Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry
September 2020 Newsletter
Mission: The Monticello Chamber is here to continually support, serve and enhance all member business sectors in the Monticello area. We strive to strengthen communication among business, industry, school, government, service organizations and area residents.
Announcing Board of Directors Application Opportunity: Deadline to submit is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
We are currently accepting applications for the board. If you are passionate about the mission of the Chamber, please consider applying. We meet once a month on the second Tuesday at 7:30 am (typically no meeting in July); 3 year term with the option of serving two consecutive terms. As an incoming board member, you would be introduced at the Annual Banquet on December 4, 2020 and attend the board meeting on December 8, 2020 as a liaison. Voting rights begin in January of 2021. If you are interested, please contact the Chamber office at 763-295-2700 or  

Business Links
Please click on any of the logos in this section to find up-to-date information.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Upcoming meetings and events are being updated as information is coming in from local, state and federal officials. Please be patient with us during this difficult time and refer to our website and email updates for the latest schedule.

2020 Event Schedule
  • September Chamber Lunch: Tuesday, Sept. 15th at River City Extreme, 11:30am networking begins and plated lunch served. Program begins at noon: Wright County Law Enforcement updates with Sheriff Sean Deringer. Business lunch sponsor: TDS Telecom Monticello. For full details, click here.

Monticello Chamber 20/20 Open, Keep your eye on the ball!
Thurs., September 24th, 9 am check-in, Whispering Pines Golf Course, Annandale. Event sponsor: Liberty Bank Minnesota

Our golf tournament, The 20/20 Open, Keep your eye on the ball! is scheduled for Thursday, September 24th at Whispering Pines Golf Course. 
We are accepting silent auction and 160 trinket items for the swag bags. If you would like us to pick them up, just give us a call at 763-295-2700 or email us at Many of you already had an item ready for us to pick up earlier this year, and we want to thank you for your patience.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information click here.
Has your business been affected by COVID? Maybe you need some help with finances to see you through. There are two opportunities being offered right now in the form of grants. Please see both articles below for details.

The Monticello Economic Development Authority (EDA) has developed a Small Business Emergency Assistance Program to address working capital needs following the declaration of a state of emergency by the State of Minnesota and City of Monticello.

As of August 2020, the EDA has issued 18 loans to local businesses and has funds remaining for additional applicants. The loan amount is $5,000 and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please visit our website for specific program guidelines and the application:
PRESS RELEASE-Wright County, August 28th, 2020-Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) is administering a grant program on behalf of the Wright County Board of Commissioners for businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, click here.
Minnesota lands federal money for $300 weekly unemployment boost
From MPRNews, Brian Bakst, August 31, 2020

Minnesota officials anticipate receiving money soon to send out for enhanced unemployment payments to people out of work due to the coronavirus.
Federal approval came Saturday, a swift turnaround after Minnesota applied late last week for a program that will provide $300 more per week in unemployment payments. The extra assistance will be retroactive for the past month and could last well into September.
The federal government had been adding $600 per week to state unemployment payments, but that allowance expired in late July.
Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove tweeted Sunday that the U.S. treasury is expected to forward money for the program to Minnesota soon. Once it’s in hand, the state agency will start processing payments.
Grove declined to offer additional comment on Sunday.
The money will go to people whose jobs were disrupted directly by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed to contain the virus spread.
Eligible recipients won’t have to apply for the additional help. The awards will be included in weekly checks.

American Freedom and Pride
Eagle Scout Project at the Monticello American Legion Post 260
Paul is the scout that came up with the idea for the mural and he proposed it to the American Legion and the troop.

His very talented father was able to trace the pattern with help of a few others.
His dad's very talented cousin painted the Eagle. Sherwin-Williams in Monticello donated all the paint and supplies.

My scouts helped in the majority of the rest of the prepping, priming and painting. This was a very ambitious project but with Paul's determination and the support of his family and his fellow scouts and scout leaders the result speaks for itself.

My name is Richard Crummy and I am the Scoutmaster for Monticello's Troop 270. I posted this because I wanted
1) to show in a time of unrest there is still so much good to be given back to our community and veterans.
2) that my/ our troop is more than just a few meetings and that we strive to try and give back our community when we can.
3) with all the negativity in the news about the BSA (BSA as a whole) that the organization is still relevant in today's world.
I don't post much about my troop but sometimes events happen and just need to be shared.
I am very proud of Paul but I am also proud of each and everyone of the scouts I have had the privilege of getting to know over my 20 years in scouting.
Member news...
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 secured building. Call Bob for more information at 763-295-4800.

Ausco Design & Marketing
Falling prices on sweatshirts - As the cold weather starts to set in it's time to start thinking about hooded sweatshirts! We are currently offering hooded sweatshirts with a one color logo - screen printed for $16.50 or a long sleeve t-shirt for $9. No set up charges! Call today to order yours; 763.257.9282.

G&M Outdoor Services, LLC
G&M Outdoor Services provides full service landscape, hardscapes, excavating, and snow removal services within the 40 mile radius of the Monticello area. If you or someone you know is looking for a new opportunity check out our posting on our Facebook page, Indeed, or visit our website - G&M Outdoor Services 612-875-2677 

St. Benedict’s Community – Monticello
Have you noticed a loved one who has increased difficulty getting around, may be lacking proper nutrition, or are needing assistance with medication or other tasks of daily living? Call today to learn more about our immediate assisted living availability at 763-271-2190 or check out our website at St Benedict's Community.

Monticello Times
FALL IS COMING! BRING IN MORE REVENUE! Since Covid-19 started, businesses have lost a lot of profits. The Monticello Times is here to help your business get back on track and bring in new revenue. So, September 17th edition of our three papers; The Monticello Times, Crow River News and Osseo/MG Press, will be publishing our annual FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT BUILDER GUIDE! This is a great opportunity for your business to get your name/services/specials out to the readers, letting them know that you are open and here to help with FALL into WINTER projects. The guide will distribute to Wright, Sherburne and Hennepin Counties. To be a part of this special guide and more details on ad sizes and price; please contact Sue Emberland, Multi Media Account Executive at 763-271-6478. Deadline is Sept., 4. 

Farm Bureau Financial Services, Aleida Andrade Lee Agency
I know you say I need life insurance, but do I really? Yes! While the reasons for having life insurance vary from person to person, coverage is a smart move no matter what stage of life you’re in. It’s really about what’s important to you. Contact me and we’ll discuss the many ways life insurance can help protect you and your loved ones throughout all of life’s stages. Aleida Andrade Lee, 612-217-8664,, 261 Broadway St E, PO Box, Monticello, MN, 55362.

Mathison Motors
If you, or someone you know, needs a reliable vehicle to get to work, school, or play, Mathison Motors in Clearwater can help you. We have a wide variety of used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs for you to choose from, as well as new inventory daily. Good credit, bad credit, no credit – we have you covered! Visit us online at or call us at 320-558-6659 to set up your appointment today.

TDS Telecom Monticello
Internet. TV. Phone. For Your Business.
Contact Me today! Shannon Zook
Your Local TDS Telecom Business Account Manager

ProFusion CBD and Wellness Big Lake
Back to school worries getting you stressed out? Let ProFusion CBD Big Lake help you out with a variety of our natural CBD products. "Better Quality, Better Pricing, Better Results!"

Resurrection Lutheran Church
Regathering at Resurrection
It’s time for us to get back in the building and worshiping together again! Resurrection is regathering Sunday, September 13 at 9am and 10:30am. Learn all the details @ or

Wright County Area United Way
It's campaign time! Please contact us if your group or business would like to run a Fall Campaign to help support Food, Health, Shelter and Education Programs in Wright County. Go to Email: or call 763-688-1919 Thank you!

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)
As a business owner a strong finance department that adds value to your organization is a must in these challenging times. If you are experiencing any of the following it may be time to reach out for help before it’s too late:
  • Management team lacking strategic information
  • Finance staff turnover
  • Late reports
  • Outdated technology
  • Ineffective and inefficient processes
The Business Operations staff (BizOps) at CliftonLarsonAllen is ready to partner with you to address these and any other issues keeping you from achieving your vision. For an assessment of your finance department and its role in your company contact Bill Conboy at or call 320-203-5500.

Monticello Community Education
MCE has been your local source of engagement, enrichment, and entertainment since 1972. As we near the start of fall programming, we are strong in our belief that MCE is better prepared to meet the needs of our community than ever before.We are offering a dynamic array of active and enriching programs for our community members of all ages this fall. This includes in-person, virtual, and take-home offerings!
In an effort to cut costs and to offer the maximum amount of programming for our residents, we will NOT be sending home a brochure this fall. Instead, all of our programming will be available at on August 31st. We believe you will find a collection of family favorites and exciting new opportunities that will help you find safe and fun ways to stay active and engaged through this fall!   
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. Stop and see us at 217 Sandberg Road in Monticello or visit us at 763-314-0322 (located right behind General Rental).

A Plus Performance
BACK TO SCHOOL ?!?!? Maybe... maybe not? If you have a special deal or event you would like to advertise for Back 2 School, touch base and mention MCCI Newsletter! I'll give you a GREAT DEAL - September Special! Mobile billboard signs do a great job for you!  --> • •

The Country Travel Store
START PLANNING YOUR WINTER GETAWAY...When you're ready to start planning a trip, we would love to help you find just the right getaway for you and your loved ones. Avoid the pitfalls and fineprint of online travel sites and work with a trusted professional.  
The Country Travel Store - Serving the community for over 31 years. Call or email today: 763-295-3350.

