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Archive for March, 2011

Sleepy Eye Stained Glass

Mar 2011 • Category: Feature Story

Despite declaring himself “shade blind,” Mike Mason, the 71-year-old founder and owner of Sleepy Eye Stained Glass, has spent the last 30 years working with architects, interior designers and individual customers on churches, commercial buildings and private homes.

Le Pre Chel Salon & Spa

Mar 2011 • Category: Feature Story

The 1982-93 feel-good sitcom Cheers with know-it-all Cliff, athlete Sam, psychiatrist Frasier and perfectionist Diane was set in a Boston neighborhood bar “where everybody knows your name.” The bar patrons gathered as family.

Anne Makepeace

Mar 2011 • Category: Cover Story

If 54-year-old Anne Makepeace of New Ulm were to choose a song to describe her life, The Beatles’ 1967 chart buster Getting Better with the oft-repeated positive line “it’s getting better all the time” surely would be one possibility.

Bella Donna, Ameradon, Jessica Frein

Mar 2011 • Category: Hot Startz!

Emily Baumann-Flitter recruited Melissa Volk to be a Mary Kay beauty consultant in 2009.

In early 2010, Tom Hamberg began Ameradon Services, which offers radon testing and mitigation services.

When Jessica Frein was 15, her father starting a business in Iowa wanted tax advice from a lawyer he could trust.

Gross National Happiness

Mar 2011 • Category: Publisher's Column

I used to pop out of bed ready to grab the tiger by the tail. I don’t do much popping anymore. Year after year, I increasingly came to rely on my clock radio to raise me from the depths of sleep, that is, until the plug was pulled on my favorite morning program.


Mar 2011 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

Can you believe spring is almost here? The Editor has doubts and probably won’t believe spring has sprung until late May or the first mosquito, whichever comes first. That snow pile buttressing our home probably won’t melt until July 4.