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Where Are They Now?

Let’s catch up with another one of our past Queen Candidates, Courtney Orwoll, who ran in 2008:

I am currently living in Montrose, MN with my husband Jeremy and 7 month old son, Mason! Since running for Miss Hutchinson I have graduated from college, got married, and started a family. I recently opened Amazing Grace Boutique in downtown Hutchinson. My mom and I own it together. It is so exciting to be back in Hutchinson! One thing I loved about running for Miss Hutchinson was being so involved in the community and getting to meet so many new people! It really made me realize how great of a community we have and how supportive our town is; which is one of the many reasons I opened my boutique here.

Courtney Orwoll

Where are they now?

Brittany Witte ran for Miss Hutchinson in 2010 and was CB&T’s candidate. Let’s see where she is now:

I am currently working for a private family foundation in Fargo, North Dakota.  The Barry Foundation does proactive grantmaking throughout the region with a strong interest in education.  Much of my time is spent running our Philanthropy and Youth program, where we partner with 20 local high schools to conduct an extra-curricular grantmaking experience.  I have the great privilege of instilling a philanthropic spirit in almost 500 young leaders!

 This year is a big transition year for me–toward the end of August I will be moving to Grand Forks, North Dakota to follow a lifelong dream of being a financial planner.  I am currently studying for my investment and insurance licenses, and look forward to an exciting career with Thrivent Financial as a Financial Representative.  I’m also getting married in November!

 Running for Miss Hutchinson taught me to push myself outside of my comfort zone!  I have continued to find that my greatest accomplishments, and the amazing accomplishments of others, tend to happen when pursuing opportunities that force you to grow and develop new skills.

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Where Are They Now?

Every wonder where our previous Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Queen Candidates are and what they are up to? We do!

Here’s what Jennifer Froemming, our 2007 Queen Candidate, is up to these days:

In 2007, I ran for Miss Hutchinson, and was privileged to represent Citizens’ Bank and Trust Co. While a candidate’s time is short-lived, the experience holds memories that last a lifetime! You truly feel like royalty, and get to know so many wonderful Jaycees. To this day, I am still in contact with many of the friends I gained through this experience. Running for Miss Hutchinson also opened my eyes to how proud the residents of Hutchinson are of their town. Although Hutchinson will always be home to me, I now reside in Grand Forks, ND with my fiancé, Tyler. I have lived here for almost three years. I graduated from Concordia College in 2009, and have been teaching since at various schools. Recently, I was hired as the Lead Elementary Teacher at Grand Forks Montessori Academy. Music is still a big part of my life too. I am in a country cover band called Jacked Up. Most of our gigs are in the Red River Valley area. If you are interested in following us, check out our Facebook page, Jacked Up Country, or Twitter, @jackeduplive. To all the future candidates, good luck, and remember to have fun! Jenny Froemming

Jennifer Froemming

Help Support Hutchinson Area Special Olympics!

Hutchinson Area Special Olympics

February Facebook Like-a-thon

Our Facebook Like-a-thon recipient for February is the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence. They have provided assistance to those affected by domestic violence since 1992. Their services are free and confidential. They provide service for children, men and women in McLeod County. Their mission statement is: To support and promote the elimination of relationship violence through education, empowerment, protection, and advocacy. 

Their services include a 24 Hour Crisis Line Support, safety planning, support groups, and much more. From October, 2011 to September 2012, MAVDV, Inc. served 265 victims of domestic violence. 168 of these were new clients, 18 were men and 3 were teens. They also provided legal advocacy to clients 483 times and housed 15 persons in emergency safe housing and provided transportation. 

Their 18th annual “Strike Out The Violence” Bowl-a-thon is February 15, 2014. If you are interested in participating, contact McLeod Alliance at (320) 234-7933 and ask for Glynis. If you’d like more information on ways you can give, go to their website at http://www.mcleodalliance.org/.

Facebook like-a-thon McLeod Aliiance

 

 

Get In The Game

Last Friday was the 2014 Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Banquet “Get in the Game”. The evening started out with handing out awards for the following:

Business Persons of the Year- Gail and Jenny Plaisance
Volunteer of the Year- Ken Jensen
Ag Person of the Year- Nathan Winter
Young Leader of the Year- Chris Wilke
Teacher of the Year- Scott Renning

Congratulations to all this year’s recipients!!

