Business Memos 10/2/13

Andersen Corp. promotes Roeder

Roeder, SusanBAYPORT — Andersen Corp. recently announced the promotion of Susan M. Roeder to director of public affairs, in which she will be responsible for growing Andersen’s public outreach in communities where the company has a presence.

Roeder joined Andersen in 1996 with an initial focus on establishing the company’s community outreach and volunteerism locally and across the country. Her role expanded to include developing Andersen’s public affairs initiative at the state and federal level.

In addition, Roeder oversees brand public relations and serves as vice president of the Andersen Corporate Foundation board of directors.

Roeder earned her degree in Communications and business from the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors for Como Friends at the Como Zoo in St. Paul. In 2012, Roeder was appointed to the Corporate Advisory Board for Yellowstone National Park, providing collaboration and direction for the National Park Service in their sustainability initiatives.

Growers report late, but good apple crop

ST. PAUL — Minnesota apple growers are reporting a good crop of apples this fall, despite a later-than-normal start to harvest season, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Because of the late spring, most Minnesota apples are ripening about seven to ten days later than usual, growers report.

According to Minnesota Grown spokesperson, Paul Hugunin, a trip to the apple orchard can be a fun activity for the whole family.

“A family outing to the orchard is a wonderful way to introduce kids to how delicious fresh produce can taste — as well as provide them with some firsthand knowledge of where their food comes from,” Hugunin said. “Plus, many apple orchards also offer fresh apple cider, fall raspberries, pumpkins, squash and other seasonal favorites to enjoy.”

He adds that many orchards around the state also offer family activities like hayrides, tours and crop mazes.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory is a free statewide guide to more than 100 apple orchards. The directory also includes a comprehensive list of fall raspberry patches, corn mazes, wineries and more. You can search the directory online at or order your FREE printed copy by calling 1-888-TOURISM.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff