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Biz Buzz for Jan. 09, 2017

Dawn Janousek, Radisson Hotel1 / 16
Terry Leonidas, Generations Health Care Initiatives of Duluth2 / 16
Alex Bastien, Northland Foundation3 / 16
Dr. Michael Stellmaker, St. Luke's4 / 16
Mia Thibodeau, Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick5 / 16
Betsy Mistek, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss6 / 16
Erin Monahan, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic7 / 16
Denise Weiss, Generations Health Care Initiatives of Duluth8 / 16
David Booth, LHB9 / 16
Lynne Maine, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss10 / 16
Andrew Poole, LaCourse, Poole and Envall11 / 16
Tom Little, Coldwell Banker12 / 16
Dr. Claire Mallof, St. Luke's13 / 16
Jaron Larson, National Bank of Commerce14 / 16
Kayla Herrick, Maureen’s LLC15 / 16
James Chinn, James Chinn Photography16 / 16


Dawn Janousek was hired as the director of food and beverage for the Wayzata Ownership group, which owns the food and beverage operations within the Duluth Radisson Hotel.

• Chequamegon Food Co-op in Ashland hired a three-person team to fill the vacant general manager position, including co-op store operations manager Kiersten Galazen, full-charge bookkeeper Vicki Richeson and marketing/member-services manager Meagan Van Beest.

• Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss hired Lynne Maine as occupational therapist for the Safe at Home with Vision Loss program and promoted Betsy Mistek to associate director. Mistek previously served as business manager. She holds a degree in social work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Maine earned her occupational therapy degree from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and most recently worked in the field at North Shore Estates in Duluth, formerly known as St. Eligius Health Center.

• Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic hired physician assistant Erin Monahan to its dermatology department. Monahan earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Myers, Fla. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

• Duluth law firm LaCourse and Envall announced Andrew Poole was named a partner, thereby forming LaCourse, Poole and Envall. Poole, a criminal defense and family law attorney, also serves as a judge advocate in the Army Reserves.

• Generations Health Care Initiatives of Duluth hired Terry Leonidas as an accountant and Denise Weiss as an administrative assistant. GHC is a private foundation that works to improve community health.

• Maureen's LLC, which owns Kitchen and Bath Design Studio in Duluth, hired Kayla Herrick as an interior designer. Herrick most recently worked as a designer at Bradley Interiors.

• Police officer Justin McIntosh was sworn in by the Superior Police Department this month. McIntosh is a graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, University of Wisconsin-Superior and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

• Northland Foundation hired Alex Bastien as loan portfolio manager for its Business Finance Program. Bastien holds a management and marketing degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. His prior marketing and finance experience includes working with Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, 50 Below and Krenzen auto dealership in Duluth.

• National Bank of Commerce's Duluth office promoted Jaron Larson of Rockford, Minn., from a credit analyst to commercial lender. Larson has a degree in accounting from University of Minnesota Duluth and has worked at the bank for the last five years.


Duluth Pack plans to expand their 8,500-foot retail store in Duluth's Canal Park. Construction is expected to begin mid-January and continue into March.

St. Luke's announced the following: General surgeon Dr. Michael Stellmaker of St. Luke's Surgical Associates is now seeing patients once a month at Lake View Hospital and Clinic in Two Harbors. Stellmaker completed his medical degree at University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and his general surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital/Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Claire Mallof of St. Luke's Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates will see patients once a month at St. Luke's Miller Creek Medical Clinic beginning Tuesday. Mallof earned her medical degree from University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.


• Coldwell Banker East West Realty announced Tom Little was named the company-wide Top Sales Agent for 2016. Little has been with the company for 14 years.


W.P. and R.S. Mars Co., which has a Duluth office, changed its names to Mars Supply in an effort to rebrand itself.


• LHB of Duluth announced architect David Booth earned his Minnesota license. Booth has been with LHB for four years and holds a master's degree in architecture from North Dakota State University in Fargo.


Park Place, a 135-unit Section 8 apartment complex in Hibbing, changed management when Rixmann Cos. donated the apartments to Preservation Housing Trust, a nonprofit housing developer. Park Place is now managed by Preservation Housing Trust's St. Paul affiliate, Premier Housing Management.

James Chinn of Duluth launched a freelance photography business. Chinn can be reached at (218) 349-5805 or


• Attorney Mia Thibodeau was named a shareholder of the Duluth-based law firm Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick. Thibodeau has been with Fryberger since 2006. She earned her juris doctor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore.