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Business Notes Dec. 16

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Hoffman attends Golfdom Summit

Madden’s Golf and Grounds Superintendent Scott Hoffmann recently attended the Golfdom Summit, a gathering of 60 leaders in the golf management industry. The group met to exchange ideas for promoting sustainability of the game of golf across the U.S. and covered topics such as; how environmental stewardship can be good for the game and its business, the perception of where the game is played — on a lean, fast service versus one that is lush and green.

Included in the Golfdom Summit were course superintendents from two Ryder Cup venues, two U.S. Open venues, Trump National, Marriott Resorts, Four Seasons Resorts and Club Corp of America. Other participants included leader such as the “Open Doctor” of golf architecture, Rees Jones and more.

Northway named CEO/COO

BAXTER — Steve Northway, a pioneer in the Brainerd lakes area construction industry, will become chief executive officer at Northway Construction Services in January of 2013.

Steve Northway will remain Northway Construction’s chief operating officer as well, leading the Baxter-based construction company he started with his nephew, Ed Northway II, in 2006.

Ed Northway, who currently serves as Northway Construction’s CEO, is transitioning from his position to start a new business

venture outside of the construction industry.

“I’m excited to use the leadership, sales and marketing skills I’ve gained at Northway Construction in my new endeavor, but it’s bittersweet to be leaving,” said Ed Northway.

In the last six years, Northway Construction built Minnesota’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified home, meaning it was the first home in the state to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s benchmark for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, environmentally friendly buildings.

Northway Construction reported it also completed the state’s first LEED-certified whole-house remodel project, converting a drafty outdated cabin on Agate Lake into a modern day Nordic-looking getaway.

Last year, another remodeling project gained Northway the national Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors as well as the Contractor of the Year Award by the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

“I’m proud of our company’s growth and everything we have accomplished in the last six years,” said Ed Northway. “I’m looking forward to what lies ahead, both for me and Northway Construction.”

Central Minnesota Housing and Bremer Bank partner for funding

The Central Minnesota Housing Partnership Inc. and Bremer Bank partnered to receive $99,000 in funding to be used for homeowner rehabilitation in central Minnesota.

The funds were awarded by the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines, Iowa, which provides a variety of funding and assistance to upper Midwest housing organizations as part of its annual Affordable Homeowners Program application round.

The funds will be administered by the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership and are available to eligible households living in designated central Minnesota cities.

Funds are provided to homeowners as 0 percent, deferred forgivable loans to assist in covered costs of fixing up their homes. Eligible rehab items include, but may not be limited to roofing, siding, windows, doors, insulation, energy efficiency items, lead-based paint remediation and health and safety items.

The bulk of construction costs are covered by the Small Cities Development Program and FHLB funds are provided to lessen the out of pocket expense to low and moderate income homeowners.

This is the fourth funding award received by the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership and Bremer Bank. Since 2008, $244,600 has been awarded and 44 rehab projects have been completed with these funds. For more information, contact Jason Krebsbach or Laurie Ziebell at Central Minnesota Housing Partnership for more information at 320-259-0393.

Grant funding opportunity

almost over

During the past three years, 12 businesses and nine homeowners received grant funding for new roofs, furnaces, windows, insulation and other essential repairs.

Both commercial and homeowners were eligible for this funding and it is soon coming to a close, the Cass County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) reported. The EDC reported those living in Walker or Hackensack who did not get a chance to apply should contact the office at 218-947-7522 to be included on a list of interested applicants for a future grant request. There is no guarantee of future funding but a list of possible applicants will increase the corporation’s chances of receiving another grant.

A healthy housing stock beautifies cities and helps in business recruitment efforts, the EDC stated.

The EDC and Bi-Cap partnered on this project.

Damm joins The Old

Milwaukee Club

Kevin Damm is now one of the chefs in the Executive Room at The Old Milwaukee Club along with chef Tom Johnson.

