Sauk Centre Area Response Fund to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Sauk Centre, Minn. – The Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation (SCACF) announced today the establishment of the Sauk Centre Area Response Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. To make a contribution to the fund, visit

Sara Carlson, Executive Director of the Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation stated, “Just as social distancing allows us to support our friends and neighbors health, the Sauk Centre Area Response Fund is an opportunity to financially support the many needs our community members are facing, and will continue to face, due to COVID-19. Together we can make a difference!”

The SCACF will work with local agencies to identify the greatest needs of the community and disseminate the funds to local 501c(3) nonprofits, governmental and faith-based organizations.

There is also a statewide relief fund being operated by the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the St. Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation.  For more information on this fund, visit 

The Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation (SCACF), a partner of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and powered by CommunityGiving, is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 850 funds totaling more than $150 million. Learn more at


Sauk Centre Chamber

March 17, 2020

To Our Valued Chamber Members,

Information is being updated often hourly and it can be a bit overwhelming we've simplified this for you and put the resources in one easy to find location.

The health and safety of our members is our number one concern. Every day, sometimes hourly, information is being provided regarding best practices and dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. We have chosen to follow the guidelines put forth by MN Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As a result, here is are a few updates/changes: 

  • We have postponed all networking and events scheduled through April 18th. This includes our Third Thursday Networking, Spring Out, and Designer Bag Bingo. More information on each of those can be found on our Facebook page. If you have cancellations, hours of operation changes or anything you'd like shared, you can tag the chamber in your FB post or email the information and we can assist you with those needs.

 Collaborating with MN Chamber of Commerce and organizations to provide you the most support: 

  • We are working with DEED and other economic development agencies to distribute the COVID survey to businesses in MN. We want to hear from you, our members! Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and tell us the critical steps you are taking to help your business persevere. Businesses who respond to the survey seeking resources will be contacted and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will loop us (the local chambers) to assist and respond to needs. The survey is simple and gets to the heart of the matter quickly. Click here for the survey. Thank you!

Finally, we are seeking input from you, our members, on how your Chamber can be of the most assistance as we weather this crisis together. If you have ideas, information, or questions please email them to us at


March 16, 2020

Contact: Teddy Tschann


Governor Walz Orders Temporary Closure of Restaurants, Bars, Other Places of Public Amusement

Governor also took action to support affected employees

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Following the Minnesota Department of Public Health’s announcement today that the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota climbed past 50 with multiple cases of community transmission, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-04 to order the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. He also ordered the temporary closure of other places of public accommodation and amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers, and community clubs.

In an effort to support the many Minnesotans affected by these closures, the Governor signed Executive Order 20-05 to strengthen Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and ensure that workers who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19 have benefits available. Specifically, this Executive Order will waive the employer surcharge and allow the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pay unemployment benefits immediately, providing fast relief to employees who need it.

“As the cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota continue to climb, we must take decisive action to curb the spread of this pandemic and protect the health and safety of Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “This is a challenging time for business owners, employees, children and families alike. We must come together as One Minnesota to care for our neighbors and slow the spread of COVID-19.”

“Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to make tough decisions, and we know that many families will be impacted by these closings,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “That’s why we are making it easier for employees who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 to receive unemployment benefits quickly and continue to support themselves and their families.”

“We understand the hardships these closings place on Minnesota’s workforce, and that’s why we’re focused on supporting workers and businesses who may have to temporarily close their doors,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We’ve strengthened the state’s unemployment insurance program to expedite an increase in applicants looking for support, and we’ll stand by employers who may need new resources in this evolving economic climate.”

“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is very important, and we continue to update our guidance as more information comes in,” said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm. “With Minnesota now having confirmed 54 cases of COVID-19 and three cases associated with community spread, we need to take these temporary actions to flatten the outbreak curve, so we can avoid stretching our health care system too much.”


Businesses affected by this rule closing must close by 5:00 PM tomorrow, March 17 until March 27 at 5:00PM. Delivery and curbside takeout services are permitted and should continue to observe the community mitigation strategies recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health.


The full list of businesses affected by this rule closing is below:

i.Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption. This excludes institutional and in-house food cafeterias for businesses, hospitals, and long-term care facilities;

ii.  Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, and other places of public accommodation that offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption;

iii.Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption;

iv.Theaters, cinemas, museums, and indoor and outdoor performance venues; 

v.Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoors sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, and spas;

vi.Amusement parks, arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities;

vii.Facilities of country clubs, golf clubs, boating or yacht clubs, sports or athletic clubs, and dining clubs.