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Can Exempt Workers do Non-Exempt Work?

Have the rules for exempt and non-exempt workers changed during the pandemic?  The US Department of Labor said that during the COVID-19 public health emergency—as declared by a federal, state or local authority—employees who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) overtime requirements under the executive, administrative and professional exemptions may temporarily perform…

Minnesota’s Automobile Emission Standard

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce believes any adoption by Minnesota of California’s automobile emissions standards should be made by the regular legislative process.  Those legislative bodies allow for people from across Minnesota to have their voices heard.  We oppose the effort by the Walz administration to impose those California emission standards on Minnesota via the…

The Iron Range is Ready to Reopen

The Mesabi Daily News published this commentary from our president today: Many people think of a chamber of commerce as a social club for business owners. That is one role we play, but we also host leadership trainings, celebrate business leaders, nurture small businesses and act as a public policy voice for businesses. Right now,…

The Iron Range is Open for Business!

The Iron Range is Open for Business campaign launched Virginia, Minnesota –As customers are slowly allowed to resume their normal shopping experiences businesses need to make sure they feel comfortable entering their stores.  One way businesses can do this is by taking the Iron Range is Open for Business Pledge at www.ironrange.org/open.  By taking this…

Message from our President: Reopening Businesses

This is an exciting time when most businesses are open (or can reopen soon).  Reopening is going to look a little bit different for every business, and it’s important that we do it right.  As you reopen, or set up your reopening plan, please try to think about your business from the perspective of your…

Exciting Announcement from the Board of Directors!

Dear Laurentian Chamber Members and Community, We are happy to announce that the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has hired a new president and CEO to lead this incredible organization.  Erik Holmstrom has an impressive list of skills and experience that will be especially valuable as the community weathers the COVID-19 pandemic. Erik…

Good To Go! The NEW Iron Range Restaurant Website!

Some great and exciting news!  A new website was just launched by W.A. Fisher which was funded by the MN Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation that helps promote Iron Range Restaurants that are offering takeout, curbside and delivery during the COVID-19 crisis.  The best part of this, is it is FREE of charge…

Chamber members recognized

At the chamber’s annual fundraising gala, members of the chamber were recognized for work in the community. Large Business of the Year:Super Ones Foods Our Large Business of the Year award recipient honors businesses for outstanding contributions to the region, giving back to the community and the effort that businesses put forward to make an…

Schedule your Grow Visit!

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce has partnered again with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to provide Grow Laurentian Grow Minnesota Visits! This is a Chamber member benefit! What we doThe Laurentian Chamber of Commerce conducts confidential comprehensive one-on-one visits with the owners or managers businesses. We want to understand the needs and concerns of Minnesota businesses…

Sawmill Saloon Renovation Embraces The Range

I was honored that an enthusiastic Jen Zylka (General Manager) and Alissa Horan (Owner) had agreed for Jen to meet with Melissa Cox (Laurentian Chamber CEO/President) and I to give us a tour of the updates and to answer some questions we had about our loyal Chamber member’s 12-day remodeling project. As I entered Sawmill’s…