Monticello American Legion Post 260
A few changes at the Club. We have outside seating (weather permitting). This will help with social distancing and still be able to serve more customers. Once again the crew has worked diligently on coming up with great choices and a good variety for the September FOOD Specials. 
We are still working out some of the details but will be ready to go on September 1st!
Like our FACEBOOK page at MONTICELLO AMERICAN LEGION POST 260 or visit our webpage - We will put the Daily Specials on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM when they start. More Good News. We now have an Instagram page. Follow us on Instagram @ monticellolegion for daily news. We hope to see more of you in the Club soon for a meal, playing some pulltabs, bingo, paddlewheel, or one of the meat raffles. 

WCEDP-Wright County Economic Development Partnership
2020 Shooting STAR Golf Open
Tuesday September 15th- Registration at 9 AM & 10 AM start time
Whispering Pines Golf Course 8713 70th St. NW; Annandale, MN 
Register via email at or go to Eventbrite
We are still looking for Golfer's, Sponsors, silent auction items and 100
promo items for swag bags

Pizza Ranch
Pizza Ranch is open for buffet! Our buffet is open Monday-Friday 11am-2pm and 4:30pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-8pm. Come get your unlimited fill of the country's best chicken, stuffed crust pizzas, salad bar, and of course ice cream! Senior Day every Monday where Seniors (65+) get an extra 10% off. Kid's Day every Tuesday where you a free kid (4-12) FREE with a paid Adult or Senior Buffet. Carry out and Delivery available EVERY DAY 11am-9pm. **Please talk to a manager or associate about the extra sanitation and disinfection steps taken during Covid-19**

Give your business the professional look with a premium one-page scrolling brochure-style website and logo!
For more information, please visit:

Photos by Bob & Val Somerville
PHOTOS BY BOB & VAL SOMERVILLE - 30-40% off prints, canvas, metals.
photo cards ($3 or 4 for $10)  Catch us Thursdays 3:30-7 at ART Market ( old fire hall across from farm market)
weather permitting! Like us on Facebook. ideas and sale updates posted there. 
Call or Text Bob 612-308-0897 for other orders or questions. Thanks All! 

River City Extreme and Whispering Pines Golf Course
River City Extreme and Whispering Pines Golf Course are hosting the 7th Annual Aaron Conzet Memorial Scrambowl, Saturday, September 26th . It’s a combination bowling/golf tournament and you don’t have to be good at either one because there are separate pay-outs for the bowling and golf. Money raised goes towards the Aaron Conzet Jr. Bowling Scholarship fund.  Check-in starts at 9 am, bowling at 9:30 am, Noon: lunch/bowling prizes payouts, 1 pm Free shuttle bus to get you to the golf course, 2 pm Golf starts, 7 pm Golf prizes given out and then back on the shuttle bus to return to River City Extreme.
Cost: Early Bird Special if paid by 9/18/2020 is $70.00 after that date $80.00. To sign up please email John Foss at  

Teacher/Staff Welcome Bags made a positive impact!
Thank you to the following businesses that showed our Monticello Magic to these new members of our community.
All Elements Inc., A Plus Performance, Authority Fence & Deck, Inc., CARES Consulting Network Inc., Camping World, CentraCare Monticello, City of Monticello, Dahlheimer Beverage LLC, DATASuccess Inc., Fitness Evolution, Foster White Insurance Agency, Freedom Strategy Group, Green Pro Golf Simulators, Healing Moments Counseling, Hoglund Bus Company Inc., Karlsburger Foods Inc., Keller Williams West Metro Real Estate Group-Terri Erickson, Life and Liberty Real Estate, Live Laugh & Bloom Floral, Loch Jewelers Inc., Mathison Motors, Monti Nutrition, Monticello Insurance Agency, Monticello Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Monticello Printing Inc., Monticello Times, Nova Care Rehabilitation, Papa Murphy's Take "N" Bake Pizza, Photos by Bob & Val Somerville, Pizza Ranch, Premier Bank of Monticello, Schlenner Wenner & Co., Sherburne State Bank, SPOE-Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Erickson, St. Benedict's Sr. Community-Monticello, State Farm Insurance-Dan Olson, Studer Chiropractic, P.C., TDS Telecom Monticello, Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8731, Von Hanson's Meats, Willows Landings and Wright County Area United Way.
Your generosity has not gone unnoticed. Thank you all for your support.
Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Marcy Anderson, Executive Director
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