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6 Minn. CEOs chosen as entrepreneur of year

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WCCO reports that six Minnesota CEOs have been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2013.

The award program, now in its 27th year, recognizes corporate execs who dazzle in areas including innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, WCCO reports.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Randall Hogan of Pentair for business and philanthropic leadership.

The entrepreneur-of-the-year winners were honored at a black-tie gala in Minneapolis on Thursday. They are:

– John Barrow, CEO of Coolibar, based in St. Louis Park

– Megan Tamte, CEO of Hot Mama, based in Edina

– Kenny Nelson, CEO of KLN Family Brands, based in Perham

– David Lenzmeier, CEO of Milk Specialties Global, based in Eden Prairie

– Brad Rixmann, CEO of Pawn America, based in Burnsville

– Craig Kruckeberg, CEO of Minimizer, based in Blooming Prairie

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