September 16, 2019
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Tonka Trucks were originally made and developed in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Use transition period as chance to explore, strengthen goals

It’s never fun news to cover that a major leadership position opens up in the community, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday with the announcement that the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director Rhonda Jordal have parted ways after Jordal was in the position for a little over a year.
Chamber, Historical Society opposed to moving Harmony Visitor Center

The public forum at the September 10 Harmony City Council meeting was well attended by members of the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, the Harmony Area Historical Society, and the community who were concerned about a discussion that took place during the August meeting. 
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Bellevue chamber names new president

Kevin Hensel has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s Board of Directors announced Hensel’s selection in a press release that noted his extensive ties to the Bellevue community.
Oktoberfest set to celebrate ‘harvest and heritage’ in Norfolk

It’s time to break out the lederhosen and dirndl...Jarad Dahlkoetter, events director for the Norfolk chamber, said the annual celebration has grown dramatically since its beginning in 2012, and he expects the eighth year to be even bigger and better. “It’s going to be the best one ever,” Dahlkoetter said.
Greater North Dakota Chamber panelists see 'crossroads,' some opportunities in trade war

Panelists for a Greater North Dakota Chamber Policy Summit discussion of tariffs on Tuesday, Sept. 10, lamented the effects of the escalating U.S.-China trade war but see some opportunities. "We're at a crossroads as far as trade is concerned in the United States," said panelist Thomas Shorma, CEO and president of WCCO Belting Inc., of Wahpeton. "North Dakota's very dependent on agriculture and exporting, both. The trade war with China is having a devastating impact on ag, not just in North Dakota, but across the country, and certainly it's impacting the exports."
FMWF Chamber honors Steve Swiontek as 2019 Legacy Leader

Longtime area banker Steve Swiontek received one of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce top honors, being named the 2019 Legacy Leader at the group’s annual meeting Thursday, Sept. 12. Swiontek, executive chair and chairman of the board of Gate City Bank, was praised for his drive, passion for innovation, love of philanthropy, and dogged determination to share a gentle, quirky sense of humor.
Gov. Noem visits B9 Creations to kick off Week of Work program

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was at B9 Creations in Rapid City Monday to kick off a program that will become the largest internship initiative in the state's history...The South Dakota Week of Work is a partnership of the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Regulation, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the South Dakota Retailers Association.
Lane resigns from Chamber of Commerce to take lead role in Harrisburg

Brandon Lane has resigned his position as membership manager at the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Lane has been with the chamber for the past four years and will continue his duties through Sept. 14 and assist at the Pigskin Classic, a major event on the chamber’s calendar.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Gov. Evers proclaims September as Chamber of Commerce Month

The core services Wisconsin’s 267 local chambers of commerce offer their members vary from city to town to village...“Chambers are the glue that bind Wisconsin’s communities together,” said Robert Moses, president/CEO of the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce and WCCE Advisory Board Chair. “The goal of Chamber Month is to put Wisconsin chambers in the spotlight for all they do to solve problems and promote prosperity throughout Wisconsin.”
Popular PBS television show films episode in Marshfield

The popular PBS television show 'Around the Corner with John McGivern' made a stop in Marshfield last week to film an upcoming episode, and executive director Scott Larson from Marshfield's Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it's a show about what makes a place like Marshfield special.
Facebook Continues Altoona Partnership with Event Focused on Small Businesses

Facebook co-hosted a “Boost with Facebook” event with the Altoona Chamber of Commerce Monday morning. Businesses from the area attended the free educational event which focused on empowering small business owners with the tools and resources they need to build their businesses.
Report shows increase in visitor spending in Cerro Gordo County

Lindsey James believes efforts to market and promote Mason City and Clear Lake are paying big dividends..."The numbers show tourism remains strong in the county and that Mason City and Clear Lake have unique offerings that draw people here," said James, executive director of Visit Mason City.
IT TAKES PEOPLE GIVING BACK TO MAKE A COMMUNITY THRIVE: As Enbridge celebrates 70 years in Minnesota, and prepares for the Line 3 Replacement Project, it recently boosted its annual support of the biggest bash of the year in the Gonvik / Clearbrook area as a thank you to the community—serving a meal before the parade, participating in the parade, and sponsoring the 29th annual rodeo.
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