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Area residents meet new business owners in Harmony


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Things change. People change. Businesses change hands. That is just what has happened in the town of Harmony, Minn., as the former Torgerson’s Paint & Floor Covering, Inc. has recently been renamed: Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings & Stone, Inc.

New owners, Bryan and Lisa Ostby, officially took possession of the business on October 1, 2014, purchasing the business from the Torgerson family, who had owned and operated the business for 67 years.

A Customer Appreciation was held on October 11, not only to say thank you to longstanding customers, but also to give area residents a chance to meet the Ostby family.

There have been some changes as the Ostby’s make the business their own, but overall, the business is still the same cornerstone of Harmony’s main street that it has been for many years. While the paint line has been discontinued, a very exciting aspect of the business has just begun with stone and brick work.

Bryan Ostby has been doing stone and brick work since 2001, and sees buying the business as a way to grow and expand and also keep a very well established business going.

Ostby’s work has become well known in the area for his exceptional and meticulous stonework on fireplaces, custom showers, backsplashes, and much more. Exterior stonework, which is very popular today, is also now available at Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings and Stone, Inc. Homeowners appreciate the fact that stonework can make their home stand out from others around them.

Installing new countertops in a kitchen can transform the entire look of the room. Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings and Stone, Inc. offers many choices of modern countertops that will make your kitchen feel new again.

The business carries many other items, such as cleaning supplies, accessories, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl tile and plank, sheet vinyl, carpet, and ceramic tile. Bryan stated they will be adding more items, says he is “looking for anything to get people in the door”, and is researching the area’s needs for products he could offer.

Bryan Ostby says that the transition since purchasing the business has been “very smooth”, as Brad and Barb Torgerson and Dennis Torgerson are “sticking around and training him”, which has been a tremendous help. Barb is working in the office and happy to answer any questions that the new owners or customers may have.
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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Harmony Veterinary Clinic acquires Cresco Veterinary Clinic

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

The doctors and staff at the Harmony Veterinary Clinic are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco, Iowa. The Doctors and employees are very excited about this new venture and look forward to extending the same ..... 
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Bluff Country HRA Ribbon Cutting Event

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston, Minn. – The Bluff Country HRA will host a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the complete renovation of the Vesterheim Apartments in Preston. The event will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at 609 Kansas Street/ 709 Chatf ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Historical Society conducted the drawing for the winners of the recent raffle fundraiser at their August Society meeting. Proceeds from the raffle will be used toward the caboose restoration and other Historical Society projects. The ..... 
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Search for Mrs. Fillmore County announced

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Fillmore County! Mrs. Fillmore County will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held at “Ritsche Auditorium”, March 14, 2015 in St. Cloud ..... 
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Unemployment insurance information session

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

A no cost informational session for employers on unemployment insurance will be held on Thursday, August 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Southeast Technical College, Room 208. Experts from the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program will cover: UI Law C ..... 
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Local electric cooperatives make history with Minnesota Three

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Oronoco, Minn. - Three Minnesota electric distribution cooperatives made history with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a 517-kilowatt (kW) solar array named Minnesota Three LLC in Oronoco, Minn. Traditionally, electric cooperatives like Freeborn-Mowe ..... 
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