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Continued: Multigenerational businesses in Lakeville provide a sense of continuity

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  • Last update: November 10, 2013 - 9:48 PM

For the Whites, “the dynamics can be challenging” at times, said Jim White Jr. But even if they bicker, they’re still able to sit down and have a beer together, he said.

For the McDonalds, a clear division of labor makes things easier, given that the business now has 30 employees. Patti manages the office and also makes time to do community outreach, while Tony manages the professional side of things.

“I always say, ‘One plus one equals three,’” said Tony McDonald. “It works out pretty good.”

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283



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