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EDITOR'S BLOG: Grace Notes

A look at the problems facing southern Minnesota businesses

This Wednesday, I attended a workforce forum hosted by the Region Nine Development Commission. The forum was attended by several area leaders representing several cities, from Fairmont to St. James to Le Sueur. There was also someone from South Central College, the Southern Minnesota Workforce Center, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development and […]

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CURRENT ISSUE: April 2015

Cover Story

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Brian Tohal has a lot on his plate. As coordinator for the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation, he’s in charge of bringing new business to the city while cultivating the businesses that are already there.

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Feature Story

Traxler’s Hunting Preserve
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Jeff Traxler glanced out of the lodge window and his eyes lit up as he saw two young hunters posing with their grandfather outside of the Club House. “Families frequently pose for pictures,” he said, “several generations, each person holding a pheasant.”

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Feature Story

Schwanke Engines
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If you heard Tim Schwanke’s life story, you would probably sum up his career in one word: evolution. The Springfield auto shop owner entered the automotive industry 36 years ago straight out of college, offering diesel and transmission services to local customers out of an old Oldsmobile dealer shop he rented for $200 a month.

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Editor’s Letter

The Value of Relationships

A lot of factors go into running a successful business: business smarts, organization, the ability to look ahead and prepare for future trends. But beyond the nuts and bolts of every success story, there’s one common denominator: relationships.

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Hot Startz!

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

Creative Coop
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When Rob Lawson decided to start his own business, he discovered that one of the trickiest parts was finding affordable office space.

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Northern Energy Homes
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Melissa Orthun and her brother Michael Stenzel know something about houses. Their grandfather, Walter, and his brother, Charlie, were prominent home builders in the Mankato area from the 1960s to 1980s…

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Aurora Chiropractic
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Jennifer Stuvek always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but it was her first job at the Fairbanks Chiropractic Clinic that led her into the field of chiropractic.

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