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Rushford native nabs spot in influential ranking


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mark Runkel, a Rushford native and 1995 Rushford-Peterson High School graduate was selected earlier this year as a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award. An annual award put forth by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, it highlights 40 outstanding, young business individuals in the metro area, who exemplify both business success and community involvement. All are nominated by outside parties and then vetted, based on work experience, leadership, and character.

Runkel was aware he’d been nominated, but was surprised at the win. “I have been nominated in the past but it’s extremely competitive as there are over 550 people nominated annually.”

Even though Runkel has seen great successes in his career, this was not the profession he originally saw himself pursuing. “I originally went to school thinking I may become a pilot. However, while at college, I found that I was more suited for a different role and wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to use my analytical and problem solving skills while helping others,” he says. “Banking presented an opportunity for me and I have found that I enjoy the work and the opportunities.”

Graduating in 1999 from Augustana College, majoring in Business Administration, Runkel began his career as a senior Senior Risk Analyst for Fingerhut, in Minnetonka. He later returned to school at Saint Mary’s University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Since 2002, he has worked for U.S. Bank, working his way through the ranks. Runkel started as a Risk Manager and in less than three years was vice president of the Risk Management department. Four years later, he was serving as senior vice president of Retail Small Business Credit Risk Management and then senior vice president of Retail & Payment Services Credit Risk Management. By March 2013, the up and comer was executive vice president executive credit officer. Just nine months later, Runkel received another promotion, this time to executive vice president and chief credit officer of U.S. Bancorp, the position he currently serves.

“Mark is the chair of U.S. Bank’s Executive Credit Management Group, which is responsible for setting the framework and credit strategy for the company. He serves on U.S. Bancorp’s managing committee, which is comprised of the 14 highest-ranking executives within the organization and is a m .....
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Senator speaks to local Chamber of Commerce

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Thursday, June 30, at the Andor Wenneson Inn in Peterson. Chamber members were privileged to hear Senator Jeremy Miller speak to several topics regarding the state ..... 
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Bump. Set. Spike! Rushford couple takes a chance on outdoor volleyball court

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Features

For Jim and Debbie Kitchens, keeping people interested in their business is vital. The couple already own and operate the popular Nordic Lanes & Lounge and The Creamery restaurant in Rushford and know good service and offerings keeps customers comin ..... 
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All work is work worth doing well

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” This may conjure images of supremely noble work. But, what of those working women, putting their nose to the g ..... 
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Velkommen! Norwegian tourists visit area

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

In this area, we take national heritage as a badge of honor. The Irish, Germans, and Norwegians who settled these bluffs and valleys could still see many of their traditions being held today. In something of a reverse of ancestral path walking, an e ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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New auto body business takes hold in Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Take a drive along Rushford’s Industrial Way and you’ll notice something has changed; a step from the town’s past is taking a new leap to the future. Rushford businessman Leigh Volkman has taken ownership of the former auto specialist Dahl’s ..... 
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Local electric cooperatives receive regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s electric service territory in southern Minnesota

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

RUSHFORD, MN (May 1, 2015) – Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) received state regulatory approval to acquire Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric service territory in a verbal decision on Thursday, April 30, 2015, by the Minnesota Publ ..... 
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Peterson Aviation, LLC takes flight in the Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Features

Southeastern Minn., Fillmore County in particular, is already well known for its stunning views and agricultural capabilities. It’s also known for its people; those who call it home and want to make a positive impact on the communities and people ..... 
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