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In This Issue
Chamber Information
New Members
Chamber 101
Calendar of Events
Renewing Members
From the Chair
First Responders Luncheon
Call for Volunteers
Ambassador of the Month
Ribbon Cutting - Clam Corporation
Chamber Connect: Around the Region Recap
HWY 101/CTY 144 Construction Update
Business Visits
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Chamber Connect: Around the Region
From the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Company Profile: Henningson & Snoxell
Company Profile: Cabela's
Featured Promotion: Signature Patio & Landscape

Kriss Mills,
Chairperson, Cabela's 

David Henningson,
Past Chairperson,  
Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.
Jeff Mueller,Treasurer,
21st Century Bank

David Carlson, Director, Tegrete Corporation

Grady Kinghorn, Director, Kinghorn Construction 

Scott Mounger, Director, OSTB Wealth Strategies

Brandi Nelson, Director, Sherburne State Bank  

Jill Presseller,
Gries Lenhardt Michenfelder Allen, P.L.L.P.

Catherine Reller, Director, Country Inn & Suites
- Albertville

Kyle Sabot, Director,
Rogers Printing & Promotional

Deb Sammon
, Director,
Coborn's of Albertville
Bob Schlichte, Director,
Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley

Jeri Van Heel, Director,
MVp Mechanical Service Co.

Rhonda Baack,

Sara Biren,
Communications Manager   

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm  

To promote partnerships between business, government, and community, while providing information and resources, therefore creating a positive environment for the I-94 West communities.

The Chamber is growing!

Please click on the links below to learn more about our New Members.

2600 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
(763) 553-1751

Conveniently located at I-494 and Highway 55, the Red Roof in is close to shopping, dining, and area attractions. The hotel offers newly-updated and pet-friendly rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel staff works hard to make sure guests feel welcomed and have a relaxing, economical stay.

19118 Estes Road
Clearwater, MN  55320
(320) 558-2951

The mission of Trace Design is to make advertising, marketing, branding and design in its varied shapes and forms accessible and available to all businesses - whatever their size.


Due to popular demand, we now offer two Chamber 101 sessions per month!

Chamber 101, our Member Orientation session, is held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Chamber office.
Chamber 101
includes an overview of Chamber services, events, advertising and marketing opportunities, and additional value-added programs that are exclusively available to Chamber Members.

If you are new to the Chamber, a new employee of a current Member, or would just like a refresher on the benefits of Membership, we'd love to see you at Chamber 101.

Join us on either Wednesday, May 14 or Wednesday, May 28 for Chamber 101.
Please RSVP to  
Sara Biren
for all events

Monday, May 5
3 pm
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Atlas Staffing, Inc.
21410 136th Ave. N, Suite 105B, Rogers

Welcome Atlas Staffing, Inc. to Rogers with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 3 p.m.

Join Atlas Staffing beforehand for their Cinco de Mayo  
Grand Opening Open House from noon to 3 p.m. 




Thursday, May 8
8 am to 9 am
Chamber Connect: Around the Region
Country Inn & Suites - Albertville
6554 Lamplight Drive

  Featuring Guest Speaker
Wendy Neu of Crossroads Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

Sacred Money Archetypes:
A New Paradigm for Your Work, Your Money, and Your Life

Wednesday, May 14
11 am to 12 pm
Chamber 101

Chamber Office, Rogers 

Member Orientation 


Monday, May 19
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
First Responders Luncheon

Rogers Community Room
21201 Memorial Dr, Rogers

An event to honor and recognize the First Responders of the I-94 West Region


Wednesday, May 28
11 am to 12 pm
Chamber 101

Chamber Office, Rogers 

Member Orientation 


Thank you to the following Members that have recognized the value of their Chamber Membership and renewed their investment with the Chamber in April:

ACE Solid Waste

Associated Bank - Maple Grove

Boondox Bar & Grill

Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services (CMJTS)

Charter Communications

Clam Corporation

Financial Security Bank

First Choice Uniforms & Promotional Products

Froehling Anderson

Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley

Hassan Sand & Gravel, Inc.

Jet Edge, Inc.

King Solutions, Inc.

Knight Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Luke Team Real Estate

Marketplace Commercial

Marksman Metals Company, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

North Suburban Towing, Inc.

Preferred Choice Chiropractic

Signature Patio & Landscape Co.

The Bank of Elk River

Walgreen - St. Michael

MAY 2014


Dear Chamber Members, 

The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff are excited to present the inaugural First Responders Luncheon, a great opportunity to reach out to all ten of our communities and an event that we hope will become an annual community tradition.


