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April 3, 2013
Downtown areas in west central Minnesota see changes in recent years
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Mike Bates, owner of Mike’s Guns & Sporting Goods in downtown Benson, has found his niche among the area’s large hunting community. He says business has been steadily increasing every year. Tribune photo by Ashley White
Benson: Small downtown area boasts family values, tradition
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Gina Lieser, left, and Stacey Roberts are owners of the New London women’s apparel and gift boutique The Happy Sol. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
New London: Boutiques, specialty stores bring big business to small town
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Deeann’s Country Village Shoppe is located in downtown Litchfield. A newly formed group, the Litchfield Downtown Restoration Commission, is working to improve areas of Litchfield’s downtown to keep it a vibrant part of the community. In the last year, five new businesses have opened in downtown Litchfield. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Litchfield: High-visibility Main Street has potential to be ‘unforgettable’
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The pool room at the Willmar Community and Activity Center is used daily. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Retiring boomers will change community activity programming
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
The low cost of social media is a big reason why Erin Daniels uses it to promote the Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer. As the marketing and events manager, Daniels runs the winery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Area businesses embrace benefits, challenges of social media
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Al Juhnke, left, of Willmar and his grandson Zeke play on Grandpa’s iPhone over the holidays. Three (soon to be four) generations of the Juhnke family use Facebook and other social media to communicate and stay in touch, since they all live in different areas of the country. Submitted photo
Facebook through the generations: Family uses social media to communicate, stay in touch
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Chris Magnuson looks over inventory at Unity Stamp of New London, which he owns and operates with his wife, Angela. The business owners say they’ve benefited from a business mentorship program. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange
Mentors-Mentees: Learning from the advice of experienced business people
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
Larry Konsterlie loads his truck March 25 with grain stored on his farm in rural Pennock. “It’s an exciting time, but also a cautious time,” Konsterlie said, as U.S. farmers are increasingly exporting their grain and livestock to feed the hungry world. Agriculture’s future looks prosperous, he said. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Farming in an exciting time, but caution may be warranted
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am