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Workshop for care providers

Margy Johansen-Kong, area coordinator for Providers Choice will present a workshop called "My Kids Won't Eat That!" Monday, April 28 at Five Oaks Community Church, 4416 Radio Drive in Woodbury.

The workshop, scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will share ideas on how to include more fruits and vegetables in meals.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Food program participants will meet CACFP annual training requirements by attending the session.

To register, call Johansen-Kong at (952) 929-4892.

Erik's Bike Shop grand opening

Erik's Bike Shop, a new "bicycle superstore" at 1825 Radio Drive, Woodbury, held a multi-day grand opening event which started on April 17.

Located at the corner of Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive in the City Centre East Mall, the store has a wide selection of bicycles styles and models in a newly-designed showroom.

Erik's Bike Shop calls itself "the USA's number one dealer" for Specialized and Raleigh bicycles and the No. 5 dealer for Cannondale.

"Find every type of bicycle and gear for every type of bicycle enthusiast, from beginner to an accomplished rider," said Erik Saltvold, CEO and Founder of Erik's Bike Shop. "Our spacious 10,000-plus square foot showroom... is absolutely bursting with bikes and gear."

Erik's Bike Shop is a bicycle and snowboard retailer, with 15 locations which include Bloomington, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Dinkytown, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Oakdale, Roseville, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, Vadnais Heights and Woodbury.

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Malin joins Edina Realty, Woodbury

Edina Realty recently announced that Chad Malin has joined its Woodbury office.

Malin is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area who currently resides in Woodbury. Prior to joining Edina Realty, he completed an internship with River Habitat, a real estate company in London.

He specializes with first-time homebuyers and holds a bachelor's degree in business and communications from Arizona State University.

"We are excited to welcome Chad to our team," said Deb Harren, Edina Realty Woodbury office manager. "We feel that the technology available at Edina Realty will help him grow his business and continue Edina Realty's traditions of honesty, integrity, commitment and customer service."

Edina Realty, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America has nearly 90 real estate offices throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin and more than 2,800 Realtors.

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Fritz inducted in Pinnacle Club

Holiday Stationstores, a Midwest-based convenience store/gasoline station chain, has announced that Pat Fritz, store manager of the Woodbury Holiday Stationstore was inducted into the organization's 2007 Pinnacle Club.

The induction ceremony and celebratory events involving the inductees took place April 21 and 22 in Minneapolis.

The Pinnacle Club is reserved for "those elite store managers and district managers of Holiday Stationstores who have consistently exceptional results in the areas of sales growth, expense control, age restricted sales compliance and overall business efficiency."

Senior management honored each of the members by presenting them with a plaque of achievement, a Pinnacle Club logo jacket and a company gift to commemorate the event.

Holiday Stationstores conducts business with more 430 corporate and franchise locations in 12 states throughout the upper tier of the United States, including Alaska.

Target donates to Lake Junior High

As part of the March "Take Charge of Education" program, Target Corporation recently awarded nearly $925 to Lake Junior High School in Woodbury.

This payout is a direct result of the parents, teachers and school supporters who participate in the program, which has earned the school $14,363.89 since March 1997.

When program participants sign up and designate an eligible K-12 school, Target donates up to 1-percent of every purchase made on their "REDcard" to that school.

Take Charge of Education funds are donated to schools twice a year.

Credit union awarded for sustained safety

United Educators Credit Union (UECU) was acknowledged by Bauerfinancial Inc. for "demonstrating the epitome of safety and soundness" by earning and sustaining Bauerfinancial's "5-Star Superior" rating for 64 consecutive quarters.

UECU achieved this recognition by exhibiting excellence in areas such as capital adequacy, asset quality and stability.

The sustained superiority status is earned by fewer than 10 percent of the nation's credit unions.

"We are so pleased to have earned the independent Sustained Superior Status recognition for our consistent and sound financial track record for the last 16 years," said Del Danielson, credit union president and CEO. "It's an honor for our credit union to be placed in the 90th percentile of credit unions across the country."

Formerly MEA Credit Union, UECU was established in 1957 to meet the financial needs of school staff members and their families throughout Minnesota.

Today, with $90 million in assets, the credit union operates offices in Woodbury, Eden Prairie and Columbia Heights, serving over 11,500 members statewide.

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