Biz Buzz for May 23, 2011

HIRES AND PROMOTIONS Nick Minardi joined Viant Crane in Superior as operations manager. Minardi will be responsible for providing customer service, scheduling and handling other customer needs. The company is a full-service crane rental company s...



  • Nick Minardi joined Viant Crane in Superior as operations manager. Minardi will be responsible for providing customer service, scheduling and handling other customer needs. The company is a full-service crane rental company serving the heavy industrial, energy and construction markets throughout the Midwest.

  • Meyer Borgman Johnson in Duluth hired Matt Nordine as a structural engineer. His responsibilities include participation in the design process, coordination among project team members, and onsite observation and investigation. He is working on four major projects as project engineer: Duluth Airport Terminal, Griggs Hall expansion at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Veterans Home campus in Minneapolis, and the second phase of a six-building project on the Alvernia University campus in Reading, Pa. Nordine is a native of Grand Forks, N.D., and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He previously worked as a field/production engineer and lean management coordinator at Wells Concrete. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is certified as a Concrete Field Testing Technician-Grade 1 by the American Concrete Institute. He lives in Duluth.

  • Izzy Bogen joined j.Lydia salon as a stylist. She has been doing hair for five years and specializes in color and cutting. She also does hair extensions and waxing. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Re/Max 1 of Superior announced Tom and Dana "Action" Acton were named top listing agents for April, and Steve Braman was named top selling agent.
  • Messina and Associates announced Tracy Ramsay was named top selling agent for April.
  • AmericInn presented William Aho with an "MVP Award" for his long-term commitment to AmericInn and achieving top guest satisfaction scores and quality assurance. The award was presented to Aho during the company's annual national convention, which was held in Las Vegas. Aho owns the AmericInn hotel in Virginia, as well as one in Oswego, Ill. He has been an AmericInn hotel owner for 15 years and is seeking development opportunities for additional locations.

  • Dr. Kimberly A.D. Lindquist, an endodontist in Duluth, received the Spirit of Service New Practitioner Dental Community Volunteer Award from the American Association of Endodontists during its recent annual session in San Antonio. The award honors individuals who have practiced fewer than 10 years and have demonstrated leadership through activities in the dental community and with dental organizations to benefit underserved patients.

    Lindquist became an endodontist in 2005 and has chaired the Resident and New Practitioner Committee and served on the AAE Annual Session Planning Committee. She also served as president of the Minnesota Association of

    Endodontists from 2006-09.

    She started her own practice in 2005 and is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, where she received her D.D.S. in 1992. Along with teaching, Lindquist is a mentor for dental students at the University of Minnesota and has recently volunteered for the AAE Open House Program, providing mentoring and support to recent endodontic graduates and new practitioners.

  • Save our Steam in Duluth was awarded a Minnesota Governor's Safety Award for superior performance in workplace safety and health. The award was presented during the Minnesota Governor's Safety Awards luncheon May 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The award is notable because Save Our Steam routinely works safely in hazardous conditions. The company fixes high-pressure leaks in industrial steam, gas and acid lines. Typical customers of SOS are refineries and steam, ethanol, power and paper plants -- operations that are laced with pipes and valves that carry materials under high pressure and high temperatures, conditions that are vulnerable to exactly the sort of leaks that SOS seals as part of its everyday business. The company prides itself on doing the majority of leak repairs -- at hundreds or even thousands of pounds per square inch of pressure -- without interrupting production. SOS started doing business in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Nebraska and now serves clients all over the continental United States.

    The annual Governor's Safety Awards program honors Minnesota employers with a record of exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of safety data as they compare with state and

    national statistics.

  • Paper Ink, owned by DeeDee Widdes of Duluth, received a Carlson Craft excellence award for 2010. The annual award is presented by Carlson Craft to a few businesses for outstanding performance and exceptional sales achievements.

  • Mark Haugen, owner of the Loose Moose Custom Framing & Gallery, received honorable mention at the mid-April TC Moulding framing competition in St. Paul. This is the fifth award presented to the Loose Moose in recent years.


  • Michelle Russell received certification as a Healing Touch practitioner. She completed a rigorous training and certification program through Healing Touch International and abides by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Russell also holds certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner from the Global College of Natural Medicine. Her practice, Holistic Health & Healing, is in the Marshall Professional Building Wellness Center.

  • Orthopaedic Associates announced physical therapist Shyanne McGregor is now a certified integrated manual therapist. McGregor completed the certification process, which includes oral, written and practical exams, through Great Lakes Seminars. With this added training, McGregor can better assess and treat body dysfunction from a whole body perspective, connecting the source of pain to where the symptoms are showing. McGregor joined Orthopaedic Associates in 2010 and specializes in orthopedic, sports medicine and manual techniques, as well as treatments for back and cervical injuries. She works with patients following or as an alternative to surgery. She is a Duluth native and earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica.

