Business Central Magazine - Cover Story Archives

2018
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018
SELLING FUN By Vicki Ikeogu
Big risks have led to big rewards for Dan Pearson, owner of PleasureLand RV Center.  
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JULY/AUGUST 2018
NICHE BUILDER By Gail Ivers
From specialized hauling to wind energy, Rollie Anderson has guided ATS’ growth by doing the hard stuff really, really well. Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE - JOEL BAUER & TIM BURG
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKNG  By Gail Ivers
When opportunity knocks at Midsota Manufacturing you can bet owners Joel Bauer and Tim Burg will grab it and run. Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - Ryan Schepp, Cream City Tattoo
ART AND SOUL  By Gail Ivers
Ask Ryan Schepp about his business and he’ll tell you about his art gallery, event center, student job shadowing program…and, oh yeah, he also does tattoosRead entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - BETTER TOGETHER
BETTER TOGETHER  By Vicki Ikeogu
The success rate for the average marriage in the U.S. can be likened to a coin-flip. Fifty percent will end up making it, the other half not so much.   But throw in a business partnership and things can quickly spiral out of controlRead entire story.

2017
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - JOSH & JUSTIN GAUERKE
LUCKY 13  By Whitney Ditlevson
When they opened Meta 13 Josh and Justin Gauerke just wanted to serve their clients. Today they have a new location, a new partner, and a national footprint.       
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 - DOUG BISCHOFF
HEART AND SOUL  By Whitney Ditlevson
Nick Barth and Matt Studer enjoy beer. Whether it's drinking, brewing or selling, these young entrepreneurs hold big dreams to bring Beaver Island Brewing Company from the basement to greater Minnesota.       
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JULY/AUGUST 2017 - NICK BARTH & MATT STUDER
BASEMENT TO BREWERY  By Whitney Ditlevson
Nick Barth and Matt Studer enjoy beer. Whether it's drinking, brewing or selling, these young entrepreneurs hold big dreams to bring Beaver Island Brewing Company from the basement to greater Minnesota.       
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MAY/JUNE 2017 - KEVIN JOHNSON
BUSINESS BUILDER  By Gail Ivers
Kevin Johnson doesn't like to be idle. Perhaps that's why he has four successful businesses and is contemplating another expansion.       
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MARCH/APRIL 2017 - PARK INDUSTRIES
THE PARK WAY  By Jeanine Nistler
Built into the essence of stone equipment manufacturer Park Industries is the firm belief that if you treat employees with integrity and respect, customers will follow.       
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY - Bernie Perryman
POWERING UP  By Jeanine Nistler
After a life-long career in the beer industry, Bernie Perryman is flipping the switch to try batteries and bulbs.       
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2016

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - Blair Anderson
A PEACEFUL MAN   By Gail Ivers
St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson does some of his best thinking in the chaos of law enforcement.  But at heart, he likes a peaceful life.       
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - SCOTT BLATTNER
BOLD MOVES  By Dawn Zimmerman
After watching their 93-year-old family business struggle, the Blattner Energy leadership team decided to take a chance on wind energy…with spectacular results.       
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JULY/AUGUST - CARMIE, BRIAN, AND TRAVIS MICK
THE PERSONAL TOUCH   By Gail Ivers
Family owned and proud of it, CWMF is reaping the rewards of putting customers first.       
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MAY/JUNE - SUSAN BORGERT
TOP OF THE LINE   By John Pepper
For third generation Borgert Products an expansion into Colorado is paving the way for company growth..  Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - DON AND ALINA MANEA
ALL IN THE FAMILY   By Gail Ivers
It may be growing fast, but Manea’s Meats’ success is firmly rooted in its family values, recipes and roots..  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - GARY BERG
JUMP RIGHT IN   By Gail Ivers

It took Gary Berg, G.L. Berg Entertainment, a few times before committing to a career in the entertainment industry. But once he did, he was all in.  Read entire story.


