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Move over, Marie Kondo — there is a new organizational master in town. New resident and owner of Method Organization Co., Melanie Baker got her start in organization when she was building custom closets for homes. "People started wanting me to put their stuff back in the closet and organize everything for them. I realized that I really liked it," Baker said. She opened Method Organization Co. in 2008 in Rapid City, S.D.
Growing up around the business that his father Bruce started, Todd Akins learned the ins and outs of Innovative Surfaces by doing every job the company had to offer. His vast experience in the fabrication business at a young age surprised those he worked with at a countertop fabricator in Duluth, Minn., when he was 19 years old. But at that age, Akins didn't dream of some day taking over his father's business back home, he wanted to be a "ski bum" in Colorado, he said.
In the summer of 1989, a 22-year-old Dave Welshons and a 25-year-old Richard Welshons took over their father's title insurance agency, Dakota County Abstract Company, now known as DCA Title. Richard had five years at the company under his belt, while Dave had been working there full time for six weeks— a fresh college graduate, who had put in hours at the company during school breaks. Neither of them expected that they would be the future owners of DCA Title; it was just something that happened due to timing.
Spring is here, and for many that means seasonal allergies are too. There are many ways to handle itchy eyes, runny nose or uncontrollable sneezing of allergies, both natural or with medication. If you are looking for a natural way to help combat allergies (and aren't scared of needles), some studies show that acupuncture may be worth a try. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a 2015 evaluation of 13 studies showed that acupuncture could help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
Don Bettis raced his first snowmobile at the age of 5. When he was 10 years old, he raced his first motorcycle. The year Bettis turned 13, he started doing mechanical work on cars and two years later, he had his first job in a shop. "My dad was always the type to say if you want something, you better work for it," Bettis, owner of Auto Doctor in Hastings, said. "So if I wanted to ride it, I better be able to fix it." Living in Green Bay, Wis., Bettis worked in many different shops doing mechanical work on motorcycles, cars and snowmobiles.
For almost 20 years, the Dakota County Jail has been utilizing a non-lethal technology that is starting to make its way into other law enforcement agencies in the state — the PepperBall launcher. In St. Paul, a pilot program for the launchers began in February, while the Special Response Team at the Dakota County Jail has been using them since 2002. The PepperBall launcher looks like a paintball gun, but instead of paint, the PepperBall launcher uses a non-lethal irritant.
Next week, the Hastings Arts Center will host two events around world-class pianist, Mariki Bournaki. Bournaki is the subject of a documentary, "I am not a Rockstar," directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, that follows her early life as a pianist. HAC will be showing the film on Friday, April 26. The next day, Bournaki will perform at the HAC. Bournaki has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Her interest was sparked when her father, a violinist, and his piano accompanist would play music at their family home in Montreal, Canada.
ST. PAUL — State Rep. Tony Jurgens, R-Cottage Grove, is working on legislation to help replenish the state's Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, according to a statement released March 11 by the Minnesota House of Representatives. The account currently sits empty after flooding events in Brainerd and Duluth last year. The bill would put $20 million from both the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years toward the account.
Ever play Vingo? This fun mix of music videos and bingo can be found at Pub 55 in Hastings every Friday. The bar and restaurant, located at 880 Bahls Drive, was purchased by Caitlen Wernimont and her team last May. In an effort to make the hard to see location more recognizable, the name, previously Wyatt's Twisted Americana, was changed to Pub 55 this past fall. Other than giving the business a fresh take, the name was purposefully shortened to increase visibility from the road, Wernimont said. The bar has been a neighborhood establishment since the 1980s.
The breast cancer diagnosis came for Melissa Black, a second grade teacher and mother of two, on July 31, 2018. Both Black and her husband Charlie had a hard time finding a word that captured what they were feeling at the time. "It's a call you don't want to get. It's not what we wanted the pathology report to show, and a lot changed very quickly," Black said.