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A honeycomb covered in honey from Ames Farm

The end of October is a big time of year for Brian Fredericksen of Ames Farm. That’s about the time he loads hundreds of beehives onto a truck headed for Texas.

On a summer day in 1977, a girl named Beth Burns roamed the library in Austin, Minnesota, before picking up Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Burns got a sticker for reading it, part of a summer literacy program.

Last fall, Anita Kordonowy of Minnetonka decided to take a long walk—a 500-mile long walk, in fact, that took her from France’s St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.  

After a car accident in 2013 involving a distracted driver, Sharon Nicpon of Shorewood was left with a traumatic brain injury. Initially, she couldn’t walk or talk, and was forced to quit her job as a manager at Cub Foods, a position she'd held for 35 years.

T. Windahl will be the first to tell you that her life has been no walk in the park. It’s been turned upside down and inside out in more ways than can be counted on both hands.

Interior designer Mary McGuire Lynch feels a strong attachment to the history of Saint Paul. Her family has been part of the story of the city for generations, and that sense of place is always a factor in her work as she transforms homes and businesses in the city.

Saint Paul resident Carol Bergquist grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, with her family treated like local celebrities. Her dad was Dewey Bergquist, the weatherman for WDAY-TV in Fargo. He was also a pilot.

Surrounded by a huge collection of books devoted to all types of business knowledge, novice and experienced entrepreneurs gather regularly in the library of the James J. Hill Center to share business pitches, dispense wisdom and network around their shared desire for success.

Each year, the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) nominates community members for its Person of the Year honor, a recognition of an individual chamber member who has given back to the community.

Pippi Ardennia sings jazz straight—without runs, without the vocal “somersaults” they performed at her grandfather’s Pentecostal church on Chicago’s Southside, where Ardennia grew up. “I didn’t like doing all that stuff,” she says.

When Care Connelly worked in cosmetics at MAC, around 80 percent of her clients confided that their skin usually reacted adversely to beauty products. Connelly could relate.

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