Glenn Heinecke was recently elected president of Northern Lights Library Network. He is a long-time resident of Alexandria and media specialist at Roseau Community School where he worked for over a decade.
Heinecke participated in research at NLLN that determined the value of media specialists in schools and their contribution to student success. The study showed that certified media specialists improve literacy at all levels. Schools with librarians and libraries bring books and information directly into the hands of students.
As president of the network, Heinecke will be responsible for a Minnesota library system serving school, academic, special, and public libraries in a geographic region covering 26,950 square miles, including 23 counties.
Jessica Gilbertson recently joined Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union as a business lender in the Alexandria location. She will join the business lending team of: Joe Reed, director of business services; Amanda Strecker, business services coordinator; and Nicole Franzmeier, credit analyst.
Gilbertson has 10 years of experience within the financial and service industries. She will be primarily offering business solutions, including loans for commercial real estate, equipment, vehicles, operating lines of credit and agricultural loans, as well as business checking, savings and deposit products.
Alexandria attorney Paul McCarten has again been named a personal injury “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters Legal, a legal publishing company. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
McCarten represents people who have been injured and family members who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. He has over 35 years of experience handling personal injury cases. He works with his partner Andrew Wiener at the McCarten Law Firm located in the Bedman Building in Alexandria.
Nancy Jost, director of early childhood education for West Central Initiative, received the “Friend of the CGMC” Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities July 25 at a three-day summer conference in Bemidji. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped advance the interests of Greater Minnesota. Jost is one of the leaders in the state on child care. During the 2019 legislative session, she played a role in helping to advance proposals aimed at addressing the child care shortage. She traveled to St. Paul on several occasions to meet with legislators and testify in favor of a CGMC-supported proposal. The proposal provided funding to the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to expand business training and assistance programs to more child care providers in Greater Minnesota. Her efforts helped secure $750,000 in funding for the foundations, as well as an additional $750,000 for other child care grant programs.