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Mankato Banker Appointed to National Council for Community Bank Leaders

(Mankato, MN)—November 22, 2022 — American Bankers Association has selected David Krause, CEO, Pioneer Bank, to serve on ABA’s Community Bankers Council. Krause attended the ABA Community Bankers Council meeting in Washington, November 14-16. Bankers had discussions on the impacts of mid-term elections results, legislative priorities for the new Congress, debit and credit card interchange, data aggregation, P2P payments liability, cannabis banking, ECORA, NSF fees, central bank digital currency and

Gayle O’Connor Spirit Award

I personally feel that Sheila exemplifies the enthusiasm and dedication to the profession that Gayle exhibited throughout her career, especially her courage and boldness.”   — Tom O’Connor, Director Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center     (Minneapolis, MN) — November 18, 2022 — Setting the global standards for e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) is pleased to host the 3rd annual Gayle O’Connor GO Spirit Award where Sheila Grela will

Vicki Roscoe Erickson

  (Maplie Grove, MN) —  Nov. 16, 2022  — Twin Cities member-owned cooperative TopLine Financial Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications has been named one of Twin Cities Business 2022 Notable Leaders in Marketing. A complete list of those selected is available online at Twin Cities Business. As TopLine Financial Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Vicki Roscoe Erickson is responsible for overseeing all

Jason Haugen Canterbury Park

  (Shakopee, MN) — Nov. 14, 2022  — Canterbury Park Holding Corporation announced that current Director of Real Estate Development, Jason Haugen, has been named Vice President of Real Estate for Canterbury Park Development, LLC. In this newly created role, Haugen will continue his work overseeing the development of Canterbury Commons while also managing the growing portfolio of the Company’s real estate equity investments. “Jason’s promotion is a recognition of

2022 Hormel Heroes Scholarship

Scholarships support students with military backgrounds pursuing careers in culinary arts or a foodservice management program (Austin, MN) —  Nov. 11, 2022  — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the recipients of this year’s two $10,000 Hormel Heroes Scholarships. The Hormel Heroes Scholarship Program was created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or a foodservice management program.

Valéria Piccoli

(Minneapolis, MN) — November 7th, 2022 — The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) announced that Valéria Piccoli, Ph.D., will join the museum in the new role of Ken and Linda Cutler Chair of the Arts of the Americas and Curator of Latin American Art, following an extensive, global search. Piccoli comes to Mia from Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil, where she has been chief curator since 2012, curating exhibitions such

David S. Smith Predictive Oncology

  EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Predictive Oncology is pleased to announce the appointment of David S. Smith, JD, to the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Smith is a life sciences and corporate attorney, veteran biotech industry executive and leading authority on the legal issues surrounding the therapeutic use of human tissue and cells. He has extensive transactional experience, venture financings and regulatory matters for life sciences

Red Wing Shoe Company Allison Gettings

Gettings to Succeed Current CEO Mark Urdahl Upon His January 2023 Retirement (Red Wing, MN) — Oct. 20, 2022  — Red Wing Shoe Company today announced that its board of directors has named Allison Gettings president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Gettings, who is currently president, will assume the role of CEO following the planned retirement of Mark Urdahl who has served as the company’s CEO since 2016. Gettings will become the 10th CEO

Katie Larson

(Austin, MN) —  Oct. 10, 2022 — Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced the appointment of Katie Larson as senior vice president of human resources. Larson assumes responsibility for leading the global human resources function at the company, bringing more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership at Hormel Foods. Larson will continue the world-class employer philosophy at Hormel Foods, leading business-focused

Chris Lauer Tim Carroll

(Thief River Falls, MN) — Oct. 10, 2022 — Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components in stock for immediate shipment, is proud to announce that Chris Lauer, vice president of order fulfillment & logistics, has been named one of Twin Cities Business’ 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executives and Tim Carroll, global head of marketing and eCommerce, has been named one of Twin Cities Business’ 2022 Notable Executives in Marketing. “Both

Celebrity Chef Carla Hall and Jennie-O® Turkey Team to Honor Unsung Heroes: School Cafeteria Staff

The Makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand announced today a partnership with esteemed chef, cookbook author and beloved TV personality Carla Hall to honor school cafeteria staff throughout the country. (Willmar, MN) —  Oct. 12, 2022 — The Makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — the category leader and trusted brand for turkey products — announced today a partnership with esteemed chef, cookbook author and beloved TV personality Carla Hall to honor

Vanity Fair featuring CEO of Skingevity Med Spa

    We take the worry out of Longevity and bring you Skingevity.” — Amanda Lemmage (Spring Park, MN) — October 11, 2022 — As CEO and owner of Skingevity Med Spa, Amanda Lemmage has always been fascinated by the power of deep, holistic beauty. For nearly two decades, she’s been using that fascination to transform the aesthetic industry and help her patients pursue bold, confident, and healthy lives. Believing

Dr. Angela Parker

  Dr. Parker’s work at the intersection of Womanist thought, postcolonial theory, and biblical studies is so important in today’s world.” — Dean Kyle Roberts (St Paul, MN) —  October 7, 2022  — “Catching God’s Breath in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter” is the title presentation of this year’s Gustafson Lectureship in New Testament Studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. The event, headlined by Dr. Angela Parker, is

Stephen Dopp

  (Bloomington, MN) — Oct. 04, 2022 — LYNX Innovation Inc. is excited to announce today that Stephen Dopp, current LYNX Innovation president and board member, has been selected as the new chief executive officer, effective as of Oct. 1, 2022. Dopp succeeds co-founder Kurt McNall, who will maintain a position on the board. “It is a privilege to be a part of such an insightful and collaborative culture,” said

Bryan D. Den Hartog

Twin Cities Orthopaedic Surgeon to Serve Leading Foot and Ankle Society (Rosemont, Ill) — Sept. 16, 2022   — Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD, has been named president of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® (AOFAS), the leading organization for lower extremity medicine and foot and ankle surgery. In addition to leading the Society as president, Dr. Den Hartog will serve on the Board of Directors

Eric Ingvaldson

  (Minnetonka, MN) — Sept. 21, 2022  — Pineapple Energy Inc., a leading provider of sustainable solar energy and back-up power to households and small businesses, announced today that Eric Ingvaldson will become the Company’s Chief Financial Officer effective October 10, 2022. He succeeds Mark Fandrich, who resigned in August 2022. As Pineapple’s CFO, Mr. Ingvaldson will lead the Company’s finance organization and financial activities including accounting, corporate development, financial

Alex Wiesner Cottage Grove

(Cottage Grove, MN) — Sept 20, 2022 — Growing up, Alex Wiesner didn’t imagine he’d become a firefighter. However, through hard work and a commitment to serving his community, he did just that – and was recognized by the city of Cottage Grove as their 2021 Firefighter of the Year. Alex started his career as a muti-craft mechanic on the plant engineering maintenance team when he joined the 3M Cottage

Dan Boddy Elected President of MTTIA

(Manktato, MN) — Sept. 20, 2022 — South Central Collage has announced that it’s Auto Collision/Auto Body instructor, Dan Boddy, has been elected president of The Midwest Teachers of Transportation & Industrial Areas (MTTIA).   About MTTIA Mission: To provide professional development for teachers through the enhancement of technical skills and knowledge to better improve student achievement.  

Predictive Oncology Mel Engle

  (Eagan, MN) —  Sept. 16, 2022  — Predictive Oncology (NASDAQ: POAI) announced that J. Melville (“Mel”) Engle will retire as Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. To ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities, Mr. Engle will continue to serve in his role through October 31, 2022. Pursuant to policies regarding leadership succession, the governance committee of POAI’s Board of

Tim Dain NorthstarMLS

An industry innovator, Dain brings the experience and leadership needed to continue NorthstarMLS’ momentum and direction (Twin Cities, MN) — Sept. 14, 2022  — NorthstarMLS is pleased to announce that Tim Dain has joined the company as chief executive officer. In this role Dain will oversee daily operations of the regional multiple listing service (MLS) as well as lead new business development efforts including continued expansion of the organization’s common data platform (CDP)

