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James Wolf, of Faribault, was the Ginger Spice Bakery's first customer on Friday morning, a privilege he was willing to pay for. In exchange for the opportunity to be Ginger Spice Bakery's first customer, he donated $100 to the charity of owner Jayme Hoisington's choice. She chose to donate …

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Yoga makes life easier for Nick Hermer, 54, of Lake Washington, and Patricia Freiert, 73, of St. Peter.

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Russ and Debbie Sirek, owners of Lonsdale Hardware & Rental, were certainly surprised Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, when Lonsdale Area Chamber of Commerce representatives showed up at the store and presented them with a plaque for being chosen as the 2014 Business of the Year.

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Bitter, smooth, and crisp homemade beers will soon be flowing from the taps on 150th Street at the Waseca Brewery.

The highlight of the year for the Faribault Chamber of Commerce -- the 93rd annual meeting and gala -- will kick off with social hour at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Faribault American Legion. 

Weichert Realtors-Heartland agents recently delivered holiday gifts to Ruth’s House of Hope in Faribault. Pictured are (left to right): Sheila Kreger (House supervisor), Danie Sour, Bailey Cahill, Nancy Topp, Michelle Jasinski, Kate Jasinski, Mike Peroutka and Ruth Hickey (Ruth’s House execu…

Weichert Realtors-Heartland agents recently delivered holiday toys to the HOPE Center. Pictured are (left to right): Bailey Cahill, Nancy Topp, Erica Staab (Hope Center director), Michelle Jasinski, Kate Jasinski and Mike Peroutka. Not pictured are Lori Gustafson, Mark Gustafson, Lori Davies…

Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2014" list in its 15th appearance on the prestigious list, according to local representative Cate Grinney. The firm was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Wednesday her selection of Faribault native Jean O’Brien, of the University of Minnesota, and Pamela Agoyo, of the University of New Mexico, to serve as the secretary’s appointees to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education schol…

River Bend Nature Center is hosting a series of opportunities to connect with nature. Programs include: SIngles in Nature, for those in their 20s and 30s to build friendships and relationships, Grandkids in Nature, for grandkids and grandparents to come together, Lectures in Nature, where gu…

Bruce Mills, Faribault Hy-Vee manager of perishables, recently was awarded the Midwest Dairy Credential Certificate for Retail Excellence. The award was presented by the Midwest Dairy Association. He met all the requirements for the award. (Photo submitted)

South Central Minnesota Chapter 710 is a newly formed chapter of SCORE, having just completed its first/inaugural year. Chapter 710 serves the seven-county area comprised of Nicollet, Blue Earth, Faribault, Waseca, Freeborn, Rice, and Steele counties. Chapter 710 earned a gold status in its …

Staff members and sales associates from Weichert Realtors — Heartland in Faribault were among 800 participants at Target Field in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Give thanks. Walk. 2013 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Twin Cities event raised $150,000 for the charity, part of more th…

Weichert Realtors — Heartland participated in the Realtor Ringing of the Bell for The Salvation Army on Dec. 6 at Fareway Foods. Pictured Realtors from the Faribault agency are (left to right) Realtor Jake Piller, Broker/Owner Lori Gustafson, Realtors Mike Peroutka and Bailey Cahill, and Rea…

On Dec. 13, Our Homes South Inc., recognized top achievers for the year at the annual Christmas/Awards Banquet held at the Faribault Golf Club. This year's top winners were:

The State Bank of Faribault partnered with The River Bend Nature Center for “Give to the Max Day” on Nov. 14. The bank agreed to match donations that day up to $10,000. River Bend Nature Center raised $17,500 on that day, and with the matching donation from the State Bank of Faribault it gre…

Dave Lippert was recently honored as outstanding conservationist at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Dec. 1-3, in Bloomington. He was selected by the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award.

Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster was presented with the MCAA Johnson Distinguished Service Award last week at the Minnesota County Attorneys Association annual meeting.

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Two Janesville City Council members, unhappy with the planned hike in the city’s 2014 levy, succeeded Monday in slicing $3,000 from next year’s assessment. In the end, the Council adopted the levy and budget for 2014.

With the sudden onset of winter, homeowners can expect to have their roofs covered with snow throughout the long, bitter season. Along with the fresh blanket of snow comes the risk of ice dams. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers advice to homeowners on how to d…

Carol Freed has been named the college’s executive director for the Faribault Campus, according to a press release issued by the college. In her new role, Freed will be responsible for monitoring Faribault campus activities and logistics including day and evening programming; interacting wit…

The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently helped owners Luis and Ana Del Aguila (center) with a ribbon cutting at their new restaurant. Taco Campero Grill is created with the desire to project the Hispanic culture through culinary taste, decoration, colors and images. The n…

The Edina Realty Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 grant to Ruth’s House and a $500 grant to St. Vincent de Paul, Faribault nonprofits that work to prevent homelessness and help the homeless. A large portion of grant money came directly from the realtors of Edina Realty’s Faribault sales …

The Faribault Sertoma Club honored Bill Lewis with the Service to Mankind Award for his work with Faribault’s St. Vincent de Paul Center. The award was presented to Lewis at the club’s 43rd Annual Service to Mankind Banquet at the Faribault Golf Club on Oct. 15. Pictured left to right: Serto…

McDonough Truck Line Inc. has expanded and opened an additional terminal and warehouse in Dayton, Minn. An open house was held Oct. 12 to celebrate the expansion. In September 1961, Dick and Charlotte McDonough started McDonough Truck Line Inc. in Faribault. As a regional carrier, McDonough …

The Faribault Rotary Club welcomes two new members: Shari Augustin, president of Augustin Management Services, and Ben VanGundy, executive director of River Bend Nature Center. They joined Rotary on Oct. 9. Augustin was sponsored by Pat Gustafson and VanGundy was sponsored by Rod Mahler.

Faribault 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Rick Ormsby was honored at the Rotary’s Oct. 2 meeting. Ormsby has been a member of the Faribault Rotary Club since 2001 and has been involved with many Rotary committees. He has participated in Rotary Readers, Club Services; co-chaired the Internatio…

The Faribault Noon Exchange Club recently installed its new officers and directors. Pictured are (left to right): Renae Murphy — director, Kim Brooks — secretary, Janell Lindblom — director, Ruth Hickey — treasurer, Ken Stassen — director, George Farmer — past president, Roxie Bauernfeind — …

Darlene Meillier of the State Bank of Faribault, Barb Larson from the Faribault Chamber of Commerce, Dave Polacek of Parkland Village, Rachel VanDenBoom from Edina Realty and Mayor John Jasinski preview the open houses at the Parkland Village housing development. Parkland’s grand opening was…

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OWATONNA — About 6 months after the departure of former president Brad Meier, the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has named a new president and CEO.

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