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Kramer gets ICBM post

James Kramer, chairman/CEO of Altura State Bank, was elected Second Vice Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota during the association’s annual convention Aug. 9-12.

Kramer is the third generation of his family to lead the bank founded by his grandfather in 1910, and Kramer’s son, Peter, has also joined the bank.

ICBM, headquartered in Eagan, represents more than 540 independent community bank locations with assets exceeding $24 billion.

Insty-Prints wins sales award


Richard and Jennifer Weiss and Marty Hedstrom, owners of Insty-Prints in Rochester, were recently honored by Allegra Network with the franchise system’s Sales Excellence Award.

Insty-Prints is a member of Allegra Network, one of the world’s largest marketing, print and graphic communications franchises linking more than 500 locations in North America.

Chamber leaders named

Joe Maher will lead the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as its 2012-13 chair. He is general manager of UPM, Blandin Paper, in Grand Rapids.

Other Minnesota Chamber officers are: chair-elect – Jeff DeYoung, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Minneapolis; secretary-treasurer – Todd Paulson, RTP Company, Winona; immediate past chair – Jon Campbell, Wells Fargo & Co., Minneapolis.

Elected to represent past board chairs was Joe Swedberg, Hormel Foods Corp. in Austin.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization, representing approximately 2,300 businesses and more than a half-million employees on state public policy and regulatory issues.

Shepard joins Mid-American Financial Group


Mid American Financial Group is pleased to announce that Eric Shepard has joined the organization as a managing associate. He will be managing the firm’s business performance, including good business practices and sales growth.

Shepard is a member of NAIFA, the Knights of Columbus, and the Rochester Chamber of Commerce; and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He has worked in the financial services industry for 14 years.

Mid American Financial Group offers a broad array of financial products and services including life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, mutual funds and other investment products. The firm is located at 3143 Superior Drive N.W., Suite C.

Kraus-Anderson adds staff

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. has named Justin Webster as project manager in the company’s new regional office that opened last month in Rochester, Minn. 

Webster joined Kraus-Anderson in 2005 as a project manager in the company’s Minneapolis office. He has overseen dozens of developments in the retail, commercial, education, government and manufacturing sectors. He received his bachelor's degree in interior design and construction management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds certifications in Healthcare Construction and Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Kraus-Anderson has also hired Jessica Oeltjen as project assistant in the Rochester office. She received her B.A. in Architecture from Iowa State University.

Grinde promoted


Rochester Medical Corp. has promoted Sarah L. Grinde to vice president of development and research.

 Grinde is responsible for project management, product development and business activities related to the strategic deployment and introduction of new technologies and products on a global basis.

Stewartville-based Rochester Medical is a leading developer, innovator, and marketer of continence care products worldwide. It is headquartered in Stewartville, MN and has subsidiaries in the UK and the Netherlands. The company has approximately 400 employees.

Pierson gets JD

Nels Pierson of Edina Realty Rochester has earned a Juris Doctor degree from Hamline

University School of Law.  Pierson hopes to use his Law Degree to further his career and personal endeavors in real estate, both residential and commercial.

Altura State Bank honored

The Independent Community Bankers of America recognizes Altura State Bank in Altura for reaching its 70th year as a member of ICBA, the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the nation’s more than 7,000 community banks.

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