Dan and Angie Bastian didn’t set out to found a nationally known kettle corn company. The couple, hoping to earn additional income as a college fund for their children, began a new company called Angie’s Artisan Treats in 2001 and started popping kettle corn outside Mankato grocery stores in 2001.

Today Angie’s Kettle Corn is sold in 50 states and their company, still based in North Mankato, has become not only a staple of south central Minnesota but also a partner with several Minnesota-based professional sports team—the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx, Vikings and Twins.