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Archive for January, 2006

Bob Coughlan – Runner-Up – 2006 Business Person of the Year

Jan 2006 • Category: Feature Story

Last fall, some friends in Bob Coughlan’s ballroom dancing class mentioned they were taking a weekend trip to Philadelphia for a teacher’s conference. Coughlan, the great-grandson of T.R. Coughlan, who founded Mankato Kasota Stone in 1885, immediately offered his input on the couple’s itinerary while in the city of brotherly love.

“If you’re going to Philly, you have to go see the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” he told the couple. “My grandfather supplied the stone for that building.”

Dennis Miller – Runner-Up – 2006 Business Person Of The Year

Jan 2006 • Category: Feature Story

Say cheese, Dennis.

It’s easy getting Dennis Miller to smile. On November 18, 2005, $10 billion Alltel of Little Rock, Arkansas, announced it would buy Mankato-based Midwest Wireless for a bit more than $1 billion.

Happy days are here again.

Bob Weerts – 2006 Business Person of the Year

Jan 2006 • Category: Cover Story

In Bob Weerts exist all the trappings of a folk legend.

Like Minnesota’s homegrown Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan, Weerts at times seems much larger than real-life. In a regional business climate often preferring quiet parentheses, he’s an entrepreneur with an exclamation point after his name.