In Business: Blackduck Theater Set To Re-Open Soon

The owner of the Blackduck Theater is bringing back the nostalgic cinema experience that has been in the area for decades. The United States census estimates that Blackduck, Minnesota has a population of about 832 people. The only entertainment for miles around is a bowling alley...

In Business: Support Within Reach Provides Help For Sexual Violence Victims

Support Within Reach is a sexual violence resource center that covers six counties in northern Minnesota and is the largest and second oldest center in the state. Caroline Larson, Support Within Reach Executive Director, says, “Victims, Survivors and Thrivers, so it really...

In Business: Hudson the Magician

Since he was in high school, Steve Cotariu had always had an interest in magic. “One of my friends was doing magic at a party and I thought, ‘wow, that is cool.’ He wouldn’t teach me anything so I went to the library and got a copy of ‘The Blackstone Book of...

In Business: Loide’ Oils & Vinegars Tasting Bar

Loide’ Oils & Vinegars Tasting Bar opened its first store in Nisswa over five years ago. Since then, three more shops have opened up throughout Minnesota, so you can now go oil and vinegar tasting in Walker, Bemidji and Monticello. “We are set up as a tasting bar to help...

In Business: Pampered Pets Expands To Offer More Than Just Grooming Services

In May, a new business in the Brainerd Lakes Area expanded, adding a much larger, second location. Pampered Pets recently opened a new boarding and daycare business that is not your typical dog kennel. “We’re pet lovers ourselves and when we travel and go on vacations, we wanted...

In Business: Creating Music at Supple Studios

Troy Foss has always surrounded himself around music. After college, he lived in Los Angeles, where he worked in recording studios and in Chicago, where he did lots of freelance work. Afterwards, Foss found himself back in his hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota, and his recording...

In Business: Sonnenblume Flower Farm Creates Unique, Local Flower Arrangements

Since she was a little girl, Mary Schaefbauer has always loved flowers and gardening. “I’d always been interested in farming and I’d always been interested in floral design, and business too, so it just kind of worked out,” said Schaefbauer. “It’s the perfect blend of all of...

In Business: Bemidji Woolen Mills Still Going On Strong After 99 Years

Bill Batchelder is the fourth generation of his family to run and operate the Bemidji Woolen Mills. It was started by his great grandfather in 1920 when he heard about a woolen mills operating in Holmes City, Minnesota. Batchelder’s great grandfather and grandfather went to check...

In Business: MaxBotix Inc. Manufactures Ultrasonic Sensors Used Across The World

Though the product that MaxBotix Inc. makes can fit in the palm of your hand, its capabilities are huge. “We manufacture ultrasonic range finders. They measure distance to object through sound waves, airwaves, similar to a bat,” said Nita Gross, MaxBotix Inc. Vice President....