Paul Austin

Paul Austin is the director of Conservation Minnesota, a statewide non-profit. In that role, he gets to hear and share Minnesotan’s stories about our lakes, lands and way of life. Paul’s past lives include election as a small town mayor, serving at the US Agency for International Development, and managing a small marketing firm. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two small children and one very large dog.

Empty A Can, Fulfill a Promise

Posted by: Paul Austin Updated: February 19, 2013 - 9:51 AM
Its a different approach to running a business.  
 
"Minnetonka natives Chad Mayes, Jason Landstrom and Ryan Johnson love beer. They also love our lakes. They put the two together to establish the Tonka Beer Co., a craft brewery that donates 100 percent of its profits to Save-Our-Lakes to battle the onslaught of lake-choking invasive species like zebra mussels."  That was an excerpt from a company profile in the latest issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine. 
 
 In their first year as a start up company, Tonka Beer and its associated Save-The-Lakes Foundation have already raised $10,000 for their cause.  The first grant was given out last month to fund invasive species research at the University of Minnesota.  Its a win-win for all of us who care about Minnesota's lakes. 
 

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