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AMPI Dawson plant wins Dairy Expo prize

DAWSON -- Colby Jack cheese produced at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. plant in Dawson was among cheese entries from three AMPI plants that tallied big wins in the 2011 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest.

The Cheddar cheese entry from the AMPI plant in Blair, Wis., and the American cheese entry from the AMPI plant in Portage, Wis., also earned the highest marks in their respective categories.

The AMPI entries were judged among the best from a record field of 705 entries representing all types of dairy products made by companies from across the United States.

"Winning cheese is the result of quality milk from our members' farms and diligent employees at each of the plant locations," AMPI President and CEO Ed Welch said. "This year's contest results are particularly impressive given the size of the competition and the popular categories in which AMPI placed first."

Fenstra moves to new location

WILLMAR -- Fenstra Insurance of Willmar has moved to a new location, the company has announced. The new address is 2125 First St. S., Suite 110., Willmar. The phone number is 320-235-6466.

Workers' comp meetings slated

WILLMAR -- Experts from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry experts will present information about Minnesota workers' compensation at meetings in Willmar, Montevideo, Worthington and Marshall in October.

Participants will hear about options to control workers' compensation costs, what to do when an injury occurs or is reported and receive workers' compensation resources and phone numbers.

The sessions are as follows:

- Oct. 4 -- 9 a.m. to noon at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar; and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chippewa County Courthouse in o.

- Oct. 5 -- 1 to 4 p.m. at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington.

- Oct. 6 -- 1 to 4 p.m. at the MERIT Center in Marshall.

Presenters will be James Vogel, director of compliance, records, and training unit for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry workers' comp division; and Marion Halverson, senior compliance officer for the department's workers' comp division.

The cost is $15, which includes materials, refreshments and possible continuing education hours.

For registration information, call Connie at the Marshall WorkForce Center at 507-537-6236 or email connie.lindsay@

Business Award

Ben Taatjes of Taatjes Financial Group in Willmar and Clara City was recently recognized by H.D. Vest Financial Services as one of its most successful advisers. In recognition of this achievement, H.D. Vest President Roger Ochs presented Taatjes with the prestigious H.D. Vest Excellence Award. "We recognize these leaders for their commitment to their clients and their profession," says Ochs. "These advisers have excelled in all areas of client service and are great role models for other advisors in our firm."


John P. Skretvedt, M.D., a physician with Affiliated Community Medical Center in Willmar, has successfully completed the examination process and has become a certified Diplomate of The American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Skretvedt has practiced as a family medicine physician with ACMC since December 2010. He offers comprehensive medical care for families as a whole, and as individual members, caring for patients from birth to advanced age. The mission of the American Board of Family Medicine is to promote excellence in medical care through educational and scientific initiatives. Through successful performance on the examination, Dr. Skretvedt has exhibited a level of mastery of medical knowledge worthy of recognition as a specialist in family medicine.

Chamber Connection AM

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


Friday -- Affiliated Community Medical Centers, 101 Willmar Ave. S.E.

30 -- Heartland Community Action Agency, 200 Fourth St. S.W.


7-- NeXt (held at Copperleaf), 1550 First St. N.

14 -- Snap Fitness of Willmar, 812 First St. S.

21 -- JD Kreps Financial Group, 309 Lakeland Dr. S.E.

28 -- Rice Health Foundation, 301 Becker Ave. S.W.


4 -- Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E.

11 -- Haug-Kubota, 3585 Highway 12 E.

18 -- 1st Minnesota Realty, 330 Fourth St. S.W.


2 -- Marco Inc., 1700 Technology Dr. N.E.

9 -- Christianson & Associates, 302 Fifth St. S.W.

16 -- Heritage Plaza, 310 First St. S.