Welcome to the Dawson Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter. We wanted to create another communication tool for our members and community to stay up to date on events happening in our community. The newsletter will be sent out on the 1st of each month and will be posted to our website as well. Chamber members can include event information for no cost. Information must be sent to by the 15th of each month to be included in the newsletter.


From the Chamber

 Winterfest this Weekend!

Winterfest is happening this weekend we have several events planned. Click here for more details! Don’t forget to listen to the radio for the last clues to find the winter medallion! You could win $100 in Dawson Chamber Dollars! 

Chamber Dues

Just a reminder that Chamber Membership dues should be sent in by ASAP. Your membership provides you with opportunities to cash Chamber Dollars, participate in numerous chamber events and great networking opportunities. Membership and due information is listed on the Chamber website. Please contact Kayla Koch, Chamber Secretary at 769-2981 or with any question. 

2018 Hanging Flower Baskets

We are looking for sponsors and donations for the hanging baskets that we have on our main street.  The cost to sponsor a hanging flower basket is $195. If you are unable to sponsor a basket, please consider making a donation to the hanging flower basket fund. Sponsors and donors will be recognized in the paper the week of Riverfest.

Checks should be payable to DAWSON CHAMBER %Vicki Strand, P.O. Box 441, Dawson, MN or you may drop them off at Lac qui Parle Mutual, 868 6th Street, Dawson.  Please contact Vicki Strand, Chamber Vice President at 320-769-4410 if you have any questions. 

Business Spotlight

The Dawson Chamber of Commerce and the Dawson Sentinel are offering a Business Spotlight feature for local businesses. The Chamber will sponsor $100 towards the cost, the business will pay $100, and the Dawson Sentinel will provide the remaining $200 cost for the half page ad. The business can supply a few photos, or the Sentinel will take the photos for your business. If interested, please contact the Dawson Sentinel at 320-769-2497, or you can email at attention Dave.

Chamber Dollars

The Chamber Dollars have been updated. To be valid it must be signed by both the merchant and the purchaser. Chamber Dollars make a great gift and can be used at any Dawson Chamber Business.

From Our Chamber Members

Dawson Bank Museum

The Bank Museum is open on Thurs. Feb. 1 from 10 is – 2 pm, Friday, Feb. 2 from 1-4 pm, and Sat. Feb 3 from 10am – 2pm. 

Comedian Cy Amundson

Friday, February 3, 2018 ♦ 7:30 pm ♦ Memorial Auditorium

$ 15 Adults & $5 Students ♦ Dawson-Boyd Arts Association  

Combining energetic storytelling, observations, and fun crowd interaction, Cy Amundson is a brand of stand-up comedy all his own.   Growing up one of 9 children in rural Minnesota, Cy’s Dad’s strict television rules left him with few evening options other than Nick At Night.  It was among the countless hours with Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and Lucille Ball that Cy began to fall in love with comedy.   In his early 20’s, he moved to Minneapolis to cut his teeth at one of the most reputable comedy clubs in the country – ACME Comedy Company.

Dawson Public Library

 Author Dr. Melissa (M.G.) Nelson

Tuesday, February 6, 2018  ♦  6:30-7:30 pm  

Dr. Melissa (M.G.) Nelson has authored three nonfiction books about small farmers and poultry, written numerous articles on pet and livestock health and has written and published two novels. The slaughterhouse Secrets, a suspense novel, and The Telling Mirror, a young adult fantasy book.  Her books will be available for purchase, and she will autograph copies of her book.  Refreshments will be served.

Ghosts and Gangsters presented by Chad Lewis

Haunted Locations in Your Own Backyard

February 11, 2018 ♦ 4:00 pm ♦ Dawson Public Library 

Cost: Free- Open to all ages ♦ For more information: 320-769-2069

This presentation takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota. It covers the entire state of Minnesota from a Witch haunting a cemetery in Jackson to a haunted B&B in Wabasha, from phantom creatures prowling the woods to back road creatures, no place in Minnesota is without its own haunting.

Complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.

Minnesota's Gangster Past  

February 12, 2018 ♦ 10:00 am  Riverview Manor 

Cost: Free- Open to all ages  For more information: 320-769-2069

Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turned Minnesota into the land of 10,000 crimes. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation lets the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.  


One Act Team

Congratulations to Dawson-Boyd One Act Team. They placed third in Sub Sections and will advance to the Sections on Saturday, February 3 in Redwood Falls. They performed the play “The internet is A Disaster---Oh Look! A Kitten” written by Ian McWerty. 


Congratulations to the Shadows! They placed first at both Varsity High Kick and Jazz titles at the Camden Conference. Sections will be held on Saturday, February 10 in Montevideo at noon.

From the Secretary

Highway 212 Sign

To have event information posted on the hwy 212 sign, please email me your information. Information will be posted one week before your event. Please note that it could take up to 48 hours to have your information posted. Please put hwy 212 sign in the subject line. 

Dawson Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar

To have your event included in the Chamber Calendar, please email me your information. Please put Chamber Calendar in the subject line. 


All information for the newsletter must be in by the 15th of each month. Please email Kayla at  Please put Chamber Newsletter in the subject line. 

Chamber Dollars

Please email me  if you would like to purchase bonus bucks. Payment is needed at the time of pickup. Please allow one business day for pick up. 

Office Hours

The Secretary position is not a full-time position which means I have varied office hours. Chamber bucks and payments can be dropped off with Clyde Dessonville, Chamber Board Member,  in Minnwest Insurance.

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Questions or comments? E-mail us at dawsonchamber@farmerstel.netor call 320-769-2981