Connect Business Magazine

Since 1994: The Magazine for Growing Businesses in Southern Minnesota

Archive for May, 2010


May 2010 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

The Editor last issue expressed his enduring hope the Dayton Flyers would return to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. They settled for the NIT, but won all the marbles. It’s odd being an alumnus and living in a state where Dayton is a former Democratic senator. Buckle your seat belts and away we go…

Karau Farms & Harvesting

May 2010 • Category: Feature Story

Dean Karau is a man of the land. He lives in the farmhouse where he grew up and he cash crops the family’s rural St. James acreage. That, in itself, doesn’t set him apart from other Minnesota farm kids who grow up to take over the family farm. It’s what he does when he’s away from home that gives the story a twist. For three months each summer, he cuts a swath across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, harvesting grain from about 7,000 acres.

Renew Skin & Laser Center, Jessica Barnett Chiropractic, The Friendly Confines Cheese Shoppe

May 2010 • Category: Hot Startz!

Fairmont: Renew Skin & Laser Center – “I’m from Michigan, and we moved here in 1990, when (my husband) Cory and I moved here for his orthopedic practice,” said 49-year-old Rene Welchlin in a telephone interview.

Mankato: Jessica Barnett Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic – “I was born and raised in Mankato, and went to Loyola High School,” said 29-year-old Jessica Barnett in a Connect Business Magazine telephone interview.

Le Sueur: The Friendly Confines Cheese Shoppe – Kirk Litynski grew up in St. Peter as a classmate of Jon Davis, part of the Davis family owning Davisco Foods International. This last August, Davis hired his long-time friend to launch and manage The Friendly Confines Cheese Shoppe at 719 North Main

Brad Buscher

May 2010 • Category: Cover Story

54-year-old Buscher nurtures and cherishes businesses. In fact, a person could call him a “business connoisseur.” He searches the world over for just the right companies to pluck from the vine—a weighty 28 at last count, including several that have pressed out new industries and been positioned for exponential growth.

Minnesota Control Company

May 2010 • Category: Feature Story

The proposed sale had caused electrical engineer and project manager Mike Behsmann a great deal of discomfort. His employer, Mankato-based pet food and feed behemoth Hubbard Milling, had been only days away from being sold in 1991 when the mega-million dollar deal evaporated almost overnight.


May 2010 • Category: Publisher's Column

In addition to colonoscopies, it is probably a good idea for anyone over age 50 to undergo regular screening for excessively bushy eyebrows – a sure sign of andyrooneyitis. It was my younger brother who pointed out I’m starting to sound a lot like the celebrated curmudgeon of 60 Minutes.