January 19 Annual Awards Gala

On January 19, join us for an evening of fun to celebrate the winners of the Falls Chamber Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Reno/Business Improvement of the Year, and Falls Spirit awards. Enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors along with a great sampling of hors d’oeuvres and a candy buffet for dessert, music, amazing raffle items and surprising auction items. Cash bar. Tickets $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Email director@fallschamber.org or call 715-483-3580 to make your reservations!

January 10 Members Annual Business Meeting

January 10, 2017 8:00 – 9:30 St. Croix Falls Senior Center

We’ve been laying the groundwork for a number of initiatives and programs to better serve our members and the communities. We’ll tell you all about it, vote on the slate of new board members, talk about the membership survey and hear from you! Bring your business cards and your two-minute elevator speech! RSVP todirector@fallschamber.org or 715-483-3580.

Facebook for Business October 26

 

 Facebook for Business 101 and 102
Wednesday, October 26, 11:45am – 1:00pm. St. Croix Falls Library. This is a don’t miss two-part workshop for anyone serious about their business social media. Presented by Shelley Iverson of Shelley’s Social Media. There are things you know, things you think you know, things you know you don’t know, and then there’s the unknown unknown – the things you don’t know you don’t know. Shelley will walk you through this maze and you’ll emerge an expert! Okay, just kidding – not an expert, but so much more knowledgeable and confident in how to move your online and social media presence to the next level. Bring your laptop or just follow along. Space is limited, so registration is required. Email director@fallschamber.org to register or with questions. This is a brown bag program, so bring lunch if you like! This program is free for members. Non-members $10. By the way – this is a great time to become a member. Make your investment now and your membership carries you through 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

Build Your Brand Digital Series on August 19th

Small Business Owners! Your potential customers spend time online – they have a Facebook and other social media accounts, check news, plan trips, work and do research online. The fact is, almost every customer that walks through your door has spent time online at some point in their day.Reach them where they spend the most time.

Join us on August 19, 2016 at 11:30-1pm, for the “Build Your Brand” Digital Series kick off with a lunch seminar at the St. Croix Falls library.

Lear now to trun Big World Ideas into Small Business Applications.

R.S.V.P. – Email – director@fallschamber.org or call: 715-483-3580

St. Croix Falls Public Library
230 S Washington St.
St Croix Falls, WI 54024

Members Meeting Breakfast on August 17th

Chamber Members and Prospective Members – Join us for breakfast and a business meeting on August 17th, from 8-9am.

Holiday Inn Express
2190 US-8
St Croix Falls, WI 54024

RSVP – director@fallschamber.com or call 715-483-3580

ALERT: Hwy 8 Road Closure Extended through October

News Release | April 1, 2016

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Motorists on both directions of Highway 8 will continue to encounter a road closure south of Taylors Falls.

Highway 8 between the north and south intersections of Highway 95 was expected to re-open to car traffic only today. However, additional rainfall has caused further deterioration of the section of road and adjacent slope.

Maintenance crews have temporarily stabilized the area of road where the deterioration had occurred. A permanent repair will occur during the Highway 8 construction project currently underway. The road is expected to reopen in October.

press releaseMotorists are advised to follow the posted detour through Osceola using Highway 95, Highway 243 and Wisconsin Highway 35.

Local residents and Wildwood Campground visitors can continue to access the area from the west end of the Highway 8 closure. Access to Interstate Park is provided from the east end of the Highway 8 closure.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit: www.511mn.org or dial: 5-1-1.

Click Here to see the map of the detour.

ALERT: Hwy 8 Road Closure

News Release | March 22, 2016

Highway 8 road closure in Chisago County scheduled for March 22, 2016.

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This will effect traffic in and out of Wisconsin on Hwy 8 via detours on and Highways 243, Wisconsin 35 south, and Minnesota 95, which will divert traffic from area affected by road maintenance.

Motorists on Highway 8 in Chisago County will encounter a road closure, as maintenance crews stabilize the road and the adjacent slopes.

Both directions of Highway 8, between the south and north intersections of Highway 95, between Franconia/Shafer Townships and Taylors Falls, will be closed to through traffic. Recent rainfall has caused the slope to give way and make it necessary to stabilize it before traffic can use the road.

press releaseMotorists are advised to follow the posted detours through Osceola, using Hwy 95, Hwy 243, and Wisconsin Hwy 35.

Local residents and Wildwood Campground visitors can access the area from the west end of the Highway 8 closure.

The Road is expected to re-open by Friday, April 1st to car traffic only.  Once it opens, lane widths and speed limits will be reduced until permanent repairs can be completed later this spring, during the Highway 8 construction project.

