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Archive for November, 2014

The Fair Emporium

Nov 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

Family physicians Carrie and Keith Stelter grew up in Michigan and Lake Benton, Minnesota, respectively. Nothing in their backgrounds would indicate any clue they would own or manage a retail store, which explains why the opening of The Fair Emporium has been more a social cause than a business decision.



Deb Taylor – Taylor Corporation

Nov 2014 • Category: Cover Story

Imagine being seven years old and permanently having to leave behind your mother, sister, and extended family, fearfully flying to an unfamiliar land, and beginning life anew with a foreign family you had never faced.



River Valley Birth Center

Nov 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

The daughter of two schoolteachers, 33-year-old Erika Urban is carrying on a family tradition. Rather than music and social studies, like her parents, her “teaching” involves helping women give birth to healthier babies. She opened River Valley Birth Center in March.



Winnebago Manufacturing

Nov 2014 • Category: Feature Story

Daryle Pomranke’s heart is in welding, but his eyes are on the future of his business, Winnebago Manufacturing Company in Blue Earth. The refocus from welding torch to financial statements began 37 years ago, after Pomranke was diagnosed with an astigmatism that prevented him from forging a career as a professional welder.



Sibley Seeds

Nov 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

Though now a farmer and having recently opened a 6,000 sq. ft. Sibley Seeds warehouse in Gaylord, Ron Geiger wasn’t raised on a farm. His father was a businessman and high school teacher who later headed the accounting department at now-South Central College, and his mother worked for a Mankato bank.



Century 21 Northland Realty

Nov 2014 • Category: Feature Story

Photo: Kris Kathmann Hometown Smile Fairmont native leaves and returns to help lead real estate business through trying times. Wendy Emler learned early on about the power of a friendly smile. From her time bagging groceries at Hy-Vee to work as a nursing assistant at Fairmont Hospital, her cheerful disposition and natural friendliness have helped […]