Archives for 2017

Farm Fatigue 2018

October Business of the Month


If you’ve ever had the joy of planning an event you know the stress that can accompany it. When working with Trimmings and Charm for your event planning needs, you can stop stressing and start impressing. They are local, family owned and operated Event Company that makes it their mission to express your personality at any occasion by renting or creating anything you need.

Trimmings and Charm began their rental business in 2013 by marketing themselves through trade shows and a Kiosk Store in the Hutchinson Mall. In June of 2016 they moved into a more permanent location in the Hutchinson Mall – a place filled with amazing displays of their inventory to help you visualize the potential in your event and browse ready-made items.

When the business owners, Ann and Alexis Martinson began planning an event of their own, they noticed there was a need for quality, affordable, chic rentals in the area. The Martinson’s created everything for Alexis’ wedding, including custom paper creations and bouquets, and now they are here to make your event unique as well. From decorating, to consulting, to vintage flare sales and rentals – Trimmings and Charm covers it all. A few of the products and services they offer include:

  • Rentals:
    • Ceiling Décor (lights, fabric, & chandeliers)
    • Banquet Linens
    • Mix & Match China and Flatware for up to 400 people
    • Chalkboards and Easels
    • Centerpiece Collections
    • Unique Accent Pieces
  • Paper Creations:
    • Cards
    • Banners
    • Flowers
    • Signs
    • All available to order custom

Ann and Alexis tell us, “We love making every event unique and seeing the smiles that follow.” Take a trip to the Hutchinson Mall and stroll through the store – you can rent everything you see and more.  Ask about making an order for custom paper bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, head wreaths, or anything else you can imagine to give your event a personal touch from Trimmings and Charm.

What does Trimmings and Charm enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“The sense of community that comes with a Chamber membership is what we find the most enjoyable. Knowing that there are people out there championing our business right along side us.”



September Business of the Month



50 years ago this September, Richard Larson opened the doors to what is now the longest-standing, full-service remodeling and new construction company in Hutchinson – Richard Larson Builders. When the business opened in 1967, Larson established three key principles to uphold: provide the highest craftsmanship available, use the industry’s best products, and follow up with exceptional service. Larson Builders continues to value these ideals and provides quality design and construction to this day.

Whether you are facing a “fix-it” project or are looking to build from the ground up, Larson Builders is your one-stop-shop for all of your home construction needs. They are continually looking for new products and services to offer their customers, one of their newest being Granicrete – a concrete overlay system that gives a stunning appearance to anything from countertops, floors, showers and more.

Larson Builders has spent the last 50 years proving their expertise by serving over 14,000 customers, installing over 30 acres of glass in windows, installing over 2.5 million feet of seamless gutter – and these are just a handful of the services they offer. Other services include custom cabinets, gutter guard protection, investment grade roofing, in-house design services and the list continues to grow.

In honor of their 50th Anniversary, Larson Builders will be hosting an open house on Friday, September 8th at the Larson Builders showroom and parking lot from 10am-6pm. As a part of their milestone celebration, attendees will have a chance to win a houseful of windows ($10,000 value), experience showroom tours and product demos, and enjoy a complimentary lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm! Click here to find out more about the open house or learn more about Larson Builders.

What does Larson Builders enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We enjoy being a part of a group of professionals helping to grow the Hutchinson area.”

Something from Mary!

As we continue to watch the political mass struggle with the DOL Overtime Ruling, I’m reminded of TWO key sets of advice from several leaders who have spoken to our Leadership Institute Class each year.

“Build your network of people BEFORE you might need them.” The other option is to introduce yourself and then spurt out your problem and ask for help.


“Your voice matters. Reach out to legislators.”

Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance. The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.      -John Ralston Saul

The Department of Labor may have overreached on this new ruling, but our legislators have the ability to rescind the ruling, or slow down the ruling so it would ramp up over a number of years.

Knowing local, state and federal representatives can make the task much easier. If they know you, they are less likely to brush you, and your issue, aside.

More importantly right now, is to let your federal leaders know how this affects your business, whether you are a for profit or not-for-profit business.

They need to hear from us.
They need to hear from you.
YOU are the key to making this or anything else happen.

