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Announcements

RiverWood Bank is pleased to announce that Debbie Rohder has been promoted to HR Manager. Debbie joined the bank in May 2006. Throughout her time, Debbie has worked in various positions, including Teller, Personal Banker, Consumer Lender, Investment Representative, Financial Advisor Assistant, and Operations Specialist. Her broad background and experience provide a great knowledge base for an HR role. We are fortunate to have Debbie on our team and excited to provide this career growth opportunity. RiverWood Bank has 11 locations in northern and central Minnesota. RiverWood’s Mission is to empower employees to exceed customer expectations, so that they are the most trusted and respected bank in the communities they serve. Learn more at RiverWoodBank.com. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
KodaBank is proud to announce Hunter Casper as its Market President of the Bemidji branch. Casper, a graduate from Bemidji State University, started his banking career in 2019. He brings a great amount of leadership experience from his previous role as Bank President of Frandsen Bank & Trust in Ada, MN.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Denise Merschman, DNP, APRN, CNP to the occupational medicine team at the Sanford Health Occupational Medicine Clinic.
Sanford Health in Bemidji is excited to welcome Casey Ward as the administrator of the WoodsEdge Senior Living Campus. In his role, Ward will directly oversee operations of Sanford’s WoodsEdge Senior Living Campus, including Neilson Place Skilled Nursing Facility, Trillium Memory Care, WindSong Assisted Living and Baker Park Senior Housing.

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Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes James Braunwarth, MD, to the hospital medicine team at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Rachel Vesta, MSN, APRN, FNP to the general surgery team at the Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic.
Mr. Andrew Wells IV was born in Red Lake, MN, and has made Bemidji his home since 1972. He currently serves as the CFO at Wells Technology, a manufacturing business he helped establish with his parents, Andy Wells III and Carol Wells, in 1985. He is responsible for the financial operation and strategy of the company which employs over 45 people and is in their 37th year of business.
Evolve Creative (of Bemidji) was awarded the agency contract of a former “Shark Tank” contestant for the product called XTorch. The durable, solar-powered XTorch is equipped with a flashlight, lantern, and USB port. A company with a mission, the XTorch also partners with various initiatives to donate the XTorch to people in third world countries without reliable light and power. The owners, Gene and Keidy Palusky, were having trouble converting their high website traffic into sales, so they were ready for a brand refresh! Evolve Creative developed a strategy to help them reach a new target audience catered towards the rugged outdoorsman and for emergency usage. The owners were shocked at the final deliverables which exceeded their expectations! Evolve provided them with an edgy logo, supporting design materials, custom photography, and a captivating promotional video which featured Sam Smith, owner of local business, Off Grid Armory. The final creation was a brand new, engaging online store, xtorch.org . Evolve Creative is a digital design agency in Bemidji, MN, offering branding and website development to over 100 clients—locally and across the globe. They also provide professional design, marketing, and videography. Visit evolvecreative.com to learn more about the agency.

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Bemidji Dental Clinic is excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Weaver!
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Tyler Junttila, MD, to the ophthalmology team at Sanford Bemidji Eye Center and Optical.
Waite Park, MN — Deerwood Bank announced that it has recently named Mike Markman as Chief Revenue Officer for all twelve of its locations.
Five individuals were named 2022 Sanford Health Employees of the Year for the Bemidji Region. On an annual basis, Sanford Health staff have the opportunity to recognize their peers and management by nominating them for Employee of the Year Awards. First awarded in 2013, these awards were established to recognize employees who exemplify Sanford values and consistently demonstrate exceptional performance in a manner that promotes a positive environment involving employees, physicians, patients and visitors.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Kayla Kaiser, DNP, ARPN, CNP to the long term care team at Sanford Health WoodsEdge Senior Living Campus.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Ron Bardwell, APRN, CRNA, to the anesthesiology team at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Katherine Kuefler, MD, to the emergency medicine team at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Sanford Health in Bemidji welcomes Christine Hanson, APRN, CNP, to the family medicine team at the Sanford Bemidji Walk-In Clinic.

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