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Horse Barn and
Hunt Club
Brent and Lori Rossow,
owners
46421 860th St.
Lakefeld
(507) 662-5490
T
he Horse Barn and
Hunt Club bar, grill
and banquet hall
will celebrate its 10-year
anniversary this October.
The Horse Barn and
Hunt Club was established
in 1993 when the Brent and
Lori Rossow family began
throwing sporting clays
around the grove on their
farm. Every Friday night,
the Rossows grilled steak
for their shooting sports and
hunter enthusiasts. Those
they hosted found the horse
barn — the same barn in
which the Rossows raised
quarter horses through the
1980s — to be fun, casual
and relaxing.
In the fall of 2001, the
Rossows began remod-
eling the barn for dining
and broke ground on the
kitchen and banquet hall
addition, completing the
work in October of the fol-
lowing year.
The Rossows still throw
sporting clays, but switched
to automatic traps in 2005.
People from all over the
United States have shot
sporting clays, dined, cel-
ebrated or danced in this
unique setting. The wed-
Horse Barn marks milestone
dings they host enjoy a very
personal feel for the couple
and guests.
The Rossows believe the
Horse Barn and Hunt Club
could very possibly be the
inspiration for the song
“Cadillac Ranch” by the
late Chris LeDoux!
The Horse Barn and
Hunt Club is located on the
Rossow century farm three
miles north of Lakefield
and one and a half miles
east on 860th Street. Still
known far and wide for its
hickory-smoked steaks, the
Horse Barn and Hunt Club
is open Wednesday through
Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Rossows are proud
to mark the 10th anniver-
sary of their bar, grill and
banquet facilities and look
forward to the next 10 years
and beyond.
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T
hough things may
look a little dif-
ferent at Santee
Crossing-Embers in Jack-
son these days, the fine
food and friendly service
that have marked its past 35
years of existence haven’t
changed a bit.
Completed just last year
at the interstate-side restau-
rant was a total coffee shop
and restroom remodel,
which gave Santee Crossing
Santee Crossing-
Embers
Tom Erickson, owner
I-90 and Highway 71
North, Jackson
(507) 847-3841
New look for Santee Crossing-Embers
a fresh, updated look.
“New booths, new table-
tops, completely remodeled
restrooms — it’s a nice,
modern look,” said owner
Tom Erickson.
And the dining room is
next.
“It’s something we’ll get
going here in the near fu-
ture,” Erickson said.
As for the food and ser-
vice with a smile, that’s still
the same as always.
Built by Erickson in 1977,
Santee Crossing quickly
established itself as one of
the county’s top eateries.
Locals flocked to Santee
for Erickson’s ’round-the-
clock breakfasts, succulent
hot beef sandwiches and
finger-licking homemade
barbeque sauce and salad
dressings.
Around the turn of the
century, Santee joined forc-
es with Embers and what
had become a favorite spot
for locals suddenly became
a hotspot for travelers. The
franchise merger allowed
Erickson to add some new
items to menu, but also
to keep the favorites for
which Santee Crossing had
become known.
Today, Erickson is joined
by daughter Karin Eggink
and a crew of about 20 em-
ployees.
“You talk about 20 great
employees — I have them,”
Erickson said. “And we
can’t thank our customers
enough for supporting us.
We wouldn’t be here with-
out them.”
Dr. Deb Christopher,
DDS
302 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-3317
D
r. Deb Christo-
pher prides her-
self on keeping
Dr. Christopher keeps dental practice on cutting edge of technology
her dental practice on the
cutting edge of technology.
Christopher was an early
adapter of intra-oral camera
technology, which allows her
and her patients an up-close
digital look into even the
most diffcult-to-see corners
of the mouth.
In 2010, she added digi-
tal radiography technology
— the latest advancement
in dental X-rays — to her
downtown Jackson prac-
tice, increasing her ability
to diagnose and treat dental
conditions and allowing her
to do it in a safer and more
effective manner.
And now Christopher
has taken her practice into
cyberspace.
“Our new webpage is up
and running and we’re very
excited about it,” said Chris-
topher, who has practiced
on Jackson’s Main Street
for nearly 18 years. “The
site has pictures of our of-
fice, contact information
and photos of our staff and
information about them.”
The Web address is www.
christopherdental.com.
“It’s keeping up with the
times,” she said. “We have
all the latest digital equip-
ment and technology and
now we have the digital
means with which to show
it. We work hard to stay cur-
rent with all new technology
— both advances in dental
technology and media.”
Christopher and her staff
of three also pride them-
selves on offering the fnest
in dental care, including reg-
ular checkups, teeth clean-
ings, cavity fllings, sealants,
root canals and dentures,
as well as the full gamut of
cosmetic dentistry services
such as teeth-whitening,
crowns and veneers.
Jackson Economic
Development Corp.
Sue Pirsig, coordinator
80 W. Ashley St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4423
T
he driving objective
behind the work of
the Jackson Eco-
nomic Development Corp.
can be summed up in two
words.
Growing Jackson.
In fact, those words are
printed on a sign posted
outside the soon-to-be
expanded JEDC-owned
building that houses TSE,
one of the many prospering
tenants of a bustling Jack-
son industrial park.
“Growing Jackson —
that’s really what the JEDC
is all about,” said coordina-
tor Sue Pirsig. “That’s what
we’re all working for.”
Remodel i ng work i s
planned at the TSE build-
ing, Pirsig said, and ground-
work is being laid for two
physical additions to the
facility that will accommo-
date 30 additional jobs. Add
another 30 at the under-
construction Jackson termi-
nal of Doug Bradley Truck-
ing, 20 at Erickson Trucks
‘n Parts in conjunction with
its future expansion and
building, four in Jackson as
a result of the soon-to-be
completed FCA Co-op fer-
tilizer plant expansion and
a pair each at new facilities
for Full Tilt Performance
and Tri-County Implement,
and it’s easy to see 2012 has
been another banner year
for the JEDC.
“Last year was a year to
be remembered,” Pirsig
said of 2011, a year in which
AGCO, Jackson County’s
largest employer, embarked
on an aggressive expansion
project that created around
200 new jobs, retained ad-
ditional hundreds of others
and established Jackson as a
destination for up to 10,000
visitors per year. “How-
ever, project-wise, I’d say
this year we are seeing as
Hard work of JEDC volunteers drives growth
much, if not more activity.
New businesses are coming
to town, established busi-
nesses are expanding and
building new facilities, jobs
are being added and we see
the next building season
to be a very busy one as
well, as a number of expan-
sion plans are being evalu-
ated at this time by vari-
ous businesses. It’s really
something special happen-
ing right before our eyes.”
But it didn’t happen by
chance.
‘Dedicated volunteers’
JEDC President Clayton
Lewis admits the economic
growth taking place in Jack-
son at present is the envy of
many communities across
Greater Minnesota. How-
ever, he is quick to point
out the good times are the
result of countless hours
of work by a group of local
volunteers.
“These are dedicated
volunteers who spend a
number of hours working
for the good of Jackson,”
he said. “There are board
meetings, committee meet-
ings, meetings with business
and industry representa-
tives and government enti-
ties and then more meet-
ings on the side. It is a lot
of time and a lot of hard
work for the good of all.”
But that’s exactly why cur-
rent JEDC members ea-
gerly volunteer, Lewis said,
just as countless members
before them have.
“We’ve had dedicated
volunteers since our in-
ception,” Lewis said. “It is
something members past
and present are proud to be
a part of.”
Members aren’t mem-
bers to see their business
or employer beneft directly
from actions the group
might take, Lewis said, but
because they see the big-
picture, long-term beneft
for everybody.
“Members realize that if
the city of Jackson is doing
well, then everybody does
well,” Lewis said.
That is evident in the
growing reality of what
Lewis calls “the trickle-
down effect” from recent
industrial development.
“We’re starting to see
that trickle-down effect
from all the new employees
and visitors in Jackson,”
Lewis said. “Our restau-
rants are seeing it, our re-
tail stores are seeing it, our
hotels and motels are seeing
it, our service-oriented busi-
nesses are seeing it. From
there, we’re already seeing
the creation of more ancil-
lary jobs stemming from
that development.”
Secret to success
The secret to the success
of the JEDC is not really a
secret, Pirsig said. It boils
down to location and rela-
tionships.
The frst the JEDC had
nothing to do with.
“Jackson is in a really nice
spot with I-90 and Highway
71 intersecting right here,”
Pirsig said.
A second interchange
entrance/exit ramp system
into Jackson as proposed
by local economic develop-
ment officials, backed by
city and county offcials and
recently funded in part by a
state grant would only make
things better, Lewis said.
“A traffic study is cur-
rently being conducted in
support of a second in-
terchange,” Lewis said.
“This is really an impera-
tive, as all of the indus-
tries we have spoken with
are indicating this is es-
sential to future growth.”
Construction of the second
interchange would “add the
opportunity for Jackson to
grow,” Pirsig said, as the
most natural direction for
expansion is to Jackson’s
east.
Gathering input from
industrial leaders on the
interchange is a prime ex-
ample of the relationship
the JEDC has with local
businesses and industries
that is so key to the growth
taking place in Jackson.
“The JEDC builds a good
rapport with businesses,”
Pirsig said. “Our members
communicate with them
often to know their plans,
understand their issues
— to be proactive, as op-
posed to reactive — to get
to know them one-on-one
so they know to give us a
call if something comes up
or if they need assistance.
The JEDC has excellent
relationships with our in-
dustries.”
For proof, Pirsig said,
look no further than the
industrial park.
“TSE is expanding here,
not in Arlington,” she said.
“AGCO expanded here and
not in Georgia or anywhere
else. The same is true for
others. They could have
built elsewhere. They could
have moved and expanded
elsewhere. But they’re in
Jackson.”
‘Truly unique’
Pirsig has said it before
and she’ll say it again: “It is
truly unique for a communi-
ty of Jackson’s size to have
a development corporation
like we have — to have this
active of a volunteer board
that gets projects done and
has the wherewithal to own
and sell and manage prop-
erty.”
Founders and past mem-
bers of the pre-JEDC Jack-
son Development Corp.
built a frm foundation on
which so many success sto-
ries have been written, are
being written and will be
written for generations to
come, Lewis said.
“We will keep working
for growth and expansion
and progress as long as
businesses and industries
offer potential for that,”
Lewis said.
But just as businesses
must change, so too must
the JEDC.
“We’re continually look-
ing at how to keep the group
fresh,” Pirsig said. “The
JEDC is made up of many
dedicated volunteers who
put many hours of work into
this. But we all value fresh
perspectives and we all val-
ue fresh faces to share in the
work and the successes.”
To that end, term limits
are imposed on members
and prospective new mem-
bers are often invited to
serve in an advisory capacity
as they and current mem-
bers weigh whether the two
are a ft for each other.
“We rely on a mix of es-
tablished and fresh perspec-
tives to keep this going,”
Pirsig said, “to keep us all
invigorated and excited and
working as hard as we can
for the economic success of
the community of Jackson.”
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Progress • Page 3
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Scott Bahr, broker
803 Third St.
Jackson
(507) 847-2855
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ull Market Realty
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itself on its unique
and fresh approach to mar-
keting and selling homes.
“We don’t sell like every-
one else,” said broker Scott
Bahr. “We don’t do things
the way they’ve always been
done. We take an approach
that allows us to stand out in
the crowd, and more quickly
and effectively get your deal
done.”
That no-nonsense men-
tality has allowed Bull Mar-
ket Realty to establish itself
as one of Jackson County’s
top stops for the buying and
selling of real estate since
opening its doors seven
years ago.
One way in which Bull
Market Realty separates
itself from the crowd is as-
Bull Market Realty ofers fresh approach
sistance at every point in
the home-buying or home-
selling process.
“We are there for you
every step of the way —
through prospecting, listing,
inspections, even financ-
ing,” Bahr said. “We’re
ready to help.”
Bahr is joined at Bull
Market Realty by sales
manager Don Wachal and
agent Angie Rogotzke.
Each member of the Bull
Market team knows the
market, knows the people
and knows the business, and
each is willing to work hard
for buyers, sellers and those
looking to relocate. In fact,
the three pride themselves
on working long hours on
behalf of their clients, al-
ways with an eye toward
urgency, excitement and
quality.
That’s just part of Bull
Market Realty’s core mis-
sion, Bahr said: “To always
focus on fulflling the goals
and objectives of our buyers
and sellers.”
Bahr said Bull Market
shares its listings immedi-
ately with all other agen-
cies in town, a step that
guarantees immediate and
maximum exposure.
Henning Rental Inc.
Bill and Carol Henning,
owners
100 Railroad St.
Jackson
(507) 847-3785
I
t’ s been a year of
growth and diversi-
fcation for Henning
Rental of Jackson.
Not only has the family-
owned equipment repair
and rental business added
to its already extensive in-
ventory of tools, trailers,
skid steer loaders, excava-
tors, aerial lift equipment
and party items available for
rent, it has also expanded
into the mini-storage busi-
ness with the recent acquisi-
tion of a facility along U.S.
71 in south Jackson. All
that, along with information
on repair services offered
and used equipment sales,
is detailed on a new web-
site, henningrental.com.
“People have found our
website useful for photos
and details of our rental
Henning Rental adds to inventory, diversifes business
inventory,” said Carol Hen-
ning, co-owner of Henning
Rental with husband Bill.
New photos and informa-
tion are added regularly, as
Henning Rental expands
its inventory. Among re-
cent additions are several
pieces of aerial lift equip-
ment; landscape, lawn and
garden items, such as an
aerator, sod-cutter, de-
thatcher and bullet edger;
and a new compact Bobcat
walk-behind track load-
er, on which a concrete
breaker and posthole dig-
ger attachment can be used.
Across town from Hen-
ning Rental’s east Jack-
son location one block
northwest of the Jackson
County Fairgrounds, Hen-
ning Rental offers four
sizes of mini-storage units,
in addition to 8-foot-by-
20- f oot Conex boxes.
And, while the flurry of
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Henning Rental’s equip-
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local people who contribute
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ness more than anything.
“We are most thankful
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Jackson Sports
Curt Handevidt and
Phil Handevidt, owners
166 Industrial Park
Road, Jackson
(507) 847-3977
T
here was a day
not long ago when
four-wheel all-ter-
rain vehicles were a farm-
er’s best friend.
Today, it’s the side-by-
side utility task vehicle, like
the Polaris Ranger.
Phi l Handevi dt, who
owns and operates Jackson
Sports, the region’s Polaris
dealer, with his father, Curt,
says these days, the Ranger
side-by-sides are outselling
ATVs 2-to-1. Most of the
demand is coming from
area farmers.
“Back in 2006-2007, the
Rangers really began to
take off and started sell-
ing even better than four-
wheelers,” he said. “It took
a little work getting guys
into one to start off, but
once they had one, they
wondered why they didn’t
get one earlier.”
Usability and conve-
nience are the main factors
for most, Handevidt said.
“The Ranger has made
farmers more effcient and
productive,” he said. “It’s
been neat to see the evolu-
tion.”
That evolution has come
RZRs hot item at Jackson Sports
full circle, Handevidt said,
as he is seeing farmers
coming back for a second
Ranger — for a son helping
out on the farm or a wife
wanting one to tend garden
with — and a recent trend
toward Polaris’ new sport
side-by-side, the Ranger
RZR.
“Guys have a Ranger for
work,” Handevidt said, “but
they look at the RZR as
something to go play with.”
In addition to Rangers,
Jackson Sports is also car-
ries Polaris snowmobiles,
sled accessories and snow
clothing.
Joining the Handevidts at
Jackson Sports are 16-year
service technician Mike
Prochaska, as well as four-
year service tech Aaron
Ludwig and one-year tech
Zach Drahota.
Stan Sievert Agency
Eric and Rachel Kruger,
owners
330 Main St.
Lakefeld
(507) 662-5351
Sales are sizzling,
Sievert agents say
R
eal estate sales in
Lakefeld and the
surrounding area
have heated up in 2012, ac-
cording to Eric Kruger of
the Stan Sievert Agency,
Lakefeld’s local real estate
agency.
In fact, Kruger’s down-
town agency had sold as
many homes by the end of
May this year as it did in all
of 2011.
“First-quarter 2012 real
estate sales were slower,
but they are typically so that
time of year,” Kruger said.
“Our second-quarter sales
more than made up for it.”
Kruger, a half-decade
Lakefield real estate vet-
eran, cited historically low
interest rates, a strong local
economy and a community
that’s moving in the right
direction as reasons for the
hot real estate market.
“People are taking ad-
vantage of the low interest
rates — there’s no doubt
about it,” Kruger said. “We
see that driving those look-
ing for their first home,
those who have outgrown
their current home, those
who are looking to down-
size — even those who are
refnancing, based on the
high number of appraisals
we’re doing. The rates are
defnitely a factor in all this
activity.”
But low rates would mean
Stan Sievert Agency sees local real estate market heating up
nothing to the Lakefield
real estate market if there
were no reason to live here,
Kruger admitted. The good
news is there are plenty of
reasons.
The strong local economy
is one.
“Businesses in the area
are expanding,” Kruger
said, “and the ag economy
is strong.”
Longtime broker and
agency namesake Stan
Sievert said many people
choose to live in Lakefeld
because of its central loca-
tion.
“Lakefield is centrally
located to Windom on the
north, Worthington on the
west, the Iowa Great Lakes
Region to the south and
Jackson and Fairmont to
the east,” he said. “People
can easily commute to work
at any of those locations.”
Others choose Lakefeld
because it’s just a great
place to live, Kruger said.
“We are seeing more fam-
ilies moving to Lakefield
because of the amenities
our city has to offer them,”
he said. “Our school dis-
tricts have had an impact
on real estate sales here
with the educational part of
the school — their superior
academics — to neighbor-
ing school districts a plus.”
Several nice city parks
with new playground equip-
ment, the county’s only
outdoor swimming facili-
ties at the Lakefeld Family
Aquatic Center and nec-
essary shopping available
have also added to the at-
traction of Lakefeld as a
place to live.
And it’s always getting
better.
“Lakefeld is constantly
improving itself as a com-
munity,” Kruger said, point-
ing to the Main Street re-
construction project as a
current example. “A lot of
people in the community
work really hard to make
all this happen. Look at our
Summerfest community fes-
tival — all that was done by
volunteers who care deeply
about this community. That
all pays off.”
Sievert agreed.
“I think that once Lake-
feld’s Main Street project is
complete later this summer,
that will be a big plus for the
city,” he said. “Downtown
will look nicer and cleaner
with more appeal for people
considering Lakefeld as a
place to live.”
Favorable interest rates,
a strong local economy and
a progressive community
with an eye for constant
improvement — it’s a recipe
for a strong local real estate
market. Having a team of
trusted agents to assist folks
in navigating that market
is essential, Kruger said,
and that’s where the Stan
Sievert Agency comes in.
Kruger, Sievert and long-
time agent Brad Sievert
offer expert advice, per-
sonalized showings, effec-
tive marketing tools and a
full appraisal service. They
also have access to a power-
ful network of brokers and
agencies with which they
are able to list and show
multiple properties.
“We’re the only agency
with full-time agents right
here in Lakefeld,” Kruger
said. “We pride ourselves on
State Farm Insurance
Paul Graupmann,
agent
313 Sherman St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4300
317 Main St.
Lakefeld
(507) 662-5552
L
ong known as Jack-
son County’s top
spot for the fnest
in insurance policies and
banking products — plus
the best service around —
State Farm Insurance of
Jackson and Lakefeld has
also established itself as a
vital and trusted member
of any estate planning team.
“Estate planning has be-
come so important,” said
agent Paul Graupmann,
“especially with the explo-
sion in the value of farmland
and more farmers reaching
an age when they’re think-
ing about passing the farm
or assets onto the next gen-
eration.”
There should be three
members of every estate
planning team, Graupmann
said — an accountant, an
attorney and an insurance
agent.
“Our role is identifying
the proper size and type
of life insurance, when it is
appropriate to meeting the
plan’s goals,” he said.
This is especially impor-
tant for situations involving
partnerships or multiple
State Farm Insurance agency a vital
member of any estate planning team
heirs, Graupmann said.
At Graupmann’s fnger-
tips are many and varied
life insurance policy options
tailored to ft any situation
and all backed by the power
of the $65 billion company
that is State Farm Insur-
ance.
Graupmann said the time
for people to start thinking
about estate planning is
now, giving them time to
evaluate and adjust their
plan as time goes on. The
same goes for long-term
care insurance.
“The most critical time to
get a plan in place,” he said,
“is before you need it.”
knowing this market better
than anyone else, serving it
better than anyone else and
promoting Lakefeld more
than any other agents any-
where. We are invested in
Lakefeld and we’re proud
of Lakefeld.”
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Eric Kruger
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been a proud member of the
Jackson County community
for more than a century,
and that pride continues
to grow.
“Even after 101 years, we
continue to be proud to be a
part of the community,” said
bank CEO and cashier Paul
Meium, who, along with
sister Evangelane, make up
the third-generation man-
agement team of the bank
their grandfather founded.
Meium said the strength
of the Farmers and Mer-
chants State Bank of Alpha
is directly tied to the strong
local economy.
“We continue to see the
local rural economy doing
quite well,” Meium said.
“That is a refection of the
people we have living here
in Jackson County and what
good, hard-working people
they are.”
It was all in evidence at
the recently concluded Jack-
son County Fair, Meium
said, an opportunity for
the entire county to gather
Farmers and
Merchants State
Bank of Alpha
Paul Meium,
CEO and cashier
Evangelane Meium
Bratrud, vice president
210 Main St. N., Alpha
(507) 847-3620
Farmers and Merchants State Bank
of Alpha grows with the community
together to celebrate our
shared heritage and cast an
optimistic eye toward the fu-
ture. That fusion of past and
present is an ever-present
reality at the Farmers and
Merchants State Bank of
Alpha, an institution built
on principles handed down
over the years, but one that
isn’t afraid to embrace posi-
tive change.
“The world is changing
and banking is too,” Meium
said. “As new products and
services develop and our
customers show interest in
them, we are continually
striving to do our best to
accommodate them.”
Minnesota West
Community and
Technical College
Dennis Hampel,
Jackson campus dean
401 West St., Jackson
(507) 847-3320
C
hanges are under
way at the Jackson
campus of Min-
nesota West Community
and Technical College as
faculty and staff continue to
evaluate how existing brick-
and-mortar facilities will
best serve future students
increasingly interested in
learning online.
A full one-third of the
college’s students are taking
online courses, said campus
dean Dennis Hampel, and
that number will only in-
crease. As it does, he said,
it is imperative the campus
takes steps to modify its
facilities plan to match the
trend.
For Hampel, a 43-year
campus veteran, the evolu-
tion in higher learning has
been fascinating to watch.
“I saw many of these
buildings built,” he said
of the Jackson campus.
“But they were built for
programs we offered back
then that are totally differ-
ent from the programs we
offer now.”
Back then, the Jackson
Changes in programs and how students learn spark
reconfguration of space at MnWest-Jackson campus
vocational school offered
courses in carpentry, auto
body repai r, auto me-
chanics, appliance repair,
plumbing, offce secretary
and production agricul-
ture. Today’s offerings in-
clude such varied courses
as cosmetology, computer
science and information
technology.
“Student demands have
changed and the way stu-
dents learn have changed,”
Hampel said. “We, as a
campus, need to change
as well.”
As the frst step in a re-
vamped overall facilities
plan, the main campus
building is currently un-
dergoing a $200,000 reno-
vation that will result in a
new space for a growing IT
program, a more logically
located bookstore and a
larger, more functional
student lounge and recre-
ation area.
“The new IT area will fea-
ture a classroom and lab in
space that formerly housed
the bookstore,” Hampel
said. “The bookstore —
which, in this day and age, is
an intricate part of our mar-
keting strategy — is being
relocated right by the front
door, across from the main
administrative offces. The
new student lounge and rec
area will have pool tables
and a Wii room in a larger
area than what students had
before.”
The renovation will also
allow for the relocation of
some offces, Hampel said.
“It’s rethinking what
we’re doing,” he said. “It’s
taking a hard look at our
square footage and fgur-
ing out what is needed and
where, and what is no lon-
ger required because of the
changing dynamic of higher
education.”
Hampel said faculty and
staff at the Jackson campus
are excited about the cur-
rent changes under way
and are looking forward to
further changes in the near
future.
“This is just a frst step,”
Hampel said of the current
renovation. “We’re in the
planning stages right now
for the next bonding bill in
2014, which we hope will
help support the next phase
of our facilities plan.”
Coi nci dental l y, 2014
marks the 50th anniversary
of the Jackson campus.
“The original building
was built in 1964, the next
part in 1965 and the main
building in ’75, followed by
several additions over the
years,” Hampel said. “To
see and be a part of such
change — not only in the
way we impart skill and
knowledge to students, but
also change in the facilities
from which we do that — all
in the course of a 50-year
period of time is truly re-
markable.”
ExpressWay-Jackson
Michelle Bratrud,
manager
1021 Highway 71 N.
Jackson
(507) 847-4662
ExpressWay-
Lakefeld
Ruth Majerus, manager
401 N. Highway 86
Lakefeld
(507) 662-6233
Improvements at
both locations in
past year geared
toward top-notch
customer service
T
he ExpressWay
stores of Lakefeld
and Jackson have
made many improvements
through the past few years
in order to provide expand-
ed product offerings and
improved customer service.
Daric Zimmerman, retail
marketing director for the
ExpressWay, said a number
of changes, upgrades and
additions have been made
at both locations and will
continue for the foresee-
able future, as the gas sta-
tion and convenience store
locations strive to make
themselves as accessible,
convenient and fulflling as
possible to the customer.
“We’ve spent this past
year improving our existing
stores,” Zimmerman said,
including the addition of
new register systems that
provide credit card users
more secured transactions.
“Everything we do at the
locations is geared toward
what the customer wants or
needs or would like to see
or what would make their
life easier.”
The Jacks on Dai r y
Queen is also focused on
making life better for chil-
dren as it participates every
year in Miracle Treat Day,
in which proceeds from the
event beneft the Children’s
Miracle Network.
The Dairy Queen locat-
ed inside the ExpressWay
alongside Interstate-90 in
Jackson has a fresh look
and Zimmerman noted the
menu itself is constantly
being evaluated, monitored
and adjusted to the pref-
erences and tastes of the
customer.
“We keep looking at add-
ing new items to the Dairy
Queen menu,” he said.
But Zimmerman said the
evaluation process is also to
determine what dishes are
most popular. To that end,
the Jackson Dairy Queen
has established and main-
tained a “Local Favorites”
Two ExpressWay stores and a Dairy Queen
equal convenience, great food, yummy treats
menu, which consists of
those items most popular
with the Jackson crowd and
those stopping at the inter-
state-side Dairy Queen.
“We actually monitor —
take a poll, if you will — of
what food and ice cream op-
tions go over exceptionally
well at a particular location
and then make sure to fea-
ture those items regularly,”
Zimmerman said. “It’s just
our way of making sure the
folks here are able to get
the food they really like.
It’s kind of a way to tailor
our menu to a certain geo-
graphical region.”
The r egi onal Dai r y
Queen treats are a hit, too.
New Blizzards are continu-
ally being introduced and
tested, including the Triple
Chocoholic and the Nutter
Butter.
While a close eye is being
kept on the menu at Ex-
pressWay’s Jackson Dairy
Queen to ensure the offer-
ings of food and ice cream
are just what people want,
the same is a happening a
few miles to the northwest
at Lakefeld’s ExpressWay
location.
“We’re always looking at
our Hot Stuff line of food
in Lakefeld,” Zimmerman
said, “and new products
are frequently added. Our
Wednesday night ‘Beat the
Clock’ deal and our week-
end large pizza specials
have become very popular.”
Known for its tasty and
convenient pizzas, the Hot
Stuff line also encompasses
a number of other conve-
nient food items sure to
satisfy any tastes. Lakefeld
ExpressWay Manager Ruth
Majerus said the Hot Stuff
and deli items aren’t just
for lunch.
“We have great food
items also available for
breakfast and supper, too,”
she said.
Th e J a c k s o n a n d
Lakefeld ExpressWay lo-
cations are owned by Sta-
Schrader Consulting
Services
Dave and Sue Schrader,
owners
515 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-3947
A
s malware — ma-
licious software
that can cripple
a computer — becomes
more sophisticated and
wi despread, i t takes a
skilled technician with the
know-how to remove it to
keep homes and businesses
across the county and be-
yond functioning.
That technician is Dave
Schrader of Schrader Con-
sulting Services in Jackson.
“I’d say half of what
we do today is cleaning
malware off computers,”
Schrader said.
Often masquerading as a
security system scan request
or urgent message to avoid
hard-drive failure, malware
pop-ups are designed by
hackers to trick the user
into downloading the mali-
Schrader Consulting Services ofer onsite service calls, malware removal
cious software. Once down-
loaded, it can wreak havoc,
disrupting computer op-
eration, gathering sensitive
information or allowing un-
authorized access to private
computer systems.
The good news is Schrad-
er is generally able to scrub
a computer clean of mal-
ware in just a few hours.
He can perform scrubs at
his shop and retail location
on Main Street or handle
it onsite.
“We make service calls to
homes and businesses — for
malware, viruses, nonfunc-
tioning PCs and Macs and
printers and other software
issues,” he said.
The downtown retail lo-
cation, staffed full time by
Sue Schrader, carries desk-
top and laptop computers
and the latest in hardware
options, including monitors,
towers, hard drives, speak-
ers and keyboards, as well
as a complete line of offce
and business supplies and
products, including copy
paper and ink cartridges.


