Amanda and Jeremiah Ninneman opened The Wired Rooster Coffee Shop in Caledonia, Minn. in 2015 in an effort to help revitalize the downtown area. Three years later, their business has become a meeting place and source of new entertainment for area residents of all ages and backgrounds. 


2018 Rising Stars: 20 community leaders in the 7 Rivers Region

For the third year, the River Valley Media Group and the 7 Rivers Alliance are honoring people younger than 40 for making a positive difference in our part of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Here — in their own words — we find out what makes them such an asset to our area.

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Bio: Grew up in La Crosse, moved away while attending UW-Stout, then moved back to La Crosse and pursued a full-time career with the Wisconsin…

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Bio: Darrek D. Orwig holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in history and earned his Master of Arts in historic preservatio…

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Bio: Born in Oconomowoc, Wis.; graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 2003. Enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2003. Graduated…

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Bio: Juan was born and raised in the Chicagoland area to Mexican immigrants, the second of five children. As a young boy, he learned the impor…

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Bio: Born in Racine, Wis., and adopted by Katie and Steve Fleis as an infant. Grew up in Holmen, graduated from Holmen High School in 1999. At…

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Bio: Adam Sonntag has been the City Administrator for the City of Hillsboro, WI since 2011. Sonntag holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administ…

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Bio: I was born in Skokie, Ill., which is a suburb just north of Chicago. After high school I went to college at UW-La Crosse where I was a do…

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Bio: Amanda Hedlund was born and raised in Minneapolis, the daughter of a third-generation Swedish father and a Cajun mother. Her earliest mem…

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Elizabeth Beyer is a data, interactive and video journalist with the River Valley Media Group.

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