Exciting news for our downtown, the Chamber Office at 807 Prentice St. has been designated an official Explore Minnesota Tourism Affiliate Welcome Center.

This means it will be marked as such on Explore Minnesota maps and designated with a link to our website on their Explore Minnesota website beginning in January, 2018. Our office will receive automatic shipments of their travel guides which I already order and distribute. Our web presence is an important advantage of being a Chamber member. Last month, we had 1,189 views of our Chamber website and the google listing had over 600 views. This is often the first place that a customer will look for information on Granite Falls and it's businesses. The Chamber also advertises on the Advocate Tribune's website, Pioneer Public TV, Facebook and places ads for the town which include the website in publications such as the Southern Minnesota Guide, Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Guide, Prairie Waters guide and occasionally other publications like South Dakota Magazine. Some of these are covered by a grant through Explore Minnesota.

Chamber Member of the Week is a new feature that will be in most weekly columns and also on the website as a blog post. I'm going through the list alphabetically and the first one is ACMC, one of our health clinics in Granite Falls that make our town a great place to live. ACMC Health is a multi-specialty health network in West Central and southwest Minnesota with over 180 physicians and advanced practice providers in 40 specialty areas. ACMC is committed to improving the health of our communities and maintaining its role as the healthcare leader of choice. They have a great Facebook page that features employees of the month, events and new employees, follow them to keep updated. www.facebook.com/acmchealth. ACMC-Granite Falls has three family medicine physicians, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant. They serve the 25-bed Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and neighboring 57-bed Medicare certified skilled care Granite Falls Manor. 

An opportunity to learn how to deal with customers and clients suffering from dementia is coming on November 14. Partnering with the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, the Chamber is offering an Act on Alzheimer's program over lunchtime on November 14 at the Chamber office. Lunch is included.

More progress on the Riverside Voices project over the weekend with the Poetry Workshop by Brian Laidlaw. He explained his ideas of combining words from other documents, articles, letters and poems to create an entirely new piece of work that will be part of the flood wall next summer.