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Archive for May, 2014


May 2014 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

For years, I’ve been a Dayton supporter and couldn’t have been happier following Dayton’s progressive moves over the last couple months. I’m a University of Dayton alumnus and was tickled pink about their NCAA Cinderella run. Honestly, how many of you thought I was referring to Gov. Mark Dayton? Below, I have different from usual reading fare.

Shoe-In Pro Finish

May 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

Andrew Wherley of Shoe-In Pro Finish enjoyed motocross racing while growing up in Chaska. “It controlled most of my youth,” said 33-year-old Wherley in a telephone interview. “I would work in the concrete industry to pay to race on the weekends. I started racing soon as I had my driver’s licence.”

Knit & Sew World

May 2014 • Category: Feature Story

When a knitting machine breaks in Oregon, Mexico City, Quebec, Canada, or even Sweden, there’s a good likelihood it will be repaired in St. Peter. A little shop nestled in St. Peter’s historic district, Knit & Sew World, occupies the storefront at 119 South Minnesota Avenue.

Ignition Fitness & Sports

May 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

“I was always involved in sports and physical fitness,” said 31-year-old Jason Tompkins of Ignition Fitness & Sports, which opened this year. “I started playing soccer at age five and began strength training and fitness in seventh grade. I’ve always liked competition, physically challenging activities, and being on a team.”

Bill Otis

May 2014 • Category: Cover Story

Most Connect Business Magazine readers don’t realize New Ulm Telecom is a publicly traded company (NULM) that formerly owned 10 percent of Mankato-based Midwest Wireless, which sold in 2005-06 for more than $1 billion. Most don’t realize $40 million (2014 estimated gross revenue) New Ulm Telecom has an ownership footprint in 23 Minnesota and Iowa communities, including Sioux City, Hutchinson, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, and New Ulm.

Call Me Maybe

May 2014 • Category: Editor's Letter

If this May/June issue generates only half the excitement of our March/April 20th anniversary blockbuster featuring Tailwind Group co-owner Kyle Smith, we will be more than pleased as punch. It would seem no other issue in our publishing history grabbed our readers’ attention like that issue.