November/December Students of the Month

January 25, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Top row left to right: Willy Stalker (9th), Xanna Pedersen (11th), Lilly Orazem (10th)
Bottom row left to right: Elias Beamish (7th), Anika Kett (9th), Jacob Gallion (7th), Mikayla Anderson (8th)

Not pictured: Jill Thompson (8th), Eldayshun BigBear (10), and John Kargel (11th)

Member Spotlight – Rise, Inc.

January 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

For more than 46 years, Rise, Inc. has been unlocking potential and opening doors to success for people who have a disability or other challenges through innovative, customized employment, housing support, and personal growth programs.

We work closely with employers, business owners, social service personnel, government agencies, and community supporters throughout Central/East Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities areas to provide opportunities for people to live a life filled with pride and purpose.

Rise partners with employers to create solutions that best meet some of their most pressing workforce and production challenges. We match companies with hard-working, dependable individuals in temporary and permanent employment positions in a wide range of industries. Rise team members can assist employers with recruitment, selection, on-the-job training, follow-up support services, and job customization. Rise does not charge its business partners a fee for workforce development and consultative services.

Incorporated in 1971 as a private, nonprofit agency, Rise has offices throughout Central/East Center Minnesota, including Lindstrom, Mora, Milaca, Cambridge and St. Cloud.

Rise is excited to partner with local companies who are looking for highly motivated men and women who want to add their skills to the workforce. Check out our website at, or call 651-257-2281, and see how we can work together.

Heidi Peterson has been a graphic designer at Post-Haste Business Solutions in North Branch since May 2009. Sarah Heling is a housekeeper at the Grant House Hotel in Rush City. Both have received career planning, job placement, and follow-up support services from Rise employment specialists.


2017 Annual Meeting

December 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

The Isle Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting on December 5th at Izatys Resort.  We enjoyed fabulous hor’dourves and great company of current members along with new member prospects.

Marlene Moss was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for her extensive volunteer work in the community as well as being a substitute teacher.

The Isle Days Committee (accepted by Tami Zortmann and Tura Eye) received the President’s Award for all their hard work in planning our great Isle Days celebration.

October Student of the Month

November 19, 2017 at 10:51 am

October 2017 Student of the Month

front row – left to right: Darin Brandt (11), Tucker Strecker (7), Madison Hebeisen (7)
middle row – left to right: Emily Miller (10), Cadence Elling (8), Shelly Belin (10)
back row – left to right: Courtney Ivy (11), Jon Richert (9), Daniel Miller (8), Emma Haggberg (9)

September Student of the Month

October 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

Congratulations Isle students on a job well done!

front row left to right: Sydney Kapsner (7), Carly Gallion (10), Gabi Lilledahl
second row left to right: Sami Bennet (7), Jazmine Serrano (9), Isabel Chavez (8)
back row left to right: Teagan Haggberg (9), Cody Hunt (11), Eric McQuoid (11)
Not pictured: Ethan Benson (10)

Member Spotlight – Lakeland Printers

August 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Lakeland Printers has been a Chamber member for a number of years.  Beginning first of the year 2017, Nick Skogen bought the company from his employer and previous owner, Jim Leschak.  Nick has been with Lakeland since 1998. His college training in graphic design and computers science was a perfect match for the quickly changing printing business.   Technology, equipment and customers have changed dramatically over the years and Nick has worked through those changes to keep Lakeland at the cutting edge of the printing industry.   The days of cameras, darkrooms, and dial up have been replaced by digital, computers,  and cable internet.

At the same time, a lot of work is done by trusted printing presses.  Lakeland offers the expected services of stationary, envelopes and business cards, but also prints packaging, labels, stickers and die cut.  Their customer base is both local regional upper Midwest, and National with customers as far away as Washington State.  Customers range from small business, to hospitals, government entities, service and manufacturing and power companies.

All the services that big city printers offer, are offered right in Isle at Lakeland Printers, and at competitive prices too.

When asked what the major difference between being the key employee compared to being the owner, Nick said “I think the obvious major difference would be the fact that now I am fully responsible for all the financial decisions that are made. There’s a certain degree of satisfaction in knowing not only where the money is coming from, but also where it is going. Along with that comes the burden of knowing that the continued success of the business is dependent on my ability to manage all aspects of its operation.”

2017 Educator Of The Year

June 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

The Isle Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to award this years Educator of the year to – Michele Haggberg

Michele is a 5th grade teacher at Nyquist Elementary and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

She has been a leader in education excellence. She has mentored many field trip experiences and is a coach of multiple sports at multiple levels.

Mrs. Haggberg is an outstanding educator that always put students first. She continually works to improve her classroom experiences for students and programs district wide.  It is obvious that Michele thrives on the learning and curiosity of her students. She works to make learning fun, rigorous and relevant.  She is one of the first teachers in Isle to embrace new technology and has excelled at engaging students who are digital natives.

Mrs. Haggberg’s classroom and grade level are a memorable experience that give students tools applicable to life long success.

Member Spotlight – Jim’s Tree Service

April 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Welcome new member Jim Miodus of Jim’s Tree Service. Jim and his wife relocated to the Isle area in 2014 from Foley, MN after their daughter finished college to pursue her career in St. Cloud. They had visited the Isle area and knew they wanted to be here one day.  Jim started out with his father’s tree service initially, then was with Asplundh, and then started his own business.

