Biz Buzz for June 14

CLERGY The Rev. Logan Almy, originally from Atlanta, was installed as the new pastor at Kirk of the Lake Presbyterian Church on June 6. Pastor Almy graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion.



  • The Rev. Logan Almy, originally from Atlanta, was installed as the new pastor at Kirk of the Lake Presbyterian Church on June 6. Pastor Almy graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion. He did his seminary training at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, where he received his master of divinity degree in 2008. He previously was an assistant pastor at Sutter Presbyterian Church in Bridgeton, Mo. HIRES AND PROMOTIONS

  • Turning Point Therapy expanded its professional and business office staff, adding two physical therapists and a business office representative. Todd Perry is a physical therapist and specializes in treating low back and neck pain, as well as headaches. He has more than 13 years of experience and is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a master's degree in physical therapy and completed his certification in manual therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2005.

    Eva Pearce earned a doctor of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2005. Her graduate course work focused on manual therapy skills such as joint manipulation and myofascial release. Pearce will use her expertise to treat patients with acute and chronic low back pain, as well as sports medicine and orthopedic conditions.

    Breanna Warren was hired as a business office representative. She will manage patient appointment scheduling.

  • Duluth Teachers Credit Union hired Ann Bailey and Katy Barto as full-time tellers at the downtown office. Steve Wehvila was promoted to member service representative at the downtown office and is responsible for new accounts, certificates and online products. Wehvila has been employed with DTCU for more than 10 years.

  • Brian Fischer joined Stockman Law Office as an attorney. Fischer is a Duluth native and recently served as an attorney law clerk for Judge Gerald Martin at the St. Louis County Courthouse. He will represent clients with automobile and work injuries, as well as damages from medical malpractice. RETIREMENTS

  • Colleen Arfman and Mike Edwards retired from teaching for Independent School District 2142 for 34 and 37 years, respectively. Arfman taught at Meadowlands, Cotton and AlBrook. She taught English and was involved in the drama club and speech team and served as class adviser.

    Edwards taught at Cotton and AlBrook. In addition to teaching math he coached track and basketball, advised Student Council and served as class adviser.


  • All Service Plumbing LLC received a 2010 Best of Duluth Award in the Plumbing Contractors category from the U.S. Commerce Association. The USCA Best of Local Business Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success.
  • Teleflora announced Engwall Florist, Greenhouse and Garden Centers in Duluth and Superior were named a member of its President's Club, an incentive and loyalty program created for Teleflora's top member florists in America. Engwalls has been a member of the community for more than 100 years.
  • The Leading Producers Round Table of the National Association of Health Underwriters announced H. James Wheeler of Wheeler Associates in Duluth qualified to receive the association's Eagles Award. The Eagles Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in the sale of health and disability income insurance.
  • Waddell & Reed Inc. in Duluth announced Anne Holy and Susan Stelman have qualified for the annual Circle of Champions and will attend the national conference recognizing the company's top financial advisers in Chicago. The annual award is based on investment, insurance and financial planning sales generated by the adviser. Holy earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a professional in the financial services industry for nine years, joining Waddell and Reed in 2001. This is the sixth year she has earned the honor.

    Stelman, a certified financial planner, holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia University. She joined Waddell & Reed in 1999 and has earned this honor seven times. She has been in the financial services industry for 11 years.

