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Archive for May, 2015

The true reason for Memorial Day

May 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

As Memorial Day approaches, I’m already starting to see ads for sales on furniture and other deals–and I think that’s really saddening. Here are my thoughts on this day originally intended to honor fallen servicemen and women. I’ve lifted a column I wrote for my previous publication last year, since it still rings true today… […]



Lil’ Bees Learning Center

May 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

Growing up, Brandon Olson always wanted to start his own business—but running a daycare center was never on top of his list.



Grace Notes

May 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

Minnesota is set to increase its minimum wage to $9.50 per hour in 2016, and start indexing to inflation in 2018. But some people are saying that’s not enough for people to survive on, instead lobbying for wages of $10 or even $15 per hour for jobs as simple as flipping burgers.



Change Is In The Air

May 2015 • Category: Editor's Letter

Change. It can be frightening. It can be difficult. It can be unpopular. But sometimes, it can open the door to opportunities that never could have existed if you didn’t take that uncertain first step.



Your Organized Home

May 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

Jayne Jensen has always had a knack for organizing. When other kids her age were coming home from school to watch cartoons, she would head to her bedroom with a duster and plan ways to reorganize her space.



Ankeny Furniture

May 2015 • Category: Feature Story

For nearly 70 years, the Ankeny family business has served the Blue Earth community in the same building, located at 230 Main Street. Started by Clayton Ankeny in 1946, it was passed on to Wayne Ankeny and eventually Bruce Ankeny, who still runs it today.