Something from Mary!- July 2020

After numerous requests for a “Take Home” Hutchinson Keepsake, the Hutchinson Chamber Foundation is excited to offer this opportunity! In order for this sponsor based book to be published, we need your help. We are asking businesses to Sponsor Goodnight Hutchinson, in return you will receive copies of the book, listed and have images in the book!
Please reach out today with any questions or to complete your sponsorship!

Click here to watch a short video about Goodnight Hutchinson

Sponsorship Form

Interview’s with Hutchinson Businesses during COVID-19

Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is interviewing many Downtown Businesses during
COVID-19 & MainStreet 2020. Click the corresponding link below to learn how their Business has adapted.

Village Shop, Hager Jewelry & Hutch Cafe       
Carly’s Shoes, Main Street Sports Bar & Wendling Financial Insurance Services

       Zellas, Steve Kropp State Farm Agent & Kock’s Jewelry

 

What’s Happening June 2020

It’s Time to Recover and Get Back to Business

Click the titles below to learn more

MN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION- Curbside Best Practices AND FREE WEBINAR

Safety Best Practices to get back to work

McLeod County COVID-19 Website

Interviews with Hutchinson’s Businesses during COVID

Click here to watch!

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

 

Dairy Day- Postponed until 2021

 

Hometown Golf Challenge

This event has been postponed to later summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. Keep an eye out for additional details

 

New & Renewing Members

We would like to welcome our new members the the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce!

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

  • 3M
  • Achieve TFC, LLC
  • AKI, Inc
  • American Legion Hutchinson Post 96
  • Arvig Media
  • B & B Sports & RV
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Bursch Travel Agency
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Common Cup Ministry
  • Crow River Floral & Gifts
  • Crow River Auto & Truck Repair
  • Custom Stay Residence & Suites 
  • Duane Jindra Crop Insurance Agency L.L.C.
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Five Star Financial Resources
  • Fun Sports of Hutchinson
  • Goebel Fixture Company
  • GSM Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • Hutchinson Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Impressions Inc.
  • Iron Jungle CrossFit
  • Keller Williams- The Broll Team
  • McLeod Alliance 
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • MidCountry Bank
  • Midwest Visions
  • Novation Credit Union
  • Sheldon Nies
  • The Hair Lounge and Spa Services
  • The Paint Factory
  • Ohly Americas
  • Plumbing & Heating by Craig
  • Pride Solutions
  • Rainy Water Conditioning, Inc.
  • Relay for Life McLeod County
  • Re/Max Results
  • SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
  • State Farm Insurance – Mike McGraw
  • Stepping Stone Therapeutic Inc
  • The Lamb Shoppe & Wellness Center
  • United Community Action Partnership
  • Upper Midwest A-C Club
  • Vivid Image, Inc.
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
  • Wendorff Insurance
  • West Central Sanitation
  • Woodstone Senior Living Community

 

 

Business of the Month

Skyview Dairy, Inc.

18506 Nickel Ave
Hutchinson, MN
Skyview Dairy’s Facebook Page320-587-3658

Click here to learn more about Skyview Dairy!

Click here to hear the KDUZ interview with Skyview Dairy

 

 

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May 2020 – Business of the Month

Oakdale Golf Club

55106 Co Rd 38, Buffalo Lake, MN 55314
320-587-0525
[email protected]
Take a drone tour of the course here
Schedule a tee time here

Oakdale is located southwest of Hutchinson on picturesque Lake Allie. It has been in operation since 1965 and was a 9 hole golf course until its expansion in 1995. Mike and Laura Knodel purchased the course in 2011 and have enjoyed being owners. If there is one thing they would like you to know, it’s that everyone is welcome. The 18 hole course is open to the public and also features a driving range and full bar & grill. Not a golfer? That’s okay. Enjoy a meal at Chip Shots Grill & Bar. The restaurant is open to the public and features a full bar, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and baskets. On Friday evenings from 5:00 – 8:30 pm they feature a  special  menu which includes steak, walleye, garlic shrimp and more! Oakdale and Chip Shots is known for their excellent customer service and fun, casual, & friendly atmosphere. 

Find the menu here

*Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Chip Shots is doing take out on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-7pm. Check the website for updates.

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.