Please take 10 minutes to type out some information and email it to our legislators.

Senator Al Franken

St Paul Office 651-221-1016

DC Office 202-224-5641


Senator Amy Klobuchar

Minneapolis Office 612-727-5220 or 1-888-224-9043

DC Office 202-224-3244


Representative Collin Peterson                  

Willmar Office 320-235-1061

DC Office 202-225-2165

What’s Happening in September 2017?

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

We hope you will join us for the 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Taste of Hutchinson. The Festival dates are Friday, September 15th from 10-6 and Saturday, September 16th from 9-4. This Festival is full of handmade items and crafts from vendors that travel from all areas of the country. We have several returning vendors and many NEW vendors that are eager to share their creations with you.  Please invite your family and friends to attend this community favorite event! For more information follow our Facebook Event Page.

Taste of Hutchinson {New this year} LIVE MUSIC!  Friday: Javier Matos 11AM – 1PM, Mike Munson 2PM – 4PM, and Shaw – 5PM – 7PM.  Saturday: Phoenix Drumline 10AM – 10:45AM, Andy Austin 11AM – 1PM, and Lowland Lakers 1:30PM – 3PM.

Arts & Crafts Festival Volunteers NEEDED!!

We need HELP! That shouldn’t be a huge surprise to everyone, but to be more specific – we need help for our Arts & Crafts Festival!

For information on how to volunteer for the Arts & Crafts Festival please click here. Simply type your name in, provide your phone number and EMAIL. (There is no save button, it automatically saves what you type.)

If you have a friend who might like to volunteer, please provide the link to them as well. With 10,000-12,000 people attending each year, volunteers are critical. Volunteering is a fabulous experience and it is a great way to get involved in the community.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone 320/587-5252 or email Mary. 

Arts & Crafts and Taste of Hutch




Something from Mary

BrewDog, a Scotland based company is giving their 1,000 worldwide employees one week’s paid leave when they welcome a new puppy into their lives.

Hey, I’ve got your attention, don’t I?! Although the above statement is true… I do know I have your attention…. We could talk about perks, benefits and zero-vacation all day… but right now… let’s talk about the perks and benefits of being a member of the Hutchinson Chamber.

I have TWO new Perks and a new Project to tell you about!

Click here to read the rest of Mary’s article.

September Business of the Month

The September Business of the Month is Richard Larson Builders, Inc.

Click here for more information on Richard Larson Builders, Inc.

New & Returning Chamber Members

We would like to thank the following members for renewing  their partnership with the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce:

  • Carpets Plus ColorTile Design Show
  • Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
  • Culver’s
  • E. G. Rud & Sons, Inc.
  • e2 Electrical Services
  • Edwards Jones – Dean Winter
  • Equul Access, Inc.
  • Factory Direct Furniture
  • Flagship Capital Advisors
  • Hutchinson Hockey Association
  • Mini Biff, LLC
  • RiverSong
  • Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed Music in the Park this summer! We had another year of great bands and social hosts. Also, we are excited to announce that Music in the Park will be hosted by RiverSong and Historic Hutchinson beginning in 2018.

A huge THANK YOU to all the sponsors:

  • 3M
  • American Legion Post #96
  • Cash Wise Foods
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Crow River Glass
  • Edward Jones: Pat Chapman, Nick Pederson, Dean Winter & Kim Winter
  • Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Hutchinson Technology
  • Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Mediacom
  • MidCounty Bank
  • Parkview Dental
  • PBOE Elks #2427
  • State Farm Insurance: Mike McGraw
  • VFW Post #906
  • Walmart
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Table Tent Deadline Reminder

The deadline to submit events for the 1st quarter of 2018 (January, February, March) table tents is December 1st. Table Tents are brought to dozens of business in Hutchinson, getting hundreds of views a day! To submit an event, email Ashley or call 320/234-0789. Also, if you submit an event to the table tents, make sure to add it to the online Community Calendar.

Thank You to our Golf Sponsors!

