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Archive for November, 2013

Mankato Independent Originals

Nov 2013 • Category: Cover Story

Lightly run fingertips over the adjective-laden menu at swank Number 4 American Bar & Kitchen inside downtown Mankato’s art deco Landkamer Building and you might first discover the creative “Nicoise” salad, which features pan seared Yellowfin tuna, herbed fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, hard cooked eggs, kalamata olives, mixed greens, and lemon thyme vinaigrette.

Courtyard By Marriott

Nov 2013 • Category: Hot Startz!

General manager Preston Lougheed began his hotel industry career at age 15 as a bellman and doorman at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency. After graduating from Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High, he went to a Hyatt hotel in Chicago. He had an “in” with Hyatt.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

Nov 2013 • Category: Feature Story

Some people believe your junior high school dream career is your true destiny, that if your job history results in the fulfillment of that dream, you have achieved true success. Many of us happily settle for a related career, perhaps becoming a nurse instead of a veterinarian. For mortician Sue Nasinec, who owns Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes in Wells and Bricelyn, there were no alternative career choices, not after she researched mortuary science for a seventh grade English class assignment.

Homegrown Business

Nov 2013 • Category: Editor's Letter

Our November/December issue showcases independent, locally owned business owners successfully battling large chains and franchises. All of them have their winsome ways.


Nov 2013 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

I paid $99 and sent spit to genetic testing service to learn about potential health problems that could harm and hurt over the next decade. Besides discovering a few genetic anomalies, such as a strong predisposition toward celiac disease, I also found out about being an African American.

Mankato Times

Nov 2013 • Category: Hot Startz!

Joe Steck opened the community news website on January 1, but in many respects the genesis for his business began six years ago. He was a steel salesman for Hutchinson Manufacturing when one day his world was turned upside down.