We’ve spent this past year improving
our existing stores. Everything we do at
the locations is geared toward what the
customer wants or needs or would like
to see or what would make their
life easier.
Daric Zimmerman
Retail marketing director
ples Enterprises Inc. of
Windom. The Lakefield
store was the company’s
frst, purchased in 1986. The
Jackson ExpressWay was
purchased in 1992. Dairy
Queen was bought in July
2003.
Th e J a c k s o n a n d
Lakefield locations each
employ between 10 and
17 people, Zimmerman
said. He credits all the em-
ployees for keeping the
ExpressWay locations the
favorite stops of motorists
and locals, but especially
the management, many of
whom have been with the
company for years.
“Michelle Bratrud, who
manages the Jackson store
and Dairy Queen, has been
here for a number of years
and we’re very glad to have
her,” Zimmerman said.
“Ruth Majerus, our man-
ager in Lakefield, is our
longest-tenured manager;
she started for us in 1992.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Progress • Page 5
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n addition to its time-
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fering “food at its finest” in
a new and incredibly popu-
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“It’s another dimension
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Nadine Malchow, who owns
and operates the popular
dining destination on Lake-
field’s south edge with hus-
band Syd. “We provide local
businesses with the option
to order foods in that we
will deliver.”
A part of the Hi-Lo Club’s
smorgasbord of services for
about the past six months,
the weekly business lunch
delivery — Wednesdays
in Lakefield, Thursdays in
Jackson — has proven quite
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“We email the menu for
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the business when we make
a delivery, orders are placed
and we drop it off,” Nadine
said. “It’s quick and conve-
nient.”
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80626 Highway 86
Lakefeld
(507) 662-5992
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Featured on the week-
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Syd Malchow said the
freshly prepared food is
delivered in containers de-
signed to keep cold foods
cold and hot foods hot, and
there is no minimum order.
He said he has found the
weekly delivery service ap-
preciated by both employ-
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“Businesses have used
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lunches, employers have
used it as an incentive or
bonus — or it’s available
for those who just want to
have a quality lunch once
a week at work or have a
little workday excitement,”
he said.
In a way, Nadine said, the
weekly business lunch deliv-
ery service is an extension
of the Hi-Lo Club’s 23-year
catering service, which is
known far and wide for the
finest in food at weddings,
anniversary parties, funer-
als and business functions.
“Through the years, we
have recognized the needs
of the communities we serve
have changed,” Nadine
said. “Some time ago, we
added a catering drop-off
service, which has been es-
pecially popular for funer-
als. Our business lunch de-
livery service is another way
we can answer the changing
demands of our customers.”
While the Malchows un-
derstand the necessity of
change, they also realize
the value of sticking with
what works. Accordingly,
many traditional dining
opportunities offered by
the Hi-Lo Club over its 65
years remain stalwarts of
the weekly lineup, includ-
ing the Monday night fish
special, the Tuesday night
chicken special, the Friday
night seafood buffet and the
Sunday noon brunch buffet.
“Served from 10:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m., the buffet fea-
tures breakfast items, salad
bar, dinner entrees — in-
cluding choice of six meats
— potato and desserts,”
Nadine said. “It’s the larg-
est brunch buffet in the area
and a great value.”
Other nightly specials in-
clude Wednesday night all-
you-can-eat ribs, Thursday
night broasted chicken and
Alaskan walleye buffet and
Saturday prime rib buffet.
The dining room is open
nightly at 5. Lower-level
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Saturdays starting at 5 p.m.
and nightly by advanced
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July 16 hires Kristy Balko (from left), Dean Hunter and Megan Stade are among the most recent graduates of the new AGCO Assembly
Academy.
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GCO Jackson Oper-
ations has embarked
on a new intensive
employee training program
that not only instills the skills
required of a line assembler,
but also breeds enthusiasm
and loyalty among recruits.
It’s AGCO Assembly Acad-
emy and it’s churning out line
workers expertly trained in the
manufacture of implements
who are excited to be work-
ing in the fast-paced team
environment that is AGCO
Jackson and highly motivated
to do their best.
“AGCO has high expecta-
tions,” said July 16 hire and
recent academy grad Kristy
Balko of Sherburn, “but if you
can bring yourself up to that
level and meet those expecta-
tions, it is worth it.”
AGCO Assembly Academy
is a four-week course taught at
AGCO’s Jackson campus by
Doug Kleeberger, instructor
from Minnesota West Com-
munity and Technical Col-
lege. The course consists of a
week of assembly instruction;
a week of orientation, self-
service training and hands-on
training; a week of hands-on
training with a mentor; and a
week of evaluation. Students
are compensated through
Doherty Staffng during their
training and probation pe-
riod and have the opportunity
to become fulltime AGCO
employees after successful
completion of the academy
and a successful performance
review.
“We encourage anyone with
a desire to learn assembly with
a good attitude to apply,” said
AGCO human resources rep-
resentative Jill Dronen. “The
school is designed to give in-
dividuals the skills they need
in assembly at AGCO and it
gives AGCO a skilled work-
force from the get-go. It is a
win-win.”
Balko said the skills gained
from her time at the academy
allowed her to hit the ground
running at AGCO.
“We learned computers,
blueprints, dexterity, tools and
concepts,” she said. “Academy
is very structured and very
competitive, but it really pre-
pares you well for your work.
When you come out of it, you
know what is expected and
what to expect yourself, so
there are no surprises.”
Fellow academy grad Dean
Hunter of Estherville, Iowa,
agreed.
“Academy is really good for
newcomers, especially for new
people trying to get experi-
ence and learn and who really
want to do their best,” he said.
“The instructors are really
nice and help out a whole lot.
You learn expectations and
responsibility, but also about
the rewards for meeting those
expectations.”
For fellow July 16 hire Me-
gan Stade of Welcome, AGCO
Assembly Academy ignited a
fre for her work and her new
company.
“It was exciting for me,” she
said. “I woke up every day ex-
cited to go and I’m still excited
about my work.”
Kleeberger makes acad-
emy fun, Stade said, but also
imparts knowledge that al-
lows students to truly better
themselves.
“AGCO is really a fun place
to work,” Stade said. “You re-
ally get into it. It’s all interest-
ing work and rewarding work.”
And it made Stade proud to
be counted among the AGCO-
Jackson workforce.
“The reputation AGCO has
as a company is amazing,” she
said. “You feel like you are
part of something very impor-
tant and very special here.”
Balko agreed.
“AGCO has put a lot of
work into its assembly acad-
emy,” she said. “AGCO wants
to see its employees succeed.
They want quality employees
and they’re willing to do ev-
erything they can to make that
happen.”
Those in academy imme-
diately recognize that, Balko
said, and, in turn, strive to be
the best they can be.
“It’s very competitive, with
everybody trying to do their
best,” she said. “I have nev-
er worked for a place that
would do this to bring you
on. This is the frst company
I’ve ever been with that has
gone to these lengths. In turn,
I’ve never worked so hard to
work somewhere, and been so
proud to do so.”
AGCO Assembly Academy a ‘win-win’ for company, employees
Kevin Ahrens

