Carol Olson Celebrates 34 Years At Bemidji Area Chamber Of Commerce


SUBMISSIONS IN LATE MARCH AND WILL SELECT ABOUT 10 FINALISTS FROM AMONG THE GROUP.>>>THE BEMIDJI AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL BE SAYING THEIR GOODBYE SOON TO LONG TIME CHAMBER EMPLOYEE CAROL OLSON. OLSON GREW UP IN BEMIDJI AND HAS WORKED WITH THE CHAMBER FOR 34 YEARS. OLSON WILL RETIRE FROM THE CHAMBER ON MARCH 1st. DESTINY WIGGINS TELLS US MORE.>>CAROL OLSON WHO GREW UP IN BEMIDJI STARTED WORKING AT THE BEMIDJI AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN 1986 AS A TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER MANAGER WHERE SHE REMEMBERS MAKING COPIES ON A DITTO MACHINE AND TYPED ON STENCILS.>>ONE OTHER THING THAT’S REAL DIFFERENT IS THE BUILDING THAT I WAS IN, THE BUILDING THAT WE STARTED WAS A LOG BUILDING, AND THAT WAS FROM ’86 TO ’95. IN ’95, WE MOVED IN TO THE TIC BUILDING.>>IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT IN THE 34 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS OLSON HAS SPENT AT THE CHAMBER, SHE’S MET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND CREATED AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF MEMORIES.>>THE THING I LIKED THE MOST WAS THE PEOPLE COMING IN HERE WITH STORIES THAT THEY WOULD TELL ABOUT THAT THEY CAME HERE WITH THEIR — WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. THEY GREW UP HERE AND WERE BRINGING THEIR KIDS AND THEIR GRANDKIDS BACK HERE. STORIES LIKE THAT HAPPENED FREQUENTLY, AND IT WAS INTERESTING, SOME OF THE THINGS THEY WOULD ASK.>>CAROL OLSON TAKES PRIDE IN FINDING NEW RESTAURANT DEALS CONNECTING FAMILIES AND PROVIDING FUN ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY WHEN THEY COME AND VISIT THE AREA. OLSON’S DAY TO DAY DUTIES ARE TO ANSWER THE TELEPHONE, FILL THE BROCHURE RACK AND MAKE SURE SHE HAS ENOUGH INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO VISIT BEMIDJI.>>IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND JUST BASICALLY THE TOWN HAS ALWAYS STAYED FRIENDLY. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A TOWN THAT’S CONTINUED TO GROW. JUST WITH SO MANY CHANGES, IT JUST SEEMS TO KEEP DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING.>>OLSON’S LOVE FOR HER COMMUNITY AND ABILITY TO HELP OTHERS HAS MADE HER A GREAT ADDITION TO THE BEMIDJI CHAMBER, AND SHE’S GLAD SHE WAS ABLE TO HELP OTHERS DURING HER TIME THERE. REPORTING IN BEMIDJI, DESTINY WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.>>DENNIS: THE CHAMBER WILL BE HOSTING A CELEBRATION SERVICE FOR BOTH CAROL OLSON AND DEAN BEATTIE WHO IS ALSO LEAVING THE CHAMBER.

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