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Business briefs for Aug. 15

August 15, 2011
Marshall Independent

North Star promotes Boerboom, Frank

North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood recently announced the promotion of Brent Boerboom to underwriter for the Commercial Underwriting Department and Ashley Frank to assistant claims representative for the Auto Claims Department.

Boerboom began employment with North Star in July 2008. Prior to his promotion, he served as an assistant underwriter for the same department.

Boerboom is single and lives in Marshall.

Frank began employment with North Star in October 2010 on a part-time basis. She began full time employment in February 2011 as an assistant claims technician for the Auto Claims Department. She served in this capacity until her recent promotion.

Frank and her husband, Andy, live on a farm near Wood Lake.

Sanow celebrates 30 years of employment in dentist's office

Deidre Sanow, administrative staff for Dr. Paul Johnson, Family Dentistry, is celebrating 30 years of employment. Sanow is appreciated for her friendly, cheerful, welcoming greeting, her business expertise and knowledge of dentistry. A Marshall native, she and her husband, Russ, have two children, Jared and Andrea.

Granite Falls Mayor Smiglewski receives excellence in service award from CGMC

Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Aug. 4 at the Coalition's three-day summer conference in Grand Rapids, for his excellence in service to rural Minnesota.

The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to a city leader who demonstrates knowledge, leadership, and active participation in CGMC program areas over the past year.

Smiglewski received the award for his efforts serving as a spokesperson on behalf of rural Minnesota cities and his willingness to travel to the state capitol to lobby the governor and legislators on issues affecting rural communities.

"Mayor Smiglewski has become one of the most well respected voices at the Capitol representing Greater Minnesota," said CGMC Executive Director Tim Flaherty. "His common-sense, approachable style has earned him the respect of large and small city mayors, policy leaders and members of both political parties from across the state. Simply put, there is no doubt that Greater Minnesota communities are stronger because of Mayor Smiglewski's leadership."

Groff achieves Circle of Success recognition

Randy Groff, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, qualified for and attended the 2011 Circle of Success conference that took place in Montreal, Canada.

To earn this achievement, Groff established himself as one of the company's top producers and achieved high levels in production and other measures of success that support the experience of superior client service. Only a select number of high-performing Ameriprise financial advisers earn this distinction, said a news release.

Groff's office is in Marshall.

Outland Energy Services names Steve Scott president, CEO, Cam Winton VP, general counsel

Outland Energy Services, an independent services provider in the North American wind industry, announced recently that Steve Scott has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer, and Cam Winton has been promoted to vice president and general counsel.

Scott was hired as Outland's first employee in 2005, and since that time has led Outland to many achievements: growing to more than 160 total employees; obtaining the globally-recognized ISO and OHSAS certifications for management of quality, safety, and environmental impact; opening satellite offices in Guymon, Okla., and Mendota Heights becoming an authorized service provider for Hansen and Winergy gear units; and securing long-term services contracts with some of the largest wind asset owners in North America.

"With his steady leadership, relentless drive, and deep knowledge of the wind industry, Steve has helped build a company of which we're all proud." said Dennis Fultz, the chairman of Outland's board and one of the five Minnesota farmers who founded Outland.

Outland also promoted Cam Winton to the position of vice president and general counsel. In that role, Winton will lead a wide range of commercial functions by packaging and pricing Outland's service offerings to meet the unique needs of each asset owner and by ensuring that Outland's team has a clear understanding of its obligations. Before joining Outland in 2009, Winton represented Fortune 100 companies as an attorney in Minneapolis. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center.

"Cam has been an incredible addition to the team," said Scott. "His ability to simplify the complex and effectively communicate with customers, technicians, and managers is impressive. He's earned this promotion because of the results he's delivered. Our entire team looks forward to working with Cam for many years to come."

Louwagie attends Just for Kix Directors convention in Brainerd

Jackie Louwagie, Marshall Just for Kix Dance director, attended the JFK Director's Convention Aug. 7-9 in Brainerd.

Louwagie was named one of the Top 25 Directors in the company. She attended dance classes at the Brainerd Just for Kix Studio on Technique, Successful Teaching, Managing your business, Taking your teams to the next level in Competition and Self esteem building.

She also took classes in jazz, kick, lyrical, hip hop and mass routines. All the Directors attended the awards banquet where they also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Just for Kix Dance.

Louwagie will be in her 14th year as the Marshall Just for Kix director.



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