Reliable Auto Care: Trustworthy, local, expert care

Reliable Auto Care has been serving drivers’ automotive needs at 1018 Hwy. 55 East in Buffalo since 2005.

Jeff and Kris Jackson, owners of Reliable Auto Care, offer professional service with a personal touch.

Lead mechanic Shane Harner. Together, Jeff and Shane bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the job. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Here in the northland, winter conditions can – and do – take their toll on our vehicles. So, whenever snow, salt or subzero temperatures wreak havoc on our main source of transportation, it’s nice to know that trustworthy, expert care can be found close to home.
At 1018 Hwy. 55 East in Buffalo, Reliable Auto Care has been serving drivers’ automotive needs since 2005, covering an  A-to-Z spectrum of issues from basic maintenance to sophisticated diagnostics. For most makes and models, this one-stop shop is equipped to address just about any problem with brakes, tires, shocks, suspension, steering, and more. 

Maple Lake Wine & Spirits: Your local go-to source for spirits, etc.

Maple Lake Wine & Spirits is located at 901 East Hwy. 55, next to Cenex Lake Region Co-op.

The store features a wide variety of wines, including many that are Minnesota-made.

Store Manager Carole Bestland welcomes one and all to Maple Lake Wine & Spirits.

Carole assists customer Ursula Heifort with a few holiday purchases. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Maple Lake Wine & Spirits has just celebrated its fourth anniversary in a new building at 901 East Highway 55, next to Cenex Lake Region Co-op, but its history goes back much farther than that. Prior to moving across the highway on November 15, 2010, the municipal liquor store had been located next door to H&H Sport Shop for 15 years, and previous to that, operated from a downtown location where both on and off premises sales were offered. Its most recent incarnation is the store’s biggest yet, with many more products in a much larger space. 
Owned by the City of Maple Lake, Maple Lake Wine & Spirits exists for the benefit of Maple Lake’s residents, turning 100 percent of its profits back to the community’s General Fund, helping to keep the cost of running the city to a minimum for its taxpayers.

Buffalo Verizon: Connecting people and enhancing lives

Facing Highway 55 from its home at 637 Ryan’s Way in Buffalo, this hometown outlet is a premium, full-service Verizon store.

Verizon Wireless Zone Premium Retailers Bob and Shawn Cheney invite you to visit and explore the variety of products and services they have to offer.

The Wireless Zone carries a wide array of popular electronic devices to please everyone, from the most adventuresome to the most traditional.

Wireless consultant Dan King is part of a team of trained and knowledgeable employees. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
Buffalo-area residents can find a fast, easy way to stay connected with friends, family and community by simply stopping in at their local, family-owned Verizon Wireless Zone Premium Retailer. 
Facing Highway 55 from its home at 637 Ryan’s Way in Buffalo, this hometown outlet, owned by Bob Cheney and his son, Shawn, is a premium, full-service Verizon store.
“Pretty much, anything you can do at any other Verizon store, you can do here,” Shawn said.
And that encompasses quite a bit. In addition to popular electronic devices such as phones, tablets, mobile Wi-Fi and a large selection of accessories, they also service phone issues, and Shawn says that 70 percent of what they do is teaching people to use their devices.
Connecting with people

Park Terrace Assisted-Living and Memory Care: Accent on independence

At 613 Montrose Blvd. in Buffalo, Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care offers comfortable senior apartments in a warm and welcoming environment.

Members of the Park Terrace staff. Standing: Cheri Aldrich, Kathy Smith, Heidi Ewing, Kayla Elsenpeter, Brandy Bauers, Stacy Mauk, Adam Wilson. Sitting: Nancy Elam, resident Al Bernstein and Director Jill Pingel.

Veteran Al Bernstein, a resident since January 2010, with Jill Pingel, director of Assisted Living.

All residents of Park Terrace enjoy restaurant-style dining with a daily special. (Photos by Katie Friedman)
For seasoned citizens seeking assistance with daily living activities while wishing also to maintain their independence, Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care offers comfortable senior apartments in a warm and welcoming environment, fastidiously overseen by a competent staff of caring professionals. 
Opened on Montrose Boulevard near Buffalo Lake in 2007, Park Terrace has been delivering personalized physical, emotional and spiritual care to every resident on its scenic lakeside campus for seven years now, and Director Jill Pingel has been there from the start. 
The comforting, homey feeling that visitors notice when walking in, she says, is just one example of Park Terrace’s steadfast mission to provide good service. Assuming responsibility for nursing, dietary planning, activities and office duties, a staff of more than 50 keeps a round-the-clock schedule, 365 days a year.

Andy's Pro Tire & Auto: Small-town attitude. Big time service.

At Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service, in Annandale at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highway 55, the refurbished grille of a ’56 Chevy hails passersby.

Owner Andy Schieber and his crew keep a commitment to quality that has consistently earned the loyalty of return customers for miles around.

Service writer and knowledgeable auto technician Chip Mandel is a longtime employee of Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service.

