Business People: Maslon’s Bill Pentelovitch continues firm’s representation on Mpls. Human Rights Commission

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Maslon, Minneapolis, announced that attorney and Of Counsel Bill Pentelovitch has joined the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, appointed by Mayor Jacob Frey and confirmed by the city council. Pentelovitch follows his mentor, Maslon co-founder Hyman Edelman, who in 1947 was one of the first appointees of Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey to the predecessor to the Civil Rights Commission.


Barr Engineering Co., Bloomington, announced that Redhead Mountain Bike Park, Chisholm, Minn., designed by Barr in collaboration with the city and the Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation, received a Grand Award and the People’s Choice Award in the Engineering Excellence Awards competition, hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota.


Minneapolis-based MEDA, the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, announced the following additions to its board of directors: Mary Muldowney, Lalin Perera, D’Angelos Svenkeson and Matt Thompson.


The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation announced $1,500 scholarships each to the following local students: Jordana McNeal, Eagan High School; Valeria Reyes, Eastview High School; Khushi Mitchell, Eastview High School, and Rachel Wehrman, Eagan High School.


U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, announced the launch of its Private Capital and Global Asset Management division, under the leadership of Stephen Jeselson. … Alerus Financial Corp., a Grand Forks, N.D.-based financial services company with operations in the Twin Cities, announced that Forrest Wilson will join Alerus as executive vice president and chief retirement services officer.


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced it has named Ama Eli Akakpo as employment and training programs director and Mitzi Hobot as CareerOneStop director.


HealthPartners, a Bloomington-based health insurer and health care provider, announced that Megan Remark has been named chief operating officer of the care group HealthPartners’ hospitals and clinics system. Remark previously was president of Regions Hospital in St. Paul and senior vice president of HealthPartners since 2015,


Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., announced Katie Clark has been appointed to the role of senior vice president and chief communications officer. Clark previously served as vice president of communications for Mattress Firm and was named a 2024 “Top Woman in Communications” by Ragan Communications and PR Daily.


Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced it has been recognized by Training Magazine for excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs in the annual Training APEX Awards. Allianz Life ranked No. 7 out of 105 companies and received a Best Practice Award for its True Balance program.


Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, announced that associate Laura Goforth has been selected as one of 14 law firm associates to participate in the 2024 U.S. Bank Spotlight on Talent program. … Fredrikson, Minneapolis, announced that attorneys Jesse K. Addo and John McCutcheon have joined as associates in its Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity groups. … Maslon, Minneapolis, announced the addition of attorney Jeffrey Underhill to the Litigation Group. Underhill earned his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline), in St. Paul.


Saint Paul Neighborhood Network announced that local news organization Sahan Journal has opened offices in the nonprofit’s community media and technology center at 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul.


Avio MedTech Consulting, a St. Paul-based consultancy focused on med-tech startups, announced the appointments of Julie Pritchard-Hedtke as president and Steph Tuntland as vice president of finance.


Partners in Food Solutions, a Golden Valley-based organization focused on agricultural development in Africa, announced that Mandla Nkomo will be become CEO effective July 1, succeeding Jeff Dykstra. Nkomo, a native of Zimbabwe, previously was chief growth officer for the CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy Initiative.


Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis announced the opening of CyNyChi Hair Care, a salon focused on natural product hair care for Black women, previously located in in Brooklyn Park. The proprietor is Emmatine Ukwuoma.


St. Paul Major League Soccer franchise Minnesota United announced the following new partners: nVent, a global electrical supply company headquartered in St. Louis Park, and NutriSource, a Perham-based maker of pet foods.

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