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ELBOW LAKE -- Four west central Minnesota John Deere dealerships have merged to form a new entity -- Amundson Peterson Inc. The four dealerships are Stevens County Equipment of Morris, Swift County Equipment of Benson, Madison Implement of Madison and Amundson Equipment of Elbow Lake.

The dealerships combine more than 40 years of experience in the farm equipment business that the Peterson and Amundson families have acquired. The families also share similar histories and experience, which they believe will make the merged business stronger.

The partners said customers will continue to work with the same people they have worked with for years. They said the union is an important step toward the long-term stability of each of the businesses. Amundson Peterson will have more service technicians with specialized training, inventory will increase by three to four times and equipment selection will increase. Also, opportunities will increase for employees, the partners said.

WILLMAR -- Foundation Health Care Management has recently taken over daily oversight of the operations of Willmar Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly Infinia at Willmar.

The change of management officially occurred Sept. 1. With this change, Willmar Commons expects to demonstrating the role skilled nursing facilities play in the community health care system, according to Foundation Health Care.

Jim Riemenschneider, regional director of operations, will oversee day-to-day operations. Riemenschneider complemented the staff at Willmar Commons.

"I've seen a tremendous passion and commitment from the staff here,'' he said. "I'm looking forward to working with them to serve our community here in Willmar by collaborating with other health care professionals to provide high quality care for our residents.''

PENNOCK -- Patricia Golberg, owner of Golbar Therapy of Pennock, announces she is offering sumerel therapy system (STS-2), a complete state-of-the-art technology for detection and treatment of possible problems or injuries in horses, dogs or cats. STS-2 doesn't diagnose problems but reads electrical changes in the body.

Golberg, an STS technician, has more than 40 years of experience with horses and is a new entrepreneur in the field of photon (light) therapy. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls College for horse science. She is knowledgeable in observing and applying techniques that she has learned from leading professionals in the field of alternative medicine for horses and other animals.

WILLMAR -- Michael Steffl of Steffl Drilling & Pump Inc. of Willmar has been appointed to the Advisory Council on Wells and Borings by Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota state commissioner of health.

Steffl will advise the Minnesota Department of Health on regulations affecting wells and borings, and protection of public health and state groundwater resources.

The council meets every three months at the department's offices in St. Paul.

BENSON -- Diane Trew of Swift Weavers announces she has joined Sheila Dokken at Bugs and Flowers in Benson.

Trew combines a working studio environment with a retail shop, blending the crafts of weaving, knitting and fiber scrapbooking, by producing art for sale as well as selling fiber and scrap supplies with hands-on weaving classes.

Trew received a degree in textile design from East Carolina University. She recently moved to Benson and was formerly employed at a recycled weaving project.

Timberly Kremer, a digitizer at Rambow Inc. of New London, was named the top winner in the corporate category of embroidery, best multimedia design in the Stitches magazine 2008 Golden Needle Awards. Kremer will be featured in the November 2008 issue.

Her entry was first selected by a panel of judges, embroiderers and digitizers who serve on Stitches' editorial advisory board. Then, her entry was selected from the finalists by Stitches' readers. Altogether, more than 19,000 votes were received.

Also, Kremer placed third in the Stitches spring challenge. She was features in the magazine's July 2008 issue for her Easter and spring designs.

John Dean and Tom Gilbertson from Affiliated Financial & Insurance Services in Willmar and Bob O'Fallon from Integrated Financial Resources in Willmar attended the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors national convention in San Diego Sept. 6-10. NAIFA is a national association of 60,000 insurance and financial services professionals. Many educational topics were discussed, including the economy and legislation affecting consumers and industry professionals.

Friday: Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Seasons of Minnesota & Grand Cottage, 615 Becker Ave. S.W., Willmar.

Oct. 10: Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Youth for Christ, 106 Litchfield Ave. S.W., Willmar.

Oct. 17: Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Fireside Hearth & Home, 1001 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar.

Oct. 23: Chamber Connection PM, 5 to 6:30 p.m., West Central Tribune, 2208 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar.

Oct. 24: Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., ACMC New London/Spicer, 600 Peterson Parkway, New London.

Oct. 31: Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E., Willmar.