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Problem-Solving through Negotiating: Lessons from “Getting to Yes”

Problem-Solving through Negotiating: Lessons from “Getting to Yes”

As a small business owner you participate in negotiations every day. When you discuss your services with a potential client; when you correct problem behavior in a difficult employee; and when you and your managers strategize next year’s goals, you are negotiating. Building better negotiation skills is one way to improve management abilities and become […]

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Fall Sweeping

Fall Sweeping

While spring cleanup removes tons of stone, salt, sand and cinders, fall’s primary concern is the leaves. Leaves, if not swept, will flow to streams, rivers, and lakes causing an excessive increase in nutrients that promote bad aquatic plant life and algae that can be detrimental to the fish and other wildlife. The unswept leaves […]

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Lessons From the Past: What Did Abe Lincoln Know about Running a Business?

Lessons From the Past: What Did Abe Lincoln Know about Running a Business?

Abraham Lincoln rests in our national memory as one of the greatest leaders the United States has ever seen. His image is iconic, and his seemingly impossible reunification of a broken country transformed him into more of a cultural legend than a mere person. But at the start of his presidency, few believed Lincoln had […]

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Cooperatives Define the Value of Working Together

Cooperatives Define the Value of Working Together

We can’t deny that a group working together has the ability to accomplish more than an individual. Watch any Disney animated movie and you can see the value of collaboration in action. Witness the Red Cross assembling and coordinating clean-up groups after a devastating hurricane. Join a human chain rescuing a swimmer in peril. There […]

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M6 Avalanche Single Engine Enhancement

M6 Avalanche Single Engine Enhancement

One of the main advantages of a twin-engine sweeper is that it allows you to operate the sweeper without having to change the truck chassis engine’s RPM. Thus allowing for slow driving speeds while running the sweeper at maximum power. However, recent enhancements made to the Schwarze M6 Avalanche Single Engine (SE) sweeper brings this […]

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Sweeper Backing Accidents

We sweep thousands of miles each year, and most of these miles are swept going forward. Although the majority of accidents occur while sweepers are going forward, about 30 percent of accidents occur when the sweeper is moving in reverse. The fact that most backing accidents are preventable, emphasis must be placed on safe backing […]

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Sweeper Graphics Do’s, Don’ts

Sweeper Graphics Do’s, Don’ts

Sweeper graphics are a great way to advertise a business or create an identity for your business. The sides of the sweeper can be a moving billboard so why not take advantage of the space. Here are some helpful ideas on steps you can take to determine what kind of graphics to place on your […]

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Stearns Bank Named #1 Top Performing Bank in the Nation

Central Minnesota-based bank receives top designation for the second year in a row American Banker magazine has once again named Stearns Bank the top performing bank in the nation among banks with $2 to $10 billion in assets. The ranking is based on a three-year average return on equity. Stearns Bank earned the top spot […]

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Staying Informed: Anticipating and Preparing for Economic Challenges

Staying Informed: Anticipating and Preparing for Economic Challenges

With recent tax cuts, low interest rates, and productive spending, the US economy is currently in a strong position. Yet in recent months, financial experts have been warning of a possible economic downturn. Cyclical upturns and downturns are a normal part of a free market economy, but those low points can still have consequences for […]

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A Culture of Safe Operators

A Culture of Safe Operators

With an ever-present focus on safety, working toward the elimination of incidents in your company is a top priority. One of the best ways to make progress toward the elimination of injuries on the job is by creating a culture of safe operators. A safety culture is defined by OSHA as the “attitude, beliefs, perceptions, […]

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