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Blue Steel Bike of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a mobile bike repair shop for most of the year and a custom frame and bike build shop in winter. Paul Reardon, the owner of Blue Steel Bike, is the brains and the talent behind the uniquely positioned and successful operation. Reardon’s motto is, “Our frames are one in a million, not one of a million.”
Now exhibiting an indisputably Western facade, the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Center remodel is finished and ready to train a new workforce with state-of-the-art equipment and accomplished instruction to match. A boon to the region, the apprenticeship facility remodel is a brilliant vision with a nod to the future, but rooted in a practical and efficient reality currently unfolding. The apprenticeship programs have a huge role in our community and local economy.
Originally from Rice Lake, Wis., Jacob Stodola attended Western and graduated with a Nursing degree in 2018 and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2020—an exciting time to be a healthcare worker! Immediately after school, he secured an impressive job at Gundersen Healthcare System. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the furloughing of staff at Gundersen, Stodola decided to join the frontlines in New York—a city in desperate need of registered nurses with his background.
Hard work is physical labor—dirt and grease, fatigued muscles, sunburns, and calloused hands. Hard work is also sitting uncomfortably for long periods of time, reading until eyes are bleary and bloodshot, joints are atrophied in place—all of it punctuated with sleep deprivation. Hard work by any other name, be it drudgery, toil, struggle; as well as labors of the mind, like thinking, studying, formulating, patience, and comprehension—is still hard work. However, when there is purpose, the fortune of opportunity united with the promise of something more, the laborious grind becomes an honor…a lucky pursuit to be honed and cherished every step of the way.
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