Minocqua Chamber of Commerce

Giant Snowman Returns To Minocqua

Feb 15, 2018
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A beloved figure is back in Minocqua and unlike some fair weather friends, he’s here for the duration of the winter season.

Minocqua Area Chamber staff and volunteers spent Tuesday through Thursday building and shaping Snowmy Kromer, the 2018 edition of the 30-foot snowman that captured the imagination of people near and far back in 2015.

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The Minocqua Chamber of Commerce is surveying its members and has joined a lobbying effort to oppose a rumored Trump Administration move to cancel student exchange visas.

The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Plan enables youth from foreign nations to come to America to experience the culture. Northwoods tourism industries have employed students from many nations to fill a labor shortage.

Chamber Executive Krystal Westfahl says they are joining a larger effort....

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Minocqua will host the sixth annual No Frills Marathon Saturday and a state marketing grant is helping bring in new participants. It also is helping with the area's bottom line.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl says the event began as a marathon along the Bearskin Trail from Tomahawk to Minocqua.

Last year she says they got a state Joint Effort Marketing grant to try to bring in half-marathon participants and they focused on bringing more half-marathon runners this year. The Department of Tourism provided a $3,250 dollar grant this year as well....

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As the summer tourism season approaches, two Lakeland-area groups are bringing in an expert to get businesses prepared for the influx of summer tourists.

The Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center in Arbor Vitae and the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce are bringing in the Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development and Training for the Kwik Trip company, John McHugh.

Sister Elizabeth Amman is Director at Marywood and one of the sponsors of McHugh's appearance in Minocqua.

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Digital media users are likely to find more information as the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce has launched their new website.

Chamber Director Krystal Westfahl says the website is already producing results...

"....we've seen a huge increase in our traffic via mobile simply by optimizing our website. Traditionally we've seen anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of our viewership is coming from just the computer. Now we're seeing about half from our computer and the other half is from tablet or mobile and that's in the last three weeks..."

Businesses Spring Up In Minocqua

Apr 13, 2016
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The Minocqua Plan Commission has sent a trio of new and expanded business plans to the town board with recommendations to approve them.

Northwoods Zip Lines unveiled plans Tuesday to add another 3 zip lines and aerial trekking elements to their complex south of the Island of Minocqua. But a proposal to add a team building option was held over for more information, including impact on sanitary facilities.

Minocqua Chamber to Add Space

Sep 1, 2014

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce is planning an expansion.

The project calls for building a new room about 900 square feet in size, which can be used for meetings and event preparation. 

As Board President Buck Drossart explains, the growing scale of chamber events and membership has been putting a strain on existing space. 

“We were outgrowing the available space that we had.  And we felt it was time to expand, and offer a much larger more conducive space to our staff, board of directors, and our membership.”

Minocqua Chamber Welcomes Krystal Westfahl

Aug 26, 2014

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.  Krystal Westfahl started the job last week, filling the position vacated by outgoing director Kim Baltus, who was there for three years.

Westfahl is an Appleton native, who spent time in the Northwoods growing up while visiting the Mellen area.  She says she’s excited to get to know Minocqua. 

Minocqua 51 Construction Set to Take a Break Soon

Jun 13, 2014
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Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.  But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer. 

“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…” 

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A different approach to marketing Northwoods winter recreation has come out of a state-funded survey.

The five county, three-year study was funded by the Department of Tourism for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. Milwaukee area residents showed not only a liking for snowmobiling and ice fishing, but silent sports showed strong favor, says Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce...

 

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There were plenty of beef roasts, one Weinermobile and lots of visitors.

It's the last description that makes the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce folks happy. The 49th annual Beef-A-Rama celebration found large crowds and generally good weather with a bit of rain.

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More than 15 thousand people will gather in Minocqua next weekend to pay tribute to.... the beef roast.

For the 49th time, Minocqua merchants say thank you to customers and travelers with "Beef-A-Rama". Initially held in the spring to lure those going fishing, the event moved to the fall and features beef, a parade, crafts, music and demonstrations.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Baltus says the event is a favorite...

 

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The season started slow, but has really come on. That's the assessment of an area tourism spokesperson.

Kim Baltus leads the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and is also president of the Oneida County Tourism Council.

She says the early warm season activities were frozen out...literally...by an unusually long winter and cold spring. Once the ice left the lakes, things changed... 

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U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has named August 4-10 as National Farmers Market Week.

In Minocqua, promoters are hoping the public stops by to see their "growing" event.

During August, the Minocqua Farmers Market will also have special activities along with what you expect at a Farmer's Market says Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus...