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Business Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Hanson is CDS payroll manager

WILLMAR -- Michelle Hanson has been promoted to payroll manager at Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing of Willmar. She will oversee the payroll department, including the preparation of client payrolls and related payroll reports and deposits, and preparation of year-end payroll reports and W-2 forms.

Hanson is a certified payroll professional and has been with Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing since September 2007 as a payroll specialist. Before joining CDS, she had eight years of payroll and accounting experience. She attended Central Lakes College in Brainerd, studying accounting. In October 2009, she earned her certified payroll professional designation from the American Payroll Association.

Hanson is involved with United Way of West Central Minnesota's Empower: Women United in Philanthropy, and is a member of Willmar Lakes Area Chamber Young Professionals and Willmar Jaycees. Also, she volunteers for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council. She and her husband,?Wayne, and their three children live in Willmar.

Petersen joins United Prairie

SPICER -- Chris Petersen, a lifelong resident of the Spicer-New London-Willmar area, has joined United Prairie Bank as its new senior vice president and ag lender, according to Todd Erickson, bank president.

"He has been a trusted adviser in the area's ag industry for decades," said Erickson.

Petersen has more than 30 years of experience in agri-business and farm finance. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm west of Willmar, and his extended family still farms.

Petersen is an active member of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the chamber's Ag Committee for many years and has been on the Kandiyohi County Fair Board. Chris and his wife, Nancy, live in Spicer and have three adult married children.

Form-A-Feed welcomes Groen

STEWART -- Form-A-Feed of Stewart welcomes Brant Groen to the staff as dairy wellness director.

Groen brings a wealth of dairy knowledge and experience, and his focus will be working with dairy operations.

Groen was dairy management instructor for 34 years at the Willmar campus of Ridgewater College. Through his efforts, the Dairy Management Program grew to be the largest two-year dairy program in the U.S. Groen is a graduate of South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota.

Form-A-Feed offers custom formulations, private label products, and specialty products.