•Abby Kleinschmidt has joined State Bank and Trust in Alexandria as assistant vice president and branch manager. She is responsible for managing all aspects of retail banking including consumer lending.
A native of Sauk Centre, Kleinschmidt graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in management and economics. She has been in banking for six years and was a real estate lender for Viking Savings Bank in Alexandria prior to joining State Bank and Trust. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Osakis.
State Bank and Trust is the largest locally owned, independent bank in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, with assets totaling more than $1.9 billion.
Its full-service Alexandria location at 1001 Broadway is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
•Karla Atwater has joined the staff at the Country Vet in Alexandria. Atwater is a certified groomer who has been applying her craft in Alexandria for the past several years. She lives in Alexandria with her husband, Todd, and their four children.
In her spare time, Atwater teaches Sunday school and provides nursery care at her church.
•Noonan Sport Specialists co-owners Mike Hawes and Dustin Schlichting have earned USA Weightlifting’s Sports Performance Coach certification.
USA Weightlifting (USAW) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Olympic weightlifting in the U.S. Hawes and Schlichting traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana in February to obtain the certification.
The course focused on the use and application of the Olympic lifts, plyometrics and medicine ball training to promote power development and injury prevention. The course benefits strength coaches who work with athletes from sports such as football, hockey, track and field, wrestling, basketball, etc.
Located at 503 Hawthorne Street, Suite 145 in downtown Alexandria, Noonan Sport Specialists is a 4,000-square-foot, year-round training facility that caters to all levels of athletes from youth sports to collegiate players.
•Becky Strand of Smooth Move LLC recently attended a Move Management Conference conducted by the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).
NASMM is a professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in the country devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55-plus population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.
Smooth Move LLC transitions clients of all ages. Services include pre-move planning, disposing unwanted items, packing, moving, getting your home ready to sell, unpacking, organizing and snowbird services.
For information, call Strand at (320) 304-0400.
•The Competitive Edge Inc. of Alexandria recently introduced new business consulting services to help organizations improve their strategy and performance.
The addition of the marketing and sales consulting programs complements The Competitive Edge’s strategic planning, leadership development, customer service, and team building services, according to Vicki Jodsaas, founder and owner of The Competitive Edge.
“With the current economic conditions, organizations are investing in business consulting services that are focused on leadership development and increasing business performance,” Jodsaas said. “The new marketing and sales services allow The Competitive Edge to provide a complete solution offering to our clients.”
The new services are designed to support businesses and organizations to maximize their marketing and sales. Market research is completed to provide industry and competitive data, which supports the development of the organization’s goals and objectives.
Located in Alexandria, The Competitive Edge serves clients in 24 states with businesses from several industry sectors including entrepreneurs, community organizations, educational institutions, and global enterprises.
For more information, visit the Web site, www.thecompedge.com, or call (320) 762-2515.
•Local artist Doris Judson will be exhibiting her art at Butler’s Pantry in Alexandria throughout the month of April.
Much of Judson’s artwork has been inspired by Alexandria’s local gardens and landscapes. She enjoys how watercolor and acrylic paints provide a spontaneous painting result.
Judson is currently a member of the Alexandria Brush and Palette Club and the Glacial Ridge Artists group in Glenwood. Her art can currently be viewed at The Daily Grind, Douglas County Library and The Ruby Hill Gallery in Carlos.
•JLG Architects of Alexandria, Minneapolis, Grand Forks and Fargo, has been selected as the architect for St. Cloud State University’s planned National Hockey and Event Center addition and renovation project slated to start in 2010.
JLG will work with Hagemeister Mack Architects of St. Cloud in providing the architectural services for the project estimated to cost $29.3 million.
The renovation plan will convert the facility from primarily a hockey arena into a regional multi-purpose event center, add 20-30 luxury suites and additional seats and upgrade the entrance, ticketing, administration, university store, concourses, restrooms and concessions areas.
When completed, the facility will be able to seat about 8,000 for concerts.
JLG was selected in a competitive process and has worked on a number of large athletic facilities including the $100 million Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Corporate Center in Grand Forks, civic centers in Bismarck and Fargo, the North Dakota Museum of Art, The Mississippi Master Plan for Elk River and numerous other projects in the Upper Midwest.
•Theodore Haar, Paul Amundson and Brent Boraas – financial representatives with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans – have qualified for the organization’s prestigious Summit Circle for 2008 achievements.
In order to qualify for the Summit Circle, they demonstrated outstanding sales and service to members.
The representatives, all from Alexandria, are with Thrivent Financial’s Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Regional Financial Office, and serve Lutherans and their family members in the surrounding communities by providing financial guidance and solutions to help them achieve their financial goals.
Fewer than 200 of Thrivent Financial’s 2,600 financial representatives qualified for the Summit Circle.
•Cathy Wurzer, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition and host of the public TV’s Almanac program, will be at Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway, Alexandria on Saturday, March 28.
From noon until 2 p.m., she will visit with customers and sign copies of her book, Tales of the Road – Highway 61. The book is a companion publication for the TV documentary that aired for the first time on March 23 and can be seen again at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 on Channel 2.
The book, released in late 2008, has been number one on the Star Tribune’s non-fiction bestseller list in recent months.
For more information, visit www.cherrystreetbooks.com or www.talesoftheroad.net.
•R.J. Mechanical, Inc. is a commercial mechanical contractor located in Mora. After providing quality mechanical services throughout Minnesota, it wants to focus on west central Minnesota.
To help serve this area, the company has added life-long Alexandria resident Jeff Schmidt to its staff.
Schmidt has worked in the service industry for 37 years and has extensive knowledge in all areas of the industry. He is qualified to work on boilers, burners, rooftops, refrigeration, walk-in coolers and freezers.
R.J. Mechanical employs up to 70 union plumbers, pipe fitters, welders and service technicians who are union trained and experienced.
For more information, call (320) 679-0602 or contact Schmidt at (320) 287-1180.
•Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as “The REAL Deal” during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., in late February.
The program recognizes credit union service in fundamental areas of outreach, including programs, partnerships, education initiatives and community activities.
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative serving central Minnesota with offices in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls and Staples.