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Norm Doty has been named general manager of Express Personnel Services in Rochester. Doty formerly was advertising director for the Post-Bulletin. He succeeds Julie Ozcelebi, who left several months ago. He has also completed a three-week course on recruitment and placement of temporary, full-time and executive job seekers at the company's Oklahoma City headquarters. -----

Steve Benning of Rochester has opened Steve Benning Electric, offering residential, commercial and industrial electrical work. He has worked 20 years in the trade, most recently as an electrician with H &; H Electric Inc. of Rochester. -----

Mark Lindstrom has been promoted to tax manager for Hansen, Jergenson, Nergaard &; Co., a Minneapolis-based firm of certified public accountants and management consultants. Lindstrom formerly was tax supervisor. He is the son of Larry and Darlene Lindstrom of Rochester. ----- James Nigon of Eastwood Insurance Agency in Eyota recently received the Agency Achievement Award from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. of Grinnell, Iowa, for his 1995 sales performance. -----

John F. Connelly has moved to sales manager of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau after three years as its executive director. ------

Brenda Riggott, vice president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim administrator through the end of September while the bureau's board of directors studies ways to reorganize. The study should be completed early in the fall, Riggott said.


The bureau has four sales representatives, including Connelly. -----

Steven P. Hicks has joined Marquette Bank Rochester as vice president of its business banking department. He previously was vice president for commercial lending at the Mahaska State Bank in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he had worked for eight years. -----

Nancy Zimmerman, director of finance for United Way of Olmsted County, has been re-elected president of the Southern Minnesota Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Other 1996-97 officers, all re-elected are: Secretary, Shelly Wegman, accountant with C.O. Brown Agency; treasurer, Randall Acker, controller for Exhibitor Magazine; vice president for administration and finance, Barabara Parks, accountant for Lourdes High School Development Fund, which operates Circus World Bingo; vice president for communications and community relations, Marvin Reineke, accountant with Coffman Nehring Christopherson &; Ferguson; vice president for membership, Sandra Severson, business manager at Post-Bullein Co.; and vice president for professional education, Michael Adkins, assistant vice president and portfolio manager in the trust department at First Bank Rochester. -----

Midwest Wireless Communications of Mankato, which does business as Cellular 2000, has acquired the Olmsted County and Rochester cellular telephone operations of United States Cellular. The new owner plans to increase coverage of the area and expand in the future. -----

Art Connection, a retail gallery and home accessories store, recently opened on the skyway level in the First Bank Centerplace Building. Owned by Sharon Tuntland of Rochester, the store has available art work ranging from $25 prints to $5,000 originals, as well as home and office accessories. Tuntland also operates Art Consulting Services, which offers art leasing and seasonal interior decorating services. -----

Wini's Gentle Touch Grooming, a grooming service for dogs, has opened at 101 10th St. N.E. in Rochester. The new business specializes in treating small dogs and those that are frail or impaired. The owner is Wini Bender. -----

Roscoe's Root Beer and Ribs of Rochester won first place for best pork barbecue at the Ninth Annual Cedar Rapids, Iowa, BBQ Roundup. This year's event served 31,000 people. Steve Ross is Roscoe's owner. -----

Chris Granrud, a Rochester-based agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., recently won the company's Pacesetter Award for sales performance during his first six months with the insurer. -----


Howard Lower of Lower Photography and Henry Pattridge of Your Animal's Best Care conducted a joint fund-raiser that netted $460 for Paws &; Claws. Pet owners paid Paws &; Claws $5 for each pet portrait Lower took of their animals and Lower matched the donations. Your Animal's Best Care donated prizes for the top three pets and two honorable mentions. -----

William C. Rohe has been named executive vice president and chief executive officer of Lewiston Bank, in addition to his present duties as president and CEO of the Security State Bank in Wykoff. As a result of Rohe's promotion, Bruce R. Klein has been promoted to senior vice president and office manager of the Lewiston Bank, where he previously served as assistant vice president. At the Security State Bank in Wykoff, Dawn Stevenson has been promoted to assistant loan officer and Craig Trout has been promoted to senior vice president and manager of the Wykoff office. -----

Robert W. Bunke of rural Rushford has been inducted into the U.S. Independent Telephone Hall of Fame after an industry career spanning four decades. A native of the Hart area in Winona County, he was the first employee of Ace Telephone Association of Houston and became its top executive in 1975. He also was a co-founder of Cencom Inc., and, when that firm was purchased, became an executive of Pacific Telecom Inc., now doing business as PTI Inc. of Tomah, Wis. Bunke also was 1979 president of the U.S. Independent Telephone Association and a director for 24 years before retiring in 1991. -----

