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Business briefs for June 23, 2013

Blackduck hires Grow as facilitator

BLACKDUCK — Ryan Grow has been hired by the city of Blackduck as their new community facilitator.

Grow will evaluate and promote city programs and events, in addition to developing to community programs.

He is a graduate of Bemidji State University and has spent a good part of his career in education and coaching.

“Blackduck has a lot to offer. It really is a great place for families,” Grow said.

Furlong joins The American

BLACKDUCK — Christen Furlong has been hired as a full-time reporter at The American newspaper that serves Blackduck, Kelliher and Northome.

Furlong is originally from Lakeville, Minn., and is a recent graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

While in Grand Forks, Furlong was the editor of the student newspaper, The Dakota Student, and also worked part time at the Grand Forks Herald.

“Living in such a beautiful region of Minnesota has always been a dream of mine,” Furlong said. “I am excited to meet and become a part of the communities I will be representing in The American.”

Furlong will be covering news from the Blackduck, Northome and Kelliher communities, as well as the surrounding area. She also will edit copy and design pages for The American.

Furlong may be contacted by phone at the Bemidji Pioneer office, 218-333-9200, by email at, or by mail at The American, Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455.

“We are pleased to have Christen on board to help tell the stories of northern Beltrami County and the Blackduck-Kelliher-Northome area,” said American Publisher Dennis Doeden. “She brings genuine enthusiasm to the job. She is anxious to get to know people and share their stories. We are committed to delivering interesting stories and relevant advertising to our readers of The American.”

Webb joins Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Tim Webb has joined the staff of The Bemidji Pioneer as Home Delivery Manager.

Webb was born and raised in Bemidji and holds undergraduate degrees from both Bemidji State University and Mankato State University.

For the past fifteen years, Webb has worked in the Minneapolis area in marketing, customer service, account management and sales, as well as recently after returning to Bemidji. Webb has enjoyed being back in Bemidji and raising his family in his home town.

In his free time, Webb enjoys hunting, fishing, hockey, reading and spending time with his family.

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