What is the Community of Minnesota Resorts All About?

Our Mission:
The Community of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) exists to help family owned and operated resorts in Minnesota to continue as a viable segment of the Minnesota tourism industry.

Our Motto:
The Community of Minnesota Resorts’ motto is “Resorters Helping Resorters.”  We believe that none of us alone is as smart as all of us together.

The Community of Minnesota Resorts is an industry association dedicated to the mission of helping family owned and operated resorts in Minnesota to continue as a viable segment of the Minnesota tourism industry. The association is entirely volunteer supported. We assist members in marketing and education and assure a voice at the MN state capitol. Every year we offer scholarships to member’s children or grandchildren, give an annual “Resorter of the Year Award”, and offer vendors an opportunity to connect with resorts through our Associate Member Program.

Join the CMR, or Renew Your Membership Today

There are multiple ways for you to Join, or Renew your membership.

Fill Out our Online Application.

Call 320-212-5107 or email us.

Or, print and fill out a CMR Membership Application.

CMR Membership Application

MAIL TO: CMR – Community of Minnesota Resorts
PO Box 61
Dent, MN 56528
Attn: Membership Division

Are you a vendor who would like to be an Associate Member of the CMR?  Just fill out our Associate Member Application and Mail to the above address.

Associate Membership Application

Benefits of Being A Member of the CMR

Marketing Benefits of CMR

Educational Benefits of CMR

Legislative Benefits of CMR

Vendor Discounts

Special discounts are offered to CMR members (i.e. low rates on credit card processing, special wholesale pricing on log furniture, 10% off reservation software, 5% off lawn equipment, etc.)

Workshops and Conferences

Fall Conference

The CMR Fall Conference is coming up quickly. It is scheduled at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. There is an optional “Fun Day” scheduled for those that are interested on Saturday, October 27th.  Click here for the 2018 CMR Fall Confereence Brochure and Registration

Some of the many speakers and topics include:

  • Contracts for Deed: Risks and Benefits: Zach Johnson, Thomason, Swanson & Zahn. Contracts for Deed were once the primary way that resort businesses were sold. Times are changing. Contracts for Deed are coming back in fashion.
  • Income Tax Updae and Related Planning Strategies: Bruce Imholte, CPA will explain what changes are coming to the code that will impact us. Learn how you can be prepared.
  • Preparing for Success When All is Changing Around Us: John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism (EMT) will update us on changes happening in the tourism industry. He is ready to answer questions.
  • Claudia Around the World Tours: Claudia Allene has unique experiences and insight to customer service. She traveled the world for 3 years and has gained a whole new perspecitve on customer service. Think outside the box and listen to what she has to say!
  • The Science Behind Cleaning Products: Chris Gatewood, Territory Manager, Cole Papers knows his business, cleaning products. He will tell us the science behind cleaning produces, how they clean and how they are made and will touch on FDA safety.
  • Reduce Negativity: Eliminating Thought Circles and Tornadoes: Willow Sweeney, Top 20 Training Speaker and Author received such great feedback when she presented to us last year that we asked her to come back this year. She will help us learn how to reduce and be aware of negativity in our own thinking.
  • DNR Fisheries, Update and Norhtern Regulation: Brad Person, the new MN DNR Fisheries Chief will update us on what is happening in the Fisheries Department.
  • Panel of Resorters: Some of the questions that will be discussed are What are some of the decisions made that they would do again? What would they have done differently? What advice would they give new resorters?
  • Entertainment: In the evenings and during breaks, make sure to take the time to talk to your fellow resorters. One evening we will have a fun Team Trivia Game!
  • Vendor Show: Come to the Vendor Show to find out about products of interest to Resorters! Of course there will be the great prize giveaways and you must be present to win!
  • CMR Famous Cracker-Barrel Sessions: Ask questions, listen to answers, learn from your fellow resorters!
  • Much more!

Additionally, we have a Resorter’s Fun Day scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. We will meet at Cragun’s at 1:00 and “get on the bus” for a breweries tour. We will tour Roundhouse Brewery, Jack Pine Brewery and Gull Dam Brewery. The cost is only $20 per person for the bus. If you aren’t able to go on the tour, join us for dinner at Cragun’s when we return at 5:30! Be sure to check the box on the Registration that you are interested in the tour.



Annual Fall Resort Tour

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 was the most recent CMR Fall Resort Tour. It was well attended with about 20 resorts being represented by about 40 people. The resorts that graciously opened their doors to us were:

Little Boy Resort, Longville
Timber Trails Resort, Remer
Brindley’s Harbor Resort, Walker

If you weren’t able to attend this year, think about next year. It is a great time to see old friends or make new friends and just spend a relaxing day away from your resort after a busy summer season.

School of Resorting

Classes are offered and change throughout the year – check back often!

Day On the Hill

CMR Day On The Hill
Our last Day on the Hill was in March of 2018. Once we ahve our plans confirmed for 2019, we will for sure be updating this information and communicating that information to you!

