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EDITOR'S BLOG: Grace Notes

Education Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

Growing up, I heard all about the importance of going to college. It wasn’t just my folks who mentioned it; nearly every high school teacher also stressed how critical it was to earn that precious college degree.

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CURRENT ISSUE: September 2015

Cover Story

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Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland. These were some of some of the elusive “triple threats” of the Hollywood Golden Age, leaving a legacy thanks to their equally impressive acting, dancing and singing skills. While you won’t see her on the big screen, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson is another “triple threat.” For her, it’s the experience she brings to the table from her time in the private, the nonprofit and the public sectors.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Workforce Issues

Part II – Training The Next Generation

Across southern Minnesota, employers are facing a workforce shortage as they try to fill positions within their businesses—especially in the technical fields of science, engineering, technology and manufacturing. While there are several factors at play, one of the biggest is the way we look at the next generation of workers.

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Feature Story

Industrial Fabrication Services
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In 1984, Ken Wilmes was at a crossroads. At the time, the 30-year-old Mankato native was working at JMF Manufacturing, a manufacturing business formerly located in Lake Crystal. There, he was a project manager, overseeing work on everything from feed mills to grain elevators. While he was successful in his work, the overall business was not, shutting its doors that year.

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Feature Story

St. Peter Stained Glass Studio
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St. Peter artist and business owner Bob Vogel travels the world to find inspiration for his unique artwork. “Just show up.” That’s Bob Vogel’s philosophy for reaching a goal. “To start anything, you first have to show up, and good things will usually follow.”

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Editor’s Letter

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

You won’t get far if you never step out of your comfort zone. Business owners know this. They know the importance of weighing risks with possibilities, of balancing security and innovation. No matter the situation, rarely will a business evolve without first stepping out of that comfort zone.

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Hot Startz!

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

Kato Cue Club
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For Josh Raines, pool has always been a passion. Now, he’s found a way to make it an even bigger part of his life: opening the Kato Cue Club, Mankato’s first pool hall in more than a decade.

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Cafe Euro
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For Renata Konopka, the path that led her to opening a restaurant in Sleepy Eye was a long and twisting one. Konopka grew up in Krakow, Poland. She lived with her mother, while her father, a U.S. citizen, lived in America.

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DC Archery
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For Dave Franklin, starting an archery shop wasn’t about making big bucks. It was about creating a place where his kids could practice their sport. “The kids needed a place to shoot,” he said.

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