Reese named chairman
Rich Reese, who has a home in Breezy Point, has been named chairman of Fortune Brands Inc.'s Jim Beam Brands Worldwide subsidiary, and Thomas J. Flocco will succeed him as Jim Beam Brands' president and chief executive officer.
Both moves are effective Jan. 1.
Reese, 62, started his career with Jim Beam Brands in 1974 and has been president and CEO of the business since 1997. He plans to retire at the end of 2004. Reese played for the Minnesota Twins from 1964 to 1973.
HR association elects officers
A new slate of officers will head the Lakes Area Human Resource Association in 2004.
The chapter is affiliated with the Society of Human Resource Management.
Beverly Marx, Bremer Bank vice president, was elected LAHRA president. Marx will direct all 2004 LAHRA activities and will serve as a liaison to area service organizations and the Minnesota SHRM chapter.
Celeste Gardner, Brainerd Medical Center human resources director, will serve as LAHRA's president-elect. Gardner will arrange and oversee the 2004 general meeting programs.
Polly Williams, A-Tek Manufacturing human resources manager, will move to the past-president position. Williams will serve as an adviser to the board and will provide updates and education on legislative issues affecting the human resource profession to LAHRA general membership.
Brett Monaghan, Keystone Automotive human resources and safety director, will continue to serve as LAHRA treasurer.
Karleen Crocker, Graphic Packaging human resources manager, was elected as secretary. Crocker will assume most administrative functions for the chapter, as well as the production of a bi-monthly newsletter.
LAHRA was established in 1999. For more information go online to www.lahra.org.
Clark installed as Motley postmaster
MOTLEY -- Catherine D. Clark, Brainerd, was installed as postmaster of the Motley Post Office on Nov. 14.
She was officially sworn in by Judge Bruce Gross, district court judge of Windom, who is formerly of Brainerd and a Washington High School graduate. Clark has been employed with the postal system for 28 years and was previously postmaster of the Randall Post Office.
Bauerly Brothers receives merit award
The Minnesota Asphalt Paving Association recognized Bauerly Brothers Inc. with two awards at the association's annual meeting in December.
A Bauerly Brothers plant in St. Cloud was presented with the Minnesota Ecological Commendation for 2003 for its design, layout, clean operations, community tours and appearance.
In addition, a merit award was presented to Bauerly Brothers by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for outstanding work on paving Crow Wing County Road 39.
Paving award set for LF project
LITTLE FALLS -- On Dec. 2, the city of Little Falls, Tri-City Paving Inc. and the engineering and architectural firm of Widseth Smith Nolting received a 2003 Asphalt Paving Award by the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The award-winning project was funded by Minnesota state aid and was recognized as 2003's outstanding urban state aid project.
The three partners were honored for the reconstruction of First Avenue Northeast between Wood Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast, seven city blocks that wind along the Mississippi River in downtown Little Falls.
The project stands out primarily based on design and project coordination. Function and beauty are combined in the design of a retaining wall and pedestrian rail; the wall stabilizes a slope along the river, while the specially fabricated railing matches the street lighting and complements the historically influenced Little Falls streetscape.
The project coordination is noteworthy because it included three concurrent state aid projects and three city projects, all completed during the same design and construction period.
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