Connect Business Magazine

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Archive for January, 2009

John Finke

Jan 2009 • Category: Cover Story

Business Person of the Year 2009

John Finke, our Business Person of the Year 2009 and president of Mankato-based, $155 million HickoryTech Corporation, also accents his conversations with a choice word. It’s “certainly,” an adverb, which means definitely, positively, undoubtedly or unquestionably.

I Hate Winter

Jan 2009 • Category: Publisher's Column

I abhor snow. I despise ice. The razor sharp edge of a howling north wind, the hours of darkness, the scraping, scratching, sniffling and shoveling, the huffing, puffing, panting and freezing.


Jan 2009 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

You made it through Election 2008. You survived the senatorial recount—oh, is that another eighteen missing ballots under my desk? You need something more relaxing. Why not continue perusing the January issue of Connect Business Magazine? So buckle your seat belts and away we go……….. First, we can’t say it enough. Our heartfelt thanks go […]

Sam Gault – Runner Up

Jan 2009 • Category: Feature Story

Remember the tintype photos of buttoned-down bankers wearing vested suits, their glasses perched on their noses? It’s the stereotype from 125 years ago, about the time Sam Gault’s great-grandfather, Zuriel Gault, went to work at Nicollet County Bank.

Spinning Spool Quilt Shop, Midwest Horse Digest, Sven and Ole’s Books

Jan 2009 • Category: Hot Startz!

New Ulm: Spinning Spool Quilt Shop – “I was sewing by hand with my grandmother and mother when I was little, making doll clothes, for instance,” said Val Besser, owner.

Blue Earth: Midwest Horse Digest – Rahn Greimann’s grandfather and mother owned horses, and his godparents owned a pony farm where children could ride for $1.

New Ulm: Sven and Ole’s Books – Sven—yes, there really is a Sven in New Ulm—came here in 2006 when New Ulm Medical Center hired his wife as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dale Brenke – Runner Up

Jan 2009 • Category: Feature Story

In 1971, 22-year-old Dale Brenke had wrapped up his accounting training at Mankato Commercial College and was wiping windshields and pumping petrol part-time for Bernie’s One Stop service station on Front Street across from Hubbard Milling. The $1.10 an hour pay helped—somewhat. He was actively searching for a better job, but his search had been impeded by a pesky U.S. recession affecting Mankato.