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POET Biorefining – Preston hires new GM


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

SIOUX FALLS, SD – POET Biorefining – Preston has announced Chris Hanson as the plant’s new general manager. Hanson previously worked at POET Biorefining – Preston as the technical manager and will now be responsible for overseeing the 46 million-gallon-per-year ethanol production facility.

“I am very excited to begin this new chapter here at POET Biorefining – Preston,” said Hanson. “Since coming to POET, I’ve truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with our team members not only here at Preston, but across the entire POET network. I am proud to be part of a great team that makes a difference in our community and the world.”

Before joining POET in 2005, Hanson held various engineering and operating management positions with US Steel in Northern Minnesota and also served eight years with the Air Force National Guard maintaining F-16 fighter jets. Hanson earned his MBA from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. and his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

About POET

POET, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 25-year-old company has a production capacity in excess of 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol and 9 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from its network of 27 production facilities. POET also operates a pilot-scale cellulosic bio-ethanol plant, which uses corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk as feedstock, and expects to commercialize the process in Emmetsburg, Iowa through its joint venture with DSM. For more information, visit http://www.poet.com.

National Trout Center has new program director

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professi ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism appoints new executive director

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

LANESBORO, Minn. – Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (www.lanesboro.com) announced today that Dee Slinde has joined the LACC as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2014. Dee Slinde comes with a wealth of executive level exper ..... 
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BBB tips on phone scams

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

BURNSVILLE, Minnesota – As National Consumer Protection Week took place March 2-8, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) turned its attention to the favorite tool of many scammers: the telephone. Each and every day, shady oper ..... 
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Merchants Bank receives partnership award from Mortgage Insurer MGIC

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Mortgage insurance leader MGIC recently presented Merchants Bank with its Partnership Award, which recognizes a business partner for loyalty, superior business quality and leadership in the mortgage industry. Merchants Bank’s ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. In 2012, more than 8,500 people per day used a food shelf in Minnesota. During 2013, Sem ..... 
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Schieber joins the Law Office of Richard Nethercut

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

1982 marks the last time a new attorney began to practice law in Harmony, Minn. That was the year a young Dick Nethercut joined George Frogner and George Plowman in their practice. Not long after, Nethercut found himself the only lawyer in town and ..... 
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Dairyland Power adding solar energy resources

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Dairyland Power has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located along U.S. Highway 52 north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installa ..... 
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