From:
Jackson

Position:
Assembler

Employed from:
July 22, 2003

What do you like about working at
AGCO?
I like working with my hands and the
challenge of putting things together.
I like the feeling I get from building
a great product like we build here and seeing the fnished product out on the lot
or in the feld. I take a lot of pride in my work and what I do. And the people I work
with here are great.

Why would you recommend employment at AGCO?
It’s a great place to work because the pay is good and the benefts are great. And the
people — it’s almost like a second home here, like a little community. The people you
work with you get to know very well. And the pride you feel in helping to produce
a good, quality product day in and day out is a great feeling.
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James Anacker

From:
Butterfeld

Position:
Advanced assembler/
troubleshooter


Employed from:
July 1998

What do you like about
working at AGCO?
The variety of work. You
never get tired of the same old thing. It’s an always-
changing atmosphere. And I enjoy the challenge of
troubleshooting in that environment.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
The benefts and the pay scale are great. I don’t know
where I could go and do what I do and make what I
make here. AGCO is just really a good ft for me and
my family.
Kristy Balko

From:
Sherburn

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
July 16,
2012

What do you like about working at AGCO?
I like the work. They pay well, and the benefts —
health, 401(k), everything — are great. I was particu-
larly impressed with the AGCO Assembly Academy
program. It shows AGCO cares and wants you and all
the people who work here to succeed. Employees are
truly appreciated.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
It’s good, honest, hard work with a great future. We’re
busy here, and that’s a guarantee of steady, reliable
work. As long as you show up on time and work hard,
you’re going to have a job.
Mark Haberman

From:
Brewster

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
Nov. 22, 2004

What do you like about working at AGCO?
The people you work with are good people. And
the benefts — that’s a big thing for me. The pay is
up there as well. I’m very happy where I’m at. I also
enjoy being able to work in the agriculture industry
and help support agriculture in this area. It’s pretty
neat to see the machines we build out in the feld
getting the job done.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
It’s a steady job with lots of opportunity to move up.
Even if you start at the bottom, you can work your
way up. The more knowledge you gain, the more
opportunity you have to move up.
Dean Hunter

From:
Estherville,
Iowa

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
July 16,
2012

What do you like about working at AGCO?
I feel comfortable here. Everybody is nice and helpful
and everyone has a real good attitude.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
If you’re willing to learn and make changes and keep
an open mind and take suggestions and use them,
you can really succeed here.
Kurt Nelson

From:
Trimont

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
Nov. 17,
2011

What do
you like about working at AGCO?
The friendly environment, the great hours and the
good pay. The benefts are great — the insurance
here is awesome. The group leads are very nice and
the people here are great to work with.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
The benefts are good and the hours are great.
Krista Schuneman

From:
Sherburn

Position:
Assembler

Employed
from:
Aug. 19,
2001

What do
you like about working at AGCO?
The fexibility to be able to do diferent jobs — it’s
not the same thing over and over again.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
Because of the fair pay and good benefts — health,
life, dental, 401(k). It’s also a very clean, safe work
environment.
Josh Schunk

From:
Windom

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
November
2011

What do
you like about working at AGCO?
It’s a positive environment. The people are all easy to
get along with.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
Because of that positive environment. Also, the insur-
ance and other benefts are great and the pay is good
for around this area. And if you really want to advance
here you can, as long as you work for it. There is room
to grow and plenty of advancement possibilities.
Shane Schwager

From:
Trimont

Position:
Test and
adjust


Employed
from:
Nov. 17,
2011

What do you like about working at AGCO?
Everybody’s friendly and I enjoy the work.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
It’s a friendly environment and good hours. All my
coworkers and supervisors are friendly. It’s a good
place to work.
Megan Stade

From:
Welcome

Position:
Assembler


Employed
from:
July 16,
2012

What do you like about working at AGCO?
The challenge of the work. And the people are
friendly and very helpful.

Why would you recommend employment at
AGCO?
You really have an opportunity here for a great career
— not just a job, but a career. The opportunities are
endless. You can work your way up. And AGCO really
does a great job of letting its employees know they
are really needed and appreciated.
Lynnette Anderson

From:
Windom

Position:
Welder

Employed from:
August 2004

What do you like about work-
ing at AGCO?
I like my job. I like welding. I like
creating and working with my
hands. It’s just something I enjoy. Also, the benefts AGCO ofers — that’s a big thing
for me.

