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Archive for November, 2012

Singin’ Downtown!

Nov 2012 • Category: Editor's Letter

If you’re an oldies radio fan, you most certainly remember—and probably still hear occasionally—Petula Clark’s No. 1 1964 pop hit, “Downtown.” Clark’s lilting soprano praised a Manhattan neon nighttime arts and music scene that could ward off loneliness and boredom—a warm and friendly place where “everything’s waiting for you.”



Fore Seasons Golf

Nov 2012 • Category: Hot Startz!

Brothers Josh and Kyle Blackman virtually grew up on the fairways and greens of Mankato Golf Club. In August 2012, they purchased Tee 2 Green, and renamed the full-service golf store “Fore Seasons Golf.”



Mike & Cathy Brennan

Nov 2012 • Category: Cover Story

Mike and Cathy are partners in every sense. They co-own Brennan Companies, which includes Brennan Construction and Brennan Properties, with the former completing such high-profile projects over the years as AgStar headquarters, The Marigold, USBank (2012), Landkamer Building, and Bolton & Menk headquarters. Besides the Landkamer Building, Brennan Properties owns and manages Old Town Center and two other commercial buildings, and has been developing the former Ember’s site that could become home for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.



WholeLifeLeadership – Diane Norland

Nov 2012 • Category: Feature Story

Certified life coach business owner, House of Hope development director, North Mankato city council member, landlord, and community leader goes full throttle to help others improve.



Corporate Graphics Commercial

Nov 2012 • Category: Feature Story

From day one in 1989 through today, the reputation, future, and survival—literally everything, involving printing presses to profits to people—of 285-employee Corporate Graphics Commercial of North Mankato has rested solely on its being able to adapt to and fulfill rapidly changing customer needs.



Heritage Place

Nov 2012 • Category: Hot Startz!

This community-owned, nonprofit business opened in January 2012 as a significant expansion to Mapleton Community Home. “(Heritage Place) is a combination of independent living and assisted living services in one building,” said 50-year-old administrator RoxAnne Gosson.