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Biz Buzz (Oct. 1, 2008)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS * The Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, based in Duluth, was awarded the 10th annual SFI Implementation Committee achievement award for outstanding community service in 2008. The committee...

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

* The Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, based in Duluth, was awarded the 10th annual SFI Implementation Committee achievement award for outstanding community service in 2008. The committee worked with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Hibbing using volunteer labor and wood products from SFI member companies. The success of the project encouraged the Maine SFI Implementation Committee to work with its local Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America to build a home in Portland, Maine, which will be certified to the National Association of Home Builders green building standard.

Other committee activities included training 1,245 loggers in cooperation with the Minnesota Logger Education Program; providing information for family forest landowners, including on how to identify and control invasive species on forestlands; honoring a logger of the year, based on criteria that recognize outstanding efforts; and working with state officials to track inconsistent forestry practices.

The Minnesota SFI Implementation Committee includes representatives from the Minnesota DNR, forest companies, the University of Minnesota, family forest owners, the Minnesota Logger Education Program, Minnesota Timber Producers Association, the Ruffed Grouse Society and SFI-certified county land departments.

BOARD ELECTIONS

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* John M. Van Etta, M.D., was re-elected to serve another two-year term as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates by the Minnesota Medical Association. Van Etta of Duluth is a board-certified internist at St. Luke's Internal Medicine Associates in Duluth.

He was MMA president in 1999 and has been a member of its legislative committee. He is an ex-officio member of the MMA board of trustees as an AMA delegate, is chairman of the AMA Council on Legislation and a member of the AMA Health Information Task Force. Van Etta has served on the MMA's Uniform Credentialing Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee and Health Care Reform Task Force.

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

* Underground Aquatics will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday to celebrate the completion of an expansion to its home store in Suite 107 at 207 Ave. C in Cloquet. The business sells a full line of tropical and marine fish and many other fish supplies, and also operates a dry goods outlet store in downtown Duluth. Visit www.undergroundaquatics.com or call (218) 348-8437 for more information.

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