Steve Meyer of C.O. Brown Agency has been honored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors for ``his steadfast commitment to continuing education.'' ---

Tonna Heating &; Cooling has been recognized by the Carrier Corp. newsletter for a scholarship/summer internship program it has for heating and air conditioning students at Red Wing Technical College. -----

Edina Realty has broken ground for a new office at 1301 Salem Road S.W. Completion is expected this fall. -----

Professional engineer Al Hiniker has been promoted to associate in Rochester-based design firm TSP/Eos. The promotion places him on track to become a principal in the firm. A 14-year employee, Hiniker leads the firm's structural department. -----

Joel Urch has been promoted to newly created position of manager of engineering and quality control for McNeilus Cos. Inc. of Dodge Center. Urch, now general manager for Iowa operations, will maintain that post, while assuming management of McNeilus' engineering, quality control and development of production processes at McNeilus' Dodge Center plant. McNeilus operates manufacturing plants in Riceville and McIntire in northeastern Iowa, which produce components for assembly at the main Dodge Center factory. McNeilus manufactures concrete mixer trucks and portable mixing plants. -----


Diet Center at Valhalla Center in Rochester was the top-selling franchise among 600 in the Ohio-based chain for June. The owner and operator is Jill Bailey of Rochester. -----

Two portraits from Hart Photography of Rochester recently placed in the top 25 among about 20,000 photos in the National Tiny Tots and Big Kids Shots contest sponsored by McKenna Color Lab of Waterloo, Iowa, and Phoenix, Ariz.

Owners Jerry and Lisa Hart, also operate a store in New Hampton, Iowa. -----

Bob Kruse, a registered representative of the Financial Network Investment Corp., was honored as one of the firm's top producers at a July conference in San Diego. Kruse offers investment services through Members Investment Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM Mid America Credit Union. ------

Albin F. Moschner, former assistant general manager at IBM Rochester, resigned as chief executive and president of Zenith Electronics Corp. after just more than a year in the post. Moscher negotiated the $350 million takeover of television-maker Zenith by LG Electronics Inc. of South Korea. He resigned two days after the Illinois-based company reported a six-month loss of $68.5 million. Moschner had worked at IBM Rochester from 1984 to 1988, mostly in the No. 2 position at the site. ------

Stephen V. Matusiewicz has joined Kahler Realty Corp. as director for Kahler Hospitality Services, which operates concessions and catering at Mayo Civic Center. He formerly directed food operations at Charter House senior citizen complex, part of the Mayo Foundation. Matusiewicz replaces Ann Cook, who left the company. ------ Farmers Insurance Group District Manager Bill St. Martin, along with agents Jim Ditlevson, John Sawyers and Steve Strauss, have been named to the insurer's Topper Club for placing among the top 20 percent of company agents in 1995 sales. -----

Agent Steve Meyer of C.O. Brown Agency in Rochester was honored by the Certified Insurance Counselors for maintaining the professional designation for more than five years through continuing qualification. ------ Bill Geisser, owner of AMG Tax Service in Rochester, has been designated an enrolled agent by the Internal Revenue Service, allowing him to represent clients directly before the tax agency. ------

David John Fashion Theatre, a modeling, talent and personal development firm, celebrated its grand opening with tours and an open house Aug. 9. The business, at 400 S. Broadway, is operated by David John Huber. -----

The Supported Employment Department of PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota has moved to 829 Third Ave. S.E. -----

Jim Syverson has joined Ziebart TidyCar in Rochester as sales manager. ----- Paul E. Schutte, assistant manager of operations for Lakeside Foods in Plainview, has been promoted to quality assurance manager for the processing plant. A two-year employee, he will manage all vegetable and meat quality operations. Lakeside primarily processes and packs sweet corn and green peas. It also packages microwaveable meals under contract with Hormel Foods Corp. ------

Richard D. Keane, general manager of Pine Island Telephone Co., recently was elected vice president of the Minnesota Telephone Association. He has served as a director and on a number of committees for a number of years. The trade association represents 87 phone companies statewide. Keane was also recently named to the board of directors for Polaris Telecom, a subsidiary of Minnesota Equal Access Network Services Inc. ------

