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Chris Meinert joins Fenstra Real Estate

WILLMAR -- Chris Meinert, formerly with Assist 2 Sell, has joined Fenstra Real Estate Inc., 2800 First St. S., in Willmar.

Meinert is a lifelong Willmar resident and is past president of the West Central Association of Realtors. He holds a marketing degree from Ridgewater College, has had a broker license since 1995 and specializes in Willmar residential real estate.

Foster opens Trav's Dino Mart

WILLMAR -- Travis Foster has opened Trav's Dino Mart at the former Pump and Pantry building, 602 First St. S., in Willmar.

Foster worked at Pump and Pantry for three years, and worked in construction and was a heavy equipment operator for eight years.

He is a 1998 graduate of New London-Spicer High School and has lived in Willmar for 11 years. He has a 2-year-old daughter, Ava.

Heller Group adds Patricia Keltgen

OLIVIA -- Patricia Keltgen of Olivia recently joined Heller Group, 1-Stop Realty.

After completing the education requirements, Keltgen received her Minnesota real estate license in April and was accepted as a member of West Central Association of Realtors and the Realtors Land Institute.

Keltgen grew up on a farm near Morton and for the past 38 years gained first-hand farmland experience in land brokerage and management as personal administrative assistant to Roger Heller, Olivia land broker.

El Conquistador opens in Spicer

SPICER -- Noe Medina has opened El Conquistador restaurant at 118 Lake Ave. in Spicer.

The restaurant is a family business with prices in the $3.99 to $8.99 range and serving popular favorites nachos, enchiladas, tostadas, fajitas, spicy shrimp, grilled shrimp and shrimp in garlic sauce.

The family has been in the restaurant business for 10 years.

Vlach joins Westberg staff

WILLMAR -- Mandi Vlach of Benson has joined Westberg Eischens PLLP of Willmar as staff accountant.

Vlach received her bachelor's degree in accounting in May and graduated summa cum laude from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. She will primarily assist with auditing, compilation and review services, payroll processing and reporting, and income tax return preparation.

Rice lab earns accreditation

WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the American College of Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

To earn accreditation, the laboratory had to meet multiple high standards of care.

During the accreditation process, inspectors examined the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. The staff's qualifications, the laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety program, safety record and overall management of the laboratory also are reviewed.

Rice Hospital is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

Willmar Building Permits

June 15 to 19, 2009

Rice Hospital City of Willmar, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., alteration to third-floor corridor, $30,000.

Kandiyohi County Humane Society, 250 28th St. S.W., construct 5,600-square-foot animal shelter, $515,400.

Perry and Donna Wieland, 1709 Olena Ave. S.E., new home and garage, $170,447.

Don Norling, 715 23rd St. S.E., residential deck and storage below, $10,000.

Lu Ann Carlson, 1128 Sixth St. S.W., residential re-siding of house and garage, $6,000.

Christopher Bennett, 1904 24th St. S.W., construct 12-foot-by-16-foot deck with stairs, $9,000.

Adam Gregory, 3400 Fourth Ave. N.W., construct 34-foot-by-30-foot detached garage, $36,802.

Carolyn Schlagel, 1709 Hansen Dr. S.W., residential reroofing, $8,000.

Thomas Diederich, 1218 Becker Ave. S.W., residential detached garage, $30,307.

Thomas Diederich, 1218 Becker Ave. S.W., demolish garage, $0.

Mary Brown, 2701 14th Ave. N.W., residential reroofing, $7,000.

Lowell Breems, 726 Fifth St. S.E., residential siding, $15,000.

Jeremiah Burich, 1604 Richland Ave. S.W., residential deck, $1,000.

All information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.