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When it comes to learning a second language, young children have a distinct advantage. There are over 70 immersion programs in Minnesota intent on helping kids become bilingual, and Spanish makes up the bulk of those programs. While most are in and around the Twin Cities Metro Area, there is…

As a 7-year-old at the breakfast table a decade ago, Nicolai Amende watched with curiosity as his father routinely poured Tabasco sauce on his eggs every morning. One day he asked if he could try some and was immediately impressed with the spicy flavor.

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When sisters Claudia and Goretti Enrrigue were kids growing up in a small town in Mexico’s Jalisco state, their father, Roberto Saucedo, ran a store connected to their house. It was an experience that helped prepare the family for opening up Jalisco Market in Gaylord four years ago.

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The business of beer brewing shows no signs of slowing down as new pubs and breweries continue to open and existing ones grow.

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When Tom Branhan took over the 43-year-old Edenvale Nursery he wanted to keep the enchanting grounds and quality plants the business was known for. But he also has upgraded the grounds and brought in more varieties of plants.

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There are plenty of regular household items available at Mankato’s growing thrift stores, but walking out with a rare gem is a distinct possibility. Old style turntables and a diverse array of antiques and musical instruments show up every once in a while, mixed in with more common items lik…

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When a person walks through the door of Greg’s Champion Auto in Mankato, they are met with a friendly greeting amidst a living room atmosphere of plush couches and chairs, complimentary drinks and magazines on the coffee table.

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When Jason Quint and his wife, Heather, moved to a new country home outside Mankato a few years ago, they were ready to enjoy the wide open spaces. But they hadn’t factored in the mosquitoes ready to enjoy them.

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Josh Miller, a drafter designer of new construction with Nordaas American Homes, led a tour through every room of a custom-built house, pointing out cabinets, tables and furniture before soaking up the tranquil view of the countryside from one the windows.

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LE CENTER — On a Friday in 2005 Christine Lantinen got fired from her marketing manager's job because the company couldn't afford her commission. The next Monday she bought the then struggling Maud Borup brand from another business that was focusing on other brands in its holdings.

MANKATO — The Social Butterfly, a Mankato creative agency started by 23-year-old Brandon Poliszuk, is a among 11 small businesses in the state being honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Brandon Poliszuk has been busy. The 23-year-old marketing major graduated from Minnesota State University in 2017, and he is already working on internet campaigns with the NFL, NBA and the Minnesota Wild. In May, he will be accepting the Young Entrepreneur Award from the Small Business Devel…

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Scott Michaletz took over his father’s insurance business, and as he got nearer to retirement, he and his wife, Gail, wanted a strong plan in place for their two sons, Jon and Matt, to take the reins of Kato Insurance.

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Cozying up by a fireplace on a cold day provides heat, but it’s also enjoyable to watch. The Yule Log broadcast on TV channels during the winter holidays is a case in point. Viewers watch a fire burning and being tended to on television.

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Peter Martin was a born salesperson, being promoted to managing a jewelry store in River Hills Mall at age 19. He still oversees the store but has added commercial real estate to his resume.

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Going green as a business strategy comes in many different forms. Some of the more obvious examples are recycling and using energy efficient light bulbs or solar panels. Jerry’s Auto Body, which has been a Mankato mainstay to a loyal network of customers since 1971, has built a reputation fo…

In this day and age, rapid change in any given industry and the need to adapt are the norm, but probably even more so when it comes to selling , renting and repairing truck accessories like trailers, plows and toppers.

The Chinese New Year holiday, which was last week this year, marks a weeklong celebration among family and friends, a time for sharing food and gifting “lucky” money in small red envelopes to children. As the new lunar calendar begins, revelers greet each other in the most widely spoken lang…

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Justin Jackson started in business with a small rental property and managing other properties before getting into the development side, including townhomes at Hiniker Pond and in Eagle Lake.

At first, Mike Claflin’s teenage son didn’t appear worse for wear after the hit that jerked his heat back, tearing his football helmet off. But by the middle of the next day he had a headache and memory lapses, and Claflin knew his boy had a concussion.

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After Waseca’s only independently owned coffee shop closed in May of 2018, some locals wondered if that was the end of lounging with a book and a cup of espresso in the historic downtown building.

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As a young girl, Roxie Mell-Brandts sat in the pews of First Baptist Church in Garden City. She walked its historic hallways and looked out its big sanctuary windows. One thing she probably never did, though, was imagine the day she’d own the place.

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MANKATO — Shaun Hofmeister was content as he sipped one of the six beers that Jim Parejko has so far brewed at LocALE Brewery in downtown Mankato.

Whether tackling a new apartment complex or a tiny bathroom remodel, it’s always nice to cut costs on construction projects without cutting corners. This is what inspired an area contractor to open Kitchen, Baths and More in 2006. The company sells cabinets, countertops and finish accessorie…

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MANKATO — Jerry Michaletz had a long military career flying B-29 Superfortress bombers and other aircraft and was among a group of influential business leaders in the '60s, '70s and '80s, who shaped the economy and social fabric of Mankato.

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Ryan Wempen is constantly moving. Over the past few years, he has become increasingly busier as president of the Birchwood Cottages assisted living facilities and manager of Owatonna Self Storage and Mankato Mini Storage. But his newest role is president of Kato Moving & Storage, a membe…

MANKATO — Apprenticeships — particularly in the construction trades — have been around for many decades. Now the state, businesses and trade unions are trying to beef up training and expand apprenticeships to sectors that haven't traditionally used them.

Obituaries

Clarence H. Schulze, age 90, of Mankato, MN died Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. Services are pending. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.