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Bluff Country Woodworks raises the bar


Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

In a workshop resting up on the "South Hill" on the outskirts of Preston, Minn., resides Mike and Kari Odenbrett, proud owners of a new woodworking business established in June of 2009.

While this may be a new business to the City of Preston, the owners are loaded with experience. Kari has a degree in marketing, along with being employed at the Mayo Clinic, and Mike has dedicated the past 27 years of his life to honing his woodworking talents from the time he was 17-years-old.

Even dating back to Mike's years in high school, he was an overachiever in the arena of woodworking. While other students were making coat racks and birdhouses, Mike was handcrafting beautiful, high quality works of art.

And, along with the incredible talent, Mike has all of the tools and the location to get the job done.

Mike even drew up the plans for his workshop and then constructed the entire project on his own.

Since launching the new business, Mike has been very busy helping local residents with custom repairs inside their homes, along with special requests for dressers and bookshelves.

In a region full of older homes, a business like Bluff Country Woodworks offers opportunities to restore and maintain historic and distinct character, while also offering customized options for new contruction homeowners seeking options to fit the decor of a particular space or a room.

And, when people are looking for workmanship that will last, that happens to be a specialty of Bluff Country Woodworks. Mike purchases all of his kiln-dried hardwood from the locally owned and operated Root River Hardwoods, also located in Preston, Minn.

As Mike indicated in the interview, the price of the project is determined by the type of wood a customer requests. Since he specializes in high-end materials, he takes pride in letting his customers know that his finished products are built to last.

With any new business venture, growth is often slow to start but eventually compounds exponentially. The Odenbretts have been getting busier and busier as customers showcase their finished projects to friends and family.

Bluff Country Woodworks can be reached at 507-951-3387 or bluffcountrywood@aol.com.

Bluff Country Woodworks raises the bar

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

In a workshop resting up on the "South Hill" on the outskirts of Preston, Minn., resides Mike and Kari Odenbrett, proud owners of a new woodworking business established in June of 2009.

While this may be a new business to the City of Preston ..... 
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SMIF awards grant to Lanesboro Local Inc.

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Today Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) announced that Lanesboro Local Inc. (LL), the new and highly successful nonprofit marketplace for local food and goods, was selected for an entrepreneur grant of $19,400. The funding will help pa ..... 
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Workforce Development, Inc. excecutive director participating in White House jobs forum

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Randy Johnson, Executive Director of Southeast Minnesota's Workforce Development, Inc., will be participating in the December 3, 2009, White House "Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth." Approximately 130 national leaders from business, labor and other ..... 
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Lanesboro High School grad promoted to VP at PR firm

Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of Brooke Worden, APR, to vice president in the financial services practice.

During Worden's 10-year tenure with the firm, she has consistently produced measura ..... 
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Tri-County electric members donate $5,640 locally

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (3 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009)- Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) enrolled in Operation Round Up (ORU) recently gave $5,640 in donations to worthy causes in September. The ORU Trust Board approved the following donations at its Se ..... 
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Tri-County Electric's power supplier seeks smart grid monies through stimulus bill

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (7:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 2009)- Tri-County Electric Cooperative's (TEC's) wholesale power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative, has submitted a $70 million stimulus funding application to the U.S. Department of Energy for smart grid techno ..... 
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Business update

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

Jeffrey Eickhoff was elected president of The Fillmore County Farm Bureau at the annual meeting which was held September 24, 2009, at the Fillmore County Farm Bureau Office in Preston. Jeff said, "It is an honor to be the next president of the Fillm ..... 
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Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes receives Conservation Award

Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Business Announcements

State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes of Winona is one of seven Minnesota state legislators who had a perfect voting record on conservation issues in 2009 and will receive a "100% Minnesotan" award Monday in Minneapolis, the Conservation Minnesota Voter ..... 
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