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• Edward Jones financial advisor Kevin Klepper announced that a second financial advisor, Molly Deml, has joined his office in Alexandria as of January 6, 2014.

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“I am really looking forward to working with Kevin,” said Deml. “I’ll have all the advantages of working with an experienced investment professional while getting to know local investors. This will be a tremendous opportunity to increase my investment knowledge and hone my customer service skills.”

Deml will work out of Klepper’s office over the next year and then will continue serving investors throughout the area.

The branch office is located at 117 6th Avenue East, Alexandria. The telephone number is (320) 762-2337.

• Ethan Harvey of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) was promoted to the position of wetland specialist. Harvey is a certified wetland delineator who has been with the firm since 2004. In this new role, he will assist with technical issues on wetland projects among the firm’s eight offices.

Harvey has worked on more than 200 wetland delineation projects that have ranged in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres. His projects have included all vegetation types found in Minnesota’s, North Dakota’s and Wisconsin’s wetlands, as well as agricultural lands and atypical situations.

In addition to delineating wetlands and wetland permitting, his responsibilities at WSN include soil and groundwater sampling and gathering field data for environmental investigations. He also serves as a board member of the Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association.

• Knute Nelson in Alexandria has four business-related items to report:

Angie Urman, senior vice president of operations at Knute Nelson, was elected as chair of Care Ventures Cooperative. Care Ventures Cooperative, comprised of 17 care centers, was founded by a group of long-term, rural care facility leaders.

The goals and strategies of the cooperative are built upon five core values of cooperation, mutual support, stewardship, ethical practice and innovation. Together they have worked on multiple quality improvement projects that positively impact the quality of care provided at member care centers.

Mark Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Knute Nelson, was elected as secretary/treasurer of the Aging Services of Minnesota board.

Aging Services of Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit membership association that represents providers of housing, health care and community services for the elderly and disabled. The goal is to enhance the ability of its members to provide for the well-being of older people in their communities through residential, supportive living and health care services.

Marnie Gugisberg, chief financial officer and senior vice president of Knute Nelson, was elected as director on the Aging Service Group Board of Directors. Aging Services Group develops products and services that benefit Aging Services of Minnesota members through group purchasing activities.

Katie Perry, foundation executive director and vice president of Knute Nelson, was elected as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) central and southwest Minnesota chapter.

AFP works to advance philanthropy through the development and growth of fundraising professionals promoting high ethical standards. Perry was also recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International marking experienced fund development professionals who adhere to the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.

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