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Business Briefs, Feb. 10, 2009

Rice Home Medical names hire, promotion

WILLMAR -- Rice Home Medical of Willmar announces Sandy Bebler has been hired as branch manager at the Willmar location and Lisa Ziehl has been promoted as operations director.

Bebler has been in the finance industry for the past 15 years and has 11 prior years with a general medical corporation.

She has served on the board and as president of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County for six years, and served as board member with the Willmar Lakes Rotary Club and ambassador with the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the YMCA board and the Willmar Community Senior Network.

She and her husband have two children and live in Willmar.

Ziehl has five years of previous experience as operations manager with Nash Finch and branch manager with Rice Home Medical for four years. She has a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University.

Ziehl lives in Willmar with her husband and has three children.

Rice Home Medical sells and rents equipment and supplies for use at home.

Grain, Feed group elects area pair

ST. CLOUD -- Dave Reiffenberger of Bellingham was one of three directors to be re-elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Grain & Feed Association during the group's 102nd annual meeting Feb. 2 in St. Cloud.

Wes Cole of Wood Lake was re-elected president.

The grain elevator and feed mill industry operates more than 600 facilities, employing more than 11,000 people and contributing over $81 million in payroll, property and income taxes.

UHF Television to continue use of UHF signals

WILLMAR -- UHF Television Inc. announces anyone that receives UHF signals will continue to receive UHF channels without the use of a converter box. The reason is that UHF Television Inc. is not going digital at this time.

The digital transition for television signals was scheduled for Feb. 17, but Congress recently voted to extend that deadline to June. According to news reports, televisions that are not equipped to receive a digital signal or are not connected to a converter box will go blank or receive snowy reception.

However, that situation will not be true to persons who receive UHF signals for local channels. For more information, call 1-866-214-8214.

Business Calendar

Chamber Connection AM

(7:30-8:30 a.m.)

Friday: Famous Davis-MinnWest Technology Campus, 1700 Technology Dr.

Feb. 20: Executive Express, Conference Center, 2100 Highway 12 E.

Feb. 27: United Minnesota Bank, 105 Central Ave., New London.

March 6: Runnings Farm & Fleet, 3031 First St. So.

March 13: Copperleaf Senior Living, 1550 First St. N.

March 20: Command Labor & Staffing, 423 Benson Ave. S.W.

March 27: Engan Associates PA, 311 Fourth St. S.W.

Chamber Connection PM

(5-6:30 p.m.)

March 5: Wireless World, 527 First St. S.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Jan. 1 to 31, 2009

Bethesda Homes, 1105 Ninth St. S.E., residential re-siding, $4,900.

Bethesda Homes, 1107 Ninth St. S.E., residential re-siding, $4,900.

Alvin Nohl, 404 Seventh St. S.W., remodel two floors into dwelling space, $25,000.

Milan Schmeising, 112 32nd Ave. N.E., repairs to garage due to fire, $10,000.

Richard Wynn, 2406 Fourth Ave. S.E., install interior drainage system, $1,775.

Jeff Lenz, 604 Olena Ave. S.E., residential re-siding, $15,000.

Princess Properties Jeff Stadther, 402 Litchfield Ave. S.W., construct residential apartment in lower level, $3,000.

Park Midwest Commercial Real Estate Great Clips, 2323 First St. S., tenant finish build out, $42,212.

City of Willmar Rice Hospital, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., remodel sleep study and business office, $499,830.

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.

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