Archives for March 2020

Hutchinson Businesses during COVID-19

SUBJECT TO CHANGE- Please check back daily for updates. Last Updated 5.13.2020
Not all businesses are included in our listings.
Chamber Members are highlighted.

Ace Hardware

Normal business hours

Allina Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment

By appointment only. Call for assistance 320-234-5110

Animal Medical Center on Crow River

Normal business hours

Adjusted hours 9am-7pm
Exclusive hours for vulnerable customers Tues & Thurs 8:30am – 9:30am

Art Center

Closed until April 3rd

Ashley Furniture

OPEN by appointment for one on one consultations. (limited to 45 minutes)
Ashley Furniture is asking customers limit the number of guests on their visits & also ask that children under the age of 16 not attend unless absolutely necessary.
Please call to schedule an appointment  320-587-4663

Beeler Chiropractic
Open normal business hours with extra sanitation practices in place
Mon &  Wed: 8am – 6pm
Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8am -5pm

Benny’s Meat Market

Normal business hours- WILL DELIVER
Additional grocery items available

Carly’s Shoes

Mon- Thurs 11am – 3pm. Please knock upon arrival.

CarpetsPlus Color Tile

Open by appointment only


Adjusted hours 6am-8pm
*First hour is reserved for At Risk Individuals

Pharmacy hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm


Lobby is by appointment only, Drive-Thru is OPEN
Regular hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm     Sat CLOSED

Cenex – Adams St Location
Temporary Hours
Mon – Fri 6am – 8pm
Sat & Sun 7am – 8pm

CineMagic Century 9 Theatre

OPENING for Concession Stands only, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Popcorn, Pop, All Doughlish Edible Cookie Dough for purchase

Citizens Bank & Trust

Lobby is closed, Drive-Thru open Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm     Sat 9am – Noon

City of Hutchinson

Click this link to find information about all city services & businesses. Spring Clean up/ Hard goods pick up is rescheduled for June 27th

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Clay Coyote

Gallery is closed, but online shopping is available

Common Cup Ministry

-BACKPACK WEEKEND BAGS are available M-Th from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm in back of the Hutch Common Cup office. They will NOT be available at the school lunch distribution sites. Please only take if your child has been receiving bags throughout the school year. Your child may only take one bag per week.
-The March 31st HUTCH DIAPER DISTRIBUTION will take place. Please drive to the back of the Hutch office, stay in your car and Bev will bring the diapers to you.
-FARE FOR ALL will be held as a drive-thru style at the Event Center on Thursday, April 2nd from 3pm-5pm. Credit cards or ebt only.

Also, Common Cup is not accepting any donations at this time.

Crow River Golf Club

Open Thursday & Friday for Curbside Orders
Orders can be placed between 3-5pm and picked up 5-7pm
Menu provided on link below

CVS Pharmacy at Target
M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Crow River Floral

Will Close Friday 3/27 until further notice

Crow River Winery

Will Deliver to Hutchinson & Silver Lake. Shipping available to any MN Address for $5. Minimum order of $35.
Visit to order

Collecting again! Please place items in plastic bags tied shut.

Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency L.L.C.

Open normal business hours (Mon. – Fri.  9am – 5pm)

Dundee Floral
Starting Friday, May 1st our retail greenhouse will be open from 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday

Edward Jones

Open normal business hours (M – F 8:30am – 5pm)
Open for over the phone, WebEx and mail methods.
320-234-5939      Edward Jones

El Loro

To-Go Orders available, Delivery available.

Evergreen Apartments:
 The office is currently closed to in-person visits but able to assist residents & customers.
320-587-9432 or email at: [email protected]

Excelsior Homes

Open by Appointment only
Contact by Phone or Email.
Office: 320-587-4990[email protected]
Beau: 320-583-4506[email protected]
Jason: 320-583-7122[email protected]
Jessica: 320-583-1645[email protected]

Factory Direct

OPEN by appointment for one on one consultations. (limited to 45 minutes)
Ashley Furniture is asking customers limit the number of guests on their visits & also ask that children under the age of 16 not attend unless absolutely necessary.
Call 320-587-7283 to schedule an appointment

Faith Lutheran Church

No worship services on location. Staff  available for calls, emails, one-on-one visits. Worship will be on the radio & regular cable TV & Facebook sessions. Please check their website for regular updates.           320-587-2093 

Family Video
Closed until further notice.  Rentals can be returned to dropbox.

