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St. Cloud Young Eagles

St. Cloud Young Eagles

The St. Cloud Young Eagles program began in 1992 as a community outreach by local chapters of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA). The chapters of EAA were encouraged to provide free plane rides for children interested in aviation through rallies open to the public and individual flights through personal contact. EAA 551, the St. Cloud chapter of EAA, began giving flights that same year. This summer marks 30 years of the Young Eagles!

Granite City Motor Park

Granite City Motor Park

Granite City Motor Park is an entertainment facility. They have a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval that hosts dirt track auto racing from early May through Labor Day. The track hosts WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod Fours, and Hornets on a weekly basis.

Sunny Mary Meadow

Sunny Mary Meadow

Liz Fiedler is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, the owner of a century farm in central Minnesota, a mom, a widow, a published author, and the owner of Sunny Mary Meadow - a flower business just outside of St. Joe. Liz and her late husband, Josh - the namesake of the century-old farm operation - started Sunny Mary Meadow in July 2020.

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SCSU collaborates with U of MN on Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

SCSU collaborates with U of MN on Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing need for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the central Minnesota region and especially for advanced practice registered nurses to serve rural communities. In an effort to build a strong foundation for the future, St. Cloud State University collaborated with the University of Minnesota to build the SCSU Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP). The St. Cloud cohort at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing collaboration began in the fall of 2020.

Shines Stories: St. Joe Meat Market

Shines Stories: St. Joe Meat Market

The St. Joe Meat Market is more than a hundred years old. Originally a bar, it transitioned into a meat market in 1905 and has had generations of Pfannensteins working there throughout the years. The current owner, Harvey Pfannenstein, grew up working at the meat market with his 8 siblings. They now have 30 employees (3 of which are Harvey’s brothers), and many are nieces, nephews, daughters, and sons. It’s a true labor of love.

Shines Stories: Shannon Wiger & Co.

Shines Stories: Shannon Wiger & Co.

You learn something new every day – and after talking with Shannon Wiger, we learned what the term “adaptive reuse projects” means. Think of the building on the corner of 5th Ave and West Saint Germain downtown, home to GSDC and Kensington Bank… of both Hudson & Co, W | R Home Company, and KPower Yoga in St. Joseph… The Davidson Opera House downtown St. Cloud… These all had Shannon's magic touch (and vision + talent).

Banking on Small Business

Banking on Small Business

Falcon National Bank began as a small community bank with just one location in Foley, MN in 2003; born out of a void in the market for a locally owned bank that provided personalized service. Its assets portfolio was in the $4.5M range. Today, the brand operates six locations...

Venture Awaits

Venture Awaits

Great North Ventures invests in people. Since 2006, the founders have invested in over 60 startups. The company has over 50 advisors who are involved in the fund, with names and corporate connections of the likes of Google, Pinterest, Target, and Walmart to name a few.

Stearns Bank Strong

Stearns Bank Strong

Stearns Bank N.A. is a full-service bank and a nationwide leader in commercial construction lending, USDA and SBA lending and equipment financing. Based in Central Minnesota, where it was first chartered in 1912 as Stearns County State Bank, the company has expanded to multiple locations in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida, and has employees working remotely from 20+ states. 

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Changing Banking for Good

Changing Banking for Good

Capital One is a nationally recognized brand with thousands of employees around the globe, so it may be surprising to know just how much the company prides itself on ensuring each individual matters and feels seen, whether as an Associate or a Customer.

WSB: Forging Ahead

WSB: Forging Ahead

WSB is a design and consulting firm specializing in engineering, community planning, environmental, and construction services. Created in 1995, WSB serves the sectors of transportation, construction, community, environment, energy, and transportation.