The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce - Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd. - Cabela's First Responders Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Rogers Community Room, with a keynote address by Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety.


The event will honor and recognize thirteen police officers, firefighters, deputies, and EMS personnel from the cities of Albertville, Corcoran, Dayton, Hamel, Hanover, Loretto, Medina, Otsego, Rogers, and St. Michael. Our many first responders throughout the Region work hard to serve and protect and to provide exceptional response in emergency situations. We've created this event to show our support and our thanks, and a number of our civic leaders, regional legislators, and state dignitaries will join us that day to show their appreciation as well.


Two charitable organizations will benefit from the event. The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association assists the families and home agencies of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. LEMA provides assistance both at the time of death and in the time that follows. The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association ensures that every Firefighter Line of Duty Death within Minnesota is provided a dignified memorial service and can provide assistance with funeral planning and obtaining benefits to next of kin and fire departments. Fifty percent of the event's net proceeds will be donated to these two organizations. For more information, visit the organizations' websites at and


The First Responders Luncheon is held in partnership with Memorial Blood Centers Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, scheduled for late summer. Battle of the Badges is an event that challenges first responders - including fire, police, and EMS departments - from across the greater metropolitan area in a friendly, competitive race to save and sustain lives through blood donation.


We sincerely hope that you will join us for the First Responders Luncheon on Monday, May 19 to show your support and appreciation to our local heroes. Registration and sponsorship information can be found below.



Kriss Mills





I-94 West Chamber of Commerce

Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd



Monday, May 19, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Rogers Community Room :: 21201 Memorial Dr


Keynote Address:

Mona Dohman, Commissioner

Minnesota Department of Public Safety



We honor our communities' police officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, and other individuals that have provided exceptional response in an emergency situation.  


We invite you to join us in appreciation and support of the outstanding performance of our local heroes.




50% of Net Proceeds to Benefit:

  •  Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association
  •  Minnesota Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Association



In partnership with



Download a Registration Form HERE.


PREMIER Sponsorship Opportunity!
Sponsorships are going fast! Don't miss out! 
Sponsorship Information can be found HERE.



First Responders Award Recipients
We offer our sincere congratulations and gratitude to the recipients of the 2014 First Responders Awards:

City of Albertville:
Josh Eull, Captain, Albertville Fire Department

City of Corcoran:
Dan Drake, Officer, Corcoran Police Department;
Kevin Wagman, Officer, Corcoran Police Department

City of Dayton:
Erik Anderly, Officer, Dayton Police Department

City of Hamel:
Ryan Gregor, Lieutenant, Hamel Volunteer Fire Dept.

City of Hanover:
Brian Gronsberg, Firefighter/EMT, Hanover Fire Department

City of Loretto:
Terry Ryan, Captain 1, Loretto Fire Department

City of Medina:
Kevin Boecker, Officer, Medina Police Department
City of Otsego:
Melissa Meemken, Deputy, Wright County Sheriff's Office

City of Rogers:
Jeffrey Beahen, Chief of Police, Rogers Police Department;
Roger Sabot, Firefighter/EMT, Rogers Fire Department;
Stephen Sarazin, Sergeant, Rogers Police Department

City of St. Michael:
Eric Kunkel, Sergeant, Wright County Sheriff's Office

Title Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Award Sponsors




The First Responders Luncheon is a major fundraiser for two very important charitable organizations, as well as an opportunity for our community to say thank you to the men and women who serve and protect our Region. Please consider donating your time to help make this event a success for the Chamber and for our community.

Available shifts range from one hour to the entire event
before, during, and/or after the Luncheon.

Contact the Chamber Office at 763-428-2921
no later than Friday, May 9
if you are interested in volunteering on May 19.
Each month, the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are invited to  nominate one of their peers for outstanding service to the Chamber.

The Ambassador of the Month will be recognized at that month's Chamber events and will be eligible for the Ambassador of the Year Award, presented at the Annual Dinner & Silent Auction in September.

May's Ambassador of the Month is Patty Lenz of Central Bank.

Patty Lenz is a Personal Banker at the St. Michael branch office of Central Bank.  She has worked at Central Bank since 2005 and has over 25 years of banking experience.  She is a long time resident of the Albertville area. 


Patty has been an active member of the Ambassador Committee for many years. She participates in Business Visits, volunteers at events, and always has a welcoming smile on her face. We thank Patty for her dedication and service to the Chamber and its members!

Congratulations to Patty Lenz, Ambassador of the Month.

