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Member of the week: Arvig

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Arvig, 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.

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By continuing to reinvest in technology and network operations, Arvig is delivering next-generation communications services to a growing number of communities throughout Minnesota.  Established in 1950, Arvig has grown from a small, family-owned telephone company to one of the largest independent telecommunications and broadband providers in the nation.  Services include high-speed internet, television, phone, business security, hosted PBX, managed IT solution and others.  Improving internet access in some of the country’s most  under-served rural areas is at the forefront of Arvig’s goals.

Community is a core value at Arvig, and the company takes pride in supporting local businesses, non-profits and schools.  Allen Arvig serves as president and CEO, and his son, David Arvig, is Vice President and COO.  Allen and David, along with the Arvig leadership team and Board of Directors, drive the strategic direction for the company and guide its progress.  For more information, visit arvig.com.  You can also stop by or call the local office in Walker at 218-547-4227.

New member: Traveling Art Pub, Inc.

The Traveling Art Pub, Inc. is our New Chamber Member

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(TAP) is a creative events company that brings people together for a guided art adventure where you can eat, drink, create and socialize.

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Member of the week: Essentia Health – Walker Clinic

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Essentia Health-Walker Clinic 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!

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Essentia Health-Walker Clinic provides family medicine, mental health, dietary, pediatrics, Orthopedics & sports medicine services to the Walker community. With a staff of 10, the 5,300-square-foot clinic contains exam rooms, a large procedure room, lab and x-ray services. Essentia Health-Walker Clinic works closely with its sister clinics in Menahga and Park Rapids to assist patients with needed services. The Walker Clinic provides blood pressure checks, radiology services and digital mammography provided by DMS Imaging.

Essentia Health-Walker Clinic
110 D Michigan Avenue NW
Walker, MN 56484

Make an appointment:
218-732-2800

Member of the week: Thrivent Financial

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Thrivent Financial 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!

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Our success as Thrivent Financial representatives is based on how well we help you achieve your goals.  Equipped with a range of products and services-which may include insurance, annuities and investments-we’ll help you create a strategy designed exclusively for you.  We specialize in the following areas:  Retirement Income Planning – Solutions for Businesses – Estate Strategies. 

Give us a call to set up a free consultation at 218-547-2798

Wounded Warrior Project – Hiawatha Beach Resort

 WWP – Hiawatha Beach Resort
2017Alumni weekend
May 12-14
Guided Fishing
Saturday AM & Afternoon
Enjoy a guided fishing trip with family or friends on 109,000 acre Leech Lake. All equipment is provided just step on board. Four hour excursion will put you on top some of Leech Lake’s hottest walleye beds. Six boats scheduled for your enjoyment. Sign up at activity counter.
Horse riding
Saturday
Jack Pine Stables has been in operation since 1998, serving special needs children & adults since 2000. We have eight well trained horses and many seasoned volunteer helpers. We will furnish helmets (required by our insurance) & you must wear sturdy shoes, not sandals. Horses do not intentionally step on toes, but it does happen. We look forward to you riding with us. Kris & Grant Oppegaard
Trap Shooting
Saturday Afternoon
North Star Sportsmen’s Club host you to a couple of hours of shooting trap. Shells provided by the Walker community, some shotguns available. The pistol range will be open but you must have your own pistol and ammo. Sign up at activity counter.
Leech Lake Guided Tour
Saturday AM & Afternoon
Enjoy a sight seeing trip with family and friends around Steamboat and Walker Bays. Granted no fall colors but a lot of beauty none the less. Once again just step on board, sit back and let one of Leech Lake’s finest guides show you the sights. Sign up at activity counter.
Jewelry Making – Beaded Earrings
Saturday
Participants create Swarovski crystal/gem earrings. Your unique design is another opportunity to create a lasting memento. Open to mothers and daughters. Your host Nancy Jacobson. Sign up at activity counter.
Biking – on the Heartland Trail
Saturday AM & Afternoon
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Heartland trail. The scenic trail leads you through forests and lake side beauty. It is not uncommon to see wildlife along the trail or accidently stop at the local DQ. Sign up at activity counter.
Fishing Off the Dock
Saturday AM & Afternoon

