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Laurentian Chamber of Commerce hosts successful gala

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Giants Ridge was named Large Business of the Year at the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner October 1. Photos by Herberg Photography, LLC.

Giants Ridge was named Large Business of the Year at the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner October 1. Photos by Herberg Photography, LLC.

VIRGINIA — The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner gala style on Friday, October 1 at the new Iron Trail Motors Event Center in Virginia. The gala was the first private event in the new facility.

Cleveland-Cliffs’ President, CEO, and Chairman Lourenco Goncalves spoke to 320 Chamber members about Cliffss commitment to the Iron Range and how they will continue to pursue advancing and upgrading operations for the area.

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WDIO-TV’s Renee Passal, an Iron Range native, emceed presentations and introduced Laurentian Chamber President and CEO Teresa Appelwick. Appelwick joined the chamber in August 2021 from her previous position as director of operations at the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in Great Falls, Montana. Other speakers for the evening were Laurentian Chamber Chair Arik Forsman with Minnesota Power and Rep. Dave Lislegard with Lakehead Constructors.

The chamber presented its annual awards winners in four business categories and two chamber categories:

Sugar Shack owner Erin Powell (right) accepts the Small Business of the Year award.

Sugar Shack owner Erin Powell (right) accepts the Small Business of the Year award.

• Large Business of the Year: Giants
Ridge
• Small Business of the Year: The Sugar
Shack
• Non-Profit of the Year: East Range
Developmental Achievement Center
(ERDAC)
• Young Professional of the Year: Annie

Bachscheider Perkio, Essentia Health
Foundation
• Ambassador of the Year: Dawn Berg
• Spirit of the Chamber: Brad Gustafson,
D. Gust Mini Storage

The event was sponsored by more than 30 Laurentian Chamber members of all sizes. Audio and visual production was provided by Leedrick Productions. Boomtown Woodfire Bar and Grill and Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant provided catering and beverage services, respectively. Photography was by Herberg Photography.

About the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce

The Laurentian Chamber supports business in the Quad Cities of Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron, and Virginia, as well as the surrounding region. Membership in the Laurentian Chamber supports a variety of events and committees dedicated to networking, legislative action, and training, and leadership opportunities. Visit www.laurentianchamber.org for more information or to join nearly 300 other local businesses providing support to their community.

Diane Mikolich (left), program director at the East Range Developmental Achievement Center, accepts Non-Profit of the Year on behalf of ERDAC.

Diane Mikolich (left), program director at the East Range Developmental Achievement Center, accepts Non-Profit of the Year on behalf of ERDAC.

Annie Bachscheider Perkio (left), foundation associate at Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Foundation, receives the Young Professional of the Year award.

Annie Bachscheider Perkio (left), foundation associate at Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Foundation, receives the Young Professional of the Year award.

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