The I-94 West Business Community, city officials, and friends and family celebrated with Clam Corporation at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 21.

For more than 30 years, Clam has stood for
the best in outdoor gear -- dependable, durable, and tough -- and we're pleased to officially welcome the Clam World Headquarters to Rogers!

Allee CEO Melissa Harrison chats with Chamber Connect attendees

On April 17, Melissa Harrison, CEO at Allee Creative, LLC, presented "Content marketing: Tips, tricks and trends" to Chamber members during our Chamber Connect event.

Some of the highlights from the presentation included:
  • What defines content marketing? Content marketing is creating and distributing useful content that answers your audience's pain points and drives a particular call to action. It's about your audience.
  • Content marketing isn't only about making a sale. It's about building relationships. KPIs (key performance indicators) can be different depending on the needs of the business, be it building brand awareness or driving sales. Prove the success of your content marketing by continuously tracking ROI and the impact of the content you produce.

  • Content marketing takes time and money. Remember: it's about building a relationship, and good relationships take time to develop. Success will not happen overnight; once you start, have a plan to maintain for the long haul.


Melissa also mentioned that while social media is a great set of tools, they aren't the only tools to consider when planning your content strategy. However, they are phenomenal tools for small businesses to utilize and as such, Allee Creative is extending a discount to its latest eBook all about utilizing social media to connect with your audiences. 


Chamber members can receive an exclusive $5 discount off of "Best Practices in Social Media" ( when using the code: SAVE5. This 28-page book, normally $12.99, also comes with a free content calendar template and "Simple Social Media Channels" one sheet. You can view the table of contents here:

Missed the event? Melissa will share her slides with those Chamber members who were unable to attend. Please email her at: for your copy.


Read Allee's recap of the event at:





With the Hwy 101 bypass scheduled to open in early May and the detours becoming  active in the end of April/first part of May, the Rogers Business Community is encouraged to attend  a meeting about the diverging diamond interchange construction on Hwy 101/County Road 144.


Business representatives will learn about the construction that has happened thus far and what they  can expect to see in the future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to  discuss how businesses, MnDOT, the city,  and the contractor can work together during construction. The construction contractor and staff from the City of Rogers and MnDOT  will be available at the meeting  to answer your questions.


Don't forget to sign up to receive e-mail construction updates at 


Join us
Wed., May 7, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Rogers Community Center
21201 Memorial Dr


? Contact
Bobbie Dahlke




Chamber Ambassadors visited three Member businesses in Rogers in April.

Ambassadors toured the AmericInn of Rogers. From left, Patty Lenz, Central Bank; Nate Cotter, Apollo Insurance; Laura Bishop, Express Employment Professionals; Sheila of AmericInn; Jaimie Larson, Jet Edge; Brandi Nelson, Sherburne State Bank; Sheila Zachman, Commercial Realty Solutions

AmericInn of Rogers
21800 Industrial Boulevard
Rogers, MN  55374
(763) 428-4348

When staying at the AmericInn of Rogers, guests can expect the very best: the best quality, the best service, and the best night's sleep. The Rogers hotel offers a variety of room types, including suites with whirlpools. Guests wake up each morning to a free, hot, home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free, hotel-wide, high-speed internet. Guests also enjoy the  inviting indoor pool and hot tub.

The AmericInn of Rogers offers first-class meeting and event facilities with a professional staff to assist with corporate events, board meetings, sales presentations, receptions, parties, and other events. In addition, the AmericInn can accommodate groups for weddings, team events, family reunions, and more!

Top: Karl and Dory finish up an order
Bottom: Karl with the Ambassadors

13785 Rogers Drive
Rogers, MN  55374
(763) 428-2993

At the family-owned Papa Murphy's in Rogers, each and every pizza begins with  made-from-scratch dough and is topped with only 100% real mozzarella cheese, hand-sliced fresh vegetables and high-quality meats.

Papa Murphy's has something for your entire family or event, including Signature pizzas with classic topping combinations, delite® pizzas, with 25% fewer calories and 35% less fat than our Original crust pizzas, and Stuffed Pizzas.

Join the Papa Murphy's eClub to have the latest deals and coupons delivered right to your email!

Ambassadors visited with Laurie Rejzer,
owner of Green Planet Consignment

Green Planet Consignment
14186 Northdale Blvd.
Rogers, MN  55374
(763) 315-0009

Green Planet Consignment offers designer and upscale consignment clothing, accessories, vintage items, home decor, and furniture. Open seven days a week, Green Planet operates as a service for people who have lightly used, quality products for sale. They are selective in offering only the best quality, best condition items in the store as well as offering competitive consignment rates for consigners. Consigning can be incredibly rewarding and a safe way to sell your gently used items as well as finding other great deals!

