NB Chamber offers up many thanks

To the Editor:

North Branch Area Chamber would like to thank everyone who braved the cold to join us for the 12th Annual Winter Fest. We hope you enjoyed the ice sculpting demonstration, while eating a bowl of your favorite organization’s chili.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their part in making this event a success: North Branch County Market, Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota Energy Resources, North Branch Outlets, SnoBarons Snowmobile Club, Andersen Corporation, Associated Bank, Fairview Lakes North Branch Clinic, Jimmy’s Johnnys, Lake Area Bank, Minnco Credit Union, Peoples National Bank, Provide Care, Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center, Xcel Energy, First State Bank of Wyoming and Focus Financial- The Simonson Group.

Thank you to these businesses that hosted an activity to enhance Winter Fest; North Branch Rotary with their Plunge, Lake State Federal Credit Union with SnoBowl, North Branch Area Community Education with Many Flags of North Branch- Celebrate Our Heritage, Blue Line Club with the “Freeze Your Bunz” 5K Run/Walk, North Branch Sno-Drifters & SnoBarons Snowmobile Clubs with the Vintage Snowmobile Ride & Expo, and S.A.L. (Sons of the American Legion) for the delicious omelet breakfast.

Congratulations to Mary Eslinger on finding the Winter Fest medallion. New this year, was a second way to win with a $50 gift card. Thank you to Shopko for providing the gift card and congratulations to Jay Young for having the winning button number. For adding value to our Winter Fest button, thank you to these businesses that had offers: Domino’s Pizza, Everyday Joe Coffee & Café, North Branch Area Community Education, North Branch Liquors, North Branch Outlets, North Country Coffee & Café, ECM Post Review, Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center, Snap Fitness and Wild Mountain. W

e would like to express our gratitude to these businesses that sold buttons: North Branch County Market, Landmark Personnel, Inc., North Branch Dental, North Branch Liquors, ECM Post Review, POST-HASTE Office Service Center, Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center, Shopko and Stearns Bank.

Thank you to these individuals who helped make this year’s Winter Fest a success: Bridgitte Konrad- City of North Branch, Barb Peterson- Andersen Corporation, Biz O’Mara- Great Twin Cities United Way, Mary Eslinger- AVON/Post Review, Ryan Braaten- Shopko, Carol & Bill Rice- Landmark Personnel, Inc., Rhonda Mellum- Minnco Credit Union, Erick Tollefson- Devcon Security Services, many representatives from Lake Area Bank, members of Bridge of Grace Church, Reid, Erin & Gabe Johnson, Maddie Anderson and Jessica Walberg.

Congratulations to the North Branch Area School’s team for winning the “Healthiest Chili” award. Congratulations to Bridge of Grace Church’s team on winning the “People’s Choice Chili” award.

Many “thanks” to these teams for competing in the Chili Show Down; Ecumen North Branch with the Lion’s Club of North Branch, North Branch Area Schools and S.A.L. with Haven Center.

Thank you to the City of North Branch for use of Central Park and the Municipal Skating Rink and to the City of Stacy for use of Stacy Lion’s Park.

We’re looking forward to next year and hope to see you then.

Arlys Walberg,

 Promotions Coordinator

North Branch Area Chamber

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