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Archive for January, 2018

Dennis Terrell

Jan 2018 • Category: Cover Story

Business Person of the Year 2018
Forty plus years farming the land near Eagle Lake taught Dennis Terrell a thing or two. He learned if you plant a seed and nurture it, it will grow to reap good reward. He learned that cultivating the land with care will keep it productive for many years. And he learned that there are ups and downs due to circumstances out of his control.



David Milbrath

Jan 2018 • Category: Feature Story

Runner-Up: Business Person of the Year 2018
Springfield, Minnesota sits quietly on the edge of Brown County in the southern part of the state, surrounded by prime agricultural land. It is a rural community, population of 2,200…give or take. But in the heart of this small town is a giant talent, David Milbrath of Prairie Plans Asset Management. Milbrath founded the company in 1992 and today it manages $500 million for households throughout the country.



Mike, Pat and Todd Redig

Jan 2018 • Category: Feature Story

Runner-Up: Business Person of the Year 2018
It was 68 years ago, back in 1949, that a Norwegian immigrant found his way to Minnesota Lake, Minnesota. Building a life there, by designing and building homes for others, as Nordaas American Homes. “Haakon’s story was almost a rags to riches to almost back to rags story. He was on the downside of business when we got involved. It’s taken a lot of years to bring it back. His thought and idea was that you work hard and when you do something, you do it right.”



Timeless Interiors

Jan 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

“My business journey began in the travel industry then moved into owning a retail store and finally landed on where my passion lies, interior design,” says Fasnacht. “ After going back to school and earning my interior design degree, I started as a commercial interior designer for a local architectural firm 10 years ago.



Bronzers Tanning and Boutique

Jan 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

Although Sue Carrigan had a good job, more and more she found corporate America dull and unfulfilling. Her partner Jamie Streett, who is an entrepreneur himself, told her “Maybe we should think about owning our own business. There’s nothing like being your own boss. When you are ready, I’ll help you.”



Chainbreaker Financial

Jan 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

Bruce Walters is a numbers guy. He likes to look at numbers, discover what’s behind them and how to use them best. It’s part of what drove him to become a CPA. Recently, though, he discovered some numbers that disturbed him.