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

Life-Science Innovations promotes Wosmek

WILLMAR -- Life-Science Innovations LLC announces Beth Wosmek has been promoted to corporate controller.

She was previously employed at CNH Benson as a cost accountant and later as a financial analyst before joining Life-Science Innovations in 2005. There Wosmek has worked as senior accountant, accounting supervisor and accounting manager.

As corporate controller, Wosmek is responsible for the financial controls, accounting, and financial planning and analysis for all of the affiliated companies.

Life-Science Innovations, located on the newly renovated MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar, is the administrative umbrella for affiliated companies providing centralized support in such things as accounting, payroll and human resources. The affiliated companies include Willmar Poultry Company, PALS, Farm Service Elevator, Turkey Valley Farms (Marshall) and Willmar Poultry Farms, Syntiron (Minneapolis), MinnWest Technology Campus, Epitopix and Nova-Tech Engineering.

Wosmek graduated from Willmar High School in 1995 and obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State University Mankato in 1999.

Rice Home Medical hires Geier; promotes Harms, Skaggs

WILLMAR -- Rice Home Medical of Willmar announces the hiring of Paula Geier and the promotions of Melissa Harms and Ivy Skaggs.

Geier has been hired as certificate of medical necessities specialist at the Willmar location. Geier attended Willmar Vo-Tech and worked as a medical secretary, medical transcriptionist and church secretary before joining Rice Home Medical.

She lives in Paynesville with her husband and two children.

Harms has been promoted as accounts receivable at the Willmar branch location. Harms has been with the company for three years as the administrative assistant before transferring to accounts receivable. Harms has a degree in administrative business from Ridgewater College and has 12 years of administrative experience.

She lives in Willmar with her husband, Dustin, and two children.

Skaggs has been promoted to confirmation specialist at the Willmar location. She has been with Rice Home Medical for five years as a customer service representative and recently transferred to the confirmation specialist. Skaggs is a 2000 graduate of New London-Spicer High School. She has 15 years of customer service experience and one year of quality assurance experience.

She lives in New London with her son.

Rice Home Medical, located at 1033 19th Ave. S.W., is a medical equipment company that sells and rents equipment and supplies for use in the home.

Ecumen of Litchfield names administrator

LITCHFIELD -- Ecumen of Litchfield, formerly Augustana Lutheran Homes, announces Craig Smith has been named administrator. He began his duties Feb. 1.

Smith has extensive experience as a leader in senior care organizations, including his most recent roles as administrator of Rice Lake Convalescence Center in Rice Lake, Wis., and Apple Valley Health Center in Apple Valley.

Smith received his degree in business management and finance from St. Cloud State University and brings more than 20 years experience to his new role in Litchfield.

Smith cites the array of services as most appealing in making this move to Ecumen of Litchfield, along with the strong history of the organization. Ecumen offers senior housing and services in dozens of cities.

"Having the kinds of choices Ecumen offers in critical to how well we can serve Litchfield area seniors,'' he said.

Smith also is familiar with the community, having had a lake place in the area for nearly 10 years.

New doctor joins Rice Hospital ER

WILLMAR -- Dr. Kristine Bergstrom has joined Rice Memorial Hospital as a full-time emergency department physician.

As an emergency department physician, Bergstrom works as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the delivery of care to patients coming to the emergency department at Rice. She will be responsible for providing emergency medical care to patients, including initial evaluations and treatment and referral to specialists and attending physicians.

Bergstrom earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, Irvine. She trained at Mayo Clinic in anesthesiology and pediatrics and is board-certified in pediatrics. She has practiced in emergency medicine for the past 11 years, most recently at Redwood Area Hospital and Windom Area Hospital.

Bergstrom moved to Willmar from the Rochester area where her two adult sons reside.

She joins three physicians and two nurse practitioners in the emergency department at Rice Hospital, where emergency care is provided to the community 24 hours a day.

Woltjer joins Strandberg Insurance

KERKHOVEN -- Wanda Woltjer has joined Strandberg Insurance Agency Inc. of Kerkhoven.

Woltjer is a fully licensed agent and brings 13 years of experience. She will be selling all lines of insurance including auto, home, farm, life, umbrella and health.

Woltjer lives in Pennock with her son, Alex.

Strandberg Insurance is an independent agency located at 909 Atlantic Ave. in Kerkhoven.


Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing has been named one of the top 25 CPA firms in Minnesota by Twin Cities Business B.I.G. Book. This is the fifth consecutive year that CDS has received this designation.

Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing PLLP was founded in 1985. The firm has 26 CPAs and more than 60 personnel, ranking them among the top 25 CPA firms in Minnesota. CDS has offices in Willmar, Benson, Morris, Litchfield and St. Cloud.


Carnie Allex, director of pharmacy at Rice Memorial Hospital, recently completed the 2010 Pharmacy Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation.

The leadership academy provides training to hospital and health system pharmacists to help them improve medication safety, promote quality of care and use health care resources appropriately.

Allex was one of 76 pharmacists selected worldwide to participate in the program.