The leaves are turning colors, I've noticed an increasing number of visitors stopping into the Chamber office for information about our area and the scenic byway. Fall is a popular time for people who are looking for something different to do, museums, antique shops and scenic drives. The Minnesota River Valley is becoming a destination with visitors recently from Nebraska, the Duluth area and the Twin Cities among others.

There will be more this week with the Meander, the weather looks to be great! Get your tickets for Musical Chairs on September 29 at the Chamber office or at some of the participating restaurants including Granite Bowl, American Legion, Granite Run and The Rock. I'm looking forward to a fun night of food, art and live music!

It's also the start of the public art project, Riverside Voices. Whether or not you're attending the Musical Chairs event, bring your small treasures such as old jewelry, small stones, shells, pieces of old dishes, etc. to the K.K. Berge building on September 29 between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. A mosaic strip will be created from these pieces. The mosaic strips will become part of the larger mural on the flood wall.

Adrian Lee is a psychic, historian and investigator with the International Paranormal Society who will be in Granite Falls on October 5 to talk about his book, "Mysterious Midwest." He also plans to conduct an investigation soon in Granite Falls, you will hear more details about that at the event. Admission is $5 and a donation for the Neighbor's United Food Shelf on October 5, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kilowatt Center.

Every year, Yellow Medicine East has an event that brings students into local businesses to learn about potential careers. On November 3, there is an opportunity to participate in Career Day. Chamber members can have a student visit their workplace for an hour and let them see firsthand what it's like to work at your business and explore the career paths that are available right here in Granite Falls. If your business would like to participate, contact the Chamber office at 320-564-4039 or e-mail

With problems recruiting new employees, this is a great opportunity to keep our young people in our community or encourage them to return after their education. The Chamber is also working with Robin Henderson to develop a jobs board for students. If you have jobs that fit a student schedule, you can have them posted in one spot at the school.

It's YME Homecoming weekend, go Sting!