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Marco named by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of 100 best companies to work for

  Marco was recently named the recipient of the 2016 100 Best Companies to Work For Award, presented by Minnesota Business magazine. “We are proud to salute these 100 companies who realize their most important assets are their employees,” says Minnesota Business Editor in Chief Steve LeBeau.” This instills such a heartfelt loyalty, that these […]

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EDITOR'S BLOG: Grace Notes

Sometimes, You’ve Just Got to Jump

“Hey, Grace, I can see our house from here!” I craned my neck to look over my sister’s shoulder and out the window of the cramped Cessna Supervan 900. Sure enough, as we hovered 13,000 feet above the ground, I could faintly make out my parents’ farm tucked into the green hills of western Wisconsin.

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CURRENT ISSUE: May 2016

Cover Story

Keri Solheid and Colleen Van Blarcom LOCATION:

Nearly everyone can remember the excitement of going to eat at McDonald’s as a kid: the bright yellow-and-red interior, the colorful indoor playground, the Happy Meal (and, most importantly, the toy that came with it). It was a special treat, a place to celebrate a birthday or a good report card.

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Special Section

Extreme Businesses of Southern Minnesota

As consumers finally start to emerge from the recent recession and loosen their financial belts, an interesting trend is coming to light: just how people spend their newly available money.

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Feature Story

Drive-A-Tank
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The tank crashes through the underbrush, crushing anything in its path. It lumbers past trees, a 25-foot-long, 62-ton metal behemoth on the hunt. It plows through a shallow pond, barely slowing its 30 mph pace as it sprays mud and splashes water.

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Feature Story

Rich Draheim – Weichert Realtors, Community Group
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There’s a famous scene in the classic 1939 movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” where naïve Senator Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart) starts his filibuster of a corrupt bill that is being pushed through the legislature in order to benefit the political machine pulling strings behind the scenes.

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Editor’s Letter

Risky Business

There’s a well-known saying: “No guts, no glory.” It’s true in a lot of areas of life, and that includes business. Rarely will a business see incredible success if the owners play it safe.

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Hot Startz!

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

Oswald Brewing Company
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John Oswald took quite a meandering path before ending up with his own business in Blue Earth, but he’s definitely glad to be back in the southern Minnesota area.

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Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm
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When Bill Bartz bought land outside of Waseca in 2008, he initially considered raising alpacas. Now, he runs a pizza farm.

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Sisterhood Inspirations
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Sanderson explained that she received a dresser from her mother-in-law and thought it had the potential for a perfect entryway bench—if she could just repurpose it. She managed to create such an impressive final product that friends soon started asking her to repurpose their furniture too.

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