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Business Briefs for Dec. 6

December 6, 2010
Marshall Independent

Avera Marshall hires internal medicine specialist

The Avera Medical Group in Marshall announces the addition of an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Chris Swanson.

He is certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Swanson has most recently has been practicing in California. He is a native of Mapleton and has also worked in Nevada. For several years, he combined his medical career with medical mission work in Guam.

Internal medicine is a medical specialty dealing with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Internists diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatments for a wide range of problems that affect internal organ systems such as the stomach, kidneys, liver and digestive tract. They are especially skilled in the management of patients who have multi-system disease processes.

Swanson is the 20th member of the Avera Medical Group for Avera Marshall, which is a network of employed physicians working in their own practice, but having the strength of system resources.

Avera Marshall also employs specialists in General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology and Optometry, Psychiatry, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and Hospital Medicine.

Swanson will begin his practice at Avera Marshall in February 2011. Information on appointments is available by calling 507-537-9007.

Avera Marshall names new board members to the foundation

The Avera Marshall Foundation welcomes two new members to the board of directors, Scott Williams and Mark Dunn. The Avera Marshall Foundation's goal is to raise funds and awareness to enhance regional health care.

Williams is the owner of Bisbee Plumbing and Heating in Marshall. He also farms near Russell, serves on the board of directors for Minnesota Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors or Minnesota, and is president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College Plumbing and Heath Advisory Board.

Mark Dunn is the branch manager for the Hy-Vee location of Home Federal.

The Avera Marshall Foundation board of directors also is comprised of Chairman Don Louwagie, Gary Becker, Willard Engel, Donna Hartfiel, Jim Knudson, Sara Kraft, Mary Maertens and Mike Rich. The executive director is Marty Seifert

MTA to sponsor holiday toy drive

The Minnesota Trucking Association is partnering with more than 20 Minnesota charities, including People Serving People, for its 2010 Trucks & Toys holiday toy drive.

Last year more than 1,200 toys were collected at 13 MTA member drop-sites located across the state. In 2010 the need is greater and the association has increased the number of drop-sites from 14 to 21.

Organizations have opened their doors to accept unopened toys and monetary donations for the drive.

This type of response is echoed throughout the MTA member companies by a variety of drop-sites and donations ranging from buying unused toys to monetary donations.

A local drop-off spot is Eickhoff Enterprises, Inc., 2603 County Road 33 (Corn plant road), Marshall. Contact: Charisse Meyer, 507-537-0919. The toys collected in Marshall are distributed locally, Meyer said.

Local dairy producers win AMPI milk quality award

Producing quality milk has earned area dairy producers an award. They are recipients of the Associated Milk Producers Inc. Milk Quality Award, presented by AMPI to honor farmers who consistently produce quality milk.

AMPI members produce milk that is processed and manufactured into dairy products such as award-winning cheeses, butter, nonfat dry milk and cultured products.

Each honoree is a member-owner of AMPI, a Midwest milk marketing cooperative.

Area dairy producers earning the 2010 AMPI Milk Quality Award are: Tom and Mary Gunnick of Lake Benton, Ernest and Liz Lanoue of Ivanhoe, Remiger Dairy of Wood Lake, Dianna Braem of Sacred Heart, VanLerberghe Farms of Wood Lake and Jansen Dairy of Danube.



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