Patrick Ruble, an agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Highland Park, has been named 2020 Realtor of the Year by the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR). Ruble served as SPAAR’s president last year and oversaw the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its community outreach and commitment to diversity following the civil unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd. As immediate past president, his involvement will continue as a member of SPAAR’s Communications, Government Affairs, Professionalism, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees. SPAAR has 7,600 members within its 12-county jurisdiction.
Mill City Running, a running club and specialty store, recently opened a second retail outlet called Saint City Running at 767 S. Cleveland Ave. in the space previously occupied by the Cleveland Wok. The store’s 1,800 square feet of retail space features running shoes and related apparel. A 3D scanner is available for fitting shoes and a dedicated service helps women select the best-fitting running bra. Husband-and-wife founders Jeff and Bekah Metzdorff opened Mill City Running in Northeast Minneapolis in 2013. Outside of the two stores, the 600-member Mill City Running Race Team participates in events around the country.
Highgrove Dental Care, 670 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 100, is changing hands as Dr. Terry O’Neill is retiring after 22 years of practicing dentistry in Highland Park and has decided to transfer the practice to the husband and wife team of Drs. John and Jadilyn Grittner. The Grittners graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010 and started their careers working within the Indian Health Service of Leech Lake and Red Lake Reservations in northern Minnesota. They plan to bring new treatment options to the center, such as implant dentistry and clear orthodontic aligners. O’Neill will stay on for a short period to help with the transition.
Bituminous Roadways Inc., 1520 Commerce Drive, Mendota Heights, is celebrating 75 years in business. The asphalt contractor has grown from a three-man crew in 1946 to more than 200 employees in 2020. When Kent Peterson started as president of the company in 1996 they had two asphalt plants, and now they have four. The company started in 1946 when Al Wendell began residential paving operations out of an asphalt plant in South Minneapolis. As the company grew, Al hired more estimators, including Palmer Peterson in 1958. When Al passed away in the late-’60s, Palmer bought the company. Palmer’s son, Kent, worked there during the summer months throughout high school and even into his college days. Eventually, Kent became president and has run the company since. Today the company services mainly industrial and commercial customers throughout the seven-county metro area. Some of the more notable projects it has been involved with include Target Field, TCF Stadium, Topgolf, Canterbury Park, TCO Performance Center and, more recently, the Omni Hotel.
Emerging Leaders, a free mini-MBA-style training program, is being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small to mid-sized Twin Cities business owners and CEOs are encouraged to apply now for the seven-month series that includes approximately 100 hours of class time per participant. Classes are scheduled to begin in April. To learn more and apply, go to sba.gov/emergingleaders.
The Highland Business Association, 790 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 219, has announced the following new members of its Executive Committee: president Casandra Wurscher of College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors; vice president Craig Grossman of Fleming Music; treasurer Tom Schramer of Sevenich, Butler, Gerlach & Brazil; secretary Frank Jossi of Slice Consulting; and past president Jennifer Dunn of Dunn Realty Group. For membership information, visit highlandba.com/join-today.
Gateway Bank in Mendota Heights recently promoted Suzanne Barry to assistant vice president-operations, Lisa Carbone to universal banker II, Willie Pudvah to credit analyst III and Shannon Caraway to credit analyst II.
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