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

Kennedy opens John's Sales

WILLMAR -- John Kennedy Jr. announces he has opened John's Sales, 3950 Highway 71 N.E., Willmar. The business specializes in used lawn and garden equipment and lawn tractors, new handheld products, parts for lawn and grounds care equipment and some tools.

"I've been in the lawn and grounds care business, formerly Quality Power and Lawn, for over 30 years. I've lived in Spicer for close to 30 years. I enjoy people and look forward to doing business with past and future customers,'' said Kennedy.

His phone number is 320-235-0720.

Impressions on Fifth adds Schow

WILLMAR -- Kimberly Schow has joined Impressions on Fifth at the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar. She has 23 years of experience as a hairstylist and nail technician. She will be specializing in acrylic nails and also perms, color and waxing. For appointments, call 320-979-2290.

Pribble is Ridgewater

dean of instruction

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College has selected Dr. Ronald Pribble as dean of instruction. He began his duties Wednesday. Pribble will provide administrative oversight and supervision primarily to arts and sciences general education offerings on both campuses of Ridgewater College.

Pribble received a B.A. in English from California State University, an M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in public administration from the University of Oregon, and Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Montana.

He taught for many years at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. He has served as associate dean of academic affairs at the Oregon Institute of Technology; dean of instruction at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore.; dean of the college/CAO at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich.; and most recently as dean of academics at the University of St. Martin in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Swanson earns auctioneer degree

WILLMAR -- Bruce Swanson recently graduated from Continental Auctioneers School in Mankato. Swanson received degrees in certified auctioneer, certified real estate auctioneer and certified personal property appraiser.

The Bruce Swanson Auction business will be specializing in personal property auctions and real estate auctions. Swanson is available by e-mail at

Swanson recently retired after working 38 years as a train conductor with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Swanson and his wife, Marcy, live in Willmar.

Going Places

Jeff Melby of Play It Again Sports of Willmar attended the sporting goods franchisors annual summer trade show July 18-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Sessions analyzed market trends and highlighted sales strategies for the team sports that are driving sales growth for Play It Again Sports. Play It Again Sports of Willmar buys and sells used sports equipment in good condition.

Tara Grams, director of the Just For Kix program in Willmar, attended the annual Just For Kix Directors Training Convention Aug. 8-10 in Brainerd. Directors take several dance classes, learn current teaching techniques, motivation, curriculum changes and new technique combinations. Just For Kix, which has headquarters in Brainerd, has offered children's dance team classes since 1981.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Aug. 9 to 13, 2010

TKCS Investments, Todd Davis, 1010 Highway 12 E., demo residential home, $0.00.

Faye Lien, 1009 Irene Ave. S.E., install 132 feet of interior drain tile, $5,280.

Sharon Gustafson, 511 13th St. S.E., residential reroof, $11,000.

James Thomas, 1001 14th Ave. S.E., install interior drainage system, egress window, $6,736.

Tim Thissen, 412/414 Becker Ave. S.E., residential reroof, $6,700.

Bruce Laffen, 920 13th Ave. S.W., residential reroof (garage), $1,600.

Ivan Sorhadl, 1212 16th St. N.E., residential reroof, $1,400.

Kelly Bredesen, 517 12th St. S.W., residential reroof, $3,400.

All information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.