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DL woman selected for MN chamber post

Laurie Lewandowski, chief executive officer of SJE-Rhombus, Detroit Lakes, will serve as past chair of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2008-09.

She was among the new officers and board members recognized Oct. 1 by Minnesota Chamber members at their annual meeting in St. Paul.

The 50-member volunteer board represents businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota.

These business leaders set public policy priorities for the business community, debate and approve legislative policies developed by member committees, and carry the message for the business community to the State Capitol.

Other Minnesota Chamber officers are: chair - Ginny Morris, president of Hubbard Radio, Twin Cities; chair-elect - Dave McMillan, executive vice president of Minnesota Power; Duluth; secretary-treasurer - Dave Beito, president of Northern State Bank, Thief River Falls.

"The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is recognized as an everyday problem-solver for our members," Morris said. "We represent and advance the interests of all sizes and types of businesses across the state."

"We will again advance an aggressive agenda for 2009," she said. "Balancing the impending state budget shortfall within the state's existing revenues is more important than ever in today's economic environment. Our members have made it clear that raising taxes is not an option."

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is the state's largest business advocacy organization, representing approximately 2,400 businesses and more than a half-million employees on state public policy and regulatory issues.