Applebee’s

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

Arby’s
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 https://www.bobbingbobber.com/shop
www.bobbingbobber.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hours of Operation:  11am – 10pm
Takeout Orders via Carryout and Curbside
Phone in orders 320-234-9453
www.buffalowildwings.com (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
ebcatering.com (use Caribou App for ordering ahead of the line)

Caribou Coffee in Cash Wise

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

Casey’s

Same Business as usual
320-234-9635
http://www.caseys.com

Cash Wise Deli

No catering, grill, hot case. Salad and meats prepackaged only.
320-587-7655
https://www.cashwise.com/

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
countrykitchenrestaurants.com

Crow River Golf Club

TBD
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
CrowRiverWinery.com to see the menu

Culver’s

Drive-thru open daily, 10am to 10pm.
Dual drive through lanes
320-234-8333
www.culvers.com

Dairy Queen

Closed

Domino’s
Business as usual

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

Elks

TBD
www.hutchelks.org

El Loro
Carry out
320-587-0911

Greener Pastures Co-Op
Carry-out only. Closed on Thursdays.
Grocery options available
320-434-1118

Happy Panda
Same hours, carry out only

Hardee’s
Drive-Thru Only

Hutch Cafe

Closed
320-587-2438

Jimmy John’s
Drive-Thru, Delivery & Take-out
Expanded delivery area
10:30am – 8pm
320-234-2222   www.jimmyjohns.com

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:  www.jimmyspizzahutch.com (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 www.mssbpizza.com

McCormicks Family Restaurant

TBD
320-587-4417
mccormicksfamilyrestaurant.com

McDonald’s

Same Hours, Drive-Thru available
Use mobile app for curbside
www.mcdonalds.com

Muddy Cow

Closed.
muddycowbar.com/hutchinson

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

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 www.PapaMurphys.com

Pizza Hut
Business as usual

Pizza Ranch

11am-8pm Delivery, Curbside & Pick Up available
*Daily specials available
320-587-0123
pizzaranch.com

Qdoba

Online, App or call in for curbside pick up
320-587-8279
www.qdoba.com

Sonora’s

Lunch 1:30 – 2 Dinner open at  4:30

Squeaky’s Bar and Grill

Closed
squeakysgrillandbar.com

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 order.subway.com  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
Take-out
Hours: 11-3 & 430-830 CLOSED TUESDAYS
Call 410-972-7586 to place orders

VFW
TBD
Location Info

 

What’s Happening June 2018!

Dairy Day is Friday, June 1 from 11:00am to 1:30pm in Library Square Park. We hope to see you there!

This year’s activities include:

  • ~~12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers: Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • ~~12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • ~~Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • ~~$5.00 meal
  • ~~Children’s activities
  • ~~Cheese samples
  • ~~Live music

Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge Around the World in 18 Holes

Do you have your (golf) bags packed???  This year’s participants at the Chamber’s Hometown Golf Challenge will be traveling “Around the World in 18 Holes!”  Are you ready to have some fun while networking and highlighting your business?

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00am registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm shotgun start
  • 5:00pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes – 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • $500 guaranteed cash shootout winner
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form.

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information (pdf).


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Watermelon slices on a plate at Picnic in the ParkOn Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park providing an interactive afternoon and engaging with community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and why they may be looking for you! While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch. Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and the Hutchinson Downtown Association’s Picnic in the Park

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form (pdf).


Crazy Days – Save the Date!


Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Business logo for Hutchinson Crazy Days July 26 - 28, 2018

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28. The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!


Hutchinson Leadership Institute & Leadership 2.0 Enrollment for 2018-2019 is now open!

Business logo for Hutchinson Leadership InstituteWe are happy to announce the Hutchinson Leadership Institute is back for its 30th 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.

Once you have completed the Leadership program, you can participate in Leadership 2.0! This brand new program will take a deeper dive into personal leadership and how it can impact the future of the entire community. 

Click link for the Hutchinson Leadership Institute application (pdf) or Click here for the Hutchinson Leadership 2.0 application (pdf).

If you have questions about the Hutchinson Leadership program, please click here to email Mary at the Chamber office or click here to call Mary at the Chamber office at 320-234-0785.


Business of the Month

RiverSong Music Festival July 13 - 14, 2018

In June we will be highlighting  RiverSong as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about RiverSong.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!


Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!


Business logo for Hutchinson AmbassadorsThe Hutchinson Ambassadors serve as a welcoming and social arm of the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce by actively supporting and promoting Hutchinson and its surrounding business community.

Click here to check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

May’s Ambassadors Visits:

Business After Hours is not held in June, July, August or September — See you in October 11th!

