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Announcements

Baxter, MN – 6/14/2022. Ted Abear graduated from the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) Leadership Development Academy on May 19, 2022. This year-long program, which graduated a total of 23 bankers in 2022, provides in-depth skill-building for bankers preparing for critical leadership roles in their banks. “The MBA Leadership Development Academy requires a significant commitment to professional and personal growth” said Joe Witt, MBA President/CEO. “It is intensive and challenging. Graduates of this program should be very proud of this accomplishment and their determination to grow as individuals and bank leaders.”
Baxter, MN (May 29, 2022) – Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) recently named Christina Deneau as Mortgage Operations Manager.
Troy Casper, market president of Frandsen Bank & Trust—Lakes Area, announced that Sarah Kinkeade has been named vice president/business banking, effective April 19.
Four Northland leaders – Marieta Johnson, Maggie Skelton, James Spreitzer and Jeffrey Wig – have been named to the board of directors of the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund.

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Baxter, MN (April 20, 2022) – Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) recently promoted Nichole Franzmeier to Senior Business Credit Analyst. Franzmeier started her career at MMFCU in 2006 as a Business Services Specialist before being promoted to Business Credit Analyst in 2011. Franzmeier has been fundamental in the growth of MMFCU’s Business Services department.
Wyoming, Minn. — Leif Johnson, PG, has joined Widseth as an Environmental Scientist.
Baxter, MN (March 22, 2022) – Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) recently promoted Angela Jessen to Mortgage Servicing Manager.
The Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic is proud to welcome advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner Amber Smith to the urgent care team. She has spent the last 11 years working for Essentia as a registered nurse.

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Baxter, MN (March 22, 2022) – Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) recently promoted Rick Kelm to Business Analyst.
Lindsay Ziegler, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in urgent care, is excited to continue her career at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic.
Andrew Muer, PE, of Widseth has successfully passed the exams and met the education and experience requirements necessary to become a licensed professional engineer by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design (AELSLAGID).
Prairie Business has announced its Top 25 Women in Business for 2022, including Widseth’s Lindsey Kriens, CID.
The Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pillager Clinic is excited to welcome Jenna Wiese, a certified physician assistant specializing in family medicine.
Easy Riders Bicycle and Sport Shop, founded and owned by Kenn Shepherd, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this February.
The Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic is proud to announce Shawnna Johnson, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner, is now welcoming pediatric patients.
Pequot Lakes & Baxter, MN – The Title Team is excited to grow its expertise and services by welcoming Noble Escrow & Title to the team. We are pleased to combine our teams of experienced professionals with Noble Escrow & Title which has been a widely respected and knowledgeable title and closing leader in the Pequot Lakes, Baxter, and the Brainerd Lakes Area communities. With our continued growth, we are broadening our depth and scope of services and experience.

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