With over 20 years of experience, Jim’s Tree Service offers affordable, dependable service throughout central Minnesota.  Jim has had arborist certification training.   He is fully insured and offers landscaping and sod work in addition to tree and brush removal, stump grinding, lot cleaning, cabling, corrective trimming and firewood for sale.

Jim’s web site shows other unique services he offers, in addition to the traditional services. He offers experienced YEAR ROUND High Risk Climbing service, removal of very large and complicated trees, corrective and selective trimming, emergency storm work, tree damage issues and tree disease identification.

Jim’s Tree Service not only provides tree and landscaping service but also provides snow removal and snow plow services in the Mille Lacs lake area. Welcome, Jim’s Tree Service.

Web Site:
Phone 320.333.3585


Member Spotlight – Mac’s Twin Bay Resort

February 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

In Spring 1993, 21 year old college student Kevin McQuoid bought Jack’s Twin Bay Resort and renamed it Mac’s Twin Bay Resort. At the time, the resort had only 60 private fish house customers and required many renovations.  He is still grateful for the operational help his mom and dad gave him when he started out.   Five years later, Kevin began dating Karen Bannick who would later become his wife.   Karen had been a fishhouse customer at the resort for a few years and enjoyed fishing with her family at Twin Bay.  They’ve enjoy working and fishing together while raising their three children.

Today, Mac’s has 34 rental fish houses, and caretakes 180 private fish houses in the winter season.  “In the winter, we move our rental fish houses often to follow the fish”, Kevin explains.  “Customers appreciate that our team is always ready to help them out.  We move their houses, block them up and bank them with snow as they request.  Many of them enjoy calling up the day before they come and having us go in and drill their holes and turn on their heat”.

In the summer, there are 55 fishhouses that customers also use for summer camping as well as a 50 boat marina and small RV park.  There is always a wait list for the camping spots.  Currently Mac’s Twin Bay Resort leases the bar and restaurant to Amanda Brandt, who operates “Da Boathouse in Da Bay, featuring Chef Lincoln Anderson.  It’s a great venue with a delicious menu far removed from the typical “bar food” often featured in the area.

Since summer spaces are for the whole season and the restaurant is taken care of, Kevin has the opportunity to fish two national walleye circuits, including the National Walleye Tour and the Masters Walleye Circuit.   He has found great success as a professional tournament angler, winning 3 pro/am tournaments, and he and Karen won the coveted titles of “Husband and Wife Team of the Year” twice and “Division Team of the Year” once.  He’s now fishing with his 16 year old son, Eric.  They’ve had a few top 10’s already and are looking for their first win this summer.  He adds that he “started fishing tournaments with my dad, winning our very first one”!

Mac’s Twin Bay has been a premier destination on Lake Mille Lacs for 24 years.  Their attention to customer service is what Kevin feels sets them apart and why the resort always has a summer waiting list.  It’s a small, family business that prides itself on beautiful accommodations and grounds.  The staff is seasonal, with 3 in the winter office and several others handling maintenance and operations during the year.  They still have openings for 2017 fish house rentals – deluxe sleepers, day houses and spear houses.  For 2017 summer, they do have some openings in the marina.  For more information about Mac’s Twin Bay Resort, see their web site at:

2016 Holiday Lights Contest

December 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm


The Holiday Lights Contest winners have been chosen!

Individual Category winners receive $50, $25 and $10 Chamber Bucks respectively.

  • 1st  – Heather Hipp – 43901 Vista Road, Isle
  • 2nd – Monte Fronk – 1025 Superior Street, Isle
  • 3rd  – Brenda Sayers – 40293 Beach Road, #A, Wahkon

Business Category

  • 1st – Trophy – 210 Main St – Historic Bank Bldg
  • 2nd  – Certificate – Thompsons Lake Country Drug

November Students of the Month

December 13, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Congratulations and job well done!

Back row left to right – Principal Jeremy Schultz, Colby Hubbell (11th grade), Anna Taylor (9th), Maggie Peterson (11th), Eric McQuoid (10th)

Front row left to right – Lucas Gross (9th), Willy Stalker (8th), Haley Brown (8th), Emily Boyer (10th), Jack Ebenhoh (7th)

Not pictured – Isabel Chavez (7th)

Annual Meeting Awards

December 8, 2016 at 10:33 am


President’s Award

This year’s president’s award goes to a person who really is the team spirit behind their organization.  A good leader has a loyal team, is generous, and is devoted to community.  She is also part of another team, the Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rhonda Skoog has been been dedicated to the Chamber and in recent years, as a member of the Chamber Board.  She is generous through Teals for things like, The Olde Tyme Fall Fest, and Christmas in the Park and many others.  Isle Days can always rely on her.  Also, many non-profit organizations have her blessing to do their fundraisers in the Teal’s parking lot.

Congratulations Rhonda!


Citizen of the Year Award

Countless Chambers of Commerce around the country and here in Minnesota, honor local citizens for their extraordinary contributions to their communities… because these dedicated people do impact business as well.  At our annual meeting we honored someone who not only contributes to the community, but also to the business community.

