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Archive for November, 2009

Waseca Enews, Red Barn Retreats, Vanderberg Clean

Nov 2009 • Category: Hot Startz!

Waseca: Waseca Enews – Waseca Enews launched on August 11 webcasting print, video, and audio over its website.

Garden City: Red Barn Retreats – Shelley and Marty Leenhouts began Red Barn Retreats on August 22 with a well-attended grand opening.

Mankato: Vanderberg Clean – You could almost say Joshua Vanderberg has cleaning supplies coursing through his veins.

B&D Metalworks

Nov 2009 • Category: Feature Story

If not for being shaped and sharpened by challenge after challenge, Brett and Dynette Niebuhr almost certainly wouldn’t have had the background or passion to start Wells-based B&D Metal Works—let alone grow and adapt it so well—to serve the metal working needs of Upper Midwest customers.

Easy Automation

Nov 2009 • Category: Feature Story

“Many businesses manufacture hardware, many produce software; we do both,” said Mark Gaalswyk, owner and CEO of Easy Automation, Inc. “Our business hits dead center on the line where those two meet.”

Tom Rosen

Nov 2009 • Category: Cover Story

CEO of $2.5 billion Fairmont corporation ranked No. 184 on Forbes 500 listing of privately owned businesses.

A Mankatoan, upon first learning of Rosen’s Diversified and its $2.5 billion beef processing and agriculture-related corporate empire, likely would begin thinking of Chief Executive Officer Tom Rosen as the “Glen Taylor of Fairmont.”

The coyote never stays down for long

Nov 2009 • Category: Publisher's Column

How can the federal government possibly recoup the money it has tamped into the cracks of the economy and spread around like fertilizer to stimulate a reluctant recovery? Digging through a pocketful of change, I realized the answer was staring me right in the face: advertising.


Nov 2009 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

The Editor enjoyed the afternoon of September 15 soaking in the scenery at the Riverfront Park grand opening gala in Mankato. The Key City has begun reclaiming its historic river roots and the reclaiming was long overdue.