Business After Hours is a great way to learn about businesses in Hutchinson and network with fellow chamber members. This monthly event is Chamber invitation only and a way to get behind-the-scenes at our local businesses. Businesses interested in hosting a Business After Hours event, should contact the Ambassadors. Click here to email the Ambassadors


Something from Mary

Chamber President Mary Hodson

YOU have it.

YOU have the power, knowledge and ability… to change the world.

YOU are capable of changing your life, your business and those around you.

Read the rest of Mary’s article here 


Table Tent Calendar of Events for June 2018

Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!


Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.

The deadline for Quarter 4 (October, November & December) is September 1.

To submit an event , click here to email Gina.

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
July 26-28 – Crazy Days
July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson


More Information for You!

 

Table Tent Calendar of Events for 2nd Quarter 2018 (April - June)

 

Dairy Day event flyer for June 1 2018

Southwest Eye Care Celebrates National Sunglasses Day flyer

 


Business logo for ExploreHutchinson.com Much in Hutch

What’s Happening in May 2018?

 Leadership Logo

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

Justin Abfalter                     Jen Barnett                   Angie  Bloemke
Jackie Borka                         Gina  Buske                  James Chapman
Annie DeMeyer                     Andy Erlandson         Dale Gross
Erika  Kellen                           Robyn Lawson           Tanya Mackenthun
Missy Maiers                           Kayla Nemec              Alicia Nortrom
Colton Porter                         Kristen Schuft            Adam Smith
Chris Sperl                              Melissa Straka            Joe Tauer
Danielle Vander Ploeg       Nikki Willemssen       Dave Wollan

Participants, sponsors, alumni and guests are invited to join us on May 16, 2018, at the Crow River Winery to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2017-2018 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet – May 16th, 2018 – 5:30 pm

  • Crow River Winery
  • Current Participants, Sponsors & Guest – No Fee
  • Alumni & Additional Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the graduation and banquet or would like more information about registering for the 2018-2019 class, please click here to call the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email click here to email Mary.


Accessibility for Your Business banner ad

Learn about ADA accessibility for your building or business. From what the ADA barriers are, to developing your own plan… learn from the experts.

  • Tuesday, May 22 at Hutchinson Event Center
    7:45 am Registration
    8:00-10:00 am ADA Seminar

For more information and registration details click here! (pdf)


Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00 am – 1:30 pm / Library Square Park

 

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Business logo for Hutchinson Chamber Agri-BusinessLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and  the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • 12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s activities
  • Cheese samples
  • Live music

Click here for more Dairy Day information (pdf) or if you are interested in sponsoring this community event click here for Dairy Day sponsorship form (pdf) or call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Hometown Golf Challenge

2018 Hometown Golf Challenge "Around the World in 18 Holes" banner ad

Traveling by land, air or sea…… Our theme this year will be Around the World in 18 Holes! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2018 Hometown Golf Challenge will be Monday, July 23 at the Crow River Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of some of this year’s itinerary and travel perks:

  • 11:00 am registration and lunch
  • 12:00 pm shotgun start
  • 5:00 pm dinner and program
  • Four cash prizes
  • 1st place & three randomly drawn teams
  • Best team costume
  • Best decorated cart
  • Best costume & cart combo
  • Lunch & dinner meals Included

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click here for a 2018 Sponsor Form (pdf).

Registration for the event is now open, click here for the 2018 Registration and Information (pdf).


Manufacturing in the Park & Picnic in the Park

Seven kids having Dairy Day picnic lunch at blanket in Library Square Park On Friday, July 27, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, manufacturers, educators and related organizations in McLeod County will be in Library Square Park and provide  an interactive afternoon engaging with McLeod County community members. Come and learn who they are, what they do and who they are looking for…

Manufacturing in the Park coincides with Hutchinson Crazy Days and Picnic in the Park which is hosted by Hutchinson Downtown Association. While learning through play and activities, you can also enjoy a $5 picnic-style lunch.

If you are interested in sharing manufacturing and education with the community, click here for registration form (pdf).


Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Hutchinson Chamber Crazy Days July 26 - 28 2018
Are you crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  

Mark your calendar for July 26 – 28.  The Chamber advertises in publications locally and in surrounding communities to share the great deals offered during Hutchinson’s Crazy Days.

More information to come!


Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2018 Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo another successful year!

