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Biz Buzz for June 19, 2017

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  • Grandma's Restaurant Co. announced the following: Dustin Savela was promoted to senior sous chef at Little Angie's Cantina. Savela joined Little Angie's in 2005 as a line cook and worked up to kitchen supervisor and sous chef. He previously worked for Village Inn and Sawmill Saloon in Virginia, and Duluth Athletic Club. He is ServSafe certified and a licensed Minnesota food manager, and also earned the hottest-yet-edible award at the United Way's Chili Cook-off. Jeremiah Modeen was rehired as executive chef at Little Angie's Cantina. He previously worked for Grandma's from 2005 to 2011, beginning at Great American Bar & Grill as line cook, and was promoted to kitchen supervisor; transferred to Little Angie's in 2009 and was promoted to sous chef in 2011. Modeen also served as chef and assistant coordinator for St. Luke's hospital in Duluth. He holds an associate degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth and is ServSafe certified. Joe Virant was named service and beverage manager of Little Angie's Cantina in Duluth. He first joined Grandma's in Virginia in 2005 as a busser, and worked his way up through the ranks to service and beverage manager. Virant previously worked at Little Angie's Cantina in Duluth as a line cook, cashier and server. He earned an associate degree from Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. Elissa Husby was promoted to service and beverage manager at Bellisio's. Husby first joined Bellisio's in May 2106 as a front-of-the-house supervisor, and also worked in server, trainer and bartending positions there. She previously worked for Mountain Sky Guest Resort Ranch in Montana and Duluth Children's Museum. She holds a bachelor's degree in management from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Kyle Wood was promoted to sous chef at Grandma's Saloon and Grill in Virginia. Wood joined Grandma's in May 2015 as a line cook, becoming supervisor after just three months. He previously worked at Sawmill Saloon and Village Inn, and earned an associate degree from Mesabi Range Community College.
  • Aire Serv of Northeastern Minnesota hired Jason Rice as home comfort designer and marketing coordinator. He assists customers in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system design process and oversees marketing activities throughout the region. Rice has worked in sales and marketing in the heavy equipment industry for 10 years and served as past president and is current vice president of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. He was also a television news anchor and reporter.
  • Earth Rider Brewery and Bev-Craft of Superior named Allyson Rolph and Tim Wilson as lead brewers. Both have extensive experience and balanced skill sets. Rolph has been head brewer at Thirsty Pagan Brewing since 2012. She completed pro-brewer courses with the Siebel Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Hop Union. During her time at Thirsty Pagan, Rolph earned a reputation as a creative brewer, including the launch of what is now a renowned sour-beer and barrel-aging program. Wilson got his start in brewing at Fitger's Brewhouse in 2012. He has been at Bent Paddle Brewing since 2014 as lead cellerman. He is a process specialist particularly adept at training and establishing procedures. Bev-Craft director of brewing, Frank Kaszuba, will oversee Earth Rider's brewing production. Kaszuba has 21 years of brewing experience and is a Great American Beer Festival medalist.
  • Dr. Pamela Landsteiner joined St. Luke's Dermatology Associates. Landsteiner received her medical degree at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and completed an internship at David Grand Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. She completed her residency in dermatology at San Antonio Military Medical Center and is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Previously chief of dermatology at Michael O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Landsteiner served as a staff dermatologist at Sierra Park Medical Clinic in California. More recently, Landsteiner was an assistant professor of dermatology at San Antonio Military Medical Consortium dermatology residency program.
  • Out There Advertising hired Abby Miller as an account executive, responsible for collaborating with clients, serving as their main point of contact at the agency while guiding them through the brand development process. Miller recently served as a sales territory manager at ARI Network Services. Prior to that she worked in the e-commerce department at Maurices. She holds a degree in communication and media studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Essentia Health-Duluth clinic hired Dr. Janyne Althaus, a maternal fetal medicine physician. She joined the obstetrics and gynecology department and will care for women who have high-risk pregnancies or who face unexpected problems during pregnancy. Althaus earned a medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Hartford (Conn.) Hospital and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine.
  • The Entrepreneur Fund announced the following: Sascha Mansson was hired as director of Women's Business Alliance Director, responsible for providing business advising services to female entrepreneurs. She addresses women-specific experiences and provides training geared toward women business owners. Previously, Mansson owned and operated a non-medical home care business, managing more than 60 employees and serving hundreds of clients. She also advised home care business owners and helped with strategic planning, marketing planning, networking and business growth. Julie George joined the business advising team and serves the Hibbing area. She works with entrepreneurs, providing business advising services to guide personal and professional development that drives business growth. George is part-owner of several family-run businesses, and holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design and marketing from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She also has experience supporting Iron Range tourism projects with Giant's Ridge. Nancy Dougherty was rehired as a staff accountant in Eveleth. Dougherty previously served as a business adviser from 1997-2001. She owns a consulting services firm and spent many years in executive positions with Lake Vermilion Resort and Tourism Association and the Range Respite Project.

    • Per Mar Security Services, which operates an office in Duluth, was named the 2016 Salient Regional Dealer of the Year for the Midwest Region. The award recognizes the top dealer in the Midwest Region who sells more than $500,000 in equipment. Per Mar was also named a Diamond Level Dealer with Salient for achieving the same sales level.
    • Gerlach Beaumier and Trogdon law firm in Duluth announced Katrina Viegas was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar. Viegas will concentrate her practice in family law (divorce, paternity and custody), estate planning, probate and other civil matters.
    • Miners National Bank of Eveleth earned a 5-star rating from BauerFinancial, indicating the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and more. Miners has earned and maintained the honor for 43 consecutive quarters.


    • St. Luke's Surgical Associates announced Dr. Jennifer Witt has been newly credentialed to perform bariatric surgery through St. Luke's Bariatric Surgery Program. Witt received her medical degree from the University of Colorado in Denver. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and served as chief administrative resident in her final year. Her general surgery training at the University of Minnesota included time with the high-volume bariatric program.


    • The Entrepreneur Fund announced seven Duluth business owners graduated from the ASCeND Leadership Development program. ASCeND is a new training program designed to strengthen and expand leadership skills for business owners. The graduates were: Marcel LaFond, Symphony Boat Co.; Beth and Tony Sundberg, Lester River Trading Co.; Louise Levy, Levy Tree Care; Jody Tucker, Access Music Therapy; Elizabeth Mayne, Mayne Design; and Joe Tucker, Radiant Window Cleaning.