Farm Bureau Financial- Ryan Elbert

Mon. – Thur.  8am – 5pm    Fri.-  8am – 4:30pm
Lobby is closed, but available by phone

Five Star Financial – John Sanken

Regular Business Hours

Fun Sports of Hutchinson

Full service department. Pick-up & delivery available for vehicles
Will ship or do curb-side pick up for parts
Monday & Thursday: 9am – 7 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9am – 2 pm
320-587-9505       Fun Sports of Hutchinson

Genesis Salon & Enso Spa

Closed until May 1st
Tuesdays 9-2 & Thursdays 2-6 pm  available for retail sales for curbside pickup


Closed until further notice

Hager Jewelry

Open (Doors locked)  Mon. -Fri. 10am-4pm
Front Door is locked, please call when you arrive for access.
Call 587-2230 to schedule an appointment. Feel free to go to back door and ring the doorbell for service.

Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5:30pm
Sat 9am – 4pm

Hutchinson Event Center

Closed until further notice.

Hutchinson Health

Visitor restrictions & appointment guidelines available online
COVID-19 Update
New Urgent Care hours Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm
Sat -Sun 9am – 3pm

Hutchinson Iron & Metal
Will open to the public on 5/4/2020

Hutchinson Mall

Closed until further notice

Hutchinson Public Library
Closed until further notice. Please do not return items to the library at this time. Due dates for all items have been extended. All April & May library programs and events are canceled/indefinitely postponed.

Holiday Gas Station

Beginning 3/23 adjusted hours: 5am-11pm, 24 hour pumps when paying with card.
Limited hot food options.

Jay Malone Motors

No vehicles sales. Open for service!

Keller Williams- The Broll Team

Office Open by appointment only, virtual appointments may be available

Kock’s Jewelry

Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Kwik Trip

Open 24 hours a day.

Lamb Shoppe

Open Mon – Fri 9:30am – 5:30om         Sat. 9:30am – 3:00pm
Classes postponed. Still available are phone-In Shopping & wellness consultations via phone or zoom.

Liquor Hutch

Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Debit/Credit cards only NO CASH Purchases


Closed until further notice

McLeod Alliance

Open and advocates are available to help
320-234-7933 or 1-800-934-0851
Find our contact information and other resources at

McLeod County COVID-19 Updates

Phone line with recordings from Public Health employees with information and updates about COVID-19.
Clink these titles to review each topic
Information & Resources during COVID
COVID Safety Measures
Essential Services during COVID
Family Resource Guide
Call 320-484-4369.

McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf

2020 MN FoodShare March Campaign has been EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2020!
donation drop hours are 3pm-8pm
Donations are welcome anytime before then but it may be wise to check our website or Facebook page for the most current hours. We are doing all we can to remain open and available for service for as long as possible!

McLeod Title

Open normal business hours (M – F 8am – 5pm)


Children under the age of 16 are no longer allowed in the store due to COVID-19. Masks Required!
Adjusted hours: Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm

MidCountry Bank

Drive-thru only

New Journey UCC

Closed office, please call for assistance
10am Sunday worship service via Zoom


Starting Monday, March 23rd the office will be closed
e-Services/night drop/ATM only
320-587-4666 for all inquires

Outdoor Motion

Open normal business hours:   Mon-Thurs 10am – 6pm,     Fri 10am – 5pm,       Sat 10am – 3pm


Offering curbside pick up for online & phone orders
Mon – Sat 9am – 7pm     Sun 10am – 7pm

Piehl Hanson Beckman P.A.

Temporary Adjusted hours until April 14th
Mon, Tues, Thur 8am – 6pm
Wed, Fri 8am – 5pm
Sat & Sun – Closed

Primary Eyecare

Emergency & Urgent vision concerns only. Please call to order contact lenses.
Mon – Fri 8am-5pm
*Effective 3/18- 3/27

RAM Buildings

Open Mon. – Fri 8am-5pm


Please refer to this link for the most recent information:
Please contact [email protected] with any questions


Normal business hours Mon – Fri 8am – 9pm,    Sat 8am – 6pm,   Sun 9am – 6pm

Sally Beauty
Starting May 5th they will be open for Curbside pickup
Order online at
Mon-Sat  10am – 6pm       Sun 11am – 5pm


Drive-thru only
Text UPDATE to 44394 for updates

Southwest Eye Care

Urgent / Emergency Care only. Call to order contact lenses
Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5pm

Standard Printing -N- Mailing
Call if you need posters, banners or yard signs

St. Anastasia Catholic Community

All Masses have been suspended until March 31st.
Daily Masses will be streamed on Facebook at their normal time.
During weekend Mass times, Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the church with the distribution of Communion.  Weekend Mass will be on local channel 10 HCVN on Sundays at 7:30am and Wednesdays at 7pm.

