Chamber celebrates half century at annual fall banquet
COTTAGE GROVE — The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual fall banquet at River Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 27.
In keeping with the 50th anniversary celebration, guests were encouraged to come dressed in 1950s costumes. The evening included an appearance by Elvis impersonator Art Kistler, who dueted with Cottage Grove City Council member Dave Thiede.
The Chamber also named its annual award winners. They include:
Business of the Year: Merchants Bank
Educator of the Year: Linnea Gamache, reading specialist at Cottage Grove Elementary School.
Business Person of the Year: Ben Gathje, Culver's
Volunteer of the Year: Mary Slusser
President's Award: Becky Fox of Mary Kay Cosmetics