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Touch of Nature


Fri, Sep 3rd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

In the midst of all the reports of foreclosures, rising unemployment, and threats of a double dip recession, it is refreshing to see someone with the courage to step out and undertake a new business venture here in Fillmore County. Many of you may have noticed the Touch of Nature sign along Highway 16 across from the Fillmore County Airport and wondered about it. Curiosity finally got the best of me, and one day while driving to Spring Valley I had my husband slow down enough so I could write down the telephone number listed on the sign. One quick call and an interview later, my curiosity was satisfied and here's the story. Or, as Paul Harvey used to say: page two.

Jennifer Mulhern is the owner and operator of the newest massage business in the county, which is located on her husband, Mitch's, family farm. "Many locals still think of this as Grandma Emma's farm," Jen smiled. Jen herself grew up and graduated from high school in Spring Valley in 1996. The next year she graduated from cosmetology school and over the next few years worked in both cosmetology and day care. She also worked for five years at the Mayo Clinic. However, her first love has always been massage, so in the spring of 2007, she enrolled in the Minnesota School of Business massage program, Rochester campus, and earned her associate degree in massage therapy by attending evening classes.

"I couldn't have done this without the support of my family," she explained. "They have been just tremendous." Mitch built the facility for her and decorated the interior with barn boards from an old barn, giving it a very unique décor. Even the name, Touch of Nature, is fitting for her rural setting where you can glimpse deer feeding and their labs roaming the yard. Even the oils she uses are all natural, unscented oils.

During the construction of Touch of Nature, Jen worked as a massage therapist in Spring Valley for about six months. The therapist there was moving ,so Jen felt this would be a good time to venture out on her own and not infringe on someone else's territory. "Mitch started construction last fall," Jen said, "right during deer season," she added with a smile. Knowing that was a sacrifice for him, she is very thankful he was willing to do the work for her, which was completed in May, and she was finally open for business.

Jen's clients have ranged in age from 14 to 92. "Massage is my way to help people of all ages," she commented. "Doctors and nurses .....
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Lanesboro graduate named to PRWeek's 2010 '40 under 40' list

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

MINNEAPOLIS, August 4, 2010 - Weber Shandwick today announced that Brooke Worden was named to PRWeek's 2010 "40 Under 40" list profiling professionals, nominated by colleagues, who have made significant contributions to their agencies, clients and o ..... 
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TEC CREWS WORKING TO RESTORE POWER

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
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Rushford, MN (8 am August 13, 2010) - Storms rolling through southeastern Minnesota this morning are causing a number of power outages to members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). Line crews have been on the scene since 6:30 a.m. repairing st ..... 
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Historic Bluff Country celebrates 25 years

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
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Southeast Minnesota Historic Bluff Country Regional Convention & Visitor's Bureau is Celebrating 25 years and you're invited!

Join Historic Bluff Country for a day of celebration and memories on Monday, August 23, 2010, at the Old Barn Resor ..... 
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Spring Valley has a winner

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Congratulations to Robert King of Grand Meadow. King won $30,000 by playing the Lottery's Joker's Wild Crossword scratch game. King claimed the prize on July 27, 2010. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. Broadway St. in Spring Vall ..... 
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We have a winner!

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
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Joan and Michael Clement, Preston Chamber members, donated a beautiful Heat & Glo decorative outdoor gas patio campfire, with decorative logs, to give away at the Big Boy Toy Show at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 31. The winner was Troy Danielso ..... 
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Three watersheds in the Root River eligible to receive almost $2 million in cost-share funds

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
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Almost $2 million of financial assistance for federal fiscal year 2010 is now available for a limited time for projects in Rush-Pine creek watershed in Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties and for Watson Creek watershed and the Upper South Fork of ..... 
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AgStar Fund Solicits Grant Requests for Rural Emergency Response Departments $50,000 is available for rural communities in AgStar's local service area

Thu, Jul 29th, 2010
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MANKATO, Minn. (July 29, 2010) -The AgStar Fund for Rural America, AgStar Financial Services' corporate giving program, is proud to announce they are accepting applications for their Emergency Response Services (EMS) Grant Program. T ..... 
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Lanesboro High School graduate named one of Business Journal's 25 Women to Watch

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
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MINNEAPOLIS - June 30, 2010 - Brooke Worden, a vice president in the Financial Services practice, was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the publication's 25 Women to Watch.

Worden was recognized by the Busines ..... 
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