Starbucks- Target location

Stepping Stone Therapeutic

Mon & Tues 8am – 8pm,  Wed & Thurs 8am -6pm,  Fri 8am – 4pm
Check the website for any updates
Telehealth appointments available

Adjusted hours 7am-9pm
Returns & Exchanges Suspended
*First Hour each Wednesday is reserved for At Risk Individuals

Today’s Driving School

Suspended all behind the wheel sessions.

Total Compliance Solutions, Inc.
Call or email before arrival      Mon – F   8am – 4:30pm
s[email protected]

Tokyo Grill
Will be temporarily closed staring April 20th until further notice

Tri County Water

Normal office hours 7:30am – 4:30pm
Offering curbside pickup for water and salt needs

Twice is Nice

Closed until further notice

Valley Sales of Hutchinson

No Sales.
Service     Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm,   Sat 9am -Noon
Also offers drop off and delivery services


Opening May 6th 11am – 7pm daily


Store hours: daily 9am-9pm
Pharmacy hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Drive-Thru offers medication, limited grocery & household pick-ups


Adjusted hours 7am- 8:30pm
*Each Tuesday is reserved for At Risk Individuals 6am-7am
Additional steps will be taken to promote social distancing and control customer flow in and out of our store. Our General Merchandise doors will remain closed and we will create queue lines to enter and exit our grocery side doors. 

Walmart Pharmacy

Open 9am-8pm with a lunch break from 1:30-2pm
Tuesdays from 6am-8am are reserved for senior citizens over 60

Wendorff Insurance

Lobby closed, please call during business hours Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm,   Friday-8am-12pm

Yamaha Motorsports
Mon – Fri  9am- 5:30pm        Sat 9am – 1pm

Hutchinson Take-Out & Delivery Options

SUBJECT TO CHANGE- please check back daily for updates. Last Updated 12.2.2020
Not all restaurants are included in our listings.
Chamber Members are highlighted.


Carside To-Go  available 11am-9pm, subject to change
320-421-0400  ask about delivery availability
Limited menu

Same hours, drive-thru only

Below Zero Frozen Yogurt

Closed for the Season.

Bobbing Bobber Brewery

Call for specific hours of Growler Sales and food truck schedule
(320) 455-4999 order online

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hours of Operation:  11am – 10pm
Takeout Orders via Carryout and Curbside
Phone in orders 320-234-9453 (or Buffalo Wild Wings App)

Burger King
7am-10pm drive-thru only

Caribou/Einstein Bagels

Mon – Friday 5am – 8pm     Saturday & Sunday 6am – 7pm
Drive-Thru remains open and Curbside pick-up available
1100 MN 15
(320) 345-3339 (use Caribou App for ordering ahead of the line)

Caribou Coffee in Cash Wise

Carry out & Curbside available
Monday – Sunday 6:00am – 8:00pm


Same Business as usual

Cash Wise Deli

No catering, grill, hot case. Salad and meats prepackaged only.

Chip Shots Grill & Bar (Oakdale Golf Club)

Take-out Friday evenings only 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Limited menu.
Please call ahead 320-587-0525

Country Kitchen

Take out only

Crow River Golf Club

Menu- Scroll down a bit

Crow River Nutrition

Curbside / door-side pickup
Call (320)587-4616 to place an order
Check out social media for shake/tea menu
Prefer card payment or exact change

Crow River Winery

Take out and curbside pickup orders of wine, cider, and our Bistro menu
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday  11am-8pm
Call 320-587-2922 to order to see the menu


Drive-thru open daily, 10am to 10pm.
Dual drive through lanes

Dairy Queen


Business as usual

Dunn Bros
Drive-Thru open 5:30am, nightly hours may vary



El Loro
Carry out

Greener Pastures Co-Op
Carry-out only. Closed on Thursdays.
Grocery options available

Happy Panda
Same hours, carry out only

Drive-Thru Only

Hutch Cafe


Jimmy John’s
Drive-Thru, Delivery & Take-out
Expanded delivery area
10:30am – 8pm

Jimmy’s Pizza

Take out or Delivery
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-1:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri-Sat 4-10, closed Sunday
Phone orders: 320-587-7633
Online orders: (option for contact-free delivery!)

