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Celebrating Small Business

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Yesterday was a BIG day for Lanesboro!


Director of Tourism Eric Leitzen introduces Lanesboro’s 10 new businesses for 2015. At right: Lanesboro mayor Robin Krom. Business owners, listed from left to right: Pat Shanahan, Iron Horse; Cheryl & Rick Lamon, Cheryl’s Fabric Garden; Shanalee Knight & Brad Erwin, Beautiful Something; Peggy Toft & Sara Kohn, Back Pedal; Paul Hamann, High Court Pub; Lori Bakke, Granny’s Liquor; Caleb and Blake Lauritsen-Norby, Barn Sale Antiques; and Stephanie Davidson, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Outpost


On June 9th, Lanesboro welcomed TEN new members to our business community. These small businesses included everything from antiques and boutiques to breakfast and after-dinner drinks to apparel and a place to lay your head. We even had KTTC, NBC Channel 10 come down to profile the event, because it’s not every day a town of 754 has 10 new businesses open up!

KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Things look bright for Lanesboro as we head into the brightest and most beautiful days of summer. Tomorrow, the world-famous Aroma Pie Shop re-opens for the summer in nearby Whalan, and what better way to reward yourself after a five mile bike ride than with some homemade pie? Who knows, maybe you’ll like the pie so much, you’ll want to buy the whole shop!

Fair warning: the trail will be repaired between Whalan and Peterson over the summer. You can check out the details here at the DNR website and, seeing as how you can’t keep biking east, why not bike back west to Lanesboro? Maybe you could take in a show at the Commonweal, enjoy a pampered stay at one of our historic Bed & Breakfasts, or maybe that bike ride back got you hungry again for a finedining dinner? When the sun gets hot and the bikes start rolling, there’s always something to do here in Lanesboro, Minnesota!

Whalan Candlelight Ski

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Candles on the Trail

Winter Fun?

 Dee Slinde/LACC

I am inclined to be like a bear in winter…my thoughts are that near-hibernation is a necessity to survive the cold, bleak winter months, and there’s little or nothing that can convince me it is worthwhile to do much beyond sitting around and waiting for the warmth of spring to arrive. I was recently asked why I haven’t just up and moved south to avoid winter if it is so distasteful to me. I answered that I loved Minnesota, but just hadn’t found any winter activities that I enjoyed enough to get me out of the house. Most of the previous attempts I had made to try winter activities hadn’t ended well…downhill skiing resulted in broken body parts after a fall, snowmobiling resulted in a crash that knocked me (and a tooth) out, ice fishing usually resulted in cold toes and very few fish. I have officially started to move into the ‘bah, humbug’ mode as a result.

Still, I remain determined to find something/anything that can get me outdoors in the wintertime. One of the residents in Lanesboro suggested I try cross country skiing, specifically at the Whalan Candlelight Ski on February 7th, 2015 at 5:00 pm. I was assured that skiing the beautiful Root River Trail by candlelight would make me a believer in the wonders of wintertime in Minnesota. Worst case scenario, the promise of some hot chocolate, a warm bowl of homemade soup, and a bonfire at either end of the lighted trail section is enough to get me to at least try it.

I absolutely need a little more convincing, so please share your favorite Whalan Candlelight Ski memories below!


Happy Holidays From Lanesboro

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014




Happy Holidays!

Nostalgia seems to be a significant part of the Holiday Season for many people, myself included. I recently found myself thinking of the day I moved here last November…a light snow had fallen the night before and everything looked pristine. In the early morning hours, we decided breakfast was a good idea before we got too serious about putting our belongings away, and decided to walk downtown to the Pastry Shoppe to get a bite to eat. Walking along in the light chill of the morning, I found myself thinking that if Norman Rockwell was still alive, he’d have been living in Lanesboro!

Quaint and quiet, I was awestruck by the beauty and somewhat overwhelmed by the emotion this community inspired in me. I was feeling as if I had finally “come home.” I could hear the occasional scrape of a shovel against the sidewalk, reminding me that despite appearances, we weren’t completely alone…in fact, as we walked, quite a few of our new neighbors came out of their homes, introduced themselves, chatted for a bit, and made us feel welcome to our new community.

When I have mentioned that experience to people since then, I have often told them that I made more friends in that 3 hour walk than I did in 35 years of living in the Twin Cities. It’s just one of the many things that make Lanesboro special. I knew we had made a great decision in choosing to join this community. Our soon-to-be Mayor, Robin Krom, recently summed up the feelings this community creates in its residents rather well, as he stated that for him, coming to Lanesboro “felt like a hug.” I wholeheartedly agree!

I think we are all blessed to live in this community together, and a big part of it is that “hug” we feel. Probably even more important is the community’s willingness to share that “hug” with new residents and visitors throughout the year. It is a big part of what has made us a tourism and residential destination for so many.

If you are newer resident or vistor to Lanesboro, I would love to know what attracted you to the area, and if you were born/grew up here, I’d love to learn why you’ve stayed. Please share a “feel good” line or two in the reply area below and I will post them over the Holiday Season!

By Dee Slinde/Executive Director/Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Shop Small to Support Your Neighbors

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Guest Post by Dee Slinde

As the chill of winter settles on Lanesboro, we are reminded of the upcoming Holiday Season, and all of the joy and giving of thanks that goes with it. It is usually considered to be a time of family, friends, remembrance and appreciation. Over the years I’ve noticed each holiday becoming more commercialized, often to the detriment of the true meaning of the holiday. Shopping for holiday gifts on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday has become an artform, a competition and a controversy as big box retailers compete for consumer dollars, and consumers compete with each other to find the cheapest deals.

Over the past few years, as a counter to the massive consumerism that has brought us what some have referred to as the “Happythanksween” season, there has been a movement to encourage shoppers to be more thoughtful in the spending of their holiday dollars. We are encouraging folks to ‘Shop Small’ on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, 2014. The effects of this are twofold: it allows families to focus on their traditions of being able to gather together to give thanks on the actual Thanksgiving holiday, and it encourages people to shop at the locally owned and operated stores to keep our local community’s economy thriving.

The dollars spent at our local stores and restaurants directly affects not only our neighbors that own the businesses, but also many other businesses and ourselves when those dollars recirculate throughout the community. For example, the purchase I make at a local merchant’s business may  be used to pay the wages of the business’s staff, who will then spend it on food, housing, utilities and so forth in our community. Some of my purchase goes to pay the taxes and utilities of the business, which helps the City to provide the services we enjoy, such as plowed streets, beautiful parks, and quality schools. Some of my purchase might be used to pay a local plumber or carpenter for a remodeling project at the business. Perhaps the carpenter likes the community and may decide to build a new home in the area that will add to our local tax base, and in a roundabout way, helps to keep my taxes lower in the process. Pretty profound, when you think about it.

Many studies have been done to track the value of a dollar that is spent in the local economy, and most studies indicate that for every dollar we spend locally, it will recirculate through the local economy an average of 7-8 times…in other words, the dollar you spend locally compounds by 700-800%…if only my stocks would produce such a return! The simple act of shopping at a small/local business has far reaching effects.

Lanesboro will be hosting Winter Windows Live on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. Being in a community that is filled with nothing but small, independent businesses, we invite you to shop thoughtfully/Shop Small! 

Schedule of Events

10:00 am: Free kids movie at the St. Mane Theater (Muppet Christmas Carol/sponsored by Lanesboro Arts, Pedal Pushers Cafe, Merchants Bank and Lanesboro Web Management Group.)

11:30 am: Winter Windows Live (free events) = artist Leisa Louis Grill at Lanesboro Arts, musician Tom Schramm at Amish Experience, scenes from “A Christmas Carol” at E2 Boutique, lefse-making at Pedal Pushers Cafe, Ekstrom Family Christmas at Beste Byen, Santa’s Workshop at the Cottage House Inn, Heart Strings Harp Circle concert at Coffee Street Fitness, Christmas games at Stone Mill Inn, and a Christmas sing-along at the Commonweal Theatre!

1:30 pm: The Commonweal Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  Families and kids welcome, tickets available in advance or at the box office 507-467-2525.