Production coordinator Rick Ward has been promoted to production manager for TCI of Southern Minnesota. He has worked for TCI for 2-1/2 years. Peter Van Den Heuvel has been promoted to sales manager for TCI Cable Marketplace. A two-year employee, he had been an account executive with TCI Media Services, which operates Cable Marketplace in Rochester, Winona, Austin, Albert Lea and Faribault areas. ----- Ron Fiscus, director of planning and landscape architecture at Yaggy Colby Associates in Rochester, has been re-elected to a two-year term as southern district director for the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association. The group is a professional association. ------

MEPC American Properties, which owns and operates Apache Mall in Rochester, has been renamed MEPC American Companies to reflect a broader base of properties. MEPC now holds 13 million square feet of retail, office and industrial space valued at $1 billion. About 74 percent of holdings are in regional shopping centers. ------ Kahler Plaza and Radisson Plaza hotels in Rochester, as well as the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, have won the Four Diamond Award from the American Automobile Association for excellence in lodging. The rating will be listed in AAA's 1996 Tour Book, published for club members. The St. James has been recognized for 17 consecutive years, and the Kahler Plaza and Radisson Plaza have won for seven and six years respectively. ------

Longtime Rochester banker Wallace J. Nigbur has been elected vice president and manager of business banking of Premier Bank Rochester. Nigbur, who has more than 29 years' experience in the industry, is a past president of Sterling State Bank of Rochester. -----

Rochester native Paul R. Dahlberg has been named managing attorney in the Rochester office of Meshbesher &; Spence Ltd. Dahlberg, who represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, has worked in the firm's Rochester office since mid-1994. ----- Rochester native David Healey, most recently vice president of management recruiting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. of Bloomington, Minn., has launched Healey Executive Search Inc. Healey primarily has recruited chief executive officers, presidents and other senior-level executives during a 25-year career. He lives in Minnetonka, Minn. -----

Larry Holst, general manager of Pine Island Farmers Elevator for the past seven years, left the cooperative on May 1 to join Harvest States Cooperative of St. Paul as loan officer and business planner for southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. He will continue to live in Pine Island. Assistant manager Ron Melton has been named interim manager while cooperative directors search for a successor. ----- Austin attorney Steven T. Rizzi Jr. has been elected chairman of the Minnesota School Boards Association Council of Attorneys after serving eight years as a council director. The council assists public school districts and their attorneys in legal matters. -----

Troy Staven of Stewartville recently took third place in the National Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Contest at the Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis. Staven is a fourth-year apprentice with the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local No. 10 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of Rochester. He works at Himec/Shied in Rochester. -----

Insty-Prints of Rochester recently was recognized with the Big 10 Award for ranking among the top 10 owners in the chain, which has 300 franchises worldwide. Owners Marty and Suzanne Hedstrom also were named to the Million Dollar Club, given to multistore owners selling more than $1 million in printing a year. The Hedstroms operate Insty-Prints at Northbrook and Hillcrest shopping centers as well as at 440 Third Ave. S.E., all in Rochester. -----

Lois Till-Tarata, assistant adminstrator for Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, recently was certified as a professional in human resources by the credentialing body for the Society for Human Resource Management. ----- Discus Acquisition Corp, which purchased Peerless Chain Co. of Winona in December 1995, has changed its name to Peerless Industrial Group Inc. The Minneapolis-based company is a holding company formed with the proceeds of the sale of 10 Fuddruckers restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Peerless Chain continues to manufacture commercial and industrial chain and wire products. ----- Bob Groettum has become part-owner of Schmidt Goodman Office Products Inc. in Rochester. A 14-year employee, Groettum also is sales manager for office furniture. He joins Bill Kepper and Dick Goodman as owners. Schmidt Goodman sells office supplies and furnishings throughout southeastern Minnesota, as well as operating a design service. The company employs 35 workers. -----

Joseph C. Weis, chairman of the board for Weis Builders Inc. of Rochester, recently was appointed to the board of directors for Minnesota Technology Inc., a non-profit technology organization. He replaces Chub Stewart, owner of Rochester Technical Services, who retired from the 14-member board. ------ Brian C. Senjem, formerly of Hayfield and a graduate of Rochester Community College, has been named Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Senjem owns Senjem Enterprises of Mankato, which sells computer hardware, software and related services. ------

