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Heinemann is new CC president

Kim Heinemann is the new president of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.

Heinemann is leaving her position as manager of advertising and marketing at Nor-Lake to fill the position that was vacated by Mary Claire Olson in December. Olson is a vice president with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce.

Heinemann and her family live in St. Joseph Township. She has been with Nor-Lake for 17 years. Prior to that she held a similar position with Niro Inc. in Hudson for 10 years. She has been with the Chamber of Commerce for 15 years, serving on the board of directors, and as chairman of the executive board. She has also served on the membership committee and was voted Chamber Member of the Year.

Interim president Vance Haesemeyer said 24 applications were received for the position and the board considered several strong candidates before making their offer to Heinemann. "But we are thrilled to have Kim. Her 27 years of experience within the community and her participation with the Chamber made her the best choice to work with our new staff and give the Chamber the continuity it needs."

Heinemann credited her bosses at Nor-Lake, DuWayne Bakke and the late Marie Blakeman, for encouraging strong support and involvement in the Hudson Chamber. Heinemann said her experience over the past 15 years with the organization should mean a smooth transition with the staff and members.

"I am already familiar with the key business leaders and business contacts in the Hudson area. Since I have the experience of working with them on various Chamber functions, the community and business leaders will see that networking and membership are my strengths. I look forward to an exciting new career."

Heinemann will assume her new duties on or before March 15.

For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at (715) 386-8411 or go online at

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Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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