Member of the week: Community Church of Walker

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Community Church of Walker – United Church of Christ as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Community Church


The Community Church of Walker, United Church of Christ mission is:  to offer a welcoming church home to all, where friendships grow, spiritual needs are met, community concerns are addressed, and where “God is still Speaking”

Wherever you are on life’s journey, your voice is welcome here!

Youth Hockey Tournaments make a difference: Guest Blogger Mitch Loomis

We host hockey tournaments here at the Walker Area Community Center (WACC).  We have just one sheet of ice, so our hockey tournaments can accommodate a bracket of no more than eight teams.  Our tournaments almost always fill.  Teams come from the north shore, from Duluth, from the range, the Canadian border, North Dakota, the twin cities and all over Minnesota.  They fill hotel rooms and chairs in our restaurants.  Why?

Why would a hockey team comprised of 9 and 10 year old children travel 200 or more miles to spend the weekend playing hockey in Walker?

First, you need to understand a little about hockey in Minnesota.

Our kids play hockey in a league adroitly named Minnesota Hockey.  Minnesota Hockey is an affiliate of USA Hockey.  In the 2013/14 season (most recent numbers found), Minnesota Hockey included 54,507 youth players.  Minnesota ranks first in the nation in number of players, although hockey in Minnesota is mature and hockey in several other states is growing quickly.

That Minnesota ranks #1 with USA Hockey is especially impressive considering we play high school hockey.  In general, only our kids ages 14 and under play hockey in a USA Hockey / community-based program.  Then, our kids play hockey in high school in the Minnesota State High School League.

OK, so that is a little bit about the organizing of youth hockey here.  To answer the question we started with, you only need to understand one other thing.  People love to visit Walker.

Walker Youth Hockey deserves great credit for hosting tournaments bringing eight visiting hockey teams into our community for a weekend.  But, good volunteers and a well-run tournament isn’t enough.  Regional cities like Duluth, Bemidji and Brainerd attract teams into invitational tournaments.  However, many (most) small towns would love to draw teams to spend a weekend in their town like we do here in Walker.

Our town is quaint with lots of great little shops, choice in restaurants and plenty of great lodging; nice hotels with swimming pools for the hockey kids.

We’ve been hosting hockey tournaments for quite a few winters now.  Walker businesses have seen the value of these tournaments.  The visiting hockey families enjoy their time here.  We are fortunate to have an indoor rink and a town people love to visit.  Hockey gives the families in our part of the country another reason to spend a wonderful winter weekend in Walker.

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Member of the week: Habitat for Humanity

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Habitat for Humanity as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!



Begun in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is the 3rd largest builder of homes in the world and the 5th largest builder of homes in the United States. The vision of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing form the face of the earth.

In the past 25 years, we have completed over 100 homes in Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties. Active in 100 countries, Habitat for Humanity International has built over 500,000 homes, providing more than 2 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Member of the week: Once Over Home Inspection

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Once Over Home Inspection as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

Once over home inspection


Once Over Home Inspection offers professional home inspections for home buyers, as well as proactive owners and sellers.

 As a Minnesota, licensed contractor, Phil Beverly has been involved in everything from high-end design/build new construction to complex remodeling projects. From footings and fill to roofs and ridgelines, Phil has personally constructed and repaired all the major systems of a home. He is known throughout the Leech Lake area as an experienced professional.

Member of the week: Culligan

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Culligan as Member of the week.  Each week a new business will be featured as a “Thank you” for being a part of our membership.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information.



Since the beginning, Culligan’s mission has been to deliver high quality water treatment products that will benefit every part of our customers’ lives.  We hope to raise the quality of life by purifying its most essential element, water.

We’ve seen about every water problem imaginable and we’re solving these problems to deliver the refreshing, clean and pure water that’s become our hallmark.  Free of contaminants and minerals, water treated with Culligan softeners or filtration systems will make an impression on your and your household or work.