Why would you recommend employment at AGCO?
The benefts ofered are great and the pay is very good for our area. Also, there is a
real opportunity here to work your way up. If you work hard, you will be rewarded. If
you have a strong work ethic, it will be recognized. AGCO treats its employees well,
whether it’s a free night at the races or a big meal at Christmastime or just keeping
you informed of what’s going on and respecting you enough to maintain open lines
of communication.
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Sunshine Foods
Jason Oye, manager
908 Highway 71 N.
Jackson
(507) 847-2989
S
unshine Foods in
Jackson has long
been known as the
area’s top full-service gro-
cery store, boasting fresh
meats and produce, a deli
and bakery, health and
beauty department, a phar-
macy, home delivery, mon-
ey transfer, check cashing
— even DVD rental.
Now you can add on-
campus college food service
to that list.
Starting this fall, Sun-
shine Foods will be the
food-service provider at the
Jackson campus of Minne-
sota West Community and
Technical College.
“We do catering and food
service through our deli for
many events and functions
throughout the county, but
this will be something new
for us,” said Sunshine Foods
manager Jason Oye. “We’re
excited to give it a go.”
Sunshi ne Foods has
brought Jackson campus
food-service veteran Pat
Pritchard on board to han-
dle the day-to-day responsi-
bilities at the college.
“Pat will plan the menu
and pretty much handle
things up at the campus,”
Oye said. “She’s the expert
and she just does a great
job. We will provide the
food and any support she
needs.”
The primary difference
between Sunshine Food’s
current food-service and
catering business and the
Sunshine Foods adds on-campus
college food service to list of oferings
new venture at the college is
where the food is prepared.
“When we cater, we’ve
prepared the food fresh in
our deli and transported it
to the event or function,”
Oye said. “All the food
served at the college —
which will be geared toward
college student tastes — will
be made at the college.”
The Jackson campus pos-
sesses a professional-grade
full-service kitchen facility,
Oye said, a product of a past
culinary arts program.
“The college maintains
the kitchen facility and we
provide the food,” Oye said.
“It’s a win-win for all parties
concerned.”
As part of the new agree-
ment, Sunshine Foods will
also stock the vending ma-
chines at the Jackson cam-
pus.
“We look at it as a way
we can offer service to the
college and the communi-
ty,” Oye said. “That’s what
we’re all about, whether it’s
food service at the college,
catering for the commu-
nity, grocery home-delivery
service or door-to-door
carryout at the store. It’s
good, hometown service.”
Assisting Oye in providing
that top-notch service are
around fve dozen employ-
ees — many part-time local
high school students.
“I have some really good
people here,” Oye said of
his family of employees.
“We work hard, but we have
some fun too. It’s important
to enjoy your work. When I
go to work every day, it’s not
about the store; it’s about
the people.”
And that extends to
members of the commu-
nity — Oye’s friends and
neighbors.
“Sunshine Foods is lo-
cally owned and locally
involved,” he said. “We
believe in community in-
volvement and supporting
one another. We take pride
in our community and ap-
preciate all who shop here
and support us in return.
We have some very loyal
customers and they mean
everything to us. We know
everyone has many op-
tions for food purchases,
but we want everybody to
know that we’re working
hard each and every day
to continue to earn their
business.”
Sunshine Foods is located
at 908 Highway 71 N.
Hours are Mondays
through Saturdays, 6 a.m.
to 10 p.m., and Sundays
from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Royal Treatment
Rachelle Neal, owner
406 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4207
R
achel l e Neal ’ s
dream of open-
ing a place where
people could come to relax
— a place where they could
sit back surrounded by the
sights, sounds and scents
of a spa atmosphere and
be pampered, healed and
refreshed — has come true.
Royal Treatment re-
opened in a newly renovated
historic downtown Jackson
storefront in November of
last year. It has quickly be-
come a destination for those
looking to escape the rigors
and stresses of everyday life.
“Our frst year has gone
very wel l , ” Neal sai d.
“We’ve been well received
by the community and have
heard excellent feedback
on our services and our new
location. We’re very appre-
ciative.”
A nationally certified
massage therapist and li-
censed nail technician, Neal
and her team of fve offer
many relaxing services, in-
cluding massages, facials,
manicures, pedicures, hair
removal and hair services.
Royal Treatment ofers an
escape from everyday life
Offered for retail sale
is a full line of d Terra es-
sential oils that promote
the body’s ability to heal.
Royal Treatment also car-
ries an extensive line of
fne teas and the fnest in
hair-care and Dermalogica
products and services. The
No. 1 skin-care brand in
the world, Dermalogica
products promise smoother,
brighter and more supple
skin with a 20-minute resur-
facing treatment.
“It’s been a fun year,”
Neal said. “We did $5 hair-
cuts on the sidewalk for
crazy days and donated all
proceeds to Coats for Kids.
We’ve also held an event
featuring our d Terra es-
sential oils and we’re in the
process of putting together
a one-year anniversary cel-
ebration.”
Lite-Form Midwest
Dick Bosacker, owner
701 Riverside Drive
Jackson
(507) 847-2601
W
ith more than
3,000 projects
completed over
the past quarter-century-
plus — and more being tal-
lied daily — Dick Bosacker
of Lite-Form Midwest can
only marvel at how far his
brand of insulated concrete
forms has come.
“Looking back 26 years
ago, nobody really even
knew what an insulated
concrete form was,” he said.
But today, with folks look-
ing for energy-effcient prod-
ucts that can save them
money in the long run, Lite-
Form is one of the hottest
items on the market.
And strongest, quietest
and most comfortable.
“You’re looking at 24,000
pounds of strength on an
8-inch poured wall vs. 1,600
on a block,” Bosacker said.
“And, once the concrete sets,
the foam forms stays. You
have insulation on both sides
of an 8-inch poured concrete
wall — it just doesn’t get any
better than that.”
Though Lite-Form Mid-
west is based in Jackson,
Bosacker has done projects
throughout the tri-state area,
including new-construction
Lite-Form Midwest tallies 3,000th project
homes, commercial and ag
buildings, frost walls, storm
rooms, even communication
huts. A special project this
past year was a third-genera-
tion new-construction home.
“It was for a young man
whose father I had done
work for and whose grandfa-
ther I had poured a basement
for,” Bosacker said. “That
one was special for me and
I think speaks to the quality
of the product and service
we offer.”
Dick Bosacker
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Matt Schultz Dan Schultz and
T
hough the physi-
ci ans at Sacred
He a r t Me r c y
Health Care Center in Jack-
son have long prided them-
selves on the fnest in family
practice medicine, they con-
tinue to hone their expertise
in specialized areas that set
their practice apart.
Longtime local physician
Dr. Marie Paul Lockerd has
been certified since 1997
as a medical consultant
for the Creighton Model
FertilityCare System, a sci-
ence-based take on natural
family planning centered on
biological observation. Dr.
Lockerd recently attended
a weeklong national con-
ference featuring the latest
research in this specialty.
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Sister Mary Raphael
Paradis, administrator
803 Fourth St., Jackson
(507) 847-3571
ministrator Sister Mary Ra-
phael Paradis said Lockerd
is well-versed not only in
the benefts of natural fam-
ily planning, but also in the
diagnosing and treatment
of infertility and other re-
lated problems, especially
hormonal issues.
Dr. Edith Mary Hart, who
joined the practice last Sep-
tember, is a family practice
physician specializing in ge-
riatric medicine. Originally
signed on for a year, Hart
asked for and was granted
an extended stay in Jackson.
“Dr. Hart has especially
enjoyed working with elders
and their families in the clin-
ic, as well as in the nursing
homes,” Sister Paradis said.
Both Dr. Lockerd and
Dr. Hart treat persons of
all ages as family medicine
physicians.
Dr. Mariana Koonce will
take another assignment as
a Sister physician this fall in
Knoxville, Tenn.
“We are keenly aware of
the primacy of reverence for
the human person,” Sister
Paradis said. “The balance
we encourage through the
holistic care Sacred Heart
provides is an expression of
our faith.”
Leach Decorating
Center
Mark Leach, owner
514 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-2540
N
ot only does Leach
Decorating Cen-
ter carry the area’s
widest selection of foor cov-
erings, window treatments,
paint and bedding, the long-
time downtown Jackson re-
tailer has the personalized
service to back it up.
“When people start look-
ing at all the options avail-
able, they often get over-
whelmed,” said store man-
ager and 16-year employee
Carlé Wommer.
She and owner Mark
Leach make it their goal
to ensure that feeling is as
short-lived as possible.
“We are here to help,”
Wommer said. “We are
knowledgeable about ev-
ery product we offer. ”
One area about which cus-
tomers often seek advice is
Leach Decorating: Big service in a small town
color — Wommer’s area of
expertise.
“We can help pick just
the right color fooring to
go with just the right color
paint to go with just the right
color window treatment
to match a countertop or
whatever might be going on
in a certain room,” she said.
Beyond color advice and
interior design assistance,
Leach Decorating prides
itself on offering everything
from measuring to instal-
lation.
“We offer free measuring
and free estimates,” Leach
said, “and we can install or
provide installation for any
product we sell.”
Leach Decorating car-
ries several lines of every
kind of foor covering, from
carpet to hardwood, lami-
nate to luxury vinyl, tile to
cork, even area rugs. Also
in stock are the finest in
window treatment options,
a colorful palette of odor-
free paints and a complete
line of bedding.
It’s all about big service in
small town.
“Quality products and
friendly, experienced ser-
vice,” Wommer said. “From
foor to ceiling, we’ve got
you covered.”
Schultz’s I-90 Auto
Repair
Dan Schultz, owner
1031 Highway 71 N.
Jackson
(507) 847-4570
F
amily is at the cen-
ter of Schul tz’ s
I-90 Auto Repair
in Jackson — both in terms
of the history and heritage
of the business and how
business is done.
“We are a family busi-
ness in every respect,” said
Dan Schultz, 42-year auto
repair veteran. “We are all
family here and we treat our
customers like family too.”
That’s the way it was
when Ken Schultz founded
the business back in 1960,
that’s the way Dan oper-
ates today and that’s the
way son Matt is learning to
do things.
“Dan learned from his
dad the right way to do
things and how to treat peo-
ple right,” said wife Darcey,
who staffs the shop offce.
“It’s earned us trust from
our customers and lifelong
loyalty.”
Even from those out of
town — and out of state.
“Word spreads,” Darcey
said, recalling customers
who have stopped in over
the past year from states
as far away as Texas and
Family at center of Schultz’s I-90
Auto Repair business in Jackson
Illinois, “even across state
lines.”
Schultz’s I-90 Auto Re-
pair specializes in automo-
tive mechanical repair on
cars and light trucks, skills
Dan began learning in the
shop when he was just 12.
Likewise, Matt joined Dan
in the shop right around
that age, and has developed
into a top-of-the-line auto
mechanic himself.
“We are a family-run
business that works hard to
treat everybody as honestly
and courteously as we can
and provide the best service
we can,” Dan said. “That’s
what we stand for.”
Already instilled into
sons Nick, Matt and Tony,
those values are now being
passed along to a fourth
generation.
Loon Lake Golf
Course
Pete and Sherri, and
Nic and Lindsay
Hodnefeld, owners
73209 490th Ave.
Jackson, MN
(507) 847-4036
www.loonlakegolf.com
S
ince Pete, Sherri,
Ni c and Li ndsay
Hodnefi el d took
ownership of the Loon
Lake Golf Course, they,
along with Eric Hodnefeld,
have been working to learn
about running a golf course
and making some improve-
ments. The clubhouse has
been repainted and fixed
up, old tree stumps have
been removed and a website
and social media presence
have been created. Also,
with help of their grounds-
keeper, Mike Mazur, the
conditions of the greens
and tee boxes have earned a
regional reputation as some
of the fnest around.
“People have told us our
greens and tee boxes are in
very good shape,” Sherri
said. “That’s a testament to
the hard work all our work-
ers do.”
And it’s only been six
months.
“We’ve been busy,” said
Sherri Hodnefeld, whose
family purchased the nine-
hole, 57-acre golf course
along the north shore of
beautiful Loon Lake back
in February. “Our frst half
New owners take Loon Lake Golf Course to next level
year has gone really well.”
One of the frst projects
the family tackled was the
clubhouse.
“We repainted and fxed
it up a little,” Sherri said.
“We wanted to give it a
fresh look and feel.”
The revitalized clubhouse
has since served as the epi-
center of activity at the golf
course, but also as host to
special events, such as fam-
ily reunions and business
appreciation gatherings.
The clubhouse is equipped
with a full kitchen, from
which the Hodnefelds ca-
ter the special events when
requested and from which
they hope to eventually of-
fer a regular menu.
“We do have pizzas now,
which have been a good
addition,” Sherri said. “But
we would like to expand
that menu to include sand-
wiches.”
The clubhouse is espe-
cially busy Wednesday and
Thursday evenings as the
course plays host to Loon
Lake’s women’s league and
men’s league, respectively.
“Women’s league has
gone well and our men’s
league has really grown,”
Sherri said.
Though men and wom-
en have their own special
evenings, the Hodnefield
family says theirs is truly a
family golf course.
“We’re a family-owned
business and we encourage
families to come out to the
course,” Sherri said.
“This is a family atmo-
sphere. It’s so fun to have
little kids come and start
asking questions on how to
play the game.”
As for the Hodnefield
family itself, each member
has really slid into his or
her own unique role in the
ownership of the course.
Sherri primarily takes care
of the clubhouse, while
Pete manages the busi-
ness and son Eric works on
the electronic components
of the sprinkler system.
Meanwhile, son Nic and
his wife, Lindsay, handle
marketing from their home
in Illinois.
“They work really hard
behind the scenes,” Sherri
said. “They got the golf
course on Facebook and
created a website, www.
l oonl akegol f. com. The
course did not have a web-
site before.”
The Hodnefields say
current plans call for the
course to close for the sea-
son around the frst week
in October, though weather
could affect that date one
way or the other. Until then,
the Hodnefelds encourage
everyone to stop out and
enjoy a relaxing day on the
links.
“When people come out
here, they are here to have
a good time and we’re here
to help them have a good
time,” Sherri said. “That’s
our goal each and every
day.”
Heron Lake Grocery
Ronald Bappoo, owner
249 10th St.
Heron Lake
(507) 793-0000
A
wide selection of
convenient and
c ompet i t i v el y
priced grocery items and
a full-service deli counter
serving up made-to-order
sandwiches, freshly made
salads and cold-cut meats
and cheeses await those
who stop into Heron Lake
Grocery.
Opened in February 2010
by Ronald Bappoo and
noticeably stocked with
a huge variety of grocery
items right from the get-go,
Heron Lake Grocery has
quickly become known as
far more than just a grocery
store.
“The star of the store is
really the deli,” said Bap-
poo, who has extensive past
experience in the deli and
restaurant business. “We
serve up a variety of hot and
cold sandwiches made to or-
der fresh, along with freshly
made salads, hot pizza and
coffees.”
Among the most popu-
lar sandwiches made be-
hind the Heron Lake Gro-
cery deli counter are those
stacked high with choice
Heron Lake Grocery features a
wide selection, full-service deli
of fresh cold-cut pastrami,
corned beef, roast beef,
Cajun-style turkey breast,
cracked pepper turkey
breast, baked Virginia ham,
sun-dried tomato turkey
breast and Genoa salami.
Hot sandwiches and oth-
er entrees are also available.
Bappoo said feedback on
the deli selection has been
overwhelmingly positive.
“People tell me we can
make a pretty good sand-
wich,” he said.
The same holds true for
the grocery store itself.
“I’ve heard many positive
things,” Bappoo said, “and
we’ve had good support.
We strive for convenience
and to be as competitively
priced as possible.”
The store and deli are
open daily from 8 a.m. to
9 p.m.
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719 N. Highway 86
Lakefeld
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selection of ice cold beer, it
is also earning a reputation
as a hub of entertainment.
On Aug. 18, The Shed
hosts its second annual four-
person best-ball golf tour-
nament at Emerald Valley,
followed by the sixth annual
Lily Putt beneft golf tourna-
ment Sept. 15 in Spirit Lake,
Iowa.
On Aug. 24, it’s the sec-
ond annual “Racecars and
Ribeyes” event at The Shed,
where fve sponsored local
drivers and cars will hang
out in the beer garden while
ribeyes are grilled by the lo-
cal cattlemen’s association
and band “Replay” gears up
for a nighttime performance.
“Last year’s golf tourna-
ment at Emerald Valley had
a waiting list, and our Lily
Putt tournament usually
raises between $2,000 and
$3,000 per year for the Ron-
ald McDonald House,” said
Lynda Rademacher, who
owns The Shed with husband
Gordy. “The ‘Racecars and
Ribeyes’ event is an oppor-
tunity for people to meet
the drivers while enjoying
ribeyes, drinks and enter-
tainment.”
The Shed’s 2-fer Tuesdays,
Wing Ding Wednesdays,
Thursday night tacos and
margaritas and steak-or-
shrimp Fridays continue
to be enormously popular.
Pizza is a big-seller, and a
new appetizer — the crab
cheddar jalapeño popper —
is hard to keep in stock.
But The Shed’s employees
