For as far back as I can remember, I have always loved having a book in my hand. I never cease to marvel at how black and white words on a page can bring me to tears or make my heart race with anticipation or put a smile on my face. Words are truly powerful.
Perhaps few understand that more than our cover feature, Tom Peterson, third generation owner of The Creative Company based in Mankato. Peterson has a knack, though, for surrounding words with beautiful illustrations to really bring the stories to life. His story is one to read and I hope you enjoy it!
Also in this issue, two family-owned businesses that epitomize what that term actually means. Randy Appel and his daughter Karissa Baukol running an international apparel company and a local retail clothing store. And the Harbo family! You gotta meet these folks. You can catch them this time of year at Welsh Heritage Farms in Lake Crystal or their new shop Cheese and Pie Mongers in St. Peter.
Food, fashion and fun (in the form of a book!), we’ve got it all covered this issue!
Happy reading, and hopefully, learning!