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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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St. Paul Street improvement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Co ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board ready for 2013

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

At the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on January 22, 2013, new board member Emily Ellis took her oath and was sworn in. Ross Kiehne and Jim Love were also sworn in, as they had been re-elected. The officers for 2013 will remain the same, w ..... 
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Letter about Senate

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I have to share two proposals made within the last week by two senators of our MN Senate. 1. State Senator Ann Rest of NEW HOPE is asking for a sales tax on clothing. 2. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk wants to change the Minne ..... 
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Preston Ambulance to provide education incentive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their first meeting in 2013 approved financial incentives for EMTs and First Responders for the completion of up to twenty hours of additional education through a Transitional Course. Twenty-four hours ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office this Saturday evening, January 19 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest e ..... 
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Fiona June Ramaker

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Kyle and Amy Ramaker of Mankato, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Fiona June. Fiona was born on November 4, 2012, weighing 7 lb. 7 oz. She joins her sister Samantha at home. Grandparents are LuVerne and Carol Soland of Pre ..... 
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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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