are its heart and soul, Lynda
said: “Without them, we
wouldn’t be able to do this.”
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330 Main St., Lakefeld
(507) 662-5640
T
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Offering auto, home,
farm, commercial, life and
health insurance, as well as
funeral plans, through the
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strong UP Insurance net-
work gives the Lakefield
agency a competitive advan-
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Sharon Onken and Don
Kuehl do business truly sets
them apart.
“Our insureds are our
friends and neighbors,”
Hometown service sets UP Insurance of Lakefeld apart
Larsen said, “and we are
dedicated to serving their
needs.”
That dedication begins
with selecting a policy that
fts just right from a wide
range of quality, reputable
carriers with which the UP
Insurance network main-
tains contracts.
“We go the extra mile to
work with people to iden-
tify personal needs to fnd
exactly the right product or
service for them,” Larsen
said, “and at the best rate
possible.”
But the commitment to
service doesn’t end there.
“We are always here
to help folks through on
claims,” Poppe said. “We
follow through and make
sure everything is handled
to their satisfaction. It’s that
service beyond the sale that
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For the team at UP Insur-
ance of Lakefield, clients
are never just a number or
a voice on the other end of
the line — they are friends
and neighbors.
“And,” said Larsen, “we
truly care about each and
every one.”
Jackson Building
Center
Brett Overson, manager
Marshall Helmers,
assistant manager
171 Industrial Parkway
Jackson
(507) 847-4011
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Randy and Donna
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301 Third St. W.
Lakefeld
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Village Green delivers
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and permanent floral ar-
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able to send orders to other
cities across the country or
abroad.
As a family-owned and
-operated business for the
past 22 years, Village Green
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Village Green a gathering place for great ideas
ual care of its fowers and
customers, providing the
highest level of quality and
service. Professional design-
ers create everything from
fresh floral bouquets to
permanent foral bouquets
and wreaths custom-made
to specifc colors and style.
Each year, Village Green
Florist and Greenhouse
owners Randy and Donna
Hendrickson grow hundreds
of geraniums, a large variety
of petunias, a huge selection
of other annual blooming
plants, outdoor hanging bas-
kets and patio pots, as well
as a tremendous selection
of vegetable plants, in their
greenhouse. They also grow
lush green and blooming
plants year-round.
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to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday and from 8 a.m. to
noon on Saturday.
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In terms of new equip-
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certainly the most visible.
When completed, the new
plant will add 16,000 tons
of storage space to the 3,000
currently available and dou-
ble the number of bins for
nutrient and micronutrient
storage, all the while al-
lowing for a 400-ton-per-
hour receiving capacity.
The mixing tower will hold
200 tons and the 12-ton
mixer is backed by a 12-ton
staging space above, mean-
ing a semi will be able to be
loaded and on the road in
less than 10 minutes.
While all the improve-
ments, new equipment and
facilities upgrades indicate
growth, Svoboda said the
proof is in the numbers.
“This past fscal year we
sent back $840,718 in cur-
rent-year dividends and
an additional $832,500 in
equity retirements for a to-
tal of $1,673,218 that went
back to our patrons,” he
said. “That says progress
more than anything.”
T-Care
Justin and Staci
Warmka, owners
311 S. Highway 71
Jackson
(507) 847-5918
J
ackson County’s top
spot for complete
automotive repair is
now the place to go for the
best in tire sales and service.
T-Care of Jackson be-
gan selling and servicing
tires for cars and pickups
in April. It’s just one more
way the two-dozen-year-
old Highway 71 mainstay
continues to be a true one-
stop-shop.
“It’s bumper-to-bumper
service,” said Staci Warmka,
longtime employee and
two-year owner, along with
husband Justin. “From rou-
tine maintenance to air
conditioning work, from
transmissions to engine
repair and everything in be-
tween — and now tires. We
want to be convenient for
our customers so they don’t
have to go anywhere else.”
T-Care offers upwards of
T-Care adds tire sales and service to lineup
30 brands of tires — from
Firestone to Goodyear and
Cooper to Michelin — with
competitive pricing on each.
The tire repair shop can fx
any problem as long as the
integrity of the tire is intact.
To accommodate the ad-
dition of tire sales and ser-
vice, T-Care added another
employee and a host of new
equipment.
“We are currently up to
nine employees, which is
double the number of staff
we had when we bought T-
Care,” Warmka said. “We
brought in a tire-mounting
machine and balancer, plus
a couple dozen other pieces
of equipment, dedicating
one stall entirely to tire
service.”
T-Care also offers com-
puterized diagnostics, brake
work, Minnesota Depart-
ment of Transportation
inspections, oil changes and
much more.
Visit the new T-Care web-
site at tcareauto.com to
read car care tips and sched-
ule appointments.
Page 12 • Progress • Thursday, August 16, 2012
177 Industrial Parkway • Jackson, MN 56143 • (507) 847-5441
TSE is a problem-solving supplier
of cable assembly and precision
interconnection systems for some of the
largest Fortune 500 companies. Since its
founding in 1972, TSE has strategically
built upon its depth of design experience
and creative profciency to meet tough
challenges head-on with the highest
standards of engineering.
Refecting the stringent emphasis on
efcient productivity, the Jackson plant
specializes in molded cable assemblies for the medical electronics and instrumentation
industries. To supplement domestic production, TSE has developed Pacifc Rim
manufacturing facilities, providing efective access to TSE quality-engineered cables for
users of higher-volume designs at competitive prices.
We are recognized by our customers as providing some of the highest quality
products in the industry. We provide exceptional in-house training and are pioneers
in implementing the industry’s most advanced level of workmanship standards — the
IPC/WHMA A-620. As a result, TSE is certifed to ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003
standards.
TSE’s products are routinely used in
some of the most advanced procedures
medical science has to ofer, such as
implantable defbrillators and pacemakers,
deep-brain stimulation and cardiac
mapping. Our customers develop the
technology to make the world a healthier
place to live, and TSE is proud to be
counted on to help them connect it all
together.
How do we do it? Through our
employees. Their high standards of
performance and commitment ensures
our customers’ needs are met. We are
happy and proud to be a part of the
Jackson community.
TSE is THE place you want to work. We
ofer competitive wages and a full beneft
package including medical, dental, 401(k),
disability insurance, tuition reimbursement
and more. Contact HR Generalist —
applications welcomed.
Technical Services for Electronics, Inc.:
Proud to be in the Jackson community for 25 years
Special recognition
given to these
employees with 25
years of dedicated
service to TSE:
Pat Hummel (from
left), Barb Perkins,
Pat Voss, Marian
Herrig, Roxanne
Ewing, Diana
Schaffer and Sherrl
Handzus. Not
pictured: Ellen Samp.
WE ARE GROWING!
TSE will begin a building expansion this year to accommodate increased
production. We are entering an exciting period of growth at the
Jackson facility!
WE ARE HIRING!
Join our dedicated and quality-driven TSE team.
Full-time positions are available — APPLY NOW!
Want to know for certain your home is safe when you’re away? Wish to know the
police or fire department are on their way in the event of an emergency...automati-
cally? How would you like to be alerted if your furnace fails or your pipes burst when
you are on vacation? A Heartland Security system can do all of these things and
more! Heartland systems can be customized to fit a variety of applications, includ-
ing livestock, surveillance, medical and more. Call 1-888-264-6380 or visit www.
heartlandss.com for more information.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Progress • Page 13
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One Place. One Team. One Community.
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We’re proud to support
the Jackson community.
“A Family Business,
Doing Business
Like Family!”
Hwy. 71, Downtown Jackson • 507-841-5582
JACKSON'S HOMETOWN USED CAR DEALER
Selling Quality Used Vehicles!
Buddy Ober
Casey Heser
Chad
Newell
Jef Heser Deb Heser
AUTO H
eser
and DETAILING, INC.
www.
HISTSTATETHEATRE
.com
Historic
State
Theatre
DOWNTOWN JACKSON • 847-4360
Classic single
silver screen
cinema
featuring
Digital
Cinema Movie
and Real D-3D
for 3D movies
Employees pictured from the left are, Katrina Stoltenberg,
Daniel Dischner, Nick Reed, Michael Renison, Cindy Dischner
and Nikki and Mike Schwartz. Not pictured are Natalie
Schlager, Jeremiah Manwarren and Megan Schwartz.
Historic State
Theatre
Mike and Nikki
Schwartz, owners
600 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4360
T
he Historic State
Theatre’s upgrade
to digital technol-
ogy not only gives area
movie-goers access to the
best technology available, it
also ensures a bright future
for the 85-year-old movie
house.
History was made May
25 as the theater showed a
3D digital motion picture
for the frst time. Met with
rave reviews, the screen-
ing came just hours after
theater owners Mike and
Nikki Schwartz put the fn-
ishing touches on their new
digital projection and sound
system, complete with Real
D 3D technology. The in-
stall involved removing
flm projection equipment
Digital upgrade ensures bright future for Historic State Theatre
and replacing it with digital
equipment, installing a new
silver screen and wiring up
the new sound system.
The Schwartzes have the
option of showing a digital
flm two-dimensionally or
in 3D. But even in 2D, the
digital picture is a world
away from the world of flm.
“It’s an entirely new ex-
perience,” said Mike.
The switch to digital has
also made getting the latest
movies to Jackson easier.
“We’ve always worked
real hard to bring in the
hottest movies right on their
premiere date,” Nikki said.
The Schwartzes are ex-
cited about what a future
with digital holds for the
theater and the community.
“We see it as an invest-
ment in our community
and for our community,”
Mike said.
Heartland Security
Federated Rural
Electric Association
77100 U.S. Highway 71
Jackson
(507) 847-3520
L
ike the electric co-
operatives that own
it, Heartland Secu-
rity understands providing
for its customers is one of
the best ways to make a
business grow.
Owned by 14 rural elec-
tric cooperatives, including
Federated Rural Electric,
Heartland installs residen-
tial and commercial secu-
rity systems for everything
from homes to restaurants
to livestock facilities. Heart-
land’s 24-hour monitoring
center received a fve-dia-
mond rating (of the 2,700
response centers in the
nation, only 100 have been
so honored). In addition,
Interlogix named Heartland
the 2009 Western Division
Security Pro Dealer of The
Year.
“Heartl and recei ved
these awards because it be-
lieves in providing the best
life safety and property pro-
tection possible to its cus-
tomers,” said Dan Howard,
Heartland regional sales
manager. “We adapt each
system to the individual
Heartland Security roots itself in customer service
customer. If a contractor
is worried about an equip-
ment outpost, we can set
up remote cameras that
beam a picture back to our
monitoring station if they
detect movement. Suppose
a homeowner is worried
about furnace failure if they
leave for the winter. We can
monitor that too.”
When it comes to deter-
ring theft, Heartland strives
to provide affordable op-
tions that protect people’s
investments. Their state-
of-the-art equipment also
makes sure authorities are
notifed promptly and au-
tomatically.
“We now offer interactive
systems, as well,” Howard
continued. “They enable
people to monitor their
systems from their smart-
phone.”
Interactive security sys-
tems offer the opportunity
for saving money, as well.
Not only do they provide
insurance discounts, but a
homeowner could use the
system to put their ther-
mostat on a schedule that
maximizes heating/cooling
effciency.
Another branch of Heart-
land Security includes med-
ical monitoring. “These sys-
tems allow the elderly and
those with medical issues
to maintain their indepen-
dence without sacrificing
their safety,” Howard said.
“Peace-of-mind is the fnal
piece of the puzzle we want
to provide customers. Se-
curity is about safety, not
worry.”
If you would like to know
more about a Heartland Se-
curity System, contact Dan
Howard at 712-209-0199 or
visit www.heartlandss.com.
Dan Howard is the regional sales manager for Heartland
Security, a subsidiary business of Federated Rural Electric
providing area homes and businesses with the latest in
security systems, sensors and medical monitoring.
Heser Auto and
Detailing
Jef and Deb Heser,
owners
206 Fourth St., Jackson
(507) 847-5582
G
round will be bro-
ken shortly on an
expansion at He-
ser Auto and Detailing in
Jackson that will double
the size of the current shop.
The expansion is in re-
sponse to growth — both
of the business and of the
machines Heser Auto and
Detailing services.
“When we built our shop
seven years ago, we had
no idea the farm econo-
my would take off,” said
owner Jeff Heser. “That,
and the fact machines —
especially combines — are
getting so big, requires
our facilities to grow.”
Heser plans to install a
24-foot-high door on the
west side of the current
shop and build out to the
Heser Auto and Detailing expansion will double size of current shop
east, moving the existing
14-foot double doors to the
south. He hopes to break
ground around the frst of
September.
“We get that big door in
to accommodate grain bins
on top of the combines
and get the space we need
to get more machines in,
all the while being able to
keep working,” Heser said.
“When it’s done, we’ll have
a shop we can park two semi
tractors and trailers in side
by side.”
Wholesale auto sales also
continue to be strong.
“We work hard to main-
tain a good inventory,”
Heser said, “but if there’s
something we don’t have
on the lot, we encourage
people to sit down with us
and, more often than not,
we’ll be able to fnd what
they’re looking for.”
Page 14 • Progress • Thursday, August 16, 2012
ASHLEY’S
HALLMARK
Downtown
Jackson, MN
507-847-3164
Proudly Serving Jackson
Since 1995
See Us For All Of Your Cards
and Gift Giving Needs
Seasonal Home Decor
Kitchen
Jewelry
Hallmark Keepsake
Ornaments
Baby and Kid Toys
Candles
• Live Music • Daily Dining
• Carryout Specials Available
Open
sundays
105 Sherman St. • Jackson
847-4595
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Front row from the left: Natalie Reardon, Melinda Goyne, Bridget Kolander-Gilbert, Lynn
Harberts and Erika Schultze. Back row: April McDonald, Joey Pell, Chris Chonko, Tyler Skow
and Michael Gilbert. Not pictured are Greg Olson, Stasha Kolander, Carolyn Dickey, Hanna
Fransen, Rhilynn Luhmann-Reyes, Christina Ziegler and James Schubert.
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Jackson Ready Mix
• Serving the area since 1962
• Members of Jackson Chamber of Commerce
• We support and donate to many area groups
• Large inventory of color and sealers for stamping projects and we even let you use the mats for free
• All materials approved by MNDOT
• Due to our network of plants, we always have enough trucks to service your project
• Competitive pricing from your friends and neighbors at the Jackson Ready Mix, supporting the Jackson area
Please stop out at our plant on N. Hwy. 71 or call Dustin Fedder at 507-822-5686 to discuss your project.
For orders and scheduling call 507-776-3136
and for pricing and sales call 507-317-1520.
Dustin Fedder, plant manager Left to right: Scott Skalicky, Clint Koster, Dustin Fedder. Not pictured, Brian Girard.
700 SECOND STREET � JACKSON, MN 56143 � 507.847.4197
A Commitment to Quality Since 1994
� Rust Repair � Restorations � Glass Replacement
Jan Ernst – Bookkeeper
12 Years’ Experience
Ryan Matt –
Auto Body
8 Years’ Experience
Jeff Luhmann –
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27 Years’ Experience
of providing the Jackson area
QUALITY AUTO BODY REPAIR
January 2, 1997 – January 2, 2013
We specialize in collision repair, so you can count on us for quality work!
414 So. Hwy. 71 • Jackson, MN
www.riverrainboutique.com • 507-847-4327
Watch Jackson County Pilot for:
• Moving Date
• Hours Open
• New Shipments
• Clothing for Women And
Young Women
We are moving to
downtown Jackson!
Find something really special for
the little princess in your life!
Watch for the announcement to be made.
Watch for us at our
new location,
309 2nd Street
Huge
Moving
Sale
GCC-Jackson
Ready Mix
Dusty Fedder,
plant manager
80029 U.S. Highway 71
Jackson
(507) 847-2790
Area native brings
much experience
to Jackson location
A
fi ve-year GCC
veteran is man-
agi ng Jackson
Ready-Mix Concrete fol-
l owi ng the transfer of
Ed Willett to the GCC
Fairmont plant.
Dusty Fedder leads the
operation on the northern
edge of Jackson, primarily
through oversight of batch-
ing concrete, yard sales, in-
ventory control and getting
acquainted with the citizens
New manager at helm of GCC-Jackson Ready-Mix
of the Jackson area.
Alongside Fedder at the
Jackson plant are three con-
crete truck drivers.
Born and raised in nearby
Ormsby, Fedder has worked
for GCC in Windom, St.
James, Quality Control at
wind turbine sites and back-
up plant manager for all
GCC Minnesota plants. He
formally started as a ready-
mix concrete driver and has
acted as loader-operator, as
have many GCC employees.
He offcially accepted the
GCC Jackson manager po-
