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Mariah Hlava, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner, is excited to join the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic and specialize in family medicine.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) announced the promotion of three of its associates. • Linda Aune, is now VP - Chief Operations Officer. Her responsibilities will be to develop and implement operational strategies and innovative ideas to contribute to the organization’s strategic goals. Linda has been in the banking industry for 37 years and has held many different positions within her successful career. She is from Duluth and has made an impact on our community by volunteering for organizations such as the United Way, Grandma’s Marathon, Junior Achievement, and Habitat for Humanity. Eric Albrecht, NBC’s new bank President come January 1 stated, “NBC is thrilled to be able to promote from within, that shows the talent that we have as an organization. Linda’s leadership will create an environment where other leaders can grow, ultimately, moving the bank forward.” • Brian Milliken, is now SVP - Chief Commercial Banking Officer. Brian will be responsible for managing NBC’s commercial banking team and ensuring that we are serving the businesses of our communities. Brian is a native of Superior and has been in the banking industry for 16 years. He sits on the board of several local organizations such as The Development Association of Superior & Douglas County and the Superior Business Center Inc. Eric Albrecht, commented, “Imagination creates the ideas that turn into success. I’m excited for Brian to learn and grow within our organization and truly be able to bring NBC’s tagline to life, which is to make more possible.” • Blaze Zenner, is now VP - Commercial Credit Director. His responsibilities will be to ensure the proper credit quality of NBC’s commercial loan portfolio. Blaze has been in the banking industry for over 35 years and has held many different positions within his successful career. From central MN and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, he worked out of the area for several years before returning to the Twin Ports in 1990, where he has been living with his family ever since. He has been an active community member, volunteering with organizations such as the Duluth United Way, Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Knights of Columbus, and Grandma’s Marathon. Dave Strum, SVP - Commercial Credit Director stated, “Blaze has a vast knowledge in the banking industry and we’re proud to be able to promote from within. I am excited to see him transition into this new role while continuing to help move the bank’s commercial team forward.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and also has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs. The bank’s web address is nbcbanking.com.
Titan CEO and headline sponsor Wipfli LLP are pleased to announce Jeff Manion, President, DSC Communications, as a 2023 Wisconsin Titan 100. The Titan 100 program recognizes Wisconsin’s Top 100 CEO’s & C-level executives. They are the state’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Collectively the 2023 Wisconsin Titan 100 and their companies employ more than 100,000 individuals and generate $36 billion dollars in annual revenues.
An easy-to-use online Minnesota Atlas, developed at the Natural Resources Research Institute, received recognition from the Office of the Governor as recommended by the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council.

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Jeffrey A. Wencl has been hired as an associate attorney at Beaumier Trogdon Orman Hurd and Viegas, Attorneys at Law, PLLP, in Duluth, Minnesota. A native of Ham Lake, Minnesota, Wencl will advise clients in the areas of estate planning, elder law, real estate, and bankruptcy. Wencl earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, and Music from the University of Minnesota Morris, his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law, and is currently finishing graduate coursework through the Naval War College. A career Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, Wencl is currently a Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander and Foreign Affairs Officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During law school, Wencl was recalled to active duty and mobilized to Kuwait, Iraq, and Syria, where he served as the Force Protection Officer for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. Before that, both before and during law school, he was the Executive Director for the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission in Grand Forks, North Dakota. An active waterfowl and upland bird hunter with his two-year-old lab-pointer-mix “Sven,” Wencl is married to Duluth-native Jenna and together they recently welcomed daughter Madison to the family.
Swim Creative, a branding, interactive and advertising firm, is proud to announce their most recent additions of Web Developer Heather Farnham and Content Producer Emily Aarsvold.
Robert C. Barnes of the McCarthy & Barnes, PLC law firm in Duluth was named a 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters / Minnesota Lawyer. This marks the 15th time he has been so honored, and he has also twice been named to Minnesota’s “Top 100” list. Barnes practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin, primarily in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, and mediation/arbitration. He is a certified Civil Trial Specialist, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Just 5% of Minnesota attorneys are selected to the Super Lawyers list.
Duluth, MN, August 17, 2022: Christensen Group Insurance is excited to announce the addition of Mike Reagan as a Commercial Lines producer. Mike has 10 years of commercial lines experience and has specific expertise serving contractors and manufacturing companies.

