Business & Professional
New staff at Brown County Historical Society
NEW ULM — The Brown County Historical Society has a new director and a new programs development officer, and the Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped by recently to welcome them.
Marnie Leist is the new director. An Ohio native, Marnie comes to New Ulm with her daughter Abigail (in sixth grade) from Kodiak, Alaska. For the past 11 years she has been director at a tribal museum there.
Amber Bentler is the new programs development officer. She is originally from Coon Rapids, but has lived in the New Ulm area for the past 10 years. Most recently, she has been the site manager at Fort Ridgely Historic Site.
Marnie and Amber have many plans for the museum, including focusing on community involvement, remodeling of some exhibit spaces, and expanding the gift shop.
New attorney at Berens, Rodenberg, O’Connor
NEW ULM — Ben Stabenow has joined the team at Berens, Rodenberg, and O’Connor Law Firm, and the Willkommen Committee recently stopped by to meet him and welcome him to New Ulm.
Ben is originally from Hastings, and knew he always wanted to be a lawyer. He attended law school at Hamline and worked for judges in Austin and Carlton before working at a private practice law firm in Cloquet.
Most of the work he does is related to real estate, but he also works with family law, estate, and some criminal. He moved to New Ulm in January after accepting the position here. He says what he likes most about New Ulm are the people.
New owners at River View Sanitation
NEW ULM — River View Sanitation has new owners, and the Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce recently stopped by to meet them.
The new owners are Brent and Rachel Kucera, who purchased the company from the Finstads. The Kuceras also own Braun & Borth Sanitation in Sleepy Eye, which they purchased in 2014.
They plan to keep the two companies separate, at least for the first year. They hope to further educate residents about recycling and plan to expand their recycling services to include items such as car seats. River View Sanitation employs a staff of 37 who service 25,000 to 30,000 people every week. Brent and Rachel live in Sleepy Eye with their four children.
Longhenry advances tech career at Thriveon
NEW ULM — Bill Longhenry has joined Thriveon as a project engineer.
Longhenry said he had wanted to work at Thriveon when he graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2015 with a degree in Computer Networking, but there was no opening that fit his qualifications.
However, when he and his wife were seeking a way to move back to Minnesota from South Dakota so that they could be closer to their family, he was able to join Thriveon as a project engineer.
“I have not seen a company like Thriveon, where the relationships with clients are almost like that of co-workers,” said Bill. “I see that we are really helping people, too, as we work with them to develop a better understanding of what technology can do for them.”
As a project engineer, Bill’s work day consists of a variety of activities, including deployment of all new client computers and laptops.