Doing Good

Tips on Supporting Loved Ones in Early Recovery or Still Using Substances During the Holidays

By prioritizing self-care and fostering open communication, families can create a supportive environment that promotes healing, help-seeking and long-term success.   (Center City, MN) —  December 21, 2023  — At its sites around the United States, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation often sees an uptick in substance use and mental health care admissions after the holidays—an often-stressful time quickly followed by the motivating promise and hope of a New Year.

2024 Retailer of the Year

(Minnesota) — December 5, 2023 — Seven Minnesota grocers who promote locally grown and produced products have been named a 2024 Retailer of the Year by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Minnesota Grown program, in partnership with the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA). This year’s winners include: Northwest: Hugo’s Family Marketplace, East Grand Forks Northeast: Chris’ Food Center, Sandstone West Central: Elden’s Fresh Foods, Alexandria Southwest: Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Waconia Southeast: Nilssen’s Foods, Zumbrota Twin Cities: Kowalski’s Markets,

Jostens Super Bowl LVII Ring

(Minneapolis, MN) — Dec. 06, 2023  — Since 1959 the Clios have been regarded as one of the most recognizable international advertising awards, honoring innovation and creative excellence in advertising, design and communication. Jostens and the Kansas City Chiefs are proud to have been awarded a bronze-level distinction at the 2023 Clios for their collaborative work on the Super Bowl LVII Ring. “From the very beginning we knew that the

Mad Dog Products and Excelsior Brew "Unleash" a Dog Friendly Holiday Gift Idea Supporting Charity

Excelsior MN brewery teamed up with Mad Dog Products to offer custom logo dog leashes as a holiday gift option that supports the Hennepin County Humane Society.   (Chaska, MN) —  Nov. 29, 2023  — There is big business in being “Dog Friendly” these days with over 65 Million U.S. households owning one or more dogs. However, businesses that welcome dogs also require leashes for their owners “best friends”. Finding

Best Addiction Treatment Centers

The world-renowned Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.The org earned the three highest scores among all 360 treatment centers recognized Hazelden Betty Ford’s reputation starts with our demonstrated devotion to treating people with dignity and respect, consistently innovating, and keeping the focus on long-term recovery and well-being.” — Joseph Lee, MD, president and CEO (Center City, MN) –November 29, 2023 — To help patients and families find quality care

B Social by Brick & Bourbon

  Bloc has officially declared B Social by Brick & Bourbon in St Cloud as the most thrilling new venue opening in Minnesota for 2023. What the team at Brick & Bourbon have achieved with B Social is nothing short of genius. They’ve invested a lot of time and money into this space, especially in the barcade.” — Calum Ward – Bloc (St Cloud, MN) — November 29, 2023 —

CHS Supports FFA

(Minnesota) — November 14th, 2023 — The CHS Foundation is making a $4.3 million commitment to National FFA over the next three years, the largest gift in the foundation’s 75-year history. The grant will help fund FFA programs in 17 states, provide scholarships for attending conferences and contests, introduce students from all backgrounds to ag careers through the workforce development program, and support the National Association of Ag Educators in

Dr. Rassheedah Watts' 'Black Womb Dialogues': Poetry and Gratitude, from Minnesota to Scotland’s Slavery Apology

  I like the use of the poetic and art to explore some of the difficult issues. It’s a great way of making it accessible because there’s power in language.” — Mosota, Edinburgh Slavery & Colonialism Legacy Review Implementation Chair (Brooklyn Park, MN) — November 20, 2023  — Dr. Rassheedah Watts, an allyship and racial healing expert, embarked on a historic journey that echoes gratitude and empowerment. Her latest book,

Winnebago Industries’ Michael Happe Entrepreneur Of The Year

(Eden Prairie, MN) — Nov. 14, 2023  — Michael Happe, president and CEO of Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, has been named the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 National Overall Award winner by Ernst & Young LLP. The award elevates ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders who think big and act boldly. Happe was recognized for redefining the Winnebago brand from a single brand, product-oriented manufacturer to

TopLine Financial Credit Union Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors

(Maple Grove, MN) — Nov, 14, 2023 — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, employees have successfully completed Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) which provides employees with skills and knowledge to help guide members to sound financial decisions. TopLine employees who complete the course receive the Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFC) designation. The program enhances employees’ financial knowledge and

