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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Mike Markiewicz has joined Rice Home Medical LLC as billing account representative at the Willmar location. Rice Home Medical is a medical equipment company that sells and rents equipment and supplies for use in the home.

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Markiewicz has four months of experience as an account representative and has a bachelor of science degree in music performance and a minor in biblical studies.

WILLMAR -- Bridget Pederson of Spicer and Jodi Hilbert of Willmar have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.

These independent business owners offer food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All Tastefully Simple products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

Vicki Melbye, marketing and sales management instructor, and Dr. Ron Ferguson, sociology instructor, both at Ridgewater College, have been recognized as outstanding educators by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board of Trustees. They are two of 26 instructors system-wide to receive the honor, which is part of the 2010 Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching program. Dr. Linda Baer, MnSCU vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the awards reflect the exceptional skill and commitment demonstrated in teaching, continuous professional development, and service to students, the college, their profession, and the system. Educators will be honored at a luncheon ceremony on April 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown St. Paul.

Glacial Ridge Winery of Spicer received a gold medal for its wine, St. Pepin, at the 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York. St. Pepin, and wines from other winning wineries, will be featured at a gala dinner and auction May 1 at the Rochester Plaza in Rochester, N.Y. Glacial Lakes Winery, located along state Highway 23 just north of Spicer, offers a gift shop and wine bar and is open year-round for tours, tastings and special events.

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

April

Friday -- Bolton & Menk, 2040 Highway 12 E.

23 -- Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, 75th anniversary, 8605 47th St. N.E., Spicer.

30 -- Home State Bank, 1610 Highway 12 E.

May

7 -- Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave. N.W.

14 -- Excel Overhead Door, 514 Pacific Ave. S.W.

21 -- Willmar Stingers Baseball, Taunton Field.

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