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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Page 3 Knakmuhs One of the big pluses for him and his wife, Becky, who also works in the Tracy office is that it is really nice to be able to see the grandchildren on a very frequent basis. Kerry and Becky's son Justin is also looking at join- ing the company after he graduates from college. The Knakmuhs' also have a daughter Andrea who is head chef at the Marshall Country club. "We are very fortunate to have them stick around and being able to make that happen," he said. Along with four loca- tions, the company has grown to 11 employees. Technology has probably been the single most change for the business. "People are changing, they have to have good technical skills to work in this business, computer knowledge is a must," said Knakmuhs. Knakmuhs feels the inter- net has increasingly affected the insurance business. However out here there are people that still want to do business face to face. Knakmuhs says that gov- ernment regulations have had a lot of affect on insurance. He noted that crop insurance and health insurance have seen a lot of change due to government regulation. From page 1 Dick Knakmuhs in front of Knakmuhs Insurance Agency. He is concerned what role private agencies will serve when, and if the new health care bill goes into effect. When change happens they might have to look at other areas for growth in the business. Technology has really helped in that respect. The elder Knakmuhs, Dick, still maintains his office and visits several times a week as his health permits. Kerry said, "like my father, I probably will never the first really retire -- unless my health forces me into it." "Overall this has been a perfect situation, we enjoy living in the area, and the insurance business has been a good business. If I had it to do all over again, I probably would not have changed much," said Knakmuhs. The agency is holding an open house Friday November 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Walnut Grove. 00 • • • • • • • • • • • 00 • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • If you see news happening or have a • • story idea call our News Tip Line. • • 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 • Due to staff limitations we may not • always be able to respond to your tips or • • ideas. However we will do our best to give • every call full regard. • Thank you for your help and consideration. • Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 1-800-410-1859 Kottke Century Farm ~ From page 1 They also set up lights in the yard so they ~uld play croquet at night. When Ole quit farm- ing he moved to Westbrook and started the local Skelly Station. His son Oliver eventu- ally took it over and he sold it to Roger Knudson. After that Ollie moved back to the farm until about 1988. Ron and Shari start- ed farming it in 1995. Today he and his son, Josh, farm about 700 acres together. Ron is also a CPA and has a tax practice in St. Paul. Shari also works in St. Paul at the Department of Human Services. Their daughter Micara is a CPA and lives in New Market Standing: Ole, Thor, Albert, and Martin Kleven. Seated: Their mother Kristi with her husband Todd Baker, they have two The family continues children Sophie and the tradition of playing Eva. croquet playing it at Their son Travis is a family and friend get CPA and lives in togethers, although not Rosemount with his under the lights any- wife Ashley (Paplow). more. The Kleven farm in the late forties. CLASSIFIED ADS -..SMALL PRICE - BIG RESULTS Sentinel Tribune presents .... Give & Get back for the Month of November! - r..= PO Box 71 • Westbrook, MN 56183 Donate 5 Non-perishable items at the sponsoring locations and register to win a $100 shopping spree to Maynard's in Westbrook. All items will go to Mary & Martha's Pantry. 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