Press Release: Quilt Haven on Main chosen as one of the 10 featured shops in the Quilt Sampler magazine.

DES MOINES, IA – Quilt Haven on Main, a quilt shop in Hutchinson, Minnesota, has been chosen as one of
the 10 featured shops across the United States for the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine,
published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops for the past 22 years.
Quilt shops submit a detailed application on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedulesand design philosophies. A panel of quilt experts led by Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of AmericanPatchwork & Quilting® magazine, narrows down the applications to 10 featured shops for each issue.

Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is keen. Nearly 3,000 quilt shops are eligible to apply for this year’s
honor. Quilt Haven on Main and the other nine shops chosen were photographed and interviewed by a team from
Quilt Sampler, and a multi‐page profile of the shop will appear in the issue, which will be available on newsstands
on May 16, 2017. Employees of each quilt shop also design an original quilt for the magazine, and the full‐sized
pattern for the quilt appears in the issue of Quilt Sampler.
Quilt Sampler has proven to be a huge success, and early, out‐of‐print issues are collector’s items. Chosen
shops are inundated with visitors and requests for the shop’s quilt patterns and fabrics. Quilters are known to try
and visit all the shops in each issue, getting the signature of each shop owner in their copy of the issue.

The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, with quilting
enjoying a major renaissance across the country. A Quilting Consumer Insights study, completed in 2011 by
American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, reports that the U.S. quilting market is comprised of 4.2 million avid
quilters. Further research shows that readers of American Patchwork & Quilting spend an average of $1,165 per
year on quilting supplies and complete nearly 11 projects per year. This group is overwhelmingly female, well
educated, affluent, and have been quilting for almost eight years.

Press Release: MITGI Finalist for 2017 Community Impact Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine

HUTCHINSON, MN – December 19, 2016

MITGI has been honored as a finalist for a 2017 Community Impact Award from Minnesota Business magazine in the Youth Initiative category.  This award category recognizes companies for creating or supporting programs designed to enable youth to develop abilities in areas such as leadership, social responsibility, skilled trades, education, and community involvement.

“Over the past decade, MITGI has dedicated company resources and employee talents to help students explore and prepare for careers in manufacturing,” explains Eric Lipke, MITGI President.  “We’re proud of the collaborative environment that has developed in the Hutchinson community between Ridgewater College, Hutchinson Public Schools, Hutchison Area Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson EDA, and Made in McLeod manufacturers.  These efforts have resulted in new curriculum and school facilities, increased enrollment in manufacturing related classes, alignment between students and local employers, and potential cost savings for graduates.”

Recognizing the impact that new perspective and repositioned resources could have on the local community, MITGI has worked to build support by:

  • Providing tours that showcase different types of facilities, work environments, and career opportunities
  • Giving MITGI-sponsored scholarships to help students defray the costs of education and connect the business to the student
  • Offering paid job shadowing and internships to provide practical work experience while exploring the types of jobs possible in manufacturing
  • Participating in advisory boards to ensure that opportunities in education and business exist for students when they are ready to work
  • Aligning business leaders and schools to create common goals and secure resources, including raising more than $1.2 million for Hutchinson High School
  • Hosting meetings and tours with legislative leaders and staff, including Senators Klobuchar and Franken
  • Promoting all of these activities and events to draw local, regional, statewide, and national exposure to the successes of these unprecedented local partnerships

“MITGI is proud to be a leader in the efforts to build the foundation for a thriving community and well-prepared workforce,” describes Sheila Murphy, MITGI Director of HR and Safety.  “We look forward to working within our community to help support and promote the continued growth of manufacturing.”

The winners in each category will be announced at the 2017 Community Impact Awards event, held on February 23, 2017 at Aria in Downtown Minneapolis.  Each category winner will be featured in the March 2017 issue of Minnesota Business magazine.

