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Williams opens TeleSystems office in Willmar

WILLMAR -- Tim Williams has opened a branch office for TeleSystems in the west central area and will be located in Willmar.


Williams will specialize in sales, oversee installations, and service Toshiba communication equipment as an authorized Toshiba dealer. He will also service other phone systems of area businesses. TeleSystems has corporate headquarters in Plymouth.

Williams holds a Minnesota technology contractor's license. He has been in the communication business in this area for over 25 years; first as owner of CommWorld of West Central Minnesota and more recently with Bennett Office Technologies.

Williams will offer business telephone systems, voice over IP telephone systems, Internet service, paging and other services.

He can be reached at 1-888-781-2204 or 320-212-4687 or email

Bethesda names Kraft chaplain

WILLMAR -- The Rev. Theresa Kraft has been appointed Bethesda's chaplain.

An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Kraft is a Minnesota native. She has served several congregations and has 1,600 hours of clinical pastoral education. She attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Gilbertson starts Management Group LLC

WILLMAR -- Tom Gilbertson has started Gilbertson Management Group LLC, 1700 Technology Dr., Suite 114, at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.

Gilbertson graduated in 2004 from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in entrepreneurship. He worked at Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative in the Twin Cities and developed his practice at Affiliated Financial Services in September 2005.

He is president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for the Little Crow area and through the association graduated from the Leadership in Life Institute.

He is active in community groups including the Willmar Rotary Club, Willmar Area Shrine Club, Calvary Lutheran Church, Sharon Masonic Lodge, and Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals. He is a volunteer with the STRIVE program and Junior Achievement program in the Willmar Public Schools.


Heritage Bank of Willmar has received the "Above and Beyond'' Award from the Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Heritage Bank was originally nominated for a Patriot Award by Petty Officer Second Class Lourdez Schwab of Willmar. Schwab is a personal banker with Heritage Bank and will soon leave for a one-year deployment to Kuwait.

The "Above and Beyond'' Award is only given to 30 employers statewide and recognizes deserving employers who have shown goodwill and support in retaining Guard and Reserve members. Schwab, a married mother of three, said a big reason people don't re-enlist in the Guard or Reserve is due to a conflict with their employer. "Being deployed for any length of time puts a great strain on employers,'' she said. "Knowing I can return to my position at Heritage Bank at the end of my deployment is a huge weight off my shoulders.''


Heather Staton of Benson, staff accountant since March 2008 at Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing in Willmar has passed Intuit's QuickBooks Certification coursework and has become a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Staton received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated cum laude. Her practice emphasis includes tax preparation, assistance with estate planning, compilation and review engagements, and rural development audits or agreed-upon-procedures engagements. She is a CPA candidate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Also, she is an assistant director of the Benson High School Marching Band and a member of the Shamrock Hest Riding Club in Benson.