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Business Briefs, Oct. 20

O'Reilly Auto Parts openin Willmar

WILLMAR -- O'Reilly Auto Parts has opened a store at 1500 S. First St. in Willmar.

The store will be celebrating a grand opening from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10.

Steven Tammen is the store manager.

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, according to a news release from the company. O'Reilly serves the do-it-yourself market and professional installers. The company offers a low-price guarantee plus overnight service on most parts not in stock.

The company was founded in 1957 and operates more than 1,867 stores in 26 states.

Neeser elected to North American State Bank Board

WILLMAR -- Dennis Neeser of Willmar has been elected to the board of directors of North American State Bank of Belgrade, Elrosa and Willmar.

Neeser was admitted to law practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1968. He has had an active law practice in the Willmar area and has been a resident since 1970. For the past 10 years, he has practiced law at the law firm of Gray, Plant and Mooty with offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Washington, D.C.

Bank President and CEO Brian Borgerding said he has known Neeser for more than 20 years and is delighted to have him as a new member of the board.

Neeser received his bachelor's degree at the College of St. Thomas in 1965, and his juris doctor degree at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1968. He has practiced law before federal and state district and federal tax courts and carries specialty certification in real estate law. He served as the assistant county attorney, prosecutor and county board adviser for Kandiyohi County from 1970 through 1980.

He and his wife, Ruthanne, have three adult children.

Feldhege is nursing director at GlenOaks

NEW LONDON -- Registered nurse Cyndi Feldhege has joined the GlenOaks Senior Living Campus, 100 GlenOaks Drive, New London, as director of nursing. Formerly the director of nursing at Koronis Manor in Paynesville for more than seven years, she brings more than 20 years of long-term care experience with her. She and her husband, Don, live in Richmond.

GlenOaks adds therapy staff

NEW LONDON -- GlenOaks Senior Care Campus announces the addition of its new therapy and rehabilitative services team.

Members are Jon Beach, physical therapist; Laura Beach, occupational therapist; Debra Weber, physical therapist assistant; Twila Thalberg, speech language pathologist; and Erin Commerford, occupational therapist assistant.

Stark receives SWIF loan

WILLMAR -- Matt Stark recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation's microenterprise loan program to expand his business, Pro Color Graphics, 523 Litchfield Ave. S.E., in Willmar.

The business offers full design services for anything from business cards to complex multi-page books. Pro Color Graphics recently expanded into photography and offers full-service production for commercial, fine art, senior and family photography.

Stark received training from Ridgewater College in Willmar and started his business, formerly known as Creative Concepts, in 2001. Stark said the foundation has been a big part of his success.

"The knowledge and resources that they have to offer go above and beyond what you would expect,'' he said. I would highly recommend them and their amazing staff to anyone.''

Proceeds from the loan will be used for inventory and working capital. The loan program offers loans up to $35,000 for starting or expanding for-profit small businesses located within 18 counties in southwest Minnesota.


* Willmar Public Schools Independent School District 347 has received the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in the preparation and issuance of a 2009-2010 school system annual budget. The award from the Association of School Business Officials International honors school systems that have met or exceeded the award program criteria. No other organization or award program is specifically designed to enhance school budgeting and honor a school system for a job well done. The program helps school systems build a solid foundation in the skills of developing, analyzing and presenting a budget. The program is sponsored by ING.

*Kim Lippert, Ridgewater College agriculture instructor, was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree-Other. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Lippert will receive the award at the 82nd National FFA Convention this week in Indianapolis. FFA enhances the lives of youth through agricultural education. The Honorary American FFA Degree honors those who have gone beyond the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturalists.

Chamber Connection PM, 5 - 7 p.m.


Thursday -- CDI open house, 502 Second St. S.W. (hosted by CDI, Family Practice, Janning ENT & Allergy & Asthma Clinic)

Chamber Connection AM, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


Friday -- Nelson Chiropractic & Rehab Center, 515 19th Ave. S.W.

30 -- UPS Store, 1605 First St. S., FS-3


6 -- UNICEL, 1415 First St. S., Suite 6

13 -- Crown Floral, 902 First St. S.

20 -- Bollig Inc. & Anez Consulting, 1700 Technology Dr. N.E.


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

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