Granite Falls is lucky to have an excellent health care system. This month's Chamber Business Breakfast on Tuesday, April 10 featured a presentation by Tom Kooiman and Deena Aus from Granite Falls Health. The challenges of small town health care include increasing costs not being covered completely by Medicare and Medicaid, competition from larger medical centers, recruitment of doctors and medical staff and many more. The new direction of Granite Falls Health addresses many of these challenges under the leadership of Tom Kooiman and the board of directors. Plans for a new assisted living facility were also shared with the breakfast guests. Join the Chamber every second Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 a.m., at Prairie’s Edge Casino Convention Center for the Business Breakfasts. The May 8 event will feature a presentation on cyber security by Pam Rosenau from MVTV Wireless. If your business or organization has a topic to present at these events, contact the Chamber office at 320-564-4039. The breakfast was great too! Thanks to Prairie’s Edge Casino for hosting these events. 

Carl's Bakery is in the midst of an online voting contest for the "Sweetest Bakery in America." We all know they qualify for that designation, but they need your votes to win. You can vote every day online at sweetestbakeryinamerica.com/bakery/carls-bakery/ and also with a card in the store. Right now they are number eight in the country, 2nd in Minnesota. Whenever our town gets national attention, it's good for all our businesses! If you need help with a web presence, an Explore Minnesota listing or social media, stop into the Chamber office. I'd be happy to help any of our Chamber members. 

Because of changes in Explore Minnesota's Food and Drink section of their website I was able to get our full service Chamber member restaurants listed. Check it out with a search at www.exploreminnesota.com, our state tax funded tourism agency. The Chamber office is now an official Explore Minnesota Affiliate Center with a larger selection of statewide printed travel guides. If you're planning a trip anywhere in Minnesota, stop in for a free map or guide. 

The Advocate Tribune is currently selling ads for the new visitor guide. Keep in mind that the Chamber sends the Granite Falls visitor guides to the Mall of America, distributes to other Chamber offices in the area and sends them to the Minnesota welcome centers. I also bring them to conferences and always have a box in my car if I see a spot to leave them.