If the weather turns south maybe a movie is in store. The Walker community will host you to a showing at The Bear Pause Theatre in Hackensack. Sign up at activity counter.
Meet & Greet / Bingo / Family Activities
Friday Evening
Kick off meal to meet the WWP Staff and each other. Sign up for activities, Enjoy some family fun with Tony Sauer leading Bingo. Family Art Project offered.
Golf
Saturday
Tianna Country Club, Long Bow Golf Course and the Wedgewood open up their facilities for you to enjoy 9 or 18 holes. Bring your clubs and delight in some of the Northlands finest golfing. Sign up at the activity counter.
Hay Rides
Saturday
The lodge aquarium is needing your help. 500 gallons of water but no fish. If you are under sixteen years old you are eligible to stock the tank. The MN DNR asks you to return walleyes and northerns to the lake. Bass season is not yet open. No sign up required.
SATURDAY NIGHT
WWP Program and Game Night!
Join the WWP Team & Hiawatha Staff for a highly FUN / slightly competative / High energy GAME NIGHT! We will play some old favorites, as well as teach some new … we want to send you home with some creative ideas for time with friends & family
Movie Passes
Saturday Afternoon

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Spring Wildflowers: Guest Blogger: Mary Nordeen

Spring Wildflowers

The spring wildflowers are getting ready to add a little color to the forest, making it a perfect time to get out on the trails. Currently, the April woods hold just a slight hint of color (including a little snow). Tree branches are tipped with pink-red buds, and small hints of green peek out from the dried leaves on the ground.

The earliest wildflowers, like pasqueflower, are subtle and may have already come and gone without much fanfare. April showers will bring up the next set of spring flowers to capture your attention.

Watch for bloodroot and hepatica popping up amid the hardwood forest. White bloodroot blossoms set out a bright signal flag that spring is here. Bloodroot has its name thanks to the red sap found in the stem and root. Large bloodroot leaves curl around the stem at night, and both the leaves and flowers open up with the sun and close at night.

Round-lobed hepatica has liver-shaped leaves that stay through winter. This provides a head start for the dainty flower that will pop up from under last autumn’s leaves. Flowers range in color from white, pink and lavender.

Large-flowered bellwort heralds in spring with a flashing twirled yellow petals. This is a tall flower that fills the woods with color. Wild oats, also called sessile-leaved bellwort, is a relative. Wild oats has a small, beautiful, pale-yellow flower. Finding wild oats is a bit like a treasure hunt.

Another northwoods favorite, the large-flowered trillium, litters the forest floor with large white blooms. Trillium, named for the very noticeable three-petaled flower, comes in four forms in Minnesota: large-flowered, nodding, drooping and snow trillium. Only the large-flowered and nodding trillium are found on the Chippewa National Forest.

Some of the more unusual spring flowers include Dutchmen’s breeches and jack-in-the-pulpit. This is another hardwood forest find.  Dutchmen’s breeches is named for the pantaloon-shaped white flowers that hang off the stem. The odd-flowers look like “laundry day in gnome-land” and only certain bumblebees can pollinate it.

Jack-in-the-pulpit is colored a deep forest green. This plant is great at camouflage, so keep an eye out for the three big green leaves. Kids love to find “Jack” (spadix) hidden behind the leafy curled pulpit.

Finally, a spring hike is not complete without walking past a group of wood anenomes.  Named for the Greek word anemos or wind, these soft white flowers literally bloom and bend with the spring winds and are considered good luck for the person walking by. Sounds like a great way to start the season!  Hope to see you out on the Chippewa National Forest trails this spring!

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Member of the week: Horseshoe Bay Lodge

The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce presents Horseshoe Bay Lodge 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!

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Horseshoe Bay Lodge has been a hallmark on Leech Lake since the 1940’s. Changing hands over the years, the Anderson’s purchased it with the intention of reviving the resort’s history of world-class service with a new vision of creating a premier vacation destination.

“Horseshoe Bay can attract the guests that other Anderson’s resorts can’t accommodate,” says Warren. “A full restaurant/ lounge, heated indoor pool and hot tub, 40 acres of nature, 2600′ of sand beaches, plus luxurious accommodations for more than 300 guests set it apart from any place in Minnesota.”

The resort is designed to offer every convenience all within a close proximity to Walker and only three hours from the Twin Cities. Its level grounds and spacious, park-like layout ensure ease of mobility, privacy and ample room for large groups to enjoy fun times together.