Damm is currently working at Golden Horizons Assisted Living. Damm has more than 30 years of experience as a chef working previously at restaurants such as Riverside Inn and Manhattan Beach lodge in the Crosslake area, The Grouper House in Naples, Fla., and the EdgeWater Inn south of Breezy Point. The Executive Room is a Five Coarse Dining Event at The Old Milwaukee Club available by reservations only.

Jendro, Jordheim, Sarberg become shareholders at WSN

Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) added three new shareholders to the company’s management structure.

Eric Jendro, mechanical engineer; land surveyor Chris Jordheim; and civil engineer Pete Sarberg. Each now has vice president designation.

Jendro has been with WSN since 2002 and is responsible for designing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning and plumbing systems, conducting energy analysis studies, performing load designs, sizing ductwork and piping, selecting equipment, reviewing shop drawings and prior approval requests, performing field observations, and coordinating with other disciplines to ensure quality control. As a LEED accredited professional, Jendro has demonstrated his understanding of sustainable design, green building practices and principles and LEED requirements, resources and processes.

Jordheim joined WSN in 1997 and oversees all of WSN’s North Dakota survey operations. He is responsible for estimating, research, client contact, preliminary calculations for field crews, daily review of field work and field observations. Jordheim serves as the president-elect for the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

Sarberg has 28 years of hydraulic, drainage and stormwater management experience. He has been with WSN for 20 years and leads the firm’s water resources division. Sarberg is responsible for water resources engineering studies and design including hydrologic analysis, stormwater management, storm sewer design, bridge hydraulics, scour analysis, structural recommendations and watershed district engineering. Sarberg serves as technical adviser on the city of Alexandria, Minnesota Stormwater Management Committee.

Roby, Cowell join

foundation board

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center announced the recent addition of Angella Roby and David Cowell to the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Angella Roby, certified public accountant, master of business administration, is a controller at Oakridge Homes Inc., which provides residential and community support services for individuals with special needs. They offer residential settings in six counties.

Roby said she’s always believed in giving back to the community and this is an opportunity to learn more about area nonprofits.

David Cowell, certified financial planner, is a wealth management adviser with Northwestern Mutual. Cowell was born at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and grew up on North Eighth Street, just a few blocks from the hospital. His two children were also born at St. Joseph’s. Cowell said the foundation provides an avenue to have a positive impact on the community and leave things better for the next generation.

Lois Hansen, St. Joseph’s Foundation Board chair, said they look for candidates with a good business background who are engaged in the community. St. Joseph’s Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics. The mission is to raise and grant funds to promote the health and well-being of our patient community. For more information, contact Miranda Anderson at 828-7564 or email

Marco expands in Iowa

with acquisition

Marco announced it purchased Mason City Business Systems Inc. in Iowa, also doing business as Cedar Rapids Business Systems Inc., Des Moines Business Systems Inc., Fort Dodge Business Systems Inc., Quad Cities Business Systems Inc. and Waterloo Business Systems Inc.

This acquisition is Marco’s largest acquisition to date and brings Marco’s technical and network expertise to Mason City Business Systems’ described as a well-established copier and printer service with 75 employees.

“This acquisition supports our commitment to growth and our strategy of geographic expansion,” said Marco CEO Jeff Gau, in a news release.

Mason City Business Systems is an Iowa-based copier and printer solutions company with offices in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Quad Cities and Waterloo. The company was established in 1977 and supports more than 3,000 customers.

Marco helps organizations manage their information by applying network expertise to voice, data, video, and print solutions. This is the company’s third acquisition during the past four months, adding a total of 109 employees to its workforce through acquisitions in 2012. Marco employs 570 people throughout 29 offices in the Upper Midwest, including Brainerd.

Schepring named LF

employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS — Tina Schepring, Pine Country Bank, is the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce December Employee of the Month.

Schepring has been the assistant branch manager at Pine Country Bank for 9.5 years. Rob Ronning, bank president praised Schepring’s customer service.

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