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Ridgewater instructor to receive award

WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College English instructor Mary Gruis will receive the 2010 Outstanding New Faculty Award from the Two-Year College English Association-Midwest Region. Gruis will receive a plaque honoring the achievement, will be recognized at the 2010 conference in Des Moines, Iowa, and will receive a $100 gift certificate.

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To be eligible, nominees may be teaching at any two-year college and must be within five years of starting their teaching career at the two-year level, with no more than three years of previous full-time experience at the high school or four-year level, or both.

Nominees must exhibit excellence in three or more areas. Nominations include letters of support from colleagues, students, administrators or supervisors. The letters included in Gruis's nomination packet illustrated the effect she had on students and Ridgewater College.

"I have to say that I'm still in a bit of shock," said Gruis. "It was an honor simply to be nominated by my peers and colleagues, but to then win? I'm overwhelmed."

Rice Hospital announces three appointments

WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital announced three new appointments. June Boie was named director of emergency services. Jan Maxfield was named director of women and children's services, and Jessica Vagle is the new director of adult health services. All began their positions Sept. 7.

Boie began her career with Rice as a staff nurse in the float pool in 1987. Most recently, Boie was assistant director and clinical lead of critical care services.

She completed a three-year diploma program in nursing at St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing in 1986. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing at Mankato State University. Boie graduated with a master's of arts in health systems leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul in 2003.

Boie is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and is a member of the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing. Boie and her husband, Roger, live in Willmar and have three children.

Maxfield began her career with Rice as a staff nurse in the obstetrics unit in 1979.

She completed her licensed practical nursing degree at Willmar Vocational Technical Institute in 1979. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Ridgewater College in Willmar. In 1992, Maxfield graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. In 1999, she earned a master's degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Maxfield is a member of the Association of Women's Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing. She is also a member of the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing.

Maxfield and her husband, Rich, live in Willmar and have three children.

Vagle began her career with Rice as a registered nurse in the adult medical unit in 1994.

She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1994. In 1999, she earned a master's degree in nursing as an adult health clinical nurse specialist from the College of St. Scholastica. Vagle obtained a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Mankato State University in 2006.

She is a member of the Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing. She was recently appointed to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to serve on a panel of experts representing Minnesota. She lives with her family in the New London area.

Business Awards

Craig Holter, CPA with Ruff & Co. of Willmar, has completed the coursework and testing necessary to become a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. This achievement requires an in-depth knowledge of QuickBooks accounting software. The knowledge will assist him to better serve clients in tax, consulting, and accounting work. Holter has more than 12 years experience working with small business, agricultural, and individual tax and accounting. He lives in Willmar with his wife, Ann, and three daughters.

Classes

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is offering entrepreneurial education courses for small business owners.

Free business consultation sessions will be offered at various locations including:

- Benson -- second Wednesday of each month, 9 to 10 a.m., Benson Area Chamber of Commerce, 1228 Atlantic Ave.

- Madison -- second Thursday of each month, 10 to 11 a.m., Lac qui Parle County Courthouse, 600 Sixth St.

- Willmar -- fourth Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11 a.m., Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, 333 Litchfield Ave. S.W., Suite 100.

Sessions on starting a small business will also be offered at various locations including:

- Benson -- second Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Benson Area Chamber of Commerce, 1228 Atlantic Ave.

- Madison -- second Thursday of each month, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lac qui Parle County Courthouse, 600 Sixth St.

- Willmar -- fourth Tuesday of each month, 1 to 4 p.m., Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, 333 Litchfield Ave. S.W., Suite 100.

For more information, call Jackie Turner-Lovsness, program specialist, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Hutchinson, 800-594-9480 or email jackie@swifoundation.org

ity of Willmar Building Permits

Sept. 1-17, 2010

David Olson, 505 13th St. S.W., residential reside, $1,500.

Corey and Michelle Johnson, 908 17th St. S.E., finish basement bathroom, $1,500.

Tom Lindeman, 1415 First St. S., interior tenant renovations, $15,000.

Tom Lindeman, 2211 First St. S., interior office remodel, $17,000.

Jim Ellingson, 1100 Elizabeth Ave. S.E., residential reroof, $2,100.

Douglas Van Hauen, 1208 Ramblewood Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $3,000.

Jennie-O Turkey Store, 2505 Willmar Ave. S.W., remodel room for workout room, locker room and showers, $64,725.

Willmar Poultry Co., 2405 Fourth Ave. S.W., construct 4,096-square-foot hatchery, 4,086 truck dock, $600,000.

MinnWest Technology, 1704 Biotech Dr. N.E., Unit 24, remodel maintenance building for research lab, $140,000.

John Konold, 1700 Hansen Dr. S.W., residential reroof, $3,500.

Federico Iracheta-Bermudez, 1224 Sixth St. S.W., residential reroof, $3,500.

Richard Score, 1104 First St. S., tenant remodel for pizza restaurant, $3,000.

TKCS Investments LLC, Todd Davis, 1010 Highway 12 E., move in office building, $85,260.

Odean Iverson, 618 14th St. S.W., residential reroof, $2,500.

Gary Myhre, 2310 Sixth St. N.E., residential reroof, $3,000.

Ross Bauer, 3300 Fourth Ave. N.W., install two baskets and floor drain, $850.

Patrick Cleary, 348 Second St. S.W., commercial reroofing, $26,000.

Wes Miller, 707 Fifth St. S.E., interior drainage system $4,452.

Rice Hospital (Jade Center), 500 Third St. S.W., reroof and replace windows, $18,600.

LHS Properties LLC, 809 14th St. S.W., replace rotten studs and joists, $1,000.

Robert and Jane Skaalerud, 1200 Third St. S.W., residential reroof, $3,000.

Beulah King, 1014 Campbell Ave. N.W., residential reroof (garage), $1,500.

Dana Christenson, 121 Trott Ave. S.E., 12-by-16 storage shed, $7,169.

Scott and Terri Swenson, 908 Olena Ave. S.E., residential reroof home and garage, $2,100.

David Burns, 408 Sixth St. S.W., reroof apartment complex, $9,175.

Rick Woltjer and Suz Skinner, 515 Kandiyohi Ave. S.W., residential reroof and reside, $6,000.

Joe Haddy, 609 Lakeland Dr. S.E., residential reside, $6,600.

James Kingery, 1313 Fifth St. S.W., 12-by-16 storage shed, $7,169.

Bill Martin, 1301 Sixth St. S.W., reroof garage, $500.

Robert C. Fortmann, 1300 Lakeland Dr. S.E., 1 HR interior wall and two windows, $2,200.

Clint Schwitters, 601 Fourth St. S.E., repair fire damage-garage, $100.

Clint Schwitters, 504 Seventh St. N.W., patchwork roof of home, $500.

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.

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