Press Release

Leading Minnesota IT Provider Announces Merger

“This merger brings enterprise-level cyber security solutions and advanced technology tools to small-medium local governments and AG businesses across Minnesota.””   — Rich Anderson, CEO of Imagine IT   (Bloomington, MN) — March 18, 2022 — Imagine IT, one of the largest and longest established independent Managed IT Service Providers in the Twin Cities, has finalized a merger with a cutting-edge Managed IT Provider in Kansas, Gilmore Solutions. This merger gives

Walz Checks

  Accounting for recent economic forecast, revised budget increases Walz Checks to $500, $1,000   (St. Paul, MN) –  March 17th, 2022 — Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan released their revised supplemental budget today. The revised Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward accounts for the recent economic forecast released last month by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB), while continuing to make investments to expand economic opportunity, protect Minnesotans’

Solar for Schools Program

Commerce seeking additional Solar for School funding from 2022 MN Legislature    (Minnesota) — March 11th, 2022 –The Minnesota Department of Commerce Solar for Schools Program ( is on track to award about $7.5 million in grants for up to 80 schools in 45 school districts across the state. The grants will cover up to 95% of costs for the schools, based on their financial need, allowing schools to install

Mayo Health System

  (Mankato MN) — February 22, 2022 ― Mayo Clinic Health System will expand and modernize its Mankato hospital by adding three new floors atop an existing two-story building on the campus. The new structure will feature 121 additional hospital beds and numerous other improvements. “We are very excited to see the region’s long-standing vision of a hospital expansion come to fruition,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health

Kari Rihm ATD National Truck Dealer of the Year

(St. Paul, MN) — March 11th, 2022 —  Rihm Family Companies is pleased to announce that its president and CEO Kari Rihm has been named the National Truck Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers Association (ATD). The ATD Truck Dealer of the Year is a national award that recognizes commercial truck dealers for business performance, industry and civic leadership, and service to their community.  It is sponsored by

David Schmidt

(Orlando FL) — March 14, 2022 — Red Lobster® announced David Schmidt will join its Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer. Schmidt comes to Red Lobster from Bloomin’ Brands where he has served as Group Vice President and CFO of Casual Dining Brands since 2019. “Growing up in Minnesota, the place to go for great seafood and to celebrate life’s big events was always Red Lobster, including my own high school and college

Dick's Sporting Goods Minnetonka

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 15, 2022 — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced it is now hiring for a new DICK’S Sporting Goods House of Sport store designed to explore the future of retail through multi-sport experiences inside and outside the store, connection with the greater Minneapolis community and elevated services that will rely on employees who are passionate about showcasing their love for sport. The new store, located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, will

Compute North

(Eden Prairie, MN) — March 16, 2022 — Inc. magazine today revealed that Compute North is No. 16 on its third annual Inc. 5000 Regionals Midwest list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies based in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Compute North is the leader in sustainable, large-scale computing infrastructure. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise,

Minnesota Childen's Museum

(St Paul, MN) —  Many young parents grew up watching Shining Time Station and the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine.   Well, the Minnesota Childen’s Museum ups the anti with a hands on exhibit.   Jan. 15 through May 8, 2022,  the world’s most beloved blue engine is rolls into St. Paul.     Inspired by the popular children’s series and featuring beloved engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends™, this

Federated Insurance Makes Mentoring Honor Roll

(Owatonna, MN)  — March 16th, 2022)  Federated Insurance was named to MENTOR’s ꟷ a national leader and go-to resource on quality youth mentoring ꟷ National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll in 2022. The Honor Roll recognizes outstanding corporations across the United States that support youth mentoring. Federated Insurance believes in supporting and guiding America’s youth. And perhaps one of the best examples of this belief in action is the company’s annual Federated

Mike Rowe

Moorhead, Minn. (January 17, 2022) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber announces TV icon and New York Times best-selling author Mike Ro­we as keynote speaker for the 2022 Voices of Vision event on Thursday, April 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Presenting sponsor: Nodak Insurance Company. From the Baltimore Opera to QVC shopping channel, executive producer, host, best-selling author, and chart-topping recording artist

