Business briefs for April 28

Skogrand achieves designation

Corey J. Skogrand has become an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisor. Skogrand, with an office in Marshall, is one of about 9 percent of the nearly 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisers to achieve this status.

Skogrand is part of Van der Hagen, Skogrand & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisors provide personalized client service and are dedicated to meeting the complex and unique financial needs of their clients. To become eligible for this status, advisers must be experienced in serving affluent clients, maintain high client satisfaction scores, complete specialized training and achieve superior business results.

Fennell receives sales award

Chuck Fennell, an American Family Insurance agent in Marshall, received an award recently at the American Family Insurance annual banquet. He received the American Family Life Diamond. The award reflects his leadership in the state with life insurance sales.

Granite Falls doctor receives award

Darrell Carter, M.D., a family physician with Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Granite Falls, was named the recipient of the 2014 Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ President’s Award.

The President’s Award is given by the MAFP president to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the specialty of family medicine and the Academy.

Carter is deserving because he helped lead a grassroots effort to improve rural ER care, which in 1996, became the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Program. CALS was under the MAFP umbrella until 2004 when it separated to form its own non-profit organization. Since then, close to 7,000 medical professionals have taken the course.

To date, CALS has been taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Iowa, California, Florida, Oklahoma, Canada, Kenya and Haiti. It has also been taught to staff in multiple U.S. Embassies around the world.

“Dr. Carter has worked tirelessly to improve the skills of rural ER providers and the people they serve,” said Daron Gersch, M.D., MAFP immediate past president.

The award was presented to Carter during the MAFP All-Member Celebration April 10.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of about 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students established to assist family physicians in providing medical care in Minnesota.