She is a Chamber member who pretty much says YES to everything we ask of her.  She has organized the Isle Days Parade and has been involved in countless other areas of Isle Days.  Her husband was part of organizing the present Chamber of Commerce and we know she was behind the scenes helping, all the way.  She is a member of the Isle Lions and Mille Lacs Drift Skippers and helps runs a number of their fundraisers and assists where she can.  She was a volunteer Cheerleader Coach and rides the school bus to help supervise our youngsters.  She has helped with the North American Fishing Tournament, Hooked on Fishing for Kids and the Lions Santa Shop.

Our first ever Citizen of the Year Award goes to – Mitzi Reis.

October 2016 Students of the Month

November 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

October Student of the Month

Congratulations to our High School October Students of the Month!

7th grade: Jill Thompson and Brendan Peterson
8th grade: Megan VanBuskirk and Teagan Haggberg
9th grade: Emily Miller and Marty Muelners
10th grade: Grace Carlson and Dawson Stark
11th grade: Megan Hagel and Justin Borgfelt

Left to right back row: Jeremy Schultz, Principal, Brendan Peterson (7), Marty Muelners (9), Justin Borgfelt (11), Teagan Haggberg (8), Dawson Stark (10), Linda Dahlen, Isle Chamber of Commerce
Left to right front row: Jill Thompson (7), Grace Carlson (9), Megan VanBuskirik (8), Emily Miller (9), Megan Hagel (11)

Member Spotlight – Isle Municipal Liquor Store

October 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

image0011The Isle Muni was established February 7, 1946, initially as a bar (On sale) and later added a liquor store (Off Sale).   The store has been at several locations in the downtown Isle area, and in the current structure at Hennepin and Main since about 1978.  The Muni has for the most part always given a portion of its profits back to the City of Isle to defray taxes for those who live in Isle City limits.

The current manager is Shannon Schminkey.  Her parents have owned a resort and bar on Big Sandy Lake since 1981, with Off-Sale, On-Sale, Kitchen, and Camping.  By 1989, Shannon was working in a significant capacity in her parent’s business, including running the restaurant and bar.  Shannon has college with emphasis in Accounting, business and HR.  She worked in the Twin Cities for 17 years before coming back north to help her folks with their business again from 2005 to 2015.  It was in 2015 that she came on board as the Manager of the Isle Municipal Liquor Store.

She notes that the City has a great location with its present store, and has reasonable pricing in both the bar and Off-Sale.   She has facilitated the menu growing in size and quality since coming on board, knowing that good food brings people in and keeps them there longer.  Some features are homemade pizza and sandwiches and Muni Munchies.  The Muni also boasts some of the best entertainment bands in the area with a variety of modern rock and roll, classic rock and country bands.   Bands are scheduled at least once a month, and twice a month in the Summer time.   Under Shannon’s lead, the Muni is cleaner, more up to code and there are visions for a better kitchen in the future.  Pricing is in line with local competition.

Shannon is proud of her friendly staff who have great humor and work well together as a team.  Wise inventory management, smart buying and personnel restructuring have even garnered the approval of the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association who have shared that they feel the store is on the right track.

Member Spotlight – Beckham’s Bistro/Snacks on Mille Lacs

September 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm

In 1998, Bob Koelfgen and brother Frank bought the building that is now Beckhams’s Bar & Bistro and Snacks on Mille Lacs at street level, with upper level apartments in the building located in downtown Isle at 230 West Main Street. Over the years, the brothers had vacationed in the Isle area and decided to buy what was then an historic building that was condemned.

For 20 years, Bob had a successful Twin Cities business called Metro Handyman, doing HUD rehabs and remodeling of mostly commercial properties. He sold that business. He and brother Frank bought the 230 Main building, and also together own Molly’s Café & Silver Lake Motel in Silver Lake, MN.

bechhams417 years ago, after the first redesign and remodel of the apartments and coffee shop at 230 Main, Bob wanted to go to the next level. He updated all the apartments again, adding windows, remodeling kitchens and upgrading flooring etc. He also wanted to serve the local folks in the south Mille Lacs area, and open a quality bar/restaurant in downtown Isle. It was long in the making, but Beckham’s opened their doors in spring of 2016.

With his many years of experience restoring and updating properties, The 230 Main building was a work in progress of updating the structure and meeting codes, while at the same time maintaining the historic integrity of the building. Anyone who steps inside Beckham’s can see the effort was a resounding success.

The management and marketing behind Beckham’s immediate success and appeal has been to give people what they want while offering fantastic food at reasonable prices. New Specials are introduced regularly. The ones that are most popular are then added to the menu as regular features. The menu has 30 regular selections now, many of which are “Signature” creations. But the menu is ever changing, which adds to the fun of going to this great little eatery. For breakfast, try the “Paul Bunyan” or try the “Bob Burger” that stands 6 inches tall. There are also other features like wraps, ribs, sandwiches and more. The bar is full service with many unique beers and other drinks.

Bob humbly attributes his success to having talented and trustworthy staff to help run Beckham’s and Snacks. “I could not do this without my great staff” he proudly says.

Hours vary, but usually are 10am to 10pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-11pm Friday and Saturday, closed Sundays. Stop in today for a taste of Big City cuisine in a classy but comfortable Small Town atmosphere.

