Get to Know WINCO – Jacob

WINCO is a family-owned business with almost 80 employees. We thought it would be great to meet them!

Name: Jacob Holicky
Title: Production Supervisor
Hobbies: Ice fishing, hunting, hanging out with family

Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: It will be 4 years in July


Q: Tell me about your family
A: My wife, Julie and I have been married 13 years. We have 4 children, Rachel, Parker, Raelynn, and Aiden.


Q: What lakes do you like to ice fish on?
A: Red Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, and a couple secret local lakes later in the season.


Q: What type of hunting do you do?
A: I used to go duck hunting. Now, I focus on deer.

Q: Do you have a good spot for hunting?
A: I hunt on the family farm land.


Q: What else does your family like to do?
A: We like to go camping, watch movies, and we have game/family nights.


Thank you, Jacob, for taking time to talk to me!


If you are able to come to visit, make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Jacob!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG

Get to Know WINCO – Brandon


Name: Brandon DePolis
Title: Sales Manager
Hobbies: Hanging out with family, golfing, snowmobiling, going to concerts and working out.

Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: 6 months


Q: Tell me about your family.
A I’ve been married to my wife, Rachel, for 9 years.
We have a son, Gavyn who is 6 and a daughter, Lauren who will turn 3 soon.


Q: Do you play golf for leisure or competitively?
A: Both. Every year my team plays in the Wolfhound Golf Tournament in Cross Lake, MN. We have taken the trophy home twice now.

Q: What is your handicap?
A: 4.8


Q: How often do you work out?
A: 4-5 days a week, consistently since 8th grade.

FUN FACT: At one point, Brandon could bench over 500lbs!


Q: It sounds like you are a family man.
A: We spend a lot of time doing things as a family. My wife and I like to have date nights at Friday Night Bingo at the Legion.


Thank you, Brandon, for taking time to talk to me!


If you are able to come to visit, make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Brandon!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG

Get to Know WINCO – Craig

Name: Craig Bouta
Department: Material Handling
Hobbies: Concert going, family adventures, sports

Q: How long have you been at WINCO?
A: 10 months


Q: Tell me about your family
A: I have been with my wife, Theresa, since 2011. We have been married for over 4 years. We have two daughters, Coraline, 3 1/2, and Aurora, 7 months.


Q: What kind of sports are you into?
A: I like our Minnesota Teams, Theresa likes the Baltimore teams. We enjoy going to the games they play against each other. We are also Minnesota Wild fans.

FUN FACT: Craig is a big Marvel fan. They met the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy at Comic-Con!


Q: What does your like family do for fun?
A: We love to go on adventures and do a lot as a family. We like to go to the zoo, have fun cooking, go for adventures. We took Coraline to Disney On Ice recently, which was fun. Theresa and I enjoy getting in some concerts. We saw Tool live a few weeks ago.


Thank you, Craig, for taking time to talk to me!


If you are able to come to visit, make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Craig!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– Big Dog

Our First Parade!


This year we are going to participate in local parades. Our first parade was on Saturday, March 12th. Our hometown, Le Center, had their 40th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! We showed off our RP180 and tossed out can koozies and a lot of candy! The weather was nice – remember, we are in Minnesota, 25 degrees and sunny is wonderful.

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A big thank you to the city of Le Center and

to our crew for making it a memorable time!


I am getting excited for our upcoming parades in July!! There will be a BIG surprise showing up!

See you soon!

– Big Dog

Get to Know WINCO – Sierra

Name: Sierra Lanars
Department: Sales

Hobbies: 4-Wheeling, Snowmobiling, Crafts, Motorcycling, Traveling

Q: How long have you worked at WINCO?
A: It’ll be a year in April


Q: Tell me about your family.
A: I have been with my husband, Chris for 6 years, married 3. We have two daughters, Mylie, 5, and Kayli, 3.


Q: Sounds like you do a lot of outdoor activities, tell me about them.
A: During the warm seasons, we hit the trails on the 4-wheeler and go on motorcycle rides. In the winter, we like to get out on the snowmobiles. We do yearly radar runs along with Fun Run every February which is a great chance to get out and ride!

We are members of the Nicollet County Trail Association Snowmobile Club; we help with maintaining the trails.


Q: You went to Sturgis back in August, how was it?
A: This was our second year riding out there. Even though we are in neighboring states, it is a very long, 12 hour ride. It was fun, we went with some close friends. Next year we will be trailering the bikes there and enjoy taking the motorcycle around the town.


Q: What is your favorite destination to travel to?
A: We love going to Duluth, MN. We enjoy watching the ships come in at Canal Park. We also have a cabin in Danbury, WI. There we snowmobile or go 4-wheeling, depending on the temperature.


Thank you, Sierra for taking time to talk to me!


If you are able to come to visit, make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Sierra!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG