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There's a new name in the city of Harmony


Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Andrew Batstone is new to southeastern Minnesota, but he is no stranger to the cold winters and crazy climate of the north. Batstone was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in accounting.

It was during his third year of college that Batstone decided accounting was the direction he wanted to take in life. After graduating in 1989, he worked at an accounting firm in the Twin Cities area. He also lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for two years. After getting married to Bonnie Handmacher, he moved to Lanesboro. Handmacher owns the O'Leary's Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro and works at the Mayo Clinic.

Batstone jumped at the opportunity to take over Vicky Tribon's accounting business in Harmony, feeling that it was a great fit. He took over Tribon's clients and is working full time in Harmony. Tribon will continue working part time for a while.

Accounting was the right path for Batstone. "I like the intangibles of it," he said. "That's the fun stuff."

Batstone has really enjoyed the town of Harmony since starting Batstone Accounting. "I love it here," he said. "It has a vibrant business community."

Batstone's duties include much more than doing tax returns for people. The accounting business also does work for other businesses. Batstone explained they do bookkeeping work, payroll, business consulting, planning and analysis.

"We do a lot of financial analysis," said Batstone. "It helps businesses do better, and we can see the results. That's the piece that's fun."

Batstone gets a lot of satisfaction from helping businesses, such as large car dealerships, improve their finances and fix any problems they might be having, helping them to ultimately make more money.

"That's the stuff that's really satisfying," said Batstone. "If you dig down deep enough in the numbers, they'll tell you a story. It's what drives those numbers that matters."

Batstone also helps new businesses get their feet on the ground. His accounting analysis helps a new business owner with budgeting and financing, as well as seeing what issues may come up and how to prepare for them.

"That's fun stuff as well," said Batstone. "Getting them off on the right foot, and helping them with what is really going to drive profits for that business."

Batstone is excited for his new adventure in Harmony. He is looking forward to working with his new client .....
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New director brings something new to Lanesboro Public Library

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Lanesboro Public Library has recently hired Tara Johnson as its library director. Johnson brings a wealth of work experience and enthusiasm to the position. She is excited to continue the library's current programs and to also set goals for incr ..... 
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Haugerud named General Manager of SMG Web Design

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

On October 17, 2010, SMG Web Design was born with the hiring of Sheena Suckow -- the first official employee of this hopeful business venture.

By April of 2010, SMG Web Design was encouraged enough by the demand for website development and h ..... 
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Local lineworkers travel to northern Wisconsin to help restore power

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, MN (1:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010)- Lineworkers from Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) left at 12:30 p.m. today to assist Bayfield Electric Cooperative in restoring power due to outages caused by last night's high winds.

Bayfield has ..... 
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Preston Public Utilities offers rebates for LED holiday lighting

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

This holiday season, Preston Public Utilities is once again offering their electricity customers rebates up to $12 for each string or decoration of energy-efficient LED holiday lighting they purchase through the end of the year. Preston Public Utili ..... 
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Loans Available for Flood-Damaged Businesses ~DEED makes $10 million available in southern Minnesota~

Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

ST. PAUL - Businesses that sustained damages in floods that struck southern Minnesota in September may be eligible for $10 million in loans from the Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) offered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Develo ..... 
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Chosen Valley Community Foundation fall grant applications available online

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Chosen Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) 2010 fall grant applications are now available online at www.cvcfoundation.com.

CVCF fall grants are awarded for the betterment of individuals that reside in the Chatfield community school distr ..... 
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Halloween candy buy back

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

This Halloween, let your kids have all the fun of trick-or-treating without the sugar-high and tooth decay that follows. Dr.Reis at Oak Creek Dental in Cresco, is sponsoring her first Halloween Candy Buy Back Event.

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Harmony Legion is officially open for business

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The Legion in Harmony has been sitting empty without any visitors for more than a year now. All that changed on October 1 when Troy Kelly and his sister-in-law, Stephanie Kelly, opened the doors for business.

Troy Kelly worked there about f ..... 
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