All are invited to celebrate the community successes of 2020 and look forward to the possibilities of 2021 at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s virtual annual celebration.

This event is free and open to everyone, and it will be held on Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

Several awards and recognitions will be shared throughout the evening, including the 2020 Friend of the Chamber and this year’s Top 5 Under 40 Young Professionals.

Carl Vaagenes, CEO of Alomere Health, is the 2020 Friend of the Chamber. The Top 5 Under 40 Young Professionals in the Alexandria Lakes Area include Alexis Wagner, Special Education Teacher at Lincoln Elementary School; Bobbi Perseke, Office Manager at Alexandria Precision Machining; Derek Goracke, Chiropractor at Central Lakes Chiropractic Clinic; KaLee Mohrman, Director of Hospice at Knute Nelson; and Michelle Nessman, CEO and Founder of Elite.

In the spirit of collaboration and supporting one another, all attendees are encouraged to support local restaurants and other businesses by picking up takeout to enjoy while watching the celebration. For a chance to win Chamber Bucks, share photos taken throughout the celebration on social media with the hashtag #BetterTogether.

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All individuals recognized as well as other Chamber highlights will be featured in the Chamber’s annual publication, an insert in the Echo Press in late January.

Visit for the link to tune in for the festivities. For more information on the event, call the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-763-3161 or email