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.

When You Come in You’re a Friend

Kim Rosendahl talked about his entrepreneurial journey at the February 2, 2021 TREK. He moved to Thief River Falls in 2003, where he took a position at Dakota Clinic, which has since transitioned to Sanford Thief River Falls Medical...

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Drew Erickson “Rocks” TREK

Drew Erickson, owner of Solid Rock Financial, was a presenter at the January 5, 2021 TREK.  He talked about his growing up years in Thief River Falls, and the secure, stable home that his mother and father provided. "Not only did they...

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Joe Kezar’s Music TREK

Joe Kezar presented at the January 5, 2021 TREK. He has owned and operated a business in Thief River Falls since 1991. Joe has successfully navigated the many changes that have impacted the industry over the past 30 years. When asked what...

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Trusting Her Gut

The story of Lisa Robson’s entrepreneurial journey began in 1993, when her mom and Diana “Granny” Josephson bought “Lon’s Bar and Pub.” Soon after purchase, they renamed it the “Evergreen Eating Emporium.”

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Finding His Passion

All things considered, Blake Kuznia was an unlikely restaurateur. He was young and lacked experience in the food service industry. After finishing high school in Thief River Falls, he left for Duluth for a couple of years…

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Fourth Generation Business

Derek and Stacy Lee are fourth-generation owners of Lee Plumbing and Heating. At the November 3 TREK, they shared the story of their entrepreneurial journey and business philosophy…

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An Entrepreneur at Heart

Terry Blacklance has been an entrepreneur since as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he decided to pursue his lifelong dreams of owning his own business. Together with his wife, Tammie…

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Allie Enge – My Biggest Inspiration

Allie’s business story started about 10 years ago. “At that time, I had a wonderful job at Digi-Key, with amazing benefits and I really loved what I did.” The thought of owning her own business was the last thing on her mind.

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Boom Town

Marc Hanson, owner of Hanson Construction, purchased the Elks building a little over a year ago. He got interested in the project because of the original usage of the building, as well as its solid structure and location. "I was excited...

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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

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Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

Advance Thief River
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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