We would like to thank everyone that came out for the Hometown Golf Challenge this past July. Kudos to our Hole-In-One Sponsors:  Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Factory Direct Furniture, and Valley Sales of Hutchinson. Thank you to Hutchinson Health for being our Welcome Sponsor, MITGI for being our Lunch Sponsor, and Citizens Bank for being our Visionary Sponsor. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated to and sponsored this event. Thank you to the volunteers for all your help and for everyone that came out to play golf. We wouldn’t be able to have this fun event without all of your support!

Calling All Businesses – Your Workforce Needs You Now!

Click here to learn more about TigerPath. Here you will fill in contact information and your ability to help students in ANY AREA of workforce. Businesses can EASILY sign up to offer anything from internship, mentorship, apprenticeship or work experience arrangement with an upperclassman at HHS. Make a difference in Hutchinson’s workforce pipeline of tomorrow, today!

More information!




Business Scams Targeting School and Youth Support


Hutchinson, MN

Scams Targeting School and Youth Support

Recently another promotional scam has targeted Hutchinson, MN businesses.

An individual stating they are working with the “Hutchinson Boosters” for a fall calendar of sports events has contacted businesses in town to collect money. This project like many others are portrayed to be part of or working for an organization. Some will use tactics like “we talked to the Chamber” when in fact they have not, or a business owner referred another business. These tactics, although convincing, or usually not true.

Police Chief Dan Hatten says “There are no limitations on who scammers claim as victims, the young, old, male, female, businesses, and churches.  The sole responsibility to prevent these scams from occurring is on each of us.  We must educate ourselves on the indicators of a scam and be diligent because it is not if you will become a target of a scam but merely when.”

If you are unsure if it is a scam or ever question if you are possibly being scammed contact your local police department before you agree or send any money. Hatten continued, “Once you send money or sign documents there is virtually no recourse.”

Hutchinson Public Schools work exclusively with Crow River Press and the Hutchinson Leader to produce their sports calendars. Hutchinson Activities Director Thayne Johnson said “If any of our local businesses are contacted by any other organization, please know that they are not working on behalf of the school.  Their claim to represent the Hutchinson Booster Club is false, as there is no such organization.”

The Chamber’s goal is to work with all area businesses and organizations to make everyone more aware of the scam business. “It is a business to these people,” said Mary Hodson, Chamber President. She added “in the past five years I’ve lost track of the number of scams we’ve been made aware of. Last year we were able to cut one off at the pass, but many we don’t hear about and then we can’t help. Connecting with the Police or the Chamber before making a commitment can go a long way to protect yourself and others.”

If you have more questions, please contact Police Chief Dan Hatten 320-587-2242 or Mary Hodson 320-587-5252.


What’s Happening in August 2017?

Leadership Institute: Application for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Click here for the application and more information.

If you have questions about this program please email Mary or call 320-234-0785.

Farm Fatigue

Farm Fatigue Tractor LogoEach harvest season, our Agri Business committee works hard to deliver buckets of goodies to our farmers in the fields in McLeod County. If your business is interested in supplying goodies or money for this program, please complete and return the 2017 Farm Fatigue Flyer. 



New & Returning Chamber Members

We want to welcome our new members:

  • Ashley Furniture (Opening Soon!)

Thank you to our July renewing Members!

  • Ag Systems
  • Amazing Grace Boutique
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Century 9 Theater
  • Evergreen Apartments
  • FRF Productions
  • Hutchinson Dental Center
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • New Century Academy
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza
  • People Ready

Something from Caroline (Our Summer Intern)

As my busy summer in Hutchinson comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect back on all of the experiences I’ve had and how they’ve helped me grow. This summer, I held the title of Hutchinson Princess, Hutchinson’s Aquatennial Candidate and Hutchinson Chamber Summer Intern. Although these titles each included very different obligations, one thing remained among them all: my love for the community of Hutchinson.

There truly is #muchinhutch and I’m honored to have been involved in the many activities this year to help our community grow. From Dairy Days to Crazy Days, there was always a fun event going on that needed a Princess or a Chamber Intern to help (or both)! These experiences have helped me appreciate all of the work that is contributed from community members that make these events possible.

Being the Chamber Summer Intern has been an experience I will never forget. I have learned so much about our community and it has made me love it even more. Although my reign as princess may be over, and my time at the chamber is soon coming to a close, I will always ‘love where I live’ and call Hutchinson my home.

