Business memos 5/29/13

Thornton joins YSB in Stillwater

Youth Service Bureau recently announced that Lea Thornton, M.S.W., LICSW has joined the agency as a youth and family therapist in YSB’s Stillwater location and will be available for evening and Saturday sessions.

“During the past year we’ve seen an increase in the need for youth-focused family counseling,” said YSB Executive Director Mary E. Planten-Krell. “Expanding our hours helps youth and families schedule appointments in a more timely way and allows us to serve more youth and families throughout the Stillwater area.”

Thornton is licensed in Minnesota as an independent clinical social worker and is an approved provider for several insurance carriers. She has provided counseling services in a variety of settings including in-home therapy services to children, adolescents, parents and families throughout the metro area.

“I’ve been working with children in a professional capacity for the past 10 years and as a therapist for the past four,” Thornton said. “I’m excited to join the YSB team and help youth and families in the Stillwater area.”

“We are excited to have Lea join our team,” said program director Michael Huntley. “Lea brings a depth of experience to YSB and will connect well with both youth and parents.”

Thornton is available to see clients at YSB’s Stillwater location Monday through Thursday, with evening appointments available. She also provides Saturday appointments from 9 a.m. to noon.

Erickson earns RICP designation

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans financial representative Dana Olson Erickson, ChFC, CASL, CLTC, RICP, recently earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation after completing a three-part course offered by The American College of Bryn Mawr, Pa., in conjunction with LIMRA International and GAMA International.

Erickson serves members in Stillwater and surrounding areas by providing financial guidance and solutions to help them achieve their financial goals.

To obtain the RICP designation, a financial representative must complete a three-part course focusing on various risks and solutions that can impact retirement. Coursework includes ways to create a retirement income plan based on identified income needs and objectives so individuals can maintain a desired lifestyle. The course also offers a sources of retirement income such as Social Security benefits, annuities, life insurance and federal and military employee benefits.

“In my practice, I want to continue to offer the very best information to Thrivent Financial members about the opportunities and challenges facing them as they prepare for retirement,” Erickson said. “This designation helps enhance my ability to provide the best solutions for retirement planning.”

Legal guide honors Hoganson

MINNEAPOLIS — Chambers USA,  one of the world’s leading legal profession guides, has ranked two practice groups and six Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A,, attorneys, including Stillwater resident Jonathon Hoganson, as leading practitioners worldwide in its 2013 edition.

The London-based Chambers has become widely accepted in recent years as the standard for legal distinction, both in the U.S. and around the globe.

Hoganson represents banking clients in commercial real estate financings. Clients describe him as “very customer-oriented,” and value his “common-sense” approach.
The firm and attorneys were recognized for their expertise as a law firm in general commercial litigation (Band 2) and real estate (Band 3).

The selection by Chambers of top firms and attorneys is based on interviews with in-house law departments and attorneys from around the country, with final rankings made by a panel of national general counsel and legal practitioners. The rankings and editorial comments about attorneys are independent and objective.

Donations sought for festival

LAKELAND — Matt’s Lucky Bait and Tackle Shop is hosting a fishing festival for kids June 22 and 23.

The event is free and includes an archery boat, a Midwest extreme trout pond, knot-tying station and food and prizes. Store owner Matt Wiseman is looking for businesses that would like to donate prizes.

The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and designed to promote fishing awareness and get kids out and away from video games.