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Todd Riemann

Jan 2017 • Category: Cover Story

Business Person of the Year 2017
There is a well-worn path between MTU Onsite Energy CEO Todd Riemann’s big, windowed office to the production floor on the other side of the building. “Todd is a very humble leader and remembers where he started,” says John Haack, a former colleague who nominated Riemann for Business Person of the Year.



Andy Nessler

Jan 2017 • Category: Feature Story

It’s perhaps the biggest financial decision many people will make in their lifetime, a responsibility that Andy Nessler of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage does not take lightly. It is a responsibility he embraces.



Bella Nova

Jan 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!

“I selected Eagle Lake for many reasons,” Sanderson explains. “First, I love the small town feel. Eagle Lake is similar in size to Lake Crystal, it’s growing astronomically, and I love that it’s literally a 3 minute drive from Mankato.



Heat Blowdry Bar and Wax Studio

Jan 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!

Friendly, fashionable, forward thinking: three adjectives three friends came up with when they decided to open their own business. Heat is a hybrid salon specializing in blowouts and waxing, but also offers traditional salon services such as cuts, colors, men’s cuts, bridal, updo’s, and perms.



Mankato Vintage Market

Jan 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!

Paul Rosenberg owned and operated The Bobber Shop Fishing store on Riverfront Drive for 15 years. When it came time to close the doors, his wife Kelly had a completely new idea for the location: an occasional store.



Chambers Evolving

Jan 2017 • Category: Special Reports

With the emergence of networking groups and the growth of the Internet and social media sites, the local chamber of commerce is no longer the only game in town for businesses. Data shows in many cities nationwide, chamber membership is stagnant if not declining. Yet, for more than a century now, chambers have fostered economic vitality in the communities they serve and have been the trusted, unified voice for millions of businesses.