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Biz Buzz for July 7


  • Jim Olson was promoted to vice president of safety and assets with Como Oil and Propane. In his new role, Olson will oversee the company’s safety efforts and policies, ensure regulatory compliance and loss prevention, oversee the fleet and loading and pipeline facilities, and lead efforts to sustain and grow a culture of safety. Previously, he was the director of safety, compliance and asset management as well as a division manager and corporate operations manager. Olson also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Minnesota Propane Educational Promotional and Safety Council.
  • St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth announced the following hires:

Jillian Jacobson joined St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a physician assistant. Previously, she worked as a cardiovascular physician assistant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and as an emergency medicine physician assistant at Essentia Health in Duluth. Jacobson completed her associate of applied science in respiratory therapy at Lake Superior College in Duluth, her bachelor of science in respiratory therapy at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and her master of science in physician assistant studies at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Stephanie Bartek joined as the new public relations specialist. In this role, she serves as the media contact person for the St. Luke’s system and is responsible for media and community relations as well as social media. Bartek completed her bachelor’s degree in communications from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and her master of public administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Previously, Bartek worked at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Resident Matching Program in Washington, D.C.

  • Stewart’s Bikes and Sports announced the hire of Dan Smith to its management team.  Previously, Smith worked at a local hockey specialty store. Smith will focus on managing the hockey business, expanding team sales, growing the trophy and awards division and offering more athletic apparel.
  • Eagles Nest Massage Therapy announced the following hires:

Kori Boatman joined as a massage therapist. Boatman is a graduate of Duluth Business University and previously worked at Elysium Salon and Spa. She is trained in the following massage modalities: general relaxation and rejuvenation, deep tissue, sustained deep pressure, pregnancy, Swedish, reflexology and geriatric.

Noah Burson joined as a massage therapist. Burson is a recent graduate of Lake Superior College. He is trained in the following modalities: general relaxation and rejuvenation, deep tissue, sustained deep pressure, hydrotherapy, sports, pregnancy, lymphatic drainage, children and infants, geriatric and somatic education.

Mary Moline joined as a massage therapist. Moline is a graduate of the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Atlanta, Ga., and is pursuing a degree in nutrition science from Kaplan University. She is trained in the following modalities: general relaxation and rejuvenation, deep tissue, neuromuscular massage therapy, prenatal, reflexology, sports, trigger point and Swedish.

Rae Lynn Monahan joined as an assistant manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in the natural foods industry and is a student of holistic health studies.


  • LHB Inc. announced it received two Finance and Commerce 2013 Top Projects Awards for the design of LHB’s Minneapolis Office and one for the design of Mahtomedi Public School’s Wildwood Elementary School. LHB also announced its St. Louis County Haines Road Rebuild project was named the 2013 Top Project of the Year by the Minnesota County Engineer’s Association.

The 16,396 square foot Minneapolis Office project is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Commercial Interiors Platinum Certification. Architecture, interior design, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering were the in-house services provided for the $1.1 million project.

The new Wildwood Elementary LEED-designed school will serve 600 students and the district’s early childhood programs. LHB provided architectural services to implement the district’s long range facility plan.

The Haines Road Rebuild project was the largest individual road construction project for St. Louis County Public Works. Innovative design techniques were required throughout the process due to the steep terrain of the site. LHB and St. Louis County worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to allocate storm repair money toward a planned reconstruction project.


  • The University of Wisconsin-Superior Center of Continuing Education announced Dan Singpiel of Cloquet graduated from Transportation and Logistics Online Program. This program provides training specific to transportation, logistics, supply chain and management. Upon successful completion of the program, the American Society of Transportation and Logistics grants the internationally recognized CTL credential.
  • CW Technology announced Justin Niemann recently earned CompTIA A+ Certification.  This certification includes maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. CompTIA A+ certification covers numerous technologies and operating systems.


  • Jeweler’s Bench of Duluth announced it moved its location to 323 W. Superior St., Suite 300. Jeweler’s Bench offers custom jewelry design as well as remounting and repair services. The phone number is (218) 727-2711 and the website is

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.