The Heroes Of Southern MinnesotaBy Grace Webb • Nov 2015 • Category: Editor's Letter
Heroes come in many forms, but perhaps the easiest to identify is the American service member. Many of these veterans have gone on to start their own businesses, grounded in the same core principles that they refined in the military. Our November issue of Connect honors veteran business owners who have served their country and are now serving their community.
First, there’s our cover story featuring the next generation of the Schell’s Brewery family: Jace, Kyle and Franz Marti. Working at the brewery since they were kids, the brothers stand poised to take over leadership once their parents bow out. Along the way, brothers Kyle and Franz Marti have both sacrificed for their country during their time in the Army National Guard.
Our second feature stars Jeremiah and Jaala Miller, a husband-wife team that owns and operates 4-Seasons Athletics in Waseca. Besides running their athletic apparel store, Jeremiah has the extra responsibility of serving in the Army National Guard. Somehow, this military family is able to juggle family, business, community and country.
Finally, there’s Matt Gunderson, owner of the Madelia Lumber Company. A former Marine, Gunderson uses lessons he learned in the military to steer his business to success and manage a team of fellow veterans and other employees.
We thank these veterans and all the other veterans of southern Minnesota for their service, and we hope you enjoy this issue’s selections.
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