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Clippendale’s is best pet groomer

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Pinewood Kennels and Dakota Veterinary place second and third Best in the Valley

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Owner Clippendales Michelle Puetz, known for her gentle grooming and love of dogs, was voted Best Pet Groomer in the Valley for 2012. Puetz has been in the pet grooming business for more than 20 years. She started grooming in Fargo, then moved to the Twin Cities in the early 90s. When she moved to Wahpeton, she initially worked at Dakota Veterinary Hospital for two years, and six years ago she opened Clippendales in Wahpeton. "It's my calling I think," Puetz said as she groomed a shih tzu named Peaches. "I can't see myself doing anything else." In the summer she grooms 40 to 45 dogs a week. When dealing

First Place Best Pet Groomer with aggressive dogs, Puetz has a special eye. She never needs a muzzle because she reads a dog's posture and temperament and then decides what approach to take. "It just comes natural," she said. "But I've been bit, don't get me wrong." The key, she said, is to go slower with those dogs. "As long as they understand you're not hurting them (it's fine)," she said. Puetz also works with her assistant, Becky Flaherty, who said it's nice to work with Puetz. "She does a great job. She's a great teacher," Flaherty said.

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"She has that magic touch." Puetz has three dogs and a cat herself. Since she was 18 years old, she has always had at least two pets. In the early 90s she volunteered with Adopt-A-Pet Rescue cleaning kennels, taking dogs to the mall to get them adopted and fostering dogs. That is how she first became involved with grooming. Clippendales provides grooming services such as baths and nail, hair and ear clipping. Puetz tries to make all of her customers happy. "I just like to work. I have a good clientele here," she said. "I really appreciate my customers and business because without them I wouldn't be here." Clippendale’s is located at 201 Sixth St. South in Wahpeton. The phone number is 701-6721250.

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Michelle Puetz, Clippendales in Wahpeton, works on Peaches the shih tzu. Her grooming business is located at 201 Sixth St. South in Wahpeton. Puetz can be reached at 701-672-1250.

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tomotive technicians. "We've kind of evolved into other things as the years go by," Weick said. They now do work with tires and alignment, chassis work, and basic oil tune-ups changes, among other things. Before Weick opened the business he graduated from North Dakota State College of Science's auto program and worked at a farm equipment dealership. "After I was in the field for a while for someone, I was ready to be self-employed if the opportunity came," he said. All of his current auto technicians went through the NDSCS auto program. "There's a lot of stuff you just learn by doing, too," Weick said. He explained that many REGAN WHITNEY • DAILY NEWS INTERN times he'll fix one car, and then Eric Heger changes the oil on a customer’s car at Big John’s Carpro Inc., in a few months later he'll see a car with the same problem. Wahpeton, a company named as the Best in the Valley.

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is not often needed for cars anymore, Weick still does a lot of radiator repair on heavier equipment. Weick particularly enjoys the small-town attitude in the area. He said that's what makes his work fun. That attitude also involves trust. "We trust our customers just as much as they trust us," he said. That trust has led to repeat customers that are keeping his doors open. "The majority of our business is repeat customers and the rest of our customers were recommended by other people," he said. Weick is proud that his shop and workers received the Best Mechanics award. "That's pretty gratifying," he said. It's a pretty good feeling when you get noticed for it. It's a big thank you from all of us." The shop is located at 209 Fourth St. in Wahpeton. The phone number is 701-642-5194.

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BEST DENTIST: Schmidt would like to thank the community for voting for the Clinic for Oral Health CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5

of Minnesota. Originally, after her first four years of college, she worked in a cardiac catheterization lab. "I decided I wanted to make a change," she said. Schmidt had always been interested in dentistry, so she finally made the jump and attended nine more years of schooling. The Clinic for Oral Health opened in December of 2007 with a very limited staff. Now

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the clinic has six full-time employees in addition to Schmidt and her husband. "The clinic has really grown," she said. Schmidt would like to thank the community for voting for the clinic. "I appreciate that the community acknowledged our clinic for the services we offer," she said. The Clinic for Oral Health is located at 2005 Woodland Drive in Wahpeton. The phone number is 701-672-9595.

