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Derek Jensen                                                      Kristen Holly
Edward Jones Investments                             Log Homes Minnesota Inc.



The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce creates value for our members by:  increasing the number of visitors to our area – developing business contacts – providing members visibility through advertising opportunities.


Join in a Naturalist Program this Summer on the Chippewa National Forest

CASS LAKE, Minn. (June 16, 2017)  Summer naturalist programs are in full swing on the Chippewa National Forest, at the Norway Beach, Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Centers and Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center. Visitors are invited to join in the wide variety of naturalist programs, ranging from bald eagle presentations to fish printing and Ojibwe language lessons. Naturalists Genevieve Furtner, Jordan Zabel and Sophie Buysse have created a program schedule full of activities geared to connecting people to the outdoors and learning about Forest critters, northern lakes and Minnesota heritage.


The Chippewa National Forest has partnered with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa to hire the seasonal naturalists to provide programs at the visitor centers and at events in Forest communities. Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center programs are scheduled on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Norway Beach Visitor Center programs are scheduled Fridays, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Watch for special events with guest speakers in July and August. The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery in Marcell is also offering naturalist programs Thursday-Saturday at 1 p.m.  Schedules and directions to Forest visitor centers can be found on the Chippewa National Forest website at www.fs.usda.fed/chippewa


NWB 2017 Program Schedule





Common Wedding Flower Mistakes – Guest Blogger – Teah Kuechle – TJ’s Florals and Gifts

Common Flower Mistakes your Florist Want you to Know:

Finding a gorgeous flower bouquet for inspiration can be fun, but getting down to business, choosing and designing and coordinating stems can be a whole another hurdle to jump. How are you to know the difference between a cornflower and chrysanthemum? Or how to maximize your blooms depending on the season – ona tight budget? That’s where your florist comes in.

Today we’re going to talk about 6 of the biggest and most common mistakes couples make when it comes to wedding florals. Heads up – this is exactly what we want you to know before coming in to meet with us.

1. Trying to Replicate Inspiration

We often see brides obsessed with an image, whether it’s from a bridal magazine, or Pinterest. It’s nearly impossible to re-create an image exactly. My advice for you is to focus less on replicating on a photo and instead be open and comfortable with the fact that all your inspiration is meant to be used as a springboard for a twist on your bouquet.

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2. Saying No Before You Know

I’ve talked to many brides who say “flowers just aren’t that important”. And they want to fill their reception space with non-floral objects. But with the rare exception, a certain amount of flowers (even if it’s very minimal) are necessary to soften a space. Trust us, we know sometimes flowers aren’t the main priority, but if you trust us we can help guide you to give you the right look.


  1. Being Closed- Minded About Colors

    The biggest flower mistake couples tend to make is not being open-minded to color palettes and flower types. Many times they have a set palette (and florals) in mind, but don’t know about other cool, rare blooms that happen to be in season at the time of their wedding. The best couples are one who can be loose and flexible with their floral choices, then we can find the most beautiful blooms for them that contrast and compliment their color palettes and florals for them.

    4. Assuming You Need Flowers Everywhere

    Some couples assume they need to have florals on every tables and in every corner. They don’t realize once the event spaces fill with people, most of those places go unseen or unappreciated. To avoid this, focus on your floral budgets on a few unforgettable statement pieces, using candles and other detailed accents. Another idea is using florals for all the memorable, photo-worthy moments, like your first look (highlight the bridal bouquet and the boutonniere), the “I-Do’s” at the alter (think about what florals will frame you as a couple) and the first dance (having wow-worthy blooms over or around the dance floor).

  2. Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket

    Florals are so seasonal, and due to weather changes, some things are just not dependable. Before settling on a specific flower, find out what’s perfect and in season before getting your heart set on that. In example; peonies are a favorite to many, but their season is short and typically are only in during the springtime.

And finally…

  1. Mistaking Inspiration for Reality.

A common mistake brides make is falling in love with a particular inspiration photo before finding out their seasonality or cost. While searching for inspiration can be fun, it is often lead to disappointment and confusion. Florals featured on social medial, or in magazines are typically high end blooms and look so stunning. An experienced floral designer can guide you to the right blooms for your special day that are available and within your budget.
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Meet your Boards

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is recognized
and valued as a leader in tourism, membership services,
and for our ability to positively influence decisions impacting
our community.

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Laura Hansen
Bill Hansen Realty

Jill Duclos

Jill Duclos
Thrivent Financial

New Chamber Members: Access North

Welcome to our new members:

32 years in business – serving 10 counties in Northeastern MN

Our Mission: To assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals, and have the same opportunities and choices as all people.

Pictured: Steve Backholm – Walker Office Independent Living Specialist
Kathy Krueger – Branch Office Coordinator
Don Brunette: Executive Director
Amy Batson – Receptionist
Linda J. McFeters – Peer

Not pictured:  Rita Ray

Presented their first dollar by: Ambassador Lavonne Beckman


Leech Lake Art League – Guest Blogger – Steven Reiter

The Leech Lake Art’s League is getting together to be creative Thursday’s in the basement of Walker American Legion. Our goal is to produce great works of art. In watercolor, oil, or acrylic paint. Other members of our group work at home studios in clay, wood, or even glass. In which case they will bring pieces in for critique. We share our experience. Helping one another with suggestions for improvement. The process of work in this environment provides opportunity for us to learn and to share without any pressure. Putting brush to canvas can be precarious, exciting, even magical. What we imagine. Often evolves into something else during the process. We take risks in an attempt to express the familiar in a new light. The Labrador retriever painted in shades of purple and black. The lake reflecting a sunset of pink, orange, and blue gray. The challenge to produce an original work that tells a story. That expresses a feeling. That gets a reaction from the viewer. There is the reward. It all comes together at the annual show to be held again over the labor day holiday weekend in the ballroom of the Chase on the Lake Resort Hotel.

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Meet the Chamber Board

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, supported and led by members and professional staff, promotes, enhances and supports a healthy business environment for our members.

To meet our mission we will pursue:

-promotion of area tourism

-business development and economic growth

-effective communication that educates and informs

-membership growth and involvement

-fiscal responsibility


Juli Freeman                                                          Tim Anderson

Past Chairperson                                                   Chairperson

Hair by Juli                                                              Anderson’s Spirit of the North Resort

Juli Freeman (2) Tim anderson

New Members: FOG Firearms & Cartridge Company

New chamber members:
F.O.G. Firearms & Cartridge Company
(Finger of God) Firearms and Cartridge company L.L. C. is a family owned and operated ammunition manufacturer the specializes in propellants, FOG Employees 4 full time gunsmiths offering a full line of gunsmithing as well as Cerakote custom painting for your firearm.

Left to right: Brian Hein – chamber ambassador Dianna, Blake & John Pratt

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