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Business Briefs for Jan. 31

January 31, 2011
Marshall Independent

Warne receives national education award

Lee Warne was presented the Justus A. Prentice Award at the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) annual conference in December. Each year, AESA nationally recognizes one person's outstanding accomplishments and contributions to education and to AESA. Warne was selected for outstanding contributions through executive leadership in the advancement of regional educational service agency programs at the regional, state and national levels. He currently leads the Minnesota Rural Education Association, and is a former teacher, local school district superintendent, executive director of the SW/WC Service Cooperative and president of AESA in 2006-2007.

Coudron named employee of the year

Dean Coudron, an airport maintenance supervisor/public ways maintenance supervisor/interim street superintendent, was named Employee of the Year. Glenn Olson, director of public works, presented the award to Coudron at the city of Marshall's Recognition and Award dinner Jan. 21. Olson, left, and Coudron are shown below.

Qualifying characteristics of the award include human relations, teamwork, customer service, professionalism/leadership and knowledge/expertise. The Employee of the Year must be nominated by their peers. City Administrator Ben Martig said Coudron demonstrates creativity, exemplary performance and provides excellent service to the city's customers.

Goedtkes attend conference

James "Jim" Goedtke, RFC, CSA and Carla A.E. Goedtke RFC, CSA of Investors Choice Financial Services Inc. in Slayton recently attended the REISA annual conference. Attending the REISA conference were attendees representing broker dealers, registered reps/real estate brokers, financial advisers, RIA, sponsors, attorneys and affiliated professionals including CPAs and property managers.

The REISA conference was held with recognized speakers and educational programs on the design, analysis and distribution of private placement investments and non-traded REIT programs.

Regulators from FINRA and NASAA presented information on the changing horizon of regulatory, legislative and market changes. James Goedtke was a panelist for two sessions: "Alternative Investments - How do you Conduct Due Diligence in Today's World?" and "Non-Traded REITs How are broker Dealers Deciding Which to Distribute?"

He was representing the panel as the SVP of Alternative Investments and Carla Goedtke attended as a registered representative of American Portfolios Financial Services.

Standahl receives commendation award

The Minnesota State Patrol has selected Minneota police officer Ben Standahl to receive the Minnesota State Patrol Commendation Award in recognition of the life-saving efforts he provided March 28, 2010.

Standahl removed two men from a water-filled ditch after their vehicle rolled and they were ejected.

Minnesota State Trooper Chad Nigg had nominated Nigg for the award.

Nigg stated that Standahl's actions helped keep the injuries to both men at a minimum, and most likely saved the life of one who was unconscious and face down in the water.

Norgaard earns highest professional status

Michael Norgaard, Northwestern Farm Management Co., has recently been awarded the Accredited Farm Manager (A.F.M.) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).

Norgaard's A.F.M. designation demonstrates that he meets stringent education and experience requirements, has passed rigorous oral and written examinations, and maintains the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, competence, and ethics. He joins a select 36 percent of the ASFMRA membership who have received, and maintain through continuing education, the Accredited status.



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