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Biz Buzz for July 11


* Midwest Professional Planners hired Bruce LorenzBruce Lorenz as a paraplanner and financial adviser in the Duluth office. Lorenz earned degrees in journalism and business administration from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and his master’s degree in business administration from Kansas University. Recently, he passed the Series 65 exam, which is a securities license required for investment adviser representatives.

Yancy StarkYancy Stark of Two Harbors was hired onto the lending team at Two Harbors Federal Credit Union. Stark operated a small business in Milwaukee and worked in wholesale in Minneapolis before joining the banking industry in 2004.

* The Duluth office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. hired Aaron Maki as superintendent, and Peter Auvinen and Glenn Plante as assistant project managers.

Prior to Kraus-Anderson, Maki served as superintendent for Johnson Wilson Constructors in Duluth, and Plante was a project manager for Four Star Construction in Superior. Auvinen previously was an assistant project manager for Lakehead Constructors in Virginia and earned a degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

* DBS Residential Solutions hired Kassandra GalvanKassandra Galvan as appointment center representative, and Chris LewisChris Lewis and Casey HealyCasey Healy as installers.

Galvan, of Richfield, Minn., is a pursuing a business degree at University of Minnesota Duluth.

Lewis, of Superior, previously worked with Professional Transport in Superior.

Healy, of Duluth, previously worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He earned his degree in civil engineering from UMD.

* National Bank of Commerce’s Duluth branch hired Eric AlbrechtEric Albrecht of Hibbing as a commercial banker. Albrecht previously worked as a senior private banker at Wells Fargo.

Dr. Staci CollisonDr. Staci Collison was hired as an optometrist at Theobald Family Eye Care in Duluth. Collison earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and her doctorate of optometry from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. She is available at both the Arrowhead Road and Central Avenue locations.

 Aaron BrownAaron Brown joined Architectural Resources’ Duluth office as a designer. Brown earned his master’s degree in architecture in 2012 and bachelor’s degree in environmental design in 2011 from North Dakota State University in Grand Forks.

* NorthRidge Community Credit Union of the Iron Range hired Allyson WolffAllyson Wolff of Virginia, Miranda ClarkMiranda Clark of Hoyt Lakes and Christina HuismanChristina Huisman of Gilbert as service representatives. Clark will work in the Hoyt Lakes office, Wolff in the Virginia office and Huisman in the Biwabik office.

Tia SpielmanTia Spielman of Eveleth joined the credit union as a work-study student at the Virginia office.


Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior won a section award in the Energy and Environmental Design Category from the Illumination Engineering Society Minneapolis-St. Paul section for its student commons remodel project. LHB’s Duluth office provided the architectural and engineering services for the remodel project.

Steve ReyeltsSteve Reyelts of Duluth’s Reyelts Law Firm was named to the Super Lawyer list compiled by Thomson Reuters, Twin Cities Business and Minneapolis St. Paul magazines. The list recognizes the top 5 percent of all attorneys in Minnesota.

Halvor Lines of Superior was awarded first place in fleet safety by the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association Division IV. The trucking company was honored for having driven safely for more than 5 million miles in one year.

* Century 21 Gilderman and Associates announced Jodi OlsonJodi Olson was named June’s top sales agent.

* Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op general manager Sharon MurphySharon Murphy was honored with the Cooperative Service Award by the National Cooperative Business Association. Murphy was recognized as a mentor, innovator, motivator and leader. She has been the grocery store’s general manager since 1988.

* University of Minnesota Duluth’s Tribal State Relations Training Program won the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ State Government Innovation Award. The program was created by UMD’s Continuing Education and Department of American Indian Studies in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Gateway Family Health Clinic joined Integrated Health Network’s Integrated Health Partnership. Gateway has clinics in Moose Lake, Sandstone and Hinckley.


* Silver Bay native Wendy FanaselleWendy Fanaselle was awarded the Davis Calvin Wagner Award by the American Academy of Sanitarians. Fanaselle, who lives in Rockville, Md., was recognized for her significant accomplishments, professional commitment and dedication to the practice of public health throughout her 33-year career. The award is the highest honor given to AAS diplomats, a position she has held since 2003.

At North Dakota State University in Grand Forks, Fanaselle earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology and a master’s degree in plant pathology.

She began her public health career in 1983 as the director of environmental health for the Devils Lake Sioux Tribe in Fort Totten, N.D. Since then, she has worked for the city of Bloomington, Minn., and has held various positions with the U.S. Public Health Service. In 2007, she joined the Food and Drug Administration as the retail food specialist. She now is the risk assessment project manager of the FDA’s Risk Assessment Branch.

Fanaselle also has participated in professional organizations including the Commissioned Officers Association, the USPHS Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee, Society for Risk Analysis, National Environmental Health Association and the Conference of Food Protection.

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.