Seventeen area business were honored by former Governor Tim Pawlenty for participating in the "St. Cloud Area Business Gives" program.

Businesses recognized donated two percent or more of their pretax earnings.

The program is in it's sixth year, and several companies - Gold N Plump, Leonard, Street and Deinard and Marco Inc. - were noted for 5 years of participation.

Businesses honored - and years of participation:

5 years:

-Gold’n Plump Poultry, Inc.
-Leonard, Street and Deinard
-Marco, Inc.

4 years:

-Bernick’s Beverages & Vending
-Bremer Bank, St. Cloud
-Coborn’s, Inc.
-Laraway Financial Advisors, Inc.
-St. Cloud Truck Sales, Inc.
-Wells Fargo Bank

3 years:

-Brenny Transportation, Inc.
-Bursch Travel Agency, Inc.
-Netgain Technology

2 years:

-Deuth & Schmiesing
-The Quick Fix Massage Shop
-Th!nkCreative Advertising, Inc.

1 year:

-Heartland Glass Co., Inc.
-The Write Advantage