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NEW LONDON - With four brothers, 13-year-old Sara Thein has a little experience holding her own. It's not surprising that she's translated her take-no-nonsense attitude to one of her favorite sports: water skiing. Every Friday, Sara can be found topping pyramids, doing strap doubles and performing in ballet lines as part of the Little Crow Ski Team, based at New London's Neer Park.
Three months ago, Corn Capital Innovations had fewer than 100 likes on its Facebook page. Today, the business has 530 Facebook likes and counting. That growth can be attributed to a kilt, a red wig and a little outside-the-box thinking. In April, director of finance Summer O'Neill posted a picture on Facebook of her husband and CEO Steve O'Neill holding a sign that said, "I agree to wear a kilt and red-colored wig for (1) full day at the AgVenture Inc. summer meeting if we get over 500 'likes' to our page."
With terms such as "tweets," "pins" and "hashtags," learning the vocabulary of social media can be as difficult as learning a foreign language. For some businesses, the mere thought of jumping into social media can be enough to deter them from the idea. But social media is here to stay, and many agree that it offers certain marketing opportunities that didn't exist 10 years ago. Here, four area professionals offer their top tips for businesses looking to ramp up their own social media efforts.
NEW LONDON -- One of the newest outdoor activities being taught at Minnesota state parks is archery. Last year, Sibley State Park in New London began offering an "Archery in the Park" program, a 90-minute session for people with little to no experience with archery. More than 800 people took the class last year, and it's seeing success again this summer. "Most people who come have never done archery before, or have done very little," said park naturalist Dick Clayton. "That's the goal, to get people to find new ways to enjoy the outdoors."
Michael and Shanna Lecy are BBQ-grillin', country music-lovin', cowboy boot-wearin' kind of people. When they got married last March, it was important to them that the wedding reflected their personalities, right down to the details. So when deciding on a theme for their wedding reception, they chose one that felt like them. They call it "western chic."
At the 2013 Foot Lake 4 in Willmar, Ryan Miller wasn't running for a first-place finish, or even for a personal best. He was running toward something much better: his future wife. Miller proposed to his girlfriend of over a year, Calli Halgren, at the Foot Lake 4 finish line Saturday. He had been looking for "the perfect spot" to propose, and decided that she would never see it coming after the race, especially in such a public setting.
The MinnWest Technology Campus originally started with a 100-year-old campus, two companies and an idea to attract new, skilled workers to the Willmar area. Thirty businesses and 400 employees later,...
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As hundreds of area high school seniors prepare to graduate and take their first steps into the "real world," their parents and families are preparing to send them off with a party worthy of their accomplishments. While graduation parties are meant to be fun, giving grads the chance to mingle with everyone who has helped them achieve this milestone, for the parents (and unofficial party planners) it can quickly become more stressful than celebratory.