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Jones is payroll specialist at CDS

WILLMAR -- Diane L. Jones recently joined Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing in Willmar as a payroll specialist. She has more than 36 years of payroll experience working for the city of Willmar.

Jones and her husband, David, reside in Willmar.

Lindblad joins Edina Realty

WILLMAR -- Edina Realty announces Gordy Lindblad has joined the company as a real estate agent and will work out of the Spicer office.

Lindblad was born and raised in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School. He is a graduate of Willmar Junior College, received a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Cloud State University and trained in Kaplan Real Estate courses.

He worked for Herberger's for 36½ years, including 28 years in Willmar as store manager, before retiring on March 30.

He and his wife, Deb, live in Spicer.


Sharon Bakker, workforce development representative at Job Service at the Willmar Workforce Center, was recognized at the 2010 Minnesota Family Investment Program/ Diversionary Work Program conference. Bakker, of Willmar, received the Job Counselor of the Year award on June 9 in St. Cloud. Bakker has been a job counselor working with public assistance recipients since 1998 at Job Service. She was recognized for her professionalism and ability to address challenging situations with calmness and understanding. She serves as a role model for employment counselors and currently has a lead role in delivery of the Diversionary Work Program.

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