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Biz Buzz for July 14, 2014


* Katy Sunnarborg joined Essentia Health Foundation as a development officer. Sunnarborg will be part of the foundation’s east region team responsible for special event fundraising, employee giving and major and planned giving, and a portion of her time will be devoted to Essentia Health-Virginia’s foundation. Previously, she spent three years working in special event fundraising for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Katy Johnson joined as clinic manager at Denfeld Medical Clinic. In her new role, she provides leadership and management of operations at the clinic.  Previously, Johnson worked as an executive team leader at Target in Duluth and Superior. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.

Dr. Robyn Gilbertson joined St. Luke’s Mount Royal Medical Clinic as a family medicine physician. Gilbertson received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison and completed her residency through the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. Previously, Gilbertson worked as an emergency room physician at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

Wade Carlson was hired as the clinical community liaison. He will establish and maintain positive relationships with customers and referral sources within existing

St. Luke’s communities and new communities. Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Before joining St. Luke’s, Carlson worked at Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions in Duluth.

Kevin Dalpiaz joined St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a physician assistant. Dalpiaz holds a degree in surgical technology from Lake Superior College in Duluth, a bachelor’s degree in community health promotion from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Dalpiaz worked as a physician assistant at Essentia Health Orthopedics.

Michael Boeselager was promoted to director of materials management and hospitality services. He is responsible for supply chain, laundry, environmental services and nutrition services. Boeselager holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University in St. Paul and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. He joined St. Luke’s in 2006 as the director of materials management.

* United Way of Greater Duluth announced Michelle Hargrave was hired as the organization’s campaign and resource

director. Hargrave served on the boards of directors for both the Junior League of Duluth and YMCA Community Services Branch, and for the past five years she worked as the director of the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

* Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. announced Greg Schendel and Dan Nelson joined the Duluth office.

Schendel was hired as a project manager. He previously served as development director and project manager for Odyssey Development in Duluth, where he oversaw notable northern Minnesota projects in entertainment, hospitality, education and health care.  He is a graduate of Lake Superior College in Duluth and Staples (Minn.) Area Vocational and Technical School and is a registered architect in Wisconsin.

Nelson was hired as a project engineer after serving as a project engineer intern for River Falls, Wis.-based Ross and Associates Ltd. and for Jamar Co. in Duluth.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.

* Robert W. Sterner joined the University of Minnesota Duluth as director of the Large Lakes Observatory and member of the faculty in the Department of Biology.

Previously, Sterner worked at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as professor and head of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He also served as director of the Division of Environmental Biology for the National Science Foundation from 2007-09.

Sterner received his doctorate in ecology from the University of Minnesota in 1986, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut für Limnologie in Plön, Germany, from 1986-87, and served on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1988-94.

* Alissa LaValley joined the Duluth office of LHB Inc. as a material coordinator for the Public Works Industrial group. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics management.

* Joe Hermanson joined Century 21 Gilderman and Associates II Inc. as a sales associate.

* Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth announced the following promotions:

Julia Durst was promoted to program director. As program director for Outpatient Services, Durst is responsible for training, coaching, directing, evaluating and supervising CADT’s licensed alcohol and drug counselors and interns.

Durst has been a clinical assistant with CADT since 2008 and holds a master’s degree in art therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is also a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with a certification in chemical dependency from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet.

Laurie Hull was promoted to director of health services. Her responsibilities include the development of CADT’s Medication Assisted Recovery Clinic, as well as supervising and overseeing all health-related services to clients throughout CADT.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the College of  St. Scholastica in Duluth. Hull has been a licensed practical nurse at CADT since 1999 and is completing requirements to become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.


* Century 21 Gilderman and Associates announced Teresa Koivula was named Top Sales Agent for June.

* Bigfork Valley Hospital was named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country for best practices in patient satisfaction.  The award was announced by the National Rural Health Association, which advocates for the health and well-being of rural Americans and provides communication, education and research for its 21,000 members. The 20 hospitals honored scored best among critical access hospitals across the nation on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index, a health care business intelligence and technology company, for patient perspective, based on hospital patient ratings and recommendation.  

* Superior Meats, 6301 Tower Ave. in Superior, won two national awards at the annual American Cured Meat Championships held June 19-21 in Milwaukee.

The business was named Champion (third place) for its elk summer sausage in the Specialty Wild Game Meat category and Reserve Champion (second place) for its Mediterranean salami with goat cheese.

Superior Meats has been in business 14 years and makes and smokes its own sausages. Judy Moe Reder owns the business, and Mike Cragin is the general manager.


* Gov. Mark Dayton announced the following appointments:

Nancy Rosemore of Crosby was reappointed to the Minnesota State Council on Disability. Her term expires Jan. 2, 2017.

David Krech of Duluth was reappointed to the Board of Architecture, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. His term expires Jan. 1, 2018.

Laura Schwartzwald of Aitkin was appointed to the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research. Her term expires Jan. 5.

* Paul Mock, national chairman of the Headquarters Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, appointed Nick Ostapenko of Duluth chairman of Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Ostapenko will begin his term as chairman on

Oct. 1. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Ostapenko enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1971, received his commission in 1974 and in 2003 was appointed the assistant adjutant general, Joint Force Headquarters, Minnesota National Guard. Osta-penko also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He is an attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Killen and Seiler.


* University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the UWS Bookstore began being operated by Neebo Inc., a holding company and beneficial owner of Nebraska Book Co. Inc. The company also serves 13 freshman and sophomore colleges in the University of Wisconsin system.

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