United and Collegeville Institute Celebrate a Nearly Six Decade Connection

    I chose to join the board of Collegeville Institute because of my appreciation for the time I spent there researching and writing.”    — President Molly T. Marshall     (St Paul, MN) — November 8, 2023  — Founded in the 1960s, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United) and Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (Collegeville Institute) have been knitted together throughout their histories. At a

Experience Life Magazine 2023 FOLIO

Eddie and Ozzie Awards; Jamie Martin Named Editor of the Year and Life Time Talks is Top Consumer Health and Wellness Podcast (Chanhassen, MN) —  Oct. 26, 2023  — Experience Life, the print and digital magazine from Life Time (NYSE: LTH), the nation’s premier healthy lifestyle brand, was awarded four Eddies and Ozzies as part of the 2023 FOLIO: Awards, the most prestigious recognition program in the publishing community. The awards,

New Study Reveals Minnesota Electric Cooperatives Contribute Nearly $20 billion to the State’s Economy

  (Maple Grove, MN) — Oct. 31, 2023  — A newly released economic impact analysis reveals the substantial contributions electric cooperatives make to Minnesota’s economy. Between 2018 and 2022, electric cooperatives injected a staggering $19.6 billion into Minnesota’s economy, fortifying the state’s financial landscape and supporting an average of 20,800 jobs each year. In a new study, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance

Holly Margl Witnessing Grief

  It is a privilege to be recognized for the tenacity and lifeblood that went into creating Witnessing Grief.” — Holly Margl (St Paul, MN) — November 2, 2023 — Holly Margl is a winner of a First Place Award at The BookFest Awards Fall 2023 for her book titled Witnessing Grief: Inviting Trauma and Loss to Our Coaching Conversations, An Enneagram Perspective. The book is honored in the Nonfiction

Pipestone Chamber Names Fall-tastic Decorating Contest Winners

(Pipestone, MN) — Oct, 31st, 2023 — Congratulations to the 2023 Pipestone Area Chamber’s Fall-tastic Decorating Contest Winners! Thank you to EVERYONE who entered the contest! Commercial:1st Place:  Pipestone County Home Health & Hospice (309 10th St SW)2nd Place:  PIPESTONE – Helping Farmers (Annex Bldg – 1801 Forman Drive)3rd Place:  Meulebroeck, Taubert & Co. (216 E Main St)4th Place:  Windy Ridge Veterinary Clinic (1309 7th St SE) Residential:1st Place:  Bob Klinsing (727 6th Ave SW)2nd

Edney Distributing

    At Edney Distributing, we are deeply committed to staying at the forefront of our industry by providing the most innovative solutions for our dealers and their customers.” — Neal Kurth, COO of Edney Distributing (Lakeville, MN) — October 31, 2023  — Edney Distributing, a leading wholesale distributor, is thrilled to announce its recognition at the Twin Cities Business Magazine Family Business Awards. The award ceremony took place on

TopLine Financial Credit Union Hosts Personal Care Drive to Benefit Local Communities

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  Oct. 26, 2023  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, held their annual Personal Care Drive during the month of September benefitting three local non-profits, Avenues for Youth, Keystone Community Services and YMCA of the North Youth and Family Services. TopLine members and employees generously donated a variety of personal care items including body wash and soap, tooth paste and

IDEAL National Championship 

Top ten electrical apprentices from across the country will compete in Tampa on October 27 for $80,000 in prizes (Sycamore, Ill.) — Oct 19, 2023 — Serving the electrical industry for over 100 years and known as The Electrician’s Champion™, IDEAL Electrical™ is showcasing the rewarding opportunities available for future electricians through an annual competition that celebrates top apprentice talent and the skills they’re bringing into the electrical trades. The eighth annual IDEAL National Championship takes place

MEA Hall of Fame

  Rich, Ray, and Marie represent the very best in the energy industry.” — John Gann of MEA (Bloomington, MN) —  October 17, 2023 — MEA Energy Association (MEA) is honored to induct Tom Ray, supervisor-safety for City Utilities of Springfield; Marie Elliott, manager T&D procurement for Evergy (retired); and Rich Stocker, regional sales manager for SENSIT Technologies into the MEA Hall of Fame for their service to the energy