2015

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 - MIKE MOORES
CHANGING PLACES   By Gail Ivers

Mike Moores was a fearless motorcycle champion.  He was a confident business manager. But business ownership? For Moores, that role was the scariest one of all.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 - MICHAEL FABER
THE REAL THING.   By Gail Ivers
Viking Coke's Michael Faber swept the parking lot for $1 an hour his first day of work.  Today he's inventing new products, expanding the company's territory, and providing national leadership in the beverage industry   Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST 2015 - LUKE RIORDAN
WE POST. WE PIN. WE TWEET. WE BLOG.   By John Pepper
Customer-centric moves have helped Executive Express catapult from a modest St. Cloud company to a growing regional business   Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE 2015 - LARRY LOGEMAN
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED  By Dawn Zimmerman
Customer-centric moves have helped Executive Express catapult from a modest St. Cloud company to a growing regional business   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL 2015 - CHRISTY & GRANT GILLELAND
BUSINESS AS USUAL  By John Pepper
Christy and Grant Gilleland plan to grow the family business by focusing on the mission and vision that guided the company to its current success.   Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 - JOHN & LIZZY PACKERT
NO REGRETS   By Gail Ivers

After weathering the recession with all employees intact, John and Lizzy Packert, owners of Ron's Cabinets, are focusing on growth.   Read entire story.

2014

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 - ABDUL KULANE
GREAT EXPECTATIONS   By Gail Ivers

Whether in school, work, or life, Abdul Kulane has big goals and the confidence to achieve them.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 - MIDWEST MACHINERY
NEXT GEN   By Gail Ivers 

Drawing on their roots, Midwest Machinery's second generation is putting people first while embracing a contemporary growth strategy.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST 2014 - PAT & PAUL DUININCK
WE'RE HERE   By Gail Ivers 
Since 1997 Royal Tire has been following an aggressive growth strategy.  Yet this home-grown company prides itself on maintaining the same family feel it has cultivated for over 60 years.  Read entire story.
 

MAY/JUNE 2014 - JIM KRUSE
A GENTLE SPIRIT   By Larry Schumacher
Jim Kruse likes people and likes unique jewelry.  Both interests came together in a store he never expected to own.  Read entire story.


MARCH/APRIL 2014 - PAT ALEXANDER
ROCK SOLID   By Gail Ivers 
Pat Alexander, Cold Spring Granite Company, remembers some dark days in the 1990s.  Today the company is rebranding to Coldspring and expanding on its core competencies to ensure its future for another 115 years.  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 - JIM GAMMELL

BORN VOLUNTEER   By Gail Ivers 
Whether at work or as a volunteer, James Gammell...with Marcy by his side...is always looking for ways to make a difference.  Read entire story.

2013

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - MARK & DAVE TRAUT

THE KIDS FROM ST. CLOUD   By Gail Ivers 
In 1982 cousins Mark and Dave Traut were the youngest licensed drillers in Minnesota, struggling to establish themselves.  Today their diversified list of services helped them skip the Great Recession.
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - BOB STRACK
BUILDING VALUE   By Gail Ivers 
Bob Strack, Strack Companies, decided early on that putting up buildings would only be part of his business.  His focus would be building long-term relationships on a foundation of trust.
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JULY/AUGUST - LEE HANSON
COMMUNITY CHAMPION   By Gail Ivers 
Since arriving in St. Cloud in 1970 Lee Hanson has worked to make St. Cloud a place that everyone can call home.   Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE - SCOTT WARZECHA
NATIVE SON   By Gail Ivers 
Growth may be taking technology company, Netgain, farther from its St. Cloud roots, but company founder Scott Warzecha says his commitment to St. Cloud will only continue to grow.  Warzecha is the 2013 St. Cloud Area Small Business Owner of the year.   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - MAXINE BARNETT
HER MOTHER'S DAUGHTER   By Gail Ivers 
As a child Maxine Barnett's mother taught her that everyone had gifts and a responsibility to share them.  As executive director of Anna Marie's Alliance, Barnett has spent a lifetime proving her mother right.
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY - KATHY GAALSWYK & STEVE JOUL
PHILANTHROPES   By Dawn Zimmerman 
Kathy Gaalswyk and Steve Joul describe the Mississippi River as “a great community asset.”  The same could be said about their organizations.   Read entire story.

2012


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER- BOB COBORN
A NEVER ENDING SPIRIT   By Gail Ivers 
Every entrepreneur has a descriptor.  For Bob Coborn, that word is TenaciousRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - ARRAY SERVICES GROUP
OPTION MANAGEMENT   By Gail Ivers 
Never one to accept the status quo, Jim Christensen, Array Services Group, is always on the lookout for new opportunities.   Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - BRENNY TRANSPORTATION
Never Give  Up   By Gail Ivers and Joyce Brenny
Joyce Brenny sums up her philosophy of life and work in one sentence:  Give more than you get, love more than you receive, don't give up when you're tired, and always believe.  Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE - PAM'S AUTO
Cars are Cool   By Gail Ivers
When Pat Huesers and Mike Meyer started PAM’s Auto they never stopped to think that their love of cars would someday be a multi-million dollar business.  Read entire story.

