Business memos 6/5/13

Andersen donates to tornado relief

BAYPORT — The Andersen Corporate Foundation recently announced it is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.

“While an act of nature like a tornado can do its damage in mere minutes, rebuilding and recovery can take months and years,” said Keith Olson, president of the Andersen Corporate Foundation. “It’s our hope that this donation will help speed that process, and help the poeple and communities affected in Oklahoma rebuild.”

Over the past decade, the Andersen Corporate Foundation has contributed nearly $2.5 million to aid disaster recovery efforts for victims of the Red River Valley flooding, Hurrianes Sandy, Katrina and Rita, tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the Haiti earthquake.

Edina Realty releases new apps

EDINA — Edina Realty launched a free new property application for iPad, iPhone and Android users that lets them to see larger color photos and complete listing details for almost every listed property in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

The app uses a GPS locater to find homes near users using Home Scan, Edina Realty’s augmented reality tool that pulls in listing information to the camera’s live feed. A map search allows users to look for homes by city, ZIP code, MLS number or style of home.

Users can get driving directions to open houses and save their favorite properties that can be viewed in the app or on Properties can be shared via social media or email.

More than 380,000 people have registered with the mobile app since its release in November 2010 and in April, there were 4,712 new registered users. The iPad app was released earlier this year.

Miller re-elected loan fund chair


MORA, Minn. — Bill Miller was recently re-elected chairman of the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Board of Directors.
The ECRDC RLF provides gap financing to small businesses in Isanti, Pine, Kanabec, Chisago and Mille Lacs counties.

Miller was appointed to the RLF Board in 2008 and is vice president and business banking relationship manager of Associated Bank in North Branch, Woodbury and Hudson, Wis. He brings 28 years of industry experience to the RLF.

Miller also is vice president and board member of the Stillwater Ponies Touchdown Club, the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and serves as a STRIVE mentor. He also is a Stillwater Lacrosse Association coach.

Call the ECRDC at 320-679-4065 extension 29 for more information about RLF services.

Golf Etc. holds grand opening

HUDSON, Wis. — Golf Etc. holds its grand opening event June 13 through 15 at its Hudson location at 1615 Maxwell Drive.

The open house si 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 13 and 14 and 9 a.m. t0 6 p.m June 16. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, there will be a golf simulator contest and drawings for $1,000 worth of prizes, including golf clubs, accessories and gift certificates.

Golf Etc. opened in Hudson last November. It is a full service retail and repair golf shop that serves the needs of golfers at all levels. Visit for more information.

Raceway selected as “business of the month”

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — The Falls Chamber of Commerce selected St. Croix Valley Raceway (SCVR) as its June Business of the Month.

SCVR opened in 2011 at 2014 160th Ave. Owners Ron Bernhagen and Rick Mastell have made several improvements to the track that was formerly Kopellah Speedway.

SCVR offers affordable family entertainment with great food, a fun atmosphere and open wheel action most Friday nights this summer. June is packed with events, including Free Ticket Friday/Kids Night/Autograph Sessions Friday, Hilarious Trailer Races/Dads & Grads Surprises June 14, Fireworks Spectacular June 21 and the Open Wheel Nationals competition June 28 and 29. Visit for more information.