Business Briefs

A brand new car!
Rachel Olson says she tried not to get “too excited” about her chances of winning a new Chevy Truck. The Benson, Minnesota woman was a statewide finalist for a new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4 truck on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at the Minnesota Ducks
Unlimited (DU) State Convention in Willmar, Minnesota. She randomly selected the winning key fob to honk the horn and flash the lights on
the red Chevy Silverado 4 X 4 double cab.
“When I saw those lights go on I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s my truck!’ and I raced overand hopped in the driver seat.” Olson said.
Olson was one of five finalists and hundreds of qualifiers earning a chance to win the truck at Minnesota Ducks Unlimited events over the past 12 months.
Stillwater Motors and other Minnesota Chevrolet dealers donated to the competition.
The 30-year old Benson native and her husband, Brady, are the parents of a 2-year old daughter, Adley, and are expecting their second child in August. Rachel is a Dental/Surgical Assistant at Oral Facial Surgery, PA in Willmar, Minn. Brady works as a Loan Officer/Cashier with the State Bank of Danvers in both Benson and Danvers, Minn. They attended the Prairie Benson Sponsor Banquet in April 2013, where Rachel won the qualifying artwork.

Frampton Elected MNLA Secretary-Treasurer
Scott Frampton, co-owner of Landscape Renovations of Afton, was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer for the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).
Frampton chaired the former Landscape Contractors Committee and continues to serve on the Government Affairs Committee and Careers Task Team. He is known regionally as a source for natural stone construction knowledge and has given many lectures on the subject, and has won several MNLA Landscape Awards.
Also elected were President Heidi Heiland, Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens of Plymouth; Vice President Herman Roerick, Central Landscape Supply of St. Cloud; Jeff Pilla, Bachman’s, Inc. of Minneapolis; and Patrick McGuiness, Zlimen & McGuiness PLLC of St. Paul.  Re-elected for a second term was Mike McNamara, Hoffman & McNamara Nursery of Hastings.
Continuing to serve on the Board of Directors, but not up for re-election this year are Tim Malooly, Water in Motion of Minneapolis; and Randy Berg, Berg’s Nursery, Landscapers/Garden Center of Austin; and Past President Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries, Inc. of Newport.
The Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association is the state’s largest green industry trade association with more than 1,100 member businesses including garden centers; landscape contractors and designers; tree and flower growers; irrigation contractors; and lawn, tree, and garden services.

Edina Realty Stillwater Realtors Receive Special Recognition
Edina Realty, the Midwest’s largest residential real estate firm, recently announced that the following REALTORS® from the Stillwater office have been named members of Edina Realty’s Chairman’s, Master’s, President’s or Leadership Circles:
Lynn VanOrsdale, Chairman’s Circle; Linda Besk, Chairman’s Circle; Judy Craig, Master’s Circle; Anne Anderson, President’s Circle; Jackie Henderson-Kumm, President’s Circle; Diane & Stephen Lund, President’s Circle; Richard McDonough, President’s Circle; Margot Murphy, President’s Circle; Jason Peltier, President’s Circle; Jen & Rick Scherek, President’s Circle; Kevin Adkins, Leadership Circle; Julie Braun,Leadership Circle; Laurie Dick, Leadership Circle; Juli Hagstrom, Leadership Circle; Kimberly Falker, Leadership Circle; Rachael Harvey, Leadership Circle; John Johnson, Leadership Circle; Sandra Roth, Leadership Circle.
Members of Edina Realty’s Circles are those who achieved an outstanding level of sales performance and customer service in 2013.
“Achieving recognition as a Chairman’s, Master’s, President’s or Leadership Circle member is very meaningful and puts agents among the top in their profession. These agents possess exceptional market knowledge and expertise, they are adept negotiators, and they provide outstanding customer service,” said Greg Mason, Edina Realty Home Services president and CEO.  “It’s because of these agents’ hard work and dedication that Edina Realty leads the market for the 14th consecutive year.”

Dr. Ginger Garlie elected Vice President of MVMA
Dr. Ginger Garlie, owner of Rivertown Animal Hospital, has been elected Vice President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). She will serve a 4-year term culminating in leading MVMA as president in 2016. Dr. Garlie is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the MVMA and support its mission of promoting the veterinary profession, public health and the health and well-being of animals. For more information about Dr. Garlie and Rivertown Animal Hospital visit

Staffing changes at First Bank State and Trust
First State Bank and Trust, Bayport, Minn. has promoted Robert Gray to Vice President/Trust. Mr. Gray has been with the bank since 2010 serving as a trust officer. First State Bank and Trust, Bayport, Minn. has hired David Louiselle as Vice President of Business Banking. Mr. Louiselle brings over 20 years of business banking experience to the organization. He will be positioned at the Hudson branch.

New tours at Valley Tours
Local tour operator, Valley Tours announces a new line of small group tours for 2014. Geared toward the active adult, the tours will include sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and biking. Branded as Island Adventures, the new line of tours will focus on island destinations in the United States and around the world.
The first Island Adventure tour, scheduled for August 10-15, 2014, will be centered on Newport, Rhode Island and surrounding areas, and will include sailing on Narragansett Bay, kayaking “the Great Salt Pond,” a day on Martha’s Vineyard, and more.
Valley Tours employee, Dianne Swanson, will be instrumental in planning the new line of tours and will be the tour director on all Island Adventures. Dianne has been with Valley Tours for six years working as a tour director, has an immense love of travel, and wants to share that with her tour participants.
“I am pleased to offer more group travel opportunities for the active adult traveler.” says Sally Erickson, owner of Valley Tours for over twenty years.
Plans for future Island Adventures, including the Florida Keyes, the Carolina islands, and tall ship sailing in the Grenadines are in the works.
For more information on Island Adventure tours email [email protected] or call the Valley Tours office at 651-439-6110.

Amy McDonough named Minnesota Private College Council community relations director
Amy Gromer McDonough has joined the Minnesota Private College Council as government and community relations director; her role will be to advocate for our 17 member institutions and advance public policy decisions that meet the needs of our students and the state.
McDonough most recently led state-level advocacy work at AARP Minnesota; her work there since 2003 has also included management of communications, federal campaigns and grassroots efforts. Her previous professional experiences have included working in government as a policy manager for Gov. Jesse Ventura, co-director of the state of Minnesota office in Washington, D.C., and as press secretary for U.S. Rep. David Minge.
“Private nonprofit colleges contribute in unique and important ways to the welfare of our state,” said Paul Cerkvenik, president, Minnesota Private College Council. “Amy is uniquely qualified to help us represent private nonprofit colleges with policymakers — and to speak up for the needs of college students.”
McDonough earned her bachelor’s from the University of St. Thomas, graduating magna cum laude with majors in International Studies and French. She is a resident of Stillwater.

Rivertown Animal Hospital Welcomes Dr. Kathy Strupp
Dr. Kathy Strupp has joined Rivertown Animal Hospital in Stillwater, as an associate veterinarian.  Dr. Strupp earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  Following graduation she pursued advanced training in medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Strupp has extensive experience in small animal medicine and surgery.  Her special interests and skills in internal medicine, small animal dentistry and soft tissue surgery are a perfect fit for Rivertown’s veterinary medicine practice.
In her free time Dr. Strupp enjoys gardening, kayaking, biking, canoeing and running.  She resides on a hobby farm in Marine on St. Croix with her husband, John, three children, their dog Amber, horses Clyde and Lizzy, cat Fluffy, and several free range chickens.  Dr. Strupp enjoys living in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley area.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Strupp, call 651-430-2229.  To learn more about Rivertown Animal Hospital visit