German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Minnesota Chapter Newsletter
GACC Midwest- Minnesota Members,

We are excited for our 5th annual Golf Tournament happening next week on Monday September 14th! There is still room for you and your foursome to join us! Register today!

There is still an opportunity to sponsor a hole or donate a prize or gift bag item for our golfers. Please reach out to Sharon if you are interested by Friday 9/11/2020

If you purchased tickets to the Minnesota United/FC Augsburg game that was slated for May 27th, we heard from the MN United that they are working on the refunding the tickets purchased. This process is going to take some time and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the status, please reach out to me as I am in continuous contact with the United.

Stay Healthy!

Sharon Heywood
Executive Director
Member Spotlight
Annual Stern des Nordens Gala!

While we are unable to hold our annual fundraising gala in person this year, plans are being made to hold this event virtually.

Friday October 23, 2020
6 pm- 7 pm- Program
7 pm - 7:30 pm online social

We are working on the programming for this event, if you have an interest in sponsorship or auction item donation, please reach out to Sharon at

Hello fellow Chamber members.

My name is Michael Jentzsch and I am an associate with the Kohlnhofer Insurance Agency. I know, I know. Insurance. UffDa. Boring.

So I will start and tell you a little about myself. After school in 1977 (man, that is a long time ago) I joined the apprenticeship program of the Allianz insurance company in Hamburg. Shortly after I finished it in 1980 I was recruited by one of the largest, at time, Printing and Publishing operation in Europe to join their Risk Management and Insurance division. Gruner+Jahr. Many of you probably know Stern, Brigitte, Parents and Essen und Trinken. In 1986 Gruner+Jahr acquired several printing operations in the US with the HQ in Waseca, MN. In those days there was no email and faxed was just discovered, so we had to travel to MN every year at least once to negotiate the insurance contracts. During one of those trips I met the love of my Life, Julie, and relocated to MN. I joint an agency in Edina and shortly after that was approached by the Kohlnhofer Agency. I have been with them for 24 years.

The Kohlnhofer Agency is family owned and has deep roots in the South Metro area since 1954. We are very involved on the local supporting local chambers, Rotary and many local events. We represent about 2,000 customers with a ratio of approximately 65% commercial and 35% personal accounts. The majority of our customers is located, or has locations in the 5 State areas. We represent a carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies that operate on a National or local level. We currently have 10 insurance specialists in our office in Lakeville.
We can offer every coverage a business or individual needs from property, liability and auto to Workers Comp and Errors & Omission plus a variety of life, health and disability products.
I believe that a thorough analysis of exposures is vital to insure that corporate and individual assets are properly protected through appropriate risk management measures such as insurance programs, loss control or risk transfers.
And the good thing is that for businesses as well as individuals a review of your current insurance program and quotes to compare your premiums is absolutely free. I don’t even have a trip charge.

Feel free to contact me at or give me a call at 952-469-0604. You can also visit our website at

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Upcoming Events
09/10/2020- GACC Minnesota- Online Networking Event Register

09/14/2020 5th Annual GACC-MN Golf Tournament, Crystal Lake Golf Club, Lakeville, MN Register

10/16/2020 Online | Evening Event German American Business Awards 2020 More Information

10/23/2020- GACC-MN GALA, Virtual -More information coming soon

12/3/2020- GACC Annual Meeting, Online, More Information coming soon

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German American Chamber of the Midwest, Minnesota Chapter
Sharon Heywood/Executive Director
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