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Sometimes, You’ve Just Got to Jump

May 2016 • Category: Grace Notes

“Hey, Grace, I can see our house from here!” I craned my neck to look over my sister’s shoulder and out the window of the cramped Cessna Supervan 900. Sure enough, as we hovered 13,000 feet above the ground, I could faintly make out my parents’ farm tucked into the green hills of western Wisconsin.



One Year Anniversary

Mar 2016 • Category: Grace Notes

It’s hard to believe that this issue marks the one-year anniversary for my time here as editor. Technically, I started on Jan. 2, 2015, but the first issue that was “mine” was our March 2015 spread. I remember walking into my office on Jan. 2 and thinking, “They must have made a mistake. Why on earth did they hire me?”



Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Jan 2016 • Category: Grace Notes

College kids may have gotten a bad rap recently, in the wake of campus protests and demands for things like safe spaces and trigger warnings. Heck, the whole Millennial generation has been on the receiving end of some pretty negative news articles and opinion pieces lately, with young people called everything from “overly sensitive” to “spoiled.” […]



MSU’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

Nov 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” –Les Brown This week, the Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business celebrated “Global Entrepreneurship” week. Through the week, several events were hosted, from a Women in Entrepreneurship brunch to a fashion show featuring a student-created business. I had the […]



Fairmont Market Square brings local vendors together

Nov 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

When Fairmont native Mari Phelan started working at the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, she was delighted with the way the market combined local vendors, art and events. It didn’t take long for her to decide to bring something similar back to her hometown. “I started thinking, ‘This could be something really fun for […]



Why Hire a Veteran?

Nov 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

Before we get into this issue’s column, I’ll admit that I’m a little biased about the subject of veterans. My father, Bradley Webb, was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving overseas during the first Gulf War. From the stories he’s told me, his time in the military created some of his best memories.