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• American Solutions for Business (ASB) recently named Amy Lamb the director of sales recruitment and retention. Lamb, who has been with ASB for 16 years, held positions in human resources, sales and most recently as a recruiting specialist.


In her new position, she will work to further develop and grow ASB’s recruiting process and will be assisted by a six-member home office sales support team.

Also joining the recruitment and retention team is Kim Hoffmann, who has 11 years of expertise in the human resource industry and will be specializing in the onboarding of new sales associates. Hoffmann has been with ASB for five years.

• Alexandria Industries recently promoted Brad Hoven to president of its Alexandria Extrusion facility in Alexandria. Hoven will be responsible for business operations and profitability, overseeing manufacturing areas and production. Hoven also will remain general manager for Alexandria Precision Machining, one of Alexandria Industries’ seven divisions.

Using quick response manufacturing (QRM) principles and process improvement tools, Hoven will work closely with employees to guide the facility’s manufacturing capabilities and achieve its high-performance production goals.

Hoven has actively supported multiple community initiatives and served on numerous local boards. He previously served as an advisory committee member for Alexandria Technical and Community College and was a member of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission’s GAIN Advisory committee.

• Carol Meissner has served on the Caring Hands Dental Clinic Board since 2006 and has recently retired from the board. Meissner is an RN-PHN supervisor with Douglas County Public Health/Hospice. Meissner has many memories of the clinic and has seen it go through the changes from concept to reality.

Tami Miller is replacing Meissner on the board. Miller has spent 32 years as a dental hygienist after graduating from Normandale College in Bloomington. She is married to Mark Miller, and they have three sons. They moved to Alexandria last July from the Twin Cities.

Dr. James Walz is also new on the board. Walz is an Alexandria native and recently moved back after retiring from his dental practice in Plainview. He brings many years of dental experience to the board. Walz replaces Sonja Paulson, who retired from the board last year.

Caring Hands Dental Clinic provides dental care and education to citizens of all ages served by Minnesota Health Care Programs.

• Bremer Bank loan officer Doug Jossart was recently named a Top Producing Loan Officer by Minnesota Housing. Jossart was recognized for his work on FHA and Home Help loans completed in the last six months of 2013.

Jossart is a mortgage loan officer for Bremer Financial Services in the Alexandria branch location. He has 34 years of banking experience, including 28 years working in the mortgage industry. He has been working in mortgage at Bremer for nine years.

• During spring cleaning this year, set aside unneeded clothing and household textiles and then donate them to Goodwill at a local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores.

For each item donated, customers will receive a coupon for up to 25 percent off regular and sale prices. The spring Goodwill sale takes place from March 13 to 29.

Donations will be sold at Goodwill stores within the communities in which they are collected. The revenue from the donation sales will fund job training programs and other community-based services that help people find jobs and care for their families. One bag of clothes creates one hour of on-the-job training for someone who needs employment assistance.

Every year, Goodwill provides employment training, job placement, financial education, youth mentoring and more to millions of people throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, visit

• Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) recently received the 2013 Legislator of the Year award from the Legislative Evaluation Assembly.

The Legislative Evaluation Assembly of Minnesota is an all-volunteer nonprofit that principles its evaluation on constitutionalism, limited government, free enterprise, legal and moral order with justice and individual liberty and dignity.

Ingebrigtsen can be contacted at (651) 297-8063 or

• Rice Home Medical announced that Kate VanderWeyst has recently passed her certification exam to become an assistive technology professional (ATP). The ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in evaluating and assessing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and providing training and implementation for the customer and caregivers in the use of the selected device.

To earn her ATP, VanderWeyst had to complete 3,000 hours of work experience, 20 hours of assistive technology related training and education, and pass a comprehensive exam.

VanderWeyst has more than six years of experience with Rice Home Medical as a rehab specialist fitting and configuring mobility equipment for customers. She is registered with the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers as a professional who offers quality care and service to provide wheelchairs and seated positioning systems for people of all ages and diagnoses.

VanderWeyst resides in Evansville with her husband and two children.

• Mike Rude, PE, of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) recently became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for developing sustainable buildings. LEED accredited professionals understand green building practices and principles and are familiar with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. Rude will lend his LEED AP expertise to the entire WSN service area from the Brainerd office.

Rude joined WSN in 2003 with more than 20 years of varied professional experience. As project engineer for WSN, he advises city staffs/councils on infrastructure considerations to meet projected growth, the impact of development on existing city systems, and funding/assessment alternatives.

He also develops and manages project budget/schedules, prepares engineering studies and reports, develops project design criteria, manages and administers construction contracts during bidding/construction, and ensures that the client is kept informed.

Rude manages WSN’s project teams assigned to the preparation of feasibility studies, preliminary and final plans/specifications, and construction observation. He represents WSN’s clients in all negotiations with state and federal agencies and prepares permit applications.

• Target Store team leader Deena Steffl announced Nicole Barnett, PharmD, as pharmacist-in-charge of Target Pharmacy, Alexandria. Barnett’s position began with Target in November 2013, and she has been a part of the pharmacy team in Alexandria since December 2013.

She is a 2011 summa cum laude graduate of North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Doctorate of Pharmacy program, receiving the 2011 Merck Award of Excellence for Patient Care. Prior to her NDSU experience, she received a Bachelor of Arts in speech, language, and hearing sciences from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

• RE/MAX North Central, the regional office for RE/MAX franchises throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, honored Minnesota RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty associates for outstanding achievements in 2013 with the following awards:

Sheryl Bakewell – 100% Club and 20 Years of Service.

Thomas Lynch – 100% Club.

Michael Lommen – Executive Club and 20 Years of Service.

Lawrence Keenan – Executive Club.

Debra Powell – Executive Club.

Lon Saude – Executive Club.

Paula Jackson - Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Club.

• Sheila Heiser is a recipient of Knute Nelson’s (KN) Tree of Excellence award for the month of February. This award is the highest level of recognition through the KN Employee Recognition Program.

Heiser has been employed at KN for almost four years. She was nominated by her peers, who had this to say about her: “She has a gracious attitude and truly lives and breathes our mission of enriching all lives, she takes time helping residents to ensure they receive top-notch care and she is a wonderful example and exemplifies the ideal employee of Knute Nelson.”

• Vic Benzinger, a financial advisor with Steidl, Benzinger, Tatge, Seifert and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial, recently attended a Top Performer Conference in Palm Springs, California.

Topics addressed included confident retirement, tax efficient liquidation of retirement assets, financial planning and economic updates and outlooks from numerous portfolio managers.

Steidl, Benzinger, Tatge, Seifert and Associates is located at 817 Broadway in Alexandria.