Citizens Bank also received the “Business Gives” letter of appreciation. Hutchinson Business Gives provides a way to recognize Hutchinson Businesses who have donated 2% or more of their pre-tax earnings to non-profit organizations.

After the awards, the games began where they played everything from eating a donut off of a ribbon first, without letting it drop to tossing a tortilla on a plate that was tied on your head. There were a lot of great prizes! Below are some pictures from the event. Thank you to the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism for hosting a great event!!

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The Paint Factory

 Are you looking for something fun and different to do in Hutchinson? The Paint Factory might just be the place for you! A couple of us from CB&T were invited to the VIP night on December 19th. Some of us were excited and some were a little nervous due to our lack of creativity.  But with Tara’s great instruction on each step, all of the paintings turned out pretty good and we all had a great time. After each step, she turns the music up and your creativity begins.  

Check out the calendar on the website at http://thepaintfactorymn.com/ and grab some friends or plan a date night.

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The Hutchinson Theatre Company presents “Imaginary Invalid”

The Hutchinson Theatre Company is presenting “Imaginary Invalid” November 14-16 at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. The show is produced by Carol Stark. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 which includes a sampling of delicious appetizers and beverage. Get your tickets online or at the Chamber office today!

 If you would like more information, check out their website at http://www.hutchtheatre.org/productions/2013-production-line-up-2/imaginary-invalid/

Imaginary Invalid cast

Farm Fatigue Bags to Be Delivered in McLeod County

Farm Fatigue Bags McLeod CountyAgriculture is a vital part of the Hutchinson community, and each year we give thanks to all the farmers who work long hours to produce staple crops. It won’t be long before harvest season arrives and area farmers put in countless hours in the field. The growing season, weather, and a number of other factors influence the short window of opportunity farmers have to get crops safely harvested, transported, and stored before winter arrives.

Long hours in the fields mean farmers don’t always get the breaks they need, so the AgriBusiness Committee at the Hutchinson Chamber started a Farm Fatigue Bag program a few years ago. Citizens Bank and Trust is a proud sponsor of this program that assembles five gallon buckets full of bottled water, sandwiches and snacks, sunscreen and other helpful items aimed at helping farmers stay healthy and safe. Volunteers take turns driving out to the fields around Hutchinson and Glencoe, delivering 300 of these Farm Fatique packages directly to farmers. In many cases, volunteers walk the bucket out into the field to the farmer. This is a very well received program, with many sponsors and volunteers who work hard each fall to help our area farmers. If this is something you think you’d can help, contact the Hutchinson Chamber.

 

The 38th Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival

citizens bank, arts and crafts in hutchinson mnThe Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival is one of Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual events. This is the 38th year of the festival, and this year will feature over 170 artisan booths. You can look forward to roomier booths and more display space, as each booth will be 12×12 feet, an increase from 10×10 foot booths of the past.

This year’s featured artist is Ellen Starr, an artist who now calls Hutchinson her home. She is a diverse artist working in many different mediums. As Ellen states on her Etsy site, her “passion is to create works of art that inspire others with a sense of awe and reverence.” Ellen is a cancer survivor and uses her art as a therapeutic tool. Her presence at the Arts and Craft Festival this year will be a wonderful addition.

You can count on a delicious array of food at the Taste of Hutchinson, including many crowd favorites! New this year will be corn on the cob! The entire festival is free to attend and begins on Friday, September, 13th at 10am until 6pm, and again on Saturday, September 14th from 9am until 4pm.

What’s New This Year?

New this year, the Hutchinson Center for the Arts will be open during the same time as the Arts and Crafts Festival. It is free!

Also, the South Fork Film Festival will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “The Birds” at the Masonic West River Park. The film will start at the conclusion of the High School football game, and will also be free.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is excited about these additions to the weekend, and hopes you’ll invite friends to enjoy the festivities with you. The weekend is expected to bring up to 12,000 visitors to Hutchinson. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Hutchinson!