Unigen 2023 Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Awards

(Minneapolis, MN) —  October 10, 2023 — Unigen Corporation, a global leader in electronics manufacturing services, proudly announced it was awarded the highest rating in 5 categories of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY’S 2023 Service Excellence Awards (SEA). The awards, based solely on direct customer input, were announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with SMTA International, showcasing the industry’s top performers in customer service and satisfaction. This is the second year in

Solifi is recognized as one of great places to work by The Secured Lender

  (Minneapolis, MN) — October 10, 2023  — Solifi, a global fintech software partner for secured finance, announced The Secured Lender named Solifi on its 2023 Great Places to Work list. This recognition is testament to Solifi’s commitment to attract and retain talent by offering an employee value proposition that includes opportunities to learn and grow as part of a dynamic global team, market-competitive compensation and benefits, a flexible work

Jobma Wins Fall 2023 Top Performer Award in the Video Interviewing Category from SourceForge

  We’re honored to be recognized as Fall 2023 Top Performer by SourceForge. We understand the pivotal role video interviews play in recruitment, and we’re committed to providing top-notch solutions.” — Krishna Kant (Minnetonka, MN) — October 12, 2023 — Jobma, a leading video interviewing platform, announced today that it has been awarded the Fall 2023 Top Performer Award in the Video Interviewing Software category by SourceForge, the world’s largest

The Cenex® Brand in Partnership with Farmers Cooperative Oil of Elbow Lake and Wendell Name the West Central Ag Boosters Recipient of $25,000 Hometown Pride Grant

(Elbow Lake, MN) —  Oct. 9, 2023  — Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS, and Farmers Cooperative Oil of Elbow Lake and Wendell, have awarded the West Central Ag Boosters with a $25,000 Hometown Pride grant in support of Growing Grant County. The West Central Ag Boosters in support of Growing Grant County was nominated by Farmers Cooperative Oil of Elbow Lake and Wendell for its contributions to the West Central Area Schools, Ashby Public Schools

Be The Match Minneapolis

  (Minneapolis, MN) — Oct. 05, 2023  — On Saturday, September 30, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be The Match celebrated its 16th annual fundraising Gala at The Depot Minneapolis, an event dedicated to raising critical funds to support patients with life-threatening blood cancers and blood disorders. A remarkable $1.1 million was raised in one inspiring night. These funds go directly to providing patient assistance grants, pioneering research in the

Eco BCG Receives 2023 Best of Woodbury Award

  (Woodbury, MN) —  October 3, 2023  — Eco BCG has been selected for the 2023 Best of Woodbury Award in the Environmental Consultant category by the Woodbury Award Program. Each year, the Woodbury Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers

Announcing the 2023 National Gas Rodeo Championship Teams

  We’re continually inspired by the dedication these teams show, and not just during the rodeo, but every day on the job”   — Leigh Larson, president and CEO, MEA     (Bloomington, MN) — October 2, 2023 / — Teams of natural gas professionals competed in the National Gas Rodeo recently to prove their expertise in job-related skills. Forty teams from throughout the country participated in the 2023 rodeo, but

Patrick McFarland

(Anoka, MN) — September 27th, 2023 — Fifty years of doing anything is extraordinary. Fifty years of working for a Community Action Agency is nearly unheard of, but Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc. Executive Director Patrick McFarland has managed to do it. On Friday, ACCAP celebrated Patrick’s 50 years at the agency. He started as a community organizer and worked his way up to the top spot, holding various

TopLine Financial Credit Union Backpacks

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  Sept. 19, 2023  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, participated in Keystone Community Services’ school supply distribution event helping to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to local students and families. TopLine volunteers helped distribute 1,080 backpacks filled with school supplies based on age to support families in the Ramsey County area helping ensure youth in the community have

13th Annual Cyber Security Summit

  Awards will be presented to nine honorees on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at the Minneapolis Doubletree Hilton South. I can still remember the amazing feeling when I won a Visionary Leadership Award in 2016.” — Chris Buse, 2023 CSS VLA Committee Chair (Minneapolis, MN) —  September 19, 2023 — What was once news of an occasional data breach has become a daily barrage of security incident headlines. Compromised networks,

Minnesota Zoo AZA accreditation

The Zoo has been an accredited member since 1990 (Columbus, OH)  – September 15, 2023 – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced this week, during its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, that the Minnesota Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Every year, AZA sends over 200 accreditation inspectors around the world to review 60 to 70 applications for AZA accreditation. We also have nearly 40