sition March 30 and started
April 2.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I
Bridget’s Bucksnort’s
Brew Ha-Ha and Grill
Bridget Kolander-
Gilbert and Michael
Gilbert, owners
105 Sherman St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4595
I
t’s been a great group
of employees and a
loyal customer base
that have most contributed
to the seven-year success of
Bridget’s Bucksnort’s Brew
Ha-Ha and Grill in down-
town Jackson.
It could be a new line of
gourmet barbecue sauc-
es that takes the uniquely
named Jackson hotspot to
the next level.
“I can’ t say enough
about my employees,” said
Bridget Kolander-Gilbert,
co-owner of the Sherman
Street bar and grill with
husband Michael Gilbert. “I
have an excellent group.”
Kolander-Gilbert has an
even dozen employees on
staff at present who, she
said, “help me out tremen-
dously.”
It seems every group of
employees over the busi-
ness’ seven-year history has
been a good one, Kolander-
Gilbert said.
“I’ve seen a lot of employ-
ees grow,” she said. “They
are different, better people
Bridget’s Bucksnort’s to debut new line
of barbecue sauce to loyal customer base
than they were the day they
started.”
Maybe that’s because
Kolander-Gilbert treats
her staff less like employ-
ees and more like family.
One of the qualities Kolan-
der-Gilbert appreciates in
her current employee group
is that they “not only do as I
ask, but think as I do — that
is, how to best serve the
customer.”
After all, she said, without
customers, her business
would not exist.
“Listening to our custom-
ers is huge,” she said. “It’s
the key to a good business.
You gather input on enter-
tainment, you listen to menu
suggestions, you consider
new beverage choices. The
customers mean everything
to the business, to me and to
my staff.”
Kol ander-Gi l bert and
her employees pride them-
selves on building customer
rapport. That commitment
to getting to know custom-
ers and interacting with
them will even pull Kolan-
der-Gilbert herself out of
the kitchen on the busiest
of days.
“Even when I know I
should be in the kitchen, I
can’t help but pop out to of-
fer folks a personal greeting
and to thank them for com-
ing,” she said.
Kol ander-Gi l bert and
her staff will be all ears as
they introduce a new line
of barbecue sauces into
their cooking shortly. It’s
“Kolander Grubb’s Bar-
B-Q Sauces,” produced by
Kolander-Gilbert’s cousin,
Sean, and wife Dawnn out
of Woodinville, Wash.
“I’ve never tasted any-
thing like it,” Kolander-
Gilbert said of the line of fve
sauces, including Original
gourmet, Habanero gour-
met, Little Buddy specialty,
Sweet Orange-Mango spe-
cialty and The Ghost spe-
cialty. “We are excited to use
the sauces in our recipes and
also to offer bottles for sale.”
The Kolanders, who have
been perfecting the sauces
since late 2009, say they are
excited to have a Midwest-
ern outlet for their product.
“We are very excited
for Bridget to promote the
sauce,” Dawnn Kolander
said.
Kolander-Gilbert plans
to offcially debut the sauce
at a September anniversary
bash marking seven years
in business.
“We’re still working on
details of our anniversary
party,” she said, “but know
we want to incorporate the
new sauces. Once people
taste them, they’ll know
why we’re so excited.”
came down here last fall for
six weeks when Ed left, and
I’m excited to take this on
full-time and have a station-
ary plant.”
And with the construc-
tion season at midpoint,
GCC has been on the go.
In addition to working with
contractors, Fedder said
homeowners can visit him
at the plant to discuss their
projects. GCC has lists of
recommended contractors,
concrete pumping contacts,
concrete sealing products
and decorative concrete
information. GCC also pur-
chases the best raw materi-
als in the area to provide the
Dusty Fedder
best concrete possible for its
valued customers.
Please visit Dusty and
his staff with any concrete-
related questions.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Progress • Page 15
Support Your
LOCAL LICENSE OFFICE
This keeps a portion of
YOUR money
in YOUR Community!
• MAIL RENEWALS •
Box 261, 114 3rd St., Ste. C.
Jackson, MN 56143
(507) 847-4749
E-mail: depreg50@depreg50.com
Office Hours:
Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.;
other hours available by appointment
Kimberly Church, Deputy Registrar #50
Proud to be Jackson’s
“Problem Solver”
For 22 years!
BRING ME A CHALLENGE!
General Welding
• Steel
• Stainless Steel
• Aluminum
• Cast Iron
MACHINE SHOP
SERVICE
Jody Stene
Hwy. 71, Jackson, MN • 847-5172
Courtesy bus available to make sure
your guests arrive home safely.
Call for details.
food &spirit
• Great Food • Live Music
• Outside Patio • Big Screen TVs
• Courtesy Bus
507 2nd St., Jackson, MN • 847-9901
Casual dining at its best!
WE CARE
About Your Well-Being!
Friendly Service
Personal Consultations
“Your Pharmacy of Choice”
LeAnn Gruhlke, R. Ph. Jerry Throndset, R. Ph.
JACKSON
908 Hwy. 71 N.
(Located in
Sunshine Foods store)
847-3282 • 800-824-8428
Mon.-Fri. 9-5:30; Sat. 9-12
LAKEFIELD
326 Main Street
662-5817
800-547-0496
Mon.-Fri. 8-5:30; Sat. 9-3
We take the time to get to know you,
review your medications for any
possible interactions and carefully
explain your doctor’s instructions.
We look forward to assisting you.
Whether you’re looking for prescrip-
tions, vitamins, over-the-counter
medication or simply reassurance
and information, we take the
time to listen and help.
right next door right next door
we’re your energy superhighway… we’re your energy superhighway…
ITC Midwest is pleased to be a member of the
Lakefield local business community. From our
Lakefield facility, our employees and contractors
are working to create a strong electric grid for
the region.
Since acquiring the region’s electric transmission
system in December 2007, ITC Midwest has
been investing to improve electric reliability.
We’re also connecting Minnesota’s and Iowa’s
new wind farms to the grid, facilitating the
states’ development of renewable energy.
We’re pleased to be your energy superhighway,
right next door.
I T C MI DWE S T
502 S. Highway 86
Lakefield, MN 56150
877-482-4829
www.itctransco.com
ITC Midwest
502 S. Highway 86
Lakefeld
(877) 366-1171
I
n the three years since
ITC Midwest opened
its warehouse facility
on Highway 86 in Lakefeld,
the company has become
a local fxture as it works
every day to improve the re-
gion’s high-voltage electric
transmission grid.
The company owns trans-
mission lines across Iowa
and Minnesota, and parts
of Illinois and Missouri. A
subsidiary of ITC Holdings
Corp. (NYSE:ITC), ITC
Midwest purchased nearly
7,000 miles of existing elec-
tric transmission lines in
December 2007.
ITC Midwest is com-
mitted to enhancing the
region’s electric transmis-
sion system to improve
electric reliability and give
cities and utility customers
greater access to sources of
electric generation.
The region’s growing
commitment to wind energy
production is also a ma-
jor driver of ITC Midwest
activities. The company
plays a key role connecting
wind farms in the wind-
rich areas of the Midwest
to the larger customer load
centers where the energy
is needed. Since 2007, ITC
Midwest has connected
more than 2,100 megawatts
of new wind energy capacity
to the grid.
ITC Midwest has a part-
ner relationship with Util-
ity Lines Construction Ser-
vices (ULC), which is the
sole-source contractor for
transmission feld services
for ITC Midwest. ULC’s
employees work to build
and maintain the ITC Mid-
west lines, substations and
equipment. ULC employ-
ees are on call to respond
whenever storms or other
problems affect the trans-
mission equipment and
interrupt electric service.
Nineteen ULC employees
are based in the Lakefeld
facility regularly, although
employees from across the
ITC Midwest service terri-
tory may work out of the fa-
cility, depending on training
and project needs.
From the Lakefield fa-
cility, ITC Midwest and
ULC employees serve ap-
proximately 25 counties in
southern Minnesota and
northern Iowa. Lakefield
ITC Midwest works from its Lakefeld facility
to provide reliable electric transmission service
was a great choice for the
company’s regional ware-
house, given its close prox-
imity to the Lakefeld sub-
station, which serves as
a major grid hub for the
region. The facility is also
conveniently located to the
areas with signifcant wind
energy development.
Headquartered in Cedar
Rapids, ITC Midwest also
maintains facilities in Albert
Lea, Minn., and Dubuque,
Iowa City and Perry, Iowa.
ITC Midwest works closely
with local communities
to help meet their energy
needs and contribute to the
region’s quality of life.
ITC Midwest crews recently upgraded the structures for an electric transmission line
that crosses Fox Lake near Sherburn. Crews replaced nine structures with eight larger
structures to help ensure continued reliable operations of the line.
Jackson Machine and
Manufacturing
Jody Stene, owner
701 Riverside Drive
Jackson
(507) 847-5172
J
ackson Machine and
Manufacturing is go-
ing where once only
the world’s top physicists
and chemists dared tread.
That’s due to the changes
in how things are built and
how they are repaired, said
Jody Stene, Jackson Coun-
ty’s expert machinist and
12-year owner of the River-
side Drive shop in Jackson.
“It’s new metals being de-
veloped, new equipment to
machine that metal, new gas
compounds for welding,”
Stene said. “It’s forcing
those who work in this feld
to become chemists and
physicists and engineers, all
at the same time.”
Stene sees many jobs
requiring him to machine
and weld not only wildly
variable stocks of varying
steel compounds, but also
such once exotic metals as
titanium and beryllium.
“Ten or 15 years ago,
if you weren’t working
for NASA, you didn’t see
those,” Stene said.
But with the metals more
readily available today and
Jackson Machine goes where
once only NASA dared tread
a constant drive toward
increased strength and de-
creased weight, they’re be-
coming commonplace.
“Sprint cars are driving
around with titanium fas-
teners in them,” he said.
“You fnd carbon fber nan-
otechnology in new cars and
farm implements.”
To meet the demand for
knowledgeable workman-
ship on the new metals,
Stene spends every avail-
able moment reading up on
the latest trends, technology
and equipment.
“I’ve invested in new gas
compounds for welding, dif-
ferent tooling equipment,
bits, coolants, chemicals,”
he said. “Everything is so
technical, but the end-usage
is much better.”
Jackson County
Deputy Registrar
Kim Church,
deputy registrar
114 Third St.
P.O. Box 261, Jackson
(507) 847-4749
L
ong known for fast
and friendly title
and registration ser-
vice, Jackson County’s depu-
ty registrar, Kim Church, has
two more reasons why folks
should stop by her Jackson
offce.
Church offers hard-copy
driver’s manuals, as well as
an in-demand “Fast Track”
title service.
The driver’s manuals —
for car, CDL and motorcycle
licensure — are available
for just a few dollars apiece,
well worth it when one con-
siders what it takes to print
the manuals from the Web
now that the state only issues
them electronically.
The Fast Track program
guarantees processing of a
title and leaving the state
offce within three business
Deputy registrar ofers two more reasons to keep local money local
days. The service has proven
popular, and it is a good deal
for those who need a title
right away. If the transac-
tion is eligible, the fee is $20.
Church also continues
to assist with all state-man-
dated license and registra-
tion needs, including new
registrations, title transfers,
license plates, tab renewals
and DNR transactions for
watercraft, snowmobiles,
ATVs and off-road bikes.
When peopl e enl i s t
Church’s assistance, it keeps
a small fling fee in Jackson
County. When conducted
online or via out-of-town
mail, that fee leaves the
county.
“This is a local business
here to serve local resi-
dents,” Church said, “and
we appreciate everyone’s
support.”
Church’s office is open
Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by
appointment. Folks can also
mail renewals directly to
Church and she will handle
everything.
Pillars Pub and
Eatery
Troy Menke, owner
507 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-9901
N
ever-ending plates
of steak, shrimp,
pasta and fsh have
made Pillars Pub and Eat-
ery in downtown Jackson
the place to be on Saturday
nights.
All-you-can-eat Saturdays
featuring some of Pillars’
favorite dishes on a rotating
basis are the newest addition
at the Main Street eatery,
which is entering its fourth
year as Jackson’s favorite
bar and grill.
“We’re always willing
to try new things,” said
owner Troy Menke. “Tak-
ing some of our top menu
items and serving them
up all-you-can-eat-style
seemed like a great idea.”
The first Saturday of the
month features platefuls of
Pillars’ certified Hereford
steaks, what Menke terms
“the best steak I’ve ever eat-
en.” All-you-can-eat shrimp
in the vein of Pillars’ popu-
lar Lenten special is on tap
for the second and fourth
Saturdays. A never-ending
pasta bowl is the featured
dish for the third Saturday of
the month, while an infnite
fsh fry will fll the occasional
ffth Saturday.
Pillars launches all-you-can-eat Saturdays
“We’re just always try-
ing to improve on what we
have,” Menke said.
To that end, a few tweaks
may be in store for the regu-
lar menu in the near future,
though tried and true favor-
ites like burgers, pizzas and
the best wings around won’t
be going anywhere.
Menke said the Pillars bus
has proven to be an oft-used
addition to the business, the
patio is popular as ever and
the banquet hall remains
available for use, though
availability will become lim-
ited starting this fall, as
Nita’s School of Dance has
found a new home and will
be using the facility.
Menke said he appreci-
ates all the community sup-
port and invites suggestions.
“We’ re i nterested i n
what people want,” he said.
“We’re open to anything.”
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United Prairie Bank
Kent Bargfrede,
president
202 Grant St., Jackson
(507) 847-4700
I
nternet banking is the
new norm and United
Prairie Bank of Jack-
son has staked its claim as a
leader in both cutting-edge
technology and security.
“Internet banking has
doubled within our network
from a year ago,” said Kent
Bargfrede, president of UP
Bank of Jackson. “People
today are utilizing online
banking for up-to-the-sec-
ond balance information,
instant e-statements, ac-
count transfers, loan pay-
ments — all from home or
on the go. It’s the fast lane
of the new generation.”
The staff at UP Bank
have long prided them-
selves on staying at the fore-
front of service technology
and new product offerings.
“We strive to offer the prod-
ucts and services the in-
dustry and our customers
demand,” he said, “but
only after they have been
well-tested and well-estab-
lished in the marketplace.”
As those new services and
products — most of which
are Internet-based — are
added to UP Bank’s exten-
sive line of offerings, bank
staff work hard to ensure
they are just as safe and
secure for customers as
traditional bank offerings.
“Whenever you’re enter-
ing a password online to
access personal informa-
tion or using a debit card
number rather than a paper
check, there is some level of
UP Bank in Jackson stakes claim as
leader in both technology, security
risk involved, whether un-
authorized access or iden-
tity theft,” Bargfrede said.
UP Bank in Jackson —
backed by the strength of
the United Prairie family
of banks — makes customer
security a top priority.
“We’ve enhanced and
increased our security soft-
ware network, implemented
more secure password com-
plexity requirements and
taken almost extreme steps
to protect our clients’ debit
card and account numbers,”
Bargfrede said. “We have
an IT compliance depart-
ment, an internal group
in our operations, staffed
by four full-time people
that that’s all they do —
constantly watch and scan
and monitor for issues and
potential privacy and secu-
rity violations. If something
suspicious arises, they notify
our offce and we notify our
customers.”
It’s a strict, systematic
process governed by UP
Bank protocol, which Barg-
frede said ensures any secu-
rity or identity breach is rec-
tifed quickly and effciently.
The folks at the Jackson
bank receive regular train-
ing on privacy and secu-
rity, and committees are in
place for internal review.
“We also make sure to keep
on top of every new regu-
lation, every new require-
ment, every new piece of
safety and security legisla-
tion,” he said. “Our entire
system is very structured
and very professional.”
Bargfrede and the Jack-
son staff also encourage
those who bank online to
enable UP Bank’s automat-
ic alert technology. This al-
lows users to monitor their
accounts for any security
threat or malicious activity.
“It’s just another level of
security,” Bargfrede said.
And, as new and better
levels of security become
available, Bargfrede said
UP Bank staff in Jackson
will be sure to alert their
customers to them.
“I think that relates back
to our longstanding empha-
sis on service,” Bargfrede
said. “Our clients are not
just a number, not just a
customer, but people —
our neighbors and friends
— and they are valued. We
know these folks and when
something new comes along
we think will be a good ft,
we can reach out and sug-
gest it or make them aware.
It’s service and attention to
what matters most, and I
think that’s pretty unique.”
City of Alpha
Linda York, clerk
145 Main St. S.
Alpha
(507) 847-3557
T
he fireworks cap-
ping last year’s Al-
pha Appreciation
Days community celebra-
tion were such a hit, festival
organizers decided to light
up the skies again this year.
“Everybody really seemed
to enjoy the freworks last
year, so they’ll be back,” said
Linda York, Alpha city clerk
and one of the organizers of
Alpha Appreciation Days.
“We’re planning for more
freworks this year and an
even better show.”
The freworks will begin
at dusk on Saturday, Aug.
25, a ftting end to two days
of action-packed fun.
The celebration begins
Friday, Aug. 24, with burg-
ers, brats and a beer gar-
den, all starting at 6 p.m.,
followed by the free street
dance on Main Street fea-
turing musical favorite
“Roxbury,” beginning at
Alpha Appreciation Days freworks to be bigger and better
8:30.
Saturday opens with rum-
mage sales across town. The
fun continues at 4 p.m.,
when a youth group-spon-
sored lunch stand begins
serving and games for kids
