Biz Buzz for Feb. 4, 2013

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Tracy Kangas joined the staff at Piedmont Barbers and Salon. Kangas is a licensed cosmetologist with 23 years of experience. She served as a regional color educator for six years and conducted classes to fellow stylists. As a...



  • Tracy Kangas joined the staff at Piedmont Barbers and Salon. Kangas is a licensed cosmetologist with 23 years of experience. She served as a regional color educator for six years and conducted classes to fellow stylists. As a color educator, Kangas taught color techniques, color formulation and correction. She also owned and managed Tracy's Place Hair Salon in Proctor for 8½ years. The telephone number is (218) 722-8456.

  • The Flint Group announced Lydia Farber was promoted to project manager with WestmorelandFlint and will promote strong client partnerships by helping to develop and execute integrated marketing plans. Farber has worked as an account coordinator with the company since November 2011. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from South Dakota State University in Brookings.
  • Minnesota 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan announced the following people have joined his staff. Former State Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia represented District 5A in the Minnesota Legislature from 1986 to 2012. He will work closely with Nolan on a wide range of issues and projects across Minnesota's Iron Range and timber country, concentrating in North St. Louis, Koochiching, Beltrami and Itasca counties.

    Jordan Metsa of Virginia worked as an organizer for the North East Area Labor Council and for the Iron Range-based Hometown Focus newspaper. He is a graduate of Hibbing Community College and will join Rukavina working throughout North St. Louis, Koochiching, Beltrami and Itasca counties.

    Mark Privratsky, a Walker native and Duluth resident, has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, where he was active in student government. He has a special interest in education policies and will cover South St. Louis, Cook, Lake, Carlton and Aitkin counties.

    Brynn Sias will be the districtwide constituent services director. Sias is a native Duluthian and graduate of Denfield High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her background includes organizing work for a variety of local progressive and nonprofit organizations.

    Will Mitchell, who will specialize in transportation and agriculture issues in Nolan's Washington office, is a Duluth native. He has a bachelor's degree in global studies from the University of Minnesota.

  • The Lake Superior Zoo announced the following hires. Kim Matteen was named director of marketing, responsible for

    the zoo's marketing strategies, communications and public relations activities. Matteen previously worked for the Human Development Center in a number of roles, most recent being foundation/development director. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

    Valerie Slocum was hired as volunteer manager. She previously worked at the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Nature Center and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro, Minn. Slocum has extensive experience in animal education and holds bachelor's degrees in earth science and outdoor and environmental recreation from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

  • Emily Edison was named executive director of Soar Career Solutions. She has more than 12 years of nonprofit professional and volunteer experience. Most recently, Edison served as the community impact director at United Way of Greater Duluth, and her expertise includes organizational development, strategic planning, outcomes measurement, communications and revenue development.

    She earned a bachelor's degree in general English from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, an organizational development certificate from the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education and certification from the Grantsmanship Training Center. She also is trained in the practices and principles of the Art of Hosting and is pursuing a master's degree in rhetoric and applied writing from St. Cloud State


    Edison serves on the board for the Port of Duluth Kiwanis Club and adviser for the St. Scholastica Circle K Club.

  • Real Estate Masters welcomed Tom Henderson to its team of real estate agents. Henderson has years of real estate, management and customer service experience; knowledge of the ever-changing market conditions; and attention to detail. He specializes in residential properties and represents both buyers and sellers. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Karen Baresh, vice president of investments and a wealth management specialist and financial adviser at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Duluth, recently was named a member of the Leader's Club. Baresh joined Raymond James in 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. The Baresh and Baresh Wealth Management Group provides customized financial advice, solutions, and education for individuals and small businesses.

  • Miners National Bank of Eveleth received a Superior 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. for the 25th consecutive quarter. To earn this rank, Miners National must excel in areas of capital, asset quality, profitability and more.
  • Dr. Mike Hagley, a general dentist in Grand Rapids, was awarded the Robert Beerhalter Award from the Northeastern District Dental Society. The award is presented to a member who has shown a high commitment to continuing education and is recognized by peers for clinical excellence. CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Megan Flesvig of the Flint Group's Flint Interactive recently was certified in Google AdWords through the Google AdWords Certification Program. The training sharpens individuals' knowledge and practical application of the AdWords tools. With the certification, Flesvig is better able to assist clients with their search engine and display marketing. Flesvig holds a bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. BOARD ELECTIONS

  • Area Partnership for Economic Expansion announced the election of its 2013 board of directors. Elected Executive Committee officers are: Peter Hedstrom, US Bank, chairman; Dan Markham, Capstan Corp., vice chairman; Al Hodnik, Allete Inc., immediate past chairman; Nancy Norr, Minnesota Power, secretary; John Strange, St. Luke's, treasurer; Jim Bendas, Genesis Attachments, at large; Mark Emmel, Labovitz Enterprises, at large; Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Essentia Health, at large; and Andrea Schokker, University of Minnesota Duluth, at large.

    The 2013 board of directors also includes: Kathy Annette, Blandin Foundation; William Bennett, LHB; Scott Bradt, Wells Fargo; Ken Browall, Duluth News Tribune; George Goldfarb, Maurices Inc.; Jo Ann Hoag, St. Luke's hospital; Patrick Johns, Lake

    Superior College; Steve LaFlamme, Oneida Realty Co.; Mike Lalich, UMD Natural Resources Research Institute; Tom Lambrecht, Great River Energy; Brian Maki, Lakehead Constructors; Robert Mars Jr., W.P. & R.S. Mars Co.; Michael Metcalf, Essentia Health; Adolph Ojard, Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Tom Renier, Northland Foundation; David Ross, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce; John Strange, St. Luke's hospital; and Tom Werner, Duluth Airport Authority.

  • The board of commissioners of the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority announced its 2013 elected officers: Robert J. Reichert, chairman; John Ivey Thomas, vice chairman; and Lorenda M.

    Ingersoll, secretary.


  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Anne Krafthefer of Duluth to the Board of Teaching as a classroom teacher member. Krafthefer's term expires Jan. 2, 2017. She replaces Leonard Runck.


  • Jeff Watczak, owner of Watczak Reporting Inc., announced Karen J. Macaulay, formerly of Macaulay Court Reporting, has started working with Watczak Reporting. Macaulay attained the designation of Registered Diplomate Reporter, the highest level of certification available to court reporters from the National Court Reporters Association. She has more than

    25 years of experience in the profession as well as comprehensive expertise in diverse court reporting needs.

    Watczak has been reporting for more than 35 years. Collectively, the five reporters now working with him through Watczak Reporting have more than 135 years of experience in all facets of freelance court reporting.

    Watczak Reporting Inc. is in Suite 200 at 1011 E. Central Entrance in Duluth. It provides services anywhere in the country for depositions, conventions, public hearings, arbitrations, board meetings, courtroom proceedings and statements under oath. Visit for more information.

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