New Business: Kenny Lanes

Kenny Lanes, the newly reopened bowling alley in Baudette, MN.


Taking the initiative to become an entrepreneur can be a stressful endeavor. Matt and Anna Stein and Matt’s parents, Kenny and Joann Ignaszewski, have found the experience of running a small business fulfilling, thanks to family involvement and the support of the community.

“Our whole family is actively involved in running the business; We all chip in running the kitchen, serving customers, and running the business. Kenny is a mechanical whiz and keeps all of our equipment up and running.”

Kenny Lanes

The inspiration for Kenny Lanes came from a family trip to Duluth nearly 20 years ago, when they stopped at a local bowling alley and discussed how owning a bowling alley would be a great family endeavor and positive addition to their community. Soon, they began making plans to open a bowling center in their hometown of Warroad and even spent time working at a bowling alley in the early 2000s to understand the operations better.

Feeling like the upfront costs of building a bowling alley were out of their means, Matt, Joann, and Kenny put their dream on hold and continued to work at their jobs until last July when Anna saw the Baudette bowling alley listed for sale and said: “I think we can make this work!” The family jumped into the planning, and with help from a loan from the IDC, a local economic development nonprofit, they were able to purchase the business and reopen the bowling alley in December 2021.

“While we all had good jobs, we were motivated to do something for ourselves and bring something back to the community.” It’s been a learning experience. We’ve never owned our own business before. We’ve had hiccups, but we’ve worked together, doing our best, and it’s working!”

Kenny Lanes offers three bowling leagues, open bowling, blacklight bowling on the weekends, and a place to hold parties. With all of the family being music lovers, the family has incorporated musical themes into the entire business including the décor and a musically themed menu that includes burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. Kenny Lanes also serves a variety of cold drinks, including Beer, seltzers, and sodas.

The Lake of the Woods community has actively supported the family as they’ve stepped into small business ownership. Shortly after the bowling alley reopened, a significant power surge knocked out the bowling equipment. A couple of the league bowlers that night were electricians and helped get all the equipment up and running again. Unfortunately, the surge destroyed their pizza oven and upon hearing this news,  a neighboring business, donated an older unused pizza oven so they could continue operating. 

 “The best part has been the support from the community. We’ve been welcomed with open arms, and everyone has been great.”

Kenny Lanes is located just off of Hwy. 11 at 109 4th Ave. NW. For more information check out their Facebook page or call (218) 242-6838.


Business Spotlight: Fitness on Main

Fitness on Main Baudette

Originally from Northern Minnesota, after service in the Navy, Chad Fulton found his way to Long Beach California, where he met and married Vikki Fulton. Wanting to be closer to Chad’s family, the Fulton’s moved back to Baudette in 2002. It was quite the change of pace for the Fulton’s leaving Long Beach, but one that was welcome. Vikki said,

“I really appreciated how comfortable and safe I feel in Baudette, you get to know people much easier here than in other communities.”

Even in a pandemic, people find ways to follow their dreams and start a business and that’s just what Chad and Vikki Fulton did when they recently opened Fitness of on Main Virtual Studio and Gym opened in Baudette. After buying and renovating a building on Main Street in 2018, the Fulton’s saw a need for a fitness center. “We went to the community to help come up with a plan for the commercial space. We put out a survey asking the question “what could our community use” The answer came back, a gym and fitness studio!

The gym opened on September 28th, 2020 and includes treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes, a power rack, pulley unit, benches, dumbbells, and kettlebells. The 23’X29’ virtual studio, provides over 350 virtual fitness classes to users anytime, anywhere. The gym also has 3 ADA accessible bathrooms with showers. Memberships are available at a monthly rate or discounted rates are available for semi-annual or annual memberships. Members have 24-hour access to the building with a key fob. Special discounts are available for families, with 10 per month for each additional person. Discounts are also available to members of law enforcement and veterans.

As with everyone else, the Fulton’s plans for 2020 have been altered with rapid spread of Coronavirus, but they and their Manager Ari Lopez, are doing their utmost to ensure people can exercise as safely as possible. This includes measures such as encouraging masks to be worn, when not using actively exercising, limiting capacity to keep the gym from getting crowded, routine disinfection of all equipment including machines and weights before and using bottle fillers instead of a drinking fountain.

Outside of owning a gym, Chad works for the United States Border patrol and Vikki works as a nurse at Lakewood Health Center. When they’re not busy with work and operating their business, the Fulton’s like to spend time with friends, play cards, and enjoy the outdoors. For more information about Fitness on Main, you can check out or call (218) 760-1147.

Riley Stromlund, 16 Year Old Entrepreneur | Lake of the Woods, MN

Riley Stromlund, Fishing Lures

What does 16-year-old Riley Stromlund have in common with billionaires Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, and Richard Branson? They all started their first business before graduating from high school.


Riley Stromlund is not only a goalie for Lake of the Woods High School’s hockey team in Baudette, MN, he’s also a golfer, an avid outdoorsman, and an ENTREPRENEUR!

When Riley isn’t studying for school or playing sports you’ll likely find Riley designing custom painted fishing lures for anglers who fish the famous waters of Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River, really, anywhere across the country. “The first lure I made I carved out of wood and painted it. It peaked my interest! It was after that when I got an airbrush and started painting blanks that we ordered online.”