Donna Webb Pathways Health

(Lake Elmo, MN) —  Sept. 12, 2022 — Pathway Health, a leading post-acute consulting services, interim management and education company, announced today that effective December 31, 2022, Donna Webb, Chief Operating Officer, will retire from the company after 25 years of service. She has assumed the new role of Chief Operating Officer Emeritus and will play an integral leadership role in the organization until her retirement. Consistent with the company’s

Paula Wittler PetVivo

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sept. 07, 2022 –PetVivo Holdings, Inc.  an emerging biomedical device company focused on the commercialization of innovative medical devices and therapeutics for companion animals and animal athletes is pleased to announce that Paula Wittler has accepted a position with the Company as its new Business Development Manager for the Western Region of the United States. “We are incredibly excited to add Paula to our sales and distribution

Liz Prior joins INSTANDA

(Minneapolis, MN) — Sept. 07, 2022 — INSTANDA, the no-code core insurance platform has announced the appointment of Liz Prior to its executive leadership team and the role of Chief Financial Officer. Her appointment comes at a pivotal moment for INSTANDA as it moves to expand its geographical presence in Europe, US, Japan, and the UAE, as well as to enhance its platform capabilities with the latest $45 million fundraising

Ray Posadas Winnebago Industries

(Eden Prairie, MN) — Sept. 06, 2022  — Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced the appointment of Ray Posadas as Vice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence, effective September 6, 2022. Posadas succeeds Steve Stuber, who was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Grand Design RV in April 2022. Chief Financial Officer Bryan Hughes commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Ray to the Winnebago

John Aeschbury

here are a lot of reasons these days to be discouraged about progress toward justice. The relationships are deeply encouraging. I am so happy to be in the fight for justice with all these people.” — John Aeschbury     (St Paul, MN) — September 8, 2022 – Rev. John Aeschbury, a 1985 alum of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, is the executive director of DART (Direct Action

Life Time Tom Bergmann to Retire

(Chanhassen, MN) —  Aug. 29, 2022 — Life Time® Group Holdings, Inc. announced that President and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas (Tom) Bergmann, has decided to retire from the Company on December 31, 2022. In conjunction with Bergmann’s retirement, the Company also announced that Robert (Bob) Houghton has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective August 28, 2022. Bergmann relinquished his Chief Financial Officer role concurrent with Houghton’s election and will remain President to support the transition

Princess Kay

(St Paul, MN) –Aug. 24, 2022 — Rachel Rynda (RIN-da), a 19-year-old college student from Montgomery, Minnesota, representing Le Sueur County, was crowned the 69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony August 24 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Rynda will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 2,100 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda and attends the University of Wisconsin

Jean Bowman Fergus Falls Communications Manager

(Fergus Falls, MN) — – August 25, 2022 – The City of Fergus Falls announced it hired Jean Bowman in the newly-created position of communications manager. “Bowman has the experience, knowledge of Fergus Falls and the enthusiasm to expertly serve the City and our communications needs,” said Andrew Bremseth, Fergus Falls City Administrator. Bremseth noted the complexities of keeping residents informed about city government. “Communication about city projects and services

Bassmaster Austin Feilix

(Mobridge SD) — Aug. 21, 2022  — Austin Felix views himself as a well-rounded angler but he loves to fish for smallmouth. So, it’s fitting Felix’s first Bassmaster Elite Series title would involve catching those big, beautiful brown fish. With a five-bass limit that weighed 16 pounds, 3 ounces on Championship Sunday, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native secured the victory at the Guarantee Rate Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe with a total of 71-9, earning $100,000 Felix overcame a

Gayle O'Connor Spirit Award

The GO Award will be presented on eDiscovery Day This award was not to be a recognition for climbing the corporate ladder or knowing the most about the industry, but more about the love and caring of others. Dear Gayle, you are wonderful and caring.”   — Candi Smith, Senior Technology and eDiscovery Specialist at Jabil (Minneapolis, MN) — August 22, 2022 — Setting the global standards for e-discovery, the

Chuck Mooty, Minnesota Business Hall of Fame Inductee, Joins Ōmcare Board of Directors

