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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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Money is about more than numbers: emotions are often at play too. Just as you can seek professional help for unhealthy issues in life, financial therapists can help you deal with problems related to money.

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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.

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Call it what you want — sustainability, going green, energy efficiency — but more and more businesses are interested. It’s good for the environment, is good for a businesses’ brand and it offers long term savings.

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MANKATO — When a group of about 80 Mankato leaders visit Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October they hope to find some ideas from the larger city about four priorities this area is focusing on: affordable housing, attracting and keeping workers, regional recreation opportunities and making the a…

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MANKATO — Animal nutrition company Ridley Inc., which two years ago became the anchor tenant in one of the new Tailwind towers downtown, has been downsized. The local office is changing from a national headquarters to a regional office.

For Bill and Matthew Vihstadt, business and family go hand in hand. Bill has owned A to Z Rental Center in Mankato for nearly half a century. He and his late wife, Ruthann, who died last June, operated it for most of those years.

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GARDEN CITY — Bob Roelofs knew his farm fields around Garden City were too muddy to plant for at least a few more days and was planning to check out a field he and a farming partner operate north of Mankato.

MANKATO — The south side of Mankato, including the area around Minnesota State University — an official "food desert" because of its lack of a supermarket — is moving closer to having at least a small oasis.

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MANKATO — Alexa Swindell Prosser spent 12 years in hospitality and then many years in corporate America where she did lots of traveling and sampling of local foods.

Obituaries

Donna M. (Himmelman) Southwick, age 91, of Mankato, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Memorial Visitation 1-4 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. www.mankatomortuary.com

William C. Dhaene, 66, Henderson, died Monday, August 19, 2019. Funeral service, Friday, August 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m, Redeemer Lutheran Church east of Henderson, MN. Visitation, Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur, Thursday, 4:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Burial, church…

Malcolm Brandt, age 90, of Madelia, died Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Living Meadows in Madelia. Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia. Burial will take place at a later date in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be fro…

of Kasota, passed away on August 16, 2019 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Services will be at the Kasota Presbyterian Church, Kasota on August 22nd, at 11:00 am. Visitation is 2 hours prior to service.