43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

Make sure to put September 15th & 16th on your calendar!

11×17 Poster


Table Tents

The deadline to submit events for the 4th quarter (October, November, December) table tents is September 1!  To submit an event, email Mollie or call 234-0789.  Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to the online community calendar.  The community calendar averages about 100 views a day, so don’t forget to utilize it! Submitting an event to the community calendar may be done through your chamber member portal or the chamber website.

More information!


News Release: North American Showcase and Distinguished Minnesota Potter Featured at Annual Festival

HUTCHINSON, MN — Thirty-five potters from across North America will be on display at the sixth annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson, MN the weekend of July 29th and 30th.

Robert (Bob) Briscoe of Minneapolis, Minnesota is this year’s featured potter. Bob has been a potter for more than forty years and is one of the founding potters behind the renowned St. Croix Pottery Tour, held each May. Bob’s passion for clay comes from his desire to make beautiful pots that also feel wonderful to hold. “I want them to give distinct pleasure in use – to allow a subtle conversation over time. I point my work towards a quiet simplicity. I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I am seeking in this work is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness.” An acclaimed potter, Bob has received awards from both the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and his work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Arts Daily, American Craft, 500 Bowls and The Art of Contemporary Pottery.

Also at this year’s Festival are twenty other Minnesota potters and thirteen ceramic artists from other states as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, and Texas. The festival welcomes thirteen potters for the first time including Tom Homann from Georgia, John Bauman from Indiana, Carolina Niebres from Wisconsin.

There are also four Emerging Artists featured at this year’s festival: Gillan Doty of Portland, Maine and Greg Palombo of Buffalo, New York; both are current Fogelberg Studio Fellows at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Chris Singewald currently resides in St. Paul, but originally hails from Waverly, Iowa. Reiko Cunningham Uchytil from Grimes, Iowa, she is the daughter of Miky Cunningham, who is also participating in the show.

The Festival provides an excellent day trip for clay-lovers, families, and collectors. Entrance and parking are free. The two days are filled with on-site raku firing, Pottery Olympic competitions and a Kids’ Station where children of all ages can get their hands dirty. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by the Phoenix Drumline and beverages for sale from the Crow River Winery.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival takes place on the grounds of the Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery, just one hour West of the Twin Cities. The backdrop includes thirty acres of conservation prairie land, two ponds, trails, and beautiful Todd Lake in the distance.

The Minnesota Pottery Festival is a nonprofit organization, it’s mission is to provide a venue for quality clay artists to educate and engage with an increasingly knowledgeable public by raising the appreciation and understanding of pottery to help broaden the depth and breadth of ceramic arts in Minnesota.

Board-member Kerry Brooks of Dock 6 Pottery in Minneapolis says, “The Minnesota Pottery Festival is such a fun event! The setting is beautiful, the pottery is of the highest quality and great variety, and the customers are a delight because they’re knowledgeable and love pottery as much as we do. Not only is it a first-rate festival, but it’s also so much fun for the potters!  We love to hang out after hours and talk shop, play music, eat good food, and have a great time with kindred spirits. The pottery olympics and the kid’s tent make it fun and interesting for all ages and an outing everyone enjoys.”

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Pottery Festival Board would also like thank our generous supporters: Continental Clay Company, Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Smith-Sharpe Fire Brick Supply, Shimpo Ceramics and all of our generous individual donors and volunteers.

More information and full list of artists available at

What’s Happening in July 2017?

Crazy Days 2017

Coupon Sheet of Savings deadline is FRIDAY JULY 7th! The Coupon Sheet of Savings will help businesses bring customers in and move product out.  In 2017 we will be changing the dates of Crazy Days to July 27-29.

If your business would like to participate in Crazy Days please download the registration form here: 

Questions? Please call our office at 320-587-5252 or visit our website for instructions. 

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! The Golf Challenge theme this year will be MUSIC. We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge, and we want to let you in on it too!  Hometown Golf Challenge a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click on the link to fill out a Sponsor form. 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

Early Bird Golf Registration is due JULY 10th!! 

