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Growing up my dad was a metal fabricator, I still remember the black welding soot on his hands when he would come home from work, and how hard he worked to provide for our family. My mom was an accountant for the local lumber company, the same lumber company my great grandfather would help out through the depression.

As time went on the family businesses would change, having rented out the family farm for a number of years after my Grandpa Erv retired, we got back into farming. It was never a big farm but it has always provided for our needs, and taught me the value of hard work.

Waking up early in the morning, appreciating the value hard work, and the beauty of greater Minnesota. Even to this day, I find myself helping my brother-in-law on his farm outside of Mantorville by driving his big red Mack in the fall.
Once farming gets in your blood, it never leaves you.

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July 10th, 1999 was a perfect day for a wedding and an outdoor
reception. It was the day Nicole and I were married at the Methodist Church in Kasson. We held the reception at the farm, and it had never looked so amazing. It was onto the next chapter of Marti’s in Kasson.

Nicole and I love our children. I wanted two, she wanted three, so settled on four. To the Martis, family is everything. Children whether your own or someone else’s will give you a purpose for doing the right thing and a reason to step boldly into the future.

As most Minnesotans know, raising a family isn't easy, but it's well worth all of the sacrifice.

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After starting our family, we started Marti Electric out of our garage in 2000. It has since become a thriving business that has lead to other ventures, but it didn't come without the values of hard work I learned growing up on the farm.

Running a business is not easy, no matter if it is large or small you have deadlines to meet and customers to please. Successfully running a business takes humility, it means that others, like customers and employees will come before yourself. There will be times that you are the lowest paid person in the company but hard work and determination will usually pay off. Running a small business means that you need to solve problems, and not just
specific ones but a wide variety. One minute you might be trying to figure out what the engineer is trying to convey on a set of plans and the next you’ll be figuring out how to get people to the next job site because they have a flat tire and a deadline. It takes focused
attention to the issues at hand and a mind on the big picture all at the same time. Sometimes a flat tire is not your biggest problem, sometimes it is totally out of your control, like a recession. I’ve been through recessions, some big and some small, I know the pain
and sleepless nights that they bring. I know the frustration of watching shiny new DOT trucks drive by, which we’ve all paid for, while driving my old truck.

Of course through a lot of perseverance, and a little luck we not only weathered those storms, but we have become a thriving business that is able to provide for our family, and more.

A lot of Minnesotans experience these struggles, and is something our current governor doesn't seems to understand. Even when struggling businesses were given assistance he decided to tax PPP relief even while Minnesota has a budget surplus.

We need new leadership that won't destroy Minnesotans livelihoods, and will be responsible with our spending.