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Biz Buzz for May 12, 2014

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS * Essentia Health announced the following hires:

Dr. Thomas Malloy, a gastroenterologist, joined the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic.  Malloy earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He served a residency in internal medicine at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology-hepatology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine and gastroenterology/hepatology.

Jan Broad joined Essentia Health Convenient Care-Superior as a nurse practitioner. Broad holds a master’s degree in nursing from California State University in Fresno and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Theresa Hutzler joined the Trauma/Critical Care Department at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She has 10 years of experience as a critical care nurse and holds a master’s degree in nursing from St. Louis (Mo.) University. She is certified as an adult and gerontology acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

* The Office of the St. Louis County Attorney announced Mark Stodghill was hired as projects and initiatives coordinator. Previously, Stodghill worked for 35 years as a reporter, columnist and city editor at the Duluth News Tribune. He is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul and is an Air Force veteran, serving in Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines.

* Jeff Woolverton joined Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland as the new resource development director. Woolverton has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit management including fundraising; project impact evaluation; foundation, corporate and individual donor cultivation; and special event planning.

* Northland College named associate professor of religion and philosophy Leslie Alldritt as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. He will begin his service as vice president and dean on July 1.

Alldritt has been part of the Northland faculty since 1991, and from 1991 until 2008 served as chairman of the religion and philosophy program. He also served as the vice president and dean of the college from 2000-04. Alldritt’s appointment is for two years.


* A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth was recognized by The Daily Meal as a Top 50 U.S. Bed and Breakfasts for Food. The inn represents Minnesota on the list.

* Century 21 Gilderman and Associates announced Michele Vesel was named top sales agent for April.

* Peterson Wood Treating in Superior received the Preserving for Generations award at the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year awards banquet May 1 in Madison.

* NewPage Wisconsin System Inc., an affiliate of NewPage Corp., announced the Duluth mill was awarded a Minnesota Governor’s Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement in Occupational Safety for superior performance in workplace safety and health.

* Real Living Messina & Associates in Duluth received the Premier Service Diamond national award for providing superior customer service to home buyers and sellers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Through the Premier Service Program, buyers and sellers are asked to complete a survey evaluation the service received. Once completed, the surveys are tabulated by an independent research firm, and the results provide an overall ranking for the office. To qualify as a Premier Diamond office winner, Real Living Messina & Associates needed to receive a minimum 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. The customer satisfaction rating for Real Living Messina & Associates is 97.5 percent.

* Summit Mechanical Service’s status as a dealer of ClimateMaster geothermal systems has been raised with the designation of ClimateMaster GeoElite Dealer. The title is considered “the best of the best” of ClimateMaster dealers. It only goes to independent heating, ventilation and air conditioning dealers who have extensive experience in installing geothermal units and who have met stringent criteria in training, consumer satisfaction and installation. Summit Mechanical Service, founded in 2000, is at 2321 W. First St. in Duluth.

* LHB, with offices in Duluth and Minneapolis, was ranked as one of the top engineering and architectural design firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record. LHB ranked No. 323 up from No. 381 last year. This is LHB’s third time on the ENR Top 500 Design Firms List, which ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.

LHB also received the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2014 Best in Real Estate Award for the design of LHB’s Minneapolis office.

CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS * The Human Resource Certificate Program

offered through the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the following graduates: Karina Colareta, Dawna Erickson, Mary Garness, Amy Haney, Jill Hinners, Shari Illig, Megan Johnson, Tiffany Rossman, Rhonda Rutford, Catherine Sampson, Judi Siefert, Brandi Spidell and Omega Sweduik. The program provides training specific to human resource management including current law, policies and practices, personnel issues, human resource management

and labor-management relations.

* The Applied Research and Environmental Laboratory at Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute completed its state certification with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is  approved to measure a suite of water quality parameters associated with environmental testing.

ARELab is part of SOEI’s Ecological Solutions Initiative, a program working to promote water quality and ecosystem health in the region while providing applied learning opportunities for students. The laboratory began analyzing for E. coli associated with the Wisconsin Beach Monitoring Program in May 2013, working for and with Ashland and Douglas County Health Departments, the city of Ashland, U.S. Geological Survey  and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The certification allows the laboratory to test for nutrients, as well as other important water quality measurements such as  total suspended solids and chlorophyll-a.


* Symphony Boat Co. announced it has moved its build facility to Spirit Lake Marina at 121 Spring St.

The business also announced the following hires.

Benjamin Foster was hired as a sales and marketing intern. Foster is a marketing student at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Jay Young, a local cabinet maker, has been brought on board to assist in the building process.


* Union Gospel Mission Duluth announced a retirement party for Al Bergren will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at UGM. Bergren began as a volunteer for UGM in 1992 and was hired as a program worker in 1994. In 1998 he became superintendent.


* Insty-Prints and Fuhr Printing announced the businesses’ merger. The merged businesses will be located at the Insty-Prints facility at 215 N. Central Ave., Duluth. It

offers full-color printing, graphic design services, signs and banners, complete finishing services, product photography, promotional products and print management solutions in addition to marketing, print consultation and strategy. The phone number is (218) 624-2337 and the website is

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