New Business Tour with Sen. Harsdorf, Rep. Severson, County and Town of St. Croix Falls Officials

August 14th, 2013 - By admin

St. Croix Falls –The Town of St. Croix Falls and the Polk County Economic Development Corporation sponsored a Welcome New Business Event August 12 for the new businesses in the Town of St. Croix Falls in Polk County. “The Town of St. Croix Falls is excited about the new businesses that have recently opened in the business friendly environment of the Town of St. Croix Falls,“ said Steve Palmer, Town Chairperson.

Leading the tour where Town Chairperson Steve Palmer and Steve Healy the Executive Director of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. The four businesses visited where Big Rock Creek Farm, RM Golf Carts, Inc., Polar Pete’s, and the Dancing Dragonfly Winery.

Big Rock Creek Farm

Big Rock Creek FarmBig Rock Creek Farm (Big Rock Creek Retreat) is opening up some of its buildings and land for rent to the public.

The farm is located about 3 miles north of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin just off STH 87 in the Town of St. Croix Falls, and consists of over 1500 acres, including a lodge and wilderness cabin.  “We hope people will rent the lodge and cabin or the land for weddings, retreats, family reunions, business retreats and/or picnics, or similar events” said Allen Klein, one of the owners.

“The Retreat’s 20 plus miles of trails are great for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and similar activities ”, he said.  Scott Hansen, the farm manager, said “By renting Big Rock Creek Retreat, it’s like having a state park all to yourself”.

Big Rock Creek Video

RM Golf Carts, Inc.

RM Golf CartsRM Golf Carts, Inc., has a branch location in the Town of St. Croix Falls along the Highway 8 corridor east of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, with a main manufacturing facility in Blaine, Minnesota.

RM Golf Carts, Inc. specialty is building custom golf carts.  They design and build limousine golf carts, repair and service all makes and models.  They pick up and deliver golf carts.

Owner Mark Kaufman said, “Golf carts aren’t just for golfers on the golf course anymore.  Fishermen are using golf carts at their cabins to drive bait down to the dock, elderly are rolling around in style at a family reunion, and golf carts make a public event more accessible.”    Kaufman further added “The company’s goal is to expand their business near St. Croix Falls and to begin manufacturing golf carts in the St. Croix Falls location.”  Website:

 Polar Pete’s Seafood & Meats

Polar Pete'sPolar Pete’s is located in the Town of St. Croix Falls along the Highway 8 corridor east of St. Croix Falls Wisconsin.

Polar Pete’s is a local family owned business that sells frozen seafood, frozen meats, and frozen custard. They also have local offerings such as Louie’s Finer Meats, Morey’s Seafood, American Fish & Seafood, Honey House Honey, Comstock Creamery cheeses, Hooray Puree, Big Butz BBQ sauce, Simmer Down and Morley’s maple syrup, American Homestead ABF meats, Sandi’s Treasure Chest jellies, Backroads coffee served and offered on site, Rice River Farms, Bayview Products, Square One Pizzas, Best Maid cookies and many others.

Priced to be lower than the big-box stores and they actually do mean lower…. including famous wholesale chains! They have the competitive advantage because they buy direct from the producers and are passing the savings on to customers.

Polar Pete’s invites customers to stop in for lunch or grab dinner to go! Their cafe offers daily sandwich specials, hot soup, frozen custard, sundaes, cones & more!  Weekly specials and bundles are only advertised in-store or on Facebook.

“We identified a way to bring a great selection of meat and seafood to the area and it has been wholly embraced by the St. Croix Falls area.  We are honored to showcase many local products in our store giving many of our neighbors the opportunity for more exposure to these products.  Our family has been in the business of helping the people of Polk County for almost 60 years and we want to give our local economies every chance to be sustainable.  The vibrant people of this area see the value in a business that is big enough to handle the growing needs of the community, yet small enough to still know you by name.  It’s why people choose to live here,” said Peter Ward co-owner of Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats.

Dancing Dragonfly Winery

Dragonfly WineryDancing Dragonfly Winery is located in the Town of St. Croix Falls just suth of the Highway 8 corridor on 120th Avenue east of  St. Croix Falls.

Dancing Dragonfly Winery is Wisconsin’s newest destination winery. They are working hard to make the very best wines of the St. Croix River Valley. The state-of-the-art production facilities and tasting room are surrounded by 15 acres of cold-climate grapes.

They have a commitment to producing fine wine from Midwest and California fruit that have a natural balance, characteristic flavor, and a hint of elegance. Their first crush was in 2012 and the tasting room opened in the spring of 2013.