We want to thank all those who donated their time and talents.Bring It Home Business Expo Chamber business logo A special shout out to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Randy Starke and his staff, to the Hutchinson Jaycees for setting up and taking down the booths and another to our own, Ashley Gabbert, who furnished us with a photo booth that provided hours of fun and photos that captured the days excitement! 

The Expo would not be possible if not for the businesses that graciously contribute to the event and to those braved the snowstorm and participated in the day.   

Last but never least, we would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, Champion Sponsors and Visionary Sponsor. Our deepest gratitude to these businesses for their generous support.

EVENT SPONSORS

Ashley HomeStore, Cash wise Foods, Century 9 Theater, Factory Direct Furniture, Goebel Fixture, Hutchinson Leader, Hutchinson Rotary, Luce Line Loops, NU-Telecom, Outdoor Motion, Piehl Hanson Beckman, Plumbing & Heating By Craig, Quade Electric, Stamp N Storage & Wal-Mart.

CHAMPION SPONSORS

3M Hutchinson, Hutchinson Health, TDK– Hutchinson Technology & Uponor

VISIONARY SPONSOR

Citizens Bank & TrustThank you in multiple colored letters


Woodstone Senior Living Community business logo

Business of the Month

 

In May we will be highlighting  Woodstone Senior Living Community as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Woodstone Senior Living Community.

 


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Member!

  • Jennifer’s Avon

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • Adult Training and Habilitation Center
  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Caspers Chiropractic Center
  • Edina Realty
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Basketball Association
  • Keller Williams Realty Integrity – The Straka Group
  • LBC of Hutchinson
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • NU-Telecom
  • Shoe Sensation
  • Twice is Nice

Hutchinson Chamber Ambassadors business logo

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

Check out the Ambassador’s Facebook to see photos of all the visits and other special events hosted by the Ambassadors.

April’s Ambassadors Visits:

May’s Business After Hours:

Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Business After Hours events are open to all Chamber Member business employees.  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.

Click here to register for May’s Business After Hours  or click here to call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.


Table Tent Deadline for Quarter 3 is June 1st 2018!May 2018 photo of table tent events

 

Are you planning an event for July, August or September 2018?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd Quarter is June 1st.  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents and deliver them around the community.

Email Gina with questions, if you want table tents delivered to your business or if you want to submit an event for upcoming table tents.

 

 


Something from Mary

Mary Hodson Chamber President 2017

Sign of the Times

Are you keeping up with the times? Are you investing in your personal and professional development? Are you investing in your employees’ personal and professional development?

Read the rest of Mary’s article here:

 


Upcoming Save the Dates

  • May 4 – Leadercast
  • May 10 – Business After Hours: MidCountry Bank
  • May 22 – ADA Seminar
  • June 1 – Dairy Day Celebration
  • July 23 – Hometown Golf Challenge “Around the World in 18 Holes”
  • July 26-28 – Crazy Days
  • July 27- Manufacturing in the Park and Picnic in the Park
  • September 14 – 15 – Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson

More Information

 

April to June 2018 table tent events pdf

ADA Basics Seminar May 22 2018 at Hutchinson Events Center pdf

Dairy Days June 1 2018 in Library Square Park pdf

Mediacom Home Controller information 2018 pdf


Hutchinson Chamber business logo

 

2018 Dairy Day – Friday, June 1

Dairy Day / Friday, June 1 / 11:00am – 1:30pm / Library Square Park

Every year, over 1000+ supporters come to Hutchinson Chamber Agri-Business business logoLibrary Square in celebration of Dairy Day, the annual official start of summer in Hutchinson. The Agri-Business Committee hosts Dairy Day honoring our vibrant farming community. Plan to stop down for a $5 meal and learn more about our local agriculture in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities.

Two black and white cows at Dairy DaysThis year’s activities include:

  • 12:00 pm – Cow milking contest featuring celebrity milkers include Water Carnival Royal Family, McLeod County Dairy Ambassadors, Mayor Gary Forcier, Police Chief Dan Hatten & Fire Chief Mike Schumann
  • 12:30 pm – Fro-Yo eating contest sponsored by Below Zero
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s activities
  • Cheese samples
  • Live music

Children standing by table in frozen yogurt eating contestGrey cow in Library Square Park at Dairy Days eventTwo green John Deere tractors and one red International tractor at Dairy Days

Business Scams Targeting School and Youth Support

8-25-2017

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.

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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 www.mnpotteryfestival.com.