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Business briefs for Dec. 5

December 5, 2011
Marshall Independent

Prairie completes courses

Doug Prairie of Balaton recently completed the requirements leading to the completion of the Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) program and the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) program. The Associate in Commercial Underwriting program is an educational program, which specializes in the commercial lines underwriting area of insurance and the Associate in General Insurance program is an educational program that covers insurance principles, practices, and policies in depth.

Prairie began employment with North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood in April of 2001 and is a field representative for the Property/Casualty Claims Department.

New general surgeon to join ACMC-Marshall

Affiliated Community Medical Center has announced that Jacob Juta, M.D., a specialist in general surgery, will begin practicing at ACMC-Marshall in December. He joins ACMC-Marshall's surgical team of Dr. Gordon Bos and Dr. Robert Kruger, offering advanced surgical care services for people in southwestern Minnesota.

Juta received his bachelor's of arts in biology from Concordia College in Moorhead and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y. He recently completed his surgical residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich.

"Dr. Juta is a welcome addition to our roster of accomplished and respected surgeons," said Dr. Ronald Holmgren, president and CEO of ACMC. "We are proud of our surgical specialists practicing in Marshall. They really care about their patients and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible."

Juta lives in Marshall and will be a full-time general surgery resource for the community.

Local dairy producers win AMPI Milk Quality Award

Producing quality milk has earned local dairy producers an award. They are recipients of the prestigious Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Milk Quality Award, presented by AMPI to honor farmers who consistently produce quality milk.

"The dairy farmer-owners of AMPI know excellent milk makes exceptional dairy products," said Mark Tastad, division manager of AMPI's Dawson Division. "AMPI and its members strive daily to provide wholesome, nutritious dairy products to meet consumer demand."

AMPI members produce premium milk that is processed and manufactured into dairy products such as award-winning cheeses, butter, nonfat dry milk and cultured products.

The cooperative annually recognizes dairy farmers who consistently market milk meeting stringent quality standards. Each honoree is a member-owner of AMPI, a Midwest milk marketing cooperative.

Local dairy producers earning the 2011 AMPI Milk Quality Award are: Diana Braem, Sacred Heart; Van Lerberghe Farms - Brad and Ray Van Lerberghe, Wood Lake; Tom and Mary Gunnick, Lake Benton; Ernie and Liz Lanoue, Ivanhoe; Harlan Lueders, Canby.

Larson named as president of real estate association

Matt Larson, the co-owner and broker for the Real Estate Retrievers office in Marshall, was recently sworn in as the president of the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire. The association has about 625 realtors members as well as associate members such as appraisers, property inspectors and lenders.

Larson has previously served as the associations's secretary, president elect, state director and served on several committees at the local level and for the South Dakota Realtor Association. The position consists of presiding over the monthly board meetings, executive board meetings and representing the association to the media and at state meetings. He will travel to Washington, D.C., Chicago, Pierre, S.D., and Floria to represent the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire.

Real Estate Retrievers has offices in Marshall, Pipestone, Luverne, Hills and Worthington in Minnesota and Madison and Sioux Falls, S.D. Real Estate Retrievers also belongs to West Central Association of Realtors which serves west central and southwest Minnesota.

Manual lymph drainage specialist to rejoin Helping To Heal clinic in Tracy

Rachel Landherr of Walnut Grove is rejoining the therapy staff of Tracy's Helping To Heal Natural Therapies, said staff coordinator Charles Reinert ND of that clinic.

She has done sports massage for the womens' athletic teams at the University of Minnesota, Swedish massage, and currently specializes in manual lymph drainage.

"Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of very gentle massage which encourages the natural circulation of the lymph through the body," said Reinert. "Lymphatic drainage is very important to the health. Poor lymphatic drainage is thought to be a factor in breast cancer. Whenever toxins cannot be drained away from those tissues, levels of toxins can build up to encourage the growth of malignancies."



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