September 23, 2019
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Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora, Nebraska is the inventor of the strobe light.
Chamber of Commerce to hold second annual Beer Fest

Tara Lea, executive director for the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, said that with last year’s Beer Fest, the chamber wanted to put a spin on the typical trade show. “And we wanted to expose our chamber members to the general public, so we thought what better way than involving some nice craft beers and some free brats and do it outside in a fun environment on top of the parking garage?” she said.
Milford, Utica care centers to close doors

Crestview Care Center in Milford and the Utica Community Care Center in Utica will close their doors Nov. 21...Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership President Jonathan Jank said Sept. 23 that the organization will jump in to help those affected by the closures.
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Politics at play as Moorhead mulls charter change that would continue Chamber membership

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce may lose a member and get a name change -- unless there is a change of heart on the Moorhead City Council. An attempt to change Moorhead's city charter to allow the council to continue paying dues for Chamber membership failed Aug 26 to get the unanimous vote it needed. Now the issue is up in the air.
Congress should reauthorize EXIM bank

At this year’s Greater ND Chamber Policy Summit, I had the privilege of listening to some of North Dakota’s finest business people talk tariffs and trade. While there are certainly aspects of our nation’s trade policies worth debating, the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) is one worth supporting in full.
Yankton Set To Celebrate S. Dakota Manufacturing Week

When manufacturing employs 31.5% of a community’s workforce — that means it has a major impact on everyone. Manufacturing is one of the four major industries that contribute to the economy of Yankton and this year that industry will be celebrating Sept. 30 through Oct. 4...“This is a great opportunity for Yankton to showcase our manufacturing sector and the impact it has on not only the local economy but statewide as well as globally” states Chamber Executive Director Carmen Schramm.
For Secure Future, We Need To Focus On What’s Possible

The Vermillion City Council recently had a productive discussion with representatives from the University of South Dakota. You can read more about that in this week’s edition – the story begins on the front page...This new reality of today is something the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company and our city council and USD and the Vermillion School Board and our county commission must deal with every day.
As Air Force mulls F-35s for Truax Field, will local opinion sway decision?

With unanswered questions and increasingly vocal opposition from some residents, Madison’s City Council has asked the Air Force  to potentially reconsider Truax Field  as a preferred site for a squadron of F-35 fighters, while 15 Dane County supervisors have signed a letter opposing the jets...The Air Force, which has identified Madison and Montgomery, Alabama, as the preferred sites for two more squadrons of the new $90 million jets, has never reversed course on an initial basing decision, said Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and an ardent supporter of the project.
Open House Highlights Wisconsin’s Hispanic History

The Wisconsin Historical Society rededicated its commitment to preserving and sharing the history of the entire state at the Hispanic Heritage Month Open House on Friday, Sept. 20...In partnership with the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County, the Wisconsin Historical Society planned a night of live entertainment, access to archival collections reflecting Latino history both in the state and nation, and words from various community members. 
Matus Resigns Chamber Director Post At SCDC

According to Curt Strouth at the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation, Sheldon Chamber Director Shanelle Matus has tendered her resignation, effective November first. Strouth says Matus has served, “..over 12 very strong years in the position during two different stints.”
Chamber honors Klinger Companies at 34th annual meeting

The Sioux City Chamber of Commerce held its 34th annual meeting at the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night. Sailors from the U.S.S. Sioux City were honored at the annual meeting, along with a long time supporter and member of the Siouxland business community.
J&B Group closing manufacturing plant in Pipestone, MN

Pipestone gains a lot of attention for the national monument and the tourism it attracts. It also has strength in agriculture and local businesses..."This is very sad news for us to hear from a chamber and community perspective. J&B Group has been a long-time stalwart employer and a great community supporter of many organizations and efforts," the Pipestone Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce said.
By CHAD KULAS, Midway Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

I’m writing while my family visits my mother-in-law in Wyoming. But we should take a step back and be wowed and fascinated by the sights we see at home. Whether entertaining an out-of-town guest or just being a tourist in your own town, what are the places we take for granted?
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