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Business Briefs, May 12

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Ashburn joins Edward Jones

WILLMAR -- Jeanne Ashburn has joined Edward Jones financial adviser Doug Kveene in his Willmar office as a second financial adviser.

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"I'll have all the advantages of working with an experienced investment professional while getting to know local investors," said Ashburn.

Ashburn will work out of Kveene's office over the next several months, then will continue serving investors throughout the area.

Weddings on First has new owners

WILLMAR -- Terrin and Tom DeBoer are new owners of Weddings on First. They bought the business from Dawn Marcus, the original owner, on Feb. 1.

Weddings on First has been in operation for 22 years. The store will have a grand opening and open house on Friday and Saturday.

Terrin is originally from Prinsburg and attended high school at Central Minnesota Christian School. She graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. She previously worked at Bremer Bank and Heritage Bank in Willmar.

Also, she is a volleyball coach at Willmar Senior High School. Her husband is a math teacher at Litchfield High School.

Pawlenty names Knisely to MRFA

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty has appointed Marcus Knisely of New London to the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority. Knisely is appointed as a public member to fulfill a four-year term that expires Jan. 3, 2011, and replaces James Molenaar on the board.

Knisely is chief executive officer for United Farm Credit Systems and has more than 28 years of experience in the financial industry. United Farm Credit Systems serves 22 rural counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin with more than 4,400 farmer stockholders.

Knisely holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority offers loans through participating lenders to finance farming purchases and expansions.

Hair and More adds Swanson, Muetzel

WILLMAR -- Kelsey Swanson and Whitney Muetzel have joined Hair and More, 1305 First St. S., in Willmar.

Swanson will work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other Saturday. She specializes in haircutting, coloring, perms, foils, waxing, manicures and pedicures.

She received her schooling at Ridgewater College and has worked at Fantastic Sams.

Muetzel will be working 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other Saturday. She will specialize in cutting, perms, coloring, foiling, waxing, manicures and pedicures.

She attended Ridgewater College for cosmetology and graduated in November. She previously worked at Cost Cutters and Smart Styles.

Certification

* Kate M. Ledeboer of Prinsburg has passed the Certified Medical Assistant (American Association of Medical Assistants) Certification Examination in January 2009 and has earned the certified medical assistant credential. Ledeboer is a graduate of the medical assisting program at Ridgewater College in Willmar. The examination, administered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants, tests clinical and administrative knowledge needed for competent medical assisting practices.

* Kari Hickman, senior accountant in the attestation department at Christianson & Associates PLLP of Willmar, has passed the certified public accounting exam. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in accounting in 2007, joined Christianson & Associates as a staff accountant in 2007 and was promoted to her present position in August 2008.

Awards

* Dr. Ronald Ferguson, a sociology instructor at the Willmar campus of Ridgewater College, has received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of North Dakota College of Education and Human Development. He received the award April 24 in Grand Forks, N.D.

Ferguson teaches courses in race and ethnic minorities, American Indian studies, introduction to sociology and general social problems. He has received the Golden Apple Teaching Award and two Minnesota State College and Universities' Awards of Excellence, has represented Ridgewater to the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of Committee on Male Access in Higher Education for the MnSCU chancellor. Ferguson earned a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University, a master's in sociology from UND and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning with a major in research methodologies from UND.

Kayla Engen of Brooten has been named an All-Star Teacher at Insight School of Minnesota. The recognition, based on nominations from her students, coincided with national Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8. Engen gives lessons via Webcam, e-mail and online.

Insight School of Minnesota is an online, tuition-free public high school for Minnesota residents and is made possible through a partnership between Brooklyn Center School District and Insight Schools Inc.

Business Calendar

Friday: Chamber Connection, 7:30 a.m., Epitopix-MinnWest Technology Campus, 1801 BioTech Ave. N.E.

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