The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recognized four local businesses on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Jeff Hess is the Executive Director at the Alexandria HRA, which recently moved into its new location at 809 Broadway St. in Alexandria. The new location offers a more professional atmosphere for employees to work in and meet with potential tenants and homebuyers. The Alexandria HRA promotes and provides affordable housing solutions and community development programs through public and private partnerships. Learn more at

Bill and Jan Teschendorf are the new owners of Magpie located at 529 Broadway St. in downtown Alexandria. Though the new owners just took over in September of 2019, Jan has been working there for more than 14 years and knows the business well. Magpie is a boutique offering a variety of items ranging from women’s clothing, to jewelry, baby items fudge and many other knick knacks. Learn more at

Nick Grey is Lead Pastor at Reach Church, formerly known as Living Waters Church, located at 1310 N Nokomis St. NE in Alexandria. The church rebranded with a new name and with a mission to “Reach the Lost”. Worship service is every Sunday at 9:30 am. Learn more at

Anthony Larson and Brett Bloedorn purchased property in the spring of 2019 and opened Tru Lumber in June of 2019 at 1301 N Nokomis St. NE in Alexandria. Tru Lumber is a lumberyard offering quality-building materials at affordable prices to the Alexandria area. It keeps “true” to its customers by providing transparent pricing with no hidden fees or markups – just an 18% margin. Learn more at

The Chamber Ambassadors serve as an active communication link to cultivate and promote positive relationships between the Chamber and the business community for members and non-members.

For more information about the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 320-763-3161.