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Background of Steven F. Reis
Steven Francis Reis was born on April 11th, 1962 to Robert and Lorraine Reis(Denn) of Hastings, MN. Steve was the second child, in what would become a family of five children, 4 boys and 1 girl. Steve attended Pinecrest Elementary School, Hastings Middle School, and Hastings Senior High School all in Hastings, MN. When the time came for Steve to choose a college, he decided to go to Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN. After receiving his Associates Degree in Business from IHCC in June of 1982, he went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Broad Area Business with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in June of 1984.
Steve first became interested in business after working for and with his long time business partner, Lloyd Johnson in downtown Hastings, MN. Originally an Our Own hardware, Steve and Lloyd worked together since Steve was 14. His original intent was to own and operate his own lumber yard, but when he graduated high school, he was given the chance of a lifetime. Lloyd made Steve a deal: go to college, and I'll pay your way for you. Steve took full advantage of this and attended Inver Hills Community College. After graduating, Lloyd again made a deal with Steve: get your Bachelor's degree, I'll pay your way, and give you a bonus when you pass each semester. Again, Steve took full advantage of this and graduated from UW-River Falls with his Bachelor's degree in Business. Upon marrying his wife of thirty year this December 2014, Mitzie, he bought Johnson's Hardware, both the historic Downtown building and the business from Lloyd.
Steve is the father to three wonderful children; Andrew (1990) of La Crosse, WI, Megan (1994) of Onalaska, WI, and Sara (1997) who still lives with Mitzie in Isle.
In August of 2005, Steve made a decision that would change his family's lives forever.
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Steve was always one to give people the benefit of the doubt. Ask anyone who knew Steve and the following words would be a common theme:
Many people have memorable stories of Steve. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, both of Isle and Hastings, MN, he was a huge proponent for small businesses, he would always spend that little extra to shop at a local "mom and pop" shop instead of going to a big-box store.
He always watched out for his fellow business owners; he would never stock a product that someone else was trying to sell to make a living.
He would donate items out of the pure goodness of his heart: There is a man who lives in Isle that couldn't afford a good pair of leather, wool-lined work gloves he needed in the middle of Winter. Steve took a pair of them off the shelf, to the back room, scanned them to remove a pair from inventory and gave them to the man saying, "The first pair is on me. If you like them, come back and buy the next pair."