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Dragons & Damsels

Inspire Curiosity this Summer! Dragons & Damsels every other Thursday July-August.

Let’s go on an ADVENTURE with Dragons & Damsels! Join us as we explore the beautiful grounds of the Minnesota Discovery Center in search of dragonflies, damselflies, and other insects. Along the way, we will learn about the lives and habits of these fascinating creatures! 

Program Information: 

The tour is from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.   Regular admission prices apply, but the tour itself is free.  Guests should meet their guide at the Summer Admission area near the “Naturalist Program” window.  Nets for catching the dragonflies will be provided.  Guests will learn about dragonfly life cycle and learn how to catch and hold the insects gently without hurting them.  Program content may also include looking for and learning about other insects around our park.  The program is designed for families to attend together, all ages are welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  No advance reservations are accepted, but group limit is around 15 to 20 people for the tour, first come first served.

Program Dates: 

June 29th 
July 13th & 27th 
August 10th & 24th 


Want to see more upcoming Minnesota Discovery Center events? Visit MDC at their official website!

Want to see more upcoming events & news in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website!

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Iron Man Car Show

The 13th Annual “Iron Man Car Show” is coming back to Chisholm on July 8th! It’s going to be a blast so rev your engines and show off what you’ve got or come out to see others show off their stuff.

Get your motor running for the 11th Annual Iron Man Car Show! Classic cars and trucks will line the Minnesota Discovery Center‘s park pathways! Enjoy music, concessions and looking at the gorgeous cars!
We welcome all car enthusiasts to enter their antique or classic car in the show or come as a visitor and appreciate these beauties. Life is a highway and these cars make it a pleasure to ride on!

Show Car Registrants:

All classes of show cars and trucks
$10 registration cost (day of)

Spectators & Visitors:

Cost: Regular Admission Prices Apply – https://www.mndiscoverycenter.com/visit/hours-admission/
Music and concessions available.
Visit the Museum, Heritage Park, Glen Location, Ride the Trolley and Play Mini-Golf at Minnesota Discovery Center while you’re here!
We hope to see everyone out and enjoying all of the participating vehicles, it’s going to be a great show!
Presented by the Squires Car Club
Saturday, July 8th from 10:00am-2:00pm
Minnesota Discovery Center – 1005 Discovery Drive Chisholm, MN


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Martin Motors Grand Opening

Martin Motors Grand Opening will be taking place on July 1st from 10AM-2PM! Attendees should bring a canned food item for entry which will go toward the Chisholm Food Shelf. Check out all of the deals offered by Martin Motors while enjoying LIVE music by Hobo Revival, a car show & some lunch from the High on the Hog BBQ food stand!

The Martin Motors Grand Opening event will be held at 12 Central Ave. N, Chisholm, MN.

Whether you’re shopping for your daughter’s first car, a luxurious touring SUV, or a tough, reliable work pickup, Martin Motors always have something on the lot to match your budget and needs. Stop in & meet with their sales team and get to know the owners while discussing what you might be looking for. They have been working hard to bring Chisholm, MN one of the finest selections of pre-owned and certified used vehicles. Stop by today to browse their inventory of quality cars, hard-working pickups, and family-friendly vans and SUVs.

Visit Martin Motors on their official website to check out their inventory, featured vehicles & more!

Want to see more upcoming events in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website for more!

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Tango Lessons at Valentini’s

Ready for a great date night? Sign up for tango lessons at Valentini’s!

Tango lessons at Valentini’s will be taking place on July 21st at 6:30 PM! What could go better with a top of the line Italian dinner (at a restaurant recently featured on “America’s Best Restaurants”) than drinks and Tango, the most romantic form of dancing? Get your feet moving and dress in your best for a knockout combo of an evening, general admission tickets are $20 per person plus tax and attendees will be given instruction on tango from internationally acclaimed choreographer and performer, Miriam Lea.

With proper instruction from a professional you can leave the class with some solid moves under your belt! Tango across the dance floor as you’re surrounded by the sites, sounds, and tasty food from Valentini’s.

Attendees should arrive by 6:20PM for check-in and can grab a drink before class to get the mood going. No previous experience, special shoes or clothes are required (but looking great on the dance floor is always fun, so why not get flashy?)   

