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Willmar District hires HR director

WILLMAR -- The Willmar School District has hired Elizabeth "Liz" Fischer as human resources director. She replaces Bill Busta who retired.

Fischer was born and raised on a farm near Ortonville. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, with a bachelor's in business administration and management information systems.

She began her career with Target, training employees, administering benefits, overseeing disciplinary actions, managing human resources records, resolving employee conflicts, and overseeing compliance with company and government labor regulations.

She also worked as human resources manager at Home Depot in Willmar. When Home Depot downsized, she was chosen as district human resources manager, overseeing 10 stores and 1,200 to 1,300 femployees in Minnesota and North Dakota.

She began her duties Feb. 7 and her contract was approved Feb. 14 by the School Board.

Fischer and her husband, Dan, live in Spicer with their son, Zach.

Krogstad joins Anderson, Larson

WILLMAR -- Mark Krogstad has joined the law firm of Anderson, Larson, Hanson and Saunders in Willmar. Krogstad was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2010.

He is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he earned a degree in mathematics.

In 2010, Krogstad received his juris doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He was elected to the Order of Coif and the Order of Barristers.

Krogstad's areas of practice include business transactions, banking, insurance, commercial law and estate planning.

Lund, Harms join Haug Implement

WILLMAR -- Britta Lund and Tim Harms have joined the staff of Haug Implement Co., the John Deere dealership in Willmar and Litchfield.

Lund is working as administrative assistant at the Willmar location.

She is a 2009 graduate of Concordia College, where she majored in business with a marketing emphasis and communications with a public relations emphasis.

She grew up on a dairy farm near Kandiyohi.

Harms has joined the parts department at the Willmar location. He previously worked at Haug Implement Co. for 17 years. He has more than 30 years of experience in the ag parts business.

Harms and his wife, Jennifer, have five children at home, two adult children and three grandchildren.

Haug Implement Co. is located on Highway 12 East in Willmar and Highway 24 in Litchfield.

Rice Home Medical hires Butterfield

WILLMAR -- Serena Butterfield has been hired as customer service representative at the Willmar location of Rice Home Medical, LLC, 1033 19th Ave. S.W.

Rice Home Medical is a medical equipment company that sells and rents equipment and supplies for use in the home.

Butterfield attended Ridgewater College and worked at Rice Memorial Hospital before joining Rice Home Medical.

She lives in Willmar with her husband, Josh, and their three children.

Willmar Care Center passes state re-survey

WILLMAR -- Deseret Health Group announces Willmar Care Center, a newly acquired facility, recently completed its standard state re-survey and was found to have no deficiencies. Nursing homes are inspected annually for compliance with state and federal regulations, and the survey process is extremely thorough.

"I am very proud of our staff,'' said Denise Becker, Willmar Care Center administrator. "Ensuring that quality care is received by all residents can be a large task. Our staff has worked very hard to meet these survey standards.''

Willmar Care Center, located at 500 Russell St., is a skilled nursing facility that has served Willmar and the surrounding area for more than 40 years.

Willmar Care Center specializes in both short-term rehab and long-term care.

Business Internet use workshops begin Thursday

WILLMAR -- Four workshops on business use of the Internet will be held February through May. The workshops will be made available through the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program and the Kandiyohi County and the City of Willmar Economic Development Commission in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

The workshops will introduce businesses to developing their online presence and connecting with customers.

The first workshop will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Willmar Middle School Computer Lab Room 138. The cost is $10 per business for up to two people attending. The cost includes classroom materials and a light meal.

Advance registration is requested by Wednesday by calling the EDC at 235-7373 or e-mailing

Other workshop dates and topics are:

- March 24 -- Google Tools.

- April 21 -- Roadside Advertising in a Digital Age.

- May 24 -- Marketing Your Website.