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Business Briefs for May 29

May 28, 2012
Marshall Independent

Mauland elected North Star chairman

North Star Mutual Insurance Company, Cottonwood, announces that Jeff Mauland was elected chairman of the board at the company's reorganization meeting on May 9. Mauland replaces Cliff Hanson who retired from the board. Mauland was elected to the Board in 1999 and has been North Star's president and CEO since 2001.

Mauland grew up on the family farm near Cottonwood and after graduating from Southwest Minnesota State, he began his insurance career with North Star in 1979. In 1992, he was named vice president of Administrative Services, was elevated to senior vice president in 1996, and to executive vice president in 1996. He has received a CPCU (Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter) designation and an AU (Associate in Underwriting) designation. Mauland is currently serving as chairman-elect of the Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies and in February 2013, will begin a one year term as the association's chairman of the board.

Budden receives scholarship award

Jackie Budden, special education program specialist with the SW/WC Service Cooperative, has received the Benson/Stenswick Scholarship Award for 2012.

The Benson/Stenswick Scholarship Award Program began in February of 1991 through MASE, the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education.

Scholarships are awarded to individuals completing exemplary graduate studies in the field of special education at a Minnesota public college or university. Budden is one of four recipients who will each receive $2,000.

Budden was nominated for the scholarship award by Tammy Stahl, Director of Special Education at the SW/WC SC and Klint Willert, superintendent at Marshall Public Schools.

They noted "Jackie's exemplary sense of responsibility and commitment to improving services for students in special education is incomparable and her enthusiasm for learning and teaching is contagious. Jackie has facilitated several initiatives that have resulted in positive outcomes for students such as better data collection methods, enhanced intervention implementation, and improved curriculum alignment and instruction."



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