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Business Briefs for March 14

March 14, 2011
Marshall Independent

C & C Custom Interiors receives national sales recognition

C & C Custom Interiors was recently named as a President's Club Award winner for exceptional cabinetry sales by Showplace Wood Products.

This is the third year C?&?C has been recognized for this achievement, which places it among the top Showplace dealers nationwide.

"We are very pleased to present this award to the dedicated professionals at C & C Custom Interiors," Tony Bour, showplace president, said.

"Showplace cabinetry was developed and continues to evolve with a constant eye on the high-value needs of homeowners. While you might expect that we believe Showplace cabinetry is the best choice in its class for people who are remodeling or building new homes, it is personally gratifying to know that reputable dealers like C & C Custom Interiors reinforce that belief every day through their sales of our products."

Showplace Wood Products is a certified participant in the Environmental Stewardship Program administered by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association; details can be found at

Avera Marshall announces addition

Avera Marshall announces the addition of Dr. Ed Yerka, licensed clinical psychologist, to the Avera Medical Group.

"The addition of Dr. Yerka to our medical group is a great opportunity to strengthen our behavioral health services," Mary Maertens, CEO for Avera Marshall, said. "We have seen an increased utilization from people in our region, particularly in our inpatient program. Dr. Yerka will help round out the team approach to care currently being provided."

Yerka has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 20 years, providing services in a variety of settings. He has been providing psychological services to the Marshall community for the past nine years. He specializes in evaluation and therapy for personality disorders, chronic mental illness, marital issues, depression and anxiety, and behavioral problems in adolescents and adults.

Yerka says the affiliation with Avera will help meet the needs within the community. "For me, this relationship is a great way to focus on patient care and be part of a team dedicated to serving the needs of those in our community," he said. Yerka will begin providing services in April.

Yerka formerly had an independent practice in Marshall. He will continue to serve outpatient clients in the Avera Marshall Psychiatry Associates location at 1104 East College Drive, where he joins psychiatrists, Dr. Timothy Beyer and Dr. Christi Leach. He also will continue outreach locations in Montevideo and Tyler.

Markell honored as Fraternal Agent of the Year

Dan Markell, a Catholic United Financial sales representative, was recently honored at the company winter sales conference as the Fraternal Agent of the Year for his role in starting two new councils in Marshall and Pipestone and for other promotional activities. He also received awards for sales achievement and new member enrollment. In addition, he earned his President's Club ring.

As part of his continuing education he also has earned his FIC (Fraternal Insurance Counselor). Markell serves Catholic parishes in Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood and Pipestone counties in the Mike Bredeck Region and has been with Catholic United Financial (formerly Catholic Aid) since April 2009.

Robinson attends life insurance seminar

Cindy Robinson of Marshall, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a five-day educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill.

The program focused on helping families with Modern Woodmen life insurance plans, annuities and fraternal member benefits.

ACMC recognized by MGMA

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data recognized Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) with superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.

This is the second year in a row that ACMC has achieved this status from the MGMA. The 2010 report recognizes ACMC for achieving superior performance in three categories, making them 1 of only 20 practices selected from 1,871 nationwide survey respondents, representing 2,737 practices, to earn the distinction of achieving superior status in three categories.

The MGMA designates a superior rating as a "better performer." ACMC was classified as a "better performer" in the categories of: productivity, capacity, and staffing; profitability and cost management; and patient satisfaction. "We are proud to have been recognized for the hard work of our staff and physicians in these areas," said Dr. Ronald Holmgren, ACMC President and CEO. "High patient satisfaction along with comprehensive medical services allows ACMC to serve our communities well and continue to deliver the highest quality medical care."

The MGMA report, a benchmarking standard among medical groups for over a decade, was produced using data from respondents to the MGMA Cost Survey: 2010 Reports Based on 2009 Data as well as data from a questionnaire that assessed management behaviors, practices and procedures of better performers. The report profiles medical practices that have demonstrated success in one or more areas: profitability and cost management; productivity, capacity and staffing; accounts receivable and collections; patient satisfaction; and managed care operations.

Patrons of CHS Marshall share in $1.4 million cash distribution

About 1,154 eligible patrons of CHS Marshall will share in the distribution of $1.4 million in cash patronage and equity redemptions during 2011 based on business they've conducted with the company.

"We're extremely proud that we can provide this tremendous return to our customers and owners," said Todd Reif, general manager. "This ability to provide a return on their investment, as well as reinvest in the future of a business they own, is one of real advantages of being associated with a cooperative like CHS Marshall on the local level, as well as with the larger CHS Inc. system."

CHS Marshall is a locally controlled division of CHS, an energy, grains and foods cooperative.

The Marshall Regional CHS had net earnings of $3.5 million. Patronage rages were $0 per bushel for grain; $.0239 per $1 for feed; $.1131 per $1 for fertilizer; $.0972 per $ for seed; $.1804 per $1 for crop protection; $.0355 per $1 for petroleum and $.0320 per $1 for propane.

During 2011, CHS Marshall will allocate a total $3.4 million in patronage dividends to its eligible customers based on business done Sept. 1, 2009 Aug. 31, 2010, of which $1.4 million is being paid out in cash.

CHS expects to return up to $231 million during its fiscal 2011 in cash patronage, equity redemptions and dividends paid on preferred stock to more than 1,100 eligible cooperatives and nearly 44,000 individuals in 50 states. This marks the fifth consecutive year of significant returns to CHS owners. CHS net income for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2010, was $502.2 million. Patronage is based on business done with CHS during fiscal 2010, while equity redemptions represent retirement of ownership in CHS earned in past years. Since it was established in 1998, CHS has returned more than $2 billion in cash to its owners.

Individuals who have reached age 70 and representatives of the estates of deceased members are encouraged to contact Reif and request redemption of their equity. Upon board approval, CHS makes equity redemptions to eligible individual direct members throughout the year, based on attaining age 70 or estate retirements, but potentially eligible individuals must initiate contact.



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