 
MARCH/APRIL - UPFRONT CONSULTING
Home Work    By Gail Ivers
For Dianne Tuff and Murdoch Johnson, working from home – together – is the perfect blend of business and pleasure.  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - ROCKHOUSE PRODUCTIONS, LLC
Music Men    By Gail Ivers

Managing Bobby Vee’s career and traveling the world in his band turned out to be more than just a good time for his sons, Jeff and Tommy. It also turned out to be good business. 
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2011

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - NETGAIN TECHNOLOLGY
Risk Free    By Gail Ivers
For Netgain founder Scott Warzecha, starting a business is about analyzing opportunity, not controlling risk.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - CRAFTS DIRECT
Merchant Man    By Gail Ivers

John Schlecht, owner of Crafts Direct, likes to go his own way – as long as it’s what his customers want.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - MILLER ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS, INC.
5G    By Gail Ivers

Fifth generation business owner Dan Miller turns clients into lifelong friendsRead entire story.

MAY/JUNE - WILLIAMS\INTEGRECARE CLINIC
Unconventional
    By Gail Ivers
When Brownie Williams suggested integrating traditional family medicine and chiropractic care, he was greeted with skepticism. But it didn’t take long before he was leading the second largest private clinic in Central Minn.   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - ST. CLOUD INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
Eternal Optimist   By Gail Ivers

During his 36 year tenure at St. Cloud Industrial Products, Don Schiffler has honed many skills, not the least of which is to glory in the strengths of othersRead entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - AUTOMOTIVE PARTS HEADQUARTERS, INC,
Part of the Family   By Gail Ivers
Once known as National Bushing, St. Cloud’s Automotive Parts Headquarters is thriving under its third generation of Bartlett leadershipRead entire story


2010

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - BISHOP JOHN KINNEY
The Church Man    By Gail Ivers
As he celebrates 15 years as the leader of a multi-million dollar operation, Bishop John Kinney still thinks of himself as a pastor firstRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - MIDSOTA PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEONS
A Tale of Two Docs    By Gail Ivers

For Drs. Paul Heath and Jim Smith success has been defined by creating an environment in which patients and employees can flourish.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - D.J. BITZAN JEWELERS, INC. - MARK OF EXCELLENCE
A Cut Above    By Gail Ivers

Dick Bitzan reluctantly entered the jewelry business at his father’s urging. Now, 27 years later, he can’t imagine his life any other wayRead entire story.

MAY/JUNE - GRANITE-TOPS, LLC
Taken By Granite
   By Gail Ivers
Granite-Tops’ Kip Cameron helped raise the granite countertop industry from infant to adult in just 15 years. And it all started with an affection for granite, a vision to share it, and three guys in a garage.   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - VETERANS RETURNING TO WORK
Value Added   By Gail Ivers

Our citizen soldiers deliver a unique perspective, whether providing security detail in Iraq or serving customers at homeRead entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - MARCO, INC. & C & L DISTRIBUTING
Evolution   By Gail Ivers
It’s been 10 years since C & L Distributing and Marco were featured on the cover of Business Central. While the companies have remained fundamentally the same, much has changed
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2009

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - DINGMANN & WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOMES
Transitions    By Gail Ivers
Accustomed to helping families deal with transitions, the Williams-Dingmann Family Funeral Homes are going through their own transition as they adjust to the merger of two long-established family businessesRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - MCDOWELL COMPANY
A Calling   By Dawn Zimmerman

As president of the five-generation family roofing company, John McDowall has always had a passion for the business.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - SHORT STOP CUSTOM CATERING
Mr. Hospitality    By Gail Ivers
The key to success at Short Stop Custom Catering is owner Byron Bjorklund’s undisguised delight in serving customers and helping add the “Wow!” to their special occasions Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE -MAHOWALD INSURANCE AGENCY
Family Ties    By Gail Ivers

Now in its fourth generation of continuous family ownership, the Mahowald Insurance Agency treats their complex family ties with both pride and diffidence.   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL - ST. CLOUD REFRIGERATION (SCR)
Better Than Golf   By Gail Ivers
St. Cloud Refrigeration has been providing service to customers for 454,272 hours. But who’s counting.  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - GATR
Overdrive    By Gail Ivers
Bob Neitzke doesn’t like to waste time. That’s probably why his business has increased by 80 percent in the last eight years…and he’s just getting started.  
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2008