Note: Beckham’s is named after Bob’s grandson by the same name.

Member Spotlight – Mille Lacs Smallmuth Alliance

August 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Jason Holmer, Ron Schara and Jim DaRosa

The Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance (MLSA) is a 501(c)(3)  charitable non-profit organization, recognized by the IRS under IRC 401(a). The Alliance is dedicated to rebuilding, preserving and maintaining Mille Lacs as a world class trophy smallmouth bass fishery.  Our work will include: educating fishermen, local businesses and visitors to the lake about the benefits of catch and release and advocating with conservation officials about sound fish management practices. We believe a healthy trophy smallmouth bass fishery contributes to the economic vitality of the Mille Lacs Lake area through tourism and overall property values and a robust community. Plus, taking care of a precious natural resource is just the right thing to do.

The founder and President of the MLSA, Jim DaRosa, was and is the spark plug behind the effort to unite area stakeholders in preservation and conservation efforts of the Mille Lacs Lake fishery.  Jim and wife Jeannette live on Malone Island, in Isle.

Jim has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 45 years. He is the retired host of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show which aired on five radio stations in the Chicago market for 32 years. He has been a bass tournament angler for 20 years and has won many events in the Midwest and southern states.   Beside Mille Lacs Lake, he has fished for smallies in Lake Erie, Sagnaw Bay, Sturgeon Bay, St. Clair (Detriot) Kentucky Lake, and Pickwick in Alabama.

Recognizing from the early 90’s that Mille Lacs was a world class smallmouth fishery, he through his radio show sponsored trips to Mille Lacs for his listeners, bringing up to 60 anglers from the Chicago Area to experience Mille Lacs.   Anglers marveled what a great bass, walleye and musky fishery Mille Lacs was.

After retirement and for the past 10 years, Jim has been guiding exclusively for smallmouth bass on Lake Mille Lacs.  The MLSA is dedicated in preserving and maintaining a World Class Trophy Smallmouth Bass.

MLSA is excited about the BASSMASTERS Angler of the Year will be showcasing the lake in September 2016.  Thousands of visitors will attend and estimates that 3.4 million dollars in new money will injected into the local economy during those four days.

With the Angler of the Year event comes ESPN 2 Bassmasters television series.  This TV show is viewed by millions of bass anglers across the nation.  Jim predicts that Mille Lacs will be placed on the bucket list of bass lakes to fish.

MLSA Officers:
Jim DaRosa, President
George Liddle, Vice-President
Linda Dahlen, Secretary/Treasurer

MLSA Board Members:
Justin Baldwin
Tony Roach
Brian Wood
Jason Holmer
Mark Schutz
Terry McQuoid
Janet Parker
Scott Bonnema

Honorary Board Members:
Ron Schara
Mark Zona
Al Lindner
Ron Lindner
James Lindner
Denny Brauer

For more information about MLSA or Jim DaRosa, see the websites below.

Member Spotlight – Thompson’s Lake Country Drug & Gifts

July 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm

53690cb407ddc.imageIn 2014, Kris and Walt Thompson bought Lake Country Drug from long-time owner, Bob Lapinski, but there is a more history behind this transition.   Both Kris and Walt are Isle natives, graduating from Isle High School.  Both Kris and Walt’s families owned area businesses over the years.  After high school Kris went off to college, first in Brainerd and later to the University of Minnesota Pharmacy School for a total of 6 years of higher education.   The UofM only accepted 100 candidates per year for that school, and Kris was one of them.  Graduating in 1997, she interned and/or worked at various pharmacies, hospitals and a nursing home, including Lake Country Drug.  Following that, she worked at the Mille Lacs Health Care System pharmacy for 16 years.

Kris’s father always encouraged her in business and when Bob Lapinski first talked with Kris about taking over the drug store, she was initially hesitant.  Being a self-employed business owner would be a big  change, but her dad’s encouragement years before spurred her on to explore further.   The rest is history.

Kris is a Registered Pharmacist and Walt continues as a pipe fitter in the Twin Cities.  Kris’ vision for the drug store involves many things, including changing with the economic times around the Big Lake while remaining competitive in the local retail market.    She added better quality Children’s toys, like Melissa and Doug, as well as craft yarns and quality sweatshirts and souvenir items.  She reduced the greeting card inventory in favor of better selection and higher quality too.  Some future plans are to relocate the pharmacy within her building and restructure the aisles for a better customer shopping experience.

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The Thompsons are active in the Isle area community, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.


Our goal at Thompson’s Lake Country Drug is to provide our customers and community with the best possible service, selection and pricing possible.  We desire to be aware of and respectful of our culturally diverse community and its unique opportunities.  With this in mind, we will be able to face each new day and its challenges with strength and compassion.

Member Spotlight – The Wharf

May 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

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DL13 years ago when Daron and Lori Stenvold started running Fishermen’s Wharf Resort, they had a dream.  At the time, the resort restaurant served only pizza and burgers.  The resort itself was fishing focused, with launches and camping.   Their vision was on families and memories with less focus on fishing.  This mirrored their own lives since neither were avid anglers and both were family oriented.  Daron is the right brain, creative marketing visionary while Lori is the organizer, planner and HR wizard.  Together they are the perfect team.

