Business Briefs for July 1

Nolting, Johnson open new Marshall office

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans representatives Gregory Nolting, CFP, CLTC, CASL, FIC and Joshua Johnson, CLTC, FIC recently announced that they are opening a new office to better serve their clients. The new office is located at 1411 E. College Drive, Marshall.

The financial representatives believe the physical dimensions of the new space will contribute to the quality of the service they provide. “We believe our new office will enhance our ability to work together to serve our members,” said Nolting. Added Johnson: “As we are better able to tap our combined knowledge, experience and expertise in support of our clients, we believe they will be better able to achieve their financial goals.”

Nolting and Johnson are financial representatives with Thrivent Financial’s Two Rivers Regional Financial Office in Marshall.

Dental Health Center adds Pieper, Nelson to staff

Dr. Venkatraman Duraiappa at the Dental Health Center announces the addition of two new dental assistants, Deb Pieper and Erica Nelson, to his team.

Pieper has more than 28 years of experience as a dental assistant. Some of duties include assisting with dental emergencies, designing Cerec crowns, ZOOM! whitening, placing dental implants and she also serves as the safety officer at the Dental Health Center. Pieper lives just outside Marshall.

Nelson, a native of Westbrook and Southwest Minnesota State University graduate, recently moved from Beaver Dam, Wis., to join the team of dental assistants. Nelson comes with a large variety of skills ranging from insurance claims, billing and working with treatment plans along with assisting the dentist with a variety of procedures.

Pieper and Nelson join Sue Blegen with a combined 72 years of experience between the three dental assistants.

Geurts wins free fuel from Cenex

One local resident has received a special thank you for his contribution to the community. John Geurts of Marshall was selected to receive free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community just a little bit better.

The Tanks of Thanks program from Cenex, the CHS energy brand, encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel as a way to say thank you for doing good in the community. Each month, 100 nominees are randomly selected to receive free fuel from the Tanks of Thanks program. Geurts was nominated for helping his neighbors with their special-needs son. Geurts takes time away from farming to volunteer to watch the child every Monday. Earlier this month, Geurts was selected to receive a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card redeemable at any Cenex location.

“There are people doing good things in every local community, and these acts of kindness do not go unnoticed or unappreciated,” said Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand marketing manager. “Congratulations to John Geurts, and thank you for your contribution to the community.”

According to Hussain, Tanks of Thanks is a multiyear program, so there is still plenty of time for others to nominate someone they know for free fuel. Nominating someone for Tanks of Thanks is easy, and anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness.

To make a nomination, visit and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks.