AGRICULTURE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, St. Paul, a $200,000 Rural Cooperative Development Grant to assist rural businesses and cooperative development during  2018. This is the fourth time AURI has received the grant since 2010.

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

Cuningham Group Architecture, Minneapolis, announced the recent promotions of Amy Cheever, Scott Krenner and Charlie Stoffel to associate principal.

CONSTRUCTION

LS Black Constructors, St. Paul, announced the addition of Brandon Davis as director of preconstruction. … Dan Francois, project manager for Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., Minneapolis, was elected the 2018-2019 president of the Minnesota Concrete & Masonry Contractors Association.

EDUCATION

Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, announced that Brendan Bannigan has joined its senior leadership team as vice president of development and leadership gifts.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Baird, an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, announced that it has named John Taft vice chairman and a member of the executive committee, working out of Baird’s Edina office. … Terry Sandvold of Sandvold Financial Group in Minneapolis has been ranked as the top adviser for the sixth consecutive year by Questar Capital and Asset Management, a division of Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley.

FOOD

Five Minnesota companies recently received Good Food Awards: Gardenaire, Rochester, in the Elixirs category for its  Tomato + Basil Shrub and their Rhubarb + Basil Shrub; Grlk, St. Paul, in the Pantry category for its Fresh Basil Grlk; Grandma’s Gourmets, Albert Lea, in the Pickles category for its Grandma’s Bloody Pickles; K-Mama Sauce, Minneapolis, in the Pantry category for its K-Mama Sauce; Vikre Distillery, Duluth, in the Spirits category for its Boreal Juniper Gin and their Boreal Cedar Gin. The awards, given by the Good Food Foundation, San Francisco, push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

HEALTH CARE

David Joos has been named to the newly created position of operations executive at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. … HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and hospital operator, announced that Todd Hofheins is joining the organization as its senior vice president and chief financial officer. … The American Health Council has honors Dr. Gerald Morley as one of America’s “Best in Medicine.” Morley works with Electromyography Associates and affiliated pain clinics in Minneapolis.

HONORS

The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (SPACC YPro) announced that Miya Sharpe, 3M Gives Specialist is the winner of the 3rd Annual YPro Young Professional of the Year award; three companies were selected to receive the YPro Advocate of the Year award: Andersen Corp., Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen & Russ. … Custom House, a St. Paul hotel and multi-family residence, has ranked No. 14 nationally on J Turner Research‘s 2017 ORA Power Rankings.

HOSPITALITY

The Hilton Downtown Rochester is nearing completion at the southeast corner of South Broadway and East Center Street, Rochester. … Marriott International’s Moxy Minneapolis Uptown, owned by Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality, is opening at the corner of Lake Street and Emerson Avenue, in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.

LAW

The Maslon law firm, Minneapolis, announced the election of its 2018 Governance Committee: Mike McCarthy, chair; Jason Lien, vice chair and Bill Mower. … Gislason & Hunter announced that Jennifer Lurken has been named a partner in the firm. Gislason & Hunter has offices in Minneapolis, Mankato, New Ulm and Des Moines Iowa.

MARKETING

Digital marketing agency Evolve Systems, St. Paul, recently redid its company website, https://evolve-systems.com.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Cardiovascular Systems, New Brighton, announced that it has appointed Rhonda Robb as chief operating officer. … Skyline Medical, Eagan, announced that it has opened European headquarters in Belgium and appointed Jean-Paul Rasschaert as vice president of international sales. … Mardil Medical, Plymouth, announced the appointment of Martin Madden, a 30-year veteran of Johnson & Johnson’s Research & Development division, to its board of directors.

ORGANIZATIONS

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has named Inland Development Partners’Steve Schwanke its 2018 Minnesota chapter president.

PUBLISHING

Greenspring Media, Minneapolis, parent company of Minnesota Monthly magazine, has welcomed Reed Fischer, as senior editor.

SERVICES

ONE20, a Minneapolis-based trucking and technology company, awarded Super Bowl LII tickets to truck drivers Lee Schmitt, Steve Brooks and Micheal Wheeler, along with other events and concert tickets to see Florida Georgia Line. The game was held in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

TECHNOLOGY

Jamf, a Minneapolis-based software company focused on Apple products, announced its ranking as the fastest growing app in Okta‘s 2018 [email protected] report, seeing 398 percent year over year growth within Okta’s customer network. … R3 Continuum, an Eden Prairie-based provider of solutions for managing complex disability and workers’ compensation claims and disruptive workplace events, announced its case management administration, operations, and systems have earned certified status for information security by HITRUST.

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