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Dickinson joins Paynesville Health Care

PAYNESVILLE -- Chris Dickinson, physician assistant, has joined at Paynesville Area Health Care System. Dickinson recently retired from the military.

Dickinson earned his physician assistant degree from AMEDD Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas Health and Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, and received his master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He began his career by joining the military in 1989 and was senior brigade physician assistant in Alaska, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also practiced as a physician assistant in the U.S., Kuwait, Germany, Hungary and Kosovo. He received numerous military honors and recognition, including a Bronze Star in 2007.

Dickinson and his family have moved to the New London-Spicer area and he will be primarily caring for patients from the Green Lake Medical Clinic in Spicer.

Appeldorn is Senior Network board member

WILLMAR -- Trish Appeldorn, Kandiyohi County veterans service officer, has joined the Willmar Senior Network board of directors. The network assists senior citizens who wish to remain in their own homes. "Without this organization, many seniors would not be able to remain at home,'' she said. "I am excited to help this organization remain a strong asset to the seniors living in this area.''

Appeldorn is a 1992 graduate of Willmar High School. She enlisted in the Air Force, served five years active duty and has served as veterans service officer for four years.


The Minnesota Multi Housing Association will hold a new course on property management from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Willmar Public Library. The cost is $39 for association members and $59 for non-members. For more information or to register, call Kris McDowell, MMHA industry services coordinator, at 952-548-2205 or email at

Business Awards

The Builders Association of Minnesota has presented the group's President's Award to State Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar, for his authorship, leadership and successful passage of legislation during the 2008 session of the Minnesota Legislature to implement and require a statewide building code for all Minnesota builders.

The association said Juhnke's success in passing the statewide building code legislation were also being recognized by the National Association of Home Builders in Washington D.C., which said Juhnke had won the 2009 Government Affairs Recognition Award for State Official of the Year for his resolve and advocacy of the importance of safe housing and protecting builders, the building process and consumers.

The association said passage of required statewide building code legislation has provided an even playing field for Minnesota's builders and minimum standards to safeguard the public by regulating and controlling how Minnesota's homes are built.

City of Willmar Building Permits

Jan. 25-29, 2010

Douglas Schmoll, 310 Litchfield Ave. S.W., construct wall awning, $800.

Goodman Group, 1604 First St. S., tenant space improvement 2,000 square feet, $30,000.

Brad Backhaus, 2404 First St. S., interior remodel, $70,000.

Chad Nelson, 1012 Becker Ave. S.E., install interior drain tile, $4,549.

Todd Davis, 1111 15th Ave. N.W., install interior drainage system, $5,097.

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.