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EDITOR'S BLOG: Grace Notes

Minneapolis survey finds several concerns with hourly schedules

A June survey by the community group Neighborhood Organizations for Change asked more than 500 Minneapolis workers about workforce issues, with interesting results. In the survey, more than half of workers (55 percent) said they receive their work schedules a week or less in advance, and 17 percent said they found out their work schedule […]

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CURRENT ISSUE: July 2015

Cover Story

Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories LOCATION:

Tom Berg and his daughter Colleen Skillings have a lot in common. They share the same hometown: New Ulm, Minnesota. They share the same interests: swimming, skiing, cooking and traveling. They share the same commitment to their community, which is evident from the myriad of ways they volunteer in their free time.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Workforce Issues

Part I – A Troubling Shortage of Workers

Even as the unemployment rate dwindles to less than 6 percent, businesses across the country are still struggling to find enough workers. The term of the year is the “skills gap,” which plagues employers trying to hire people with advanced skills—especially in science, technology, education or math.

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Feature Story

TFE Enterprises
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n 1999, 23-year-old Chad Lyons thought he had his life all planned out. The Fairmont native was married with a young son, was working as a manager at a hog farm in Truman and was also serving in the Minnesota National Guard. He planned on going the full 20 years so he could earn a complete retirement package from the military.

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Feature Story

Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery
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When one thinks of wine, a few locations come to mind: France with its champagnes, Italy with its Sangiovese, California with its Cabernet Sauvignon. In other words, one does not usually think of Minnesota. Yet, hidden in an unassuming southeast corner of a state better known for hot dishes and lutefisk, the Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery has started making quite a name of itself in the world of wine.

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Editor’s Letter

The Necessity Of A Niche

When it comes to running a successful business, you’ve got to find your niche. Sometimes, it’s creating a product that’s superior to those produced by your competitors. Sometimes, it’s by delivering that product more quickly and accurately.

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Hot Startz!

Hot Startz! features very new or reformed businesses in our reading area. Contact us to be considered.

Mankato Coffeehouse
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While Darla Manke just opened her new coffee shop in downtown Mankato in February, she’s actually a coffee pro by now.

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Essential Elements Reflexology and Natural Healing
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For Nikki Bremer, her job is all about helping people. The new business owner was born in Fairmont but graduated from Spirit Lake High School in Iowa in 1989 before attending North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.

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Saint Peter Laundry Co.
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After 17 years in the sales industry, Megan Kaduce decided she’d had enough of the long drives and late nights. Instead, she and her husband, Larry, decided to start their own business in St. Peter.

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