  As Ōmcare prepares for its commercial rollout of the Ōmcare Home Health Hub®, Chuck’s experience and laser-focused mindset will be instrumental for our national growth strategy.”   — Lisa Lavin   (Minneapolis, MN) — August 17, 2022 — Ōmcare announced that Chuck Mooty has joined their Board of Directors. Recently, Mooty was announced as a 2022 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame inductee for his many successes and thoughtful leadership throughout

Vista Outdoor Expands its Board of Directors with Two New Members

(Anoka, MN) —  Aug. 10, 2022  — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), the parent company of 40 renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products to consumers around the globe, is pleased to announce the addition of two independent members, Gerard Gibbons and Bruce Grooms, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Gibbons and Mr. Grooms were both elected to the Board of Directors by Vista Outdoor’s shareholders at the Company’s

BCBS Board of Trustees

Allianz Life President and CEO Jasmine Jirele and Agiliti CFO Jim Pekarek join governance of state’s leading health insurer (Eagan, MN) —  Aug. 8, 2022 — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced the appointments of Jasmine Jirele and Jim Pekarek to its Board of Trustees. Jirele is the president and CEO of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life), a leading provider of fixed index annuities, registered index-linked annuities and fixed index universal life insurance and

John Clark Jerry Rubatt MME

Jerry RubattME group inc., a leading full-service medical device and consumer product contract manufacturer, announced some changes in its leadership team. (Vadnais Heights, MN) —  August 3, 2022 — MME group inc., a leading full-service medical device and consumer product contract manufacturer, announced some changes in its leadership team. Jerry Rubatt was promoted to Director of Engineering and John Clark was promoted to Director of Manufacturing. As experienced individuals within

Frank Costabilo Consulting Announces Hiring of Web Architect Alex Peterson to the Team

I recently worked with Alex on a financial services company website project earlier this spring and Alex was so helpful and technically proficient that I realized that I had to hire him”  — Frank Costabilo   (Newport, MN) — July 25, 2022  — Frank Costabilo Consulting announces hiring of web architect and recent Hennepin Technical College graduate Alex Peterson to the team. “I recently worked with Alex on a financial

Andrea Davis Pinkney

(Minneapols, MN) — July 21st, 2022 — Andrea Davis Pinkney has been named the 2022 Kerlan Award winner. The Kerlan Award is given each year in recognition of an author or illustrator’s exceptional attainments in the creation of children’s literature and their generous contributions and support of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature. The award presentation is on Oct. 11, 2022, at the University of Minnesota

Rhonda Blanford-Green Joins rSchoolToday as DIEO Executive

rSchoolToday Announces Rhonda Blanford-Green as Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Educational Opportunities (Minneapolis, MN) –July 20, 2022 — To further the company’s commitment to supporting administrators, rSchoolToday, makers of the most-adopted Scheduling and Publishing platform for athletics & activities, has hired Rhonda Blanford-Green as Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Educational Opportunities. In its process, rSchoolToday has been intentional about bringing on a DIEO leader that aligns with its

Solifi names Mithu Bhargava as president

  (Minneapolis, MN) —  July 12, 2022  — Solifi™, a global fintech software partner for secured finance, announced that Mithu Bhargava joined the company as its first president. In this newly created position on the Solifi executive team, Bhargava brings more than 20 years of operational leadership to drive the delivery of scalable, sustainable, high-performing software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for the secured finance industry. “I am delighted to welcome Mithu to

Anti-Racist Initiatives Launched at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

      Anti-racist initiatives, under Dr. Green’s leadership, will bring together the places within United where this racial justice work is already being done. I look forward to deepening relationships with the United community, community partners, and the public to live into a reality where white supremacy is continually rendered a thing of the past.” — Rev. Dr. Gary Green II   (St Paul, MN) — July 7, 2022

Brainerd Rise through the Ranks

(Nashville, TN) — July 7th, 2022 — Scholarship recipients for the 2022 Rising Through the Ranks program have been announced by the RAB, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio. The 14th annual “Rising Through the Ranks” will be a hybrid event starting with a virtual session taking place Aug. 2 and leading up to the in-person event Aug. 9-11 at the BMI Nashville office. The professional development course