Kings Wok
Carry Out Only, 11am-8:30pm

Main Street Sports Bar

11am-8pm Carry Out and delivery available
Order via phone 320-587-2760
Order Online

McCormicks Family Restaurant



Same Hours, Drive-Thru available
Use mobile app for curbside

Muddy Cow


North Star BBQ
Bundles available, contact via Facebook or (612)720-5390

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Pick Up window with limited lobby area.. Customers are encouraged to order online or call ahead
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm     Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm
Order 320-234-9696 and

Pizza Hut
Business as usual

Pizza Ranch

11am-8pm Delivery, Curbside & Pick Up available
*Daily specials available


Online, App or call in for curbside pick up


Lunch 1:30 – 2 Dinner open at  4:30

Squeaky’s Bar and Grill


Starbucks- Target Location
Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm
Sunday 7am – 8pm

Subway – Highway 7 West

Drive-Thru only
Order onsite or in advance:
By calling 320-587-3074
Place order online at  or download the Subway App for your phone

Subway – Highway 15 South
Order on the Subway App, carry out only

Taco Bell
7am-12am, Drive-Thru Open

Taco Johns
Drive-Thu Open

Tokyo Grill
Hours: 11-3 & 430-830 CLOSED TUESDAYS
Call 410-972-7586 to place orders

Location Info


Recovery and Opportunity

Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Mask Mandate Door Signage
Small Business Relief Grants Program
2020-06-15 – PPP Loan Forgiveness & 24 Week Extension Guidance 

Guidance for Outdoor Dining


Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website


Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including:


What’s Happening March 2020!

Celebrate Business Connection’s 1 Year Chamberversary!

Business Connection logo

Can you believe it has been one year since the first Business Connection in Hutchinson?

A special thank you to the March host of Business Connection – HealthSource.

Business Connection is a morning networking event that takes place at a Chamber business on the first Friday of each month from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Chamber Members are invited to gather, enjoy coffee and a light breakfast, and share a quick update or information on their business/organization. We will always have a Chamber update for you as well.

Door prizes will be given out, so make sure you bring your business card to be entered into the drawing. This networking opportunity is a great way to know people in the community and keep in touch with Hutch!

If you are part of a Chamber business/organization and interested in attending, please register online via the link provided below. Multiple guests per organization are welcome, just remember to register!

Please join us for the Next Chamber Business Connection at:

April and May Business Connection will be canceled as we comply with CDC recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you when our networking events start again.

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow Chamber Members. Get behind the scenes access to our local businesses… see what they make, do, or provide for our community. This monthly event is open to all Chamber Member business employees or by a Chamber invitation. Registration is advised. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, or seeking more information should email the Hutchinson Ambassadors.

If you are the only primary representative with your business receiving emails from the Chamber, please invite all your employees to join us! Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so our business hosts may plan accordingly.


April & May Business After Hours will be canceled as we comply with CDC recommendations for social distancing. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you when our networking events start again.

Maximize Your Membership!

Hot Deals for Chamber Members — Are you running any specials for your business? Maybe you are a retail store with a buy-one-get-one offer, or a service provider that’s offering discounted rates. Post these events on to gain exposure to our wide audience. When you post a Hot Deal, an email is sent out to Chamber Members with details on the deal as well. This benefit is included with your Chamber Membership!

Click on the image below for instructions or call the Chamber with questions.

2019 Hometown Golf Challenge Snow Golfing

2020 Annual Hometown
Golf Challenge

There is “SNOW” better time to start thinking about the Annual  Hometown Golf Challenge!!!

On Monday, July 27, the Chamber will host a construction themed Annual Hometown Golf Challenge at the Crow River Country Club. The golf event is open to the public, for all levels of experience, and is fun for all!

Business of the Month

March’s Business of the Month is Chamber Member Phoenix Drumline.

This local non-profit has served the Hutchinson community for over 25 years. The drum line features those entering 7th grade to age 22. They have a summer and a winter season, and welcome new members. To learn more about Phoenix Drumline click here.


The Chamber’s Business of the Month program is a free marketing opportunity that is only available to Chamber Members. The featured business will be interviewed on KDUZ by Mary, the business logo and company information will be featured on the Chamber’s website for one month, in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, and will be highlighted by the Chamber in the Hutchinson Leaders’ business section.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Mary or call Mary at the Chamber.

Hutchinson Ambassadors

Hutchinson Ambassadors business logoThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as the welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Chamber by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

The Ambassador’s Facebook page is a great place to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

You may have seen our Ambassadors around town – you can recognize them by their blue shirts and friendly smiles. They welcome new business openings, as well as, celebrate business renovations and milestones with an Ambassador Business Visit.