We hope you join us for our next Day on the Hill. We cannot do it without you! For questions please contact Jim Whierley at or 218-758-2020.

Each year during “Day On The Hill” (DOH), we travel to the Capitol to meet with legislators about issues that have a direct impact on our resort businesses. It is vitally important that we continue to reinforce our message to all legislators, and to get in front of policy makers so they are aware of those issues impacting us as resort owners and tourism in general within Minnesota. We want to get in front of as many legislators as possible to make sure they understand the issues facing our resorts. To do this we need you to attend!

CAN WE “LURE” YOU TO ATTEND? We are asking individuals from every resort in the CMR, representing all areas of the state, to attend this year’s Day On The Hill. We need all of you as members of the Community of Minnesota Resorts to visit with the legislators and communicate how various issues such as Child Labor Laws, Post Labor Day School Start, Funding for EMT, Broadband Internet, Vacation Rentals by Owner, Emotional Support Animals and various other issues impact our resort businesses. It is a busy, but rewarding experience.

You are actively involved in all aspects of your business. Don’t forget the legislative aspect. Through DOH, the CMR has, and will continue to, influence future legislative decisions by informing legislators how issues impact resorts and the travel and tourism industry in general. The legislators DO listen, and want to hear from the individuals and businesses they represent. Help us “LIMIT” out and fill the bus! The more attendees, the more we can voice our message: the more voices, the more we are heard.

Support, information and talking points to prepare for meeting with legislators. (Meetings are pre arranged by our Lobbyist, Joel Carlson). We visit legislators in groups typically of 3 or more, so you can contribute as much or as little as you feel comfortable.
– A gift to leave behind with each legislator to remind them of our issues. Last year, the leave behind was a Daredevil Lure, so our theme was centered on “fishing” of course!
-Free transportation to and from St. Paul.
-Drinks and treats on the bus, and at the Capitol each day.

WHAT “TACKLE” DO YOU NEED TO ATTEND? We need you to help “reel” in support of legislators to our issues that impact our resorts. Your only cost would be for the hotel room, plus dinner one evening, and lunch when we stop on the drive down.


Spring Workshop

A big thank you to everyone that attended the 2018 CMR Spring Workshop at Boyd Lodge, Crosslake, on April 10th. We had well over 50 resorters attend the workshop. It was a perfect way to spend a spring day…. expecially since the spring weather isn’t cooperating this year.

-MN Department of Natural Resources, Lieutenant Chad Sherack, covered a number of topics. He talked about the new northern regulation, our rights and responsibilities when dealing with our guests and their behaviors (over fishing, boating irresponsibly, etc.), how to deal with nuisance animals, when DNR permits are required. He kept our attention during his whole presentation!

-The Impact of Print: Sherry Frick, Minuteman Press, Shared with us her expertise in marketing and print. She explained how to use print to connect with our guests.

-Panel of Resorters: Activities and Amenities: Black Pine Beach Resort, Finn n’ Feather Resort and Boyd Lodge were gracious with their time and answered so many questions about what they have done or not done in the past, what they want to do in the future, and what their philosophy is regarding activities and amenities.

-Getting the Most out of your CMR Membership: we heard lots about what you can do to get even more out of your CMR membership. There were quick reference guides that explains how to update your information on the CMR website (Log in, What is on the Dashboard add photos, edit information, Last Minute Openings). We also received a list of topics that you can find in previous editions of the Resorter Magazine. The benefit of serving on the CMR Board, attending the CMR Day on the Hill, attending the CMR Fall Conference…..

-Crackerbarrels (they are always a huge hit) We had 2 planned. They weren’t enough. We will have more of them and more time allotted at the CMR Fall Conference. Chatting during breaks and lunch is always fun too. It is great to chat with other resorters.

-Explore Minnesota Tourism and a Legislative update

Thank you again to those that attended the 2018 CMR Spring Workshop. Hopefully we will see you at the Fall Conference!


Resorter of the Year

2017 — Kim and Jay Jamtgaard, Wildwood Resort, Grand Rapids, MN

Jay and Kim have been resorting for 19 years and had many things to share of their growth, successes, failures, struggles, and the joys and challenges of being a resort family. Like what many other resort owners will say, they had no clue what they were getting into, but as they raise their children on the resort, they said, “There is no better environment to raise a family.” When they purchased Wildwood Resort in 1999 it had nine traditional 2-3 bedroom cbains. In the last 19 years they have replaced all the cabins with year-round 2-6 bedroom cabins. Their most recent cabin, being a duplex with 3-bedrooms on each side, is their largest cabin. They expanded their business into 4-seasons and find that all 9 of their cabins are frequently rented at the same time in the winter.
For more information about Kim and Jay or previous ROY Award Winners, click on View Resorter of the Year Award Winners link below.

Contact Information
35748 Wildwood Rd.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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View President & Past Presidents

View Resorter of the Year Award Recipients