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Community Foundation elects three to board

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Community Foundation board of directors has elected three new business leaders as members. They are Joel Gratz, Lourdez Schwab and Paula Bredberg. The three also serve on the foundation's Development Committee.

Gratz is a partner at Christianson & Associates and lives on an Atwater farm with his wife, Patty, and their four sons.

Schwab is a personal banker at Heritage Bank. She and her husband, Jason, live in Willmar with three children.

Bredberg is vice president of business banking at Bremer Bank in Willmar. She lives in Spicer with her husband, Jeff, and has four adult children and stepchildren.

The board of directors governs the foundation, establishes policy, sets priorities and makes final grant decisions. All members are volunteers and serve three-year terms that can be renewed three times.

The foundation is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1998, the foundation has grown to more than $6 million in assets and has awarded $2 million in grants to local nonprofits.

The foundation is affiliated with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, which administers more than 500 funds and has more than $67 million in assets.

Workshop set on website marketing

WILLMAR -- A hands-on workshop on how businesses can market their website will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in computer lab room 138 at the Willmar Middle School.

Topics will include getting found by search engines, viral marketing and using online tools such as e-newsletters to drive traffic to your site.

To register, call the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission at 235-7370 or email

Hans Muessig, the course instructor, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. for one-on-one consulting. To make an appointment, call the EDC at 320-235-7370 or email

Local dietitian co-authors article

WILLMAR -- Amy Salo, a registered dietitian in the Affiliated Community Medical Centers Bariatrics and Weight Control Center and the Willmar Diabetes Center, was a co-author of an article published in the September "Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews."

The article titled, "Relationship of Vitamin D Status and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Children and Adolescents," reviewed literature to determine the relationship between low serum vitamin D status and risk factors for metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents.

Dunham joins Manz Auto Inc.

WILLMAR -- Doug Dunham has joined Manz Auto Inc., 224 Benson Ave. S.E., Willmar.

Dunham has more than 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. He can be reached at 235-5591.

Dunham has made Willmar his home for the past 28 years. He is married to Jean and they have three children.

Going Places

Sales manager Kirk Davis and sales representative Kirk Delp of Ed Davis Business Machines of Willmar attended a national office products trade show Sept. 28-30 in San Diego, Calif. The show focused on new office products and solutions for the new going green office.


Paul White, financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has received the Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the industry's leading trade association. The award recognizes professionalism through education and earned designations, production, adherence to the association's code of ethics, and service to the industry.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Sept. 26 to Oct. 7

Maria Magana, 401 30th St. N.W., Lot F-2, repair fire damage to mobile home, $280.

Delores Schow, 2608 10th St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,400.

Kathy Walker, 2606 10th St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,400.

Assembly of God, 3821 Abbott Dr. S.E., relocate existing garage to site, $30,000.

Carol Hauptli, 340 Terrace Dr. S.W., 12-by-26 deck, $6,581.

Conway, Deuth, Schmiesing, 331 Third St. S.W., construct elevator equipment room, $12,000.

Ron Stadtherr, 641 Ninth St. S.E., interior drainage system, $3,800.

Calvin Nielsen, 600 Seventh St. S.W., re-side house, $1,500.

Calvin Nielsen, 1312 11th St. S.E., re-siding, reroofing house and 10-by-10 deck, $6,000.

Keith Hendrickson, 311 Hillcrest Dr. S.W., residential reroof, $8,630.

Mary Erickson, 1005 23rd St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,495.

Mary Erickson, 1007 23rd St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,495.

Mary Erickson, 1009 23rd St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,495.

Don Dahl, 220 Manila St. N.E., reroof garage, $1,500.

Lois and Todd DeGraw, 1221 Campbell Ave. N.W., install egress window, $2,700.

Tom Molin, 1506 10th St. S.W., residential reroofing, $5,032.

Orville Klemenhagen, 808 Willmar Ave. S.E., residential reroofing, $3,000.

Mike Nitchals, 901 13th St. S.W., residential reroofing, $3,000.

Eugene Haugen, 623 17th St. S.W., residential reroof, $310.

Willmar Food Shelf, 624 Pacific Ave. S.W., addition and remodel of existing building, $179,000.

Jeffrey Fransen, 3225 Seventh Ave. N.W., Dakota storage shed, $7,313.

Orestes Aguilar, 421 14th St. S.E., interior drainage system, $6,400.

Shelly Barker, 723 Ninth St. N.W., residential reroof-garage, $300.

Jan Lahr, 1020 15th St. S.W., residential reroof, $2,850.

Gilbert Haugen, 2700 10th St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,500.

Susan Barber, 2610 10th St. S.W., residential reroof, $4,500.

Pat Peterson, 1424 18th St. S.W., residential reroof, $6,800.

Rosa Barco, 1400 Lakeland Dr. N.E., demo mobile home, $0.

Bob Poe, 1201 Carolina Ave. S.W., construct new dormer roof, $5,500.

David and Patricia George, 2776 Fairway Dr. N.E., 12-by-24 Dakota shed, $10,970.

Designed Environment, 420 Benson Ave. S.E., demo home at 420 Benson Ave. S.E., $0.

Emily Bowers, 518 Fourth St. S.E., residential reroof, $6,490.

Laurel Reidman, 413 Ninth St. S.W., residential reroof, $8,985.

Kevin Savchuk, 1900 Sixth St. S.W., residential reroof, $3,500.

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.