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Minnesota Skateboarding Millennial Has High-Flying, Hip Business


Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 2010, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Most 17-year-old skateboarders have enough trouble juggling schoolwork, hanging with friends and finding awesome places to test their boards. Dennis Nelson, a junior in high school from Saint Paul, Minnesota, decided he wanted another challenge. So he added entrepreneurship to the mix.



In 2008, Nelson merged his passion for skating with his natural artistic abilities. The result? HighFly Clothing, an exclusive skateboarding and snowboarding apparel shop for men and women, all designed by Nelson.



"I didn't like most of the skateboarding clothing out there," Nelson explains. "It so obviously wasn't made by skaters. The vibe was all wrong. So I designed T-shirts and hats with real skaters and snowboarders in mind - a little crazy, a little 'out there', a little in-your-face... It's stuff my friends and I would want to wear when we're skating."



With the help of an insanely dedicated partner, a team of supportive fans (including a wacky Yeti with a penchant for texting), Nelson's signature line of HighFly Clothing items rapidly took flight, especially among skaters and boarders alike. "Our clothes are on skaters and boarders all over the country and across both sides of the ocean," says Nelson. "HighFly Clothing is starting to travel the globe."



Over the next year and especially as the end of high school nears, Nelson expects to spend more time creating new designs for the site's line of shirts, hoodies, hats and more. He notes, "I've been bit by the entrepreneur bug. There's no way I'd ever do anything except be my own boss. It's tons of hard work, but it's my passion."



About HighFly Clothing



HighFly Clothing offers an exclusive line of skateboarding and snowboarding apparel for hardcore skaters, snowboarders and fans. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, HighFly is owned by Dennis Nelson, a teen entrepreneur with a vision. All HighFly merchandise can be purchased online at www.HighFlyClothing.com.

NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOLLOWING TORNADO OUTBREAK

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Governor Tim Pawlenty activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist in three Minnesota counties following tornadoes and severe storms. A total of 74 soldiers will assist local authorities by providing security and operating traffic chec ..... 
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MDA Loan Program Hits Milestone

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan p ..... 
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Construction begins on new facility at Mpls Veterans Home

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Ground was broken today at the Minneapolis Veterans Home for a new 100-bed skilled nursing facility.

This building will replace Building 9, which was demolished in 2009 at the same location. Residents were moved from the b ..... 
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Minnesota Public Radio Launches Minnesota Today

Thu, Jun 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

(St. Paul, Minn.)-June 10, 2010-Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) today announced the debut of Minnesota Today, a new online service that aims to amplify Minnesota arts, culture and statewide current events. Minnesota Today, which can be found onMPRNewsQ. ..... 
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Local leaders urge Minnesota Senators to push for passage of Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation yet this year

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: Local leaders today called on Senators Franken and Klobuchar to put pressure on other members of the United States Senate to establish as priority climate change legislation yet this year.

At a press conference with the Mississip ..... 
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State testing matches E. coli bacteria from Gibbon farm with those from ill consumers

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Laboratory testing conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week provided additional evidence that the Hartmann dairy farm, of rural Gibbon, was the source of a str ..... 
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Blue Diamond Dairy is Good Neighbor

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Stearns County couple will receive the monthly Good Farm Neighbor Award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Sadie and Glen Frericks of rural Melrose operate a 70-cow dairy and were selected the May winners of the a ..... 
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2009 Minnesota Quality Award Celebrates Excellence

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2010 - The Minnesota Council for Quality honored Workforce Development, Inc. and eight other recipients of the 2009 Quality Award, which recognizes Minnesota's leading organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to continuo ..... 
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