November 12, 2018
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There are enough  miles of rivers and streams in Minnesota to circle the equator 2 3/4 times!
It wasn’t just Trump: How the DFL harnessed a massive get-out-the-vote effort to win the ’burbs

Suburban Republican candidates who lost bids for seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives might be wondering what else they could have done...But those groups, led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, buy TV and cable ads and pay for direct mail.
MetroNorth and White Bear Area Chambers of Commerce Pass Resolutions on Trade

In October 2018, the MetroNorth and White Bear Area Chambers of Commerce passed resolutions regarding the trade and tariff issue. This follows their August 2018 roundtable discussion featuring testimony from area businesses impacted by recently imposed tariff regulations.
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G.I. chamber of commerce speaks on future of Conestoga mall as Sears will soon shut down

In midst of one company's bankruptcy filing, Sears announced Thursday that some of its stores across the country and even the one in Grand Island are set to officially shut their doors. With the recent closure of Younkers, Cindy Johnson the president for the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce spoke with NTV News about the future of the Conestoga mall.
Sasse says Mueller probe must be protected

Sen. Ben Sasse said Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller must be allowed to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election...Later, following his speech to an unusually large crowd at a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Sasse said any action by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to attempt to shut down the investigation "would be an extraordinarily bad action."
ND voters say yes to overhaul of government ethics, no to pot

An idea that couldn't gain traction in the North Dakota Legislature is now a reality for public officials, lobbyists and others after voters approved a constitutional amendment to overhaul government ethics oversight...Arik Spencer, CEO and president of the Greater North Dakota Chamber, the state's largest business organization that came out against the measure, said he wouldn't be surprised if there are legal challenges to some of the provisions.
North Dakota National Guard proposes Camp Grafton expansion

The North Dakota National Guard is proposing a plan to expand its training center in a northeastern county to accommodate more military members...Dohrman met with the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee last month about the training center not being adequate in size to support range and maneuver functions.
South Dakota turkeys to tour Huron before departing for Washington, D.C.

For the first time in 71 years, two South Dakota turkeys will travel to Washington, D.C. for the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. .. The tour will begin Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for a presentation. The event will be open to the public.
Manitowoc County budget: Progress Lakeshore, Chamber of Commerce dues on table

Manitowoc County Finance Committee voted Monday to recommend the proposed budget to the County Board of Supervisors with two changes from the budget proposed by County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer...Supervisor Rick Gerrol, who attended Monday's Finance Committee meeting but is not a committee member, said he feels Progress Lakeshore (and The Chamber of Manitowoc County) are private entities that should not be funded with taxpayer money
Chamber stops issuing work permits for minors

The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce will no longer be issuing work permits for minors. The Chamber has offered the service for more than 30 years, but legislative changes last year led to a drop in the number of young workers seeking permits. As of June 2017, minors ages 16 and 17 no longer need a work permit.
10 things to watch for in downtown Des Moines in 2019

Downtown Des Moines will see international design features in the mass timber building at 111 E. Grand & architecture inspired by famous German architect at Miesblock.
Olde Main to undergo rooftop expansion

Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant will add a four-season rooftop bar with the help of a $75,000 grant awarded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority...Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, said he’s excited to see the investment in a business that has a been an anchor downtown for many years.
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