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German firm will provide turbines for wind project

ATWATER -- National Wind LLC announces REpower Systems AG of Hamburg, Germany, will provide 20 wind turbines for Lake Country Wind Energy LLC, a community-owned wind project being planned in the Atwater area in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties.

The MM92-type turbines have a rated power of 2.05 megawatts each, with a combined output of 40 megawatts of power. Construction of the 20 turbines, slated for late 2010, will represent the first phase of a 340-megawatt wind power project proposed by Lake Country Wind and managing partner National Wind, according to officials.

These will be the first REpower turbines to be delivered in Minnesota. The turbines have also been used in Washington, Oregon, Indianan, Michigan and California.

"The U.S. market is gradually starting to recover," says Per Hornung Pedersen, CEO of REpower Systems. "This order and other signed contracts in the last few months show that our North American business is slowly picking up again."

Abby Christensenis Bethesda activity director

WILLMAR -- Abby Christensen has been named activity/volunteer director at Bethesda Heritage Center Nursing Home in Willmar. She is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. She has been assistant activity director since 2004 and has worked at Bethesda for more than 10 years. She and her husband, Wayne, live in Willmar with their two children.

Mauer endorses Anytime Fitness

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer has signed an endorsement deal with Anytime Fitness, the world's largest co-ed fitness club chain. To celebrate, the Anytime Fitness club in Willmar is offering special "Mauer Power" deals for new members.

"We're extremely excited to have Joe on our team," say Anytime Fitness owners Dan and Kathy Halldin. "He's a wonder role model, an amazing athlete and someone who understands the importance of regular exercise."

Mauer is the reigning American League MVP, a two-time Gold Glove winner and three-time batting champion.

MeekerMemorial earns accreditation in mammography

LITCHFIELD -- Meeker Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology.

Accreditation is awarded to facilities that achieve high practice standards and undergo a peer review that evaluates image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Clinics honored for flu shotrates among physicians

WILLMAR -- Local clinics are among more than 70 family medicine clinics throughout the state that met the health care worker influenza vaccination challenge posed by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians at the start of the flu season.

Clinics that were able to achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate among family physicians by Nov. 15 were awarded a certificate of achievement.

Area clinics that received certificates were Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Benson, Granite Falls, Hancock, Litchfield, Marshall, New London-Spicer, Redwood Falls and Willmar; Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar; RC Hospital and Clinics in Olivia; and the Starbuck Clinic.


Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP, of Willmar has been named one of the top 25 CPA firms in Minnesota by Twin Cities Business B.I.G. Book. CDS was founded in 1985 and has 26 CPAs and more than 65. CDS has offices in Willmar, Benson, Morris, Litchfield and St. Cloud, offering a full range of accounting, tax, auditing, payroll, employee benefit administration and consulting services designed to meet the specific needs of their clients.


Ridgewater College's Auto Mechanics Technology program in Willmar has received re-certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Ridgewater's program achieved this recognition after undergoing evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

"This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents," said Donald Seyfer, NATEF chair. "Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Ridgewater's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians."

Kevin Larison, Ridgewater Auto Mechanics department head, said "During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program continues to meet strict industry standards, and are delighted to remain in the ranks of the ASE certified training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants."