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Biz Buzz for April 14, 2014


* The Duluth/Superior Newspaper Group announced the following hires:

Lee Egland joined the Duluth News Tribune as the circulation manager. Previously, Egland worked in circulation in Fargo, N.D.

James Erickson joined the Lake County Chronicle as a news assistant and receptionist. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in cinema and television.

* Andres Gonzalez joined the Entrepreneur Fund as a senior business developer. Based in Duluth, he will work with entrepreneurs throughout an 11-county region of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Gonzalez brings more than 20 years of professional experience to the firm and is a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica. He also earned a

project management certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and is an ambassador for both Duluth and Hermantown Area Chambers of Commerce.

* North Country Ride announced Joan Weyandt was hired as the executive director. In her new role Weyandt’s responsibilities include providing leadership to staff, volunteers and clients; ensuring the delivery of high-quality programs to clients; developing and managing annual fundraising events; maintaining and enhancing relationships with donors; and working with the board of directors on strategic plans and goals consistent with NCR’s mission.

* Amsoil in Superior announced the following hires:

Matt Lampi joined the purchasing team as a buyer. Before joining Amsoil, he was a business analyst with Sansio.

Tawni Haukedahl joined the information technology department as a Web programmer. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field and holds a master’s degree in computer information systems from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Craig Wild joined the marketing team as a photographer and producer. Previously, Wild worked in a similar capacity for Eastbay. He also has worked with still photography throughout his career.

Jonathan Palmer was hired as the online marketing manager. As part of the integrated marketing team, Palmer will be responsible for online marketing initiatives in support of the larger marketing strategy. He will focus on online advertising, inbound lead generation, email marketing and the leads processes. His experience includes video production, Web design and marketing to the company.

Paul Bauerly was hired as the racing coordinator. Bauerly graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with a degree in entrepreneurship. Before coming to Amsoil, he was a semi-pro snocross racer for seven years and a pro racer for the past four years. Along with his brothers he was co-owner of Bauerly Racing.


* Century 21 Gilderman and Associates announced Jodi Hall was named top sales agent for March.

* Mary Moldenhuaer of GreyStar Electronics Inc. in Duluth will be inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame on April 24. Moldenhauer founded GreyStar in 1993 and today the company manufactures 54 different components and sells to clients across the U.S. and India, with revenues of nearly $2 million.

She also opened her business to school tours and provided electronic components for student lab projects at Lincoln Park Middle School. In 2006, Moldenhauer was the first person from Duluth to win Minnesota’s Minority Small Business Person of the Year award presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration.


* UWS announced Cindy Greely and Laura Gregory graduated from the Human Resource Certificate Program offered through the Center for Continuing Education. The program provides training specific to human resource management including current law, policies and practices, personnel issues, human resource management and labor-management relations.


* Duluth Builders Exchange announced the following members were elected to serve a three-year term: John Lemire, Veit Companies; John Michalski, Electric Systems of Duluth; Craig Olson, Asdco/Jamar Co.; and Greg Yetter, J.R. Jenson Construction. Incumbent members at-large are: Kevin Amendola, Amendola Builders; Daryl Carlson, Terrazzo Concrete Restoration; Jeremy Carlson, Arrowhead Concrete Works; Steve Johnson, Northern Industrial Insulation; and Bob Pasek, Contract Tile and Carpet. Officers are: Rick Hanson, president, Sorlie Acoustics; Loren Mesedahl, vice president, The Goodin Co.; and Bob Zimmerman, secretary/treasurer, Liscomb Hood Mason.


* Licensed psychologists Jennifer N. White of Psycnsew Creations and Susan R. Hall of Sue Hall’s Place To Grow LLC are hosting an open house at their newly remodeled counseling center from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at 6015 E. Superior St., Duluth.


* Dr. Bryan Nelson, a Duluth East High School and University of Minnesota Duluth graduate, joined Hennepin County Medical Center’s Golden Valley (Minn.) Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency in family medicine at HCMC.

Nelson is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Minnesota Academy of Family


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, e-mail, or fax (218) 720-4120. The deadline for submissions is noon Friday.