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Pawlenty names Solheid and Wilhelm to state boards

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday the appointment of Patricia A. Solheid of Spicer to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board and the reappointment of Bonita C. Wilhelm of Willmar to the Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board.

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Solheid is vice president of human resources and administration with Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc. in Willmar.

She has held a number of positions in human resources with Jennie-O Turkey Store since 1986. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

She is a member of the Kandiyohi Area YMCA Board of Directors and serves on its financial development and human resources committees. She is also a member of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and the Ridgewater College General Advisory Board, and is treasurer of the Midwest Poultry Consortium.

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Board reviews cases involving OSHA citations and proposed penalties. The board consists of three members appointed by the governor, including a representative of labor, management and the public.

Wilhelm is a human resource management consultant with a background in the medical field. She earned her bachelor's degree in management magna cum laude from St. Cloud State University College of Business.

She is a member and past president of Peer None Players, a non-professional theater group in Willmar, a production manager and marketing director for The Barn Theatre, a member of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of the Willmar Convention and Visitors Bureau, a board member of the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres, as well as a number of other school and church activities.

She has served as a Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board member since 2006.

The Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board administers compensation from the petroleum tank release clean-up fund for cleanup of leaks and spills from storage tanks. The five-member board consists of three appointed by the governor, one representative of the petroleum industry, one representative of the insurance industry and one public member.

Terms for both Solheid and Wilhelm expire Jan. 6, 2014.

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