Get your tickets now & get your feet moving!

Want to see more upcoming events in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website for more! 

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Side Lake 4th of July Festival

Side Lake’s Fourth of July Parade

Side Lake’s Fourth of July Parade will take place on Tuesday July 4th. Lineup will begin at 9a.m. with road closures along the Fourth of July Parade route starting at 9:30a.m. Side Lake’s Fourth of July Parade will begin promptly at 10:00a.m. We will enjoy the same parade route as in previous years. Applications for Side Lake’s Fourth of July Parade entry will be located at CC Camp, Side Lake Store, and the post office or can be accessed online!

Please return completed applications back to any of these locations by Sunday, July 3rd. If you happen to miss preregistration, we will be having same day registration at the parade lineup. Same day registration will close at 9:30a.m. on July Fourth. The registration table will be located at the corner of Rudstrom Road and Sturgeon Road.


Side Lake’s 4th Annual Firecracker 5k

Registration is open for Side Lake’s 3rd Annual Firecracker 5k! Our walk/run event this year will take place on Saturday July 1st, 2023. Please NOTE! This is a change from previous years!

Register online early for early bird rates! 

Side Lake will be having packet pickup on the day of the race only beginning at 7:00a.m.at the Side Lake Rec Center on Hwy 5. Registration will close at 8:30a.m. with the event beginning at 9:00a.m.

**if you registered before June 15th, 2023, you will be guaranteed a T-shirt**

Registration is $20 for Adult (age 18 and over), $15 for children (under age 18). Registration cost will increase to $25 for adults and $20 for children on July 2nd!

No refunds allowed.

For the most up-to-date event information:

Side Lake Events Page (Side Lake Events Page | Facebook)

Location: Side Lake Recreation Center

7548 CR-5, Side Lake MN,55781

Parking is available at the Side Lake Rec Center


Chisholm Chamber

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Hug Extravaganza

The third annual Hug Extravaganza will be held at Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill on July 22nd starting at 1 PM. This is a fundraising event and proceeds will be going toward changing rooms for the upcoming Chisholm Splash Pad (construction has just recently begun!).

There will be LIVE music by Jezebel, an LOD Dart Tournament, and a raffle with over $11,000 worth of prizes and tickets at only $100 each! If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket there are only 200 total and can be purchased by contacting Scottnjess Jones at (218) 996-1794.   

So prepare yourself for a fun filled evening of games, prizes, food & entertainment right in the center of downtown Chisholm! Oh, and be prepared for plenty of hugs! See you there!

Hug Extravaganza Raffle Prizes

  • 200th Ticket Drawn – $6,000
  • 199th Ticket Drawn – $2,500
  • 198th Ticket Drawn – $1,500
  • 15 Random Winners – $100 each

(Must be 18 years or older to purchase raffle tickets or win a prize!)


Want to see more on the Hug Extravaganza? Visit their FB Page for more as well as updates!

Want to see more events and news in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website

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Range Regional Chamber After Hours

The Range Regional Chamber After Hours will be taking place at the Range Regional Airport and will be from 4:30 PM- 7:30 PM on June 27th. Chamber Members & non-Chamber Members are invited to attend for this networking event. This event is brought to you by the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Premium Air to the Range Regional Airport field as well as a dedication to the new corporate hangar facility. Premium Air will provide charter on-demand air service for area businesses & individuals. For more information, visit Premium Air at their website and see their list of services! Make sure not to miss out on this great opportunity to make some local connections & see first hand a big new business that is coming to The Range; hope to see you there!

Attendees will be provided with food catered by Valentini’s Supper Club and a cash bar will also be available!

Make sure to RSVP for the “Range Regional Chamber After Hours” by June 15th 

Prices & Registration

Chamber Member: $5

Non-Chamber Member: $10

Would you like to see more events & news in the Chisholm area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website for more!

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Camp Invention at Minnesota Discovery Center

Camp Invention at Minnesota Discovery Center invites kids grades K-6 who are curious about science and technology to explore their interests and learn some amazing skills this summer! The program starts on July 10th and goes through July 14th. This year’s all-new program is designed to ignite wonder, encourage confidence and build essential STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills through collaborative, creative problem solving. As campers join their friends in so much hands-on fun and excitement, they will be blown away by their discoveries and STEM successes!

