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Business Briefs for June 21

June 21, 2010
Marshall Independent

Brockman completes course

Sheila Brockman of North Star Mutual Insurance, Cottonwood, recently completed the requirements leading to the completion of the Associate in Risk Management program. This program teaches the employee the practical, relevant skills needed to help manage risk at all levels for the company.

Brockman began working for North Star in March of 1992 and is a senior underwriter for the Personal Lines Underwriting Department.

Cottonwood grad executive with Target

Melia Prairie Ogrodnik, a 2001 graduate of Cottonwood High School and 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is currently employed as a store executive with Target Corporation. In the fall of 2008, she helped open up Target's first two stores in Alaska. In the spring of 2009, Ogrodnik became the senior merchant while opening the Kapolei, Hawaii, Target. Kapolei was the first of three stores to open in Hawaii in 2009.

In January 2010, Ogrodnik was promoted to store team leader. Ogrodnik and her husband, Sam, moved to Milwaukie, Ore., where Sam works as an engineer and Melia is a store team leader of the Clackamas Target.

Nonprofit networking in Marshall on July 8

A Marshall area nonprofit networking lunch will be from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, Marshall YMCA, 200 A St., Marshall.

The lunch is free and open to all. No RSVP necessary.

Grantseeking with the Foundation Directory Online: Marshall - "Grantseeking Basics with the Foundation Directory Online" will be from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, at Southwest Minnesota State library.

This free workshop, led by Kief Schladweiler, coordinator of cooperating collections for the Foundation Center of New York, will provide an overview of the funding research process, tips on how to identify funding sources and a demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online, a searchable database providing information on more htan 98,000 grantmakers and more than 1.8 million grant records. RSVP to Peggy Anderson, library technician, at and include name, the name of the community/nonprofit representing and an email address.

Minnesota State Patrol promotes Bruce Erickson

Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, promoted Sgt. Bruce Erickson to lieutenant of the Marshall State Patrol district recently.

Erickson was presented with the promotion June 9 in St. Paul. The appointment was effective immediately.

Erickson joined the State Patrol in 1989 and had a number of assignments. He started his career in law enforcement as a Canby police officer.

From there he joined the Minnesota State Patrol and was assigned to the Ortonville station out of the St. Cloud District. He then moved to Appleton. In 1998 he transferred to the Marshall State Patrol district. Erickson has served as a road trooper, trooper 1, corporal and a station sergeant.

Erickson grew up in the Appleton area and graduated from Montevideo High School. He then graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a law enforcement degree.

Erickson and his wife, Vonnie, have three children, ages 18, 16 and 12.



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