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Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

Carlson Craft has achieved G7 Master Printer certification for digital toner/laser printing, joining an elite group of proof and print service providers. There are just 45 certified printers in Minnesota and 1,103 nationwide.

The story behind Bann Business Solutions is anything but boring. Originally a manufacturer of business forms, the Minnesota-based company, then known as Bann Printing, launched in 1939 under the leadership of William J. Bann. He later handed over the keys to his son Richard (Dick), who created new staff positions and built a spacious production plant in Eagan.

The fun doesn't stop at 50. Additional suppliers responded to this year's Top Suppliers survey, but just missed this year's list. Here are some of them:

It's easy to dismiss the career ambitions of teenagers. After all, high school is a place for developing skills to take to college where self-discovery happens. Joe Kluessendorf is an exception to this rule.

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