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Business briefs for May 21

May 21, 2012
Marshall Independent

Hanson retires from North Star Board

After 58 years of service with North Star Mutual Insurance Company, Cliff Hanson recently retired from the company's board of directors. At the North Star annual meeting on May 9, Hanson was honored for the huge contributions he made to the company and to the insurance industry. He was elected to North Star's board in 1973 and was named company president that same year. He served as president/CEO until retirement in 2001. He was chairman of the board since 1989.

While still in high school, Hanson began part-time employment with North Star in 1953, and in 1954, became a full-time employee. Hanson was also secretary and board member of Norwegian Mutual Insurance Company from 1973-1993. From 1984-2000, he was president of Walle Mutual Insurance Co. and then oversaw the company's merger with North Star.

Hanson was recognized as a leader throughout the insurance industry, and in 1985-1986, he served as chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and was chairman of the Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies in 1990-1991. During his time with North Star, the company grew from a small local company to currently being one of the larger Midwest regional property/casualty insurance companies with annual premiums of over $250,000,000.

At the reorganization meeting on May 9, North Star President/CEO Jeff Mauland was elected to replace Hanson as chairman of the board.

Marshall family physicians attend spring refresher

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians had its annual spring refresher April 26 and 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Close to 400 family physicians gathered for the biggest continuing medical education session for family doctors in the state of Minnesota.

William Kremer M.D., and Tom Odland, M.D., who practice in Marshall, attended the refresher. The conference gives family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students the opportunity to learn about trends in caring for patients and their families.

Markell earns award at insurance convention

Dan Markell earned an award at the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors convention in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, Markell earned the FIC of the year from Catholic United Financial, making him a candidate for the national award. This award is earned by promoting fraternal activities in his parishes, communities served, servicing his customers and sales of insurance and annuities. Markell also was chosen to speak to the convention assembly in regard to sales techniques and experiences that have occurred in his first three years in the insurance business. His manager, Mike Bredeck, was also honored with the Agency Builder award for his efforts inspiring his agents as they earned Catholic United Financial's region of the year for the third consecutive year.

Minnesota Business Ethics Award honors The Schwan Food Co.

Minnesota business and professional leaders gathered May 16 to honor three companies with the 2012 Minnesota Business Ethics Award.

The MBEA recognizes Minnesota businesses that exemplify and promote ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community. Award recipients are recognized by MBEA judges in three company size categories: small (under 100 employees), medium (100 to 500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees). The 2012 honorees include:

The Schwan Food Co. (large-size company category recipient)

A private, multibillion dollar company, The Schwan Food Co. sells branded frozen food through home delivery, the food service industry and grocery stores in North America. The company, headquartered in Marshall, started in 1952 with the delivery of 14 gallons of ice cream to rural families.

Now in its 13th year, the MBEA has recognized 38 Minnesota-based businesses, ranging in size from fewer than 10 employees to more than 150,000, that have exemplified ethical business conduct and practices.



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