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Archive for September, 2012

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Sep 2012 • Category: Editor's Letter

Vroom. Vroom. Here we go years without featuring a stock car driver and this issue we have two. It was coincidental and completely fun, if for no other reasons for the latter than being able to experience with the drivers their circular tales of glory and vicariously feeling their bumps and bruises.

Tandem Bagels

Sep 2012 • Category: Hot Startz!

Co-owners Tony and Anne Frentz went back into the bagel business earlier this year, opening Tandem Bagels at Walnut and Second. Tony had helped build Bagel Brothers into five successful locations before selling out to a relative.


Sep 2012 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

Often times, after considering a bill’s many pros and cons and neutrals, they end up voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s not an easy job to have. For illustrative purposes, let’s use marijuana—not literally, of course….

Compart Family Farms

Sep 2012 • Category: Feature Story

“It’s the Black Angus of pork, well known for superior quality,” said Jim Compart, president of Compart Family Farms in Nicollet, referring to the custom meat his family’s hogs produce. Our Compart Duroc branded pork is served at ‘white tablecloth’ restaurants like the Radisson in Minneapolis and Caesar’s Palace and Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Kevin and Kathy Finstad

Sep 2012 • Category: Cover Story

Entrepreneurs Kevin and Kathy Finstad of New Ulm engage and encapture business opportunity, not unlike the way their River View Sanitation trucks engage and encapture residential New Ulm garbage. They came, they saw, and they conquer—opportunity.

Powder Werks

Sep 2012 • Category: Feature Story

You could make a classic movie about his life. In it, he could be like tough-and-rough Riff of the Jets in West Side Story or maybe combative Billy riding a chopper to New Orleans in Easy Rider.