Before getting into the resort business, Daron was in executive sales in the technology industry for a long time, and Lori wanted to use her college degree for something other than a desk job.   Being resort owners and being in involved in the community was the direction they each desired.

For the restaurant, they first added breakfast and then expanded the menu along with remodeling.   As this is written, the menu is being recrafted yet again to keep in sync with what their customers want.

2015-04-18 Daron Lori Lexi Dylan Big Chair - CopyWith the resort, they sold small fishing boats and went to owning their own fishing launches.  The focus went from fishing, to fun and recreation geared to not only families with children, but empty nesters and retirees as well.  They added music and even a foghorn on some boats.   They built a playground with equipment for kids.  There are nature areas and a lot more to explore.  Seasonally, The Wharf offers 230 camp sites for RV’s or Fish Houses with fish houses for rent in winter.  There is also a 4 unit motel.  Check their website for details at  Part of the success of the Wharf, is the strength of their staff.  “Our staff mean everything to us”, says Lori.  “They are very loyal”.  Staff are valued and involved with many things.  For example, the naming of the restaurant to “Toucan’s” about 7 years ago:  The Stenvolds brought their staff into that creative process by asking them for ideas.  There are multiple meanings to the Toucan’s name and logo that you can ask Daron and Lori yourself.

Another re-branding recently happened by changing the name to simply “The Wharf”, which is what most locals and customers called it anyway.  The logo was changed too.  The motto now is “Your all Season Fun Spot and Campground, Close to Nature, Close to Home”.

April 2016 Student of the Month

May 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm


Congratulations to the Students of the Month for April, 2016. Each month the Chamber recognizes students who are selected by their teachers for their excellence in many areas. The Chamber strongly believes that the partnership of local business and education is crucial in developing our leaders of tomorrow.

Back Row L to R, Michael Stamper, Savanna Oberfeld, Jon Richert, Josh Zimpel, Braden Willis. Front Row L to R, Priscilla Bonilla, Violet Pojanowski, Braden Duffee, Danni Lee, Grace Carlson.

Member of the Month – Keller Williams Realty

February 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

presidentialawardHans Woelfle came to Isle in 2005 and in 2006 started working at Isle Hardware Hank. In 2013 he retired from the hardware store and after a couple of years, decided he want to do more for the community. In 2015 he got his real estate license and started selling real estate locally through the Brainerd office of Keller Williams Realty Professionals.

He joined the chamber as an individual in 2008 and in 2012 became the secretary and remains the secretary to this date. In January 2016 he renewed his membership as a real estate agent and business member through Keller Williams.  

Hans has volunteered many hours in the Isle community, he is an Isle Lion, President of the Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society, a member of the Chamber, Isle Days committee and the Centennial committee.  He organizes the Isle Days car show, and last year started an Isle area car club called the Lake Country Cruisers.  He has also organized volunteers for several fishing contests on the lake and has been a part of the IREC advisory board.

Hans enjoys helping the seniors in the area doing odd jobs, he organizes the Lions Christmas tree of giving, along with many other events in the area.

He has two sons, one of whom works at a book bindery in Brainerd and the other is a Research Chef at Frito Lay in Dallas Texas.

His wife, Shari, works for a twin cities hospital from home coding medical records.

Picture is Hans and former Chamber President Steve Reis.


Student of the Month

February 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Isle School District Students of the Month receive certificate and Chamberbucks from the Isle Chamber of Commerce.  Congratulations on a fine job by all of you!

Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance

January 30, 2016 at 9:21 am

bassallianceThe Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The alliance is dedicated to preserving and maintaining Mille Lacs Lake as a world class trophy Smallmouth Bass fishery by educating fishermen, businesses and lake visitors about the benefits of catch and release. At the same time we are not opposed to well thought-out selective harvest plans that will keep the trophy population of Mille Lacs Smallmouth Bass healthy for all to enjoy for many years to come. We will partner and cooperate with the Minnesota DNR in lake management decisions.

A healthy trophy Smallmouth Bass fishery will contribute to the economic vitality of the Mille Lacs area through added tourism dollars, overall property values and a robust community.

Visit their website at and become a member today!

Dementia Friendly at Work

January 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm

The ACT on Alzheimer’s Dementia Friendly @ Work training is a 30 minute educational session for staff of business and service organizations and all other community settings.

The training focuses on understanding dementia and taking action to create an environment that is safe, respectful and welcoming for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Friendly @ Work training helps organizations heighten their awareness of dementia and equips them to respond warmly and effectively when serving people living with dementia and their care partners.

Training Objectives:

  • Learn what dementia is and some facts about Alzheimer’s
  • Recognize the signs of dementia
  • Learn tips for communicating and interacting with a person who has dementia
  • Learn tips for creating a dementia-friendly physical space
  • Get familiar with resources in your community

Contact Kathy Young at 320-676-1050 or if interested in setting up a Dementia Friendly @ Work training.

