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Business notebook

Farmer’s Insurance changes location in Morrison

MORRISON – Farmer’s Insurance VanderVinne Agency has moved from 219 E. Main St. to 127 E. Main St.

The agency sells auto, home, and life insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance.

Angie VanderVinne, 41, a 1989 Morrison High grad, has been an agent since June 2011.

Go to or call 815-772-8900 for more information.

Thrivent Financial branch closes in Morrison

STERLING – The Thrivent Financial office at 127 E. Main St. in Morrison has closed and a Sterling Thrivent representative is available for Morrison clients.

Larry Cooper, 63, is at 2000 N. Locust St. The Morrison office, where Ashley Ottens was an agent, closed in early September, he said.

Thrivent provides mutual funds, annuities, life insurance, long-term care, retirement and estate planning, said Cooper, a Dixon native who has lived in Sterling 30 years.

Go to or call 815-625-2200 for more information.

Beauty salon opens in Morrison

MORRISON – Jann Brackemyer opened Hair By Jann Sept. 24 at 116 E. Main St., Suite C, but to get to the salon, you have to enter through the door for Edward Jones Investments in suite A, she said.

Brackemyer, 28, of Sterling, offers haircuts, colors, perms and waxings. She sees clients by appointment only. Call 815-441-1854.

Hardee’s remodels

MORRISON – The Hardee’s at 200 N. Base St. is being remodelled.

The lobby has new seating, new paint, a 42-inch TV, pictures, and high top tables for laptop computers, Manager Trina Williams said. The service area has a new counter. Landscaping was done and the building’s exterior was painted.

The restaurant will have wireless Internet access early next year, and the bathrooms will be remodelled next year, Williams said.

Doro Inc., based in Eau Claire, Wis., owns the restaurant and about 80 other fast food restaurants, all of which are being remodelled, Williams said.

Call 815-772-2565 for more information.

Pratt Building in use

DIXON – In 2010, Burke Reality bought the former Henry Pratt Co. property at 900 Depot Ave. for $27,000. Mayor Jim Burke hoped to draw a manufacturer to the site.

While a large factory didn’t come calling, Tom May, owner of Timber Tree Service, bought the property Jan. 1 and moved from his spot on Timber Creek Road.

May opened his mulch-making business, which employs four people, in April.

May doesn’t use the building, but found the 8 acres of land useful, he said.

“The facility was purpose-built and some of it is in bad shape,” May said. “You can’t get trucks into the facility. ... I like the location, and I like the space.”

His service is not open to the public, but Timber Tree Service has helped the city of Dixon handle its tree waste.

National Bus Trader turns 35

POLO – National Bus Trader Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.

The publishing company started in December 1977 when Larry Plachno began to publish National Bus Trader, he said in a news release. Within a year, It became a full-color monthly magazine. 

Bus Tours Magazine was founded in 1979. It is published six times a year. The company has published about 50 books under the Transportation Trails imprint.

In 1986, National Bus Trader moved to the Polo area from Wisconsin.

Have a business tip? Let us know. Email SVM reporters Bridget Flynn, or Derek Barichello,, or call 800-798-4085, ext. 521 or 526.

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