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Class of 2007

5 different backgrounds, 5 shared strengths

Compiled by Amy Trang

Originally ran: January 1, 2008

Leaders come in different forms. Some are born leaders, while others grow over time. 

These individuals are different, but they all have something in common. They know when to take risks and how to motivate those around them. They have the drive to keep going — even when obstacles face them. The result is forming a better business community, making a lasting imprint on others.

In this issue, ROI Central Minnesota recognizes five business leaders under 40 who have shaped the Central Minnesota business community through their innovation, influence and involvement. These leaders have shown through their work that people can make a difference and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Class of 2007

Sandy Bromenschenkel
Home Instead Senior Care

Aaron Crandall
Stinson Leonard Street

Gary Posch
Brandl Motors

Rob Weber

In the news in 2007

The Interstate Highway 35W bridge spanning St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis collapsed in rush-hour traffic Aug. 1, killing 13 and injuring 145.

After years of planning and construction, the Sauk Rapids bridge over the Mississippi River between St. Cloud and downtown Sauk Rapids opened Oct. 23.

Rory and Jessie Mrozek welcomed Central Minnesota's first set of quintuplets in October.

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation raised $11 million to benefit local causes, and its assets rose 18 percent.

Rupert Murdoch spent $5 billion to acquire the Dow Jones and its flagship paper, The Wall Street Journal.

In May, 75,000 acres of forest along the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota burned in what became known as the Ham Lake Fire. Eventually, a federal grand jury indicted a Washington, D.C., man in connection with the fire.

Minnesota's indoor smoking ban took effect Oct. 1, making smoking illegal in bars, restaurants and other establishments.

Source: Times archives

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