The Elko New Market Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing you with the information needed to make sound business decisions.

Chamber President Josh Malwitz,

Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline

The Minnesota Department of Health has public hotlines to answer COVID-19 questions.

School and childcare questions:

651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Health questions:

651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Critical Worker Definitions:

Mayo Clinic Health System

Get the latest information from the Mayo Clinic Health System HERE!

The primary focus of Mayo Clinic Health System is the health and safety of patients, staff and our community. Know that we’re working diligently to ensure you receive the level of care, whether for COVID-19 or other concerns, that you’ve come to expect from Mayo Clinic Health System.

Below are some important updates we wanted to share with you:

COVID-19 | Preparing for the Holiday Week
Traditions play a big part in our lives during the holidays.  However, it can be difficult to maintain the same traditions each year due to family changes. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic brings additional challenges and concerns. We’ve compiled a few resources to help you plan Thanksgiving week:

5 tips for navigating changing holiday traditions  •  Holiday shopping

COVID-19 Testing: For your convenience and to help staff manage the increased volume at Mayo Clinic Health System testing sites, call your primary care provider or the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Nurse Line at 507-293-9525. Community testing sites are also available.  Learn more.

Quarantine vs. Isolation | What’s the difference?
Preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 is key to slowing the pandemic.  People who have symptoms, or who have suspected or known exposure to the virus, should practice self-quarantine or self-isolation. But what do the terms mean, and which should you do? Learn more

EverybodyIN Fund for Change | Submit applications by Nov. 29
Mayo Clinic has a long history of supporting organizations working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2020, employees of Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System demonstrated their own passion for making this work by making financial contributions to the EverybodyIN Fund for Change. $20,000 in Fund for Change grants are available to SWMN to support nonprofit organizations working to fight racism and advance equity, diversity and inclusion. Learn more and apply online.

Discover how gratitude can change your life
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for and open your heart to gratitude. However, 2020 has brought new challenges to many of us, which can make it difficult to feel grateful. Practicing thankfulness is one way to boost your spirits, feel happier and enhance your overall health. Join us for a month-long virtual program starting this week to “Discover Gratitude” with daily journaling of the big and small things in life for which you are thankful. Learn more.

Mayo Clinic research confirms critical role of masks in preventing COVID-19 infection
New, unpublished data from researchers at Mayo Clinic strongly support the protective value and effectiveness of widespread mask use and maintaining physical distance in helping stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more.

Help us spread the word about the importance of masking by participating in ‘Why I Mask.’  Submit a photo of yourself protecting others by wearing your mask to be shared on Mayo Clinic Health System’s social media channels. Get the details.

Elective appointment deferment

While our elective appointments and surgeries are being deferred, we will still see patients who have acute care needs, such as illnesses, injuries or required monitoring. For your own health and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important for you to call first before visiting a hospital or clinic.  

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is not available on a walk-in basis and patients must meet testing criteria. For our Mayo Clinic Health System patients in New Prague and the surrounding communities, call 952-758-4461 to speak to our dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line. If it is determined that you require testing, you will be directed to one of our dedicated drive through testing sites.

Please note COVID-19 testing is not available inside Mayo Clinic Health System campuses, including the Emergency Department. 

Mayo Clinic Health System COVID-19 Resources

We’re here for you and your families to help keep you healthy, safe and informed.

Local Community Assistance

Hope for the Community

Helping kids cope through the quarantine

Local Businesses



Mediacom Extends Company Initiatives to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

MEDIACOM PARK, NY – April 30, 2020 — Mediacom Communications announced today the company extension through June 30, 2020 of a series of previously announced initiatives directed at helping American families address work, education and health care challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Specific initiatives include:

• Offering the Mediacom Connect2Compete low-cost Internet program free for 60 days to new qualifying families.

• Extending the pricing of Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 service to new customers at $19.99 per month for 12 months (currently retails for $29.99 per month).

• Pausing monthly data allowances across all Mediacom Internet service tiers.

• Providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has forced schools across the nation to close their facilities and quickly implement online learning programs,” said John Pascarelli, Mediacom’s EVP of Operations. “By extending these initiatives through June 30th, Mediacom hopes to help students, teachers and administrators safely and successfully finish the 2019-20 school year.”

Along with these initiatives, Mediacom joined a number of other Internet service providers in recommitting to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge issued by Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai. As part of this pledge, Mediacom will not disconnect Internet or phone services or assess late fees to any customer that calls and informs the company that they cannot pay their bills through June 30th due to a COVID-19 related issue.

