Spring is in the air and the ducks are busy looking for nesting sites. I've seen a couple of traffic jam duck crossings already. It's great that people in Granite Falls stop for our feathered friends on the streets, I wonder if they've learned to expect it? Last week a photo of a duck looking longingly at the popcorn stand was posted on the Kiwanis Popcorn Stand Facebook page. It got 4,400 views and I'm sure a lot of those people will be stopping at the popcorn stand when it opens May 1.

Social media is a great platform to get people aware of our town and what's going on whether it's events, great scenery photos or businesses. One part of my job is to manage our Facebook page, I regularly share business postings and events for Chamber members. I also post on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

And while you're online, take a look at the GetRuralMN's facebook page. This is an area-wide project funded by a grant from the Blandin Foundation and managed by the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission in Appleton. These professional photos and videos that can be used by any businesses or organization for regional recruitment on their own social media pages or on their website.

Right now their cover shot is a drone shot of the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls. The project will soon include a website on the existing Prairie Waters page – www.prairiewaters.com. This website will contain information on area education, housing, employment and each town will have a "mini website". Recruiting new residents and employees to western Minnesota is the mission and purpose of this project, it's exciting to be a part of it.

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Join the Chamber and representatives from the State of Minnesota's Unemployment Office on April 11. Lunch will be provided, but please RSVP at 320-564-4039 or e-mail gfchamber@ mvtvwireless.com. This is an opportunity to get your questions answered about unemployment directly from the source. It's also a great time to visit with the Chamber director and Chamber board. -

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This is the last week of the student art exhibit in the K.K. Berge Gallery, stop in and admire the talent of the YME art students. Stained glass by Nancy Altain is also on display. Next month's featured artist is Karen Savage: From the Great North Woods to the Prairie. What a great place to work!

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