  • The following people graduated from the Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program offered through the Center for Continuing Education/ Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Superior: Heath Hickok, Duluth; and Amanda Abrahamson, Northshore Inline Marathon, Duluth.

    The program provides training specific to managing a not-for-profit organization or government agency. Participants complete 14 to 17 full-day workshops (a minimum of 100 hours of training) aimed at strengthening their skills in a variety of areas including: strategic planning, financial management, fundraising, human resources and program evaluation.


  • The University of Minnesota Duluth announced the retirement of the following faculty members. Jeanne Doty, an associate professor in the Department of Music, has performed more than 200 concerts during her tenure at UMD, including performances in Italy, Costa Rica, Finland and Norway.

    Mark A. Fugelso, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is an internationally known expert on computer-

    controlled cutter-grinding machinery. In 2002 he was the spark plug for the creation of the Mechanical Engineering program at UMD.

    John Fulkrod, the track and cross-country coach and a professor in the Department of Chemistry, concluded a 43-year career of teaching chemistry and coaching cross-country and track and field in January. He came to UMD in September 1992, taught freshman chemistry and coached cross-country and track.

    Michael Linn, professor of linguistics in the Department of Writing Studies, came to UMD in 1977 after being tenured at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1984.

    Henry Person, an associate professor in operations management, joined UMD in 1974. He has taught courses in several areas making use of his interests in quantitative analysis, statistics, computer-based information systems and operations management.

    Edward K. Stauffer, associate professor in physiology and pharmacology, joined the UMD School of Medicine in August 1975, when the school was in the Laboratory Building on the lower campus. He taught in the areas of membrane electrophysiology, neurotransmission, sensory and muscle physiology and gastrointestinal physiology.


  • Harbor City Kennels and Quality Touch will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new hydrotherapy facility. Canine hydrotherapy demonstrations will be held at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. both nights. Harbor City Kennels is at 2512 Jean Duluth Road, on the corner of Jean Duluth and Carrol roads. Call (218) 525-5720 for more information.


  • Opportunity Finance Network and the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. announced that the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund was named one of the 21 distinguished participants of the 10,000 Small Businesses CDFI Growth Collaborative. The Entrepreneur Fund was selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants vying for a space in this innovative educational experience.

    The CDFI Growth Collaborative is a three-year program that will provide participating CDFIs with a unique, tuition-paid learning program to help CDFI loan funds address the needs of small businesses in underserved communities across the country. By participating in it, the Entrepreneur Fund will strengthen its capacity to lend to small businesses through

    practical peer learning opportunities. The CDFI industry will benefit from new technical assistance and resources published as a result of the program.

    CDFI loan funds participating in this program will have learning opportunities including: information exchanges, meetings, online learning and networking opportunities; opportunities to apply for one-on-one or small-group consulting services; focused training on topics of importance to the collaborative; discussions/ development of tools, policies and best practices; and opportunities to present on behalf of the collaborative at the OFN Conference.

  • LHB architects Daniel Stine, computer-assisted design administrator, and Steve McNeill, director of design, wrote the recently published textbook, "Interior Design Using Hand Sketching, SketchUp and Photoshop." The book demonstrates to interior design students and professionals the importance of hand sketching and digital visualization tools by showing how they are used together in a modern interior design practice.

    Stine has 19 years of design experience and is a registered architect in Wisconsin. He trains LHB's staff in computer-aided drafting and building information modeling. He also teaches these topics as an adjunct instructor at Lake Superior College.

    McNeill's 39 years of design experience have been dedicated to enhancing the architecture profession. He is a past chairman and former board member of the Minnesota Architectural Foundation and a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His research on high performance practices in Switzerland and Germany helped create "Sustainable Schools Minnesota" for the Minnesota Office of Environmental


    Biz Buzz is a collection of business news tidbits from around the region. Send your business openings or closings, personnel changes or other news of interest in the business community to Biz Buzz, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802, e-mail biz@duluth, or fax (218) 720-4120.

  • Related Topics: BIZ BUZZ
    What To Read Next
    Bankruptcy information gathered from cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Duluth.
    Recently sold properties from St. Louis County.
    While traffic has roughly doubled since 2020 — the heart of the pandemic, when there were 14.9 million passengers — it’s still not at pre-pandemic levels: In 2019, there were 39.6 million passengers.
    The addition of 72 Poplar River Condos units nearly doubles the vacation rental company's North Shore portfolio.