February’s Ambassador Business Visits:

  • Sport Clips
  • Jimmy John’s

Renewing Chamber Members

We  want to thank the following members for renewing their partnership with us!

  • Allina Health Home Care Services
  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Bergmann Interiors, LLC
  • Bethlehem United Methodist Church
  • Carly’s Shoes
  • Country Kitchen
  • Crow River Drumline Association / Phoenix Drumline and Phoenix Phlyers
  • Crow River Glass
  • Crow River Wheelers
  • Crow River Winery
  • Culver’s
  • David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Edward Jones – Nick Pederson
  • Genesis Salon and Ensospa
  • Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival
  • Jeff Stamer Farms Partnership
  • Kids Inc Child Care
  • McCormick’s Family Restaurant
  • Minnesota Garlic Festival
  • NRG – The Networking Referral Group
  • Shoe Sensation
  • TDK Hutchinson Technology, Inc.
  • Today’s Women of Hutchinson

Business logo for PLUSE

Professionals Under 40 Leading Socializing and Educating

PULSE, a committee of the Hutchinson Chamber, is a group of  Professionals Under the age of 40 who asked themselves the same question and then created the answer. Our goal is to help young people in the Hutchinson area become better Leaders, create a concrete Social network with professional value, and continue to Educate themselves on important life and business topics.

PULSE meets for Lunch & Learn events on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, January – May & September – December  from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. The events are free to attend, a $10 lunch option is available.

Like the PULSE Facebook page to get the latest event information and registration links.

The group also gets together at quarterly social events.  Refer to the printable image below for the 2020 schedule.

*Update: PULSE Lunch & Learn events for April & May 2020 have been canceled.

Quarter 3 Table Tent Deadline is June 1, 2020!Chamber Table Tent Entry Form - blank

The Chamber prints and delivers over 900 table tents around the community. Are you looking for a way to boost an upcoming Hutchinson event? Make sure you get your event added to the Chamber’s table tents. The cost is $30 per event listing for community members, and Chamber Members receive a $10 discount per event listing.

Also, if you submit an event to our table tents, make sure to add it to our 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 directly on the Community Calendar page!

The deadline for Quarter 3 (July, August & September 2020) is June 1, 2020.

If you want to submit an event for an upcoming table tent click the image above to open a .pdf entry form, or complete an online entry HERE . Payment can be mailed, dropped off, or made over the phone.

If you want table tents delivered to your business or if you have any questions, please contact the Chamber by phone 320-234-0786 or by email [email protected].


Something from Mary!

Mary Hodson
It’s the Final Countdown…

to the Main Street 2020 Project.

The rest of Mary’s article can be found on March’s Something from Mary blog.


Save the Date!

    6       Business Connection
    11     PULSE Lunch & Learn
    12     Business After Hours – B&B Sports & RV

    3     Business Connection – Canceled
    8     PULSE Lunch & Learn – Canceled
    9     Business After Hours – Canceled

     1        Business Connection – Canceled
    13      PULSE Lunch & Learn -Canceled
    14      Business After Hours – Canceled
    20      Leadership Institute 2018-2019 Graduation

    5      Business Connection
    5      Dairy Day

    27   Chamber Golf Event – Crow River Golf Club

    7    Business Connection

    4           Business Connection
    9           PULSE Lunch & Learn
    18/19      46th Arts & Crafts Festival
    18/19     Taste of Hutchinson
    24/25     Leadership Institute 2020-2021 Begins

    -Farm Fatigue Buckets Delivered-
    2     Business Connection
    14    PULSE Lunch & Learn
    8     Business After Hours

        6   Business Connection
    11   PULSE Lunch & Learn
    19   Taste of the Holidays
    28   Small Business Saturday

    Crop Management Input Seminar
    4   Business Connection
    9   PULSE Lunch & Learn

March 2020 – Business of the Month

This month’s featured business is Phoenix


Phoenix Drumline is a non-profit organization that has been part of the Hutchinson community for about 26 years.  Phoenix has two distinctly different seasons.  It is currently the peak of the winter competitive season.  Terry Lillis, the instructional director, leads the efforts to put on a performance that never fails to disappoint.  For those who aren’t familiar with the winter program, it is similar to Hutchinson High School’s new field marching program, but with percussion instruments only. The other season is summer parade season.  This is what Hutchinson and the area communities know Phoenix Drumline for.  Who doesn’t love a parade with a drumline, right?  Very fun, very playful.  Summer is a more casual season compared to winter.   Shane Matter, the summer instructor takes the kids through the basics and sets them up for a successful season.  Many don’t realize that to be in Phoenix, you can be in winter or summer, or both seasons.


