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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Clarkfield community reaching out to town newcomers with gathering, Thursday, April 19

  • “It’s something that’s been talked about in (Clarkfield) Civic and Commerce meetings, at City Council meetings and just talking among neighbors we’ve talked about it,” said Roselyn Biermaier. “There’s just a lot of new people in town, young families. Yeah, it’...
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  • “It’s something that’s been talked about in (Clarkfield) Civic and Commerce meetings, at City Council meetings and just talking among neighbors we’ve talked about it,” said Roselyn Biermaier. “There’s just a lot of new people in town, young families. Yeah, it’s fun, exciting.”
    Biermaier, along with Barb Bruflat and the Clarkfield Civic and Commerce organization have been busy preparing for a ‘Clarkfield Newcomer’s Gathering’ on Thursday, April 19 at the Clarkfield Area Charter School gym from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    At the meet-and-greet event, new Clarkfield area residents who respond to the invitation, will be introduced to various Clarkfield businesses and organizations. Beyond community acquaintanceship, attendees will receive a light supper served by the Friendship Cafe (courtesy of the Clarkfield Lions) and will receive coupon books and a chance to win door-prizes among other enticements.
    Biermaier, a retired Extension home economist/Extension educator who worked in Yellow Medicine County and who is married to city councilman Dave Biermaier, has been one of the volunteers tasked with delivering invitations to newcomers. Most of the invitations have been delivered personally by volunteers who have gone door-to-door to greet new Clarkfield and rural Clarkfield residents. Biermaier said the group responsible for invitations received names and addresses from local realtors and by searching city records for people who received new city water hook-ups.
    “Several years ago the county did a business retention and expansion program. One of the things that came out of that, for all the towns that attended, was that we need to focus on people moving into the community,” said Biermaier. “We had put together a kind of welcome bag with things we had collected from local businesses, but it’s just hard to find people at home. It’s not the purpose of the thing to just drop it on the door step.
    Biermaier says that lately, community organizations have been hearing from newcomers that they’d like the opportunity to meet other young families that have moved to the area.
    Originally the event was going to focus only on introducing new families and residents to one another. But then, new residents were heard saying they often knew little about all of the goods and services local businesses offered.
    “I talked to one gal who had never been into (Larson Drug) since she moved to town,” said Biermaier. “Then she just happened to get a prescription and needed to use the drug store. When she went in she was shocked to find everything that was in the little boutique they have in the back of the store.”
    Businesses that will be represented at the event will include established businesses such as: Family Foods, Larson Drug, the Ink Spot and Wild Images and Clarkfield Automotive Repair. And new businesses like: 1st Floor Attic, Clarkfield Hardware Hank, PAWlicious and Handeland Chiropractic.
    Page 2 of 2 - Biermaier said it’s been fun getting to know her new neighbors. “I’ve spent a lot more time talking to people than I would. It’s fun finding out who bought such-and-such’s house and what they do for a living. They’ve all been interesting people.”  
    If you have questions about the ‘Clarkfield Newcomer’s Gathering”, contact, by email, Roselyn Biermaier (drbiermaier@gmail.com) or Barb Bruflat (bbruflat@yahoo.com). 
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