Congratulations to Roof Guard Metal Roofing. It was honored with the Shining Star award by the company's metal roofing supplier, Classic Metal Roofing Systems for its performance in 2014. Only a few roofing contractors across North America receive the honor. The Shining Star award is earned through superior customer service and sales volume.
Spirit Lake insurance agent Dave Plunkett recently received a top honor from American Family Insurance for outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification program. Customer satisfaction surveys factor into the award. Dave's office is located at 717 18th Street in Spirit Lake.
Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy have both issued advice this week to correspond with National Safe Digging Month. Both companies want property owners to call before they dig by contacting Iowa One-Call at 811(or schedule online at www.iowaonecall.com). Then wait 48 hours, excluding Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays before any digging begins. They also recommend "white-lining," so spray-paint a white line around your planned excavation site -- it helps the line locator understand your plans and reduces the chance for project delays if the line locator has to return to mark additional areas.
Mau Marine has kept the mystery going about the establishment moving into the Fisherman's Wharf building next to East Lake Okoboji. A sandwich board near the curb out front started with a question mark teaser. "What's up, Doc (or what's up, Dock)?" with the Warner Bros. logo followed. Next came "Zeke's Place," and now "Trestle."
Doherty Employment Group has an office in Spirit Lake and the staffing and human resources outsourcing company is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. "The company was started in the midst of a terrible recession, when companies were likely to cut back on temporary employees," chairman and founder Tim Doherty tells us. "At age 26, I didn't know much about running a business, but despite those obstacles, the business model just made sense." Today, Doherty operates nearly 20 office locations and over 25 remote (client on-site) locations across the Midwest, including the local presence.
Berkley is a co-sponsor of an upcoming event at the Sioux City Scheels location in the Southern Hills Mall. All ages are welcome to Scheels Fish Fest, from 2-7 p.m. Friday, April 10. Texas Bass Tanks will be providing an opportunity for viewing bass fishing techniques and products. Appearances by Jeremy Smith of Lindners Angling Edge, Scheels ProStaff Johnnie Candle and Jami Fralick are planned. You can also register to win a $500 Scheels gift card and see more than 30 vendors. The Berkley line of fishing products started in June 1937, when 16-year old Berkley Bedell took $50 from his paper route earnings to start a Spirit Lake business selling his hand-tied flies to fishing tackle shops and vacationing anglers.
Karen Koenck of Milford got a nice surprise from Northwest Bank recently. She was the monthly winner of a $50 Amazon gift card for the SHAZAM-sponsored "Stack Up The Rewards" debit card promotion. To win, Karen simply used her Northwest Bank debit card during the contest period of Jan. 1 through March 31 and her name was drawn, at random, from all entries. Northwest Bank debit cardholders can enter for a chance to win for the next SHAZAM-sponsored "Decorate with Deals" promotion. Each time you use your Northwest Bank debit card to make purchases between April 1 and June 30 you are automatically entered for a chance to win. The grand prize is a $500 Home Décor gift card and eight lucky monthly winners are eligible for a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card.
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