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Business Notebook: AT&T 4G LTE network reaches Red Wing

AT&T announced this month that its 4G LTE network is now available in Red Wing.

LTE delivers faster mobile Internet speeds over 3G, the company said.

“This is great news for Red Wing and our residents,” state Sen. Matt Schmit said in a news release. “Consumers and businesses in our community and across the state are using new wireless devices and services that require faster and more advanced broadband networks and technology. 4G LTE is a great option for Minnesota consumers and it complements wired service in extending access to certain applications essential to our daily lives.”

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Red Wing responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, reliably, on the best devices,” AT&T Minnesota president Paul Weirtz said.

• Lawrence-Bohmbach Insurance Agency in Red Wing is officially changing its name to C.O. Brown.

The move comes after being part of a recent merger with North Risk Partners, now the second largest independent agency group in Minnesota, local staff said.  

The name change will include a new sign in town and also will be reflected in staff email addresses and the company’s website.

The company, a longtime Red Wing business, merged with C.O. Brown in November of 2002, but didn’t change its name at that time. It made the decision with the more recent merger to become part of a bigger group with the name change.

Morgan Allen of Kenyon finished in the top 10 of the 28 competing in the Excellence in Agriculture contest in the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers competitions at the annual meeting in Texas.

Allen advanced to the national competition after winning the Excellence in Agriculture contest at the MFBF YF&R Competition held in November.

“I am really honored to have made it to the top 10 and to have had the opportunity to showcase our involvement in production agriculture, agribusiness and Farm Bureau at the local, state and national level,” Allen said.

She is a dairy ruminant nutritionist for Big Gain Feeds. Allen, her husband, Keith, and their son also own and run Haycreek Farm, a 40-goat milking herd.

Joel Whittenbraker, president of Red Wing’s MacTech Inc., was one of the featured speakers at Enterprise Minnesota’s “How To Embrace, Sustain and Execute Your Company’s Vision” today in Brooklyn Park.

Enterprise Minnesota is an organization that helps medium- to smaller-sized manufacturers across the state with their businesses.

• The Minnesota chapter of the American Public Works Association picked the Cascade Avenue reconstruction project in River Falls as the Project of the Year Award recipient.

The project was led by River Falls city engineer and public works director Reid Wronski, a former Red Wing resident.

The work was chosen for the award for many reasons, including partnerships between the city, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Wisconsin Department of Transportation, completing work months early, an open process that included several public meetings, innovations such as creative stormwater management and LED street lighting fixtures and minimal disruptions during construction.

Lara Lovas was recently appointed the newest account executive in the TV Advertising Sales department of Hiawatha Broadband Communications.

“I am eager to assist business partners in Winona and the surrounding communities with their marketing needs to optimize their business growth and bring them success,” she said.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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