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Welcome New Member! – Cottage Gardens

Welcome New Member: Cottage Gardens! We’re glad to have you as a member and look forward to partnering with you!

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G.O.L.F. 2020 – That’s a Wrap!

120 golfers, 73 sponsors, and endless amounts of laughter. We are already counting down the days until next year’s event!! Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, and volunteered!

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Welcome New Member! – Be Radiant

Welcome New Member: BE RADIANT Laser Skin Studio! We’re glad to have you as a member and look forward to partnering with you!

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The Iowa Great Lakes Fall Festival is BACK!

Mark your calendars for a SPOOK-tacular event for the whole family! The Iowa Great Lakes Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Camp Foster YMCA. This is event is FREE to the public and promises a fun, family-friendly, festive, Fall time!

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Calling All Vendors!

Apply today to be a part of this year’s Outdoor Vendor Show! Join us Saturday, September 26th from 10am-5pm for Oktoberfest fun!

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Oktoberfest Registration is Open!

The 29th Annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest registration is OPEN! Don’t miss your chance to save! Registration is $30 per person through September 17th and includes bike ride, t-shirt and 1 drink ticket. Starting September 18th, the cost per person increases to $35 (t-shirts are not guaranteed). Register early to save!

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Win a FREE Registration for Two!

Registration for University of Okoboji Oktoberfest 2020 opens in less than a week and we are so excited we want to give away a FREE registration. 

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Tagged Walleye Caught

Three of the 10 tagged walleye have been caught so far in the Extended Contest. One of the three was released back into the Iowa Great Lakes, leaving 8 tagged walleye up for grabs!

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Big Bangs Cost Big Bucks! Donate to the 4th of July Fireworks!

Help the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber light the night sky this 4th of July over majestic West Lake Okoboji!

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G.O.L.F. Tournament

The Great Okoboji Lakes Finale, or G.O.L.F., Tournament returns on Friday, September 4th! Join the fun and register today!

FINAL UPDATE

38th Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend: COVID-19 Update

If you’ve already registered for the 2020 Walleye Weekend tournament, registrations will be refunded. While the weekend’s events have been cancelled, the Extended Contest will remain open and occur as usual.

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Join The Virtual Easter Hunt

Easter Sunday is April 12th and although we may not be able to meet in-person together as we have in the past, we can still celebrate the holiday by bringing the community together with creative ways to show support for each other.

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Dickinson County Iowa Emergency Management

Some of you may be returning home from winter locations or opening your summer homes. It’s likely that you’ve traveled on planes, come from out of the country or out of the state which raises your risk of having been exposed to COVID-19. As a result, we respectfully ask you to remain in your home for 14 days after your return, in case you may have been inadvertently exposed to the COVID-19 virus and may be contagious to others.

Ways to Support Local Business During COVID-19

Ways to Support Local Business During COVID-19

Our local business community needs our support during this difficult time. Check out these ways to help support our business community while still practicing social distancing!

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Important Information From the Chamber – COVID-19

The purpose of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business, civic, tourism and agricultural interests of our members and area residents. This includes serving as a resource for businesses during times of emergency. 

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Business After 5

Learn more about these wonderful Iowa Great Lakes Area businesses and what they have to offer while enjoying food, drinks, prizes, and networking! Business After 5 events are open to the public—all are encouraged to attend this fun and rewarding Lakes Area networking opportunity. The cost is $5 per person.

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March Monthly Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with Lakes Regional Healthcare? Catch up now!

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February Monthly Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with Central Bank & Central Mortgage? Catch up now!

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We’re Hiring!

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to fill the position of Assistant Coordinator of Events & Communications. The position performs a wide range of support duties for the Chamber Staff, and the organization’s programs, events, and members; all to facilitate efficient day-to-day operations.

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#LeapOfKindnessDay

What will you do with the extra day we get this Leap Year? Let’s spread kindness together this February 29th, 2020!

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Winter Games 41 & 42 Concept Contest Now Open!

After an awesome 40th year celebration, we are anxiously looking ahead to the 41st and 42nd Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games. The Winter Games Committee is seeking design concept ideas for the upcoming games scheduled for January 28-31, 2021 and January 27-30, 2022.

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2020 Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

Calling all fishermen and women: get ready to kick off the 2020 walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes during the 38th Annual Walleye Weekend on May 2 and 3. The fun weekend forming memories with friends and families is reason alone to get excited, but there is one other aspect that you can’t forget: the $38,000 GRAND PRIZE!

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January Monthly Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with GrapeTree Medical Staffing? Catch up now!

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December Monthly Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with Richie from The Throwing Post? 😎 Catch up now!

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Northwest Bank is Making a Difference

Join Northwest Bank in making a difference in a child’s life. Donate all month long at any of their locations in the Lakes Area to the Backpack Programs at both Okoboji and Spirit Lake schools.

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November Monthly Chamber Minute

Did you catch us this morning on KUOO Campus Radio for the monthly IGLA Chamber Update with Dana Evaro from Land Mark Products?

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Winter Games: Registration and Apparel Available!

Stock up on apparel and get signed up for your favorite Winter Games events today! Mark your calendars for January 23-26, 2020!

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Citizen of The Years

The Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis Club is looking for a deserving person in our community that has dedicated years of volunteer service to others. If you know of someone that you would like to be considered, please email slnoonkiwanis@gmail.com for a nomination form.

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Chairman’s Council

Thank you to our Chairman’s Council Members: Northwest Bank, Stauss Realty and Walmart.

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Annual Meeting & Celebration

We invite all Chamber members to join us on Monday, November 4th at the Parks Boat Club for our Annual Meeting. Social hour will begin at 5:00PM, with a program to follow at 6:00PM. Come celebrate another wonderful year in the Iowa Great Lakes Area!