2015 President’s Award

December 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

FullSizeRender(2)(1)The Isle Area Chamber of Commerce annual President’s Award goes to Tina Chapman. Congrats Tina! Anyone who knows Isle and knows Tina, knows how much she gives to the community and what a great team player she is with the Isle Area Chamber and many other organizations. Tina is on the Board of Directors of the Chamber and other organizations, as well as being Executive Director of Mille Lacs Tourism. She is a tireless worker, positive supportive influence in our community and we thank her for her dedication and spirit. Current Chamber President, Roger Tramm, selected Tina for the award this year. Hans Woefle is shown here giving the award as Roger was not able to attend the Chamber annual meeting. You can read more about Tina and Husband Tim on the Chamber Member Spotlight,

Chapman’s Mille Lacs Resort & Guide Service

December 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

timandtinaTim and Tina Chapman, owners of Chapman’s Mille Lacs Resort & Guide Service, explored many opportunities before deciding to make Isle their destination.  Tina was an office manager for a firm in Edina, MN and Tim was the working foreman in a machine shop in Golden Valley. They have been married for 32 years.

The Chapmans looked at resorts and bait shops for over 5 years, but when Tim got laid off, their search went into high gear. They came close to buying a bait shop on Lake Osakis, but Tim had fished Mille Lacs since he was a teenager and always dreamed of having a resort on the Lake.  Tim’s ties to Mille Lacs go even further back since his family vacationed at Wolf’s Resort which was just north of Isle, so Mille Lacs was in his blood.

Tim saw an ad in the Star Tribune for a resort on Mille Lacs, and he and Tina immediately drove up to check it out. After visiting a couple more times they purchased Scenic Bay Resort in August of 1993. A year later they purchased the little resort next to Scenic Bay known as Nick Eggert’s Resort.

Tim and Tina did not have children, it was them and their dog, so if things didn’t work out they could land on their feet doing something else. They jumped in running and never looked back, although they admit being totally clueless about running a resort at the time.

The resorts consisted of 9 cabins, 6 motel rooms, 12 RV spots, Launch Fishing Service, Guide Service, Boat Rental and Ice Fishing business. They ran the resort themselves, only hiring a bait boy on the Launch.

In 2003 the resort was prime to sell and the Chapmans decided to sell the Scenic Bay part of the Resort while keeping the Eggert part of the resort which consisted of 5 cabins, boat rental, summer/winter guide service and minimal fish house rental.

Tina also became Executive Director of Mille Lacs Tourism in 2010 after her predecessor, Judy Cain, passed away. The Chapmans have a long time history and dedication to Isle and the Mille Lacs area and they are active members of the Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Re -­ Membering Matters at Mille Lacs

August 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

The geographic perimeter of this action community encompasses several communities within the Onamia and Isle School Districts, including two districts of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Re-­‐Membering Matters refers to a belief that “re-­‐membering actually means reconnecting or rejoining; that is, restoring being a member and a sense of belonging.  The community impact from dementia is bringing people together.

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Members Spotlight – Green Bee Market

June 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

IMG_1522 2Green Bee Market follows in the footsteps of the Mille Lacs Area Food Co-op.  With the same basic principals.  Offering a diversity of products emphasizing organic, nutritious, healthy and minimally processed foods.  Green Bee Market is committed to serving our community and its guests by developing a successful local food system that connects local producers with local consumers.

Green Bee Market promotes organic foods, providing safe, wholesome food produced in harmony with nature, without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or hormones.  People are discovering the extra delicious farm-fresh taste of carefully hand-crafted organic foods.  Organic agriculture has become a lifeline to American family farmers.  Every dollar spent on organically grown foods sends a clear message to farmers – that we value the special care required to produce organic foods.  We want products that are respectful of ethical treatment of livestock, human rights and the environment.  Eating organic food is an environmental statement.  Organic farming methods are helping to heal the earth by returning vitality and nutrients to the soil and keeping air and water safe from pollution caused by toxic pesticides and herbicides.

Green Bee Market is striving to be that resource for transitioning into a healthier you. To trim costs Green Bee Market carries some products in bulk, buy a little or a lot.  For economic savings special orders are encouraged for larger amounts.  Requests are welcomed.

This is your community store and is what makes Green Bee Market unique.
Shop local – shop mindful.

340 West Main Street,  Isle

Tues. & Sat. – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wed., Thur. & Fri – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Closed Sun. & Mon.

Sandelands Realty

May 11, 2015 at 10:53 am

Sandelands Realty opened its doors November 2007 in Malmo, Minnesota with
four experienced local agents wanting to work independently to provide the best
possible Real Estate services and by 2008 we were the top producing Real Estate
Company in the area. Since 2007 we have grown to 17 agents and four offices
located in Malmo, Aitkin, Garrison and Isle.

Our agents are ambitious, hardworking and knowledgeable professionals who
enjoy what they do offering a vast amount of combined experience. Sandelands
Realty offers mentorship to new agents to give our clients the security of knowing
they are dealing with well trained, professional Realtors.

We specialize in lakefront, residential, vacant land, hunting land and commercial
properties. Our goal is to provide honest, caring, professional services to ensure a
seamless and positive experience for our clients. Our agents are not only involved
in the Real Estate community but also volunteer and support our local

If you are looking to buy or sell please contact any one of our Realtors to assist
you with all of your real estate needs.

Sandelands Realty looks forward to doing business with you.

