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November Business Spotlight

November Business Spotlight

The EDA met at CCF Bank in Wells for their November meeting. The Board heard an update from Kelsey Warmka in regards to the plan to offer space for a...

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October Business Spotlight

October Business Spotlight

The EDA visited Minnesota Lake for their October Meeting. After the meeting, Board Members visited Kasey's Country Cuts to present the October Business Spotlight Award. Kasey Stenzel is the owner...

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Happy Manufacturing Week!

Happy Manufacturing Week!

Happy Manufacturing Week to all Faribault County Manufacturers! 

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Sign up for the Succession Planning Workshop!

Sign up for the Succession Planning Workshop!

The workshop is quickly approaching, so don't forget to signup online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/succession-planning-workshop-tickets-66244405801Succession Planning is meant to help prepare businesses for ownership transition. In Faribault County this is especially important because closure...

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August Business Spotlight

August Business Spotlight

The August EDA Meeting was held at in Frost, to spotlight Julie Halverson, owner of Julie's Bar and Grill. Julie serves great food, and advertises through a wide range of...

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Succession Planning Workshop

Succession Planning Workshop

YOU'RE INVITED!   Succession Planning is important for all business owners, whether you are just starting, or are thinking about retirement. We hope you will join us on September 10th at Hamilton...

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Winnebago Redevelopment Opportunity

Winnebago Redevelopment Opportunity

The City of Winnebago is searching for a developer to redevelop a site on Main Street located at 34 Main Street South. The City is applying for grant funding to...

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July Business Spotlight

July Business Spotlight

The Silhouette in Easton is the EDA July Business Spotlight. Joline Pearson, the owner, explained her mom started the Silhouette in a double wide trailer on their property. The business...

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June Business Spotlight

June Business Spotlight

The EDA met at First Financial Bank in Winnebago to spotlight the business. Bill Erickson, President of the bank accepted the certificate. First Financial Bank sponsors many community events, and...

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May Business Spotlight

May Business Spotlight

The Faribault County EDA met at The Bean in Wells to spotlight the coffe shop. Each month, the EDA chooses a business to spotlight at the meeting. The Bean features...

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2019 Board Member Biographies

 

 
Jack Heinitz
District 1

 
Lars Bierly – Vice President
District 2
Lars Bierly grew up in Blue Earth and after graduating from Macalester College in 2000 returned to work in the insurance industry. He has worked as an insurance agent for Minn-Iowa Agency since moving back and purchased the agency in 2015. Lars achieved the Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2006 and the Certified Risk Manager designation in 2015. Lars has been involved in many community organizations in addition to the Faribault County EDA. He currently serves on the Blue Earth HRA, Blue Earth Board of Public Works and the United Hospital District Foundation board. He is involved in the Blue Earth Lions Club and Blue Earth Eagles Aerie 4486. Lars believes that we live in an exceptional area that we must all work to support and help to grow.

John Herman – President
District 3
John Herman has been involved in the family business, Herman Manufacturing in Wells for 40 years. He is the President of the Faribault County EDA, and sits on the Wells City Council and Wells EDA Board. He and his wife Cindy have nine children and their family continues to grow with grandchildren and great grandchildren. John enjoys spending time with his big family and his two Yorkshire Terriers!
 
Brad Wolf – Secretary/Treasurer
District 4


Vickie Savick
District 5
Vickie Savick grew up in Kiester, Minnesota where her parents owned and operated the Home Cafe. Several years later, she bought the family cafe and operated it until she started college. After college, Vickie worked for Fountain Centers in Albert Lea, Fairmont, and Rochester as a licensed counselor. In 2002, she accepted a position with Faribault & Martin County Human Services as a chemical dependency assessor. In 2003, she became a supervisor and in 2005, was made the Social Service Manager. Vickie enjoyed all the years she worked for the county and all the wonderful people she worked with and had the opportunity to meet. She retired in March of 2018 and is excited to start a new adventure with the Economic Development Authority of Faribault County.

William Groskreutz Jr. – Commissioner

William (Bill) Groskreutz Jr. is a lifetime resident of the Wells community. He was elected County Commissioner in 2004 and has served since that time. As commissioner, Bill also serves on the Faribault Martin County Human Service board, the Praireland board and the Prairie Lakes Transit board. He is the delegate from the joint human service board to the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee and from that board he is the delegate to the Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board. Bill currently serves as the board chair of MRCI in Mankato and Vice Chair of MVAC also of Mankato. He also serves on the Faribault County Housing Authority. In Wells, Bill is the Board Chair of the Wells Community Ambulance Service, a Board Member of the Wells Housing Authority, and a Charter Member of the Wells Lions Club. Bill volunteers with the Wells Historical society and is an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 

John Roper – Commissioner
John Roper is a County Commissioner serving on the Faribault County EDA. He grew up on a farm in Granada, and later moved to Blue Earth. John is married to Donna and he has three children Kent, David, and Jennifer. He farmed for many years while working at Telex and later worked as a financial advisor. Currently, John serves as Chair for the South Central Workforce Council. He is a member of the Midwest Valley Action Council (MVAC), and serves as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for MVAC. John is also an associate member of the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers with the Blue Earth Eagles, and is an active member of Hope United Methodist Church. John looks forward to the growth and success of Faribault County.