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - MIDWEST VISION CENTERS
Do-Over    By Gail Ivers
When Myrel Neumann sold Midwest Vision Centers in 1997 he had no idea how much he would regret it. That’s why he jumped at the chance to buy the company back in 2000…but the decision wasn’t without its challenges Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - BURSCH TRAVEL AGENCY
Lessons of My Father   By Dawn Zimmerman

Fred Bursch started in the family business as a boy stuffing envelopes. Today he runs a multi-million dollar travel enterprise … and he still gives Dad the credit.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - GB & CO. HAIR-SKIN-SPA - GRACE BERG-MARK OF EXCELLENCE
Grooming A Generation    By Gail Ivers
Business Central Mark of Excellence recipient built her business on service, passion, and above all, having fun every dayRead entire story.

MAY/JUNE -GRANITE CITY ARMORED CAR
This is Family    By Gail Ivers

To the owners of Granite City Armored Car business isn’t just business, it’s family.  
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MARCH/APRIL - W.F. SCARINCE, INC.
Tailor Made   By Gail Ivers

From the beginning, Bill Scarince has built his business on a reputation of solving problems for his customers – whether they’re working for the Defense Department or Universal Studios.
Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - COBORN'S, INC.
A Good Business    By Gail Ivers
During 50 years in the industry Dan Coborn never lost his faith in the fact that groceries are a good business. After all, people have to buy their food somewhere.  
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2007

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - BEN'S TOOL & IRON
We Are Construction    By Gail Ivers
As the third generation takes over Ben’s Tool and Iron, their vision takes them well beyond their roots in a blacksmith’s shop in Central Minnesota.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - WESTSIDE LIQUOR
Westside's Story   By Gail Ivers

Bob and Linda Feuling opened their liquor store in St. Cloud because they didn’t think anyone was doing a good job with wine. Based on their business growth, they were right.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - PAN-O-GOLD
Kneading Growth    By Gail Ivers
For over 100 years Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. has been trucking, wholesaling, retailing, warehousing, distributing…oh, yeah…and baking bread in east St. CloudRead entire story.

MAY/JUNE -MIDWEST EAP SOLUTIONS
A Life's Work    By Gail Ivers

For 25 years, Doug Adamek, owner of Midwest EAP Solutions, has been able to go home at the end of the day confident that he’s made a difference in someone’s life.  Read entire story.
 
MARCH/APRIL - ETC ENTERPRISES
Bingo!  It's a GrandStay!    By Gail Ivers

Rod Lindquist’s desire to bring a stately, extended-stay hotel to Central Minnesota has taken the developer on a grand journey. Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - THE NEXT GENERATION
The Next Generation    By Gail Ivers

They have nothing in common. They are married and single; students, business owners, and employees; privileged and blue collar. They have everything in common. They are young, passionate, and idealistic. They are…Read entire story.

2006

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER - CENTRAL LANDSCAPE SUPPY
"I Like Trees"    By Gail Ivers
Herman Roerick of Central Landscape Supply started his business with nothing but passion and an idea. Today, he has over 3000 customers and $9 million in sales.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER - MCKAY'S CHRYSLER/JEEP/DODGE/MITSUBISHI
Follow Your Instinct   By Diane Hageman

After almost 30 years in the car business, Patty Yarbrough has learned that success comes from simply being yourself..  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST - GRUBER'S QUILT SHOP/DANTREE COURT
You Could...Yous should...You WILL    By Gail Ivers

From business owner to landlord, Sue Poser’s vision includes helping women succeed.
Read entire story.


MAY/JUNE -GEOCOMM, INC.
A Community Asset    By Gail Ivers

Keeping talented workers in St. Cloud, bringing new revenue to the area, creating innovative products, and doing it in a renovated 1860s building is all part of the GeoComm culture. 
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MARCH/APRIL - LEIGHTON BROADCASTING
Radio Days    By Gail Ivers

When Jean Mesenburg said “I do” to Al Leighton in 1951 she had no idea that her secure routine in Elk River was about to change foreverRead entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY - THE DONLIN COMPANY
83 Years Young    By Gail Ivers

With an unshakeable St. Cloud foundation, The Donlin Company is opening the door on a new chapter in the company’s history  Read entire story.



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