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Ulrich named Pancreas Chapter medical director

WILLMAR -- Affiliated Community Medical Centers gastroenterologist Charles Ulrich, M.D., was recently appointed medical director for the newly formed Minnesota Chapter of The National Pancreas Foundation.

The private, nonprofit foundation was established to support the funding of research related to pancreatic diseases. It also provides support for the men, women and children who are suffering from diseases of the pancreas.

The Minnesota Chapter is a joint effort between Affiliated Community Medical Centers, Mayo Clinic and The University of Minnesota, and will continue the foundation's work locally.

Cooperative hires Mathers, Bullard

MARSHALL -- The Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative in Marshall has hired Mary Margaret Mathers and Janell Bullard to work in special education services.

Mathers is a coordinator of special education and will provide guidance, support and training for administrators and teachers working in special education in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, BOLD, Eden Valley-Watkins, Cedar Mountain, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Lester Prairie and Redwood Area school districts.

She has previously held positions as a language arts teacher, reading therapist, and speech-language pathologist. She has a bachelor's degree in English education, a master's in communication disorders, and administrative licensures from Saint Mary's University and Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Bullard is a special education program specialist. Bullard will oversee special education programs within the Willmar Public School District. She has previously held positions as a special education teacher and a day treatment lead teacher.

Bullard is currently working toward a master's degree in educational administration and leadership at St. Cloud State University.

Grain and feed group honors Bellingham man

BELLINGHAM -- Albert "Boots" Hoffman of rural Bellingham has received the 2011 Minnesota Grain and Feed Association Community Service Award, which honors a grain elevator or feed mill member for strong leadership, dedication and commitment to his or her community.

Hoffman was born and raised in rural Bellingham and farmed in the area for nearly his entire life. He served 21 months in the U.S. Army, including 14 months in the Korean Conflict. Hoffman has been active in the local American Legion and VFW for nearly 50 years.

He served 27 years on the board of the Farmers Co-op Elevator Company of Bellingham, 15 years on the Farmers Elevator Association of Minnesota board and served as its president from 1992-1997. He spent the last 24 years as a Lac qui Parle County commissioner.

Hoffman has been a member of the Agassiz & Odessa Mutual Insurance Company for 25 years and served as secretary for 15 years. He also served on his township board and served as the community committee manager. He was a member of the Lac qui Parle Fair Board, St. Joseph's Parish Council and St. Joseph's church choir.

Glenwood firm acquires Calif. company

GLENWOOD -- American Solutions for Business of Glenwood, a distributor of printing, promotional products, eCommerce, office supplies and strategic marketing solutions, announces it has acquired a division of Advance Business Graphics of Mira Loma, Calif.

The 10 Advance Business sales associates and support personnel joining American are located in Orange, Calif., Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Irving and Bellaire, Texas. These offices have focused on the health care industry, credit unions and other traditional transactional business.

In addition to the 10 associates, five customer service individuals will make the transition to American. In 2010, Advance Business Graphics had fiscal sales of approximately $8.4 million in 2010.

"We're pleased to welcome the ABG group to the American family," said Larry Zavadil, CEO of American Solutions for Business. "With their expertise and skilled customer service support, we see significant opportunities for growth."

American Solutions for Business was founded in 1981 and has approximately 550 sales associates, a support staff of nearly 200 home office employees and more than 30,000 clients. American became employee-owned in 2000.


Judie Dunlop, Rice Hospice social worker, recently received her national certification in hospice and palliative care granted by the National Association of Social Work and supported by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Dunlop has been employed as a social worker at Rice Hospice for 14 years.

Minimum certification requirements include a bachelor's degree in social work, 20 hours of continuing education units in hospice and palliative care, three years of supervised social work experience in hospice and palliative care, current state license to practice as a social worker, and adherence to the association's Code of Ethics and Standard for End of Life Care.

The Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker designation is the premier national credential in hospice and palliative social work. Social workers in hospice and palliative care provide resources, services, and programs to meet the unique needs of patients and caregivers facing serious and life-limiting illnesses. Medicare and Medicaid Services require that hospice organizations have professional social workers on staff to address the psychosocial needs of patients.

Social workers advocate for and meet the needs of patients and their families, assess risk for psychosocial distress, complicated grief, coping skills, resources and support, and evaluate treatment plans and intervention needs. To learn more about Rice Hospice, visit

City of Willmar Building Permits

Aug. 22 to 26, 2011

Brian and Kathy Bollig, 1410 Grace Ave. S.W., interior remodel, $3,500

Dave Peterson, 1304 12th St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,200.

Kris Pederson, 1805 Eighth Ave. S.E., residential reroof, $3,300.

Aundria Manuel, 1809 Eighth Ave. S.E., residential residing and 14-foot-by-16-foot deck, $5,000.

Ed Mrzena, 1725 Gorton Ave. N.W., interior drain tile, $4,428.

Sara Stueckrath, 617 Trott Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $9,881.

Clemencia Alvarado, 1205 Fifth St. S.W., construct 20-foot-by-10-foot carport, $6,094.

Willmar Ten Investors, 1601 Highway 12 E., minor tenant space renovation, $3,000.

Barn Theatre, 321 Fourth St. S.W., install trusses/interior drainage/roof, $61,000.

Lakeland Professional Center, 309 Lakeland Dr. N.E., unit 3, minor interior remodel, $16,930.

Clayton Amundson, 915 Becker Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $1,300.

Jeff Peterson, 605 Seventh St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,900.

Trish Alsdurf, 1027 Becker Ave. S.E., interior drain tile, $2,918.

Willmar Regency, 401 30th St. N.W., Lot F-4, demo mobile home, $0.

Kent's Auto Body, 1109 Highway 12 E., install two Ansul systems in paint shop, $4,000.

Tom Mueller, 1405 Richland Ave. S.W., insulate/drywall 24-foot-by-38-foot attached garage, $2,135.

Jay O'Connor, 903 Trott Ave. S.E., demo garage, $0.

Shawn Thorp, 933 Third St. S.E., three wall anchors, $1,755.

Simon Knutson, 601 Julii St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,000.

Sonja Westre, 409 11th Ave. S.E., residential reroof, $4,000.

Randy Schunk, 1211 13th Ave. S.W., residential reroof, $1,800.

Kevin and Pam Nelson, 820 Pleasantview Drive S.W., residential re-side, $8,200.

All information is from the City of Willmar Building Inspection Report. The value of the project is rounded to the nearest dollar. Building removals have no dollar value.