Coldspring has been named the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association 2021 Manufacturer of the Year.
The award recognizes companies that display excellence in manufacturing; in its investments, services and contributions to CMA; and for its work to move the industry forward.
"Coldspring was nominated and awarded the honor by the CMMA Board of Directors in recognition of the company as a pillar in the community and for playing a leading role in the success of the CMMA 2021 Manufacturing Career and Technical Education (CTE) Jamboree," Coldspring said in a press release.
Coldspring also collaborates with area high schools and St. Cloud Technical and Community College and holds classes on the Coldspring campus.
Coldspring is a quarrier and natural stone and bronze manufacturing fabricator with more than 800 employees and 30 quarries. It is headquartered in Cold Spring.
Chuck and Pat Ernst and PAM's Auto have been awarded Good Samaritan Awards presented by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud.
These awards recognize those who help the less fortunate without expecting anything in return and support Catholic Charities' mission of "serving and enhancing human dignity for people of all faiths and beliefs," according to Catholic Charities.
Chuck and Pat Ernst are retired St. Cloud State University math professors. Chuck Ernst has volunteered for Catholic Charities Emergency Services for more than 25 years, and Pat Ernst was "instrumental" in starting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at Whitney Senior Center, for which she volunteered for many years.
PAM's Auto owners have sponsored and volunteered at the annual Mardi Gras gala and fundraiser for more than 15 years. Owners Pat and Tamara Huesers and Mike and Jenny Meyer have also established a vegetable garden for Catholic Charities Youth House residents and dedicated time and resources to young people experiencing homelessness in Central Minnesota.
This was the first awards presentation since 2019, as 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Better Business Bureau has awarded St. Cloud company Preferred Credit Inc. the Torch Award for Ethics.
This is the third time Preferred Credit Inc. has received this award, which recognizes businesses that "uphold the highest standards and display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity," said a press release from the company.
Preferred Credit Inc. was recognized in the category of businesses with between 51 and 175 employees.
Preferred Credit Inc. is a family-owned company offering financing to companies in the direct sales industry.
St. Cloud State University has hired Nic Katona as its new vice president for advancement and alumni engagement. Katona will start Aug. 15.
He has held leadership positions at higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including as vice president at two universities in England, SCSU said in a press release.
The SCSU role involves overseeing the St. Cloud State University Foundation, which raises scholarship money and money for SCSU.