“The Dancing Dragonfly Winery believes in close family and friends, lively conversation and great tasting wine. Come and enjoy the spacious tasting room, scenic deck overlooking the vineyard, as well as

the covered patio during the summer. Dancing Dragonfly Winery is a one-of-a-kind destination located on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, just an hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul. We are open year around.  Join us and start your own tradition,” said Todd Schweim, Marketing Director. On Facebook.

The Town of St. Croix Falls is a local municipal unit of government.

The Polk County EDC is a public/private economic development organization formed in 2004 to build and maintain a strong economic base in Polk County through local business growth and expansion throughout Polk County.

For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, or visit our website at

Photos by: Kirk Anderson of Interactive Business Solutions

Ned Albert, Co-owner of Division 8 Products, Inc.

May 30th, 2013 - By admin

Balsam Lake –Ned Albert Co-Owner of Division 8 Products of Frederic was the keynote speaker at the Polk County Economic Development Corporation Business Award Luncheon at the Paradise Landing Tuesday May 21.

Ned was originally from Winona, MN born into a Construction and Development family.

Ned holds a double degree in Business Administration and Economics with a Finance concentration.

Ned’s experience includes ten plus years of national and international experience in multi-location retail construction program management. He worked with department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor’s, Macy’s, Hudson Bay Company and Regional Malls. He also has twelve years of product, program, and market development in the commercial building panel industry.

Married with one son, a High School senior who in the 2013 Minnesota State Champion in the Breaststroke with All American honors.

Division 8 Products, Inc. is an architectural aluminum products manufacturer and fabricator. Products include aluminum canopies/trellis, sun shade, railing, exterior advertising display boards, and accent banding systems. Full service includes design through installation by factory trained teams. All products are delivered fully fabricated on company vehicles anywhere in the US. Lead time for most standard products is two weeks from signed order. Warrantees are half a decade longer than our competitor’s products.

For more information about economic development in Polk County contact the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, or visit our website at

Ned Albert

Ned Albert his contributions to the Polk County Economic Development Corporation L – R at the May 21 awards presentation are: Trudy Popenhagen PCEDC Board President, Ned Albert Division 8 Products, Inc. and Steve Healy, Executive Director PCEDC.


May’s Featured Board Member | Bruce Noll

May 17th, 2013 - By admin

Bruce Noll

Bruce Noll is one of the original members of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) board of directors. Bruce serves as board treasurer, handling all finances for the corporation. He is a banker at Eagle Valley Bank in St Croix Falls, Wis.

Bruce is not only involved with the PCEDC but many other organizations within his local community. He is a founder of Youth Sports Unlimited, which is a joint effort by Luck, Frederic and Unity school districts to raise money for various youth sports activities such as hunter safety, girl/boy scouts or community sports teams. Over the past 26 years the organization has raised over $375,000. Bruce has also been a Unity Lion for more than 20 years.

He grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Alma, Wis. Bruce and his wife have lived in Luck, Wis. for the past 35 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, singing, deer hunting and bird hunting. Bruce lso takes pleasure in raising and training bird hunting dogs.

He says the largest resource the PCEDC has to offer is the knowledge of the products available to local businesses and the ability to bring businesses together.

April’s Featured Business Member

April 12th, 2013 - By admin
Featured Business Member

Schaffer ManufacturingSchaffer Manufacturing, located in Milltown, Wis., specializes in metal fabrication. The company was established in 1993 in Luck, Wis. with a passion for customer service and state of the art manufacturing. Today, Schaffer Manufacturing has grown to be one of the most reputable metal fabricators in the country.

“At Schaffer Manufacturing we go above and beyond the expectations of the customer,” says Steve Schaffer, sales associate for Schaffer Manufacturing. “We are always striving to add as much value as possible to the customer, not just make parts. Whether it’s engineering support, recommending design changes, making prototypes, reverse engineering or working with our customers’ engineers to figure out the best way to manufacture something, we are always doing our best to go out of our way to make sure that they are getting the best possible product for the best price.”

Because of their diversified capabilities, Schaffer Manufacturing works with reputable global companies in several key industries including mining, construction, agriculture, information technology, quality testing equipment, snow removal equipment, ballistic targets, recycling equipment and dredging barges.

At Schaffer Manufacturing, their top priority is customer service and quality. The three main components of manufacturing, Schaffer says, are price, lead-time, and quality. When all three are equally exercised, it creates the ultimate customer experience.

“Any manufacturer can provide cost-effective services, but quality will always remain our top priority,” says Schaffer.  “That is the Schaffer way.”

Bakke Norman Attorney Appointed to Polk County EDC

October 1st, 2011 - By admin

SEPT. 19, 2011

Adam Jarchow, an attorney with the Bakke Norman Law Firm with offices in New Richmond, Baldwin and Menomonie, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation in September.