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About Mediacom Communications Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video and phone services to nearly 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states. The company delivers scalable broadband solutions to commercial and public-sector customers of all sizes through Mediacom Business, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at

Contact: Thomas Larsen SVP – Government & Public Relations (845) 443-2754

Schmitty and Sons

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone. A time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you. For more than 60 years, Schmitty & Sons has focused on our mission of safety for our passengers, employees, and the communities that we serve. This lasting mission guides us as we closely monitor, assess, and respond to this situation. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us as your transportation partner.

In response to the current situation, we’ve implemented our business continuity plan that examines all areas of business operations at every Schmitty & Sons location and have taken actions to ensure continued service to our customers. Rest assured, we are prepared to serve you.

First and foremost, our plan ensures the health and safety of our employees, so we can continue to deliver and support the transportation service you count on. We know many are concerned about how the impact the global health situation is having on our employees. Schmitty & Sons is proud to support our employees in their critical roles.

Precautionary measures have been taken to limit the potential spread of the virus, to support our employees in this challenging time and to ensure we maintain our ability to serve you, our customer, for the long term. Our senior leadership team remains vigilant and is monitoring the situation in real time and responding rapidly as conditions evolve.


New Market Elko Webster Lions Club

The N.E.W. lions have 2 raffles in play that must be delayed. All charitable gambling sites were shut down March 17th when all bars and restaurants in MN were closed. The gun raffle drawing for April 17 at the Double Wide and the 52 club raffle at Wagner park on May 1st have been postponed. We hope to announce new dates as soon as the Covid-19 shutdown is over. We apologize to our loyal supporters for this inconvenience.

Contact Lion Bob Larsen N.E.W. Lions Charitable Gambling manager with any questions or concerns.

Dakota Electric

Click to see the newsletter from Dakota Electric.

Grazing Acres

Grazing Acres is working hard to be able to share our meat with anyone who may be looking for an alternative place to “shop” right now. We work with two different butcher shops; both family-owned, one State-Inspected and the other Federally-Inspected and have standing dates to continue to bring animals in for quarters, halves and any ground or specialty cuts people may be looking for. We do ask that people contact us to set up a time to come by the farm and an idea of what they would like so we can adjust what we have on hand. They can reach out to us via our Facebook page or website.
Farmers Insurance
Open for business. We will operate in any manner you prefer as a client or prospect.  Happy to work on reviews or new quotes or even just update information!

Northfield Hospital

If community members would like to donate supplies like N95 masks they can email:

American Family Insurance

Open for business.

Endzone Bar and Grill

Open for take out.

Zweber Farms

Open for business.

Niemeyer Trailer Sales

We will be closed during the Safe at Home Executive order.  Please view our inventory, Truck Toppers, RV Parts Catalog and Summer tent trailer rentals on line. We will be available to answer any questions during this time by phone 952-461-2525 or email or feel free to contact me directly

Scott County Library System

Kids, Teens, & Families Scott County Library Newsletter March 2020 – 3/20 UPDATE

SCL Newsletter Kids, Teens, & Families – Special Edition March 26

Kids, Teens, & Families Scott County Library Newsletter 4/6 SPECIAL EDITION

Kids, Teens, & Families Scott County Library Newsletter 4/21 SPECIAL EDITION

Kids, Teens, & Families Scott County Library Newsletter 4/24 SPECIAL EDITION

Seniors At Home

Seniors at Home, Inc. is providing free grocery shopping and delivery for Elko New Market residents. In addition, Seniors at Home, Inc. can provide free food assistance for those in need, however, assistance is limited to Elko New Market residents. Food will be delivered to their home. The owner is a resident of Elko New Market. Residents can email, text or call to request service.

Text: 612.865.8371
Call: 952.222.7700

Business News and Resources

Latest News from the Governor

Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

Scott County Community Resources

Applications are re-opening for the Scott County COVID-19 Recovery Program for small businesses.

Applicants who missed the initial deadline can apply to be added to a waitlist that NextStage will work through in the order applications are received, as funding remains available.

We’d appreciate your help in spreading the word to small businesses throughout Scott County. We have shared on the CDA Facebook ( and LinkedIn ( pages as well.

The link to apply is:

Guidelines for the program can still be found on our website at:

MN Department of Health

MN Unemployment Insurance

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Meant to help sustain businesses and organizations amid economic hardship.

Possible bill that would provide no interest loans for small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease

US Chamber of Commerce

MN Chamber of Commerce Toolkit

DEED Developments Blog