Business Notes 11/14

Northwestern Mutual honors Eder

Brian Joseph Eder, a 2000 graduate of Stillwater Area High School, was among 12 metro-area financial professionals recently honored by Northwestern Mutual.

Eder and 11 other Northwestern Mutual representatives were honored with the company’s Forum membership that recognizes an outstanding year of helping people achieve financial security. Only the top five percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives receive this annual honor.

Eder and the others honored are affiliated with the Columns Resource Group in Minneapolis. Forum honorees were recognized at a conference Sunday through today in Scottsdale, Ariz.

K-Sun names Law general manager

SOMERSET, Wis. — Linda Law of Stillwater has been named general manager or K-Sun Corp., company officials recently announced.

Law, formerly the company’s director of administration, is responsible for domestic operations in manufacturing, marketing, administration, distributor and business development and fulfillment at K-Sun’s Somerset location. She is a Metropolitan State University graduate.

“I am pleased to announce Linda’s new role,” said Michael Kasun, company founder and president. “Among her many other contributions to our company, she has been instrumental in the of our newest printers that have just been released, the K-Sun PEARLabel 270 and 360.”

Call 1-800-622-6312, visit or email for more information about the company and its products.

RE/MAX names 2 local agents to list

“Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and “Twin Cities Business” recently named Jonathan Lindstrom and Mike Vizenor of RE/MAX Specialists of Stillwater as “super real estate agents” following a review by a panel of 20 real estate industry experts.

Updated annually, the guide appears in this month’s issues of both magazines and is known as a valuable resource for consumers seeking real estate agents in Minnesota.

New store opens downtown

Mama Luna Natural Apothecary, offering natural products for the entire family, opened late last month in downtown Stillwater.

Owner Kiva Sherr-Nelson, a mother of three, said she wanted to open a store offering natural products that was relaxing and child-friendly. Sherr-Nelson brings 20 years of retail experience in the natural products industry and holds clinical herbalism and nutrition degrees.

Mama Luna offers bath salts, essential oils and candies. The store has a toy area for children along with a changing table and nursing chair for mothers with babies and infants.

“I wanted to create a serene environment for people to go, where they can browse for gifts and learn about natural body care and supplements for the entire family without feeling rushed,” Sherr-Nelson said.

LeTexier earns Blue Sky award

Blue Sky Hospitality recently named Samantha LeTexier third quarter recipient of the company’s Outstanding Performance Award, company officials recently announced.

LeTexier is a guest service representative at Crossings by GrandStay Inn & Suites of Stillwater. LeTexier has been employed with Crossings for nine months and it is the first time she received the award.

The Elk River-based company presents the Outstanding Performance Award to an employee who symbolizes the company’s commitment to outstanding guest services.

Johnston becomes FSI member

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Financial advisor Diana Johnston of JA Counter has become a member of the Financial Services Institute in Washington, D.C., company officials recently announced.

FSI advocates for Americans’ access to unbiased, affordable financial advice delivered by a growing network of more than 35,000 independent financial advisors.

“I am proud to become a member of the FSI, an organization that works hard every day to protect my clients’ access to quality financial advice,” Johnston said.

JA Counter assists clients in the areas of employee benefit, retirement, insurance and estate planning.