WILLMAR — Hallie Johnson is the new referral and business development coordinator for ACMC Health in Willmar. She will build relationships in communities, identify and nurture business opportunities and keep up to date with current healthcare market trends and conditions. Johnson has a bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Benedict and completed her master of healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities School of Public Health. She has prior experience as a healthcare strategy consultant and a physicians operations lead.
WILLMAR — Kyle Parker has joined the team at Century 21 Kandi Realty in Willmar. She will be available for real estate needs in Kandiyohi County and surrounding area. A former resident of New London and now of Kandiyohi, Parker is a real estate graduate of Kaplan University and is a member of the West Central Board of Realtors. Parker has experience with commercial cleaning, retail management, sales, foster care and adoption.
NEW LONDON — Sue Davenport has been promoted to head teller at Lake Region Bank in New London. She will assist the teller manager with supervision and training of tellers at three bank locations. Davenport has worked on the teller line for Lake Region Bank for 12 years. She also worked 14 years for Hennepin County in economic assistance. She is a graduate of Willmar High School and Willmar Vo-Tech.
WILLMAR — Christianson PLLP welcomes Melissa Knott as director of marketing and practice growth. A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Knott has a degree in marketing. She has experience in marketing, marketing analytics, customer relationship management, software sales, training and support.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed 43 enforcement cases in the fourth quarter of 2016, bringing the year total to 146. Those cases also totaled $1,173,948 in penalties, with the 43 cases from the last three months of year bringing $260,000 in penalties. The MPCA has 52 enforcement investigations still ongoing, with 17 opened in the fourth quarter. Cases in west central Minnesota include the following: Co-op Country Farmers Elevator, Danube, for stormwater violations, $10,150
WILLMAR — Advocacy & Inclusion Matter welcomes new board member Travis Aufderheide. Aufderheide is the site director at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries in Spicer, along with heading Camp Joy, a Christian summer camp for adults with developmental disabilities. AIM serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and promotes their full inclusion in the community.
WILLMAR — Jeremy Schmidt has been promoted to the position of consumer services representative at Lake Region Bank in Willmar. In his new position he will be opening new consumer accounts, along with working on home equity loans and lines of credit, auto loans and personal loans. Schmidt previously worked with US Bank in Austin as a personal bank and branch manager. He is a graduate of Willmar Senior High School and St. Cloud State University, and lives in Willmar with his wife and two children.
WILLMAR — Alan Williams has accepted the position of customer dispatch for the traffic department at Jennie-O Turkey Store. His responsibilities will include booking carriers on outbound finished product loads, monitoring freight costs and finding dependable carriers for loads. Williams has previously worked for Thielen Bus Line Inc. as a motorcoach operator.
WILLMAR — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck.
LITCHFIELD — A rural Hutchinson man is battling life-threatening injuries following a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening in Greenleaf Township, south of Litchfield. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 8:20 p.m., as Jeffrey Conklin, 32, drove west on 190th Street. The Sheriff’s Office says Conklin did not stop at a three-way intersection with 610th Avenue. He drove straight through the intersection and off the road, crashing into a grove of trees.