Technician Mark Grieger puts the final touches on a tire repair.
Proud to be one of this area’s leading aftermarket auto repair facilities, Andy’s Pro Tire & Auto Service has been providing tire and custom wheel sales and exhaust work, precision alignment and suspension service – along with the repair and replacement of brakes, engines, transmissions – for more than 26 years. And, operating on the straightforward premise of excellent service at reasonable prices, owner Andy Schieber and his crew have kept a commitment to quality that has increasingly earned the loyalty of return customers for miles around. 
Andy’s Pro Tire Service is dedicated to keeping drivers and their vehicles safe on the road, and Andy’s will service just about any make or model of vehicle. A capable crew of excellence-certified technicians stand equipped and ready to take care of engine maintenance and repair needs, oil changes, mufflers, air-conditioning systems, transmission work and more.

KleinBank: Where You're not a number, you're family.

KleinBank’s Buffalo location, 910 Commercial Drive.

Randy Haskins, pictured on the right alongside his customer, Jim Huikko, is a community-focused banker with over 31 years of experience in the financial services industry. Over the years, he has served as a board member and volunteer for numerous organizations. In 2000, Randy received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedication to the Buffalo Lions Club. In 2006, he received the KleinBank Gene Weber Legacy Award for exemplifying the Bank’s vision, mission, and core values.

The original Buffalo lobby in 1905.



When C.H. Klein entered banking in 1907, he began a lifetime commitment to grow a strong and stable network of community banks. Over the years, banking has been tested with recessions, a depression, wars…and, most recently, a challenging economy. All were situations that called for financial and personal strength. These strengths guide how KleinBank is run today – with responsible financial decisions that serve KleinBank customers, employees, and the communities we serve.


Wright County Collision: Taking the hassle out of those unfortunate incidents

Owner Neil Bateman welcomes all auto owners to address their body issues at Wright County Collision in Buffalo. (Photo by Katie Friedman

Before and after shots of a 1965 Ford Mustang, nicely repaired after a crash.

This ambulance was restored for a customer who drove one like it for North Memorial Hospital in the late ’60s and early ’70s. (Photos courtesy of Wright County Collision)

This ambulance was restored for a customer who drove one like it for North Memorial Hospital in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

With more than 35 years of experience in the auto body industry, Wright County Collision in Buffalo can help you with all your collision and restoration needs, whether it’s custom chrome for a classic model or dent repair for the family work horse. Their technicians, certified by the Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and the Automotive Service Association, take pride in providing high-quality work and top-notch customer service, all at an affordable price. And all of their work comes with a lifetime guarantee.


MP Nexlevel: Connecting the lines of communication, energy and more

MP is among the area’s largest employers, employing 70 in the company’s Maple Lake headquarters, plus close to 300 local field employees and subcontractors, as part of a nationwide workforce that’s over 1,300 strong.

MP, owned by Lawrence, Tim and Rob Pribyl, is a nationally recognized full-service utility contractor based in Maple Lake. (Photos courtesy of MP)

MP equipment used for trenching voltage cables.

From its earliest days right up to the present, utilities construction contractor MP has provided quality work by experienced personnel, conducted safely and completed to the customer’s satisfaction. And over the past forty years, unwavering adherence to that philosophy has led the locally-based, family-owned business to grow into a nationally recognized full-service utility contractor, working with communication, electric and gas companies, both locally and across the United States.

Strength through diversity

MP provides services to the power, communications, gas, pipeline, wireless, and alternative energy markets. Its services include plowing, trenching, directional drilling, aerial construction, manhole and conduit construction, cable pulling and blowing, splicing, testing and cutover of electric, copper, coaz and fiber optic infrastructure. MP also provides a complete network and building management solutions for the enterprise market.


J&J Marine: Ready to rock your boat this summer

J&J Marine can be found four miles west of Annandale on Highway 55.

Members of J&J's crew gather aboard a 2014 Palm Beach Pontoon, one of many onsite in the dealership’s expansive showroom. Pictured left to right are Tim Engle, sales and finance; Justin Peterson, parts and service; Al Golombiecki, technician; Travis Buranan, parts and service; and owner Jim Buranen.

At J&J Marine, service is Job One, whether it’s helping you find the watercraft of your dreams or maintaining a vessel you already own.
“That’s our big thing around here: service,” owner Jim Buranen said.

Minnesota proud

Located about four miles west of Annandale on Highway 55, J&J specializes in Minnesota-made lines, featuring  Alumacraft fishing boats, proudly produced in St. Peter since 1946, and Palm Beach pontoons, which have been manufactured in New Ulm since 1957. Anglers are invited to cast a glance at the many Alumacraft fishing boats on display, including the new Voyager and Escape models.

As 2013’s Dealer of the Year, J&J is amply prepared to help prospective pontoonists explore their best options, with numerous 2014 models in stock and on display in a comfortable, spacious showroom.


The Countertop Specialist: Hometown kitchen and bathroom experts

Laminates are available in a wide variety of colors, textures, edges and patterns.

Frank and Jo Ellen Kopet are the owners of The Countertop Specialist.

Frank and Jo Ellen Kopet, owners of The Countertop Specialist, invite home and business owners to consider upgrading their countertops to the look and feel of laminate countertops such as Formica and Wilsonart products. As their name implies, the Kopets specialize in the production and installation of laminate countertop surfaces.

“Laminates have really come a long way on style and color schemes over the past 15 years or so,” Frank said. “They’re a lower cost, lower maintenance alternative to stone, granite, marble and other solid surfaces.”

Like stone, marble or granite, laminates also come in a wide variety of colors, textures, edges and patterns, from solid colors or rock-like appearances to unique and creative patterned options. And they can make a dramatic difference in kitchen or bathroom remodeling.


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