Located in Hutchinson, MN, MITGI manufactures and markets standard and custom cutting tools. Combining innovation with quality and repeatability, MITGI tools have become the product of choice in many R&D departments and manufacturing facilities that serve medical device manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and rapid prototyping industries. MITGI is the recipient of the Image Award (2014 & 2015, Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award), Paragon of Leadership Award (Sheila Murphy, 2016, Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards), 100 Best Companies to Work for Award (2015, Minnesota Business), and the Top 150 Workplaces Award (2015 & 2016, Star Tribune).



Press Release: Hutchinson, Litchfield, Bolton & Menk Receive Asphalt Paving Awards


The Cities of Hutchinson and Litchfield, and Bolton & Menk, Inc. received awards from MnDOT Office of Materials & Road Research at the 63rd Annual Asphalt Conference. Both the Hutchinson Municipal Airport and Litchfield Municipal Airport were honored with Merit Awards for Bituminous Surfacing for an intermediate airport.

Both projects involved rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway, and apron at the Airports. The process of full-depth reclamation (FDR) was applied to both Airports. FDR is the process of pulverizing the existing bituminous and blending with the underlying aggregate base to create a reclaimed asphalt base course. Four inches of new bituminous was then paved over the reclaimed asphalt base. Utilizing this process resulted in recycling all the material on-site and substantially reducing the project cost.

The Hutchison Airport project was completed in the fall of 2015. The project was phased to minimize the impact to aerial sprayers during the fall months when crop spraying is at its peak. The contractor, Duininck, Inc., was able to keep the runway open while working on the taxiway and apron, allowing aerial spraying for the region to continue.

The Litchfield Airport project was completed in the summer of 2016. The contractor, Duininck, Inc., was successful in having the Airport opened early enough in the summer for the Airport to host their fly-in pancake breakfast. Both projects were completed on-time and under budget.

Bolton & Menk, Inc., ranked in the Top 500 Engineering Firms by Engineering News Record (ENR), provides a broad range of engineering, surveying, planning, and environmental services to communities and agencies in Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota. In serving public sector and private clients of all sizes for more than 65 years, Bolton & Menk has become experts in providing quality professional services.

Hutchinson Chamber New Office Hours

To resist is futile.

“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up,
instead of what they have to gain.”
-Rick Godwin

A business person must be nimble, fluid, open to adjustments, willing to ying instead of yang. You do it all day… we all do. Things do change. Things do need to be adjusted from time to time.

Recently, the chamber board and staff made the decision to adjust the chamber’s hours of operation. We are adjusting when we are open to the public, not necessarily because we want to, but, this is the best way to TAKE CARE OF OUR CHAMBER MEMBERS, while managing changes made to salary structures by the Dept. of Labor.

What will be gained with this adjustment of hours? Staff will be able to attend important community and committee meetings, we’ll be able to serve members when it is best for them, not because of office hours. The flexibility our staff will appreciate will reap benefits for you, our members, just as it should.

So what’s next?

As of November 21, 2016 our hours will be 10am to 4pm. The majority of our walk-in traffic and phone volume is during these hours.

The board room will still be available, from 9am-4pm. There may be a few exceptions due to events. For any organization who may be used to having access to this room from 8-5… your attendees may be cheering right now… (shorter meetings)

Committee meetings scheduled outside of the 10-4 time-frame will stay the same for now.

I am going to thank you in advance for being nimble, open to adjustments, willing to bend with the wind with us on this. There’s always a silver lining, a bright side, and ever notice there’s always something in the glass whether you think it’s half full or half empty?

Yep, I still get to be perky, sparkly, positive and jam-packed with sunshine. So we’ll adjust our hours, meet your needs, and keep #MuchInHutch!

Businesses: Participate in Small Business Saturday 2016!

There is nothing small about Small Business Saturday in Hutchinson! Each year our Bring It Home committee works hard to plan some fun around Hutchinson.  Now we just need Hutchinson businesses to jump on board.  We need you to help make this big! The Chamber Board has once again decided to support local businesses with payments towards shoppers purchases.



