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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 Reports

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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