In Business: Heroes Rise Coffee Company Recognizes First Responders

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular morning drinks. So, when Matt Vangrinsven, a not-so-avid coffee drinker had his first great cup of joe, he says that sparked his enjoyment of great coffee. “I love coffee at this point, I love making my own coffee even more. So, with my...

In Business: Walker Farmers’ Market Provides Food, Music & Fresh Produce

“I really wanted to create something that was more like an event, like a weekly event and I think when you add food – which is our specialty – and you’ve got music it creates this atmosphere that it just is joyous! You want to come down and just have a good time,”...

In Business: The Yard In Pequot Lakes Caters To Coffee And Sports Lovers Alike

A new business recently opened its doors in Pequot Lakes that is combining two unique focuses, coffee and baseball. In Minnesota, the winter weather seems to shorten baseball and softball teams’ seasons every year. A new business in Pequot Lakes is hoping to change that. “Every...

In Business: Family-Run Bluebelle Event Venue Open In Bemidji

Opening an event venue was a dream Tracie Lusby had for years. “I love having people around and having gatherings and have everyone be happy, I love planning it was an idea that I always wanted to own my own business since I was about 12 years old,” Lusby said. It was finally...

In Business: Paws + Claws Saves Animal Lives With Rescue And Boarding Services

Whether you’re searching for your next forever friend or you need a place that your buddy can stay while you vacation, Paws + Claws does it all. “A ton of thought went into this building. Everything from the color to music playing to keeping one side of the building separate from...

In Business: Wallin Berry Farm Celebrates 40 Years Of Berries

A little farm on the outskirts of Nisswa has been providing berries to the community for the last 40 years. Wallin Berry Farm is open for the summer and welcomes anyone to come out and pick their own strawberries. “It’s a social activity. People say, ‘Oh yeah, we got to go...

In Business: Itasca Sports Serving The Community For 30 Years

Itasca Sports has been located in Lake Itasca since 1989. “My husband’s parents started the business back then, and we came in in 2004 and then we bought the business in 2005,” said Itasca Sports owner Caren Smith. It’s a family-owned business that is situated right inside Itasca...

In Business: Bellefy’s Local Bubbles Creates Healing Products With Goat Milk

“Everybody always wants his soaps and lotions and we’re always making more, and every time we almost run out than we have to make more because people are putting in orders! It never ends,” says Robin Beck, with Bellefy’s Local Bubbles. A family of Bagley farmers and their team of...

In Business: Off Grid Armory Opening Its Doors In Shevlin

Sam Smith was selling armory from his garage until he decided to open up his own store. That was almost four years ago. Now, Smith is adding the final touches to his shop before it’s open for business. “Our mission is to equip our customers so they can protect themselves,”...