CEO Greg Windfeldt and real estate veteran Andy Martin have acquired the majority interest of St. Cloud-based Granite City Real Estate. They purchased the interest from founding partners Leon Heinen and Jim Pflepsen as part of succession planning and a growth strategy. 

Heinen will remain with Granite City as Vice President – Property Management and Pflepsen will stay on as Vice President – Brokerage. Mike Bobick and Steve Feneis will remain partners in Granite City and their level of ownership in the company will remain unchanged.
Martin, a 24-year real estate veteran, will be the company’s managing partner. Martin joins Granite City after spending the last eight years as the executive vice president of operations for IRET Properties. Prior to IRET, Martin was a partner with St. Cloud-based INH Properties. Windfeldt, who is the current president and CEO of Preferred Credit, Inc., will hold an advisory role to Granite City. 

Harrington joins Sartell MedSpa as Medical Director

Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jennifer Harrington, director of plastic surgery at North Memorial Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, recently became the MedSpa Medical Director at The Vein Center Laser Treatment & MedSpa in Sartell. 

As a nationally recognized trauma healthcare specialist she has traveled to Africa, Guatemala and Peru to reconstruct and correct deformities on children. Harrington earned a worldwide reputation for excellence when she reattached the arms of a two-year-old boy following a devastating accident.

Bayerl receives Lutheran Social Service spirit award

Raechell Bayerl of Big Lake received the 2018 Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s vision and mission.

Bayerl, a housing and education specialist with LSS Refugee Services, advocates for new refugee families in St. Cloud with empathy and perseverance. 

Of the organization’s 2,300 employees across Minnesota, 84 honorees were selected to receive the award. Honorees are nominated by their peers and supervisors. They were recognized at an awards luncheon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud in August.

UPC of Central MN welcomes new staff and new office

UCP of Central MN named Kat Harrison as its VP of Operations and Finance and Jennifer Josephs as its new Program Director.

Harrison brings many talents including computer software, sales and marketing and is passionate about UCP’s mission of empowering people to achieve their potential. Josephs is excited to help UCP continue to improve its current programs and to develop new programs and opportunities to help enable and empower under-served populations.

UCP moved to 24707 County Road 75 in St. Augusta at the end of September. The new office is on the second floor with elevator access.

Reinke, Shuster join The Village as therapists 

The Village Family Service Center has hired Brittany Reinke and Julie Shuster as therapists. Both will provide outpatient counseling services at The Village’s downtown St. Cloud office. 

Reinke is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She specializes in adolescents and adults and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Shuster is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She specializes in children ages 0-5 and utilizes a Family Systems Approach and trauma-informed interventions. 

The Village has offices in 15 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota. Its programs and services include counseling, in-home family therapy, financial counseling, employee assistance programs and business training. 

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