McHale, McDonald Part of Inaugural MN High School Basketball Hall of Fame Class

Hibbing native Kevin McHale and former Chisholm, Barnum and McGregor basketball coach Bob McDonald are part of the 14-inductee class.

The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, will have a display in the skyway of the recently renovated Target Center to honor the recipients.

The goal of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate the rich history of high school basketball from around the state by recognizing the most successful players, teams, coaches and other contributors.

The inductees will be honored Monday, March 26th with a reception at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Center at the second floor Experience Center from 4-6 p.m.

The class includes: Randy Breuer of Lake City; Khalid El-Amin of Minneapolis North; Ron Johnson of New Prague; Janet Karvonen-Montgomery of New York Mills; Kevin McHale of Hibbing; Jim McIntyre of Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Mark Olberding of Melrose; Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson; Chisholm coach Bob McDonald; Rochester Lourdes coach Myron Glass; Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle coach Faith Johnson Patterson; Dorothy McIntyre of Edina; the Edgerton boys’ basketball team of 1960, and the Grand Meadow girls’ basketball teams from 1929-39.

The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee was established in 2011. There are currently 11 members on the committee. Anyone can nominate a player, coach, contributor or team to the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee. Nominations can be made on the Hall of Fame website at

(Contributions from Ron Haggstrom of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame Committee.)

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Argos Risk announces strategic partnership with Member Driven Technologies

Argos Risk partner assessment solution will help CUSO credit union clients boost efficiency, confidence in vendor relationships

MDT provides credit unions with a private cloud alternative for core banking and IT needs. The CUSO hosts dozens of seamlessly integrated solutions to run the entire institution, including digital banking, payments, lending, security, continuity and regulatory services, and will now also be offering Argos Risk’s AR Surveillance solution to credit union clients. The automated solution proactively monitors the well-being and potential risk of any related third-party vendors. AR Surveillance helps strengthen compliance and mitigate risk as auditors continue to ask more detailed questions about how credit unions manage their third-party relationships. In addition to offering AR Surveillance to clients, MDT will also leverage the tool to evaluate its technology partners.

Larry Nichols, president and chief executive officer of MDT, commented, “Credit unions need to leverage a variety of vendor relationships to best compete in today’s digitally progressive environment. Our CUSO integrates with hundreds of vendors, providing clients with virtually unlimited choices for their technology plans. Argos Risk’s AR Surveillance solution will empower MDT and our credit unions with real-time insights into critical vendor financials and associated data, saving them the time and resources required to manage these relationships. This partnership with Argos Risk reflects our ongoing dedication to provide our clients with the tools they need to efficiently and successfully run their operations.”

Argos Risk’s AR Surveillance solution leverages more than 10,000 data points to assign risk scores to an organization’s business partners. It automatically generates and sends proactive alerts about significant updates from those partners’ operations, such as key executive changes, lawsuits, liens, mergers, acquisitions and any other large news. The service educes the time and manual processes typically required for proper vendor due diligence and management.

“An organization can only be as strong as its partners, and this is especially true in the complex financial services industry,” said Lori Frank, president and chief executive officer of Argos Risk. “By leveraging our automated solution, MDT and its clients will be able to more efficiently and time-effectively monitor the health of their key vendor relationships. We’re excited to partner with this forward-thinking CUSO as it provides superior solutions, like AR Surveillance, to its credit union clients.”

About Argos Risk

Argos Risk’s web-based technology services assess the credit risk and B2B health of clients, vendors, partners, and competitors. Powered by their proprietary algorithms, known as Argonomics™, their services deliver data via a real-time dashboard and daily alerts. Argos Risk monitors thousands of companies for clients in a broad array of industries including financial institutions, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and businesses of all types which enable companies of all sizes to proactively manage and monitor credit risk. For additional information, visit

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Edina Apartments for Homeless Youth: Grand Opening

From Beacon Interfaith: Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative will host a grand opening celebration for 66 West Apartments at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 3.

Located at 3330 W. 66th Street in Edina, the 39-unit building provides homes and supportive services to young adults age 16-24.

Grand opening speakers are to include Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, State Senator Melisa Franzen, Lauren Morse-Wendt and Reverend Erik Strand from Edina Community Lutheran Church, Beacon and Simpson Housing Services executive directors and volunteer leaders. 66 West offers affordable apartments to youth from the southwestern suburbs of Hennepin County who have experienced homelessness. Simpson Housing Services staffs the building with professionals offering supportive services to the young residents.

"Our Youth Advocates are on site to help them connect with employers, pursue educational goals, learn life skills and how to be a good tenant, and heal from the trauma of homelessness," said Simpson Executive Director Steve Horsfield. Young adults began moving into 66 West in May. The need for housing and services
for homeless youth in the southwest Metro is great; service providers working directly with young adults in the western suburbs estimate they serve between 200 and 300 youth who are experiencing homelessness each year and that these numbers are growing.

66 West was made possible through the leadership of Beacon collaborating congregations Edina Community Lutheran Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, and Richfield United Methodist Church.


"Edina Community Lutheran Church members committed to doing something about young adult homelessness more than five years ago. We’re thrilled to see 66 West become a reality and to now be welcoming the young adults living at 66 West," said Lauren Morse-Wendt, Mission & Ministry Developer at Edina Community Lutheran Church.

The project garnered widespread community and city support and $8.3 million from Minnesota Housing, the state’s housing administration agency. In addition, 28 community members have stepped forward as Angel Donors, each sponsoring a home with a gift of $50,000. "We’re so grateful to the individuals and families who have made this commitment to young people. As we celebrate the grand opening, we’re hopeful that the final 11 Angel Donors will step forward to sponsor the remaining homes," said Beacon Executive Director, Lee Blons.

"We believed that 66 West would transform lives through supportive housing, and we can see it happening already. We thank the City of Edina, Minnesota Housing, other funders and all the local congregations, especially Edina Community Lutheran Church that led the way to develop grassroots support for 66 West," Blons added.

"Simpson is honored to partner with Beacon to provide these critical stabilization services to young adults at 66 West. Its communities working together that can end homelessness – this project is an important example of such a community response and I hope it can be repeated to provide more safe and affordable homes to young adults," said Horsfield.

The grand opening event starts at 5:00PM with a short program at 5:30pm. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.beaconinterfaith.or… in order to receive day of event updates and parking information.

Image Courtesy of Beacon Interfaith

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