  • Midwest Communications Duluth announced Rik Jordan received a Broadcast Excellence Award from the Outdoors Writers Association of America during its annual conference in Rochester. Jordan, a longtime 610 KDAL-AM morning show personality, hosts the "Friday Outdoors/Fishing Frenzy" from 8-9 a.m. Fridays. He interviews regular guests who give tips on fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • The Edge Pilates Studio in Duluth announced Jessey Gilbertson, Karen Zimmerman and Lynne Bailey attended and received certificates for a continuing education seminar on sports injuries by PESI Health Care. The certification is in addition to their Stott reformer certifications.
  • Kathlynn McConnell earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from the American Society for Training & Development Certification Institute. McConnell is a corporate trainer/employee development coordinator at Members Cooperative Credit Union. She has been with MCCU for three years.
  • DSGW Architects announced Ryan Turner was promoted to associate. Turner works out of the Virginia office and has taken on the role of project manager and architect for DSGW's Healthcare Studio. He most recently managed and designed the LEED-certified SMDC Lakeside Clinic in Duluth and has developed projects such as Iron Range Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic, SMDC Virginia Clinic and Mesabi Trailhead Building in Eveleth. He also serves on the Virginia Regional Medical Center Foundation Board and is chairman of the Eveleth Area Community Foundation Board.
  • Fond du Lac Human Services Division achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Organizations seeking accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the association's surveyors -- volunteer physicians, nurses and administrators who are involved in ambulatory health care.
  • Eikill & Schilling Ltd. announced certified public accountants Ronald Peterson, principal, Scott Hanson and Jeffrey Schaefer were recently accredited in business valuation. The credential is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. Eikill & Schilling is a consulting and certified public accounting firm with offices in Duluth and Cloquet.
  • Dawn LaPointe achieved certification as a Healing Touch for Animals Certified Practitioner in January. Her training included instruction with Carol Komitor, the founder of Healing Touch for Animals. LaPointe finished all four levels of training over a two-year period and then completed the yearlong certification process. LaPointe owns Awakened Harmony LLC, doing business as Paws for Joy, and offers sessions of energy work to people and animals, and teaches Reiki classes.


  • The newly created Integrity Health Network announced its Board of Governors. The new health-care organization serves northern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin and represents a merger between Northstar Physicians Network and Northland Medical Associates. The Board of Governors is composed of the executive committees of Northland Medical Associates and Northstar Physicians Network and the president/CEO of Integrity Health Network. Its members are Dr. Daniel McKee, chairman, a gastroenterologist with Northland Gastroenterology of Duluth; Dr. Kenneth Ripp, vice chairman, a family practitioner with Raiter Clinic of Cloquet; Dr. Patrick Hall, treasurer, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of Duluth; Dr. Brent Kelley, secretary, a family practitioner at North Woods Community Health Center in Hayward; Dr. David McKee, a neurologist with Northland Neurology & Myology PA in Duluth; Dr. Barbara Hemenway, a family practitioner with Northland Family Physicians in Duluth; Dr. Edmund Draper, a family practitioner with Iron Range Clinic in Eveleth; and Jeffrey L. Tucker, president and CEO of Integrity Health Network.


  • Bowery Bros. Cocktails and Pub Fare opened in the Radisson's former Fifth Avenue Lounge at 505 W. Superior St. in Duluth. The pub features signature menu items created by executive chef Ryan Zander, like the Astor Burger (named after JJ Astor, fur trader turned New York real estate mogul and namesake of the top-floor restaurant with a 360-degree view), an original and smoky pulled-pork sandwich, walleye sliders and much more. The outdoor patio is also being remodeled. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The number is (218) 727-8981.

  • Lynden Medlin and Shaun Marline joined Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, forming Northland Private Asset Management LLC, an independent practice in Duluth. Previously they had been with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC Duluth. They focus on the management of retirement, trust and discretionary portfolios for individuals and small businesses. Their new offices are located at 312 W. Superior St. in Duluth.

  • Business partners Kathy Roach and Jackie Hunter announced the launch of Top Travel Inc., a new coach bus travel package agency in Duluth. Roach received a degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota Duluth and had a 20-year career in the intercollegiate athletics department at UMD. She volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels and the Northern Pine Girl Scout Council for many years and upon retiring started a new career in the travel industry.

    Hunter graduated from UMD with a degree in French and has spent time traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada and France. She has 15 years of experience in the travel industry with outbound motor coach tours, incentive travel and destination sales.

    The telephone number is (218) 721-3616 and the website is .


  • Scalzo Architects Ltd. moved their offices to the second floor at 1901 South St. in eastern Duluth. The business telephone number remains (218) 722-4319.
  • Duluth Glass & Mirror has moved to a larger, more convenient location at 4609 Grand Ave. in Duluth. The business will offer more glass products and services and has added more staff for consultations. Auto Glass technicians at Duluth Glass & Mirror are National Glass Association and Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council-certified. The telephone number is (218) 727-8596.


  • Mark Rubin served as a member of the faculty for the Minnesota County Attorneys Association continuing education course "Ethics and Elimination of Bias for Government Attorneys" on June 4 in St. Paul. Rubin is a St. Louis County attorney's office prosecutor. Send your Biz Buzz news to Biz Buzz, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, e-mail .

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