3M St Paul Monument

(St Paul, MN) — March 15, 2022  — The Ethisphere Institute today recognized 3M for ethics and integrity in business conduct and compliance for the ninth straight year. 3M is one of only seven industrial companies worldwide to be honored this year. “For the past 120 years, 3M has built its reputation on doing things ethically,” said Michael Duran, 3M senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “Our

akoyaGO Welcomes Mark Montoya

(Minneapolis, MN) — March 15, 2022 — akoyaGO, the premier software solution to optimize the grant making process, welcomes Mark Montoya as Chief Experience Officer. Montoya brings with him deep industry knowledge and a keen ability to build a sustainable culture of excellence that maximizes a customer-centric approach. He will oversee the customer lifecycle and ensure a stellar user journey. Continually innovating the experience, he will serve as an ambassador

New Commanding General - Red Bull Division

(Arden Hills, MN) March 15th, 2022 — Army Maj. Gen. Michael Wickman, who has led the division since November 2019, has relinquished command to Army Brig. Gen. Charles Kemper, in a ceremony in Arden Hills on March 12, 2022. “During his tenure as the commanding general, General Wickman was instrumental to the overall success of the 34th Infantry Division during an unprecedented time of operational requirements, social turmoil, and unique

Kraus-Anderson The Larking

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (February 28, 2022) – Kraus-Anderson (KA) has completed construction of The Larking, a new $100 million, 16-story residential tower and Wells Fargo branch, located at 615 S. 8th St. in the heart of the Minneapolis East Town district. Designed by ESG Architects, The Larking is a mixed-use development featuring a 400,714-square-foot residential complex that will deliver 341 market-rate apartments. The development includes three levels of underground parking and is

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is named one of the best hospitals in the United States by Newsweek magazine in its annual “World’s Best Hospitals” ranking released in March. (Crosby MN) – March 8th, 2022 — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is named one of the best hospitals in the United States by Newsweek magazine in its annual “World’s Best Hospitals” ranking released in March.   CRMC is one

Paul Bunyan Communications

(Bemidji MN) February 22nd, 2022 — The Rural Broadband Association Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield today announced Paul Bunyan Communications as a winner of the 2021 Smart Rural CommunitySM (SRC) Showcase Award. Paul Bunyan Communications is a member of NTCA, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies in rural communities across America. NTCA’s SRC program is a network of communities supported by providers who are committed to

Mathcounts State Competition Returns

(Minnesota)  March 11th, 2022  — The first Minnesota MATHCOUNTS State Competition in three years will begin Friday, March 11. The lobby at the Crowne Plaza West in Plymouth will come to life when more than 300 middle school mathletes, parents, coaches and volunteers head to the registration desks. Minnesota MATHCOUNTS’ parent organization, the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, will sponsor first-night engineering activities. In one activity teams of four will

Kevin Lee Minnesota Department of Commerce

  (Minnesota)  February 22nd, 2022 — Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Grace Arnold announced new leadership for the Commerce Division of Energy Resources, appointing Kevin Lee as deputy commissioner. Lee brings experiences in energy resource policies, regulation, technology, and economic development that are essential in his new role.   “Commerce is fortunate to have Kevin Lee stepping into this leadership role at a time when the State of Minnesota has tremendous opportunities

Viking Mississippi

(Redwing and St Paul MN) Viking® celebrated their new 386-guest Viking Mississippi® . The ship was “floated out” in Louisiana, marking a major construction milestone and the first time the ship has touched water. Set to debut in June 2022, the Viking Mississippi will sail Viking’s highly-anticipated voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul. “It is a proud moment that this new ship has met an American waterway for the first time,” said

Back on the Road with Virginia Sweet

Minneapolis , MN March 4, 2022  — Minnesota based Southern Rock band is making major moves this year. Having just released their powerful debut album, The Revival, last year, the band is already seeing the immense payoff for their continuous hard work. They have played live show after live show, to wondrous audiences, and aren’t planning to stop anytime soon. As a matter of fact, they are gearing up to

Jonny Pops expands in Elk River

(Elk River, MN,)   March 4, 2022 – NAI Legacy and its affiliates are pleased to announce the acquisition of the 80,000 SF Industrial property for the new JonnyPops headquarters. The new facility, what they call the “Plant for the Future” project is located about 30 miles outside of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul urban district. The property is located on 14 acres, in, Elk River. In the past 10 years, JonnyPops

EnChroma Glasses That Help People with Color Blindness

(Bloomington MN), February 16, 2022 — EnChroma, the creators of glasses for color blindness, and Best Buy have announced that EnChroma glasses are now available to millions of people who suffer from color blindness (Color Vision Deficiency) through Overall, one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%) are color blind.  There are 13 million in the US and 350 million worldwide.  People with normal color vision