Culligan of Bemidji was established in 1946 in the area that is Bemidji City Hall. Bill and June Bender bought the Culligan franchise from Clarence Oside in 1961.  They purchased the dealership in Parks Rapids in 1974 and combined both stores to operate out of Bemidji.  In 1981 a new office and shop were built in the current  location of 1400 Neilson Ave.  The Bender family retired and the business was sold  to John Packerd.  John owns and operates 31 dealerships through out the United States.  It is important to our company that each Culligan dealership is active and connected to the communities  they service.  Let’s begin by having Nora do a in home water analysis, then Frank or Jeff will install your whole house water treatment, and Adam will customize your delivery needs.  Contact Connie today and she will get you started on the way to a happier healthier life.  Our hours are 8 AM to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Culligan, Better Water, Pure and Simple.

Great Gift Card Giveaway is a huge success.

Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Promotion offered by Paul Bunyan Broadcasting


 This year the “Great Gift Card Giveaway” was a roaring success.  We had 32 local businesses participating this year.  With each $10 purchase, you received 1 RED ticket.  We have 6 packages of gift cards ranging from $1000 to $320.  We have drawn names for the winners and by the time you read this article all prizes will have been awarded.  Those who held the winning numbers were:

$1000 package – Randall Morrison

$520 package –  Kris Chaffee

$520 package – Lisa Cormican

$520 package – Erma London

$320 package – Vivian Dellwo

$320 package – Diane Hasser

Congratulations to all of you.  The best part of winning is that the prize is local gift cards – so the shopping local continues to roll.


This year the promotion ran for approximately 30 days and over 188,000 tickets were given out.  The grand total of money spent locally just at the stores offering red tickets is over $1, 880,000!  Way to go Walker on shopping local.  The Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce would like to thank you for shopping smart and shopping local!  The chamber ran a facebook contest asking how much money was sold at participating businesses during the promotion and the winner of $50 in chamber bucks is Lisa Bergsgaard with a guess of $1,834,330.  Congratulations.


Businesses participating were:  Super One Food,  Wilkening Fireplaces, Lakeside Fireplace and Stove,  Christmas Point Wild Rice Company, Lucky Moose Bar and Grill, Walker Home Center, Heritage Arts, Gifts and Antiques, Café Zona Rosa, Reeds Outdoor Outfitters, YMart/Y Bait BP, Frizzells Furniture Gallery, Chase on the Lake, Northern Exposure, Thrifty White Pharmacy, Jenny & Company Walker., Walker Ford, Tiger Lilly’s Boutique,  Art and Antique Mall of Walker, TJ’s Floral, Walker General Store, Lundrigans Clothing, Walk Her Way, Nistler Floor Covering,  Orton’s Downtown BP, Bayside Bar and Grill, Dancing Fire Restaurant,  Lake Country RV, Lakes Area Powersports, Little Star Snack Shop, North Star Buffett, Tagged by Brea Boutique

Member of the week: Knute Nelson Home Care

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Knute Nelson Home Care as the Member of The Week! Each week a new business will be featured as a “thank you” for being a part of our membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce please give us a call at 218-547-1313 and we will be happy to give you some more information!

knute nelson Home Care

Founded in 1948, Knute Nelson was established through a bequest by the late Senator and Governor of Minnesota, Knute Nelson (1843-1923), to provide care for older adults.  Over the last 65+ years, the Knute Nelson organization has dramatically expended its available services to ensure access to care is available in the most effective manner to serve our 26+ country West Central Minnesota Region.

Park Rapids

10009 Hollinger Street

Park Rapids, MN 56470



Take a kid fishing Weekend

Taking Kids Ice Fishing

Ice Fish for Free

January 14-16, 2017

Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing Weekend: Residents fish or spear fish for free when accompanied by a child age 15 or under.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Logo

Catch some quality family time and plan a special ice fishing weekend.

Learn about fishing basics, check regulations and find places to fish using LakeFinder at Fish Minnesota. Trout fishing is also an option for the weekend. A trout stamp is only required to fish for trout when an angling license is also required. Because people fishing with a kid don’t need a license on Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, the stamp requirement also does not apply.


General Ice Thickness Guidelines


For new, clear ice only

2″ or less – STAY OFF
4″ - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5″ – Snowmobile or ATV
8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
12″ – 15″ – Medium truck

Note: these guidelines are for new, clear solid ice.

White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice.

