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Langer elected new chamber president; Gulbranson wins Larson award

Neil Gulbranson was awarded the Kermit Larson Award Thursday night by the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. The award goes to those who make a difference in the Ellsworth area. Gulbranson is pictured with Joanie Hines, last year's recipient. Photo by Jason Schulte1 / 2
Melissa Ryden won the MVP award handed out at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner Thursday night at the Spring Valley Banquet Hall. Presenting her with the award was last year's recipient, Tommy Helmer. The MVP goes to a chamber volunteer who has been active and helpful in planning and carrying out a variety of chamber events in the past year. Photo by Jason Schulte2 / 2

Tami Langer was elected the 2009 Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Thursday night during the organization's annual dinner at the Spring Valley Banquet Hall.

Langer, branch manager for M&I Bank in Ellsworth, was vice-president this year. Peggy Nelson, Village of Ellsworth Clerk/Treasurer, was elected as vice-president. Laurie Cox, chamber coordinator, will be secretary, while Joanne Gulbranson of Jo-Jo's Jewelry was elected to another year as treasurer.

Attorney Lars Loberg and Ellsworth Schools Superintendent Barry Cain were elected to the board of directors. They will each serve a three-year term. Raynee Farrell, Jackie Erlandson and Rich O'Connell's terms expired and they were commended for their time serving on the board.

Other highlights from the evening included:

  • Joanie Hines presenting the Kermit Larson Award to Neil Gulbranson. This award goes to those who volunteer their time improving and promoting Ellsworth. Gulbranson, who is the chief deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, is a lifelong Ellsworth resident. He also serves on the village board and is a member of the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club.
  • Tommy Helmer presenting the MVP Award to Melissa Ryden. The MVP award goes to a chamber volunteer who has been active and helpful in planning and carrying out a variety of chamber events in the past year. Ryden served on the Miss Ellsworth, Pumpkin in the Park and the Cheese Curd Festival activities.
  • Sherri Heise presenting the Ambassador Award to Kelly Parmeter. The ambassador committee is responsible for organizing the golf tournament and the annual dinner.
  • Outgoing Chamber President Milt Helmer presenting two President's Awards to Farrell and Joanne Gulbranson for their dedication and time to the chamber. At the same time, Langer presented Helmer with the Past President's Award.
  • Miss Ellsworth Bailey Marhoun giving an update on where Miss Ellsworth and her Princesses have been recently and are scheduled to be in the immediate future.
  • Milt Helmer reviewing 2008: "It's been a busy, but challenging year," he said. "There are a lot of people that were involved in this process. It's been a joy to work with these dedicated people."
  • Entertainment was from the Ellsworth High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble and students from Helmer Dance Studio.

  • Jason Schulte

    Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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