The Atlanta Shipwreck

(Whitefish, MI)- So technically, this story comes out of Michigan, but Lake Superior is such a big part of Minnesota, that we just had to include it! The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) is excited to announce the discovery of the 172-foot schooner-barge Atlanta. The Atlanta was found 35 miles off Deer Park, Mich., in 650 feet of water in Lake Superior. Shipwreck hunting can be tedious. More than 2,500 miles

Natural Products Expo

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) “Minnesota Pavilion” will be back in-person at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, for the first time since 2019. Eight Minnesota businesses – many of which showcase clean-ingredient, plant-based, and environmentally-friendly food trends – will be featured at Expo West, the largest tradeshow of its kind. Expo West focuses on organic, natural, and healthy foods from across the country. The MDA

The Hell I Know

Aspiring To Create Hip Hop That Heals – Dante Pirtle Astounds in Latest Album titled ‘The Hell I Know’ With poignant lyricism and stunning vocals, Dante Pirtle aims to heal Black trauma one song at a time (Minneapolis MN) — March 1, 2022 – Dante Pirtle is an up and coming singer and songwriter who lives in Minneapolis, MN. Originally from East Saint Louis, IL, he has been creating music

Earl and Sonya Anderson

(Alexandria MN)– February 28th, 2022 — Alexandria residents Earl and Sonya Anderson have been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructors of the Year for 2021. The award typically goes to one person, but the Andersons have worked together for years to certify nearly 6,500 students in snowmobile safety. Earl and Sonya Anderson committed to providing foundation for lifetime of safe riding Going Above and Beyond The

Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network

(Minnesota) — The State Climatology Office is looking for volunteer rainfall monitors for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The network includes more than 20,000 volunteers nationwide who measure precipitation in their backyards using a standard 4 inch diameter rain gauge and submit reports online. Climatologist Pete Boulay said the data from backyard rain gauges are helpful and important in many ways. “These volunteers help to verify


(Rochster MN) Rochester Public Schools On February 24, 2022, Knutson Construction along with Rochester Public Schools accepted the MNSHARP award for our District’s newest middle school, Dakota Middle School. “MNSHARP has been around since 2006 and has handed out 60 awards like this since its inception,” said Tom Leimer, General Manager of Knutson Construction. “What’s really cool about this, this is the first time this award has ever been given

Fergus Falls Thrift Store Opens March 1st

(Fergus Falls, MN) – On March 1, 2022, Someplace Safe is opening a Fergus Falls Thrift Store location. The Fergus Falls store, along with those located in Alexandria and Morris, help to raise funds which support the programs and services provided by Someplace Safe, a local non-profit crime victim service provider. The Someplace Safe Thrift Stores also provide needed clothing, household items, and furniture to victims and survivors of crime

N.P. Park, Fergus Falls to be Renamed Dr. Allen Magnuson Park

(Fergus Falls, MN)  February 24, 2022 — The fundraising committee for Project Play: NP Park is pleased to announce NP Park will be renamed Dr. Allen Magnuson Park in memory of Dr. Allen E. Magnuson.  The City Council unanimously approved the renaming of N.P. Park at its February 22, 2022 meeting. Dr. Magnuson passed away on September 25, 2021.  He served Fergus Falls and surrounding communities as a beloved Pediatrician

Command Sgt. Maj. Katie Blackwell

(Cottage Grove, MN) – February 16, 2022 — The percent of women in the Minnesota National Guard has increased in the last 10 years. In 2011, only 16 percent of the force were women. Over the years, that percent has grown to nearly 21. Not only are women more prominent in the Guard, but they are also filling key leadership roles. “I have never seen before in my career as

2022 Outstanding Teacher Tiffany Kobbermann

(Glenwood, Minnesota) February 23, 2022 —  Press Release MN Dept of Agriculture Tiffany Kobbermann, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Minnewaska High School in Glenwood, MN, has received the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) 2022 Teacher of the Year award. In her application, Kobbermann shared that “all of my lessons are agriculturally based. I believe that students need a well-rounded perspective of agriculture. My hope is that my

My Mom Your Dad - Stephanie Varone

(Minneapolis MN) February 22, 2022   — Stephanie Varone and her son Brennen, a Wayzata High School graduate and USAF Veteran, shake things up in the current hit, HBOMax Original reality dating series MY MOM, YOUR DAD, hosted by Emmy®-nominated actress and stand-up comedian Yvonne Orji (HBO’s “Insecure”), debuts with all eight episodes Thursday, January 13, 2022. Produced by ITV Entertainment (“Love Island,” “Queer Eye”), the series format was created by