Exceptional Diverse Business Owners Annual Awards

  Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking announced in Minneapolis Together, we honor each woman’s legacy of excellence and community upliftment” — Camille Burns, CEO of the WPO (Minneapolis, MN) —  September 21, 2023  — The Women Presidents Organization (WPO), in partnership with Women Elevating Women (W.E.W.), is proud to announce the honorees of the 2023 Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase

Beacon of Hope Day

  We’re truly amazed and humbled by the passion and dedication our employees have shown during our first Beacon of Hope Day”  — Kristy Brass     (Eden Prairie, MN) — September 21, 2023 — Beacon EmbeddedWorks, a discoverIE Group company and leading global provider of embedded electronics, proudly announces the successful completion of its first-ever Beacon of Hope Day, a company-wide initiative dedicated to giving back to the community

TopLine Financial Credit Union Back to School

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  Sept. 13, 2023  — TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, held their 20th Annual School Supply Drive that benefited local non-profits, Avenues for Youth, Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services. TopLine members and employees generously donated a variety of school supplies including notebooks, folders, binders, pencils, crayons, calculators, flash drives, backpacks and more to help youth in

Twelve from WEC Energy Group Receive MEA Awards for Helping People in Need

MEA presents Jose Herrera & Don Jackson of WEC Energy Group – Peoples Gas with Life Sustaining Awards and presents 10 others with Meritorious Service Awards. Jose and Don have reminded us to always take the time to check out situations that don’t look right. It can mean the difference between life and death.”  — Torrence Hinton, president of Peoples Gas   (Bloomington, MN) — September 14, 2023 — MEA

Maurices Denim Donation

Retailer Hosts In-Store Drive to Support Local Women in Need (Duluth, MN) —  Sept. 13, 2023  — Maurices, a leading women’s fashion brand, is pleased to announce its partnership with various local women-focused community organizations across the U.S. and Canada to host an in-store denim donation campaign. The re-jean event will take place in all its nearly 900 maurices stores starting September 15 and will continue until September 21, 2023. During the re-jean donation

Pioneer PBS Midwest Emmys

(Granite Falls, MN) —  Pioneer PBS stories and talent have received 22 nominations for the 2023 Upper Midwest Emmy® awards. Nominated programs are Postcards, Prairie Sportsman and Compass. Pioneer PBS’s arts, culture and history program, Postcards, received a record-setting 17 nominations. Postcards is produced by Dana Conroy, with videography and editing by Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske. Nominated stories also include editing by Mike Scholtz, animation by Tate Marshall and

Good Housekeeping's 2023 Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards

(St Paul, MN) — Sept 6, 2023 — Scotch-Brite® Swift Scrub Tub & Shower Wand is recognized in Good Housekeeping’s 2023 Best Cleaning & Organizing Awards. Utilizing the brand’s proprietary “precision scrubbing technology,” the product is named for its effectiveness in getting tough jobs done – quickly and effectively while keeping hands out of the “ick” when cleaning all the nooks and crannies around bathroom tubs, showers, fixtures and sinks. The

Minnesota Community Action Representatives

(Atlanta, GA) — August 31st, 2023 — Take a stroll with the newly minted Certified Community Action Professionals as they are recognized by the National Community Action Partnership at its Awards Gala last week in Atlanta. The gala was part of NCAP’s Annual Conference. The awarded credential recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge and application of the core competencies required to effectively carry out the vision, mission, purpose, and values

Liberty Utilities MEA Awards

  MEA presents three from Liberty Utilities with Life Sustaining Awards and presents four other employees with Meritorious Service Awards. (Bloomington, MN) —  August 28, 2023 — MEA Energy Association (MEA) is honored to present Eddie Hollis, crew leader; Chalon Spore, sr. construction operator; and Eric White, area manager, line operations, for Liberty Utilities, with Life Sustaining Awards. All were nominated by Laura Hovis, HRBP III, of Liberty Utilities. Hollis

Amazon Grant Bloomington Public Schools

  We are proud to be Minnesota’s leader in K-12 computer science education, expanding access to critical skills and future careers to all students…”   — Dr. Eric Melbye, Superintendent     (Bloomington, MN) —  August 21, 2023 — Amazon and Bloomington Public Schools today announced that a grant from Amazon will support computer science education and teacher professional development for 11 elementary schools in the district, impacting more than 4,049

