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Biz Buzz for Aug. 4


* The Duluth News Tribune announced the following promotion and hire:

Samantha Lefebvre was named the Web reporter/

producer at the Duluth News Tribune. As part of the Web team she will work to increase the company’s Web presence and develop new ideas to grow online traffic. Lefebvre joined the News Tribune as a copy editor in August 2013 and has been responsible for page design mostly in the area of sports. She earned a bachelor’s degree in writing studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Matt Wellens joined the Duluth News Tribune as a sports reporter after spending the previous 3½ years as sports editor of the Mining Journal in Marquette, Mich. Wellens holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic journalism from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Before working for the Mining Journal, Wellens was a sports reporter in Manitowoc, Wis., and Dickinson, N.D.

* Dr. Elena Metcalf, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, joined the behavioral health department at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic and Amberwing. Metcalf earned a medical degree from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul School of Medicine in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She completed a residency in psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in psychiatry.

* Lake View Hospital announced Greg Ruberg was promoted to the position of administrator, responsible for the day-to-day operations of Lake View Hospital. Ruberg earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. He has been with Lake View since 1998 in the positions of director of rehabilitation services and director of rehabilitation/

nutrition services and risk management.

He took over for Jo Ann Hoag, who retired July 11.

* Jamie Goettl joined Meyer Group Architecture’s Duluth office as a computer-aided design technician.

* Scott Wallschlaeger, was promoted to president at Midwest Professional Planners LTD, a Securities and Exchange Commission registered investment advisory firm filed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Florida. He will be responsible for developing and driving strategic initiatives to provide the best possible service to clients, growing assets under management and making the business more efficient. Wallschlaeger also recruits, trains and supports new and existing advisers who focus on fee-based asset management, fee-based financial planning and business retirement plans.

He joined MPPL in 2000 and previously was vice president and field operations manager.  He is a shareholder and director and also serves on the

Investment Committee. Wallschlaeger is an honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth Financial Markets Program and earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in finance and financial markets.

* Allied Health Chiropractic announced Dr. Jonathan Heinz joined its Duluth clinic. Heinz received his chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health

Sciences in Bloomington, Minn., and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. At UWLC, Heinz was a Division III All-American pole vaulter.

* The Duluth Experience announced the hire of history tour guides Kyle Chisholm and Andrew Johnson.

Chisholm is a graduate of Duluth Central High School and of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in history and teaching social studies.

He holds a Minnesota teaching license and worked for local historic institutions such as the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and Glensheen Mansion. After graduating from UMD in 2013, Chisholm moved to Seattle, where he worked for Pearson Education and Sylvan Learning Center.

Johnson grew up in New Brighton, Minn., and moved to Duluth in 2006 to attend UMD, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology. Johnson works as an assistant coach for the UMD Alpine Ski Team and is involved with the Midwest Collegiate Ski Association, where he organizes and judges events for college skiers and snowboarders. Johnson also works as a vocational behavioral specialist, helping people with traumatic brain injuries secure gainful employment upon release from a group home or hospital setting.

* WDIO/WIRT-TV named Alec Ausmus as the weekend sports anchor/reporter. Previously, Ausmus worked at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D., where he was a sports anchor/reporter. While in Bismarck, he also was host of the weekly coaches’ show, “Marauders Weekly,” that showcased the University of Mary athletic program. Ausmus, a Hinckley native, graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/broadcast journalism.  At SCSU, he was the sports director at the campus television station UTVS for two years and also covered the men’s hockey team for two seasons. Ausmus began his broadcasting career as a game day emcee for Fox Sports North in 2011. He is a member of the National Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. In 2013, Ausmus was honored with a third-place award from the Broadcast Educational Association for collegiate sports anchoring.


* Amanda Tutor, director of dining services at Northland College, was named the Be-A-Star Salaried Associate of the Year in the Chartwells Central Region. Tutor was selected from more than 70 nominations and will go on to compete for the

National Associate of the Year. Tutor has been the director of dining services at Northland College since April 2012. In that time, she took charge of a local purchasing program, bringing the total amount of food purchased within a 100-mile radius to 35.8 percent, keeping more than $160,000 in the community.

Tutor also has created two new dining programs: the Take and Make Meal Program, where students receive a box of groceries each week; and Cooking 101, which gives students a chance to learn new kitchen skills while receiving class credit.

* Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced that the University of Wisconsin-Superior was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. The state committee hosted an employer awards banquet at the Heidel House in Green Lake to bestow this honor. The award was created by ESGR to recognize American employers providing extraordinary support cooperation to their employees serving in the Guard or Reserves.

* The University of Minnesota announced the Butkiewicz Family in Carlton County, Chuck and Barbara Norman of the Norman Hay Harm in Cass County,  R and R Hanson Turkey Farm Inc. in Aitkin County, Chelsea Morning Farm in Lake County and Neil and Jody Reller in Koochiching County  were named Farm Families of the Year. They were chosen by local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

* North Shore Mortgage announced loan officers Jill Winkler, Chana Stocke, Julie Reinemann and Elizabeth Lundgren achieved the production thresholds to be named to the Top Producing Loan Officer listing. The program is designed to recognize individual loan officer production for first mortgage loan programs. Loan officers who achieve production thresholds in the program are eligible to receive marketing and promotional recognition, such as appearing with a top producing loan officer

designation on the Minnesota Housing website.

* First Transit Inc. recently recognized Dennis Jensen for 41 years of service. Jensen is an area vice president for First Transit and oversees four managed transit systems in the Great Lakes region as well as serving as general manager of Duluth Transit Authority. He also manages systems in South Dakota and Texas. Jensen earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He is a member and past president of the Minnesota Public Transit Association; a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association; and is a director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.  He also is a governor appointee and vice chairman on the Citizens Board of Directors of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


* The Duluth Chapter of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants announced its officers for 2014-15. Hanni Hessen of McGladrey is chair; Angela Toftey of Cirrus Aircraft is vice chair; Nick Licari of Licari, Larson and Co. is secretary; and Ben Cavallin of Allete is treasurer.

* Barr Engineering Co. announced Corey Mead and Jim Jagunich were elected principals by the board of directors.

Mead, a senior environmental specialist in the Duluth office, has more than 19 years of experience assisting clients with management of environmental issues for complex and heavily regulated facilities, such as refineries and pipelines.

Jagunich, a senior electrical engineer in the Hibbing office, has more than two decades of experience in electrical engineering design and specializes in power distribution, instrumentation and controls, process controls and standby power systems.

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