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Meet Nisha Thapa

Meet Nisha Thapa

Originally from Nepal, Nisha moved to St. Cloud just before the COVID-19 pandemic in pursuit of higher education. Since assimilating herself into our community, she has grown a deep love for Greater St. Cloud and all we have to offer.

The Diamond Arrow Group

The Diamond Arrow Group

What are you doing for yourself in 2023? For your health, your family, your colleagues or employees … It’s a question a lot of us ask ourselves this time of year. What if this year you were more aware of the world around you? We had the opportunity to talk with Kelly Sayre, Owner & Founder of The Diamond Arrow Group and Author of Sharp Women - and it’s an enlightening perspective, to say the least.

Project Optimist

Project Optimist

Nora Hertel is an optimist by choice and the founder of Project Optimist. She’s an investigative reporter, “recovering” from 10 years on the politics beat. Nora is a super fan of solutions journalism and trained to teach it through the Solutions Journalism Network. Project Optimist’s newsletter features original reporting about solutions in Minnesota. Solutions journalism is rigorous, evidence-based reporting on responses to social problems. As a subscriber, you’ll see how people are taking on big problems and innovating on environmental, business, and social issues.

ILT Academy

ILT Academy

ILT Academy is an EdTech platform with a virtual lean startup training program that offers a practical approach for ecosystem leaders, community leaders, and business leaders to unlock the talent in their community and enable more businesses to validate their idea, launch, obtain funding and grow. 

CentraCare Gorecki Guest House

CentraCare Gorecki Guest House

CentraCare Gorecki Guest House is conveniently located right across the street from the St. Cloud Hospital. The 28-room guest house features private bathrooms, family-style kitchens, dining rooms to accommodate family meals, large living spaces that promote relaxation and recharge, an exercise and laundry room, free parking, and guest Wi-Fi. 

Give Back this Holiday Season

Give Back this Holiday Season

'Tis the season to spread cheer - and shine! If you’re looking for ways to make the holiday season a bright one for all, there are a number of wonderful opportunities right here in our communities. There are ways to give your time, your talent, or monetary gifts. Whichever way you choose to give back, know you’re making Greater St. Cloud shine brighter.

White Peony

White Peony

In just under 5 years of being in business, Lindsay and the White Peony team have immersed themselves in the community and become well-known for a fun, female-centric environment that cares about the community.

Jugaad Leadership Program

Jugaad Leadership Program

The Jugaad Leadership Program is a leadership program that is supported by community partners and sponsors; the program ‘Train, Place & Connects’ Emerging Leaders of Color from underrepresented and marginalized communities to be professionals, leaders and advocates in their respective communities.

The Beautiful Mind Project

The Beautiful Mind Project

Awareness around mental health is essential and that those living with mental health issues are deserving of care, understanding, compassion, and pathways to hope, healing, recovery, and fulfillment. Lucky for those of us in Greater St. Cloud, Marc Van Herr is working every week of the year to end the stigma and provide resources to our communities with The Beautiful Mind Project.

Great River Children's Museum,
Great River Children’s Museum

Great River Children’s Museum

If you’ve been downtown St. Cloud over the last year or two, you may have noticed that what used to be Liberty Bank’s headquarters is now the home of the Great River Children’s Museum. Though not open to the public just yet, the museum is well on its way to making a home in our community. Executive Director Cassie Miles indulged us with background, current status, and future prospects for the museum…

The Patriot Tour™

The Patriot Tour™

Nation of Patriots™ is a nonprofit organization that works on a national level to raise awareness for military issues and to gather financial support for the physical, emotional, and economic misfortune that our disabled veterans and their families live with every day.

st cloud young eagles
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.

SCSU DNP program
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).