Malmo: 320-684-2511
Aitkin: 218-927-9907
Garrison: 320-534-2972
Isle: 320-364-9388

MISSION STATEMENT: Sandelands Realty’s goal is to provide professional, ethical,
and comprehensive Real Estate services to all while providing the positive aspects
of the communities we represent and contributing to their positive growth.

Welcome TCI Signs & Graphics

November 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

tcisignsThe Chamber just welcomed TCI Signs & Graphics owner Josh Madson as a member of the Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.  Hans Woefle and Linda Dahlen presented Josh with his member plaque.

2013 Presidential Award

October 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

This year’s Presidential Award was given to Hans Woelfle.

presidentialawardHans is a major asset to the Isle Area Chamber of Commerce and has been very active in Isle Days for many years. He is the Car Show organizer, deals with vendors and events.  He has helped in raffles as well as organized the commissioning of the Ken Zylla print making many trips to Ken’s studio and meeting with printers and framers. Hans is very involved in the Isle Centennial including The Isle Advocate – a 6 week history newspaper – done by the Mille Lacs Messenger and the History Museum. Get your copy now!

Hans serves on the Mille Lacs History Museum Board of Directors and has been a long time member of the Isle Lions and now President of the Board.

Thanks You Hans for being an unwavering and strong community advocate, promoter and supporter!

The Prints Are In!

June 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

“The Isle Centennial Print” by Ken Zylla is here and will be available to pick up at Isle Hardware Hank for those that pre-ordered.  Please contact Hans Woelfle at 320-515-1337 to arrange pickup or he will be contacting you.

Isle Days Centennial

The Isle Lions commissioned this painting to commemorate Isle’s 100 year celebration.  It is limited to 500 signed and numbered prints and can be purchased
by calling Hans Woelfle at 320-515-1337. These beautifully framed prints are being sold for $139.99 + tax. Unframed prints are also available.

Framing of prints is being done by North Star Framing in Onamia and they have graciously donated the frame for the original painting. The original will be displayed at various locations around the City.

Hans was also able to obtain 25 of 50 “Artist Proof” prints.  The artist’s proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of artists proofs available. Because of their restricted number, artist’s proofs are sold at a higher price. It is considered, especially in the United States, when the edition is sold out and a secondary market value is realized, an artist’s proof will go up in value at a greater percentage rate than the limited edition. Normally the artist’s proofs are sold out well before the complete edition and a secondary market value for the artist’s proof will begin to increase in value well before the edition is sold out. We would like to stress that it is not guaranteed that the item will go up in value apart from inflation and if the item is being purchased purely for your own personal pleasure and not with a view to investment we would recommend the signed limited edition print.  Contact Hans if you are interested in this exclusive print.

Ken Zylla will also be at Isle Days Car Show selling many of his other prints and original paintings.

A special “Thank You” to Hans Woelfle for all he did to secure this print. His countless meetings with Mr. Zylla, trips to the twin cities, meeting with printers and framers and working with the Isle Lions to commission the print.  His hard work has brought us all a special piece that captures the essence of Isle. Get Your Print Now!

And The Winners Are!

March 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

The Isle Area Chamber Raffle winners were drawn and last nights meeting.  Congratulations everyone!

Winners reside locally unless noted.

$2,500 – Diane Alderink
$1,000 – Gene Ebert, Buffalo, MN
$500 – Emily Eklund
$100 – RaeAnn Larson
$100 – Jake Shetka
$100 – Steve Reis
$100 – James (Fuzzy) Deminsky
$100 – Mary Rains
$100 – Roger Stearns, Manitoba, Canada
$100 – Randy Larson
$100 – Rhonda Skoog
$100 – Greg Reis, Lakeville, MN
$100 – Melanie Aamodt, Pelican Rapids, MN

Josh Madson of TCI Signs & Graphics has joined IACC.  His commercial sign business is located just north of Isle at 42111 Highway 47 in north end of the Portside Bait & Liquor building. He offers custom banners, channel letters, decals, electric signs, neon and sandblasted signs, yard signs, vinyl lettering, custom graphics, wraps and more.

ISLE DAYS – help is still needed for planning this year’s Isle Days event.  The next meeting will be Monday, March 18th at 6:00 pm.  PLEASE come to a meeting and help make your 100 Year Celebration a huge success! If you can’t attend meetings, give Steve Reis or Hans Woefle a call and see what you can do to assist.

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Chamber Member Meets with Legislature

February 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

Chamber & Council Member, Linda Burch-Dahlen, City Clerk, Tammy Pfaff,  and City Engineer, Tim Korby met with legislators, including Sondra Erickson at the State Capital on February 27th  They lobbied for funding for several local projects,most importantly, the Malone Island/Isle sewer/water/bridge project.  Their hope is to get funding from a bill or from DNR Legacy funds to start the project this summer.


Welcome New February Members!

February 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

The Isle Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members!

Mac’s Twin Bay Resort – owned by Kevin & Karen McQuoid – located 4 miles North of the City of Isle.  Mac’s Twin Bay offers Deluxe Fish House Rental and Private House Service during the ice fishing season.  They also have a deep water marina and offer guide service with Pro Guide, Kevin McQuoid.  Seasonal Fish house & RV camping during summer & winter.

