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DeKraai joins Hair Designs

WILLMAR -- Tamara DeKraai is a new stylist at Hair Designs, 1809 First St. S. in Willmar.

She has more than 16 years of experience in the Willmar area. She specializes in haircuts, colors, perms, manicures, waxes and artificial nails.

She can be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 235-5963.

She lives in Kandiyohi with her husband, Bob, and three children.

Beck retires from MnDOT

WILLMAR -- Diane Beck retired June 1 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Willmar after more than 29 years of state service.

Beck served as administrative assistant to the district engineer for 25 years and the public affairs coordinator for six years in the District 8 office, which encompasses 12 counties in southwestern Minnesota.

Beck has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals since 1991. She became a certified professional secretary in 1994 and a certified administrative professional in 2002.

She is a former member of the New London City Council and currently serves on the New London Planning and Zoning Committee and the Pioneer Library Board.

Beck and her husband, Corky, reside in New London.


- The New London office of Touching Hearts at Home earned high honors at the annual Touching Hearts at Home National Seminar April 30. Touching Hearts at Home has 18 offices throughout the United States.

The New London office won the coveted "Star Performer" award, which is given to the franchise with the highest growth percentage in 2010.

"We are thrilled to have experienced such incredible growth last year because that means we are serving more and more seniors who need that extra bit of help. Our goal is to make it possible for clients to remain safe, healthy and living in their own homes for as long as possible." says Touching Hearts at Home operations manager Linda Madsen.

Touching Hearts at Home provides in-home non-medical care to seniors and people with disabilities. The New London office is owned by Mark and Betsy Bonnema and employs three office staff and over 45 caregivers. They help the rapidly growing senior population with daily tasks such as homemaking, transportation, meal preparation, companionship, and medication reminders.

The New London office serves Kandiyohi, Meeker, Stearns, Renville, Swift, Chippewa, McCloud and Pope counties, and is part of a national franchise with over 14 years of experience in the senior care industry.

- Chiropractor James Nelson, of Willmar, was among 12 doctors who were recently honored at the 63rd annual Minnesota Chiropractic Association's Chiropractic Celebration for dedication to the profession and commitment to public health. The association said Nelson has consistently supported the profession by generously giving time, resources and dedication to public health. Created in 1927, the Minnesota Chiropractic Association is the only professional organization in Minnesota that solely represents the chiropractic profession on a multi-level and integrated service basis.


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