By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN “How can I help?”
That’s a question people are likely to hear when talking to Kim Larson.
As the new Delano Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) management assistant, Larson is genuinely interested in helping the community any way she can.
“I love working with people, and I’m looking forward to filling a need at the chamber,” said Larson, whose first day was June 6.
Larson will act as a liaison for the chamber promoting Delano and encouraging business growth.
She’s also the one people can call for information.
“It doesn’t have to be a question about the chamber,” Larson said. “If you need any information about the community, I’ll find it out for you.”
Throughout the year, Larson will be involved in various community events, such as Taste of Delano, the Delano Business Expo, and the Delano Heritage Festival.
Larson is excited to introduce herself to local businesses, to see how the chamber can help them.
In addition to her job at the chamber, Larson is also on call for Stahlke Bus Service, and works at Delano Municipal Liquor each Saturday.
“I like all the variety,” Larson said.
In her spare time, Larson is active on Delano’s Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and at Delano United Methodist Church.
Larson’s commitment to serve others began in high school, while she was working as an aide in a nursing home.
She thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the residents, and felt compassion for the ones who didn’t have support from family members.
“It would break my heart,” she said. “I’d think, ‘what can I do to help them?’”
Originally, Larson and her husband, Gary, lived in the Fargo/Moorhead area. When Gary got hired in the warehouse division of Supervalu in Hopkins, the family moved to Eden Prairie.
The Larsons eventually decided they wanted to live in a less busy area, and began searching for a new home.
When they discovered Delano, Larson said it was a perfect fit because of its size, accessibility to the Twin Cities, and educational opportunities for their three children.
“The school sold me, for sure,” Larson said.
Now, 15 years later, the Larson children have lives of their own. One recently graduated from college, one is married and living in Richfield, and one is married with two sons in California.
In Delano, Larson was a business owner for five years. Before becoming the chamber management assistant, she had also been a community lifestyle coordinator at The Legacy in Delano.
“Kim’s outgoing personality, welcoming smile, and over 30 years of working with the public make her the right fit for this position,” DACC President Adam Kleve noted. “Kim looks forward to building strong relationships with all of our members and will surely be an asset to the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce.”
To contact Larson at the DACC, call (763) 972-6756 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.