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North American elects Pattison, Pearson to board

WILLMAR -- Jeffrey D. Pattison and Richard J. Pearson have been elected to the board of directors of North American State Bank of Willmar, Belgrade, and Elrosa, announces Bank President and CEO Brian Borgerding.

Pattison is a 1978 graduate of St. Cloud State University and received his master's of business administration in finance from the University of St. Thomas in 1989. He is president of West Central Steel and Central Minnesota Fabricating in Willmar.

Pattison and his wife, Rita, have three adult children and live on Eagle Lake. He serves on the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America and supports other community not-for-profit organizations.

Pearson is a 1974 graduate of Augsburg College with majors in business and economics. Now retired, Pearson worked for 34 years in senior financial positions with the Pillsbury Company, Harmon Auto Glass, Telex Communication and the E.A. Sween Company.

Pearson and his wife, Karen, have two grown children and live in Bloomington where he is active in volunteer service, on community boards, on the board of the New Market Bank and the E.A. Sween Company, and serves as a finance committee member for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Madison attorney named to ethics committee

ST. PAUL -- Madison attorney Richard G. Stulz has been named chairman of the 12th District Bar Association's Ethics Committee.

The appointment goes into effect Feb. 1.

The district includes Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.

Stutlz replaces Stacy L. Vingerg, an attorney from Canby, who has been appointed to serve on the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

District Ethics Committees are established in each of the 21 district bar associations to investigate complaints of unethical conduct against Minnesota lawyers for the state Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

Members are volunteer attorneys and public members.

Complaints about a Minnesota lawyer's professional conduct must be filed directly with the office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in St. Paul. These complaints are then referred to the appropriate district ethics committee for investigation and recommendation.

Skaggs joins Tastefully Simple

WILLMAR -- Kara Skaggs of Willmar has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company.

As an independent business owner, Skaggs offers samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions. All Tastefully Simple products are open-and-enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients.

Skaggs can be reached for more information about Tastefully Simple at

Willmar, Litchfield firms to merge

WILLMAR -- The partners of Christianson & Associates PLLP of Willmar announce their merger with the Mark C. Nicholson P.A. firm of Litchfield, effective Jan. 1.

John Christianson, managing partner of Christianson & Associates, said Christianson & Associates is a full-service certified public accounting and consulting firm serving the agriculture, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and renewable energy industries in addition to its individual tax and estate planning practice.

The Mark C. Nicholson firm has specialized for more than 30 years in the tax and accounting sectors for its agricultural and small-business clients.

Fostervold opens garage door repair business

WILLMAR -- Brian Fostervold has opened Fostervold Garage Door Repair and Service in Willmar. He has 16 years of experience as head service technician as well as head commercial installer for two larger local companies.

He specializes in garage door and opener repair and maintenance. The business opened in October. Fostervold can be reached at 320-979-0095.

Chamber Connection AM

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


Friday -- Kandiyohi Candle Co. & Kandi Works DAC, 517 Pacific Ave., Kandiyohi.

10 -- Christianson & Associates, 302 Fifth St. S.W.

17 -- Heritage Plaza, 310 First St. S.

No Connection over holidays.