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Today marks the release of our 2014 Profile edition, the largest edition of The Winona Times and The Conservative of the year that celebrates the very best of this community, its people.

Since taking the helm of Montgomery Publishing nearly seven years ago, producing the annual Profile edition is an amazing experience because it gives me the opportunity to really get to know the area's business leaders, political leaders, future leaders, and this year, local volunteers who dedicate so much time and effort to helping others.

In a small community like ours, we have the luxury of knowing our neighbors and those we see every day shopping and working at local businesses, attending high school football games, supporting charity events, and worshiping at local churches. I am proud to call so many people in this community a friend, but it is not until I sit down with them in an interview that I realize each and every one of them have an amazing story to tell.

The Future Leaders section allows me a glimpse into the future of this community, as I delve into the lives and accomplishments of some of our young people. Each year, I am blown away with every bright, enthusiastic young leader I have the opportunity to spotlight. I am truly blessed to meet those hard workers, goal-setters, civic-minded and compassionate souls whose drive and determination will settle for nothing less than excellence.

Over the last seven years, as I follow the lives of these young people from grade to grade and on to college or career after I interview them, I am not surprised by the level of success they achieve.

This also goes for the many athletes who have excelled on the playing fields of our area high schools, then graduating and moving on to the next level of competition. Only in the annual Profile edition do readers have the chance to see how these young people are faring as they compete at the college level and even the professional level.

In spotlighting the amazing people in the business community, I am always inspired by the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of our local business leaders.

In a small community, operating a business can be challenging, but some of our local businesses have been operating for decades, some over 100 years. Even with the current economic conditions in our country, local businesses are expanding or carving out their own niche in the market, and customers have responded positively.

In addition to being successful in business, these business leaders continue to give back to this community with their time and money by supporting schools, charities, and those in need. This is one of the reason this community is such a wonderful place to call home.owned businesses, businesses with one-of-a-kind business models, and this year, we are featuring area volunteers.

So many people willing to lend a helping hand are those with the most on their plate. What is that old adage? If you want something done, ask a busy person. That is evident by the local volunteers spotlighted in this year's Profile edition.

These volunteers are truly passionate about the causes they support, and that enthusiasm is contagious. For me, nothing personifies all that is good in the world than someone who gives so much and expects nothing in return.

I hope you enjoy reading about these wonderful people in our community as much as I have enjoyed writing about their lives. I have said it many times. The best asset of this community will always be the people who live here.

Each year, the staff chooses a specific group of people to spotlight. We have featured the top 20 business people under the age of 40, family-
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