Local residents recognized for their achievements.

Isaacson is IDEA winner

Josh Isaacson was recently selected as the Improve DEE Excellence Award (IDEA) winner for the 2nd quarter, 2012. Isaacson, a foundry employee at DEE Incorporated, won the award for his suggestion to improve casting training.

The IDEA program is a quarterly award program that recognizes employees for their suggestions to improve DEE Inc. It provides a formal method for employees to recommend improvements and for management to evaluate and implement them. The program was established six years ago as a part of the company’s transition from the general QS9000 quality standard to adherence to the automotive industry’s TS16949 quality standard.

In addition to a plaque and reserved parking for the quarter, Valdez received a jacket, T-shirt and ball cap with Dee logo.

Thompson joins Bremer Investment Services

Bremer Investment Services recently hired Annette Thompson as a Raymond James Registered Representative. Thompson has worked in the financial services industry for more than 10 years. In her new role at Bremer, she will work to assist clients in the Crookston area with all of their investment needs.

Prior to joining Bremer, Thompson worked at Northwestern Mutual in Grand Forks as a registered representative. Thompson, a native of Fisher, has a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and is an active member of the community.

“Annette has deep expertise in the financial services industry and is excited to be working again in Crookston,” said Ron Peterson, regional sales manager for Bremer Investment Services and Raymond James Financial Advisor. “She is especially passionate about working with our many agriculture families and helping them with succession planning. We look forward to having her on our team.”

Thompson can be reached at 218-281-0229.

Blake named American Federal Bank director

Crookston Market President Percy Blake has been named to the Board of Directors of American Federal Bank. He was appointed Monday to serve a term which begins December 1.  He will stand for election to a three-year term at the bank’s Annual Stockholders Meeting this spring.

Blake’s appointment as Director will continue his 13-year role with the bank.  Blake joined American Federal in 1999 and will retire as Crookston Market President November 2. In addition to serving as Director, he will continue to be available to clients and mentor American Federal Bankers. He will join five other Directors, including Dr. Donald G. Sargeant, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor, University of Minnesota, Crookston.

During his tenure at American Federal, Blake has managed the Crookston Sales Office and for a time also managed the Ada Sales Office.  Blake has provided financial solutions and business advice for ag and business clients throughout northwestern Minnesota for 41 years.

Eggl receives LSS award

Wendy Eggl from Crookston received the prestigious Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to the LSS vision and mission.

This year, 68 of the 2,300 employees at LSS were selected to receive the award. Eggl serves in Personal Support Services, providing support to people with disabilities for LSS.

"LSS staff who win the coveted LSS Spirit Award are nominated by their peers and supervisors," explained Jodi Harpstead, LSS President and CEO. "With this award, we appreciate and recognize their outstanding commitment to the people we serve and their spirit of generosity. I am delighted to be their colleague in this organization that is grounded in compassion and competence."