August 5, 2019
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Minnesota has 69,200 miles of lakes and streams.
Road rally: Locals optimistic in face of Hwy 10 construction

In the early part of April 2020, Wadena is scheduled to see construction start in the heart of the community, essentially shutting down the main arteries of Hwy 10 and 71 and diverting traffic around the city...Another important point brought up by Wadena Chamber of Commerce executive director Jed Brazier was that the lines of communication need to remain open.
Congressman's View Column: Mission launched to bring the F-35 to the No rthland

The combat-proven F-35 is the national-defense strategy in action. It is the most lethal, survivable, and connected aircraft in the world...For that reason, I, along with members of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, recently met with officials at the Pentagon to request the F-35 be based at the 148th.
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Ambitious economic growth plan proposed for Nebraska

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its economic development partners Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to grow the state, expand opportunities and strengthen its competitive position for the future.
After first Celebrate Kearney a 'huge success,' UNK and the Kearney Chamber of Commerce plan 2020 event

Celebrate Kearney is a “go” for 2020...Gottula and Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce President Derek Rusher promoted Celebrate Kearney as an event to showcase University Village and an opportunity for chamber members to get some public exposure.
North Dakota ends ban on Sunday morning shopping

North Dakota retailers for the first time since statehood may open Sunday mornings but Jeff Hinz will keep his hardware stores closed, opting instead to sit in a pew with his family at church...The Greater North Dakota Association, the state's chamber of commerce that represents more than 1,000 members, has long supported lifting the ban. Arik Spencer, the chamber's president and CEO, said most large retailers in the state will extend their hours into Sunday mornings.
Former North Dakota commerce commissioner to run for Mandan Senate seat

Former North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson will seek the 2020 Republican nomination for the District 34 Senate seat representing Mandan...More recently, Anderson was interim president for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce from 2017 to 2018, when the group merged with the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association.
South Dakota National Guard members and Ellsworth airmen honored at pig roast

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Main Street Square for their annual Military Appreciation Pig Roast Tuesday evening. The program was intentionally short as chamber members wanted to spend most of the evening enjoying the company of men and women from both the Ellsworth Air Force Base and the South Dakota National Guard.
Council receives positive update from the leader of Mitchell's Chamber of Commerce

The executive director of Mitchell’s Chamber of Commerce provided the Mitchell City Council with an update Monday that included some positive trends happening within the entity.
Wage survey shows pay increase in Western Wisconsin

A wage survey administered by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce revealed pay increases. Geographically, the coverage area includes the Chambers of Commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids.
Tall ships off Algoma shore draw enthusiastic maritime fans

They were a long way away on an overcast morning as a cool breeze blew along the waterfront...Coming from across the state and beyond, the people were gathered for a celebration organized by the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce in honor of the ships
It might cost you: Why you should care about the shrinking Quad-Cities population

It’s a tale of two counties: one growing steadily, the other shrinking slowly...“The current population trend is our No. 1 issue that we need to address collectively as a region,” said Paul Rumler, president and CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber.
Time Machine: All-Iowa Fair attracted thousands to Hawkeye Downs in 1950s

The All-Iowa Fair — in all its iterations — was a staple of Gazette news pages for more than 70 years before the fair was discontinued after 2006...the Chamber of Commerce’s agricultural bureau deeded the park — site of horse races, rodeos and motorcycle and car races since the 1920s — to the city of Cedar Rapids, and Charles Moore was named expo manager.
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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