For recent photos of merchandise in the store and information about sales and events, like Green Planet Consignment on Facebook. Interested in becoming a consigner? Call the store to learn more and to make an appointment!

Monday, May 5
3 pm
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Atlas Staffing, Inc.
21410 136th Avenue N, Suite 105B, Rogers

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration
at the new Atlas Staffing, Inc. location.
Atlas Staffing, Inc., a premium Minnesota staffing firm,
partners with clients and employees in a variety of fields including manufacturing, office, and management.
They offer temp or permanent placements
for companies of all sizes.

Join Atlas Staffing beforehand for their Cinco de Mayo
Grand Opening Open House from noon to 3 pm,

followed by the Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 3 pm.

Thursday, May 8
8 am to 9 am
Chamber Connect: Around the Region
Country Inn & Suites - Albertville
6554 Lamplight Drive
Albertville, MN  55301

Featuring Guest Speaker
Wendy Neu of Crossroads Coaching & Consulting, Inc.


Sacred Money Archetypes®

A New Paradigm for Your Work, Your Money, and Your Life


  • Discover your money paradigm with an assessment called
    Sacred Money Archetypes® that reveals some of the most profitable actions you can take in your business.
  • Free limitations and beliefs that hold you back from the next level of success.
  • Learn tools and techniques that will help you to empower your voice when discussing money with clients.
  • Discover a "no excuses" approach to your business.


Money - it's part of business, no doubt. It is a necessary commodity for business transactions that can lead to success, mediocrity, or even dismal failure. But, step back for a moment. Have you ever considered the fact that how you think about money dictates how successful you are in business? Have you thought that maybe you are holding yourself back because of what you are telling yourself about money and success?


Now, just for a moment, think about how a change in your money paradigm could free you up to run your business more effectively and profitably. Rather than letting money get in your way, it can be a tool to help you reach your next level of success. That's what we will explore during our time together. We will use an assessment called Sacred Money Archetypes®. We will reframe your outlook on money so you can run your business with greater clarity, confidence, and commitment.




Longtime I-94 West Chamber Member Bruce Treichler has announced his retirement from the Crow River News on May 2. Bruce's newspaper career started 40 years ago as a display advertising rep at the Superior Evening Telegram in Superior, Wisconsin. He took the same position for the Crow River News in 1979 and was named Advertising Director for the Crow River News, Champlin-Dayton Press and Osseo-Maple Grove Press in 1980. He met Peggy Bakken at the paper and they were married in 1981. After an ownership change in 1999 he became publisher for the same group of papers and would later serve as publisher of the Monticello Times, and advertising manager for the White Bear Lake Press. In 2011 he returned to his roots at the Crow River News.
"Throughout my career the most rewarding aspect of my job was working with and getting to know the businesspeople throughout our communities," Treichler said, adding that after a brief time off he will be exploring new ways to serve the area.


Coal ruling supports competitive, reliable electricity

By William Blazer

Rattle off what makes Minnesota a great place to do business, and competitive electricity rates used to rank near the top. The bad news: Other states now target Minnesota businesses by promoting their low and predictable rates. The good news: A recent court ruling is a major victory on the road to restoring our competitive position and ensuring reliable service for businesses and homeowners alike.


The ruling in April by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard struck down a portion in the Next Generation Energy Act that prohibited Minnesotans from purchasing power produced by new coal plants, whether located inside or outside Minnesota. The ruling supports the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's stance that our state's economy is best served by a full menu of electric generation technology from nuclear power to coal to renewable sources.


More and more businesses today point to electricity as one of their major operating costs - for some, it represents 25 percent of the overall cost of production. And, there's been a barrage of rate increases during the last decade. Little relief is in sight, giving companies one more reason to rethink their plans to locate or expand operations in Minnesota.

Statistics underscore the concern. In 1990, Minnesota had the 12th lowest average commercial rates and the 15 lowest average industrial rates.  By 2011, 17 states had lower average commercial rates and 24 states had lower average industrial rates. From 1990-2010, the average commercial rate in Minnesota surpassed those of Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Actual and pending rate increases only compound the problem.


