Chamber recognizes local businesses

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recognized three local businesses on May 8.

• Jake's Bikes, a full-service bike shop at 419 N. Nokomis St. in Alexandria, which offers bikes and cycling accessories, rentals, service and fitness equipment.

• Nordic Warriors Boxing Academy, a local boxing gym owned and operated by Corey Thompson at 124 Seventh Ave. W. in Alexandria. The gym offers boxing classes for all skill levels and ages.

• Fajita's Place Family Mexican Restaurant is in downtown Alexandria at 523 Broadway St. This family-run business serves authentic Mexican cuisine and offers booths for private dining, open table space for large groups and a bar area.

For more information about the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 320-763-3161.

Hot dogs and root beer floats

The Edward Jones office at 316 N. Nokomis St. will serve hot dogs and root beer floats from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday June 13, to celebrate four years in business and branch office administrator Suzette Wallin's one-year anniversary at the firm. Andrew Holte is the location's financial advisor.

Wine, Ale & Art Crawl seeking artists

The Wine, Ale & Art Crawl committee is looking for artists to participate in the 2019 event

on Friday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m. The committee says the public, merchants and artists have requested this event to continue, and that it anticipates an even larger crowd this year.

An artist participation fee of $15 will cover the cost of print advertising, radio, bag stuffers, event map, cards and supplies.

For more information, contact Betty Ravnik at 320-766-0935 or

When service animals come through the door

A professional dog trainer will answer questions from business owners about the role of service animals, how to identify them, and what information they can get from handlers during the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's Noontime Knowledge luncheon on Monday, June 17 from 12-1 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom.

Laura Gentry is a canine care coordinator and service dog instructor with Helping Paws, a nonprofit organization that breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs with people who have physical disabilities and veterans and first responders with PTSD. She is also an Army veteran and has taught group classes at PetSmart for more than nine years.

Noontime Knowledge luncheons are information sessions held the third Monday of each month. The $10 cost includes lunch and can be paid at the door. For more information, call the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-763-3161 or email

Survey seeks wage, benefit data

West-central Minnesota businesses can find out how competitive their wages and benefits are in this region - but only if they participate in a survey.

The 2019 West Central Minnesota Wage & Benefit Survey is being organized by the West Central Minnesota chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission.

"This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to receive information on wages and benefits of companies and organizations in west-central Minnesota," the economic development commission said in a news release.

Area businesses of any industry and size can participate in the survey, open through June 30. All survey results will be compiled by the AAEDC and all company information will be kept confidential. Final survey results will be based upon aggregate data compilations to protect individual company information. There is no cost to participate in the survey, but final data will only be provided to participating employers.

To participate, contact Abby Strom at the development commission at 320-763-4545 or