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Monday Business

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain ...

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining ...

Fischer selected to Rising Stars list

NEW ULM — Shari P. Fischer has been selected to the 2020 Minnesota Rising Stars list as an estate planning and probate attorney. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a ...

SouthPoint announces retirement of Board of Directors chair

SLEEPY EYE SouthPoint Financial Credit Union Board of Directors Chair Gordon Osmonson announced his retirement at SouthPoint’s virtual Annual Meeting on July 21. Osmonson was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1976, and has been board chairperson for 24 of those years. Osmonson has ...

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ and ALEXANDRA OLSON AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even ...

Furth honored by national society

NEW ULM — Paul T. Furth, CIC, of Furth-Meile Insurance was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a national insurance professional organization. Furth was awarded a certificate marking more than ...

In COVID-19 era, food trucks flourish

BROWN COUNTY—Food trucks are a common site is large cities, but these mobile restaurants are starting to come to rural counties as well. In Brown County, food trucks and food carts have become popular dining options in the last year. Lola’s Food Truck has operated in the region for ...

Son joins dad at New Ulm Chiropractic

NEW ULM — Since April, whenever patients call New Ulm Chiropractic asking for an appointment with Dr. Hawkins, they have to specify which Dr. Hawkins. Do they want Dr. Steven Hawkins or his son Dr. Daniel Hawkins? After 38 years of working at New Ulm Chiropractic, Dr. Steve Hawkins finally ...

Left out: More workers now losing hope of getting back jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Benz didn't worry very much when his graphic design firm in Atlanta laid him off in March. He felt sure he'd be recalled to work once the viral pandemic eased and his firm's clients resumed spending. Three months later, there's been no call. Instead, Benz has applied ...

OPEC, allied nations extend nearly 10M barrel cut by a month

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC and allied nations agreed Saturday to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to encourage stability in energy markets hard hit by the coronavirus-induced global economic crisis. Ministers of ...

Many businesses start to reopen

NEW ULM — With Gov. Tim Walz beginning to lift some restrictions, New Ulm businesses are starting to look to the future. Multiple New Ulm businesses were able to reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants and bars will be able to serve customers outside as of June 1. In New Ulm, the city is ...

Braam joins Citizens Bank Minnesota

NEW ULM — Citizens Bank Minnesota announced that Dan Braam has joined the Citizens team as Vice President/Mortgage Manager in New Ulm. Braam is a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato with a degree in Finance and Economics. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking – Madison, ...

Opitz earns top honor for customer service

NEW ULM – Lori Opitz, doing business as the Lori J Mickelson Agency, an American Family Insurance agency located in New Ulm, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “The select ...

Otis named to Twin Cities Business Magazine Hall of Fame

NEW ULM — Bill Otis, former CEO of Nuvera, is one of five Minnesota industry leaders named to Twin Cities Business magazine’s Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2020. All five inductees are being recognized for accomplishments in their respective industries, as well as their contributions ...

Citizens Agency changes name to Citizens Agency Minnesota

NEW ULM — Citizens Agency has changed its name to Citizens Agency Minnesota effective April 20, 2020. This is in conjunction with the purchase of the Farmers State Agency of Watkins. There will be no change in management or staff. Citizens Agency Minnesota will continue to provide the same ...

Jonti-Craft makes unique COVID-19 pandemic contribution 

Educational furniture maker makes hand- washing sinks WABASSO — As a response to rising demand, an educational furniture manufacturer is aiding the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by producing a line of portable sinks. Jonti-Craft’s Clean Hands Helper provide hot, running ...

Two join Nuvera as territory managers

NEW ULM — Nuvera recently welcomed Jonathan Bleick to its team as a territory manager. Jon comes to Nuvera from SpecSys, Inc. and Windings, prior to that. He brings a wealth of knowledge of the New Ulm area business community to his new position. As a territory manager, Jon will work with ...

Schell’s looks into taking over Target building

NEW ULM — August Schell Brewing Company is looking into developing the former Target building for additional warehouse space and relocation of their Starkeller operation. Schell’s president Ted Marti submitted a letter to the city regarding the brewing company’s proposal. In the ...

Thousands of masks were donated to NUMC

NEW ULM — Sunday was the last day of New Ulm Medical Center’s mask drive, but new donations will still be accepted at the clinic entrance. With the possibility of a surge in coronavirus patients, NUMC has been seeking to increase its supply of protective masks for physicians and staff. ...

New director of operations at Firmenich

The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped at Firmenich to meet the new director of operations. Terry Kuechle, a Minneapolis native, has a lot of experience in the food industry. He has worked at Hormel foods in both Austin, and Chicago, IL. He was also with ...