WILLMAR — Chelsie Kopacek and Shawn Johnson will join Christianson PLLP as interns. Kopacek previously worked as a credit analyst with Stearns Bank in Albany, but has decided to change careers. She is working toward her bachelor's in accounting from Bemidji State University. Johnson is pursuing his accounting degree from St. Cloud State University and hopes to graduate in the fall of 2018.
CHOKIO — The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association has elected Kevin Beyer to its board and he will serve as its vice president in 2018. Beyer is the general manager/CEO of both Farmers Mutual Telephone Company in Bellingham and Federated Telephone Cooperative of Chokio. Beyer was first elected in 2014 to represent the north central region of the association's board, and also served as the board's secretary/treasurer in 2017.
WILLMAR — CDS Administrative Services has promoted Petra Huisinga to the position of senior employee benefits administrator. Her focus areas are the administration of retirement plans, flex plans, health savings accounts and COBRA for clients. Huisinga joined CDSA in 2013 as an employee benefits administrator. She has a bachelor's degree in language and cultures from Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Huisinga lives in Willmar with her husband and child.
SPICER — Doug Kuehnast has accepted a position as a business banker with the lending team at United Prairie Bank in Spicer. He will work in agriculture and commercial lending. Kuehnast brings many years of banking experience to the bank and community, having worked in both mortgage and ag lending with several financial institutions. Kuehnast lives in Willmar with his wife, and they have two children.
SPICER — Derek Gramstad, a mechanical engineer with nearly a decade of experience in product design and development, has accepted a position with DI Labs of Spicer. Gramstad will provide product design, technical support and project management with DI Labs team and clients. Gramstad also has a background in plastics processing, machining, product development and process optimization. This fit well the company well, as it just installed the first multi jet fusion 3D printer in Minnesota.
This is the records summary for Dec. 26 Crashes WILLMAR — Two vehicles were involved in a collision Friday morning at 4:34 a.m. at Highway 12 and 60th Street in Saint Johns Township. Lindsey Barbara Peters, 18, of Willmar, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital, while Dino Manuel Mireles, 36, of Willmar, was not injured.
This is the records summary for Dec. 23 Computer hack WILLMAR — An insurance company in Willmar reported a computer hack that took place early Wednesday morning. The complainant, who called law enforcement Thursday afternoon, did not want to speak with an officer, but wanted the incident documented. Marriages Kandiyohi County Ashely Marie Nielsen, Willmar; Andres Sylvester Rasmussen, Willmar Jonathan Thomas Heath, Willmar; Jennifer Marie Kreuer, Willmar
This is the records summary for Dec. 22 Crashes PAYNESVILLE — One driver was hurt Thursday afternoon in a crash in Stearns County after another driver fell asleep and crossed the centerline, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.
This is the records summary for Dec. 21 Arrest WILLMAR — Three men, age 22, 27 and 30, were arrested Thursday evening after drugs were found in a vehicle during a traffic stop at 19th Avenue and Ninth Street Southeast. District Court Lac qui Parle County Phillip Lee Harrison, 28, of Bird Island, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 2½ years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of aiding and abetting a burglary in the third degree.
This is the records summary for Dec. 20 District Court Chippewa County MONTEVIDEO — Roddy Melvin Rath, 47, of Montevideo, was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of first degree driving while impaired. Rath had been charged in connection with a September incident after being pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion that he was intoxicated and driving without a valid driver's license.