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Cass certified as real property law specialist

The Minnesota State Bar Association announces the certification of Michael Cass of Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Cass as a MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist.

Michael Cass

The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination, peer review and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity and can use the designation to advertise their credentials.

The MSBA has been accredited by the State Board of Legal Certification as an independent professional organization for certifying attorneys as Criminal Law Specialists, Real Property Law Specialists, Civil Trial Law Specialists and Labor and Employment Law Specialists. Certification is earned by fewer than 3% of all licensed Minnesota attorneys.

Donahue is new shareholder at law firm

The law firm of Swenson Lervick announces the addition of Gregory Donahue as a partner and shareholder.

Donahue started at the firm eight years ago after clerking for Judge Ann Carrott. He began his career at Swenson Lervick as a prosecutor for the City of Alexandria, trying dozens of cases in front of judges and juries. He now works primarily in civil litigation with most of his practice focused on contract enforcement and creditor's remedies.


Gregory Donahue

Outside of work, Donahue is passionate about community service. He serves as a board member for the Viking Sportsman, concertmaster for the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, and is active in Alexandria’s Rotary Club.

As the newest shareholder, Donahue is the latest in a line of experienced, accomplished, and principled Swenson Lervick attorneys who have worked for their clients in and around the Alexandria community for more than 60 years.

Ryan joins Glenwood State Bank

Donna Ryan has joined Glenwood State Bank as a personal banker at the Alexandria branch.

Ryan was raised in Rugby, ND and attended Minot State University for Accounting. Her experience includes more than 30 years in banking, and she’s been on the Chamber of Commerce Membership Team since 2005.

Donna Ryan
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In her free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with her husband, Gary, son, Daniel, and other family and friends.

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

JLG Architects wins design awards

JLG Architects was recently presented with three of the five 2022 design awards at the annual convention of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Recognition included an Honor Award for White Bear Lake Sports Center, a Merit Award for the Grand Forks Cities Area Transit Center, and a Merit Award for Dakota State University Cyber Lab.


In 2022, JLG has earned a total of five AIA awards, including an Honor Award from AIA South Dakota for Dakota State University Cyber Lab in Madison, SD, and a Merit Award from AIA Minneapolis for the renovation of the White Bear Lake Sports Center in White Bear Lake, MN. JLG’s design for the Ed Robson Arena at Colorado College was also recently selected as the 2022 ENR Regional Best Projects Winner for the Sports/Entertainment Category.

JLG Architects emerged in the Midwest in 1989 as a two-person firm founded by Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen. Today, JLG is a national pacesetter and home to more than 170 employee-owners across 10 offices, including Alexandria. The firm is expertly engineered to advance the sectors of higher education, K12, medical, sport, wellness and community design.

For more information about JLG Architects, visit

Credit union gives back to community

Every quarter, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union gives back to the communities it serves by supporting financial education programs, grant committees, social responsibility committees, and scholarships.

This quarter, MMFCU staff spent over 30 hours teaching financial education to 232 people.

Locally, MMFCU’s grant committee donated $2,000 to the Alexandria YMCA to help fund the Y’s annual “Strong Kids” Campaign. It also donated to the Douglas County Historical Society.

To learn more about or apply for Mid Minnesota’s financial education programs, grants, social responsibility donations, and scholarships visit

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