What to Know:

Phoenix is dedicated to developing young people not only musically, but they also work hard to develop young leaders.  For those who saw the Hutchinson High School’s field show program under the direction of Kevin Kleindl and want to be ahead on your marching skills, Phoenix is an AWESOME skill builder for field marching, percussionist or not.  Even though it is winter, planning for the summer season has already begun.  If you are interested in learning more about Phoenix Drumline, attend the Summer open house at the High School Band Room on April 7th at 6:30pm.  If you are finishing up 6th grade up to age 22 and are curious about what they do, stop by!


The Current Season:

This year’s winter program What She Had Done, the Lizzie Borden story is very dark in comparison to last year’s show What Baking Can Do.  The preliminary competition is in Burnsville on March  28 and the season finishes on April 4th for MPA finals at Mariucci arena at the U of M. The summer season includes parades and community service events that qualify for service hours (Relay for Life, Water Carnival parades, for example).  Sometimes we get to do really cool impromptu things like perform at the Super Bowl Live events!

Important Fact!:

You DO NOT need to know how to play piano to be a member, nor do you even need to know how to read music.  Phoenix Drumline takes everyone and finds an instrument that fits the member.  The only requirement is to have dedication to practice, practice, practice, and also to have fun!

What would you like people to know about the Chamber?

The Chamber does so much to boost our community and local businesses.  You are EVERYWHERE!  For those who are not Chamber Members, I suggest you stop by the Chamber office and learn about all the benefits a membership provides.  You will be surprised!






Something From Mary – March 2020

It’s the Final Countdown

Nope. Not the Europe Song from the 80’s. Good guess though… I appreciate your enthusiasm for 80’s music!

It’s here. We have some dates for upcoming information sessions, we have a contractor identified as the low bidder for the project, some businesses have made upgrades to their secondary entrances; Yes- Main Street 2020 is here.

#TheBigDig   #TheMainEvent   #MainStreet2020

This is what everyone has prepared for, the season of unknowns, the season we go from busy Main Street/Highway 15 traffic to no traffic, the season also known as road construction, but wait… it’s happening here, not to someone else.

This is our community being affected. Our local business owners planning for lower revenues. Our friends, neighbors, and family members who will likely have anxiety or stress because of what we don’t know.

The MOST important piece of this, is to STILL go to these businesses.
Be positive about the adjustments, be positive to others when talking about the project.

What isn’t important: parking somewhere different, walking a little farther than we are used to.

What is important: keeping our local businesses open throughout and after construction, sending encouragement messages, sharing positive ideas.

You may or may not know I had back surgery six years ago. Oh boy, that was hard. Before surgery, I could literally be stopped mid step by agonizing nerve pain that simply cannot be described. It was clear the only way to alleviate the constant pain, the spirals of agony, was to have surgery. I had surgery in early March, the onset of spring. I was in the hospital for 4 days, then my family and I were trained on how I should walk, sit, lay down, and get into a vehicle, before I could leave the hospital. Then, I was home, for six weeks, without going outside. Nope, ice was dangerous. I followed every rule and guideline they prepared me with. (there was a 1.5”  book they gave me) The biggest rules were not to bend-lift-twist… for 3 months. Think about this the next time you sit in a chair, lay down in bed or use the bathroom. This time comes back to me frequently when I talk about this Main Street Project. It was hard. It hurt. I was surrounded by positive people who came to sit, or lay down, or walk with me in my house. (the house laps are another conversation) and then… I could leave the house! Then I could move freely when the ice was gone, then I could walk longer. Soon, I was able to go back to work, and finally, after three hard months, I could bend-lift-twist. It was slow, but I was stronger, better, faster, and pain-free.

So my analogy is this…. like surgery, the project is necessary to maintain our services at a high level of reliability. It will have some pain associated with it, but when the road is re-opened, it will be completed and done for many years, it will work better for all of us, and we’ll take it for granted within no time. A year from now we’ll be smiling that it is done, and six years from now, we’ll be so grateful we had it done when we did.

Yes, I had some sad days, and frustrating days, this project will too, but I can GUARANTEE you, if you put on a smile, and share a kind word or gesture with someone who is going through this project directly affected on Main Street, it will make a difference, and make it an easier road to the finish line. And soon, like Willie Nelson sings, we’ll be “On the Road Again!”

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