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Nominees for Labovitz awards are announced

Fifty-two businesses in Northeastern Minnesota have been nominated for this year’s Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards to be presented April 20 in Duluth.

The annual awards, now in their 24th year, recognize outstanding business owners and entrepreneurs in the region.

Presented by University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Economic Development, it is the region’s celebration of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week.

The awards luncheon will again be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s Harbor Side Ballroom. Cost is $25 to attend, $200 for a table of eight. To register, visit by Friday.

The names of the nominees were released recently. They are:


* Affordable Cremation & Burial — Matt Johnsrud, Duluth

* Alan’s Physical Therapy — Alan Dettmer, Grand Rapids

* Daymark Designs — Scottie Gardonio, Duluth

* DKK Accounting — Joshua Standley, Duluth

* Lotus on the Lake — Kelly Yetter and Jackie McLean, Duluth

* Patty Beech Consulting — Patty Beech, Duluth

* Secret Forest Playschool — Meghan Morrow, Duluth

* Twin Ports Pet Sitters — Kirstin Baumgarten, Duluth


* Day Tripper of Duluth — Jake Boyce and Matti Erpestad, Duluth

* Dungeon’s End — Mason Froberg and Alta Wickham, Duluth

* Gary Milk House — Derek Medved, Duluth

* Giant Voices — Pascha Apter and Lisa Bodine, Duluth

* Otis-Magie Insurance Agency — Tom Stender, Duluth

* Trujillo Transport Services — Phillip A. Trujillo and Shirley L. Trujillo, Duluth

* Virginia Family Dental — Dr. Michael B. Miskovich, Virginia


* 3five — Martin Sawinski, Duluth

* Advanced Design Awnings & Signs — Chris Mathews, Cloquet

* B. Neff Landscaping — Benjamin Neff, Mt. Iron

* BusinessNorth — Ron Brochu and Beth Bily, Duluth

* CW Technology — David Manion, Dave McCuskey, Bill Kimbler, Jeremy Caine and Bryan Nelson, Duluth

* How Sweet It Is Cakes — Eileen Brown and Robert Brown, Duluth

* Jacobsen’s Chef Services dba: North Coast Breads — Tracy Jacobsen and Gwen Jacobsen, Silver Bay

* Lakerock Enterprises dba HDPE Supply — Daniel Delmore, Duluth

* Lake Superior Helicopters — Eric Monson and Sanford C. Hoff, Duluth

* Little Neetchers — Joy Herbert and Joshua Herbert, Duluth

* Lynnette’s Portrait Design — Lynnette Steen, Duluth

* Maven Perspectives — Paula M.J. Frings, Grand Rapids

* South Pier Inn — Dale Sola, Betty Sola, Rand Sola and Steve Sola, Duluth

* Sundell Eye Associates — Dr. Bridget Sundell, Virginia

* T & C Hardwood Solutions — Chris Sundborn and Travis Tanski, Duluth


* CF Design — Cheryl Fosdick, Duluth

* Citon Computer Corp. — Steven Dastoor and Sean Dean, Duluth

* Classic Car Auto Parts — Craig A. Foss, Grand Rapids

* Duke’s Towing, Duke Boys Auto Service — Darin Lind, Duluth

* Evergreen Lawn Service — Paul Miller and Kay Miller, Duluth

* Hasbargen Logging — Kit Hasbargen, Clarence Hasbargen, Denton Hasbargen, Clinton Hasbargen, Zach Hasbargen, Derek Cook and Alvin Hasbargen, Birchdale

* Hawkinson Construction Co. — Mark Hawkinson, Grand Rapids

* J & D Family Foods — Delmer Peterson, Littlefork

* Kuehl’s Logging — Elroy Kuehl, Ely

* Les Grumdahl Window and Siding — Ryan Grumdahl and Les Grumdahl, Duluth

* LHB — Bill Bennett, Duluth

* Nelson Funeral Care and Cremation Service — Robert Nelson and Lori Nelson, Cloquet

* New Scenic Cafe — Scott Graden, Duluth

* On the Limit — Elizabeth Howard, Duluth

* True North Color Lab — Ted and Carol Thompson, Duluth


* Aszendrops dba The Shop Coffeehouse/218 Taphouse — Selah Reid and Kevin Gobats, Virginia

* Denton Law Office — Brenda Denton, Duluth

* Farmer Doug — Doug Hoffbauer and Lois Hoffbauer, Duluth

* Friend’s Garbage Service — Michelle Friend and Wade Friend, International Falls

* Interior Tomato Hydroponics — Samuel Ovind and Andrew Ovind, Duluth

* Loll Designs — Greg Benson, Dave Benson, Anthony Ciardelli, Duluth

* Pure Clean — Craig Simonson, Duluth