Jarchow said he is pleased to serve on the board and assist with its mission of serving to build and maintain a strong economic base in Polk County.

“As someone who represents small businesses and municipalities in Polk County and greater northwestern Wisconsin, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that a well-functioning economic development organization can have on job creation,” said Jarchow.  “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help the EDC carry out its mission of growing Polk County businesses and jobs.”

A Clear Lake native, Jarchow practiced in a large Florida firm and with an international firm at its Minneapolis office before joining Bakke Norman. He and his wife, Barbara, live near Amery.

Jarchow has a background in finance, and said he especially enjoys helping business owners who have cultivated their own companies and are ready to sell or retire. He also works on mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, real estate transactions, private placement offerings, asset-based and real estate-based bank loans, workouts, entity formation and general contract negotiation and drafting. He also represents clients in the areas of bankruptcy, collections and creditor’s rights.

Jarchow’s business experience is an asset for his work with the Polk County EDC, says Thomas Schumacher, principal with Bakke Norman. “As the town attorney for St. Croix Falls and the village attorney for Luck, Adam has a range of knowledge and experience that benefits the economic well-being of Polk County and its business community,” said Schumacher.

Jarchow is the author of numerous municipal and business law alerts for the firm as well as a presenter at the firm’s legal topic seminars. After graduating with a degree in finance from the University of South Florida, Adam received his law degree from the University of Florida, where he was managing editor of its Law Review.

“The board of directors and I are very pleased and excited that Adam will be serving on the board for the Polk County Economic Development Corporation,” said Steve Healy, executive director of the PCEDC. “Adam will add the legal expertise to the board that we have not had in the past. With his legal expertise, his business experience and his sincere interest in building the economy of Polk County, he will add important depth to our board. As another Clear Lake native, I welcome Adam to the board and look forward to working with him.”

For more information on the Polk County EDC visit: Bakke Norman, S.C. provides a full range of legal services, including commercial business and real estate transactions, business, personal injury and intellectual property litigation, employment law, criminal and OWI defense, bankruptcy, elder law, and tax law. Clients include local to global businesses, corporations and organizations as well as individuals and families with needs ranging from personal matters to complex litigation.

For more information contact Bakke Norman at 800.328.5630, visit or email

Board Member Eric Dueholm Profiled in Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal

April 5th, 2011 - By admin

The Polk County Economic  Development Corporation is pleased to present Board Member, Eric Dueholm, who has been recognized as one of the ’40 Under Forty’ by the Mpls/ St. Paul Business Journal.  There is a lot of competition to be recognized for this award, and so Eric has a lot to be proud of for making the elite list.  Congratulations Eric!

Read more: Eric Dueholm – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Eric Dueholm

Vice president
NAI Welsh

Age: 38

NAI Welsh Vice President Eric Dueholm, one of only a few LEED-accredited commercial brokers in the Upper Midwest, became interested in sustainability at a young age. Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson was a family friend, and inspired Dueholm to become an advocate for environmental responsibility. Dueholm has taken that mandate seriously as he raises awareness of green building through self-conducted surveys, presentations and articles, even while racking up deals such as Caribou Coffee’s corporate headquarters.

As the economy has slowed commercial building, Dueholm’s team has focused on improving energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness in building operations. He is also working on an eco-village development for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity, which will provide affordable housing for up to 20 families with a minimized impact on the environment.

— Rachel Keranen | staff writer

Read more: Eric Dueholm – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Polk County EDC Annual Business Awards Banquet

March 26th, 2011 - By admin

On Tuesday evening, May 10, 2010, the Polk County Economic Development corporation will host their annual Business Awards Banquet at the Amery Golf Club from 5:00 – 7:00.

Anyone having an interest in attending, can call our office at 715-405-7655 to register.

Cost: $15 per person

Renewable Energy Fair – August 21-22, 2010

August 3rd, 2010 - By pcedc

NEI Electric will be an exhibitor at the Renewable Energy & Resource Fair August 21 & 22.  NEI will present ways to conserve energy and lower your electric bills.  The Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds.  Plan to stop by to see their exhibit and other exhibitors and workshops on solar electricity, wind power, pellet stoves, alternative transportation, bio-fuels, sustainability, and more.  Food vendors, a Children’s Area, and a Saturday night barn dance add to the variety of informative, fun activities planned.

Polk County EDC Annual Banquet

May 19th, 2010 - By admin

On Tuesday evening, May 18, 2010, the Polk County Economic Development Corporation hosted their Annual Banquet At the Dalles House Restaurant and Lounge in St. Croix Falls. NEI Electric, WESTconsin Credit Union, and the Village of Balsam Lake were recognized for their continued support and participation in the Polk County EDC.