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Business Briefs for 07/19/2014

Sundvall promoted

at Bank Forward

BEMIDJI — Sara Sundvall has been promoted to the position of loan technician II at Bank Forward, Bemidji.

Sundvall has been employed at Bank Forward since 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in banking. Sundvall also serves on the board of the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen.

State Farm

recognizes local agent

BEMIDJI — Sara Labraaten, an agent with State Farm Insurance in Bemidji, recently was recognized as a State Farm Insurance Companies President’s Club agent.

The President’s Club award is presented to the top 50 agents at State Farm.

In order to be eligible, agents must meet all criteria and achieve certain levels in all lines of business State Farm provides.

Labraaten finished the year ranked No. 13 in the country. State Farm has more than 18,700 agents.

Conner celebrates 25 years at CEP

BEMIDJI — Bob Conner recently reached the 25-year anniversary at Rural Minnesota CEP. Conner is a youth service coordinator with the agency and helps disadvantaged youth in Clearwater and Beltrami counties to become job-ready through work experience placements.

Conner is a graduate of BSU.

The youth program at Rural Minnesota CEP offers employment and training services designed for at-risk youth that focus on helping participants complete high school and develop a career plan, while providing them with practical hands-on work experience opportunities.

Preuss recognized for years of service

BEMIDJI — Del Preuss, a paramedic with the Bemidji Ambulance Service, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a Nationally Registered EMT and paramedic.

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Preuss completes, on a biennial basis, a comprehensive re-certification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America.

Preuss also attends a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education to advance his knowledge on lifesaving skills.

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