Kowalski’s named Outstanding Disability Employer

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Kowalski’s Markets was selected as an Outstanding Disability Employer by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, MOHR, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Kowalski’s was nominated by Merrick Inc. Clients from Merrick are employed in six Kowalski’s: White Bear Lake, Grand Avenue, Shoreview, Oak Park Heights, Woodbury and Eagan. Front row, from left: Anna Johnson, Merrick direct support professional, Caleb W., Kris A., Bob C., and Trisha Y., all clients at Merrick Inc. Back row: Mike Oase, Kowalski’s Markets’ chief operating officer; Kris Kowalski Christiansen, Kowalski’s Markets’ chief executive officer; Julie Johnson, president of MOHR; and John Wayne Barker, executive director of Merrick Inc.

Eagan Kick-Start Rotary adds members

The Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club inducted Don Cogswell, Laurie Halverson and Susan Schuster as new members in October.

Cogswell is retired after 40 years of teaching young scholars in ISD 196 schools. He is the president of the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games which recently moved its annual summertime event to Eagan.

Halverson is state representative for District 51B in Eagan. Her volunteer service includes the Eagan Parks and Recreation Commission, the Eagan Foundation and ISD 196. She has a degree in political science from St. Catherine University and has attended the Master of Public Affairs program at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Schuster is currently the principal community relations consultant at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Her work experience includes consulting, business line, and human resources leadership positions at three Fortune 500 corporations. She earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and is pursuing a doctorate focused on cross-sector collaboration, management and public service at Hamline University.

Eagan Kick-Start Rotary was chartered in 2014 as the second Rotary Club in Eagan. It meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Granite City. Visit www.eagankick-startrotary.org for more information and a list of upcoming speakers.

Dentist returns to her roots

Dentist Maliah McGraw in July joined the Midwest Dental office located at 1121 Town Centre Drive, Eagan.

Born and raised in Eagan, McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas and a dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

She provided care at Midwest Dental in Zumbrota prior to her new position.

For more information, contact the dental office at 651-454-4771 or midwest-dental.com/eagan-mn.

Morgan’s hires new executive chef

Olivier Lagier has been hired as executive chef at Morgan’s Farm to Table Restaurant in Burnsville.

Born and raised in the French Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy, Lagier received training and certifications in both cuisine and pastry in Groisy, France, and held various positions throughout Europe, Australia, New York City and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, before landing in his wife’s home state of Minnesota.  

Before joining the culinary team at Morgan’s, Lagier was the executive chef at The Ole Store in Northfield.

Morgan’s Farm to Table is located in the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn, 14201 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville.

Eagan staffing software provider offers new app

TempWorks Software, an Eagan staffing software provider, offers time and attendance capabilities with TempWorks Buzz, a native mobile app for employee engagement.

Through the Buzz app, staffing agency temporary employees can punch in and out of work at the job site via their mobile device using a geofencing and facial recognition attendance system. The time and attendance feature will be released at American Staffing Association’s Staffing World 2018 tradeshow.

Buzz also allows staffing agency employees to review paychecks, access assignments, search open positions, and more.

TempWorks Software has been a provider of staffing software solutions for more than 20 years.

Skyline Medical signs agreement with India-based Prenit

Eagan-based Skyline Medical, a division of Precision Therapeutics Inc., has partnered with Prenit World, an international distributor of medical infrastructure for health care facilities, to market its STREAMWAY System in India.

The STREAMWAY System is a direct-to-drain fluid disposal system designed specifically for medical applications, such as radiology, endoscopy, urology and cystoscopy procedures. It connects directly to a facility’s plumbing system to automate the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluids.

TruStone makes list of ‘Best Credit Unions to Work For’

TruStone Financial was named one of the “Best Credit Unions to Work For” for the fourth time in five years by Credit Union Journal. The 2018 list is made up of 50 credit unions.

TruStone has a branch in Burnsville. The full list of “Best Credit Unions to Work For” is featured at CUJournal.com.

Let’s Dish celebrates milestone

Let’s Dish, a provider of homestyle ready-to-cook meals, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month with an open house 3-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at all its locations, including Apple Valley.

Customers can assemble a meal for $15 or buy one Ready Made for $15. There will also be menu sampling and a mystery promo code giveaway for all in attendance. Let’s Dish is donating one meal to Second Harvest for every 15 meals sold in its stores from now until Thanksgiving. And for the rest of 2018, 5 percent of all gift card sales will go to Second Harvest.

More information is at letsdish.com.

Credit union offers new digital banking platform

Woodbury-based Ideal Credit Union has launched a new digital banking platform designed to enhance security and offer new and expanded features and functionality, including personalization, customizable notifications, touch ID and face recognition and more. Ideal CU partnered with Alkami Technology based in Plano, Texas, to provide its members with an innovative, omni-channel digital banking experience that is seamless, consistent and user-friendly across all devices.

The credit union has a branch location in Eagan.

Franchisee raises over $1.13 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants nationwide raised a record $1.7 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in a month-long fundraising campaign this summer. A partner in the fight against pediatric cancer for the 12th consecutive year, local Applebee’s franchisee Apple American Group, raised more than $1.13 million alone across its 460 restaurants. To date, Apple American Group has raised more than $7 million for the foundation to help fund childhood cancer research and awareness.

Participating local Applebee’s locations include Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville.

Real estate investment class in Lakeville

Introduction to Real Estate Investment - A free class providing an overview of the many options investors have when buying into the real estate market.  Focusing on long-term rentals, rehabs and vacation rentals. Tuesday-10/23 from 6pm-8:30pm - 20908 Holyoke Ave - Register at ProfitingOnProperty.com.

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