Fall, 2005 Issue
An Entrepreneur’s Story
“My first product was a TV tower that
I started manufacturing because I saw a need
for a good strong tower,” Ken says.
town has large “can-do” attitude
“The big focus has been trying to get
the community back—to rebuild and grow
the community,” says Tipton Mayor Adrian
Arnoldy. “Building the school was the
big thing because we wouldn’t be doing
any of these other projects if it wasn’t
for the school. Now we’re trying to
keep things going and growing.”
to Memorials than Just Rocks
It’s not too often one can memorialize
someone, decorate a kitchen, reward a deed
and designate a homestead all in the same
place. However, Bell Memorials in Beloit,
provides an array of products that fit into
these very categories. They customize one-of-a-kind
memorials, granite countertops, etched glass,
monument signs and post-rock yard
That's not an old combine; that's a dragon!
Sedentary Rock: Limestone
During Sylvan Grove’s bicentennial in
1976, Duane Vonada along with many other community
members pondered on their town’s heritage.
After looking around, the answer became obvious.
Stone, particularly limestone, was everywhere,
and it truly was their heritage. After all,
there are the old stone quarries, the limestone
buildings, arch bridges and the countless
post rocks for as far as the eye can see.
The aroma of freshly baked pies filling the
air and overwhelming the senses is noticed
immediately upon arrival at this business.
For Don Walsh, however, it’s just another
day at the office and he’s not even
aware of the tempting smell until someone
else reminds him.
Walsh partnered with Rod Krahl to purchase
MarCon Pies, Inc. in December 2002 and together
they have been working to grow the business.
Daily Bread Bake Shoppe and Bistro
main ingredient is family.
“Our family has always been hospitable,”
says Cindy Hiesterman, business co-founder.
“Mom always had a saying that whoever
put their hand in the cookie jar was family,
and we try to carry that philosophy into our