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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price.

Michelle Haugerud was originally hired in 2010 to oversee the company and coordinate communicating with clients. Over time, her position has changed, and she is now designing websites. She had gone to school for website development, but had no practical experience.

Tyler Grundman found out from a friend of his about the job, and he was hired as a web designer. He also does computer repair for SMG Computer Solutions.

“Jason felt the area was in dire need of tech repair, and he felt it would work,” said Tyler.

Working with Tyler’s guidance, Michelle was able to put her knowledge to practical use, and now the two work together well as a team.

Tyler’s interest in technology started at a very early age. When he was about six years old, he liked to play video games, but he wanted to do certain things in the games that were not allowed. He figured out a way to hack the game so that he could change things to make them however he wanted. He still does this when playing video games.

SMG Web Design has created more than 100 websites over the last three years, but they have much more than just websites. Their two-year contract package includes building the website itself, but also regular updates, online advertising credit, Google analytics, social media accounts, and more. According to Michelle, the relationship with the customer does not stop when the website is done.

“We have relationships with the customers,” she explained. “There’s a lot of ongoing communication.”

Michelle advises businesses on their marketing, which goes beyond just having a website. She counsels people on social media and other marketing tools, and gives them ideas on what they could be doing to improve their business.

Tyler spends a lot of his time doing computer repair, something that he loves doing. He also enjoys helping the customers with their problems

Both Tyler and Michelle work on each website. Tyler said he does the initial work to get the information in, and then Michelle “makes it look pretty.”

Right now they are actively working on 15 websites, which is the norm according to Michelle.
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Napa in Preston to relocate

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Napa Store in Preston, Minn. which is currently located at 108 Mill Street, will soon be revving up its engine for a big move. Owners Mike and Sylvia Steien recently expanded the business and began selling hardware items in the Preston store and ..... 
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Best friends to spend their lives together

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Gabby Gatzke and John Kinneberg have known each other since they were little kids in preschool together at Fillmore Central. However, they did not start dating until the summer after graduation. According to Gabby, the two hung out together in hi ..... 
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A home for vintage snowmobiles

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The whole collection started out with an innocent purchase of a 1973 Ski-doo snowmobile with two seats side-by-side. It was unique, and a lot of fun. Since then, Eric Scheevel of Preston and his brother-in-law Troy Hahn have purchased more than 80 v ..... 
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Preston Equipment still in the family

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston Equipment has had its spot right outside of town for 39 years, and has been selling John Deere products to the Fillmore County area that entire time. Since then, the company has undergone changes and growth, and has overcome difficulties in ..... 
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House fire suspected to be arson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Jade Sexton The Preston Fire Department and Ambulance crew were called to the scene of a house fire between Preston and Lanesboro on Highway 16 on the morning of Tuesday, November 13. The Lanesboro Fire Department also assisted them. By the ..... 
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The Preston Historical Society

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Historical Society has been given the senior pictures from Preston High School from the years 1911 - 1959. They have been placed on display in the O’Hara School located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. However, the following years a ..... 
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PBS to air ‘Dust Bowl’ documentary

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston, Minn - When you hear “dust bowl,” iconic images likely pop into your head: black clouds over the prairie, dead cattle scattered across the range and tractors buried in the field. Those images are easy to remember, but the circumsta ..... 
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Bring it on! Fillmore Central Style

By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Gabby Gatzke Growing up, our parents often offer us a variety of opportunity to try different activities in school and in our communities. For Garrett Wangen, a 12 year-old at Fillmore Central High School, an opportunity arose and he took adva ..... 
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