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Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan Nelson, the 29-year-old owner of Northern Gun and Pawn, embarked on a journey that began in his middle school years working for a local scrap business. Over a span of 12 years, he buckled down and worked hard, hoping to eventually fulfill his dream of owning a business. However, a realization struck him in his final year at the scrapyard – he felt stagnant and unhappy.

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It Comes Down to Two Things

It Comes Down to Two Things

JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, are on a remarkable journey to grow a thriving family business in Thief River Falls, MN. Resilience and faith have helped them overcome serious health challenges and have contributed to the success they are seeing today. JC emphasizes the importance of unwavering focus on their vision, a principle they uphold daily. Their tenacity is transforming challenges into opportunities, creating a legacy of success for their family and community.

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April 2, 2024 TREK

April 2, 2024 TREK

Presenters Castillon and Nelson to Share Their Stories Attendees of the April 2, 2024 TREK will hear from JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, and Dylan Nelson, owner of Northern Gun and Pawn.   MORE ABOUT TREK We are entrepreneurs fueled by...

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Promise Act Grants Available

Promise Act Grants Available

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation will soon be accepting grant applications from small businesses and nonprofits to invest in existing operations or planned growth. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

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Rise of the Resilient Training Series

Rise of the Resilient Training Series

“Rise of the Resilient – Moving Past Fear” is a two-part training series led by Deb McGregor, beginning April 9. This series continues to bring even more learning, connection and growth. Training location is Great North Fitness in Thief River Falls, using elements of the gym to act as metaphors and tools as participants take on fear.

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New Childcare Center

New Childcare Center

Discovery Place is establishing a new childcare facility at Valley Assisted Living in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. The expansion will create space for 156 children and varying hours of operation.

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Upcoming Events

April 2, 2024 TREK

Presenters Castillon and Nelson to Share Their Stories Attendees of the April 2, 2024 TREK will hear from JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, and Dylan Nelson, owner of Northern Gun and Pawn.   MORE ABOUT TREK We are entrepreneurs fueled by...

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Rise of the Resilient Training Series

“Rise of the Resilient – Moving Past Fear” is a two-part training series led by Deb McGregor, beginning April 9. This series continues to bring even more learning, connection and growth. Training location is Great North Fitness in Thief River Falls, using elements of the gym to act as metaphors and tools as participants take on fear.

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