Riley is self taught, “I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos. I’ve learned to make my own stencils and different techniques to paint them.” His sunfish and blue gill pattern are his favorite because “They are the most detailed”.

His favorite part about painting lures, “It’s relaxing and I get to be creative. I listen to music and just paint! I also like hearing people who have caught fish on one of my lures.”

Riley Stromlund, Fishing Lures

The summer of 2020, a customer caught a 30” walleye on Lake of the Woods using one of Riley’s lures, “That was exciting!” Not only do his lures catch legendary walleye’s he also caught pretty big Northern’s when he’s taken them to the dock to test run them.

Fishing Lures Lake of the Woods

You’ll find Riley’s fishing lures on local Facebook swap and sell sites or you may purchase his lures locally at his mom’s Salon, K-Salon, in Baudette. Each lures sells for $10. Not able to make it to Baudette, but still want to purchase a lure, click here to message K-Salon.

Riley Stromlund, Fishing Lures                               Riley Stromlund, Entrepreneur                               Riley Stromlund, Fishing Lures

Announcing HRFC Covid-19 Relief Loan Fund


HRDC and HRFC are pleased to announce the rollout of our new Covid-19 Relief Loan Fund. This program is the result of a $3.14 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration and funded by the CARES Act. The purpose is to help businesses that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.


A few notes about the Covid-19 Relief Loan Fund:

    • Eligible borrowers are businesses that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19. Start-ups will be considered if they are filling an essential service in their community.
    • Flexible terms.
    • Starting interest rates as low as 0% with adjustments made according to term and collateral.
    • Loans will be made to businesses in five county region: Beltrami, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods.

Sarah Linda is the main contact for the program (contact information below), but you can also reach out to Tiffany Fettig at (Underwriter) or Vicky Hetteen at (Support Specialist).

Direct: 218-333-6536
Cell: 218-214-2848
General: 218-444-4732

Lake of the Woods EDA Small Business Recovery Fund

To support and assist local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


To provide emergency recovery support to small local businesses in Lake of the Woods County adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lake of the Woods County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Small Business Recovery Fund will aid of up to $20,000 to small businesses most in need of support. Funds will help businesses pay for critical expenses such as current payroll obligations, rent payments, mortgage payments, utilities, and payments to suppliers. Providing this support will increase the capacity of small businesses with a physical location in Lake of the Woods County to rebound from the current crisis and will help prevent potential future blight scenarios. The Small Business Recovery fund was made possible by CARES ACT funds with the authorization of the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners and other local government units.

Funding Availability:

  • Applications will be available at the announcement of funding (expected about August 14, 2020).
  • Applications will be due to Lake of the Woods (expected August 28th, 2020).
  • All applications will be reviewed by the funding committee within two weeks of the closing of the application period.
  • Awards will be made within one week of the committee meeting (expected by September 4th, 2020).
  • If funds are still available after the first round of funding, the EDA may solicit additional applications.


  • Be able to demonstrate that they were directly and adversely affected by COVID – 19 (The recipient must be able to demonstrate a significant reduction in revenues as calculated by monthly sales from the period March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year sales for the same time period).
  • Have a physical location in Lake of the Woods County.
  • Priority will be placed on businesses who’ve experienced a significant decline in revenue, faced closure due to Executive orders, or experienced other extraordinary hardships due to the pandemic.
  • Must be current on all financial obligations as of March 1, 2020.
  • Eligible Activities Included but not limited to:
      • Working Capital
      • Inventory and Equipment to resume operations
      • Business investments that will make the business more resilient to future disruptions.
      • Other operational expenditures necessary to keep the business from closing.
  • Ineligible Activities include:
      • Direct selling, multi-level marketing businesses, etc.
      • Home-based businesses without a physical establishment (except child care business)
      • Businesses in default conditions prior to February 29, 2020
      • Businesses that primarily derive income from gambling
  • Approval Authority
    • The EDA will have the ultimate authority to approve or deny applications on a case-by-case basis and may impose certain conditions on approved projects.


All funds granted under this program shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Project participation is limited based on the availability of program funds.
  • The EDA will provide the business financial assistance in the form of a grant.
  • The minimum assistance granted under this program shall be $2,500 and the maximum shall be $20,000 per business.
  • Funding level is based on the total impact resulting from the pandemic during the period March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, number of applicants and the total funds that are available.
  • Businesses are eligible to receive the amount of the reduction due to the pandemic for the time period less any other funding received, up to the maximum assistance available.
  • Subsequent funding round applicants may receive additional resources up to the total amount of loss, based on availability of funding.


  • Applicant submits application to the EDA. Including the following materials
  • Either prepared financial statements for a 2 – year period, historical cash flow, income statement, OR 2 years tax returns
  • Documentation of other assistance received.
  • The EDA reviews application and approves or denies request. If approved, the EDA may place conditions on the proposed project.
    • If denied, applicant may submit a revised application and repeat process.
    • “Assistance Agreement” is drafted by that identifies the terms of the agreement. All parties execute said letter.

Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants

This program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of $60.3 million is available for grant awards which will be selected through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 1, 2020, in the regular course of business. These are grants and no repayment will be required.

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant Program are now open and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Please click on the application tab below to apply.

Click here for more details.