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.


Lake Central Insurance Services: Your one-stop shop for all of your insurance needs.

The Maple Lake Lake Central Insurance Services office is located on the corner of Division Street and Birch Avenue.



The Hitching Post: Fine food, friendly atmosphere

The Hitching Post is conveniently situated between Clearwater and Annandale on Hwy. 24.

Stacy and Donny Handeland (center), with employees Tracy Rapinac, Ashley Gries , Casey Poirier and Josh Glunz, stand ready to welcome Maple Lake area residents to the Hitching Post.


Donny and Stacy Handeland invite Maple Lake-area residents to partake of the fine food and friendly atmosphere to be found at the Hitching Post, conveniently situated between Clearwater and Annandale on Highway 24.

“We’re just nine miles from Maple Lake,” Donny said. “It’s easier access than people might think. We’re on the Wright County Snowmobile Trail, too.”

His brother, Tom, who also runs a similar establishment in Marshall, took ownership of the former Lake Center Bar and Grill in April 2011. As general manager and head chef, Donny is happy to report that the Hitching Post has experienced steady growth ever since.

“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made here,” he said. “It’s a busy place, and we have the finest food around.”

Grill and Bar


Northstar Granite Tops: Exceptional quality, value and craftsmanship

Co-owner Steve Bobick shows a few examples of strong, beautiful and unique granite cuttings.

Northstar Granite Tops offers a near-infinite selection of stones, colors and textures.

Co-owner Rock Bobick helps customers Kelli and Ryan Hank of Oak Grove find the perfect stone piece for their purposes.

Employee Bob Harvey polishes a countertop surface in Northstar’s production shop.



Country Chevrolet: Award-winning autos, available in Annandale

Country Chevrolet is located at 840 East Elm Street, off Highway 55 in Annandale.

Co-owners Joel Diers and Patrick Francis welcome the public to an open house Thursday, September 26, through Saturday, September 28.

Joel Diers is enjoying his 44th year selling cars, with 21 of them at Country Chev.



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