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Archive for July, 2009


Jul 2009 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

On July 4 or thereabouts, the Editor will be catching candy cast from noisy fire trucks at the Vernon Center parade shindig. The sparkling fireworks that night should brighten up the countryside and the eyes of deliriously happy children.

All Pro Media

Jul 2009 • Category: Feature Story

Although not knowing it, movie producer George Lucas is responsible for the creation and growth of a video production company in Mankato. Rob Petersen, co-owner of All Pro Media LLC, saw his first Star Wars movie in 1977 and said, “I want to do that.

An Ever Shrinking Pool

Jul 2009 • Category: Publisher's Column

I don’t like to be pessimistic, especially when it comes to business, but what are companies to do when customers say, “We don’t need you anymore”?

Arabian Horse Times

Jul 2009 • Category: Feature Story

You can get a feel for Arabian Horse Times from reading a recent feature article: “Da Vinci is the quintessential Classic Arabian—both in phenotype and genotype. His head is exquisitely short and from the front perfectly triangular; the eyes, set low on a wide forehead, are large and dark, surrounded by pronounced and chiseled occipital and cheekbones.”

Sir Henry Wellcome

Jul 2009 • Category: Cover Story

An Historical Special

Imagine a businessperson from southern Minnesota with a legacy far greater than Bill Bresnan, Glen Taylor, Lowell Andreas, and the Rosen brothers’—combined. One such person existed, and yet his cherished name has been nearly forgotten around here, save for a few dusty books hidden in an abandoned Garden City building and the plastic lettering on two local schools.

Ad Mfg., ABC Office Supplies, Bendura

Jul 2009 • Category: Hot Startz!

Fairmont: AdMfg. – Owner Ruth Theobald founded AdMfg Inc. on January 1. Her career path has taken many twists and turns, yet seems a perfect background for her current venture.

Le Center: ABC Office Supplies – 37-year-old Brad Arndt was homegrown, graduated from Le Center High, and majored in multi-housing management at college.

St. Peter: Bendura – When starting injection molding company Rolco in 1980, Vern Olson also had a “rep company” called Olson Sales LLC.