Cargill Wins PDMA’s 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award

  Cargill honored for reimagining what is possible for food and agriculture   (Wayzata, MN)  — August 17, 2023 – Today, the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) named Cargill as a recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. Recognizing global innovation powerhouses such as Hershey, 3M, Medtronic, DuPont, Starbucks, BMW and Marriott – the OCI award is granted to organizations that deliver sustained and quantifiable success. This

Topline Financial Credit Union $4000 in Electronics

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  Aug. 16, 2023 —  TopLine Financial Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based member-owned financial services cooperative, donated laptops and iPads to local non-profit Avenues for Youth to assist young adults with online access to complete their schoolwork. TopLine donated 25 laptops and 2 iPads valued around $4,000, and these refurbished devices will be distributed to young adults in one of four Avenues for Youth programs to

Sezzle Awarded CNBC World’s Top Fintech Companies

(Minneapolis, MN) — Aug. 02, 2023  — Sezzle, a leader in the digital payments industry, has been recognized on CNBC’s list of World’s Top Fintech Companies 2023. This prestigious award is presented by CNBC and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced today, August 2nd, 2023, and can currently be viewed here on the CNBC website. For the first time, CNBC and

Minnesota Community Health Centers

  MN Community Health Centers provide high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for our medically underserved communities. (Minneapolis, MN) —  August 9, 2023 — For over 50 years, MN Community Health Centers (“MN Health Center”) have provided high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care in our State’s medically underserved communities, delivering value to, and having a significant impact on the Minnesota Health care system. As part of

Jobma Tech Cares 2023 Award

  We’re honored to receive this prestigious award that highlights our commitment to fostering a positive impact on both the communities and the world we live in.”   — Krishna Kant     (Minnetonka, MN) —  August 10, 2023 — Jobma, a leading video interviewing platform, announced today that it has won a Tech Cares 2023 award for its outstanding efforts in sustainable practices, employee-centric initiatives, and community engagement. The Tech

Arctic Wolf

  (Eden Prairie, MN) —  Aug. 08, 2023 — Arctic Wolf, a leader in security operations, has been named to the Forbes 2023 Cloud 100, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. With the number of cyberattacks continuing to rise, global companies are struggling to keep up with the evolving threat landscape

TopLine Credit Union Foundation Raises Over $47,000 at 7th Lawn Bowling Fundraiser

  (Maple Grove, MN) —  Aug. 01, 2023  — TopLine Credit Union Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of local member-owned financial cooperative TopLine Financial Credit Union, raised over $47,000 towards a scholarship fund that will help students with costs of higher education and will benefit other community non-profit partners at a recent lawn bowling fundraising event. The seventh TopLine Credit union Foundation charitable event took place at Brookview Golf Course

AIA Minnesota Announces 2023 Young Architects Award Recipients

  (Minneapolis, MN) — Aug 2nd, 2023—Two architects were selected for the 2023 Young Architects Award. This award is given by AIA Minnesota to individuals who, in the early stage of their architecture career, have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession. AIA Minnesota members who have been licensed to practice architecture less than 10 years are eligible for nomination. This year’s winners demonstrated excellence across all

National Theatre for Children NTC

  (Minneapolis, MN) — Aug. 01, 2023  — Halfway through summer 2023, The National Theatre for Children (NTC) looks back on the 2022-23 school year while preparing its live in-school and virtual education programs for fall 2023. The past school year saw an increase in the number of schools that welcomed outside assemblies as COVID restrictions lessened, allowing NTC’s actor-educators to perform shows for K-12 students on topics such as

Jennie-O Turkey Store Announces 4 Lucky Winners of $25,000 Grand Prize to Cap its School Cafeteria Takeover Campaign Hosted by Chef Carla Hall

Brand to provide each of the 4 winning schools with $25,000 to purchase new kitchen equipment and essential supplies (Willmar, MN) —  July 27, 2023  — The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — a category leader and one of the top turkey brands in the United States — announced that it has chosen four U.S. schools as winners of the company’s national School Cafeteria Takeover campaign, hosted by the Jennie-O® brand team and esteemed celebrity chef Carla Hall.