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GNP Company CEO Michael Helgeson Announces Plans to Retire


Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minn. (August 12, 2014) —www.GNPCompanyNews.com — GNP Company™, the Midwest’s leading producer of natural chicken under the Just BARE®, Gold’n Plump® and Sunny Roost® brand labels, announced today that Chief Executive Officer Michael Helgeson, a third-generation leader, has set a retirement date. Effective November 3, 2014, Steve Jurek, current Executive Vice President of Operations and Administration at GNP Company, will step into the company’s top leadership position of President.

As President, Jurek replaces the CEO position with the same level of authority and responsibility, and reports to Jason Logsdon, CEO of Maschhoff Family Foods, GNP Company’s parent company. As a member of the Maschhoff Family Foods Executive Committee, Jurek will also help guide the vision of the combined chicken and pork businesses.

“I wish Mike the absolute best in his retirement, and commend him on the strong company, leaders and team he is leaving behind,” said Logsdon. “Steve’s breadth and depth of experience and leadership make him a strong successor. I congratulate him on his new appointment. He’s a trusted leader within the organization and the poultry industry, with the business and people skills needed to thrive. I am confident in his ability to lead the growth strategies of GNP Company.”

During his 21 years as CEO of GNP Company, Helgeson led the $400 million company through tremendous change, challenge and growth, including:

· Directing the company to nearly triple in sales during his tenure;

· The successful acquisition and expansion of the company’s Arcadia, Wis., operations;

· The acquisition of a further processing plant in Luverne, Minn.;

· The successful recovery after a fire at its Cold Spring, Minn., processing plant;

· The launch of fixed-weight scannable products, which revolutionized how fresh chicken is packaged, merchandised and sold;

· The launch of many new products, including the Just BARE brand of chicken offering no antibiotics ever, vegetable and grain fed, and traceability; and value-added Gold’n Plump items like chicken patties and bake-in-the-bag seasoned whole chickens;

· The memorable marketing campaigns developed over the years; and

· The acquisition of GNP Company by Maschhoff Family Foods nearly nine months ago.

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Governor Dayton to Hold Railway Safety Meetings in Communities Across Minnesota

Mon, Aug 11th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton held the first in a series of statewide railway safety meetings in Little Canada. Governor Dayton met with local leaders and emergency managers to review the state’s new railway safety laws and to discus ..... 
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Bicyclists to tour southeastern Minnesota Aug. 14-17

Mon, Aug 11th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on southeastern Minnesota highways Aug. 14-17 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to share the ..... 
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Governor Dayton Highlights Efforts to Fight Poverty at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership Conference

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

DULUTH, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today traveled to Duluth to speak at the Minnesota Community Action Partnership 50th Anniversary Conference. At the event, Governor Dayton highlighted initiatives the State of Minnesota has implemented to alleviate ..... 
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MILLER APPOINTED TO GOVERNOR’S BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SCHOOL

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) – State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) has been appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee, established to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. The committee will advise the Governor and Legisl ..... 
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Young Farmers and Ranchers Hold Event at Farmfest

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee hosted a Young Farmer BBQ at Farmfest in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on Tuesday, August 5. “We are excited to partner with IDEAg as they move forward with ..... 
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Governor Dayton Launches Blue Ribbon Committee to Enhance National Prominence of University of Minnesota Medical School

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Fifty years after declaring a pre-Med major in college, Governor Mark Dayton today launched a milestone effort to enhance the national prominence of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Governor Dayton today signed Executive O ..... 
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Minnesota’s minimum-wage increases Aug. 1, first time in nearly a decade

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning Aug. 1, 2014. It’s the state’s first wage increase in nearly a decade. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 wh ..... 
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Minimum wage increase will help families, communities

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Ken Martin, chairman, Minnesota DFL People earning a minimum wage are people we depend on to care of our children and our elderly and disabled family members, yet they do not make enough money to care for their own families. Some are working two ..... 
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