Iron Range Tourism Bureau: CTA Class

Are you in the service or the tourism business? Do you just love the Iron Range and would like to help it shine even brighter? The Iron Range Tourism Bureau needs you! Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) with just one class. Earn your CTA certification and learn how to create a more memorable visitor experience. Participants will gain an improved knowledge of area history, events, and attractions, learn how to network with peers and mentors, explore customer service scenarios through group activities, and have access to special offers and events throughout the year.



Wednesday, Feb 9, 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hampton Inn, Hibbing  (Lunch provided)


To Register:

Contact Beth: 218-749-8161 or

Training is $25 per person.

UP TO SIX FREE REGISTRATIONS courtesy of Hampton Inn

Fairview Range Project Bluelight

Fairview Range presents Project Bluelight, a celebration and show of support for all of our front line workers who continue to do everything possible to keep our community safe through a pandemic.

We encourage everyone to light up the exterior of your business blue or place a blue lightbulb in your porch light from January 24th-January 31 to show your support!

Take a picture and post it as well with the hashtag #thankyouwithblue so that frontline workers everywhere can see that they are appreciated!

Now Hiring for Summer Recreation Directors!

The City of Chisholm desires to hire two temporary, Summer Recreation Directors for the Chisholm Summer Recreation Program a rate of $14.00 to $16.00 per hour depending on qualifications, to serve as Summer Recreation Director for a period of time effective on or after date of hire and may continue through the accumulative period of 60 shifts, in accordance with City Policies. The Summer Recreation Directors are responsible for the development of a six-week youth program implementing and coordinating activities, supervising staff and participants of the program.

The position is non-supervisory and non-exempt from the F.L.S.A. 29 U.S.C. Also, this position is under the P.E.L.R.A. Law and does not include benefits. All work shall not exceed 60 work shifts in accordance with City Policies.

All applicants must be 18 years of age and must have the ability to pass a background check and drug/alcohol testing. Applications and a complete job description are available on the website

Completed resumes, cover letters and applications can be submitted by email to, faxed (218)-254-7955 or mailed to City Hall no later than Wednesday, February 11, 2022.

Applications due by February 11th!

Precious Paws: Paw Jammin’ Online Auction

Shop from home in your pajamas!
Paw Jammin’ is an online auction to help raise much needed funds for the windows at the Precious Paws Animal Shelter.
Thanks to generous local donors, Paw Jammin’ will offer an amazing assortment of awesome items!
Whether you bid on these unique items for yourself or for others, your purchases will help our shelter get new windows.
Bidding takes place
February 14 @ 9:00 am – February 24 @ 6:00 pm
All from the comfort of your home/your pajamas!
Check out the great items and bid!

Chamber Annual Meeting

Wednesday January 12th at 12PM, Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill. We are inviting all Chamber members to attend to discuss the Chamber’s events, contributions, as well as any questions members may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunch is on your own.

Side Lake Event Sponsorship Opportunity

We are excited to announce that multiple Side Lake committees have joined together to combine efforts! Through this new united effort, we are requesting one annual donation from businesses which will benefit all five Side Lake events under the auspices of French Township. What that means for you is just one annual request for a financial contribution to support these fabulous events for kids, adults, and families! These events bring thousands of people to the Side Lake area each year.


We have five events planned for 2022:

  • February 12, 2022 – ❄Winter Festival at Side Lake
  • July 3, 2022 – 🏃‍♂️Firecracker 5K🏃‍♀️
  • July 4, 2022 – Side Lake 4th of July Parade  🎆
  • August 18, 2022 – Celebrate Side Lake
  • September/October 2022 – Fall Festival at Side Lake


Your contribution will have an immense impact in creating successful outcomes for all five events!


For this year’s Side Lake events, we have three levels of sponsorship for your consideration:

  1. Platinum Sponsor: $500 – Logo on event materials; Signage at each of five events; Recognition by speakers at events; Recognition on Side Lake website; Inclusion in event related press materials; Social Media promotions.
  2. Gold Sponsor: $250 – Signage at each of five events, Inclusion in event related press materials; Social Media promotions.
  3. Silver Sponsor: $100 – Inclusion in event related press materials; Social media promotions.
  4. Friend Sponsor: Under $100 – Appreciation for your support and a letter of acknowledgment.


You may donate any amount, larger or smaller, for specific events of your choice as well!


Please make your check out to Town of French and mail by February 1, 2022 to:

Lisa Samsa, Town of French Treasurer

P.O. Box 28

Side Lake, MN 55781


We also want to invite your business to get involved, however that may be! Be it sponsoring a winter sleigh ride; decorating a parade float; volunteering at the events or having a table to educate our community about your business. We want to support you, as well!

Please contact us for any questions or comments at or visit for more information! Together we can provide fun and family-friendly events for Side Lake!

Polar Bear Days are Here Again!

It’s getting cold out there but that just means that there’s more to do now than ever! Starting Wednesday, February 9th- Saturday, February 26th. Confirmed events are listed below with more to come! Stay warm, Have fun!


