Several local businesses were recently named among the ‘Best in Minnesota’ as part of a program launched this year by the advertising and marketing team of the. Star Tribune.
Companies could win gold, silver or bronze in more than 380 categories. Bole-Mor Lanes Bar & Grill won gold in the best bowling category, Michelle Cheeseman – State Farm Insurance Agent won gold in the best insurance agent category, Tollefson Lawn Service won gold in Best Snow Removal Category, Pipestone Livestock Auction Market Won Silver in Best Livestock Auction Category, Hailey’s Hideaway Won Silver in Best Transportation Category, Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera won bronze in the best hospital category and Rustad’s Design Center took bronze in the best carpet and flooring store category.
The winners found out earlier this month that they had received the honor.
“I thought it was pretty awesome,” said Terry Tollefson, owner of Tollefson Lawn Service.
He said it was just a small business with no employees other than help from family members, and it was nice to see his hard work paying off.
Taya DeRycke, owner of Bole-Mor Lanes, said it was “really good” to receive the recognition, especially when there were other bowling alleys in the Twin Cities and other major cities that were also nominated. She said the recognition reassured her that all the work she and her staff had done at the bowling alley had not gone unnoticed and that it was good for Pipestone as a whole.
DeRycke informed people of the recognition on the sign in front of the bowling alley and said she hopes it will attract new customers.
Cheeseman said she was thrilled that someone named their agency and shared the word with friends and family on Facebook, not believing their agency could actually compete with the big agencies. She said she enjoyed receiving the recognition and that for her it was a way to help ‘Pipestone shine’.
“If there’s a way for Pipestone to shine through this, that’s great,” Cheeseman said.
Shining Pipestone, recognizing local businesses and creating a sense of unity and community pride were among the goals Erica Volkir, Executive Director of the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Office, said she had nominated over 160 local businesses for recognition in early April. .
“It took about eight hours on a weekend,” she said.
People could vote online between April 26 and May 21 for the nominated companies and were allowed to vote in each category once per day.
According to the Minnesota’s Best website, the “Minnesota’s Best” program was launched this year to recognize the state’s top companies. The complete list of winners is available online at voteminnesotasbest.com under the 2021 Winners tab at the top of the page and in the new Best Minnesota Magazine.