Make sure to register in advance for Camp Invention at Minnesota Discovery Center and enhance your kid’s learning through fun!

Build Big Ideas with Pop-Up Venture

Teaching youth how to start and maintain businesses with this program designed to get kids familiarized with the basic concepts of being entrepreneurs! 

 Campers create a business plan and choose how to spend their startup funds. Employing their imaginations, they add lights, greenery, logoed signage and other features to attract customers. After inventing unique ways to distribute their products, children launch their business with the ultimate pop-up event!

Create & Skate with Catching Air

Kids explore physics by building their own skate park complete with bowls, ramps, & rails! Campers personalize their mini skateboards, create DIY skateboard riders and design awesome skate park features. Then it’s time to grind the rails of innovation as they kickflip their way through each other’s one-of-a-kind Skate Parks!

Show Your Style with MimicBot

Children investigate the inner workings of their own MimicBot — a robot that mimics sounds — and transform it into a one-of-a-kind animatronic stuffie! They find inspiration in nature, get hands-on with design and use the power of intellectual property to protect their stuffie from the idea-stealing Copy Cat. Then campers take their stuffie home to keep creating and innovating!

Party On with Invention Celebration

Teach kids how to become successful event planners! They have fun engineering light-up party hats, inventing a Party Assistant to help with their big plans, exploring color with bubble art banners and experimenting with sound as they create instruments. When the day of the big celebration arrives, children rotate between fun stations as they celebrate all their amazing accomplishments.

Want to know more about upcoming events & news in the Chisholm Area? Visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website for more!

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Cheers to 50 Years of T&J!

Cheers to 50 Years of T&J! One of the longest standing members of the community and a hub for many locals, Tom & Jerry’s Bar in downtown Chisholm will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary starting on June 21st. The party will be taking place from Wednesday, the 21st to Saturday, June 24th and each day will be packed full of events to enjoy for those who want to help celebrate this monumental occasion! 

“1973” WEDNESDAY “Specials”

Wednesday, June 21st begins the celebration with a Speakeasy Customer Appreciation Get Together. The first rule of speakeasies is “you don’t talk about the speakeasy!” 

“Meet & Greet” THURSDAY

Thursday, June 22nd will have a TON going on:

  • On-site Food Trucks – Valentini’s, The Ice Cream Truck LLC (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), & Yanni’s Gyros (Friday & Saturday)
  • 6 PM-8 PM : Tomassoni Memorial Fundraiser –  ALL Proceeds Benefit the David Tomassoni Memorial
  • M.C.’s for the evening will be Kristen Vake & Paul McDonald
  • Meet Minnesota Greats :
    • MN Vikings, Chuck Foreman
    • Boston Celtics, Kevin McHale
    • USA Olympics Hockey, Buzz Schneider
    • USA Olympics Curling Gold Medalists, John Shuster & Shawn Rojeski
    • USA Olympics Curling, Joe Polo
    • UMD Basketball Team, Karen Stromme & Gary Holquist

“Eat It Up” FRIDAY

Friday, June 23rd is time to eat it up!

  • 4 PM – Meet your past & present bartenders for a drink. Everyone welcome to eat! (Original Beaner BBQ Sandwich – Pork & Beef, served until they’re gone!)
  • 7 PM – Karaoke by Yaro & Kim on the deck.


Saturday, June 24th is the BIG day!

  • 11 AM – 5 PM : Bounce it Out on Lake Street
    • 48′ Obstacle Course
    • 24′ Inflatable Slide
    • 9 Hole Golf Course
    • Music in the Pocket Park
  • 8 PM : Six9’s on Lake Street
  • Dusk : Fireworks on the Bridge of Peace

Cheers to 50 Years of T&J!

Make sure to get in on the party and help the community celebrate a steadfast member & local hangout’s 50th year in business! If you want to see updates on their anniversary events visit Tom & Jerry’s on their Facebook Page!

If you would like to see more events and news for the Chisholm area, visit us at our Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce website!