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Archive for March, 2012

Friendz Salon & Tanning

Mar 2012 • Category: Hot Startz!

Three Sleepy Eye women opened Friendz Salon & Tanning in January at 117 Main Street West: Carolyn Baures, Lacey Braulick, and Heidi Carr.

DLC Manufacuring

Mar 2012 • Category: Feature Story

Exactly 165 years ago in March 1847, the last survivors of the Donner Party reached safety after spending a cataclysmal winter caught in the snowy clutches of Hastings Cutoff, a dead-end pass through the Sierra Nevada in California.


Mar 2012 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

I hope you all have been surviving March Madness. At this writing, I’m pretty sure my college team, the Dayton Flyers, didn’t make the field of 68. If it will make you feel any better, my second favorite team is the Minnesota Golden Gophers and my second favorite arena, The Barn. Similar to college basketball […]

Paul A. DeBriyn

Mar 2012 • Category: Cover Story

The years 1987-88 weren’t particularly rosy for Newt Gingrich look-alike Paul A. DeBriyn, then chief executive officer at the rural cooperative that would become AgStar Financial Services. Nationally in those years, many rural financial institutions like his—and many family farms—were becoming unhinged as a barn door kicked in by petulant cows.

Waseca Music Company

Mar 2012 • Category: Feature Story

What business has been around for more than a half century, serves the music needs of several south-central Minnesota communities and is owned and operated by people who work there without pay?

Bell Tower Suites

Mar 2012 • Category: Hot Startz!

Tammy Spence was raised on a Good Thunder farm that instilled a “strong work ethic,” said Spence in a telephone interview. “There was no getting out of responsibility.”