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.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic underwent successful surgery today to remove bone spurs in his right ankle.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Pekovic missed eight games during the 2011-12 season due to the bones spurs.

Pekovic appeared in 47 games for the Wolves this past season, averaging 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was 2nd in the NBA in field goal percentage at .564 and 18th with 181 offensive rebounds.