Steps to Success:

Envision Your Day

  • Design a shopping event showcasing your product and/or services
  • Do something fun to entice people to come and shop with you
  • Offer a special or discount for customers to use on Small Business Saturday

Think Big

  • Use the Hutchinson Leader and KDUZ/KARP to tell the community about your plans
  • Utilize Social Media to generate excitement
  • Word of mouth goes a long way; tell your customers, friends, and family what you have planned
  • Chamber Members: Use your Chamber Portal to enter HOT DEALS, and your EVENT to the community calendar
    (If you need assistance logging in, call Matt 320-587-5252)
  • Non-Chamber Members; to enter an Event to the calendar
    1.Go to 2. Click “Community Calendar”
    3. “Submit New Event” 4. Enter info & “Submit for Approval”


Annual Decorated Snowman Contest:Picture1

Who:  Any Hutchinson Chamber Member may participate

What is it? This contest is meant to create traffic for your business.  Display a Decorated Snowman at your business.

When: November 26 through December 2, 2016

How? Call the Chamber office at 587-5252 or email Casey by November 18 to sign up.
When you sign up we will need to know:

snowman name
address /location of snowman/display
sponsor name*, and who the snowman is created by (if applicable)
*Businesses may sponsor a group to make a snowman on their behalf

  • The cost is $25 to participate. Payments may be cash, check, or $25 gift card.
    (Money will go toward expenses, gift cards will be used on Small Business Saturday to suprise shoppers)
  • Create your snowman out of any material—be creative!
  • The Bring It Home logo must be incorporated somehow. You will receive the logo by email when you register.


  • $100 for Judges Favorite
    Criteria: 1. Creativity 2. Use of Bring It Home logo 3. Incorporation of your business in the design
  • Winners  will be announced by December 9th, 2016

Why a Decorated Snowman Contest?

  • The contest draws people in, bringing people INTO your business. Even if they don’t purchase anything, they are still IN your business– make the most of each experience!
  • Doesn’t everyone love a snowman?
  • In the past, several businesses used the snowman decorating as a team building exercise.
  • Businesses had fun with the friendly competition. It wasn’t really about the competition, but being part of something bigger, and special, in Hutchinson. #MuchInHutch

2018 Community Awards – Nominate Someone Today!

Each year we are excited to make the announcement of who has won the Community Awards.  We can’t do this without you.  Nominations need to be made and we try to make it easy for you.  Take a few minutes to nominate someone who is giving back to our community!

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and the Hutchinson Jaycees are accepting nominees for:

  • Business Person of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Young Leader of the Year (under 35 years of age)

Click here for the Community Awards Nomination Form (pdf).

Awards will be presented at the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Annual Banquet on
Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Crow River Winery.

This is a list of the winners from the past few years:

Business Person of the Year:
2016:  Brett Haugen
2015:  Eric Lipke
2014:  Keith Heikes
2013:  Gail & Jenny Plaisance
2012:  Dr. David Mach
2011:  Renee Hantge
2010:  Tiffany Haag & Blake Barnard
2009:  Gus Wurdell
2008:  Tom Daggett

Volunteer of the Year:
2016:  Van Karg
2015:  Dave Sebesta
2014:  Joanne Willmert
2013:  Ken Jensen
2012:  John & Julie Lofdahl
2011:  Jessica & AJ Forcier
2010:  Jan Johnson
2009:  Betsy Price
2008:  Stacey Neuhaus

Teacher of the Year:
2016:  Dave Kucera
2015:  Arlyn Debruyckere
2014:  Kathy Nordby
2013:  Scott Renning
2012:  Kris Dobratz
2011:  Bruce Eckhart
2010:  Chad Harlander
2009:  Jean Schultz

Young Leader of the Year:
2016:  Karlie Mosher
2015:  Jonathan Dawson
2014:  Adam Fink
2013:  Chris Wilke
2012:  Kyle Wendling
2011:  Megan Peterson
2010:  Karen Grasmon
2009:  Joe Nagel
2008:  Kirsten Grorud

Arts & Crafts Festival: Meet some of the Vendors!

We are all excited about the selection of vendors that will be at the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on September 16th & 17th  Keep scrolling for a little sneak peek on some of the vendors!