Security State InsuranceLakeside Office – located 1/2 block south of Main Street.  SSI offers Business, Personal, Life and Health Insurance as well as insurance coverage for Snowmobile Clubs.

rafflesalesAlso, don’t forget to buy your Raffle Tickets.  It’s your chance to win up to $2,500.00.  Only 500 being sold so your chances are 1 in 34 that you will at least win back your face value and that’s if all 500 are sold. All proceeds go towards supporting community events so BUY YOUR TICKET NOW!  Drawing in March and time is running out.

Here Linda Burch and Hans Woelfle are selling tickets at Teal’s Market on January 26th. To get your tickets call Hans at (320) 515-13370






zyllaHans Woelfle, IACC Secretary, met with artist Ken Zylla, who has been commissioned by the Isle Lions and the Centennial committee to paint a picture of Isle’s Main Street.  He will be at Isle Days this year at the Isle Days Car Show selling and signing prints and other pictures.  Watch the Messenger for information on pre-ordering prints.

This years is the City of Isle’s 100th Anniversary.  Help us make it a memorable one by stepping up to the plate and helping with the planning of Isle Days.  Everyone’s ideas are welcomed and encouraged but we also need your help in implementing them.

Make it a family affair – get everyone involved from Mom & Dad to Grandma & Grandpa and don’t leave out the kids!

The next Isle Days meeting is Monday, February 18th at the Senior High Rise at 6:00 pm.


Buy Your Raffle Tickets

January 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

The Isle Chamber will be selling tickets for their community Raffle at Teals Market this Saturday from 10-2pm. The raffle benefits events and projects in the Isle area community.

Click for Winter Raffle Info

The BEST part is, only 500 tickets will be sold at $50 to win prizes ranging from $2500 first prize to many $100 prizes. The odds are 1 in 34 to at least win back your ticket face value and that’s if we sell all 500! Can’t beat THAT !

The drawing is in March.

The Chamber gives back to the community in this and many other ways. Help out our community and get your ticket!

See Flyer for more information.


January 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

City of Isle Mayor, Rod Schultz, on behalf of all of the people of our community, hereby proclaims 2013 as the 100th anniversary observance of incorporation of the City of Isle.
Everyone is encouraged to join together in celebration and acknowledgement of this event!

100 Year Proclamation

WANTED ASAP:  Pictures & Stories about anything that is reasonably true and printable. Facts are good too!

Please contact Gerry Wollum at OR
Hans Woelfle at (320) 515-1337 or email

The Chamber will be working on Isle Days events to celebrate the 100th Anniversary.  Your ideas/help would be welcomed!

Christmas In the Park 2012

December 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

Visitors came and went throughout the afternoon at Isle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas in the Park.  It was an afternoon of visiting with our neighbors and toasting holiday cheer with coffee and hot chocolate. The Isle Lions sold Hot Dogs and Brats to fill our tummies.

The afternoon kicked off with a cookie contest.  Public participants tasted each of the 8 entries and voted for their favorite one.  At 4:00 pm votes were tallied and the winners were:

Christmas in the Park Cookie Contest1st Place – $75 in Chamberbucks – Margie Christensen with Swedish Cremes
2nd Place – $50 in Chamberbucks – Kendall Hursey with Oreo Balls
3rd Place – $25 in Chamberbucks – Linda Burch-Dahlen with Santa Cookies

Great job ladies!



Conrad Thomson along with Keith & ShadiAnn Shultze, son Derek and friend were kind enough to help Santa out and bring him and his helpers in by horse drawn wagons (due to lack of snow). Santa listened to the children’s, of all ages, Christmas wishes and took them for hayrides around town.

Santa and his helpers








Christmas Caroling and Vintage Snowmobile show by the Mille Lacs Drift Skippers Snowmobile Club were activities throughout the day.

Christmas CarolingVintage Snowmobiles








As the sun set and the cool air arrived, we gathered around the fire pit to keep us warm until the Lighting of the Christmas Tree!

Christmas in the Park fire ringLighting of the Tree

A special THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize Christmas in the Park and Happy Holidays to everyone in Isle and surrounding area communities!

Newsletter – 11/26/2012

November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Join us for the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort.
Social Hour starts at 6:30 pm. Free appetizers and cash bar.
Take a look at the new Events Center Appeldoorn’s has added to their resort and mingle with fellow business owners. A brief  meeting will be held to take care of necessary general and annual business.


Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Don’t miss Christmas in the Park on Saturday, December 8th starting at 2:00 pm.
Holiday festivities include cookie contest, hay/sleigh rides, carolers, food & drink, bonfire, Santa, vintage sleds and more!
Lighting of the Holiday Tree at 5:00 pm


Teal’s Market Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Join them in bringing in the holiday season!


Holiday Lights Contest – we’re bringing it back!  Residence and business categories. Stay tuned for more information.


Thank you to our renewing members:
Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort
Chapman’s Mille Lacs Resort & Guide Service


NEW Website has been launched!  Members have the opportunity to add brief text to their membership listing.  If you would like a description added to your listing, email 25-50 words describing your business to Tina Chapman to receive the free update.


Winter Raffle– tickets $50 – Win $2,500 (only 500 tickets being sold)
proceeds benefit the Isle Area Community.