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Glenwood business receives grant

A Glenwood manufacturer has received a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help expand its business.

Clyde Machines, a majority woman-owned business, manufactures ground support equipment for the airline industry. The company plans to invest $9.2 million to build a 100,000-square-foot building to expand production and will create 15 jobs paying wages that average $14.37 an hour, the department said in a Wednesday, June 20, news release.

Although women hold a majority stake in the business, they are not involved in the day-to-day operations, said President Chad Barsness.

The grant was one of five given to Minnesota companies from the state's Job Creation Fund. Four of them went to majority women-owned businesses, the state said.

Chamber to hold introductory session

The Alexandria Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Chamber 101 session from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at 206 Broadway St. This session gives information about the chamber and how it helps business, and how members can network, market their business and volunteer. The event will include a light breakfast, coffee and a program presented by chamber staff. No registration is required for the event.

For more information, contact 320-763-3161, or

New hotel opens in Alexandria

Fairfield Inn & Suites has opened a three-story, 80-room hotel in Alexandria on the city's south side, across from the Boulder Tap House off of 50th Avenue W. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, and is owned by Alexandria Hotel Group and managed by American Hospitality Management, Inc. of Cheboygan, Michigan. Victoria Nelson will serve as general manager.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria features an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast, fax and copy services, and a 650-square-foot meeting space that accommodates up to 25 people.

Bethany on the Lake wins Duffers Delight

A team from Bethany on the Lake won the open division of the 27th annual Duffers Delight golf tournament on June 4 at Alexandria Golf Club.

The tournament, sponsored by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, attracted 36 golf teams, 41 sponsors and more than 200 people. The event is the Chamber's main fundraiser.

No one cashed in on the three hole-in-one opportunities that came with prizes of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 toward a vehicle.

The winning team from Bethany on the Lake consisted of: Aaron Rooney of Cowing Robards, Inc.; Matthew Fischer of Bethany on the Lake; and Josh Meyers and Anthony Zimny of Dilley Zimny Insurance. 3M Abrasive Systems Division Plant won the couples division, with team members: Paul Quam, Kimberly Peterson, Melissa Deuth and David Kent. Bell Bank was the skins winner, with a team of: Jeff Patience of Bell Bank; Eddie Reif of Alomere Health; Derek Swedberg of Swedberg Wood Products, Inc.; and Robb Buttweiler of Buttweilers Do All, Inc.

Chamber ambassadors visit businesses

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recognized four local businesses on Wednesday, June 13:

• Nutrition Station LLC offers healthy nutritional protein shakes, teas, aloe and other energy supplements through Herbalife Nutrition. The club hosts weight loss challenges throughout the year. The business opened in January and is at 1698 N. Nokomis St. NE. Their Facebook page is

• Heart and Magic is a website development business based in Morris. Owner Michael Klim grew up in Germany and has been building websites since 1999. Klim moved to the area with his wife a few years ago. Heart and Magic works with businesses of all sizes. Their website is

• Petersen Physiotherapy, LLC is operated by Dr. Hannah Petersen, who has a doctorate in physical therapy. She can travel to the clients' locations and recently began offering therapy at For All of Maternity, a pregnancy facility in St. Cloud. Her Facebook page is

• Journey of Faith Salon opened in December 2017 at 121 6th Ave E. The salon is spiritual based and open to everyone. Owner Wanda Krueger offers all hair services including men, women and children's haircuts, color, treatments, perms and facial waxing. Her Facebook page is