Truck traffic will continue using the posted detours until further notice.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit: www.511mn.org or dial: 5-1-1.

Interstate Park Makes the Top 10 Most Popular Park in Minnesota

See the Article on TwinCities.com

#8 Interstate State Park | Estimated 2014 visits: 330,645

The St. Croix River cuts through large cliffs at Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls. Visitors can kayak through rapids, see unique glacial potholes or climb basalt rock made from lava flows more than a billion years ago. Canoes can be rented for the river’s calmer waters, and people can camp at the park’s 37 sites.

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See the Article on TwinCities.com

 

Taylors Falls is the WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Fall View In Minnesota…Again!

For the 2nd time in two years, Taylors Falls has been named the WCCO Viewers’ Choice for “Best Fall View in Minnesota.”

See post on WCCO

Falls Chamber Takes a Stand on Frac Sand Traffic

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July 11, 2014

North Branch City Council
6408 Elm Street
PO Box 910
North Branch, MN 55056

Attn: Mayor Ronald Lindquist and Council members: Kathy Blomquist, Joyce Borchardt, Theresa Furman, and Trent Jenson

Re: Proposed Superior Silica Frac Sand Operation in the Essby Business Park

Dear Mayor and Council members:

The Falls Chamber of Commerce is writing to ask for a review and reconsideration of the transportation route the Superior Silica Sand trucks will be using to transport the product from Poskin, Wisconsin to North Branch, Minnesota. We share the concern of the Taylors Falls City Council and St. Croix Falls City Council that health and safety will be at risk with the amount of truck traffic that is proposed by Superior Silica Sands LLC. We are also deeply concerned with the impact this truck traffic will have on the business in Taylors Falls and unintended consequences it may have on businesses in St. Croix Falls.

Taylors Falls is a thriving tourist destination. Wisconsin Tourism estimates $231.65 million in spending and tourism related economic activity for the Greater St. Croix Valley. Talyors Falls and St. Croix Falls lie at the top of this prosperous region. An estimated 1.19 million tourist and over 20,000 vehicles per day in July visit our Valley each year May thru October. Interstate State Park is the second busiest in Minnesota with 420,000 visitors and Interstate Park in Wisconsin has 350,000 visitors.

The health and safety concerns are enormous, not just for area residents, but also for the visitors and tourists who come to enjoy our scenic communities. We have already received comments from tourist that they would not visit the area with this kind of traffic. If that happens, our community  will become a ghost town and the ripple effect on St. Croix Falls will be equally bad.

Intentionally routing trucks into this congestion is not good business and certainly undermines the viability of the proposal; viability the City of North Branch will rely on for tax revenue. This kind of traffic will not only disturb tourism, the impact to the businesses on Bench Street could be catastrophic. The level of truck traffic being proposed by Superior Silica Sands LLC in their May 2014 document will grind ALL business activity in the corridor to a halt.

A thriving local economy, jobs and a growing tax base are central to the shared mission of local government and business. We are in support of business, but business interests need to be balanced and not gained at the expense of an entire community. We ask you to consider the impacts the current proposal through Taylors Falls will have on residents, our businesses and the entire area and figure out a better route.

We respectfully ask you to consider our concerns regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Pam Stratmoen
Board President
Falls Chamber or Commerece

Cc: Board of Directors

  • Mayor Mike Buchite, City of Taylors Falls, MN
  • Mayor Brian Blesi, City of St. Croix Falls, WI
  • Rick Shearer, CEO, Superior Silica Sand, LLC
  • Representative Bob Barrett, MN
  • Representative Erik Severson, WI
  • Senator Sean Nienow, MN
  • Senator Sheila Harsdorf, WI
  • Scott McBrice, Metro District Engineer, MNDOT
  • Don Gutkowski, Director, WISDOT
  • Jerry Mentzel, Deputy Director, WISDOT
  • Captain Tim Rogotske, Minnesota State Patrol
  • Sergeant Tim Weiberg, Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Lieutenant Mike Klingenberg, Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Captain Jeff Frenette, Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Sheriff Rick Duncan, Chisago County
  • Sheriff Peter Johnson, Polk County

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Falls Chamber Press Release

News Article in the Star Tribune

Star Tribune: “Taylors Falls, the Little Town That Could…”

Star Tribune: “Taylors Falls, the Little Town That Could…

The St. Croix RiverArticle by: KELLY JO MCDONNELL

When you travel into Taylors Falls, you’ll notice a sign that reads population 976. But don’t let this little village on the river fool you. The population swells to 5,000 plus during peak seasons — especially as the fall foliage puts on a show. What do all these people know that we don’t? The answer: Taylors Falls may be small, but what it offers is huge.

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Place To See Fall Colors: Taylor’s Falls

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