Michelle Moody- “Just a Little Moody”

“I have been making bath and beauty product for myself and my loved ones for years. It wasn’t until ten years ago that I decided to try to begin selling what I make. It all began because I was tired of not knowing what was in the products I used daily or not being able to pronounce all the ingredients. I soon found that I liked what I made more than what I could easily buy and so did others… and so Just a Little Moody was born!” -Michelle Moody


Carol Henke – “Carols Stitches of Love”



Jena & Aron Levandowski – “Levandowski Pottery”

Levandowski Pottery was established in April 2003, when Jena brought Aron a set of pottery tools and a membership to community studio in Minneapolis. They each began with two shelves of space in this studio, which they quickly outgrew, so they decided to expand and share a full rack of shelves.  They now form 4-5 tons of clay per year into the pots they share during their open houses, traveling shows and in galleries across Minnesota.


Terry Rien- “Wooden Hearts”



Riki McManus – “Fire Rock”

“From the mines of Minnesota to the quarries thru out the United States, we have created a unique candle concept with an original look for each and every rock.  No two rocks will ever look exactly the same.” – Riki McManus


TigerPath Academies

So what is TigerPath? Over the past several years, we have been working to connect HS education with future education and employment. Our initiative is called TigerPath Academies. These academies are created with the idea of merging traditional education with hands-on experiences rooted in real-world workforce opportunities.

How does it work? It is important that we begin by offering choice to students at a much earlier age. Through choice, you also must elect. It is part of the development process that is essential for students to learn responsibility to themselves. By promoting this choice, we absolutely except to increase the relevance of the high school experience for our students! Whereas you leave high school to “major” in a degree, or to pursue a vocation, TigerPath is more like picking up a “minor” to help you make that choice better.

We do this through multiple mechanisms. The icing on the cake is the connections we’ve developed by working with the Hutchinson community. The interactions with our community and workforce regarding TigerPath are much stronger than even seemed fathomable two year ago. We believe that TigerPath Academies will increase the effectiveness of our school, and beyond that, make our community and workforce more viable for the future!

(Content from Patrick Walsh, High School Principal)

Check out this video for more information on success in the new economy!


Click here for the TigerPath website to learn more about the program. 

Human Resource Overtime Ruling Information Session

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulation to reflect the original intent of the Fair Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The final rule will become effective on December 1. 2016. (Article from United States Department of Labor)

The Chamber is here to help you better understand the rules of the new overtime regulation. On August 31st a Human Resource Overtime Ruling Information Session will be held at the Chamber, the session is provided by Gislason & Hunter. This session will help you learn how the new Department of Labor Overtime Ruling will affect your salaried employees and steps to be in compliance by December 1st, 2016.

Sessions are from 11:00 – 11:30 am and 12:00 – 12:30 pm.

Please click here to register. 

News Release: MN Pottery Festival

HUTCHINSON, MN — Twenty-eight potters from across country will be on display at the fifth annual Minnesota Pottery Festival in Hutchinson, MN the weekend of July 23rd and 24th.

Ernest Miller of Minneapolis and Tony Clennell of Aylmer Ontario are this year’s featured potters. Miller’s personal goal is, “to bridge the creative space between “urban” and “rural” with inspired designs and reliable functional ceramics for the home.” Clennell has more than four decades of professional pottery, teaching, and writing. His 2014 book, Stuck in the Mud: A Book of Irreverent Tales, BS and Nonsense to the Wonderful Clay Community, is a series of short stories that connect potters across the globe.

Also at this year’s Festival are seventeen other Minnesota potters and ceramic artists from as far away as North Carolina and Texas.

The Festival provides an excellent day trip for clay-lovers, families, and collectors. Entrance and parking are free. The two days are filled with pottery demonstrations from wheel throwing to on-site raku firing. There is a kids tent where children of all ages can get their hands dirty. Food and beverages available for purchase provided by the Hutchinson Photography Club and 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, and Shimpo Ceramics.

More information and full list of artists available at