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Monday Business

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 ...

New Ulm EDA approves $2,500 business grants

NEW ULM — Supporting local has an additional name and face. The New Ulm Economic Development Authority has pledged grant money to widen the relief efforts of area businesses affected by COVID-19. Businesses that were directly impacted by Governor Walz’s Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 may ...

VanRoekel named Board Chair of United Prairie

MANKATO — Former Taylor Corporation and Davisco executive, Melanie VanRoekel, took the helm of United Prairie Bank’s board of directors on February 26th when she was elected board chair for the $632 million southern Minnesota financial services provider. VanRoekel is assuming board ...

Willkommen visit to Lind House

NEW ULM — Kathy Covington recently moved out of her position on the Lind House Board to the role of the Executive Director of the Lind House. The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped in to congratulate her. Kathy is a New Ulm native. She has also been the ...

Willkommen visit to St. Paul’s School

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce recently visited St. Paul’s Lutheran School to check out their remodel and expansion. The project began in April and finishing touches were completed just weeks ago. The classrooms were completely overhauled and ...

Brandy Schwartz welcomed at EON (MBW)

Brandy Schwartz is now the Human Resources Manager at the EON (Employee Ownership Network), also known as MBW Company, and the Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce stopped to congratulate her. Originally from Ham Lake, Brandy studied at MSU Mankato in Spanish & ...

US gas prices steady at $2.53 per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline remained steady at $2.53 per gallon over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price at the pump averages 9 cents higher than it was a year ago. The ...

Ristuccia welcomed as director of ISD 88 Foundation

NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee of the New Ulm area Chamber of Commerce recently welcome Joanie Ristuccia as the new Director of the ISD 88 Foundation. After growing up in the Minneapolis area Joanie then moved to Washington. After settling down in Washington as a paralegal she decided to ...

Blethen Berens adds Gunderson

Blethen Berens has added Paul Gunderson to its legal team. Paul concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation, agricultural and business law, criminal defense, insurance defense, alongside general practice. A native of southern Minnesota, Paul and his family reside in New ...

The Great North Broker Council for Century 21 honors offices, agents

NEW ULM — The Great North Broker Council for Century 21 honors their offices and agents. C21 Red Shoe Realty finished 5th in Minnesota along with four of its agents finishing in the top 20 in sales for 2019. Century 21 Red Shoe Realty sales include residential and commercial for New Ulm, ...

First-time entrepreneurs get free business advice

NEW ULM — First-time entrepreneurs were able to receive free business consulting during a special consulting cafe hosted at the Public Library, Saturday. Through a partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), South Central Region the city is able to host the development ...

Mathiowetz part of award winning highway project

MANKATO — Blue Earth County received the 2019 Project of the Year Award from the Minnesota County Engineers Association (MCEA) for its County State Aid Highway (CSAH 1) reconstruction project. Ryan Thilges, Blue Earth County Engineer, his staff and project partners were recognized at the ...