Christine A. Leska, an optometrist at Kasson Eye Care in Kasson, recently was named 1996 Minnesota Optometrist of the Year for numerous contributions to the Minnesota Optometric Association and the profession. She was treasurer of the association from 1991 through 1995 and also has worked with a project providing free eye examinations to low-income families. ------ Former IBMer Leonard Broich Jr. of Rochester has been named vice president of marketing for SAMAC Software Products Ltd. of St. Gallen, Switzerland, near Zurich. He had been a program manager in software marketing for the AS/400 Division at IBM Rochester prior to retiring after a 32-year career with the computer firm. Based at St. Gallen, he will be responsible for marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. SAMAC produces MIT Data Warehouse software, which is used by high-end or multiple AS/400s to analyze large volumes of data. -----

Rochester attorney Alan J. Yanowitz recently was elected a fellow of the Amnerican College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The college is comprised of lawyers who focus their practice on trust and estate planning and related taxation matters. -----

Chesapeake Bagel Bakery has opened its second Rochester outlet on the third floor of the Centerplace Galleria Shopping Center. Jennifer Feils leads a staff of more than a dozen workers in the franchised store, which is owned by Dean Boyum of Rochester. Cheseapeake offers bagels, pastries, coffees and other beverages. The eating place seats 49. -----

Four new members have been named to the Job Training Center Board in Rochester. They are: Mark Delehanty, law partner with Klampe and Delehanty in Rochester; Roland Hirman, president of Hirman Insurers in Rochester; Rita Kearns, human resources manager with DS Manufacturing in Pine Island; and Linda Neimeyer, administrative assistant at Touhy Furniture in Chatfield. The Job Training Center is an educational center that teaches entry-level skills to low-income people, minorities and dislocated workers. ----- Shade Inc. of Rochester, which sells energy-saving window film, awnings and other solar protection for buildings, recently was sold to Kathy Maloney of Spring Valley and Tom Johnson of Stewartville. Former owner E.J. Klampe will remain in the business as head of marketing and sales. The new owners plan to expand into a complete line of name-brand shades and blinds. Maloney and Johnson also own Century Liquor in Austin. ------

Erickson's Diversified Corp. of Hudson, Wis., has completed its acquisition of supermarkets econofoods in Rochester and Food Bonanza in Red Wing on SundayJune 2. With the additions, Erickson's now has 19 stores and 1,800 employees in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It also owns Erickson Foods and More-4 Stores. ------

Alternative Living Services of Brookfield, Wis, recently broke ground for WovenHeart, an assisted living residence for the elderly, in Owatonna. The complex will open this fall. Alternative Living Services operates 43 residences in four states. ----- The Goodwill/Easter Seal store in Rochester recently was named Store of the Year for 1995 for a 36 percent increase in sales compared to the prior year. Numbers of customers also rose 31 percent to more than 101,000. Goodwill/Easter Seal operates a used goods store on the city's north side to benefit its programs supporting people with physical disabilities or other disadvantages in employment or education. ----- Hampton Inn at Rochester was ranked third in total quality among the chain's 500 hotels for 1995, winning a Circle of Excellence Award from parent Promus Hotel Corp. Dan Hampton is the general manager. -----

Tom Murray, retired facilities engineer for IBM Rochester, recently was elected president of Ability Building Center Inc. of Rochester. Other officers elected to one-year terms were: vice president, Dave Stenhaug, vice president for Norwest Investment Management and Trust in Rochester; Deborah Garry, program manager for marketing communications at IBM Rochester; and treasurer, Dick Quinn, retired from IBM Rochester's finance department. Newly named to the board of directors for four-year terms were: the Rev. Virgil Duellman, pastor of Queen of Angels Catholic Chruch in Austin; Joe Gunnison, work experience coordinator for Rochester Schools; and Judy Tollefsrud, owner of J. Tollefsrud Insurance at Spring Grove and client coordinator for Houston County Group Homes.

Several members were re-elected to two-year terms on the affiliated ABC Foundation board of directors. They are: Cliff Jossart, senior vice president and cashier for Marquette Bank Rochester; Marv Muller, retired from IBM Rochester; Garry and Tollefsrud, listed above. -----

Susan MacDonald of Rochester Orthopedics, recently was certified in orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Orthotics is the science of designing and fitting mechanical supports for weakened joints and limbs. MacDonald also holds certification in prosthetics, the science of artificial limbs. -----

Gil Wilkins of Wilkins &; Associates Inc. in Rochester has completed the trainers' course in occupational safety and health standards for general industry and is now authorized by the U.S. Department of Lador to teach voluntary compliance OSHA courses for industry and construction.@et

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