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Lower is promoted

Ben Lower has been prompoted to the sales department at Tri State Bobcat, 745 Exchange Drive (near Exit 4). "The strength of each location is in the employees who have grown with the company," said owner Arin Laugtug. "Ben Lower epitomizes that character. He has always been there to help the customers." Lower joined the Tri State staff four years ago; before that, he worked at YMCA Camp St. Croix for six years.

"Over the last four years, Ben has learned the ins and outs of Bobcats and the people who own and maintain them by working behind the parts counter," Laugtug said. "This spring we will transition Ben from the parts and rental departments to the sales department where he can better serve the customers in the Hudson area with the knowledge of the product and of the customers he has picked up along the way." Tri State Bobcat is a dealership with parts, service, rental and sales departments. For more information, visit www.tristatebobcat. com or call (715) 531-0801.

Group meets at library

The Riverfront Referrals BNI Chapter of Hudson meets at the Hudson Area Joint Library Wednesdays at 7 a.m. BNI is a business and professional networking organization that allows one representative from each profession to join. The purpose of the business networking group is to give its members more business. For more information, guests may attend a visitor's day Wednesday, April 9, 7 a.m., at the library, 911 Fourth St., (second floor) or call Linda Tobin at (612) 804-9175.

Girls Nite Out set

More than a dozen downtown stores and restaurants are holding a Girls Nite Out -- with a Posey Poker theme -- from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Participants can collect a posey bouquet and pick up a playing card at each business. More information is available at

Runnheim Olson at conference

Joan Runnheim Olson, president of Pathways Career Success Strategies, a local career coaching firm, presented "Managing Conflict: Improving Your Effectiveness and the Company Bottom Line" at the 2008 Leadership Conference March 28 at WITC-Rice Lake. Runnheim Olson is a certified career and leadership coach and founder of Pathways Career Success Strategies, which helps professionals, managers and executives take charge of their career. For more information, visit or e-mail

Meet to help entrepreneurs

I-94 Biz Network is sponsoring a small business program from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, with registration at 6:30, at WESTconsin Credit Union, 1601 Maxwell Drive. Pat Dillon will discuss the resources, programs and services available to entrepreneurs to help them succeed. She is an expert in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, two federal programs that provide capital to companies to research, develop and commercialize technologies for economic gain. The fee is $10, or free to I-94 Biz Network members. For more information, visit or call (651) 275-0275.

Dough Boys Pizza moved

The move two doors down in the same building at 1615 Maxwell Drive has given Dough Boys Pizza a larger dining room with more ambience. Along with the move, the restaurant has introduced new menu items and now serves beer and wine. Dough Boys took over the area formerly occupied by Three Hats Coffee.