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Archive for September, 2015

Industrial Fabrication Services

Sep 2015 • Category: Feature Story

In 1984, Ken Wilmes was at a crossroads. At the time, the 30-year-old Mankato native was working at JMF Manufacturing, a manufacturing business formerly located in Lake Crystal. There, he was a project manager, overseeing work on everything from feed mills to grain elevators. While he was successful in his work, the overall business was not, shutting its doors that year.



St. Peter Stained Glass Studio

Sep 2015 • Category: Feature Story

St. Peter artist and business owner Bob Vogel travels the world to find inspiration for his unique artwork. “Just show up.” That’s Bob Vogel’s philosophy for reaching a goal. “To start anything, you first have to show up, and good things will usually follow.”



Part II – Training The Next Generation

Sep 2015 • Category: Special Reports

Across southern Minnesota, employers are facing a workforce shortage as they try to fill positions within their businesses—especially in the technical fields of science, engineering, technology and manufacturing. While there are several factors at play, one of the biggest is the way we look at the next generation of workers.