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June 4, 2012
Marshall Independent

Johnson joins Johnson Family Dental Care

Dr. Bart Johnson has joined the dental practice of Dr. Paul Johnson, Johnson Family Dental Care. Bart Johnson is the son of Paul and Lois Johnson and a 2004 Marshall High School graduate. He graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2008 and from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 2012.

Two Marshall-based employees earn Schwan's top honor

Two Marshall-based employees were recently presented with The Schwan Food Company's top honor: the Marvin M. Schwan Heritage of Quality Award.

Schwan's CEO, President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Flack presented awards this month to 40-year employee Roger Ruhr, who serves as vice president of project execution for Schwan's Home Service, and to Sue Magnuson, a 26-year employee who serves as a lead at the Schwan's Global Supply Chain ice cream plant in Marshall.

"This is the most prestigious honor we have at The Schwan Food Company," Flack said. "We're all extremely proud of these accomplishments, and we appreciate the dedication and leadership that Roger and Sue have shown through the years."

The Marvin M. Schwan Heritage of Quality Award was established in 1994 to honor the memory of the company's founder and to preserve the ideals, qualities and core values that are the foundation of The Schwan Food Company. An award is given to one hourly, one commissioned and one salaried employee each year.

Ruhr received the honor in the salaried category and Magnuson in the hourly.

Ruhr first joined the company in the fall of 1971 after serving in the United States Air Force. He quickly found success as a salesman and was promoted into management roles. He has held positions of increasing importance and served many years as a regional vice president for Schwan's Home Service, where he mentored and developed several employees who advanced to senior management positions.

Magnuson began working for the company's ice cream plant 26 years ago and eventually learned all aspects of every job in the plant's packaging room. Her leadership skills quickly became evident, and she was selected as a shift lead.

Outland Energy Services awarded 328 MW Wind Turbine O&M Contract by Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has awarded Canby-based Outland Energy Services a long-term service contract to provide operations and maintenance services at three Xcel Energy wind farms totaling 328 MW until 2017.

In Minnesota, Outland will provide full-time services for the 201-megawatt (MW) Nobles wind farm in Nobles County and the 100.5 MW Grand Meadow wind farm in Mower County. Both sites utilize GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. In Colorado, Outland will provide full-time services for the 26.5 MW Ponnequin site, which utilizes both Vestas 660 kW and NEG-Micon 750 kW wind turbines.

"Our entire team is excited to be expanding our service offering to an industry leader like Xcel Energy," said Steve Scott, President & CEO of Outland. "I'm especially proud of our technicians who have performed exceptionally well at Xcel's Grand Meadow location over the past 20 months."

Outland Energy Services is an independent service provider in the wind energy industry. Outland provides a full range of wind turbine operations and maintenance services to original equipment manufacturers, investor-owned utilities, municipal power agencies, and independent power producers.

Kontz achieves membership in Million Dollar Round Table

Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Jim Kontz of Marshall to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table - The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Attaining membership in MDRT is a career milestone achieved by less than 1 percent of the world's life insurance and financial services professionals. It requires Kontz to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, focus on providing top-notch client service and continue to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association.

MDRT members are united in their commitment to help individuals, families and business owners gain financial peace of mind," says MDRT President Julian H. Good Jr., CLU, ChFC.

Charter adding 27 new HD channels, more HD on

demand on June 20

Charter is adding 27 new high definition (HD) channels for customers with HD service throughout the Marshall area on June 20. These additions are part of the evolution of Charter TV, which includes a growing number of HD channels and on demand choices, a 3D experience, mobile apps that deliver digital channels on smart phones and tablets, online programming and much more.

In conjunction with these HD channel additions, Charter will add the Latino View, featuring 29 digital Spanish-speaking networks. Additionally, 5 channels will be digitized on June 19, moving from an analog to a digital format. Digital is the common delivery method of video now and in the future, providing a higher quality audio and video experience and helping to make room for even more HD channels and other video, Internet and phone enhancements. A Charter digital set top receiver is necessary for most digital channels to be viewed on a TV, and an HDTV and a Charter HD receiver are necessary to view programming in high definition. Charter digital and HD set top receivers are available at local Charter sales and service locations.

In order to enjoy recorded shows in HD, Charter customers with HD should reprogram their DVRs to include the recording of favorite programs using the new HD channels. Previously scheduled DVR recordings involving channels being digitized should not require DVR reprogramming. To watch select digital channels on mobile devices in or out of the home, Charter Internet customers should register with their credentials and customers without Charter Internet service should register with credentials when downloading the apps. More than 80 percent of Charter customers already subscribe to digital video service, most with a digital receiver on more than one TV, in order to view digital programming.

Prior to the transition period from June 19-20 customers will receive information regarding the 27 new HD channels and other channel changes, detailing the movement of channels from analog to digital. Information about channel locations is also available at



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