Lake Region Healthcare Recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

(Fergus Falls, MN) – Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) announced today it has been named a 2022 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™. Each year, the rural hospitals are analyzed through the lens of the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive and

Physician Educator and Peace Activist Dr. Tej Khalsa Relaunches Podcast

  The Last Breath is my way of life and the lens through which indigenous scholarship, the nonviolent movement for social justice, storytelling, medical science, and living as a human being converge.”   — Dr. Tej Khalsa     (Rochester, MN) — February 14, 2022  — Tejinder Kaur Khalsa, MD relaunches “The Last Breath Podcast” today. The podcast helps listeners connect to their higher meaning and greater purpose. This month’s episode,

Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum Guests on Loki's Folly's New Single "Appease The Girl"

Two generations of Minneapolis rockers join forces on a track with a powerful message about Autism and feminism! (Minneapolis, MN)February 14, 2022  — Loki’s Folly is an indie-punk trio comprised of two young sisters and their kid brother from South Minneapolis who play their unique brand of rock that has been earning them a devoted fanbase both inside the Minneapolis music community and around the world. In the tradition of

Benjamin Berry of Minnesota on the 5 Winning Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Benjamin Berry of Minnesota discussed the 5 winning traits of successful entrepreneurs (Lakeville, MN)  February 14, 2022 – Benjamin Berry of Minnesota has been successful in a wide spectrum of venues and works hard to establish change in order to boost profitability wherever he goes. He managed a number of his own businesses over the years and is grateful for the innovators who taught and supported him along the way. Benjamin

Reverse Mechanic Releases New Hit "Chicken Opperang"

The Minnesota-based producer/songwriter doesn’t hold back. His new song takes on both sides of the isle and makes you think while making you move. (It) don’t make sense, no defense, but it’s a smash hit. We can show the dents.” — Reverse Mechanic (Minneapolis MN)  February 21, 2022 “Chicken Opperang” is the first major single on a bold new endeavor by artist Reverse Mechanic. This single confronts Reverse Mechanic’s personal


Satellite Industries is excited to announce the acquisition of Sanitrax International: Will use new technology to benefit customers abroad and in US. The full integration of vacuum products through this acquisition fits right into Satellite’s vision for the future” — John Babcock, President of Satellite Industries (Minneapolis MN) February 18, 2022  Satellite Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer in the portable sanitation industry, has announced the acquisition of Sanitrax International, the leading manufacturer

MN National Guard - Cyber Defense

December 21, 2021 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — More than 30 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team returned to Minnesota after being mobilized to Fort Meade, Maryland, in October 2020, as part of a task force that helps protect the Department of Defense networks from cyber-attacks. “This mobilization was the culmination of years of hard work by our highly-trained and specialized cyber Soldiers,” said Army Maj. Brian Morgan,

SciTech Internship Program Celebrates 10 Years of STEM

SciTech Internship Program Celebrates 10 Years of Successful STEM Workforce Development in Minnesota By: Minnesota Technology Association MINNEAPOLIS – Feb. 1, 2022 – PRLog — Minneapolis, Minnesota — The SciTech Internship Program is commemorating its 10-year anniversary with a month-long celebration highlighting the people and companies who have benefited from SciTech internships. Since its start in 2012, SciTech has helped over 2,250 interns connect with 555 companies in 142 cities state-wide. “It’s so exciting for us

North Country Food bank

(Feb – 2022)   The Hunger Hero Award is the highest honor awarded by North Country Food Bank each year. This award is given to someone who has had a significant, positive, and lasting impact on North Country’s work and ability to distribute food to people in need across our region.Congratulations to John Thorson — the 2021 recipient! John dedicated countless hours to our board of directors and our building project

Patriot Awards

ALEXANDRIA, MN. (November 3, 2021) – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or

Click Names Two new executive leadership appointments

David Corrigan Joins Click Boarding as New CRO; Christine Marino Transitions to CSO Eden Prairie, MN, February 12, 2022 –(– Click Boarding, LLC, a premier onboarding and employee experience platform, announced today the appointment of David Corrigan as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and transition of Christine Marino to Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer (CSO), both reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Mike Ehrle. “The collective expertise of David and Christine will allow