We are, all too frequently, our own worst enemy with respect to rate increases. Much of the recent action has been triggered by various state mandates, most adopted since 2000.
Judge Richard's ruling strikes down one of those mandates. She acted because the 2007 state law violates the commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution. The moratorium in the 2007 law restricted the ability of out-of-state power producers (the state of North Dakota filed the lawsuit) to find buyers for power from existing coal-fired generating plants or to plan for new facilities. The legal battle over the moratorium will continue as Governor Dayton promises he will appeal the decision.


Legal challenges notwithstanding, the ruling is an opportunity to spotlight the state's energy policy. There's work to do. Our challenge is to replace the current strategy - i.e. mandates paired with "command and control" regulation - with policies aimed at competitive electric rates and improving environmental conditions. Our support for electric rates based on the actual cost of serving each customer is one example.  It will not only make rates more competitive, but also maximize conservation.


The same goes for Minnesota's nation-leading commitment to renewable energy.  It can be an opportunity, but there is no guarantee.  If economic development promised from our investment in renewable energy is jeopardized by rising and increasingly noncompetitive energy costs, we all are net losers - customers and the state's economy. Specific industries, and the jobs they support, could be at risk. Even "green" companies consider energy prices when deciding whether to build new or expand existing facilities.
Our goals for renewable energy are directionally correct, but they need to be adjusted so in the short run, they stop eroding the competitiveness of our electric rates, and, in the long run, make our rates more competitive than ever. The judge's decision gives additional urgency to this task.
The Legislature has set its long-term objectives for energy policy. Stakeholders should now work together to find ways to meet the goals without compromising the development or growth of our state's economy.


William Blazar is senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce  -





Henningson & Snoxell is a general practice law firm founded upon the principles of honesty, integrity, professionalism, and service. Our firm is large enough to serve all of your legal needs, yet small enough to maintain   first-name personal relationships with our clients.


Our lawyers are dedicated to understanding the needs and protecting the rights of our clients. Henningson & Snoxell - your full service law firm - serving Maple Grove and surrounding communities since 1981.


Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd. 

6900 Wedgwood Road, Suite 200

Maple Grove, MN 55311

(763) 560-5700 







In 1961, Dick Cabela discovered a vendor selling bulk fishing flies while he and his father were attending a furniture trade show in Chicago. A lifelong hunter and fisherman, Cabela purchased a couple thousand flies, thinking he would be able to sell them in the family furniture store in tiny Chappell, Nebraska. But that plan didn't work, so Cabela placed a classified ad in a Casper, Wyoming newspaper that read, "12 hand tied flies, for only $1...." The ad generated one response. Undeterred, Cabela revised the ad to read, "FREE introductory offer!!! 5 popular Grade A hand tied flies. Send 25 cents for postage and handling to...." and placed it in national hunting and fishing magazines. Orders began flooding in almost immediately.


Dick and his wife, Mary, filled each fly order at their kitchen table. The Cabelas' list of customers grew steadily over the next couple years and in 1963 Dick and Mary persuaded Dick's younger brother Jim to join the company. That same year, the Cabela brothers produced and mailed their first catalog.


Hard work, dedication to superior customer service, and a commitment to quality drove the Cabelas in the early years. Those same ideals became the foundation upon which they built the company that would carry their name, the company that was destined to become revered by hunters and anglers all around the globe: Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear.


More than 50 years later, Cabela's is a $3-plus billion a year company, with thriving catalog, Internet, and retail businesses, and more than 17,000 employees who are passionately upholding the values established by their company founders.  


While Cabela's has always held great respect for the communities that each store is part of, this past year brought a new facet and level of involvement for the Rogers, Minnesota store. Recognizing the need of water safety for everyone, and especially the kids, Rogers Cabela's began the Kids Don't Float Program. It started out on a rather small scale with off-site events as a kids water safety program to educate parents and kids about the crucial need for kids water safety. One of Cabela's Outfitters had experienced the tragic loss of a granddaughter drowning and there were too many other examples in the community as well.


Cabela's took the program on the road, giving away life jackets (PFDs) stenciled with KIDS DON'T FLOAT for a $10 dollar donation. All the money went back into the program for more events and more PFDs.  Our Kids Don't Float Outfitter responsible for starting the program is a member of the Minnesota Water Safety Coalition and the program is officially recognized by that coalition. With the great response from the community, Kids Don't Float and Cabela's will continue on with its sights set higher than ever for this year and many more to come.  



20200 Rogers Drive

Rogers, MN  55374

(763) 493-8600 


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I-94 West Chamber of Commerce 
21370 John Milless Drive :: PO Box 95 
Rogers, MN  55374 


763.428.2921 :: Fax 763.428.9068