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National Bank of Commerce (NBC) recently donated $10,725 to the Town of Superior Fire Department (TSFD) to purchase seven new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). By making this donation, NBC is supporting the TSFD’s mission to preserve life, property, and the environment by safely providing the highest quality of service to the Superior community. Jon Webber of the TSFD stated, “The Town of Superior Fire Department would like to thank National Bank of Commerce for awarding us with the funds to purchase more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for our department. This grant means so much to our department and our community. These dollars will allow us to purchase seven new AEDs. Studies have shown that the quicker we can apply an AED on a patient in cardiac arrest the better. If the patient is experiencing an abnormal heartbeat the electricity that the AED can provide will possibly “shock” the patient’s heart back into a normal heart rhythm.” Jon continued, “Our department currently has only four AEDs. We currently carry those in our apparatuses that are first to “roll out” on medical calls. Typically, department members had to go to the station to get an AED and apparatus. This grant will allow our department to give our most active team members AEDs to carry in their personal vehicles. These will also be spread out within our township. This will allow for a quicker response time to cardiac arrests that need an AED, especially if their current location is closer to the incident.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and also has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC) recently donated $10,725 to the Town of Superior Fire Department (TSFD) to purchase seven new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). By making this donation, NBC is supporting the TSFD’s mission to preserve life, property, and the environment by safely providing the highest quality of service to the Superior community. Jon Webber of the TSFD stated, “The Town of Superior Fire Department would like to thank National Bank of Commerce for awarding us with the funds to purchase more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for our department. This grant means so much to our department and our community. These dollars will allow us to purchase seven new AEDs. Studies have shown that the quicker we can apply an AED on a patient in cardiac arrest the better. If the patient is experiencing an abnormal heartbeat the electricity that the AED can provide will possibly “shock” the patient’s heart back into a normal heart rhythm.” Jon continued, “Our department currently has only four AEDs. We currently carry those in our apparatuses that are first to “roll out” on medical calls. Typically, department members had to go to the station to get an AED and apparatus. This grant will allow our department to give our most active team members AEDs to carry in their personal vehicles. These will also be spread out within our township. This will allow for a quicker response time to cardiac arrests that need an AED, especially if their current location is closer to the incident.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and also has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs.
National Bank of Commerce’s (NBC) board of directors has appointed Brad Roden as CEO and Eric Albrecht as President of the bank, effective January 1, 2023. Roden and Albrecht will replace Steve Burgess, who will remain actively engaged as CEO of the bank’s holding company, NATCOM Bancshares Inc. Burgess will remain President and CEO of NBC until the end of the year. Brad Roden has been with National Bank of Commerce for 14 years. He has a bachelor of arts in management from The College of St. Scholastica. His career started in banking as a Commercial Banker and in 2018 he was promoted to SVP – Chief Banking Officer. With his experience, Brad brings a significant level of knowledge with him as he enters his new role. Roden is currently president of Embark Supported Employment and president of Superior Area Youth Lacrosse. Brad Roden stated, “Throughout my career at NBC it’s been a privilege to work with such an amazing group of associates. At this point, I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the organization going forward and make more possible for our associates and the communities we serve.” Eric Albrecht started at NBC in 2016 as a Commercial Banker and was promoted in 2018 to SVP – Chief Operating Officer. He attended the University of Minnesota Crookston and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management. With over 20 years of banking experience, Eric is well equipped to move into his new role as President. Eric continues to volunteer for several community organizations to help those in need. “This is an exciting time for NBC,” stated Eric Albrecht. “The bank’s future is bright, and I look forward to helping shape our direction and the success that’s to come” Mark Manion, Chairman of NATCOM and NBC stated, “The board of directors is very excited about the upcoming transition. Brad and Eric are both extremely respected and talented individuals. There is no doubt in our minds that, together, they can take the bank into the future. It’s a true testament to the organization that we were privileged enough to promote internally for these roles, it says a lot about the bench strength of NBC’s associates and executive management team. It’s never about just one person, or even two, it’s about everyone on the team, working together under unified leaders to move forward, and that’s exactly what we have.” Together, Roden and Albrecht will lead the organization in executing its strategic plan and position the bank as the financial institution of choice in our region. National Bank of Commerce is a 1.25 billion dollar bank serving the Twin Ports and Iron Range regions. Headquartered in Superior, NBC has ten locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC), continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Stephanie Cummings as SVP – Chief Retail Officer. Stephanie Cummings has always called Duluth, MN home. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she studied communications. She also attended and graduated from a Graduate School of Banking program held by the Consumer Banking Association. Stephanie comes to NBC with a great deal of banking experience, 34 years to be exact. For the last 18 years, she has been a District Manager at Wells Fargo, where she has spent the entirety of her career, until now. Stephanie stated, “I’m thrilled to be joining NBC. Having the opportunity to really make a difference is exciting to me. I look forward to getting to know my new team and seeing how we can make more possible.” Working out of the Superior-Main branch, Stephanie will oversee NBC’s retail banking, signature banking, and mortgage departments. She is the current board chair of the Duluth LISC local advisory board and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Steve Burgess, President & CEO stated, “Having Stephanie join our team is a huge win. A win for NBC’s management, staff, and the community. Stephanie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that we look forward to tapping into. We’re excited, and lucky, to have her on the team.” National Bank of Commerce is headquartered in Superior and has locations in Duluth, Esko, Hermantown, Hibbing, Poplar and Solon Springs. The bank’s web address is nbcbanking.com.
The Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Superior Clinic is excited to welcome licensed independent social worker Sandra Vidotto to the behavioral health team.
In his role, Eric will have full responsibility for the operation of Hartel’s Fabrication Facility in Proctor, MN. Responsibilities including bidding on production of waste hauling containers, roll-offs and other custom solutions for industry. Eric comes to Hartel’s from the Local 49 Training Center where he worked as a heavy equipment trainer in Hinkley, MN. Hartel’s Disposal welcomes Eric to the team.
National Bank of Commerce (NBC), has further expanded its commercial banking team by promoting Alisha Riedel to Commercial Banker. Alisha was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She furthered her education by earning an associate degree in marketing from Chippewa Valley Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. Alisha has an extensive background in banking with over sixteen years in the industry. She is greatly invested in the prosperity of our region. She has served as the secretary for the Superior Jaycees since 2020. Working out of NBC’s downtown Duluth branch, Alisha will build relationships with commercial customers to help meet the credit needs of our local business community. Brad Roden, EVP - Chief Banking Officer, stated “We are happy to welcome Alisha into this new role. Her vast banking knowledge and ability to form strong relationships will provide our customers with the high level of service they have come to expect from NBC.”
Congratulations Max Bruckelmyer, the new owner of the “Viking Plumbing Building” in Grand Marais, from Steve Bragg, Business Broker

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