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Builders elect Willmar man VP

WILLMAR -- Chad Kompelien of Kompelien Custom Homes of Willmar was elected builder vice president of the Builders Association of Minnesota at the second annual Minnesota Builders Convention on Feb. 27 in Brainerd.

Kompelien is a member of the West Central Builders Association. He served on the board from 2001 to 2004 and was association president in 2004. He has served on the state builders' board since 2004.

He started at Mike Kompelien Custom Homes in 1991 and became a partner in 2005. The company opened in 1984 and builds custom homes, ranging in size from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet. The company also does remodeling and small commercial projects.

The state Builders Association also presented other awards including the Local Association Membership Retention Award to West Central Builders Association and the President's Award to state Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar.

United FCS members receive $4.8 million

WILLMAR -- United FCS is distributing $4.8 million in cash patronage -- a return of a portion of the association's net earnings -- to eligible customer-members. The distribution is due to strong operational performance in 2008, said Marc Knisely, United FCS chief executive officer.

The distribution paid to customers puts the combined total patronage to more than $58 million since United FCS was formed in 2002.

Knisely said sound operating practices have well positioned the association to meet the challenge of increasing risk associated with the global economic situation and volatility affecting certain agricultural sectors.

United FCS has corporate offices in Willmar and is part of the National Farm Credit Service, which has supported farming and the rural area for over 92 years.

United FCS provides loans, leases and financial services to over 4,400 customer-members in 10 Minnesota counties of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine and customer-members in 12 counties in north central Wisconsin.

Sellner joins

Hair Designs

WILLMAR -- Celeste Sellner has joined Hair Designs, 1809 First St. S., in Willmar as a stylist.

Sellner started in February. She attended Ridgewater College in 2004 and has been in the salon industry for five years. She specializes in designer cuts, fashion colors and men's crew cuts. She took advance cutting classes from Pivot Point in October 2008. She lives in Clara City.

Canby lawyer

on ethics panel

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Canby lawyer Stacy Vinberg as chair of the 12th District Bar Association's Ethics Committee. The district covers Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Vinberg replaces David Gilbertson of Montevideo, whose term has expired.

Each of the 21 district bar associations has an ethics committee. The committees investigate complaints of unethical conduct against Minnesota lawyers for the state Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. Attorneys and public members serve voluntarily on the committees.


Dr. Brett Peterson, chiropractic physician and state certified in acupuncture, Acupuncture Chiropractic Clinic of Willmar, attended post-graduate training Feb. 21-22 in Minneapolis in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries due to car collisions. Training was provided in recent advances in detecting injury through the use of stand up motion MRI technology, diagnostic ultrasound and X-ray diagnosis.

Business Calendar

Chamber Connection AM

(7:30-8:30 a.m.)

Friday: Copperleaf Senior Living, 1550 First St. N.

March 20: Command Labor & Staffing, 423 Benson Ave. S.W.

March 27: Engan Associates PA, 311 Fourth St. S.W.

April 3: Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E.

April 17: Life Connections-West Central Tribune, Civic Center, 2707 Arena Dr.

April 24: The Oaks at Eagle Creek, 1000 26th Ave. N.E.

May 1: Bremer Bank, 500 Willmar Ave. S.E.

May 8: Kandi Entertainment Center, 500 19th Ave. S.E.

May 15: Epitopix-MinnWest Technology Campus, 1801 BioTech Ave. N.E.

Chamber Connection PM

(5-6:30 p.m.)

May 7: Westside Liquor, 1600 Highway 12 E.