May 9 Gardening for Good Lunch and Learn

It’s as easy as “just one more” as we’re planning and planting our garden, whether it’s an acre or a patio pot! Kathy Wills from Family Pathways will share their goal to help others eat more nutritiously. Come check out what our neighbors are doing to end hunger in their communities and how easy it is to join the movement! You might be surprised! Need ideas for a service projects for kids or adults? What a great excuse to be outdoors, and you won’t find anything more rewarding than sharing high-quality fresh produce!

St. Croix Regional Medical Center Glacier Conference Room (enter on the hospital side)
11:30 – 11:45 informal networking or grab lunch at SCRMC’s State Street Cafe
11:45 – 12:00 members promote your business
12:00 – 12:30 program and Q&A

Bring an item for the Family Pathways Summer Lunch Program!

Summer Lunch Program (SLP) for the children who come to the food shelf in the months of June, July and Aug.  SLP  is an extra bag of food for each child in the family to help get through summer break. Suggested items: mac and cheese, canned fruit, Spaghetti-O,s and soups,,or similar offerings. Collections months are April and May for packing the end of May. Businesses can host a SLP Food Drive as well, or anyone can drop the donation off at the Family Pathways  Food Shelf located at 2000 US Hwy 8  in SCF anytime Monday – Friday from 9-5 ( Tuesday is 9-12). All donations are very much appreciated by the families and children of St. Croix Falls and Unity Schools. Contact Paul at 715-483-2920.

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 – or call 715-483-3580

ALERT: Hwy 8 Road Closure Extended through October

News Release | April 1, 2016


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: 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.


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: or dial: 5-1-1.

Interstate Park Makes the Top 10 Most Popular Park in Minnesota

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#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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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


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.


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


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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