Business Briefs, Dec. 13, 2005

Johnson earns master technician certification WILLMAR -- Timothy Johnson of Mills Jeep in Willmar has earned the certification of master technician from DaimlerChrysler. Master technician reflects years of effort to complete hundreds of hours of ...

Johnson earns master technician certification

WILLMAR -- Timothy Johnson of Mills Jeep in Willmar has earned the certification of master technician from DaimlerChrysler.

Master technician reflects years of effort to complete hundreds of hours of training and achievement of exceptional customer satisfaction scores. To maintain the title, individuals must continue to demonstrate extensive technical knowledge, complete additional courses and maintain ASE certification.

Only 5 percent of service professionals nationwide achieve this status.

Savig joins Cullen's Home Center


WILLMAR -- Karen Savig has joined Cullen's Home Center. She has experience in lighting and will work with customers in accessorizing and decorating new and remodeled homes.

She has lived in the Willmar area for more than 25 years. She has finished a course in interior decorating in Atlanta and has done custom sewing for over 20 years.

She lives in Willmar with her husband Rodney and has three children.

She will be working Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays.

Herst joins Fenstra Real Estate

WILLMAR -- Stan Herst has joined Fenstra Real Estate in Willmar.

He has been a licensed Realtor for the past three years and is on the board of directors and the education committee of the West Central Association of Realtors.

He specializes in residential, lakeshore and investment properties.


He lives in Willmar with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters.

Logan joins Blondies Hair Harbor

WILLMAR -- Robyn Logan has joined Blondies Hair Harbor in downtown Willmar.

She has over 20 years of experience and offers a full range of services, including hair, make-up and nails. She specializes in the needs of brides, bridal parties and small groups preparing for a special event.

Schwartz joins Gold Country Seed

HUTCHINSON -- Dave Schwartz has joined Gold Country Seed as the soybean product manager/tech service agronomist.

Schwartz has a bachelor's in soils science and a master's in agriculture from the University of Minnesota. He is also a certified crop adviser.

He worked for the Minnesota Extension Service, based in Meeker County, for 26 years. Most recently he was employed at Heartland Hybrids in Dassel.


Gold Country Seed, a regional seed business in Hutchinson, provides a full line of crop seed choices in hybrid corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, specialty hybrids for silage and organic farming, plus special grass seed mixtures. It markets in the five-state area of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas through a farmer-dealer and field sales staff network.

Going Places

Monica Villars, a teacher at the Willmar Area Learning Center, was among the arts teachers in the Southeast region of Minnesota that met to improve classroom instruction and assessment of student learning in the arts as part of the Southeast Arts Quality Teaching Network. Sponsored by the Perpich Center for Arts Education, teachers of students from kindergarten to high school meet to plan classroom instruction, bring in the results of teaching and compare results within their arts discipline and across arts disciplines.

Teachers from all Regional Arts Quality Teaching Networks will meet in April to share their year of learning and conduct evaluations of collections student work to learn how to improve instruction and assessment of student learning in the arts.

Heidi Haagenson, curriculum specialist at Ridgewater College, has completed the Academy for Leadership and Development program requirements. The program was created in conjunction with the Chair Academy, a division of the Maricopa Community College District in Mesa, Ariz., for the purpose of advancing organizational leadership and provides succession planning for leaders in community and technical colleges. The year long program included an initial week of on-site training, a practicum experience, a mentor program and a final week of on-site training. Participants are nominated by their individual colleges to attend.

Family Practice Medical Center of Willmar is featured in a Medical Economics magazine article about how physician groups are integrating performance measures in patient electronic health records.

The article appears in the November issue of the national magazine. Family Practice was one of three physician groups profiled in the story. The clinic implemented an electronic medical record system in 2003.

Business Awards


Local medical clinics earned above-average rankings in the Minnesota Community Measurement annual report, which was recently released. The report measures quality-of-care indicators for selected areas at medical groups across the state.

Affiliated Community Medical Centers received a three-star rating for overall diabetes care and for women's health screenings. Family Practice Medical Center earned three stars for well-baby care. Three stars denote above-average results in ensuring quality care is delivered to all patients.

Business Calendar

Friday: Chamber Connection, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Heritage Plaza businesses, Willmar.

Dec. 23 and 30: No Chamber Connection

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