On the Street - 03-13-09

?Jeff Kuhn, PE, Curt Meyer, PE, and Aric Welch, PE, were recently named as the three newest shareholders of Widseth Smith Nolting. A civil engineer in WSN's Alexandria office, Kuhn joined the firm in 2000. He has a broad background in a variety o...

  • Jeff Kuhn, PE, Curt Meyer, PE, and Aric Welch, PE, were recently named as the three newest shareholders of Widseth Smith Nolting.

A civil engineer in WSN's Alexandria office, Kuhn joined the firm in 2000. He has a broad background in a variety of civil engineering projects and serves as the city engineer in Dawson, Morris, Carlos and Urbank, and the township engineer in Alexandria Township.
Meyer, a civil engineer in WSN's Bemidji office, joined WSN in 1998. He acts as the contact person for numerous private and municipal clients including the cities of Blackduck, Cass Lake and Nevis.

A civil engineer in WSN's Brainerd/Baxter office, Welch joined WSN in 1998. His responsibilities include design and project management of municipal improvement projects in the cities of Baxter, Motley and Pierz.

WSN is a multi-disciplined firm of more than 150 employees providing engineering, architectural, land surveying and environmental services.

Its offices are located in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd/Baxter, Crookston, Red Wing, and Rochester; Grand Forks, ND; and Sioux Falls, SD.

  • The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recently announced a series of actions designed to support corporate credit unions experiencing unprecedented strains on liquidity and capital due to market disruptions and the current economic climate.

The U.S. contains only 28 corporate credit unions, which are the credit unions' credit unions.
NCUA methods to strengthen the corporate credit union system do not involve taxpayer dollars. Overall, the U.S. credit unions' national regulator plans to maintain liquidity and strengthen capital by asking all credit unions to do their part to help.


Despite actions taken by the NCUA, the credit union system overall is healthy and strong. Locally, Minnesota credit unions have very strong and stable capital ratios, according to its leaders.

"Consumers can rest assured their money is safe in their credit union," said MMFCU President Chuck Albrecht. "This recent action taken by the NCUA has no impact on the ability of Minnesota credit unions to continue serving their members.

"Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is lending responsibly and is still actively extending credit in times when many other financial institutions have cut back," Albrecht added. "Because of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union's prudent lending practices and conservative underwriting standards, we have not run into the same problems as other lenders these days."

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.

  • Dakota Supply Group (DSG) has named Ken Pederson as its new branch manager for the Alexandria and Benson locations.

Pederson has more than a decade of experience working with contractors and other DSG customers, particularly with plumbing and HVAC professionals in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area. He has also spent several years working in DSG's corporate office in Fargo, North Dakota. Pederson will succeed former branch manager and director Steve Carlson.
DSG is one of the Midwest's fastest-growing distributors of state-of-the-art electrical, mechanical, communications, utility, automation, waterworks, metering technology and filtration products.

In addition to its Alexandria and Benson locations, DSG has 15 other locations throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

"Ken's experience in sales and corporate operations has prepared him very well for his new role as branch manager," said retiring manager, Carlson. "As I leave DSG, I know that our customers will be in good hands."

  • Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale (SAWA) in Alexandria was ranked number-one in on-premise sales of Finnegans Irish Amber during the "Drink Like You Care" program ran in the months of November and December in 2008.

Finnegans' founder and president Jacquie Berglund was at SAWA February 12 along with staff from its distributor, H. Boyd Nelson, Inc. Berglund founded this St. Paul based company in 1999. One-hundred percent of its profits go to local charities.
As a result of this program, Finnegans and H. Boyd Nelson presented the local Jaycees Jingle Bells event with a check.


  • Nicole Heinecke was recently promoted to digital media marketing at Studio 78 Platinum Design in Alexandria.

Her new responsibilities include sales and installation of indoor and outdoor digital signage applications. Digital signage is used to entertain, inform and deliver marketing and advertising messages to customers and prospects.
It is used at the point of purchase, such as waiting areas, lobbies, reception areas, teller lines and drive-throughs. Indoor or outdoor high definition displays deliver full animated graphics and text.

Heinecke, along with DuWayne Johnson, president of Studio 78 Platinum Design, recently achieved certified technician status through their digital signage business partner SCALA. "We are very excited to offer this technology to the Alexandria business community," Johnson said. "Digital signage is the fastest growing of all advertising channels. It gets the right message to the right people at the right time."

Studio 78, a division of Premier Management Consulting Inc., specializes in new media marketing, Web site design and hosting, marketing plans, direct mail, posters, brochures, corporate ID, campaign development and more.

Premier Management Inc. assists businesses of all sizes and specializes in three primary areas - administration and finance, human resource management and technologies.

For more information about Studio 78 and Premier Management Consulting services and solutions, contact Johnson at (320) 762-6551.

  • Holiday Stationstores, a Midwest based convenience store/gas station chain, reports that Dan Ronning of Alexandria, district manager for Holiday Stationstores, will be inducted into the organization's 2008 Pinnacle Club.

This is the third year Ronning has received the honor. The induction ceremony and celebratory events involving the inductees will take place on April 7-8 in Minneapolis.
The Pinnacle Club is reserved for those elite store managers and district managers of Holiday Stationstores who, along with the assistance of their store team members, have consistent exceptional results in the areas of sales growth, expense control, age-restricted sales compliance and overall business efficiency.

Senior management will honor each of the members by presenting them with a plaque of achievement, a Pinnacle Club logo jacket and a company gift to commemorate the event.

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