May Chamber Chatter


May 2018 Chamber Chatter    Issue # 1 Vol. 1

This is the very first issue of Chamber Chatter and we are very excited about sharing information about the activities of the chamber and of its members.  As this is in its infancy we are taking small steps before we start running. The board of directors is made up of a core group of civic minded community members.  Pete Eggen (Manager of Fleet and Farm) is this year’s president, Andy Swanson (Ness Agency) is the vice president, Linda Boyer (Executive Director St. James HRA) is the secretary and Jen Winkelman (Pioneer Bank – VP Risk Management Officer) is the treasurer.   The other members of the board are Alison Elg (Pioneer Bank – AVP Finance), Shae Cowell (True Value/Verizon – Verizon Manager, Melissa Guerra (First National Bank-Bookkeeper), Ursula Hangstrand (Good Samaritan Society – Administrator), Sean Vostad (St. James Family Dentistry – Dentist), Alex Malm (St. James Plaindealer – reporter), Jeff Barrett (Pioneer Bank – Ag/Business Banker).  A special thank you to the employers of the businesses represented for allowing their employees to be active members of the board of directors.

We have an excellent resource for our members with Sheenah Buck on staff as a media consultant.  She has been instrumental in working on updating our chamber activity flyers, blogging for the Chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as keeping you up to date with information on Facebook.  Feel free to contact the chamber office if you would like assistance with flyers or have information that you would like to share but do not have the time to work on the project – Sheenah is ready, willing and very able to assist you.

Due to the support from our members and board of directors the chamber is on strong financial footing and is looking for additional ways that we can assist your business.  Suggestions are always welcome.

Office hours are from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Chamber Bucks are available to purchase!!  Download your Chamber Buck request form now!

Have a great May!

Joe McCabe, Chamber Director


May 4 :

*Church Women United – First Presbyterian Church 2018 May Friendship Day 1:30 pm

*Fairgrounds  Rummage Sale 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. proceeds go to Watonwan County Humane Society

May 5 :

* Prom Mini Grand March – Prairie View and going to Brandt Ridge

*Fairgrounds  Rummage Sale 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. proceeds go to Watonwan County Humane Society

*Picnic on the Prairie  Eagle Nest Watch at Dan and Terese Hall Farm, includes lunch from 10:00 am – 1:00 p.m Community Education event. Registration Required

*Good Samaritan Bowl.Proceeds for Dining Room Furnishings. This event is being held at Madelia Lanes from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

May 6 :

*Good Samaritan Bowl. Proceeds for Dining Room Furnishings. This event is being held at Madelia Lanes from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*East Sveadahl Lutheran Church Women and Historical Society sponsor a Swedish Culture & Emigration presentation by SwedGen members from Sweden at East Sveadahl

May 7 :

*Caregivers Education Series sponsored by Wellspring – Benefits of Aromatherapy at the Prairie View Dining Room at 9:30 a.m.

*St. James Library hosting Elderberries Identification and Harvesting with Alicia Bayer from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Event Flyer

May 11:

* Watonwan County Entertainment Association – Rescheduled event – The Guthrie Brothers,Scarborough Fair at Armstrong School 7:00 p.m.

May 13:

*Mother’s Day

Make Mother’s day Special with the Gem Den

May 15:

*St. James Library hosts a Jewelry Class from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a limit of 15 people Event Flyer

*Root Beer Floats and Post-acute Open House 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pleasant View Event Flyer

May 16:

*St. James Chapter Watonwan County Historical Society Monthly meeting from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

May 17:

*First Lutheran Church hosts Free Community Meal 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. sponsored by area churches

*St. James Library hosts, Novels by Night, ‘My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry’ by Frederik Backman from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Event Flyer

May 18:

*St. James Library hosts Friday Flicks, “Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event Flyer

May 19:

*Hot Dog Days sponsored various nonprofit groups will be on 1st Ave S, SuperFair and Fleet and Farm 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

May 24:

*St. James Library hosts the Knitting Club. Tessa will be present to assist you! Join them from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Event Flyer

May 28

*Memorial Day


Did you know that May is Osteoporosis month? Look at the GREAT stuff going on at Center For Specialty Care!

Looking for one level living? See Paul at Century21

See what the events that the VFW have going on for the month of May!! VFW Events

Check out the Community Calendar for more details!

Contact the chamber office if you have a scheduled event to add to the calendar

Make sure  to check out the Water flushing notice (1) to see how this impacts you.

Check this out coming beginning of June!! 2018 Dementia Friends St. James Library



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