Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson is the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator.

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at C-A-L Ranch, to commemorate their grand re-opening.  The business is managed by Wayne Hubbard.  C-A-L Ranch  Store is located at 226 N Overland, Burley. Business hours are 8am – 8pm, Monday through Saturday and 9am – 5 pm on Sunday; their business number is 678-7610.  C-A-L Ranch store specializes in retail, clothing, boots, livestock feed, pet food and supplies, lawn and garden, fencing, rope, chain, guns, sporting goods, camping, and vet supplies.

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

Autumn is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter usually in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier.

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalised to the original Latin word autumnus.[7] There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day (cf. Dutch herfst and German Herbst). However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write,  the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.[8][9]

Yep, Fall is the greatest time of the year - warm during the day and cool at nights, and NO mosquitoes!

The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".[10]

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America.

I hope you got past the definitions and continued to read on;  I found it fascinating how we got some terms for the language that we use most of the time on a daily basis.

School is in session, or about to start, and that reminds us that fall is “just around the corner.”   A new school year, chances to make new friends, and catch up on all those self-made promises to do better this year at my studies. Kids are telling stories of what they did over the summer; the shock of getting up earlier in the morning is beginning to ease, and most of the kids are looking forward to class.  As we see  kids running to and from the busses, we are reminded to drive extra defensively, especially through those school zones!

The leaves are starting to change on the trees, bursting into a kaleidoscope of wonderful colors - one would almost think they are looking at a canvass painting by a Skilled Painter (well they are).

Changes are in the air.  Even if the temperature is still in the 80’s and 90’s, changes are happening.  The days are getting shorter and the crops are telling us that harvest needs to happen in the fields and in our gardens also.   I do hope that this growing season of 2011 has been a productive one for all of the Mini-Cassia area.

As the season of change occurs in Nature, there are also changes happening in our community and workplaces.  Change is inevitable, such as what is happening in our schools, economy, health care, taxes, just to name a few, flexibility in our lives is necessary because of the laws enacted by the State and Federal government.  We don’t want to stick our heads in the sand and deny that change may affect us.   I believe that we will want to have some input with what happens in our work place and community.  It might be time to join the Chamber of Commerce to add our input and support.

The Chamber of Commerce works on the local level to bring the business & the farming community together to develop strong local networks, which can result in a business-to-business exchange. In most cases, local Chambers work with their local government, such as their mayor, their city council and local representatives to develop pro-business, farming, community initiatives & advocate working to assure economic vitality and quality of life within the region.

Let’s embrace the future with resolve that we can make a difference in the outcome by involving ourselves with the process.

I look forward to visiting with you, please feel free to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that

Respectfully submitted

David Hruza

September Spotlight

Columbia Electric Supply

1027 Normal Ave., Burley, Idaho


Columbia Electric Supply is an electrical wholesale company and provides electrical products for industrial, commercial and residential applications.  They are a division of Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.

Jeff Wood, General Manager has been with the company for thirty-five years.  There are five employees who work at Columbia Electric Supply and all bring excellent service.

Pictured left to right are: Jeff Wood, Manager; Lynn Veneman, Purchasing Agent; Monte Brown, Warehouse Agent; Darena Wageman, Bookkeeper. Not pictured is Lois Wood, Account Manager.

The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Minidoka Home Health and Hospice, to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by Minidoka Memorial Hospital and is managed by Joye Simpson. Business hours are 8am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday; they have a 24/7 on call nurse who can be reached at 436-9019.  They are located at 1218 9th St. Suite 4 in Rupert.

Big River Clean Sweep is owned and operated by Jeff hawker.  Call 219-4757 for fast service.

Dennis Jackson of Burley was Thursday's winner of Mini-Cassia Trivia.  Congratulations Dennis!  Enjoy spending your $50 in Chamber Cash!

Gerri Rogers is our Wednesday's night winner of Mini-Cassia Trivia.  Gerri lives in Rupert.


223 Scott Ave

Rupert, ID 83350


Arrowhead Potato Company was established in 1995 and was sold to Moss Produce LLC in 2007.  Arrowhead is a fresh potato pack plant and sells over the United States.  They sell Russet Burbank, Norkotah, French Fingerling, Russian Banana, and Yukon Gold.  Ron Price, General Manager, said the prices of potatoes will still be good but not as high as last year.  Arrowhead Potato Company not only sells to large companies but will sell to the walk-in individual.

Becky Penri of Burley is Tuesday's winner of $50 in Chamber Cash.  Becky brought her father in to help spend her Chamber Cash at the Chambers' Idaho Gift Shop.  Her father was stationed on a ship during World War II.  They will be attending a reunion of his shipmates at Eugene, Oregon and will be taking products from Idaho.  Her father is known to his shipmates as "Idaho".  Thank you for playing Mini-Cassia Trivia, Becky! 

Meadow Tracey was the Friday night winner of the Minidoka County Fair.  Meadow won $50 in Chamber Cash which she can spend at over 50 participating merchants.

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