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PHOTOS: Ellsworth Chamber celebrates lumberjack-style

Men competed for the best lumberjack costume in recognition of the banquet's "Lumberjack Bash" theme. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 14
Common Man Brewing Co. owner Russ Korpela, joined by Lisa Woletz and Raynee Farrell, displays his award for Best Restaurant/Tavern/Bar. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 14
Ellsworth School Board member Katie Feuerhelm, joined by Superintendent Barry Cain and School Board President Doug Peterson, displays the award for Large Business of the Year, awarded to Ellsworth School District. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 14
Bryan Reuvers and Cindy Reuvers, of Reuvers' Nursery, received the Best Professional Home Service award at the annual Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 14
Becky Beissel displays the Best Professional Service award on behalf of the winner, Designs by Jill. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 14
Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Paul Bauer displays the Best New Business award on behalf of the winner, Country Fit Nutrition. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 14
The best-dressed "Lumber Jills" strutted their stuff during banquet festivities Monday, Feb. 19, including (from left) Heather Logelin, Raynee Farrell, Kim Beebe, Tara McCracken and Becky Beissel. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 14
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery took home the chamber's Best Tourism Destination award. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 14
The chamber's Best Customer Service award was given to Vino in the Valley. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 14
Jack Hines kept the audience entertained while auctioning off cakes during the banquet. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 14
The Best Health & Wellness award went to Kollbaum Chiropractic. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 14
Raynee Farrell of Bank Mutual assisted Jack Hines during a cake auction at the banquet. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia12 / 14
Joe Walters and Darla Walters, of Walter's Electric Plumbing and Heating, display their award for Small Business of the Year. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 14
Russ Korpela was named Community Leader of the Year by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 14

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce honored its top businesses with the community-voted "Best of" awards at its annual banquet Monday, Feb. 19 at Kilkarney Hills in River Falls.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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