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Johnson opens West Central Smiles

WILLMAR -- Dr. Jeremy Johnson has purchased the orthodontic offices of Dr. Steven Nedrelow and Dr. Thomas Molin in Willmar, Litchfield, Montevideo, Morris and Olivia. The new name of the practice is now West Central Smiles.

Johnson received his dental degree and certification in orthodontics from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and 2003, respectively.

He also received a master's degree in science from the University of Minnesota.

Since 2003, Johnson has been actively practicing orthodontics in the Twin Cities, Hutchinson, and now in the Willmar area since 2006.

He keeps current in the latest techniques and technology by attending numerous continuing education classes and maintaining membership in the Minnesota Dental Association, American Dental Association, Minnesota Orthodontic Association, Midwest Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontics.

His Web site is www.

Employment law seminar set

MONTEVIDEO -- Employment law attorney Penelope Phillips will provide an opportunity for employers to learn what they need to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans With Disabilities Act. She will highlight the laws, amendments and changes, review required documentation, and answer questions from the audience. She will speak from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Chippewa County Courthouse in Montevideo.

Energy-efficient housing is topic at Habitat event

MONTEVIDEO -- Molly Berg, sustainable building specialist for Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, will discuss what Habitat is learning about new energy-efficient home construction methods that can help save money and energy.

She will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Montevideo Community Center.

Her visit is sponsored by a local coalition of groups developing knowledge and experience in energy efficient home and building construction techniques.

She works with the 33 Habitat affiliates to spec and build highly efficient and healthy homes.

For more information, call Patrick Moore at 320-269-2984


Ridgewater College has been notified by the High Learning Commission (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) that the group has reaffirmed Ridgewater's accreditation. The reaffirmation follows a quality check by peer reviewers last February. The team submits a report to the HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Panel, which reviews the findings and makes the recommendation to reaffirm accreditation. Ridgewater President Douglas Allen said, "The reaffirmation of accreditation is an independent and exhaustive process, and it confirms publically the quality of our faculty and staff and of the learning opportunities available at both campuses of Ridgewater College. I can't say enough about the hard work of everyone at the college -- all of whom are part of the reason for this reaffirmation.  It's also gratifying to know that our focus on continuous improvement pays dividends.  As our enrollment continues to grow, it's nice to see that our legacy of quality teaching and learning continues to grow as well."


* Henslin Auctions Inc. of Bird Island received an award for the top Web site in 2010 during the 61st annual Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Conference and Show in Duluth Jan. 14-16. Receiving the award were Henslin Web site engineers Barry Westhoff and Allen Henslin. Also attending from Henslin was Frank Roering. Seminars covered real estate auctions, Internet auctions, public safety, communication, technical, legislative and motivational topics.

* Troy Robinson, manager of the Midas automotive service shop in Willmar, was one of 50 Midas employees to receive the President's Award in North America for shop excellence in performance for 2009. The competition ranked Midas shops in the United States and Canada on their scores for customer satisfaction, customer retention and retail sales growth. Robinson received the award at the Midas dealers' convention in San Diego.

Ricky Klosterboer of Montevideo is one of 20 elite UPS drivers from Minnesota who are among 928 UPS drivers nationwide to join the UPS Circle of Honor for achieving 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Minnesota has 105 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,989 years of accident-free driving. UPS invested $52 million in 2009 on safety training and its drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3.3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.