- Figuring out which of your employees are exempt or non-exempt
- Advice on the next steps to take as an employer
Speaker: Martin Kappenman; Seaton, Peters, Revnew, The Lawyers for Employers

Date: October 17, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Topic:  MN businesses that serve customers have been the target of lawsuits in the past few years alleging violations of the American with Disability Acts. The best way to avoid these lawsuits is to make sure your business is ADA compliant. This webinar will focus on the most common accessibility issues that have been alleged in these lawsuits and the accessibility requirements to make sure your business is meeting your legal requirements and is accessible to ALL customers. If you are a retail store, grocery store, hotel, resort, restaurant, movie theater, clinic any one that directly serves customers - this should be very helpful to you.
Speakers: David Fenley and Margot Imdieke of the MN State Council of Disability

Public Access Channel. The City of Rushford has maintained a public-access channel since the mid-1990s. Over the years, R-P School's Information Technology Director, Corey Mattson, has handled the technical aspects for the channel and provided space for the channel's equipment, and the Chamber of Commerce has assisted in developing content for the channel. The Chamber Coordinator, Jen Hengel, and Mattson have been working on an upgrade to the channel's equipment to allow the channel to have more and better audio during the informational slides and recorded videos; more recorded videos of  athletic events, music and theater performances, community events and parades, and public meetings of the school board and city council; video programming   scheduled via a web-based software program; and multiple  users able to upload video or develop slides and programs.   Fundraising for the new equipment is now underway! Once the funding is secured and the equipment purchased, the next steps are to (1) r eceive training and obtain experience with the new equipment's capabilities; (2) develop specific volunteer opportunities for high school students and others in the community; (3) create a plan for student involvement, education, and leadership with the channel, under the supervision of Mattson and with assistance from Hengel; and (4) develop and maintain a schedule of recorded video and news/event slides. Contact the Chamber if you would like more information about the channel's planned improvements.
Taste of the Trail ~ Rushford
Thank you to the many participating businesses and organizations for this past Saturday's Taste of the Trail. Despite a closed Root River State Trail, we met several visitors from Iowa, Wisconsin, all around Minnesota and from our area. Special thanks to Sally Ryman for all her work in planning the event and to the participating businesses, organizations and individuals that shared the many flavors of our community with visitors:
Metz Hart-land Creamery & Honey
Heim Farm 
Root River Baskets
Koenen Farm Pumpkins
Rushford Lions Club 
Fillmore County Relay for Life
Norsland Lefse
Pam's Corner
Rushford Foods
Jessie Street Java
Shawnee's Bar & Grill
Rushford Public Library
Church Basement Ladies of First Presbyterian & Trinity Fellowship
Sharon Rustad and all who helped with Heritage Demonstrations

Thank you sponsors!
Brown's Tire, Church Basement Ladies of First Presbyterian and Trinity Fellowship, Connaughty Sales, Croell Redi-Mix, Dahls Auto Works, Darr Auctions & Realty, Engelson & Associates, Farmers Co-op Elevator, Ferndale Golf Course, Fillmore County Relay for Life, Marine Credit Union, Merchants Bank of Rushford, Micah Hanson State Farm Insurance, Mill Street Fitness, Motor Parts & Equipment, Norman's Electric Service, Norsland Lefse, Root River Baskets, Root River Floral, Rushford Chiropractic, Rushford Dental Clinic, Rushford Manufacturing, Rushford State Bank, Shawnee's Bar & Grill, Stumpy's Restaurant & Bar
Help for Decorah Area
Northeast Iowa experienced widespread flooding on August 24. According to the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC), there was minimal damage to businesses, but residents were heavily impacted, in particular in the Freeport and Spillville communities. The DACC, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community Action, has developed a Flood Relief Program to raise money for flood victims in Winneshiek, Fayette, Clayton, and Howard counties. Donations can be made out to "NEICA FLOOD FUND" and mailed to Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC), 507 W. Water St., Decorah, Iowa 52101. Donations to this flood-relief effort are tax deductible.
Trail Closure between Peterson & Rushford
The Root River Trail between Peterson and Rushford will be closed October 3 through November 11 for re-paving. Signs have been posted on the trail regarding the closing, but please help spread the word. This project is much needed as the current surface is original to the trail's founding. Thanks to the MN DNR for investing in the trail's future. 
Local News

Il Luigi ~ Italian Restaurant.  Welcome to Luis and Iris Jara and family as they begin a new venture in Rushford. They will open Il Luigi restaurant in October at the southwest corner of Jessie Street and Mill Street. Luis has many years experience with Italian cuisine and restaurant operations. Pick up the current edition of the Tri-County Record to learn more. The Chamber will email members when an opening date is set and for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Rushford Community Foundation. The foundation wishes to grant remaining dollars in its flood recovery fund. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for things like historical markers, public signage, education materials and other projects to commemorate the flood anniversary. But, thinking "outside the box" is also encouraged, and creative proposals will be considered, as well as proposals for disaster preparedness. Find applications at Proposals must be submitted by a 501(c) nonprofit organization or a unit of government. Applicants that are not tax-exempt nonprofit organizations must apply through a suitable fiscal agent willing to accept responsibility for the project, such as a municipality or school district.

Genealogy searches at Rushford Public LibraryResidents have access to two genealogy websites at the library at no cost for the next four weeks: AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest. Stop by the library for details or to begin your search! The library would like to know which is preferred by users, so the service can be included in the library's 2017 budget.

Lanesboro to host Smithsonian Water|Ways exhibit. The attached form describes sponsorship levels for the upcoming Water|Ways Smithsonian Exhibit coming to Lanesboro January 7-February 19, 2017.  The exhibit will explore the central nature of water in our lives, i ncluding the history, culture, and science of water. Learn more:  
Area Events
First Saturday Every Month, 8-10am
Mason's Pancake Breakfast
Mystic Star Masonic Lodge
Wednesdays, 4-6:30pm
Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers' Market
Rushford Depot Park

First Wednesday Every  Month, 7pm
Lions Club Meeting
Rushford American Legion
September 30, 6:30 pm
Fall Feast for Foundation for R-P Schools
Hoiland Mill
October 1, 4:15-7:15pm
81st Annual Codfish & Meatball Supper
Rushford Lutheran Church

October 8
Creekside Park

October 22, 9am-3pm
R-P High School
October 22, 5:30-7:30pm
SEMBA Catfish/Chicken Fry
Rushford American Legion
October 31
Business Trick-or-Treat
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