Editor’s Note: Spotlight on our Cities is a monthly sub-blog that coincides with a HomeTown Focus series, “Focus on Community.”
Chisholm is literally an “event-full” lil’ town. For a city with a population of just under 5,000, it has to have one of the highest community events-per-capita in the state. But events aren’t the only thing Chisholm has going for it. A lovely setting, great people, and awesome partnerships are helping make things happen all over town.
The Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce does a great job developing and running events, like the Chilly Open, Moonlight Escape Rooms, DMG Days, the Holiday Expo and more. It helps that they have some wonderful community partners to help maximize opportunities for all ages.
Northern Traxx ATV Club is a huge asset for the community. They’ve worked hard to build a 16-mile ATV trail and promote club rides and youth training classes.
The city is also fortunate to have the Downtown Revitalization Project bringing fresh ideas and a touch of culture to Chisholm’s iconic Lake Street.
This group created a historic walking tour, helped enhance Kiwanis Park near the Longyear Lake shore, and developed a pocket park further up the street, complete with artwork and programming!
Their latest project will bring a beautiful mural to Lake Street.
The Chisholm Beautification Association is active as well, planting trees, painting houses and supporting the Bruce Mine Headframe Park (more on that below).
Throughout the year, the Chisholm Kiwanis actively sponsor events, like Kids Days, the annual ice-fishing contest, and Holly Jolly. And the city is very fortunate to have the Chisholm Community Foundation and Chisholm Kids Plus around to host and sponsor a wide range of activities and projects.
And let’s not forget that Chisholm has not one, but two amazing museums.
Both of these must-stop locations offer hands-on exhibits for kids and special activities like monthly Family Discovery Days at Minnesota Discovery Center and the annual Iron Pour at the Museum of Mining.
Best of all, no one in Chisholm is standing around waiting for things to happen. New developments include the Redhead Regional Mountain Bike Park at Minnesota Discovery Center, and an interpretive site at Bruce Mine Headframe, along the Mesabi Trail.
This project celebrates mining history and enhances a unique feature along the Mesabi Trail.
With so many things happening all year round in Chisholm, it’s no wonder that you can find great places to eat on Lake Street. From Snickers and Choppy’s to Jim’s Sports Club and the legendary Valentini’s – and don’t forget Black Bear Bakery – there’s a lot of fun and some of the best food on the Range waiting for visitors and locals alike.
So get out there! See what happens when a community comes together with the support of a great City Council, city staff and local leaders to make an awesome town even better.