young and old fire up at
City Park.
“We’ll have beanbags, a
fishing game and bounce
house, plus some other fun
activities,” York said.
The beer garden cranks
up again at 4, followed by
a grilled pork chop dinner
from 5 to 7:30 p.m., raffe
drawings throughout the
evening and karaoke by
Larry Clymer, all topped off
by the freworks.
Funds raised by the youth
group’s activities beneft the
youth group’s efforts; all
other proceeds from Alpha
Appreciation Days activi-
ties beneft the Alpha Fire
Department.
Extended Ag
Insurance Services
Charlotte Christians
and Dorothy Ulbricht,
agents
419 Main St., Lakefeld
(507) 662-6224
D
ecades of service
for one certifed
insurance coun-
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selor, prestigious certifca-
tion for another, the addi-
tion of a new staff member
and an expanded list of
agencies from which to fnd
a policy that fts any need
and budget mark a year
of progress for Extended
Ag Insurance Services of
Lakefeld.
Insurance counselors
Charlotte Christians and
Dorothy Ulbricht have
nearly a half-century of
combined insurance experi-
ence and — with Ulbricht’s
recent completion of the
rigorous Society of Certi-
fed Insurance Counselors
insurance education — both
are CIC certifed.
New to the Main Street
Lakefeld insurance agen-
cy within the past year
is support staffer Mary
Schumann, who is also in
the process of becoming a
licensed agent.
As part of the Trusted
Choice agencies, Extended
Ag Insurance strives to give
clients quality service at
competitive pricing. Being
an independent insurance
agency gives the Extended
Ag Insurance team access
to a recently expanded list
of numerous companies
from which to fnd one that
best fts clients’ needs.
“We customize coverage
as needed,” Ulbricht said.
“We work with the client
to identify the policy that is
just right.”
“We are dedicated to our
clients,” Christians add-
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treating them as people, not
a policy.”
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Installation in Section
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of Sherman and White
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Section 8 will be installed
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Several steps precede
installation, according to
Naomi Pederson of SMBS.
A drop is installed, followed
by placement of the NID
box on the building and a
splice.
“Someone 18 or older
needs to be present during
installation,” she said, “and
we encourage customers
to read the information we
hand out. It tells how to set
up email and really every-
thing they need to know.”
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Progress • Page 17
Early Childhood Family Education
A program of Jackson County Central Community Education
The concept…
The beginning years of
a child’s life are crucial.
Intellectual, social and
emotional growth oc-
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to age 5. During the
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any program activities if you
are the parent of a child
aged birth to 5, and if you
live within the JCC School
District attendance area.
ECFE and Discovery Place
preschool are located in
the lower level of Riverside
Elementary.
ECFE Ofce Hours:
Monday through
Friday
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Amber Lessman,
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ages birth to 5.
Discovery Place preschool 3s
are now meeting three mornings per week.
Openings still available! Call now to reserve
your child’s spot.
Discovery Place preschool 4s and 5s
are now meeting four afternoons per week.
Classes are currently full, but waiting list is
available.
To reserve your spot or for more information, call Amber Lessman,
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Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
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2011 MCA-III Math Test – 69% Proficiency Rate
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~ Consolidation ~
• 1997, Jackson and
Lakefield consolidated,
creating Jackson County
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• 2000, Sioux Valley
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~ Sports ~
Girls: Volleyball, basketball,
gymnastics, golf, track and
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hockey.
Boys: Football, basketball,
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• Challenge Classes: Stu dents can earn a high school diplo-
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• Agri cul ture:
Students at
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Marketing, Ag
Mechanics, Ag
Sales, Animal Science, Floral Design, Horticulture, Land-
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• Business: Through the business classes, students learn
how laws protect both business and consumers, styles of
management, as well as what it takes to work in the glob-
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computer applications through the business classes.
• Foreign Languages – Spanish and German (up to four years
each)
• Technology Education: A wide variety of courses in Indus-
trial Technology are offered, many focusing on the growing
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send many teams to state tournaments yearly. Our most
recent State Championship Teams are:
2012 Class A Wrestling Champs
2012 Division II Cheerleading Champs
2011 Class A Wrestling Champs
2010 Class A Wrestling Champs
2009 Division II Cheerleading Champs
2008 Class A Wrestling Champs
2005 Class AA Softball Champs
2004 Class AA Softball Champs
2004 Class AA Baseball Champs
2003 Class AA Volleyball Champs
2001 Class AAA Football Champs
2000 Class AA Wrestling Champs
1999 Class AA Wrestling Champs
1999 Class AA Volleyball Champs
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Reading and Math
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~ Activities ~
Cheerleading,
Concert Band,
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Economic
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N
ew di r ec t i on,
fresh faces and
expanded pre-
school classes are among
the changes this year for
the Jackson County Cen-
tral Early Childhood Fam-
ily Education program and
Discovery Place Preschool.
Three-year JCC ECFE
parent educator Amber
Lessman succeeds retired
program cofounder Anita
Whisney as program and
preschool director this year.
Lessman brings an 11-year
tenure in the feld of early
childhood education, a fa-
miliarity with the local pro-
gram and plenty of enthusi-
asm to the position.
“I am excited to continue
the mission of the program
— advancing the intellec-
tual, social and emotional
growth of our children at a
crucial time in their lives —
and very excited about the
group of people that will
help carry out that mission
this year,” Lessman said.
Joi ni ng program co-
founder and ECFE/pre-
school teacher Linda Clark-
sean and longtime parapro-
fessional Pam Pronk are
new parent educator Sonya
Anthes and Tiffany Le-
nort, new ECFE/preschool
teacher. Holly Nasby serves
as program secretary.
New this fall are ex-
panded Discovery Place
Preschool classes. Three-
year-olds will meet three
mornings per week, Less-
man said, and openings are
still available. The 4-year-
Fresh faces and expanded preschool classes
mark new year for JCC ECFE/Discovery Place
olds will meet four after-
noons per week and, though
classes are currently flled, a
waiting list is available.
“Adding a day a week
for each age group allows
the students more time to
develop friendships, be-
come more comfortable in
a school setting and better
prepare for kindergarten,”
Lessman said, “all the while
allowing time for lots of de-
velopmental play and edu-
cational and fun feld trips.”
The JCC ECFE program
provides services for par-
ents and their children age
birth through 5 living within
the JCC School District
attendance area. Lessman
said ECFE sessions are
open to all parents and
children within the district,
regardless of whether they
are enrolled in Discovery
Place Preschool.
“Even if kids are attend-
ing another preschool, we
encourage parents to sign
themselves and their chil-
dren up for the 10-week
ECFE sessions,” she said.
“And all are welcome to any
one of our family fun nights
or open houses.”
The fall open house is
scheduled for Wednesday,
Sept. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30
p.m. at the ECFE classroom
located in the lower level
of Riverside Elementary
School in Jackson. Those
registering that afternoon
are asked to bring immuni-
zation records.
Fall special events in-
clude a family feld trip to
Poppe’s Pumpkin Patch on
Friday, Oct. 5, and a special
Dad’s Night on Friday, Oct.
26. Both are geared toward
involving parents in the
education of young chil-
dren, the hallmark of the
JCC ECFE program and
Discovery Place Preschool.
“In the years leading up
to school, parents are chil-
dren’s first and most sig-
nifcant teachers,” Lessman
said. “Parents direct chil-
dren’s perceptions of them-
selves and their world. We
here at ECFE and Discov-
ery Place Preschool pride
ourselves on fostering that
relationship and promoting
growth during these most
crucially formative years.
We’re excited to kick off a
new year of doing just that.”
Those interested in re-
serving a spot in the JCC
ECFE program or Discov-
ery Place Preschool may
call Lessman at 847-5868
or 847-4439.
Lewis Chiropractic
Center
Dr. Clayton R. Lewis,
owner
711 Third St., Jackson
(507) 847-4390
L
ong known as Jack-
son County’s top
spot for general
chiropractic care services,
DOT and school sports
physicals and custom-ft or-
thotics, Lewis Chiropractic
of Jackson is carving out a
regional niche as a provider
of pre-employment and
work comp-related drug
screenings.
A certified provider of
traditional drug screen-
ing for the past fve years,
Dr. Clayton Lewis recently
became trained and autho-
rized to provide Web-based
drug screening through top
national frm eScreen. As
the lone provider of the ser-
vice in Jackson County and
beyond, the certifcation has
opened new doors of oppor-
tunity for the nearly 30-year
Jackson chiropractor.
“As business and industry
continues to expand in Jack-
son and the surrounding
areas, the demand for this
type of service continues to
grow,” Lewis said. “I’m glad
I can assist businesses in this
facet of their hiring process.
It’s exciting to see more and
New certifcation opens new
doors for Lewis Chiropractic
more new people come to
town to work and live.”
The Web-based drug
screens general l y take
about 10 to 15 minutes to
complete, are totally paper-
less and can report negative
tests to the prospective em-
ployer almost immediately.
Testing and analysis take
place at Lewis’ Highway
71 location, the same place
from which he continues to
offer general chiropractic
care services and physicals,
as well as orthotic care via
a computerized scanner.
The scanner takes a digital
image of the foot, transmits
data electronically and, in
less than a week, Lewis is
able to present patients with
custom shoe inserts.
Prom Body Works
Tim and Patty Prom,
owners
613 Fourth St., Jackson
(507) 847-2322
H
onesty, quality of
work and a repu-
tation for going
above and beyond have
been the keys to success
for Prom Body Works of
Jackson, which will mark
20 years in business this
January.
But for 44-year auto body
repair veteran Tim Prom,
who owns the Fourth Street
shop with wife Patty, it all
boils down to the Golden
Rule.
“Just treat people right,”
he said. “Treat them like
family.”
Good service and quality
work are givens for Prom,
who has been in the busi-
ness since graduating from
the very frst auto body class
at the Jackson Vocational
Honesty, quality keys to 20-year success of Prom Body Works
School in 1966. Over the
last four and a half decades,
he has prided himself on
staying abreast of changing
technologies, equipment,
products and techniques,
and is known far and wide
for his streak of problem-
solving ingenuity.
“Back when I started,
there were a few manufac-
turers with a few models,”
he said. “Today, we’re look-
ing at around 20 manufac-
turers, each with fve or six
models. Parts have changed
— you deal with more high-
strength steel and more
specialized equipment re-
quired to get the work done,
and everything is more elec-
tronic. Paints are continuing
to change.”
But it’s the honesty with
which Prom does business
and the trust and loyalty
that develop among his cus-
tomers as a result that have
ensured a successful 20-year
run for Prom Body Works.
“It’s honesty, going above
and beyond what’s required
or expected, good service
and quality work — all that
combined,” said Patty. “You
make friends and earn that
trust and loyalty, and people
not only come back, they
spread the word.”
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City Hall (Office Staff)
Marcy Hassing
Deb Mitchell
Heidi Bargfrede
Andrea Sether
Steve Walker
Sue Pirsig
Jennifer Feely
Liquor Store
Joe Aschemann
Mary Ann Colwell
Kaye Meneely
Melissa Voss
Mary Jo Sirovy
Pamela Nelson
Jennifer Buller
Street Department
George Tauer
Ron Gregory
Jared Spaeth
Phil Markman
Kody Kolander
Bill Kruppiak
Neal Carlson
Cable TV
Department
Curt Egeland
Steve Jenson
Water Department
Steve Beckel
Ron Bezdicek
John Romo
Electric (Contracted by
Missouri River Energy)
Garret Simon
Doug Schuett
Lon Rosenbrook
Legal
Brad Anderson
Steve Handevidt
Fire and Ambulance
Personnel
Mayor and
Council Members
(Elected personnel)
Working As One
for the Residents
of Jackson!
Working As One
for the Residents
of Jackson!
CITY
OF
80 West Ashley Street
Jackson, MN
847-4410
www.cityofjacksonmn.com
For the very best in water treatment,
there’s only one name
to call.
• Reverse osmosis systems
• Water softeners
• Drinking water filters
• Bottled water service
• Salt delivery
212 Second Street • Jackson, MN 56143
507-847-3920
or 800-247-0273
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Since Culligan Deal ers are independently operated, offers and participation may vary.
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Experts!
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Pictured: Trevor Nau and Lila Smith
Missing from picture are Wayne Fisk and Scott Loeffler.
Meet the 2011–2012
Jackson Area
Chamber of Commerce
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terri Bargfrede Sara Dvorak
To learn more about the
Jackson Area Chamber
of Commerce, call
507-847-3867, or visit our
office located at
Jackson City Hall.
www.jacksonmn.com
Sharon Kuehl,
Chamber Director
Deb Heser
Bridget
Kolander-Gilbert
Brandon Finck Lori Henning
Mandi Kosbab Kristy Porter Rhonda Moore Jason Oye
Trail Price Jeff Sauter Lee Porter Dennis Smidt
Providing safe, professional
transportation service.
We’re proud of our team!
• Jim Bretzman
• Jesse Cody
• Randy Drahota
• Evonne Janssen
• Mark Johnson
• Leroy Landin
• Daryl Madison
• Bart Mueller
• Larry Norem
• Gerhard Quiring
• Aaron Skare
• Art Swanson
• Mark Tusa
• Jean Runge
• Scott Weig
• Cam Adams
• Tom Ignaszewski
• Marcia Elsbecker
• Eric Adams
79602 550th Avenue • Jackson, MN
507-847-2380 • 1-800-533-6801
swtours@qwestoffice.net • www.swtourandtravel.com
Pizza Ranch
Jef Sauter, manager
206 Third St., Jackson
(507) 847-5555
A
s Pi zza Ranch
celebrates its 20th
year in Jackson,
business has never been
better.
“Things have really been
booming,” said manager
Jeff Sauter, who owns the
Jackson Pizza Ranch along
with Darold and Diane
Jamtgaard. “But Jackson
has been booming too. It
goes hand in hand.”
A team of 25 employees
and a fleet of two deliv-
ery vehicles — the second
added just recently to meet
an increased delivery de-
mand and get more piping
hot pizza and chicken out
quicker — help Sauter and
the Jamtgaards serve their
burgeoning customer base.
“It’s been a great year
— really, a great 20 years,
since we opened on July 13,
1992,” Sauter said.
Prior to that date, the
building that today serves as
Jackson County’s favorite
pizza place and community
gathering spot sat empty.
“Our vision was to take
this empty building and
turn it into a pizza place,”
said Darold.
Sauter came to the Jack-
son Pizza Ranch in 1998 and
has helped oversee a series
of three remodels, the most
recent in 2007.
“The last remodel was
very extensive,” Darold
said. “We tackled every-
thing from the kitchen out.”
That included an update
Jackson Pizza Ranch celebrates
20 years of service and growth
of the restrooms, conver-
sion of a game room into
a second party room and
a remastering of the buffet
area. The changes to the
buffet area were in response
to a changing dynamic, Di-
ane said.
“When we first started
out, we had the buffet ev-
ery day at noon and on
Tuesday nights only,” she
said. “Then we added a
Thursday night buffet. Then
Friday. Then on Saturday
nights during the races. We
soon saw the demand for a
nightly buffet.”
About two years ago, the
Jackson Pizza Ranch took
the buffet to a new level
with the “Buffet Your Way”
concept.
“When you order the
buffet, we ask what kinds
of pizzas you’d like on it,”
Diane said. “People love to
come in and have the buffet,
but with their favorite kind
of pizza. Not many buffets
do that. Here, we believe in
only the best service.”
While there have been
a few tweaks to the buf-
fet menu over the last two
decades, the core offerings
have pretty much stayed
intact.
“People love our mashed
potatoes and gravy, broast-
ed chicken, vegetables and
fresh salad bar,” Darold
said.
Also tweaked here and
there over the years has
been the lineup of pizza
toppings.
“Pizza Ranch introduces
a new topping about three
times a year,” Sauter said.
“Sometimes they’re limited-
time offerings, but every
once in a while, a topping
comes along that proves
so popular that it stays.”
One example that immedi-
ately comes to mind is buf-
falo chicken.
“Today it’s our most-
requested topping on the
buffet,” said Sauter.
Listening to customers is
just one way Jackson Pizza
Ranch serves the commu-
nity.
“We are proud to help
host fundraisers for many
good causes throughout the
year,” Diane said. “We’ve
had groups come in and
make and serve pizzas to
earn money; we’ve had tip
nights, where all tips go to
a certain cause; we’ve done
other similar fundraisers
and have been able to help
out quite a few people.”
The Jamtgaards and Sau-
ter said it’s just Jackson
Pizza Ranch’s way of giving
back to the community.