Click to enlarge:

Ice thickness Guidelines card

Download a printable PDF of the Ice Thickness Guidelines card »


Arvig seeking students for essay contest

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                                                        Dec. 15, 2016

Media Contact:

Lisa Greene, Director of Marketing


150 Second Street SW | Perham, MN 56573

218.346.8294 | lisa.greene@arvig.com


Arvig Seeks Area Students for Essay Contest;

Chance to Win All-Expenses Paid Trip to Washington, D.C.


PERHAM, MINN., DEC. 15, 2016—Arvig is pleased to announce its essay contest to send one area student to visit Washington, D.C., for the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour, June 3 – 7, 2017. The essay prompt for the contest is “Technology and Rural Life.” Essays and completed applications are due to Arvig by email before 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, February 28.

“The kids in our rural communities are our future leaders,” said David Arvig, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President at Arvig. “It’s important to offer opportunities like the Youth Tour so they can learn more about how the decisions made in Washington directly impact our life in rural Minnesota. We’re happy to be a sponsor.”

The chosen student will be one of 100 high school students from rural America who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to explore our nation’s capital, and get an inside look at the legislation and governmental process of the telecommunications industry.

Last year, Kaitlyn Kluck, of Hawley, was selected to represent Arvig and her community at the 2016 Youth Tour.

“I’m very grateful that I got this opportunity,” Kluck wrote about her experience, featured on the Arvig Blog. “I had a lot of fun and met people from all over the country, as far away as Alaska … I really hope [Arvig keeps] sending students on this trip for many years after this because it was truly a great experience.”

The FRS Youth Tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as key legislative, regulatory and government figures. The Youth Tour delegates will explore historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery.

Eligible students must be high school students, age 16 or 17 at the time of the Youth Tour in June 2017 (FRS will not accept any student age 18 or older), and receive Arvig Internet, telephone and/or television services at their residence. Students and their parents should visit arvig.net/youthtour to download the essay prompt and contest requirements, application forms and submission details.

About FRS

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow’s economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today’s youth. Visit us at www.frs.org

About Arvig

Arvig is the largest independent telecommunications provider in the state of Minnesota. In addition to broadband services, Arvig also provides telephone and television services, security and home automation, and a wide variety of other residential and business services. For more information, visit Arvig online at arvig.com.



Arvig begins Search for Scholarship Applications

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      January 10, 2017



Lisa Greene, Director of Marketing


150 Second Street SW | Perham, MN 56573

218.346.8294 | lisa.greene@arvig.com


Arvig Begins Search for Scholarship Applicants

PERHAM, MINN., JAN. 10, 2017—Arvig is pleased to announce three scholarship opportunities available to students who live within the Arvig service area: a $2,500 scholarship from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS); $2,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Foundation; and $3,000 from the Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship.

Students and their parents can get more information and download applications at arvig.net/scholarships.

Foundation for Rural Service

The FRS scholarship program was established to help further higher education opportunities among rural high school students. To be eligible for the $2,500 award, applicants must be a graduating high school senior whose family receives local telecommunications service from Arvig, and must indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational technical school, and have at least a C-grade-point average.

Completed applications for the FRS scholarship must be submitted to Arvig by February 17, 2017; any applications received after February 17 will not be accepted.

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation

The MTA’s scholarship program is state-wide. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to 2017 Minnesota graduating high school seniors. To be eligible, applicants must be attending post-secondary education at a university, college or technical college; be a Minnesota resident; and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from Arvig. Last year, four students from the Arvig service area were awarded MTA’s scholarship: Jason Carlson of Morgan, Megan Edelman of Akeley, Breanna Thompson of Sauk Centre, and Haley Warren of Ogema.

Completed applications for the MTA scholarship must be submitted to Arvig by February 24, 2017; any applications received after February 24 will not be accepted.

Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship

Each year, one student from each of the 37 school districts within the Arvig service area is selected to receive the Arvig Memorial Scholarship of $3,000. Students are chosen based upon achievements or interest in the field of mathematics, engineering, accounting, computer science, telecommunications or any of the physical sciences, and must have at least a C-grade-point average.

The application deadline for the Arvig Memorial Scholarship varies by school. Students should contact their school counselor for more details and application materials.