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Marco expands, receives recognition
Marco received the Microsoft SMB Partner of the Year Award for the Central Region for providing outstanding solutions and service and demonstrating excellent engagement. Gena Petrella, Marco, Inc., accepted the award on behalf of Marco at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.

The company also expanded with the purchase of Northeast Photo Company, Inc. (NEP), a copier and printer company located in Appleton and Green Bay, Wisconsin. NEP’s 38 employees join the Marco team.
Marco recently hired the following people:
  • Kayla Cook, DQM administrator
  • Chase Diebel, support desk technician
  • Mick Diederichs, returns & warranty representative
  • Daniella Kalla, purchasing support
  • Adam Schefers, inside sales
  • Steve Schulzetenberg, pro audio/video technician
  • Carrie Thompson, accounts receivable representative

IIW’s Leapaldt receives award; Hendrie joins firm
David Leapaldt, IIW Minnesota, received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award. This award recognizes one Minnesota architect annually for dedication to the profession of architecture through community volunteer activities and professional leadership. Leapaldt receives his award at the annual AIA Minnesota “Let’s Celebrate” awards dinner on December 5.
Christian Hendrie joined IIW Minnesota as an architect. He brings experience in senior health care and a specialization in historic preservation to the firm. He has over 15 years of experience working on education, municipal, housing, hospitality and health care facilities.
Freese joins PineCone Vision Center; Novak appointed to AOA committee
Dr. Kelly Freese, OD, joined the PineCone Vision Center staff. She graduated with honors from Cathedral High School and St. Cloud State University, and attended the New England College of Optometry in Boston.
Jennifer Novak, certified paraoptometric and practice administrator at PineCone Vision Center was appointed to the Communications Content Committee of the American Optometric Association (AOA).
St. Cloud Hospital earns recognition
St. Cloud Hospital’s cardiac surgery program received the top rating for heart bypass surgery from Consumer Reports magazine. The St. Cloud hospital is the only facility to achieve this recognition in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.
CentraCare announces new CEO, employee recognitions
Kenneth D. Holmen, MD, was named president and Chief Executive Officer of CentraCare Health. Holmen will take office January 1, 2015. Previously, Dr. Holmen was vice president of physician strategies and business development for HealthPartners, headquartered in Bloomington.

Greg Klugherz, chief financial officer for CentraCare Health, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.”
Albert J. Mercuri, MD, a hospitalist at CentraCare Clinic – River Campus, was recently honored with the Physician of Excellence award.
The organization hired four new hospitalists: Nichole Boettcher, MD; Sarah Polcher, DO; Christopher Wieland, MD; and Cory A. Yarke, MD PhD.
Chris Thompson, MD, joined CentraCare Clinic – Health Plaza as a family medicine physician. Thompson’s interests include skin conditions, sports medicine and children.
CentraCare Health System’s laboratory services received reaccreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). This accreditation covers both the St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Health Plaza and represents the highest standard of care for all patients.
PleasureLand RV opens new location
PleasureLand RV Center, Inc. opened the new PleasureLand RV Budget Lot in St. Cloud, off of Hwy. 10 and Airport Rd. The second St. Cloud location features lower to mid-priced, pre-owned RVs as well as pre-owned ice/fish houses, utility and cargo trailers.
Women’s Fund awards $94,000
The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation awarded $94,000 in grants to area organizations and programs this year. Recipients include the St. Cloud Children’s Home, St. Cloud Hospital and Whitney Senior Center.
Birthline receives donations
Birthline of Central Minnesota received over $3,000 from Catholic United Financial, a co-operative headquartered in St. Paul. Each year, Catholic United Financial designates a project where members can charitably give support to areas in need. This year, Birthline of St. Cloud was selected as the outreach project. The local organization also received blankets, diapers and clothing for infants to help support parents facing unplanned pregnancy.
Ebert elected organization president
Dyan Ebert, an attorney with Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A., was elected president of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA). The MDLA, composed of 750 members, serves the needs of lawyers engaged primarily in the defense and trial of civil disputes. Ebert focuses her practice on employment and governmental liability, insurance coverage and general casualty law.

Schuver named CFO of Rice Building Systems
Chris Schuver was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Rice Building Systems. Schuver, a graduate of St. John’s University, brings experience of banking and construction management to his new position and has been involved in numerous development projects.

CSB receives grant
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) received a $150,000 grant through the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to help create more paid internship opportunities for junior level CSB and Saint John’s University students. The grant will support 33 paid internships in 2015.
Draewell joins Rajkowski Hansmeier
Michelle M. Draewell joined Rajkowski Hansmeier as an associate attorney. Draewell holds a degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. She focuses her practice in the area of insurance defense and serves as a criminal prosecutor for the City of Waite Park.
Theis receives award
Robin Theis, housing and community services administrator at St. Benedict’s Senior Committee, received the Leadership Award: Senior Living from Care Providers of Minnesota. This award honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding innovation, achievement, and capabilities in their patient care services.

All Elements nominated for award
All Elements, Inc. was nominated for the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) Associate Member Company of the Year. MHA is a nonprofit trade organization with nearly 2,100 members throughout Minnesota.
Bus operator, Gillman, honored
The Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) named Metro Bus driver Jerry Gillman as the Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year. Gillman has worked as a Dial-a-Ride Driver for St. Cloud Metro Bus since 1999. Gillman is the second Metro Bus driver to receive this award since its inception.

Aanstad joins Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Brad Aanstad joins Farmers & Merchants State Bank – Sauk Rapids as a loan officer. He has 28 years of banking experience and will focus on all types of lending opportunities in the community.

Local business recognized as fastest-growing companies
Two local businesses earned recognition on the 2014 nation’s fastest-growing companies from Inc., a magazine and online business news source. Both companies have been on the list for three years. Out of 5,000 businesses, Netgain of St. Cloud was ranked 3,082 overall and Horizon Roofing was ranked 4,464. The annual list is comprised of independent companies based in the United States. Businesses are ranked according to the percentage growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period.
Erickson receives award
Daniel Erickson, ProcessPro product manager, was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Product Developer of the Year category. Stevie Award winners are selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process.
KEEPRS expands, relocates
KEEPRS, a supplier to the public safety industry for over sixteen years, is opening a new, open-to-the-public retail store location on West Division Street, St. Cloud. The 7,000 square foot facility includes new and used firearms, performance clothing, expanded duty gear product lines, top brands and products, as well as a full-service on-site alterations department and an all-new Firearm Simulator. The company anticipates opening the end of November.


Business Central Issue _ November/December 2014