Golfer Registration Form:

Online Registration also available here:

Leadership Institute: Application for 2017-2018 is Now Open!

We are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 29th year! The Hutchinson Leadership Institute is hosted by the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This comprehensive program is designed to build community leaders. Over the period of nine months, participants will experience 10 days of training and classes. Each participant will be assigned to a group service project, which will assess community needs, determine a project, and facilitate the project working with other community members and/or groups.

Click here for the application and more information.

If you have questions about this program please email Mary or call 320-234-0785.

Dairy Day – Thank You!

THANK YOU to everyone who made Dairy Day a success! We would especially like to thank our sponsors!
Visionary Sponsor:

  • Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

Champion Sponsor:

  • Midcountry Bank

Event Sponsors:

  • 3M Hutchinson Plant
  • E.G. Rud and Sons Professional Land Surveyors
  • Hillyard Hutchison,Mn
  •  Home State Bank
  • Hutchinson Co-op
  • Hutchinson Health
  •  Hutchinson Leader
  • Hutchinson Technology
  •  Impressions
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  •  NU-Telecom
  • Parkview Dental
  • Piehl Hanson Beckman, P.A.
  • Plumbing and Heating by Craig
  • Runnings Stores
  • Skyview Dairy
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo

And a special thank you to: 

  • Form-A-Feed
  •  Benny’s Meat Market
  • McLeod County Extension
  •  First District Dairy
  •  Hutchinson High School FFA
  •  Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Royal Family
  • McLeod County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors
  •  Princess Kay of the Milky Way








July Business of the Month

In July we will be highlighting Minnesota Pottery Festival as our Business of the Month!

Click here to learn more about Minnesota Pottery Festival







Member Education Opportunity

“Hitting a Home Run”

July 11, 2017
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Dassel History Center
901 1st St, Dassel, MN 55325

The workplace wellness consortium team has planned a great gathering.
Everyone is welcome to come and learn about creating a culture of healthy employees in the workplace setting.

  • Free Yogurt Parfait Bar will be available
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Getting Your Game Plan together – Dr. Mike Keifer – How to get administration on board.
  • Area All Star’s: Personal and Organizational success stories
  • Learn How to Keep Score: Learn best practices from other professionals
  • Batting Order: Receive your first Wellness monthly Toolkit

Email Judy at [email protected] to reserve your ticket.

New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Amazing Grace
  • Canvasworks, Inc.
  • Crow River Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Huski Townhomes
  • Outdoor Motion
  • Stamp-n-Storage
  • Vivid Image, Inc.

Something from Mary

Workforce Retention – what are you doing to KEEP employees?

– Volunteer Programs
– Pleasing Work Environment
– Deeper Employee Relationships
– Appreciation Programs
– Flexible Schedules

Read the rest of Mary’s article here: 

More information!



Something from Mary!

Workforce Retention- what are you doing to KEEP employees?

  • Volunteer Programs
  • Pleasing Work Environment
  • Deeper Employee Relationships
  • Appreciation Programs
  • Flexible Schedules

We continue to hear about the job market.

We continue to hear about the lack of employees.

We continue to hear about workforce solutions.

As a business owner or manager, you have an ace in the hole. You HAVE employees…. KEEP THEM!

Perhaps you saw the Star Tribune Top Work Places 2017 Edition which came out last weekend. It includes some good articles about companies of all sizes working to retain the employees they already have! The common thread is each business creates benefits and builds flexibility to meet the needs of their employees and business.

From ping pong tables to set-your-own work schedule, employers are finding unique ways to provide tangible and intangible ways to support employees.

We know in Hutchinson some manufacturers have begun hiring part-time production, and businesses such as the chamber have adjusted hours to allow staff flexibility in scheduling their work day. Perhaps you might like to stop in the Chamber for the 2pm Dance Party.

I encourage each business, including those who say “we have to do it this way,” to review what you do, invite input from your employees, and be open to the possibilities.

We’re also interested in hearing from smaller businesses how the chamber can help many small businesses in a cooperative effort.

Feel free to send me a message or stop in and tell me what you are doing to keep your great employees.

I look forward to hearing from you!