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Business Briefs for Nov. 18

Onken joins Edina Realty as manager for the Marshall and Worthington sales offices

Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the largest residential real estate company in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, welcomes Tara Onken as the new manager for the Marshall and Worthington sales offices.

Onken was raised on a farm near Balaton, and has deep ties to the community. Her professional experience includes extensive work in housing and economic development, in both the public and private sectors, on commercial expansion projects, single family and multi-family subdivisions. She has also worked with communities to implement tax abatement and facade improvement programs to secure private investment on real estate buildings and property improvements.

“Taking this position at the leading real estate firm in the Marshall area is the perfect opportunity to steward my time, talents and relationships,” says Onken. “We are in the business of helping people, which is one of the things I look forward to the most in my new role.”

In addition to her economic development work, Tara has also been a licensed Realtor since 2012. A graduate of South Dakota State University, Onken holds bachelor’s degrees in geography and sociology. Onken previously served as the economic development director for the city of Marshall.

“We are excited to welcome Tara to our management team,” said Greg Mason, president and CEO of Edina Realty Home Services. “We are certain her industry experience and community expertise will be invaluable to the agents in the Marshall and Worthington offices and that she will exemplify Edina Realty’s core values of honesty, integrity and commitment.”

Onken replaces Pat Lutterman as sales manager of the Marshall and Worthington offices. Lutterman made the decision to retire from her management role effective Dec. 31,. Lutterman was the broker/owner of Prudential Elite Realty from April 2004 through the end of 2014 when she and her team of 11 agents joined Edina Realty in January 2015. She will continue with Edina Realty as a Realtor in the Marshall office.

“Pat Lutterman has built a great foundation for success,” said Onken. “I look to continue that momentum throughout this transition and well into the future. With the remarkable Edina Realty teams in both the Marshall and Worthington area, I see opportunities for growth at both locations.”

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