For more updates visit Polar Bear Days on FB


Wednesday, February 9th

Thursday, February 10th

                          ~Kristy Balder presents “Flax to Linen: Traditional Methods from Field to Fabric”

                          ~Event is open and free to the public, Light refreshments provided

Friday, February 11th

                          ~$25/team-Male/Female Teams only, Sign up before or at 6PM 

Saturday, February 12th

  • “Sled the City” Sliding on 3rd Ave SW (Hill by Police Station) , 10 AM- 4 PM, Concessions available

                         ~Ice Skating and a Bonfire at the 1st St SW Park

                        ~DJ from 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

                       ~Bring your own partner, Register at 6:00 PM, Play at 7:00 PM, $5/person

Monday, February 14th

                        ~Reservations Highly Recommended

Wednesday, February16th

                       ~5:30 PM-Side Raffles! Food! Fun!

Thursday, February 17th

                       ~$14 per Member, $16 per Non-Member. Prepaid Reservations Required

                       ~8 mile round trip hike to historic Glen Location

Saturday, February 19th

                      ~Registration 9-10AM, Fishing 10 AM- 2 PM

                      ~$10 per hole, adult- $5 under 18/Maximum of 2 holes per person

                      ~Concessions Available/ Free Hot Dog & Pop for Kids…Family Fun!

                      ~Contest will be cancelled if temperature or wind chill is zero or below at 8AM

                     ~Registration Fees $160 per team~includes breakfast/eyeopeners and pizza for dinner

                     ~Call Mandy Flack at (218) 969-3014 to register

                     ~Registration Deadline 2-15-2022

                     ~Register at 6 PM, Play at 7 PM, $5/person

Sunday, February 20th

Monday, February 21st

                    ~$10 Entry Fee, $0.50 set, 4 point, Play at 7 PM

Thursday, February 24th

Saturday, February 26th

                     ~Meet at 10 AM @ Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill

                     ~Leave for Ed Walberg Shelter (on the Chisholm ATV Trail) 11 AM

                     ~Ride to Northern TRAXX ATV Club Shelter (by Shannon Lake on the Chisholm ATV Trail) at 1PM

                    ~Lunch provided by Northern TRAXX ATV Club at 2 PM at the Northern TRAXX Shelter with a warm Bonfire

  • Polar Bear Pedal Fat Tire Bike Ride

                    ~ Meet at 12:00 PM

                    ~Spin a yarn, weave a rainbow ~ regular admission applies

                    ~Try some Hands On Projects ~ Make a woven paper greeting card and more!

                    ~Bingo, Games, Snacks!

                    ~Register at 1:00 PM, Play at 2:00 PM, $10/person

                   ~Fishbowl Drinks, $3 Margaritas, Hawaiian Costume Contest, Limbo Contest, Live Music

Totally 80’s! Power of the Purse

You’re invited to a totally tubular night of food and fun to support
UWNEMN’s Imagination Library program!

UWNEMN’s in-person Power of the Purse event is returning, and this time it’s going to be TOTALLY 80s! This popular ladies’ event will be held at the new Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia where guests will sample wines and cuisine, participate in exciting games and raffles, and bid on various auction items like purses, pampering packages, weekend getaways, and so much more! 

$15 virtual silent auction access only tickets are available for those who’d like to participate in the silent auction from the comfort of their homes.

About the Program

Imagination Library is an early childhood education initiative which provides FREE books to children, from birth to age five.  Once enrolled the child will receive a new, age appropriate book delivered in their name to their home once monthly until their fifth birthday as long as they are a resident of the UWNEMN service area (Iron Range, Koochiching County, and Lake of the Woods County).  

Emceed by CBS3 News Anchor Kristen Vake!

UWNEMN initiated the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in 2008.  More than 300,000 books have since been delivered to children in our service area. 


To enroll a child to receive Imagination Library books, click here.

Making REEL Change Virtual Ice Fishing Tournament

January 13-17 join United Way of Northeast Minnesota in a virtual Ice Fishing Contest to support Smiles United!

Anglers ages 16+ are invited to take part in the Making REEL Change ice fishing tournament by fishing on any lake in public waters within St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, or Itasca counties. One adult participant will win a LIFETIME MINNESOTA FISHING LICENSE! In addition to $200 L&M gift cards will be awarded to the winning fish in each category on the leadership board!

For each registered participant, a KIDS FISH Wild Card entry can be registered for children under the age of 16.

All fish entered in the tournament must be photographed, measured, and recorded with the FishDonkey app.


Categories and leaderboards will update throughout the contest so check the leaderboards on your phone or on the website to follow the tournament progress.

The Award Categories for this contest are:

1. Largest Walleye/Sauger – measured by length

2. Largest Northern Pike – measured by length

3. Stringer of Three Crappies – measured by the total length of three fish (Each crappie must be uploaded individually – the app will keep your longest three.)

4. KIDS FISH Wild Card – one KIDS FISH winner will be randomly selected from all submitted fish (Fish caught by kids 15 years old and under can be submitted via a participating adult’s app for a chance to win a $50 L&M gift card!)

Proceeds from this contest will support UWNEMN’s Smiles United program, providing preventive and restorative dental care to patients of all ages who are uninsured or underinsured.  This program operates both at local schools and at UWNEMN’s office in Chisholm by way of a mobile dental unit. To learn more about the program, click here.