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Archives for the ‘Cover Story’ Category

Tony Frentz

Mar 2018 • Category: Connect TV, Cover Story

I would like to share with you a little known fact about Tony Frentz. But, I have discovered, there are no little known facts about Tony Frentz. His reputation and personality, just like the buildings he has developed, loom large in Mankato. With Tony Frentz what you see is what you get; a man with a big, genuine smile and big, genuine dreams for his hometown.



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.



Vanyo Moody

Nov 2017 • Category: Cover Story

Vanyo Moody will likely take exception to this description, but he is truly a Renaissance Man. Consider this: a Renaissance Man is defined as someone who is neither an expert nor a specialist in any one area, but rather is multidimensional and has knowledge in many different areas. Indeed, Vanyo Moody fits the bill. His time and talents are spread across his myriad of business enterprises.



Tom Peterson – The Creative Company

Sep 2017 • Category: Cover Story

In 1932, the United States was in the throes of the Great Depression. Unemployment hit 24%. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States. Al Capone was convicted for Income Tax evasion. Indeed, these are historical events that would shape the future of our country. Events that would go down in the history books. And chances are, some of those books would be published in Mankato, Minnesota. By one of the last remaining independent publishing companies in the United States, The Creative Company.



Nancy Zallek – Mankato Area Foundation

Jul 2017 • Category: Cover Story

Businesses play a vital role in cultivating a good quality of life in our communities; they provide jobs, economic stability, and charitable support for initiatives that can enrich our lives. It’s that last one that is sometimes easier said, than done.



Tom Fallenstein, CEO of Fun.com

May 2017 • Category: Cover Story

The Fallenstein family turns their obsession with Halloween from a hobby into a business. The scene opens with mom, a seamstress named Jenice, sewing costumes and her three daughters, Julie, Lisa and Heather, renting them out from the family garage. Then the youngest sibling, Tom, starts getting involved with the business called Costumes Galore. It is a huge seasonal success in the region. Tom coming of age just as a somewhat futuristic tool known as the world wide web starts to emerge.