“We truly thank the com-
munity for supporting us for
20 years,” Sauter said. “It’s
been great.”
Culligan
Trevor Nau, manager
212 Second St.
Jackson
(507) 847-3920
W
hen Trevor Nau
came to Jackson
15 years ago as
Bottled water becoming booming business for Culligan of Jackson
the local Culligan manager,
bottled water sales and ser-
vice made up a small portion
of the business.
Not anymore.
“We are doing great busi-
ness in bottled water these
days,” Nau said. “We have a
number of business and in-
dustry clients across Jackson
and Cottonwood counties
and quite a few homes where
people just want to have
quality drinking water.”
The bulk of Culligan’s
bottled water business is
handled via fve-gallon bot-
tles installed on water-cool-
er dispensers. Nau and his
staff change out upwards of
500 of those per week.
Also available are bulk or-
ders of convenient 12-ounce
bottles, an option especially
popular with out-of-office
work crews.
Nau said when he first
came to Jackson in 1997
after a 20-year stint at the
Culligan in Madelia, he was
getting in less than half the
bottled water inventory he
is now.
“It’s just really boom-
Jackson Pizza Ranch owners,
Darold and Diane Jamtgaard, and Jeff Sauter
847-5555
Hwy. 71, Downtown Jackson
• Recently enlarged the
kitchen to keep up with the
growing demand for the
great-tasting Pizza Ranch
food
• Remodeled the buffet and
dining area in 2007
THANK YOU,
Jackson Area,
For The Progress
We’ve Enjoyed!
Watch for
specials
1 week a month
all year long!
• We now employ 25–30
employees
• With our increased deliveries,
we now have 2 delivery
vehicles to get the area’s
best pizza, chicken and
specialty items delivered to
you when you want it!
Jackson Area
Chamber of
Commerce,
Convention and
Visitors Bureau
Sharon Kuehl, director
114 Third St., Suite B
Jackson
(507) 847-3867
T
he new director of
the Jackson Area
Chamber of Com-
merce, Convention and
Visitors Bureau is taking a
fresh, holistic look at mak-
ing the Jackson area the
best place around to visit,
New chamber director excited to help make Jackson area best it can be
live and work.
Sharon Kuehl officially
began her duties as the head
of the county’s largest busi-
ness association Monday,
July 16. Now a month into
the job, Kuehl says she has
been impressed by the high
degree of activism among
members of the community
in general and the business
community in particular.
“I’ve been able to observe
with fresh eyes and a fresh
perspective all the good that
so many in the community
are doing for the beneft of
Jackson and the surround-
ing area,” she said. “There
are so many entities, so
many committees, so many
service groups, so many vol-
unteers all working toward
the same goal — making
the Jackson area the best
it can be.”
Kuehl said one of her
immediate objectives as
chamber director is to be
involved in the conversa-
tion among those many and
varied groups on how to le-
verage the strengths of each
to best accomplish what’s in
the best interest of all.
“I want all of us to work
together,” she said. “That
requires all of the groups
getting to know what each is
doing, so no efforts are be-
ing duplicated. It’s making
sure we’re moving forward
for the good of the Jackson
area as effciently and ef-
fectively as possible.”
Kuehl comes to Jackson
with experience in retail,
management, product de-
velopment, merchandising,
customer service and event
planning. She’s especial-
ly excited about her first
chamber event, the second
annual chamber golf outing
on Aug. 23 at the Jackson
Golf Course.
“Golfng starts at 11:30
a.m. that day,” she said.
“Bri dget’ s Bucksnort’ s
Brew Ha-Ha and Grill will
provide a box lunch for the
golfers. A social hour and
dinner will follow the golf-
ing, with the local cattle-
men’s association grilling
steaks and the Hi-Lo Club
providing the rest of the
meal. There will some great
raffe prizes too. It will just
be a great event and one
that’s a lot of fun.”
Sponsorship opportuni-
ties remain, Kuehl said,
though they are flling up
fast.
“If businesses would still
like to get involved with a
sponsorship, I would en-
courage them to contact
me as soon as possible,”
she said.
And Kuehl is already
looking forward to Jack-
son’s chamber-sponsored
Holiday Fest celebration,
scheduled this year for Dec.
1.
“This is such a unique
event,” Kuehl said. “I have
many ideas for this year’s
Holiday Fest, as I do for
all of the great community
events the chamber spon-
sors — the annual banquet,
the farm and home show,
Town and Country Days.
I’m really very excited to
work on all these things.”
And she’s appreciated
the welcome she’s received.
“Everyone has been very
welcoming,” she said, “and I
really do feel at home. Peo-
ple are very supportive and
the community and business
leaders I’ve met and talked
with are just great and so
geared toward making the
Jackson area better.”
In that respect, Kuehl
said, the Jackson area is
truly unique.
“In Jackson, there is a lot
of opportunity,” she said.
“This is a very unique com-
munity. We are well posi-
tioned to get more people
to visit Jackson, live in Jack-
son and work in Jackson.
That’s the ultimate goal.”
ing,” he said. “It started
a few years ago with the
windmill crews in the area
and has just continued.”
In addition to bottled water,
Culligan in Jackson offers
reverse osmosis systems,
water softeners and service,
drinking water filters and
salt delivery.
“Over the years, Culligan
has built a reputation on the
fnest in water-conditioning
services, renting and sell-
ing water softeners, whole
house filters, coolers and
pumps,” Nau said. “Our
reputation for bottled water
is quickly growing.”
City of Jackson
Jennifer Feely,
administrator
Wayne Walter, mayor
80 W. Ashley St.
Jackson
(507) 847-4410
T
hough Jackson’ s
new city adminis-
trator has been on
the job for less than a month,
she is already tackling one of
the most pressing issues fac-
ing the city today — upgrad-
ing an aging infrastructure.
Long identifed as a top
priority by members of the
Jackson City Council, infra-
structure needs — resurfac-
ing of streets, water main
and sewer work and the
upgrade of facilities among
them — are a near daily
concern for Jennifer Feely,
who assumed the post of
city administrator July 23.
But as state-funded local
government aid payments
to municipalities continue
to dry up, Feely said the
challenge facing her and the
city of Jackson is how to pay
for needed infrastructure
improvements.
Feely brings a targeted ap-
proach to the problem.
“It’s important to assess
current infrastructure and
prioritize immediate con-
cerns, short-term concerns,
and long-term concerns, and
then identify funding needs
and develop a budget and
capital improvement plan,”
she said. “While there are
various funding avenues
for infrastructure projects,
the goal is to do so in the
most cost-effective man-
ner. A signifcant challenge
in funding infrastructure
projects includes that of the
gradual decline of LGA over
the years.”
Where possible, the city,
under Feely’s leadership,
will strive to preserve and
get the most out of existing
infrastructure. When that
is simply not feasible, other
avenues will be explored.
One of the avenues that
holds great promise in the
way of saving money to be
put toward funding infra-
structure improvement is
cooperation with other en-
Infrastructure improvements on the horizon for city of Jackson
tities of local government,
Feely said.
“As Jackson’s city ad-
ministrator, my objective
is to ensure that the city
continues to be operated as
effectively and effciently as
possible,” she said. “With
ongoing declining LGA, the
city will need to continue
exploring ways in which
it can work cooperatively
with other entities, such as
the county and school, to
reduce costs through shared
services.”
That foresight is right in
line with another oft-stat-
ed City Council goal — to
continue working with the
county in the sharing of re-
sources, staff and facilities.
Feely said she is excited to
work with representatives of
other local government enti-
ties and expects that process
to go smoothly, as she has
found the community very
friendly.
“The community and city
staff have been very welcom-
ing,” she said. “I’ve spent a
great deal of time attend-
ing meetings involving cur-
rent and upcoming projects,
meeting with department
heads and staff and delv-
ing into the 2013 budget
process.”
While an aging municipal
infrastructure is a concern
not unique to Jackson, Feely
has found her new home-
town distinctive and excep-
tional in many ways.
“Jackson is a very progres-
sive community and unique
in that many other similarly
sized cities in greater Min-
nesota are struggling to
maintain and retain busi-
nesses whereas Jackson is
experiencing steady eco-
nomic growth, as can be evi-
denced by recent impressive
commercial expansion,” she
said. “In addition, Jack-
son appears to have strong
retail and service-based
businesses, which is also un-
characteristic of many simi-
larly sized cities in today’s
economic climate.”
And she sees only a bright
future for the community.
“There are a number of
exciting prospective projects
in the works in Jackson,”
Feely said, “and I feel very
fortunate to have the op-
portunity to serve the city
of Jackson as its city admin-
istrator.”
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Patients recovering from an illness or injury can receive expert physical
therapy at Sanford Medical Center Jackson. The physical therapy team
provides specialized rehabilitative care, with the latest techniques and
equipment — helping patients get back to the business of life.
To schedule an appointment, please call (507) 847-2420.
sanfordjackson.org
Specialized physical therapy
here at home
At Sanford Health, we believe quality care should be
delivered close to home. Sanford Health specialists provide
health and healing where it’s convenient to you. Where
you feel at home.
Common Procedures:
Gall bladder
Hernia
Mastectomy
Lumpectomy
Colonoscopy
Upper endoscopy
Appendectomy
Appointments can be scheduled with Dr. Escobar at Sanford
Jackson and Worthington. Talk with your local physician or
call (507) 372-3800 for more information.
sanfordhealth.org
Fernando Escobar, MD
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Your time is valuable to you and to us. At
Sanford Health, we realize that seeing a
health care specialist isn’t always easy. That’s
why Sanford Jackson Medical Center ofers
outreach services. Sanford specialists here at
home. Care made convenient, right at your
doorstep.
care
Convenient
To schedule your appointment
today, call
sanfordjackson.org
(507) 847-2420.
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Obstetrics/Gyn
Psychiatry
General Surgery
Vascular
Ear, Nose &
Throat
Hematology/
Oncology
Orthopedics
Cardiology
Dr. Zane Craig
Dr. Michael Moeller
Dr. Fernando Escobar
Dr. Chad Laurich
Dr. William Avery
Dr. Michael McHale
Dr. Michael Donohue
Dr. Ovar Jonsson
Thursdays
Mondays
4th Monday
Dr. Gaddum Reddy
3rd Wednesday
4th Wednesday
4th Wednesday
Thursdays
Dr. Scott Pham
Tuesdays
Obstetrics/Gyn Dr. Zane Craig
Mondays
Podiatry Dr. Jeffrey Wienke
1st Monday
Psychiatry Dr. Michael Moeller
4th Monday
General Surgery Dr. Fernando Escobar
Tuesdays
Vascular Dr. Chad Laurich
3rd Wednesday
Ear, Nose & Dr. William Avery
Throat 4th Wednesday
Hematology/ Dr. Michael McHale
Oncology 4th Wednesday
Orthopedics Dr. Michael Donohue
Thursdays
Cardiology Dr. Ovar Jonsson
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Sanford Jackson
1430 North Highway
Jackson
(507) 847-2420
The latest is specialized physical therapy equipment is among recent additions to
Sanford Jackson.
T
he recent reno-
vation of Sanford
Jackson Medical
Center is accommodating
a growing local demand for
orthopedics, sports medi-
cine and physical therapy.
As part of the multi-
million-dollar renovation
project completed this past
spring, Sanford Jackson
revamped its space, added
equipment and secured
the services of experienced
providers dedicated specif-
cally to orthopedics, sports
medicine, physical therapy
and spine and neck care.
“Dr. Michael Donohue,
formerly of Spirit Lake,
Iowa, and now based out of
Worthington, services pa-
tients every week out of our
outreach area,” said Mary
Ruyter, Sanford Jackson
CEO. “With him comes the
equipment necessary for his
spine and neck program.
Since they’ve been a part of
Sanford Jackson, we’ve re-
ally seen growth in the areas
of therapy and outreach.”
Among services offered
are those geared toward
people with chronic neck
and back pain, both in the
realms of treatment and
prevention.
Following is a list of com-
monly asked questions and
answers about Sanford
Jackson’s specialized ortho-
pedics and sports medicine
program:
How is Sanford’s spe-
cialized therapy program
different from other pro-
grams?
Our program is a reso-
lution-oriented rehabilita-
tion facility specializing in
the non-surgical treatment
of chronic back, neck and
extremity pain. We offer an
aggressive strengthening
program utilizing specific
equipment and a progres-
sive approach designed to
help you maximize your
overall function.
How can Sanford’s spe-
cialized therapy program
help me?
On your first visit, the
physi cal therapi st wi l l
evaluate you and test you
on computerized exercise
Orthopedics, sports medicine,
physical therapy here at home
equipment. The results
of these tests will give the
physical therapist the infor-
mation necessary to design
a specific rehabilitation
program for you. After your
initial session, you will be
scheduled for rehab two to
three times per week.
What will I do at rehab?
The average length of
the program is six to eight
weeks. During this time you
will participate in rigorous
exercise activities two to
three times per week for
approximately 45 minutes
to an hour each session. You
will also receive a home ex-
ercise program that is to be
carried out during and after
the monitored rehabilita-
tion program. On a regular
basis, the physical therapist
and the physician will meet
to discuss your progress in
rehabilitation. The “team”
approach allows for the
best possible judgment to
be made about tailoring
the program to your ability.
Communication is a vital el-
ement in the program.
Why is strengthening and
stretching so important?
Increased pain and loss
of strength can occur when
your muscles and joints
have become stiff and weak-
ened due to the original
injury. Subsequent pain
and the prolonged lack of
use that follows adds to
decreased function. Our
aggressive strengthening
approach will help you in-
crease the function of your
back, neck, shoulder or
knee, improving range of
motion, strength and endur-
ance. By regaining function,
you regain your ability to
use your back or neck in
normal activities again,
and this can reduce your
pain. We have specialized
equipment to help isolate
and strengthen muscles in
your back, neck, shoulders
and knees. The resistance
accommodates to your
strength and is safe for all
age groups. One-on-one
care is provided by a physi-
cal therapist and physical
therapist assistant through-
out your program.
Donohue and his team
look forward to assisting pa-
tients with their health care
needs. Their goal is to give
patients the best possible
care so they may return to
and enjoy regular activities.
The Sanford Jackson
Physical Therapy depart-
ment continues to offer
traditional physical therapy
needs to those who need
rehabilitation services fol-
lowing surgery, injuries or
those suffering from weak-
ness, balance issues or other
painful conditions.
Appointments can be
scheduled with Dr. Dono-
hue or the physical therapy
team at Sanford Jackson by
calling (507) 847-2420.
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We love. Because he fi rst loved us
1 John 4:19
Immanuel
Lutheran School
620 Bush Street, Lakefield, MN
(507) 662-5860
www.immanuellakefield.com
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL begins its
113
th
year of service to the students of
Southwest Minnesota on Monday, August 20.
 Immanuel Lutheran School offers a Christ-centered education to
ALL students, no matter what church af�iliation they may have. Some
outstanding features of Immanuel include:
• Quality pre-kindergarten through 8
th
grade Christian education
• Students are provided with a strong foundation in fundamental
academic skills, including religious education
• Small class sizes in a multi-grade approach (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)
• An active Parent-Teacher League
• Extra-curricular activities within Region 4 of the Lutheran Schools
District (Spelling Bee, Fine Arts, soccer, volleyball, basketball,
softball, track and �ield)
• Computer, choir, art, physical education, Chess Club and
Geographic Bee
• Online Accelerated Reader program
• Accreditation through the National Lutherans Schools Association
• FASTDirect, an Internet-based communication tool between
parents and schools, classrooms full time
Immanuel Lutheran School teachers are fully licensed and speci�ically
trained in Christian education. They are experienced and passionate
about children.
Immanuel Lutheran School will gladly enroll new students for the
2�12�13 school year. Contact the school of�ice at 507/662-5820.
Heron Lake – Okabena Public School #330
“Doing What’s BEST For Students”
• Enrollment: Grades K–6, 144
• Small class sizes with a 10:1
student-to-teacher ratio
• Literacy specialist
• Departmentalized instruction
• Interactive technology
• Indoor swimming pool
• 3-2-1 classes
• Elementary summer fitness class
• Individualized training
• Water aerobics
• Community fitness challenge
COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER
Elementary School: Heron Lake
507-793-2307
• Enrollment: Grades 7–12, 215
• Small class sizes with a 12:1
student-to-teacher ratio
• Diverse curriculum
• ACT composite score of 21.8
• 100% graduation rate
• 4 years of Spanish
• Progressive up-to-date
multi-media center
Southwestern
United Wildcats
Extracurricular
Activities:
Volleyball ~ Girls’ Basketball
Hockey ~ Softball ~ Football
Boys’ Basketball ~ Baseball
Track ~ Drama ~ Speech ~ FFA
Choir ~ Band ~ Jazz Band
Flag Squad ~ Cheerleading
High School: Okabena
507-853-4507
Heron Lake-Okabena
Named Silver Medalist
In U.S. News
& World Report
Best High Schools 2012
www.ssc.mntm.org
HIGH SCHOOL ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL
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