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Toni Sing joins Taatjes Financial

WILLMAR -- Toni Sing has joined Ben Taatjes in Taatjes Financial Group as a client relationship manager. She brings more than 11 years experience in financial services. Her previous employer was Bremer Bank. Sing lives in Willmar with her husband, Tayler, and three children.

Taatjes Financial Group has offices at 321 First St. S. in Willmar and at 22 Center Ave. E. in Clara City. The Willmar number is 320-222-4236 and the Clara City number is 320-847-3722.

Cindy Bjur joins Janning ENT

WILLMAR -- Cindy Bjur, a licensed audiologist, has joined Janning ENT Center LLC, 1801 19th Ave. S.W., in Willmar. She provides a variety of audiology services, including hearing testing and hearing aid fitting/service through Janning Audiology. Bjur trained as the University of Texas and has worked in audiology for 18 years. She can be reached at 214-5772 or 231-3277.

Whirlwind selects Acterra Group for its wind project

ATWATER -- Whirlwind Energy LLC, a community wind energy company in Atwater, has selected the Acterra Group Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to manage the development of the Kandiyohi County wind project.

The Whirlwind project will be a 48-megawatt wind farm comprised of up to 24 turbines, collection lines, a substation, transmission interconnection, meteorological tower and associated roads.

"Whirlwind Energy is excited to take the next step by hiring Acterra to manage the development of this project," Stan Simon of Whirlwind Energy said. "As we work toward a construction date we will continue to release information about the project. We feel it is important to keep the community informed about the economic benefits of this project. Jan Donohue is actively working with land owners on Whirlwind's behalf and now we have Acterra on board to get the project up and running."

Acterra is providing development, financing, and construction services for the wind energy project.


Affiliated Community Medical Centers announces that Spanish interpreter Coleen Swanson has successfully passed written and oral examinations and was recently awarded the credential of certified medical interpreter by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

The certification ensures patient safety for those with limited English proficiency.

Going Places

Jeff Melby of Play It Again Sports of Willmar recently attended the sporting goods resellers 2011 Winter Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The show focused on acquiring and marketing gently-used sporting goods that are the brand's hallmark, along with improving store performance, providing a more positive customer experience and positioning each store to take advantage of current trends in team and individual sports. Play It Again Sports of Willmar specializes in new and used sporting and fitness equipment.


- Shelley Crow and Linda Harris (Shelley Crow Team) and Emily Bowers, all with Century 21 Kandi Realty, Ltd., were recently honored at the Century 21 Convention. Crow and Harris were honored for superior performance. Their success was attributed to their unparalleled effort and exceptional service to their customers. They have achieved the Centurion Team Production Award 10 times, which is awarded to the top 2 percent of Century 21 teams worldwide, and received the Master Diamond Award four times. Bowers has been with Century 21 Kandi Realty for 24 years and received the Master Diamond Award for exceptional performance and customer service. She has also received 16 Centurion Agent Awards, one Double Centurion Agent Award and the International Hall of Fame for Century 21 Agents Award, which is given to the top 2 percent of all agents worldwide.

- Terry and Dave Quam, owners of Quam Construction of Willmar, are among 12 national finalists for Contractor of the Year 2011, sponsored by construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and construction trade magazine Equipment World.

Each finalist is selected on the basis of company achievements, endorsements from customers and vendors and the contributions the company has made to the construction industry.

Quam Construction specializes in a variety of markets including sewer, water, excavation and demolition, and snow removal. All finalists received a four-day trip to Las Vegas and attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup race courtesy of Caterpillar, sponsor of No. 31, driven by Jeff Burton for Richard Childress Racing.

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