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Announcements

St. Luke’s is honored to have been ranked as a high performing hospital for hip fracture, knee replacement and stroke procedures by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-2023.
Dr. John Anderson, a doctor of osteopathic medicine specializing in cardiac electrophysiology, is excited to join the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. His specialty focuses on the electrical activities of the heart.
Nurse Practitioner Kathryn Johnson, APRN, CNP, is joining St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC), continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Scott Bender as SVP – Senior Commercial Banker. Scott Bender grew up calling Brainerd, MN home. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. With 17 years in banking, Scott comes to NBC with a great deal of experience. He spent his last 12 years as a commercial lender at Bremer Bank in Brainerd and before that was at Wells Fargo for five years. Scott stated, “The opportunity to bring NBC’s services into the Brainerd lakes area is exciting. I look forward to cultivating relationships and growing loans. I’ve always been about great customer service, and I know that NBC has those same values.” Scott will be headquartered out of Duluth but located in Brainerd and be responsible for covering the Brainerd Lakes area and the surrounding region. He is involved in the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA), the Brainerd Chamber, and the Good Samaritan Society. Brad Roden, Chief Banking Officer stated, “Scott’s addition to the team will allow NBC to expand its presence in the Brainerd Lakes area, as well as the Western part of Minnesota. Scott brings with him a significant amount of commercial banking experience and we anticipate that his existing relationships, prior banking experience, and leadership will provide us with significant immediate growth across the region. We look forward to providing Scott with a platform that will allow him to continue and grow his already successful commercial banking career.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs.

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John B. Schulte practices primarily in the areas of family law, including an extensive background in providing mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation services, landlord-tenant law, and also has experience with debtor-creditor and other general civil matters. He previously worked as a Guardian ad Litem in family and juvenile cases and also performed both private and court-appointed custody evaluations and parenting time expediting.
(Duluth, MN) Jerad Sikkink has joined MCCU’s Business Services team as a business banking officer. Before taking on this new role, Sikkink worked for more than eight years in mortgage and consumer lending, both at MCCU and elsewhere.
St. Luke’s is honored to have earned three 2022 national awards from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic welcomes neurosurgeon Dr. Carlos Goulart

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St. Luke’s is honored to have earned a 2021 Silver Patient Experience Award of Excellence from Humana.
Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. is proud to announce five attorneys: Stephanie A. Ball, Robert R. Kanuit, Paul B. Kilgore, Paul A. Loraas and Daniel D. Maddy were named 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers. Through a rigorous selection process, Super Lawyers recognizes lawyers in their state who distinguished themselves within their practice - an honor only 5% of Minnesota lawyers are awarded yearly.
Arla Spencer, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner who specializes in orthopedic surgery, is excited to join the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. A native of Superior, she’s looking forward to calling the Northland home again after living in Arizona.
Bell Bank has tapped its Twin Ports market president, Tim McShane, for a key regional leadership role, promoting him to community banking director for Bell’s East Region market including the communities of Duluth, Maple Grove, White Bear Lake, Forest Lake, Woodbury and Stillwater.
The Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic is excited to welcome certified physician assistant Allison Heaslet to its elder care team. She has practiced emergency medicine at Essentia for the last five years.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC), continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Stephanie Cummings as SVP – Chief Retail Officer. Stephanie Cummings has always called Duluth, MN home. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she studied communications. She also attended and graduated from a Graduate School of Banking program held by the Consumer Banking Association. Stephanie comes to NBC with a great deal of banking experience, 34 years to be exact. For the last 18 years, she has been a District Manager at Wells Fargo, where she has spent the entirety of her career, until now. Stephanie stated, “I’m thrilled to be joining NBC. Having the opportunity to really make a difference is exciting to me. I look forward to getting to know my new team and seeing how we can make more possible.” Working out of the Superior-Main branch, Stephanie will oversee NBC’s retail banking, signature banking, and mortgage departments. She is the current board chair of the Duluth LISC local advisory board and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Steve Burgess, President & CEO stated, “Having Stephanie join our team is a huge win. A win for NBC’s management, staff, and the community. Stephanie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that we look forward to tapping into. We’re excited, and lucky, to have her on the team.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs. The bank’s web address is nbcbanking.com.
The Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic is proud to welcome certified physician assistant Derek VanSlyke, who specializes in orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Colt Edin, an elder care specialist, is excited to begin practicing at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic — and in the Northland, where his family ties go back nearly a century.