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Biz Buzz for Feb. 9


* Jane Danielson accepted the role of ad coordinator at the Duluth News Tribune. Danielson has worked as a customer service representative at the News Tribune since July.

* Jim Biros joined the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s marketing and communications team as an associate marketing specialist for continuing education and graduate studies. A resident of Minong, Biros previously worked at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as a marketing and social media specialist. Before that, he worked for several years at the Superior Telegram. Biros holds a degree in business communication from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

* St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth announced the following:

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson joined St. Luke’s Urology Associates in Duluth. Johnson completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of

St. Thomas in St. Paul, her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and her residency in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Her training was in general urology, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and she treats a variety of urological conditions. Johnson is a member of American Urological Association and the Society of Women in Urology.

Brittany Kuehn joined St. Luke’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates as a physician assistant. Kuehn completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

* Mark Anunti joined National Bank of Commerce in Duluth as a mortgage banker. A Duluth native and graduate of the College of St. Scholastica, Anunti has 10 years of experience in the banking industry. Previously, he worked at North Shore Bank of Commerce, where he held various roles and also has experience in selling commercial insurance. In his new role, Anunti assists customers in choosing home financing.

* Derek Brochu joined Symphony Boat Co. as a production manager. Brochu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He oversees the construction and assembly processes at Symphony.

* Taylor Bjork joined Swim Creative in Duluth as a graphic designer. A Duluth native, Bjork earned an associate degree in graphic design media from Duluth

Business University.

Previously, he worked as the prime designer at Duluth Pack, where he gained experience working with businesses to create store signage and collateral, updating Web content and photographing products. In his new role, Bjork is responsible for all aspects of design, from logos and brand identities to websites and online campaigns.

* Dr. Olubusola Gomes, a sleep medicine specialist, joined Essentia Health-Lakewalk Clinic in Duluth, where she will care for patients who suffer from sleep disorders. Gomes earned a medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, completed a residency in internal medicine at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vt., and a fellowship in sleep medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Internal Medicine.

* Judy Snow joined Re/Max 1 in Duluth as a Realtor. Snow has been a Realtor in Minnesota since 1997 and specializes in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Judy also holds the following designations: certified residential specialist, Graduate Realtors Institute, accredited buyers representative and senior residential specialist.


* Susan Stelman of Waddell & Reed in Duluth qualified for the company’s 2015 Circle of Champions conference May 29 to June 1 in New Orleans. Selection is based on an analysis of investments, life insurance and financial planning sales generated by the adviser. This is the 12th time Stelman was selected to attend since joining Waddell & Reed in 1999.

* Elissa Ellefson of Cloquet, a financial associate with the Carlton Area Associates of Thrivent Financial, qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level attendee by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014. Out of more than 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 474 people qualified for this honor.

* AAA named 4th Street Auto Repair Inc. in Duluth and J.M. Auto Service in Eveleth as 2014 Top Shop auto repair facilities.

* The budget committee at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College received a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Outstanding Service Award. The awards are presented to individuals or teams who provide outstanding service at the campus level. Award criteria focused on people  who have made significant systemwide contributions that warrant recognition.

The committee was recognized for providing transparency of the budget process to the college community, incorporating a process to match the budget to the college mission and campus initiatives and showing a commitment to improve the college’s financial standing through thoughtful dialogue and suggestions to college leadership.


* Richard Stewart, director of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center, was selected by Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb to serve as a representative on the newly formed Wisconsin Freight Advisory Committee. He will serve a two-year term with about 30 other voting representatives from the industry, agriculture, logistics, warehousing, economic development and transportation sectors. The Wisconsin FAC is a broad-based advisory organization composed of public and private sector freight stakeholders who will represent a critical voice in freight operations, infrastructure and policy and planning.

* Anthony Sertich of Chisholm was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to the Compensation Council. His term expires April 16.

* Gov. Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection:

Daniel Lew of Duluth was selected as the 6th Judicial District attorney member, and Nevada Littlewolf of Virginia was selected as the non-attorney member.

Leonard Fineday of Cass Lake was selected as the 9th Judicial District attorney member.


* HTK Marketing Communications moved its office to Suite 800 of the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace at 394 Lake Ave. S. in Duluth. The agency specializes in branding and communications for hospitals, health care facilities and nonprofits. Its central purpose is to create a healthy world. The phone number is (218) 728-3651 and the website is


* The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair is from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room, 1605 Catlin Ave. The event features more than 85 employers who are recruiting for internships and part-time, full-time, seasonal and volunteer opportunities. The job fair is a partnership between the career services offices at UWS, the University of Minnesota Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica.

It’s free and open to students, alumni and the community, and parking is free.

Attendees should dress professionally and bring resumes. For more information, call (715) 394-8024 or visit Biz Buzz is a collection of business news tidbits from around the region. Send your business openings or closings, personnel changes or other news of interest in the business community to Biz Buzz, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, email, or fax (218) 720-4120. The deadline for submissions is noon Friday.