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Sviggum Joins AgStar Financial Services Board of Directors


Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements





MANKATO, MINN. (March 1, 2011) - Former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives and Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry, Steve Sviggum has been appointed to the Board of Directors of AgStar Financial Services. He was appointed by the current Board to fill one of the outside director positions for a 1-year term.



Sviggum brings significant farming, policy and civic engagement experience to AgStar. Sviggum received the "Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award" from the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2008 as recognition for his 28 years of service in the Minnesota House of Representatives, 8 of which were as Speaker of the House. He spent four more years in service to the state in the executive branch. Most recently, Sviggum was elected by the Joint House and Senate to the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents.



In addition to his elected and civic leadership, Sviggum is a life-long farmer who owns and operates a 1,400 acre farm in Kenyon, Minnesota with his two brothers. "Steve's background as a family farmer, policymaker and civic leader is a tremendous asset to AgStar and our mission," said Lowell Schafer, Chair, AgStar Financial Services Board of Directors. "AgStar is a community-based organization focused on creating more and better opportunities for farmers and rural communities and we know Steve will offer good ideas in helping us achieve that vision."



Sviggum has strong Minnesota roots. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Before working with the government, he was a high school math teacher and coach. Sviggum and his wife, a teacher in Cannon Falls, live in Kenyon.



"In all aspects of my life and career, I have always been passionate about supporting agriculture and rural communities," said Steve Sviggum. "I'm pleased to join an organization like AgStar that shares my commitment to not only supporting the practice of farming but in finding ways to navigate the new demands of the agriculture industry and in helping rural communities thrive."



"As a board, we knew that Steve's experience and interest was a great fit for AgStar and how we plan to move the organization forward in the coming years," added Schafer.



About AgStar:

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs 600 full-time team members. The comp .....
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CEDA announces its officers of the board for 2011

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
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Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), formerly known as the Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation, a private non profit community and economic development agency, has announced its officers of the board for 2011.

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Volunteer drivers being sought in Fillmore County

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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ROCHESTER, MN - Jan. 11, 2011 - Road to Recovery is a volunteer driver program designed to provide transportation for cancer patients who need help getting to and from their cancer treatments and doctor appointments. The American Cancer Society is l ..... 
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Buyer beware of energy saving product pitches

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, Minn.- An invitation for a free dinner to listen to a presentation on energy saving products may sound harmless, but it has led to deception and the Better Business Bureaus in two states chasing an energy products company.

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Student drivers to receive training on power line safety

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, Minn.- Would you know what to do if you were in a car accident involving power lines? Student drivers in southeast Minnesota will, courtesy of DVDs donated by Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) to local schools and driver's training ins ..... 
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Tri-County electric launches youth tour contest

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, MN- Area junior and senior high school students have until Feb. 27 to take part in a contest to win an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the 2011 Rural Electric Youth Tour June 11-16, courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative ..... 
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Arc Southeastern MN annual awards banquet

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Arc Southeastern Minnesota recently held its Annual Awards Banquet and annual meeting at the Eagle Bluff Learning Center, in Lanesboro, MN.

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Local propane company to have new owner in 2011

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
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Rushford, Minn.- The new year brings a change in ownership of Country Comfort, a limited liability company, which provides propane service to customers in northwest Wisconsin and under the business name of Selectus Energy in southeast Minnesota.
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AgStar Board Approves Cash Patronage Payout Retiring 2001 allocations of $13.9 million

Thu, Jan 27th, 2011
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MANKATO, Minn. (January 25, 2011) - AgStar Financial Services' Board of Directors has approved the retirement of the 2001 patronage allocations. With the 2001 retirement, AgStar will have distributed $13.9 million in earnings to near ..... 
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