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Business Briefs, June 23

Payne joins North American's Belgrade office

BELGRADE -- Mike Payne has joined the management and lending team at North American State Bank and will serve as market manager in the bank's Belgrade office. Payne has 11 years of banking and management experience with community banks, specializing in commercial and ag lending.

"I am excited to join the NASB team,'' Payne said. "It is an opportunity to become part of a strong community banking team with a long-standing commitment to both customers and community.''

Payne graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Cleveland State University. Most recently, he worked as a vice president and senior loan officer at Lake Region Bank.

He and his family live in the New London area.

North Central names Dreckman real estate agent

OLIVIA -- North Central Realty of Olivia, a division of Upper Midwest Management Corp. of New Ulm, has named John Dreckman as real estate sales agent. He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Lynd.

Dreckman has been working as an independent salesperson for North Central since April 2009. He has farmed for 15 years, has a strong background in agriculture, and has worked in the finance and real estate business since 1985.

He has more than 10 years working as a licensed insurance agent and NASD securities representative. He has 14 years experience as a loan broker and owner of Midwest Mortgage & Capital.

He holds licenses as Minnesota mortgage originator, Minnesota Realtor sales agent, Florida mortgage broker, Florida business broker and Florida real estate.

Also, he is a Minnesota notary.

Rice Home Medical adds Radermacher

WILLMAR -- Jessica Radermacher has been hired as a billing clerk assistant at Willmar's Rice Home Medical branch.

She previously worked 2½ years at the Sauk Centre Eye Clinic as an insurance specialist. She graduated from Ridgewater College with an AAS degree in health information technology.

She and her husband, Aaron, have two children.

Rich, Nelson return to Edina Realty

SPICER -- Earl Rich and Tina Nelson announce they have returned to Edina Realty and will work at the new office located at 209 Manitoba St. in Spicer.

Rich has been actively selling real estate for the past 13 years, most recently with Lakes Area Realty. He is a 1985 graduate of New London-Spicer High School and lives with his wife and four daughters in Spicer.

Nelson has been with Lakes Area Realty for the past six years and has lived in the New London/Spicer area for 20 years.

They started their careers in real estate with Edina Realty in 1996-97 and are looking forward to working with clients and the team of agents.

Monster Sports expands with Initiative loan

WILLMAR -- Andy Munsterman and Trevor Hansen recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program to expand Monster Sports Inc., 5170 Highway 71 N.E., Willmar.

The business opened in the fall of 2008 and offers consignment sales of power sport vehicles, service for all makes and models of motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles, and carries a variety of sporting accessories and clothing.

"Monster Sports will provide quality sales and service for power sports enthusiasts and consignment services are needed in the Willmar lakes region,'' said Bernadette Berger, SWIF microenterprise program office. "Andy has a great deal of experience in this field and Trevor brings long-term business ownership and management experience, making a strong partnership.''

Business Awards

* Bird Island Soil Service of Bird Island has been named the 2009 Environmental Respect Award state winner for Minnesota. The award, sponsored by CropLife magazine and DuPont Crop Protection, are the agricultural industry's highest recognition for environmental stewardship among U.S. agricultural retailers, those who serve farmers with nutrients, pest control and agronomic information and services critical to effective crop production. Bird Island was cited for excellence in site design, storage and handling procedures, proper application, and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees.

* Rice Memorial Hospital is among 25 hospitals in Minnesota to receive a patient safety award from the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Rice was singled out for a "Safe Site" award for its work to prevent wrong-site surgeries.

The Minnesota Hospital Association's Patient Safety Excellence Awards honor hospitals participating in at least one of the association's four safety campaigns. The campaigns target efforts at preventing pressure ulcers, falls, wrong-site invasive procedures, and foreign objects retained during labor and delivery.

To qualify, hospitals must have implemented at least 90 percent of a campaign's required safety measures. Measures are based on national and state best practices.

Rice has now won a Patient Safety Excellence Award in all four categories: safe site, safe count, safe skin and safe from falls.