Studio E Architects owner elected AIA president

Stephanie Howe, AIA, LEED AP, principal architect and owner of Studio E Architects, was elected as the 2022 chapter president for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minneapolis Chapter at its annual meeting on Oct. 14.

Stephanie Howe
Stephanie Howe

Howe's term begins on January 1, 2022. She began Studio E Architects in 2008 in Alexandria and relocated the office to Glenwood in 2011. The business has been involved in a variety of projects mainly in West Central Minnesota. Some of the most recent projects include: Glenwood State Bank addition and remodel in Glenwood, Alexandria Industries headquarters and manufacturing expansion in Alexandria, Rolling Forks Vineyards new building in Glenwood, Church for the Harvest new building currently under construction in Alexandria, and Minnesota Market Remodeling in Alexandria.

Glenwood State Bank wins family business award

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Twin Cities Business has selected Glenwood State Park as one of the 2021 recipients of its Minnesota Family Business Awards.

These annual awards recognize outstanding multi-generational family-run businesses and the value they add to Minnesota’s economy and quality of life. Companies must complete an extensive application to be considered, and they are evaluated not only for their financial success but their governance, transition plans, business accomplishments and community impact.

Judges include experts from the Family Business Center at the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Hubler for Business Families and Fredrickson and Byron.

All of the honorees will be featured in the October/November issue of Twin Cities Business and celebrated at an awards ceremony, October 28 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Find more information online at tcbmag.com/events/mfba21/

Glenwood State Bank hires four employees

Glenwood State Bank recently welcomed four new employees.

Courtney Wadd is a customer service representative at the Alexandria branch. She graduated with an associate's degree from Alexandria Technical and Community College and a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University. She has experience working with the community as a student athlete/ambassador at SCSU.

Courtney Wadd
Courtney Wadd

Rachael Wielenberg joined First National Bank of Osakis as a customer service representative. She has an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. She worked at the Sauk Centre Walmart in customer service for more than six years.

Rachael Wielenberg
Rachael Wielenberg

First National Bank of Osakis was chartered in 1903. Since then, it has served as the lead financial organization in the Osakis area.

Elaine Viergutz joined Glenwood State Bank as a customer service representative at the Alexandria branch. She brings 15 years of banking experience from Citizens Alliance Bank and First Western Bank and Trust.

Elaine Viergutz
Elaine Viergutz

Chelsey Genszler joined Glenwood State Bank as the social media and marketing specialist. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Indiana State University. She has more than eight years of experience in marketing and communication, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in ministry and technology.

Chelsey Genszler
Chelsey Genszler

Glenwood State Bank is a locally-owned, family-owned and family-operated community bank that has been serving the area since 1907.

Doherty Employment Experts earns collaborator award

Doherty Employment Experts of Alexandria has been named Tri-State Manufacturers Association's 2020 Collaborator of the Year.

The award acknowledges the contributions of an “associate member” – a non-manufacturing company or organization that has made a significant impact on the success of TSMA. Members are encouraged to make nominations each year, with the board of directors serving as the final selection committee.

Doherty Employment Experts joined TSMA in 2003 and has been engaged as an active member ever since, including regular meeting attendance and participation in annual fundraising events.

Deb Waldvogel, business development manager at Doherty, is involved as a TSMA board member and has provided leadership as chair of TSMA’s annual golf social for the past two years. She encourages companies in the region to consider membership in TSMA by sharing her enthusiasm about the association’s impact in the region.

In recognition of this award, a $100 donation has been made in Doherty’s name to LifeRight Outreach in Alexandria.