Kimberly Olson

(Oakdale, Mn) — June 28, 2022 — St. Croix Hospice is proud to announce that Chief Compliance Officer Kimberly Olson RN, PHN, CHPN, CHC has been chosen as one of Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Minnesota for 2022. Women We Admire provides news and information on today’s women leaders in business, entertainment, sports, motherhood, medicine, law, and many other fields. Each year they recognize distinguished women leaders throughout the United

Hormel Foods EVP Deanna Brady Receives Top Women in Grocery Honor

Deanna Brady, executive vice president of Refrigerated Foods at Hormel Foods   (Austin, MN) — June 29, 2022 — Hormel Foods Corporation, (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced Executive Vice President of Refrigerated Foods Deanna Brady is on the 2022 Top Women in Grocery list compiled each year by Progressive Grocer magazine. Progressive Grocer’s 2022 Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes the integral role women play across

Rachel Evangelisto Miss Minnesota

(Eden Prairie, MN) — June 29th, 2022 — Miss Minnesota has crowned Rachel Evangelisto Miss Minnesota.   Rachel is the 1st Indigenous Woman to hold the title.   Rachel grew up watching the Miss America competition and wanted to emulate the empowered women she saw on television. She stepped on stage for her first pageant at the age of 13 and has since been awarded over $23,000 in scholarships. In addition,

Greta Stark-Kraker

(St Cloud, MN) — June 27th, 2022 —  “Central Minnesota is my hometown, I’ve grown up here in more ways than just one,” says Greta Stark-Kraker, the next Executive Director for the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). “I believe that everyone should have a seat and a voice at the table, as I step into this new role, my goal is to bring our community together to focus on the

Sumair Sheikh

(Duluth, MN)  —  June 14, 2022  — The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has named Sumair Sheikh, a seasoned nonprofit, city and community leader, as the new executive director of LISC Duluth. Sheikh will spearhead a LISC program that has invested nearly $86 million in affordable housing, small businesses, health, education, community safety and jobs throughout Duluth over the last 25 years—all with an eye toward breaking down race and class barriers that keep

Gary Jamison

Florence Makope Joins Hormel Foods as New Vice President and Treasurer (Austin, MN) —  June 21, 2022 — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), a Fortune 500 global branded food company, today announced that Gary Jamison, vice president and treasurer, will be retiring after a 34-year career with the company. The company also announced it has appointed Florence Makope to succeed Jamison as vice president and treasurer. Makope, who joins Hormel Foods

Andres Caballero

(Apple Valley, MN) —  June 17, 2022 — Uponor Corporation (Uponor) has named Andres Caballero president of its Building Solutions – North America division and a member of the Executive Committee at Uponor. He will be based in Apple Valley, Minn., reporting to Michael Rauterkus, president and CEO, Uponor Corporation. Andres has extensive leadership experience, including more than a decade at Honeywell International Inc., leading global businesses in Environmental and Control Solutions, Building Solutions, Honeywell Homes,

Carlton Man Named 2021 ATV Safety Instructor of the Year

(Carlton, MN) — June 16th, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Eric Senarighi, a Carlton resident and president of the Carlton County Riders ATV Club, as the 2021 ATV Safety Instructor of the Year. Senarighi is a longtime ATV enthusiast who has taught ATV safety, through the club and individually, for years. The club trains about 100 kids per year during classes in the spring and

Doyal, Christianson recognized at 38th annual FEW

Randall Doyal and John Christianson were recognized for their service and commitment to the biofuels industry at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo   (Minneapolis, MN) — June 14, 2022  — Two ethanol industry veterans, each with careers spanning four decades, were recognized for their longtime service and commitment to the biofuels industry Tuesday morning at the world’s largest ethanol conference, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW),

Steve LaCroix

Former Minnesota Vikings EVP & CMO to Drive Growth & Strategic Planning for Esports Entertainment & Gaming Industry Start-Up  (Bloomington, MN) — June 2, 2022  — Wisdom Gaming, the emerging leader in esports entertainment, today announced that former Minnesota Vikings EVP & CMO Steve LaCroix joins the company’s leadership team as President of Wisdom Gaming. LaCroix steps into this role as an expansion of Wisdom Gaming’s partnership that started with