Biz Buzz for Jan. 15, 2018
• Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet has hired nurse practitioner Beth Caven to join its hospitalist program. Caven will be responsible for meeting with patients, helping determine their needs and seeing those needs are met. She received her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota and her nurse practitioner degree from Winona State University-Rochester campus. Caven previous worked as an intensive care and critical care nurse at Abbott Northwestern and a nurse practitioner at Health East, both in the Twin Cities.
• Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Taylor Pedersen president/CEO to replace David Minor, who resigned in July 2017 to accept the CEO position at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Pedersen has been with the chamber since 2013, serving as director of the Visitors Bureau and Member Services. He has held the interim role since July. Prior to joining the chamber, Pedersen was general manager of Synergy Wireless, finance manager of the Superior Housing Authority and owner/operator of an American Family insurance agency, all in Superior.
• Amy Soderberg, of Young & Associates Insurance of Duluth, has been promoted to personal account manager. Soderberg joined the agency in 2016 and recently became a licensed agent. She has her legal secretary certificate through Lake Superior College and brings eight years of customer service management experience to the company. Soderberg will assist and advise customers on their personal insurance protection.
• Wendy Ruhnke, of SoundVibration LLC, has been named lead trainer for the SolTec Lounge. Ruhnke integrated the SolTec Lounge into her practice over four years ago.
• Superior Translations announces that Victoria Gonzalez is its marketing and development director. Gonzalez obtained her international management degree and brings over 20 years experience in business operations and leading process improvement initiatives in the health-care industry. She has experience in the translation industry and grew up in a bilingual household.
• The Duluth Airshow, presented by St. Luke's, was recognized for innovation in the air show industry for the fourth consecutive year. Ryan Kern, president of Kern & Kompany Marketing and Special Events and founder of the Duluth Airshow, accepted the platinum level Pinnacle Award. The award recognizes creative thinking, professional execution and demonstrable results in the areas of air show operations and management. This year's award was given out for Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning. Previous awards included Innovative Event Expansion for the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival in 2016; Implementation of Photography Education Tour in 2015; and Business Ethics and Contract Negotiations in 2014.
• Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power were presented with The Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Assistance Award for their outstanding work assisting customers affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The award is presented to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. Thirty-one lineworkers and support staff from MP and SWL&P spent two weeks in the Miami area in September helping Florida Power and Light restore power.
• The Center for Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the following people have graduated from their Human Resource Certificate Program: Sara Wartman from the Bayfield County Health Department; Catherine Schneeweis from Saint Ann's in Duluth and Andria Bordes of A&E Homes, Inc., in Duluth.
• RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc., has acquired Blue Prairie Labs, a division of AE2S Operations, to offer fully certified analytical laboratory testing of ambient, groundwater, wastewater and drinking water in North Dakota and beyond. RMB adds this new location in Watford City, N.D., to increase its footprint of laboratories in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Bloomington, Minn., and Grand Rapids.