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Service Co-op hires Adamini, Rettman

COSMOS -- Amanda Adamini was recently hired as a special education teacher and Lori Rettman was recently hired as the program lead, both at the Cosmos Learning Center, a program of the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative.


Adamini has a bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato and is working on a master's degree from Bemidji State University.

Rettman will handle caseload overflow, teacher mentoring/coaching, para training/scheduling, and program promotion. She was previously an EBD/LD teacher at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Public Schools. She has a bachelor's degree from Crown College, a master's in special education from Southwest Minnesota State University, and ASD certification from Southwest Minnesota State University.

United FCS names Allen to board

WILLMAR -- Suzanne Allen has been named as an outside director by the United FCS Board of Directors. Allen's Midwestern roots and extensive experience in business and finance, and her commitment to rural issues were the leading factors in her selection among a highly qualified field of candidates.

Allen is well-equipped to serve the business interests of shareholders and brings a personal passion and energy to serving the financial services needs of rural Minnesota and Wisconsin communities, said Greg Jans, United FCS board chairman.

Allen will assist in setting strategic direction, developing board policy, and providing oversight of FCS business affairs and ensuring that the association fulfills its public mission while continuing to operate in a safe and sound manner.

Allen is vice president and treasurer of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly held company that generates over $1 billion in revenues with more than 3,500 employees. Otter Tail Corporation is a diversified business that includes an electric utility, manufacturing and health services.

Ridgewater Foundation elects pair

WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater College Foundation elected Dr. Steve Mulder and Dr. Guy Caspers, both of Hutchinson, as new members to the board of directors at its annual meeting in July.

Mulder is president and CEO of Hutchinson Area Health Care. A native of Renville, Mulder graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. After working in family medicine in Renville and Marshall, he joined the emergency department at Hutchinson Area Health Care in 1999.

Caspers owns Caspers Chiropratic Center in Hutchinson. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Northwestern College of Chiropractic and is a certified chiropractic sport physician and acupuncturist.

Nova-Tech Engineering in running for Tekne Award

WILLMAR -- Nova-Tech Engineering of Willmar is among 42 technology companies in 14 categories that are named as finalists in the 2011 Tekne Awards competition. The winners will be announced during the 12th annual Tekne Awards program Nov. 3 in Minneapolis.

Nova-Tech was one of three companies named as finalists in the Advanced Manufacturing category. The award is presented to companies that have excelled in the production of advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, computer and peripheral equipment.

Other finalists are CyberOptics Corporation of Golden Valley and IKONICS Corporation of Duluth.

Recent growth in Minnesota's educational and robotic technology sectors emphasize the state's position as a leader in technological advancements, while other technology-based sectors also remain strong, according to the Minnesota High Tech Association.

The Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and affect the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world. The program reinforces Minnesota's place as one of the most competitive and technologically advanced regions in the world.

Going Places

Tara Grams, director of the Willmar Just For Kix program, was among more than 150 Just For Kix youth program directors from Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and South Dakota to attend the 2011 Directors Convention at the Just For Kix Baxter Dance Studios and The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes on Aug. 7-10. Grams and 24 other top directors were honored for running top-notch programs this past year. The convention highlighted the 30th anniversary of Just For Kix and offered multiple educational and programming classes to assist in furthering directors' dance curriculum knowledge and sessions on resources for program development.


Robin A. Javaherian, M.D., a physician in ACMC Willmar's Urgent Care Department, has successfully completed the examination process and has become a certified Diplomate of The American Board of Family Medicine. A physician at ACMC Willmar since 2009, Javaherian offers urgent care services for patients who need immediate medical attention. Urgent Care treats most minor medical problems such as cuts, bruises, simple fractures, sprains or strains, minor infections, fevers or illness. The American Board of Family Medicine is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Through certification and maintenance of certification programs, the organization establishes, maintains and measures high standards of excellence in the specialty of family medicine.