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Nelson is new bank officer

Eagle Valley Bank, 2501 Hanley Road, announced the addition of Jo Nelson as compliance officer. Nelson has many years of banking experience and graduated cum laude from Concordia College, St. Paul, with a degree in organizational management. She lives in Hudson with her husband and daughter. She also has two grown sons.

EDC seeks nominations

St. Croix Economic Development Corporation is accepting nominations for the 2009 Business of the Year Awards Program. The award program includes categories for: Emerging Business of the Year; Small Business of the Year; and Business of the Year. Individuals or companies may nominate one or more businesses in any or all of the respective categories. Businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves. Nominations must be received by Friday, Dec. 11. The winning companies will be honored at the St. Croix EDC awards banquet in February, 2010. For more information call Jacki Bradham at (715) 381-4383 or

Bank donates to OWLs

First American Bank, 2424 Monetary Blvd., Suite 107, raised $335 for the Willow River OWLs through their Denim with a Cause program. The OWLs (Organization for Wildlife Learning) works in cooperation with the Willow River State Park. OWLs President Tom Falkofske said the organization has installed three handicapped accessible fishing piers and playground equipment close to the beach area. Denim with a Cause was created to raise money and awareness for local charities and non-profit organizations. Every Friday employees can wear Denim (with a Cause) for a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the chosen organization. For more information, contact Dawn Marquart at:

Kell hosts dental study group

Dr. David Kell of Kell Dental Arts recently hosted an advanced dental study group at his office. Dentists from England, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota were in attendance. The group studied the complex way that bites fit together and function within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) system.

The course was taught by Dr. Rich Green from Florida. He has been teaching dentists for 30 years the complexities of controlling peoples' bite patterns.

Jarvises' earn Minnesota Restaurant Association honor

The Minnesota Restaurant Association has inducted Gordy and Kathy Jarvis of the Afton House Inn, Afton, into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor was awarded at the MRA's holiday party on Nov. 23 at in Minneapolis, by the Jarvis' sons, Dave and Dan. Gordy & Kathy purchased the Afton House Inn restaurant in 1976. They renovated and expanded into a well-recognized community-driven restaurant and tourist destination. Built in 1867, the Afton House is the oldest operating hotel in the state of Minnesota. Today, the Afton House Inn offers two restaurants for fine and casual dining, meeting rooms, and 25 Jacuzzi and fireplace suites. The operation also features three dinner boats for cruises on the St. Croix River.