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Farewell to Gil B’s in Lanesboro


Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Kim Berekvam, owner of Gil B’s in Lanesboro, Minn., is looking back on the last 20 years as she gets ready to close the business and lease the building. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Gil B’s, a staple for many in the Lanesboro, Minn., area, will soon be closing its doors as longtime owner Kim Berekvam is ready for a change and will be leasing the building.

Berekvam purchased the building in April of 1997 from Alice Iverson and Marilyn “Mort” Lund when it was the Trail In Cafe. Berekvam was familiar with the business, as she had worked there as a teenager.

When Iverson and Lund were ready to sell, they asked Berekvam if she was interested. Berekvam was ready to leave the job she had been working but was “terrified” at the thought of owning and running a business, she says.

Lund and Iverson assured her that it would be alright and said they would help get her started, so at the age of 26, with two small children at home, Berekvam took the leap.

“There were some tough years,” says Berekvam, but, “somehow I made it,” and has owned the building for nearly 20 years now, running a restaurant herself most of those 20 years.

Berekvam changed the name from the Trail In Cafe to Rhino’s and then it was leased for two years to Jill (Desner) Harstad, and was called Jillian’s during that time. Berekvam remodeled in the spring of 2013, added sub sandwiches to the menu and changed from full-service to counter-style service.

When she re-opened after remodeling, Berekvam changed the name to Gil B’s. The name Gil B’s came about as a tribute to the past. The original owner of the building was Gilbert B. Ellestad, who owned a jewelry store in the building for over 30 years. Berekvam used the name and shortened it to Gil B’s.

Berekvam says Lanesboro and the surrounding area have been “very supportive” of her business, saying that Gil B’s has been able to stay open year-round “because of the local support” that she has been able to count on.

“We get a lot of kids in after school and before game nights” states Berekvam, and there are many customers that come through the door on a regular basis.

Berekvam looks back on the past 20 years saying she “has had great employees” through it all. Some of her former employees have had children that have then come and worked at Gil B’s, which is very special.

“I have been very fortunate,” states Berekvam, saying, “I have had really good kids working here,” and of the hundreds of kids she has hired through the Lanesboro sch .....
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Operation Round Up grants $4,600 to local causes

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, MN, November 3, 2016 - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met recently and elected to donate $4,600 to the following worthy organizations: • $1,050, Immanuel Lutheran School, Lewiston, to help purchase C ..... 
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SMIF’s local community foundations raise $48,000 on Give to the Max Day

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

Owatonna, MN, November 18, 2016 - Now in its eighth year, Minnesota’s Give to the Max day had a record setting year, bringing in $20.1 million in donations. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and its affiliate funds raised $48,000, wi ..... 
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Flower shops will collect tons of food for charity

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in All Business Announcements

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Florists across central United States will gather over 20 tons of food for those in need November 7-12, 2016. Dubbed “Caring Rose Week,” the stores are deeply discounting bouquets of one dozen roses, and accepting canned goods ..... 
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Mabel Lumber fills the need for local building supplies

Mon, Nov 7th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

Orel Tollefson has had the notion of opening a lumber store ever since Hagen Lumber in Mabel closed 15 years ago. He knew that with his busy construction business (Tollefson Construction) he would always have at least one steady customer. But he wan ..... 
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Bremseth Auto Body specializes in excellence

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Business Announcements

By Rich Wicks Imagine having a classic car that you want restored to its original beauty (or better). Who would you take it to? Well, for many such people in southern Minnesota, the answer is Bremseth Auto Body, in Wykoff. John Bremseth is the o ..... 
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Matt’s Body Shop serving area residents since 1961

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

By Mary Whalen When dialing Matt’s Body Shop & Tire Service on the north side of Spring Valley, be sure to let the phone ring a good long time because owners, Dave Blazing and Chris Czapiewski are usually in the shop working on vehicles. For ov ..... 
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Service with a smile at Reicks Auto License Bureau

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

By Barb Jeffers Many activities in our daily lives are not necessarily pleasant but have to be done. Such is the case with getting our driver’s license renewed or getting new license plates or tabs. However, stopping by Reicks Auto License Bure ..... 
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2017 community banker elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Local leader helps deliver community banking voice to nation’s capital WASHINGTON D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) announced that local community banker Dan Christianson, CEO of the $120 million F & M Community Bank b ..... 
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