Success Stories

Nobody defines success better than our area businesses! Have a success story you’d like to share? Request a visit on our Business Visitation page. Need some inspiration? Check out the stories below.

Gail Ose at TREK

Gail Ose at TREK

Gail Ose was the featured speaker at TREK on June 7. Gail recently opened Serendipity Art Hub in Thief River Falls, MN. She offers painting classes taught from the perspective of Heart, Soul, and Spirit.

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Angie Westling at TREK

As a young person, Angie watched her father (a business owner) answer calls from customers at all hours of the day or night and told herself that she never wanted to own her own business. Fast-forward through the years and a variety of...

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Jared May at TREK

Jared May discovered a love for math in his teen years. He has worked in accounting for many years, but recently decided to launch his own business, May Bookkeeping Solutions, a virtual bookkeeping business that provides great flexibility...

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Scott Ingram at TREK

Scott Ingram, owner of Ingram's Candy Store, could be described as "the guy with the sweetest job in town." He purchased the store in 2017 and describes the first couple of years as “a struggle.” Fast forward to today, and Scott will tell...

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Michelle Westerman at TREK

Michelle Westerman is owner of Johnson's Riverside and Legacy Event Center in Thief River Falls. Her three tips for people starting a business: (1) find people in your admin team that you work well with and listen to them; (2) no matter...

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An Absolutely Amazing Journey

Jordan Espeseth grew up in Thief River Falls. He raced snow cross during his growing up years, right up until the age of 17, “I always thought I was going to go into snow cross professionally, but after my junior year of high school I...

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All Hands On Deck

Brenda Hamre, and daughter Avery, shared the story of BlackBarn at the March 2, 2021 TREK. BlackBarn is a new business in the Thief River Falls area. They opened their doors in November of 2020, offering a unique, rural shopping...

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“The tremendous work ethic, innovation and commitment of the people here in northwestern Minnesota is unsurpassed. Those values have always been a clear differentiator in driving Digi-Key’s growth and success within our industry.”

Dave Doherty

President, Digi-Key Corporation

“Thief River Falls has been a wonderful place to own a business.  I have received an abundance support from the other entrepreneurs in the community!  I love how it doesn’t feel like we are competing, but helping each other however we can.”

Angie Westling

Owner, Hometown Realty


Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

Advance Thief River
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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