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Archives for the ‘Special Reports’ Category

Waseca Tries to Rekindle Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Past

Mar 2018 • Category: Connect TV, Special Reports

Waseca city leaders are planning for the future, by studying the past. Waseca, like many rural cities, has had many notable entrepreneurs such as EF Johnson (EF Johnson Company), Bumps Brown (Brown Printing), and George Herter (Herter’s Outdoor Goods). As they grew their companies, they spawned many other ventures in Waseca many of which are still around.

Grassroots Housing Efforts in New Ulm

Jan 2018 • Category: Special Reports

Over the past few years, community leaders in New Ulm began noticing a troubling trend; like many cities, New Ulm was seeing a steady erosion of affordable housing supply as properties that were originally developed using federal subsidies started being converted to market-rate housing.

Collaborations Key To Helping Our Business Communities

Nov 2017 • Category: Special Reports

In this issue, I would like to highlight a trio of collaborations from throughout our region. These three stories highlight the importance of different groups coming together to solve a common problem and along the way enriching our communities.

Racial Justice Training

Sep 2017 • Category: Special Reports, Uncategorized

When Kurt Brauman found out Walmart was transferring him to Mankato, Minnesota from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to work logistics at the new distribution center, well, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Mankato would be a community much bigger than where he came from.

Green Seam – A Year After the Official Launch

Jul 2017 • Category: Special Reports

They’ve spent the last year cultivating awareness and sowing the seeds for the future. In this next year, the key players in the GreenSeam hope to harvest even greater results than what’s already been accomplished.

Community Festivals – Creating Buzz and Boom

May 2017 • Category: Special Reports

Right about this time of year, every year, Minnesota can be known not only as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but also the Land of 10,000 Festivals. It seems every small town found in every nook and cranny of the state holds some type of summer celebration. The festivals have not only social benefits, but great economic benefits to communities as well.