One was born in Somalia, the other in Marshall, Minnesota. On the surface, Hudda Ibrahim and Shannon Wiger may not seem to have much in common—with the exception of their adopted hometown. Both community leaders have chosen to make St. Cloud their home. Their passion for the city sums up a new vitality in the region, bringing together entrepreneurial spirit with community engagement.
“I was planning to move to Minneapolis,” says Wiger, director of business development for the Minneapolis- and St. Cloud-based law firm Moss & Barnett PA. Wiger is one of two partners running Spring Hill Capital, a firm that is renovating some of St. Cloud’s historic downtown buildings. She’s also helping launch a business incubator. While working for a year in Scotland, the 2004 College of St. Benedict graduate realized “how much I really appreciated the small-town feel of St. Cloud.” For Wiger, the mother of twin boys and a toddler, the region is not only a great place to raise a family; she sees “so many opportunities” for people to launch and grow businesses.