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Big John’s is voted as best mechanic

SMITH MOTORS: Workforce has grown from two, to five employees CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11

BY REGAN WHITNEY • DAILY NEWS INTERN reganw@wahpetondailynews.com

Big John's Carpro Inc., voted for Best Mechanics in the Valley for 2012, has grown through the years from being a muffler shop to doing all kinds of car work. Big John's opened in 1988 as a muffler shop that did custom exhaust. Bryan Weick, owner, had always wanted to be selfemployed. At the time, only he and one other automotive technician worked there. Since then, the shop has grown and Weick now works with four auBritt Rovig, one of the mechanics at Big John’s Carpro Inc., in Wahpeton, works on the exhaust system on a car. Big John’s was voted as the best mechanic for the Best in the Valley.

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Brad Wall, another Big John’s mechanic, works on tire alignment at the shop located at 209 Fourth St. in Wahpeton.

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there a minimum of 10 years, Sirek said. All of their sales people, except one, have worked there at least 15 years. Sirek said this long-term stability allows them to develop strong relationships with customers. "The customers can come back in five or 10 years and recognize the same faces," Sirek said. Dennis Grandalen, auto body technician, has worked for the business for 50 years. He began soon after he graduated from North Dakota State College of Science, and he doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon. He said he's made some good friends there throughout the years and gotten to know the old-time customers. "They'll have to bury me in the pit," he joked as he pointed across the shop. Sirek also said there's a lot of camaraderie between the employees. They understand the

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Best Automobile Service Shop ‘We try to help a customer right the first time. We try to keep them coming back.’ Joel Sirek General manager for Smith Motors business' values of being fair,

honest and consistent. "We try to help a customer right the first time,"Sirek said. "We try to keep them coming back." Smith Motors also supports several city functions such as the chamber, benefits, sponsorships, schools, the fire department and many other community activities. This summer they are renovating their building and hope to have it done in the fall. Sirek said the upgrade will allow for a more consistent image between all of the General Motors facilities. "We look forward to giving our customers a new, fresh look," he said. Smith Motors would also like to thank their customers for voting for them, and they welcome any new customers. "We appreciate the consideration of the award," Sirek said. Smith Motors is located at101 11th St. N in Wahpeton. The phone number is 701-642-6671.

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Judith Schmidt said her team makes her clinic such a success BY REGAN WHITNEY • DAILY NEWS INTERN reganw@wahpetondailynews.com

Wahpeton Dairy Queen Grill and Chill and Breckenridge Dairy Queen tied for first place for Best Ice Cream Treat of the Valley for 2012. Dairy Delight in Wahpeton took second place. Right: Keifer Brummond fixes a tasty Blizzard treat at the Grill and Chill in Wahpeton.

When Judith Schmidt heard she was voted Best Dentist in the Valley this year, she immediately attributed the success to the team at The Clinic for Oral Health in Wahpeton. "It isn't just what I do. It's what our whole team does," she said. The team starts their work day with a huddle to make sure that everything is organized and arranged for the day. Schmidt said they have a positive workplace environment. Julie Russell, patient care coordinator, said she wanted to work at the clinic from the moment she walked in the door. "I came to work here because I was a patient here," she said. Schmidt said she never looks

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First Place Best Dentist ‘I really wanted to bring something to Wahpeton that we didn’t have before. Patients don’t have to go to Fargo.’ Judith Schmidt Best Dentist in the Valley for 2012 at someone as "the next person in the chair." She also said that

even though her patient schedule is usually booked, she always makes time to see someone having pain. "She'll work through lunch. She'll stay late. She'll come early," Russell said. The clinic's success can also be attributed to Schmidt's expertise, not only in general dentistry, but also in implants, extraction, and when necessary, sedation, with the help of a nurse anesthetist who happens to be her husband. "I really wanted to bring something to Wahpeton that we didn't have before," Schmidt said. "Patients don't have to go to Fargo." Schmidt gained theses skills by completing a one-year oral surgery internship after she graduated from the University SEE BEST DENTIST, PAGE 14

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Dentist Judith Schmidt was thrilled to be chosen as the Best Dentist in the Valley for 2012. She defers the success of her clinic to her team. Above: She works with a patient at 2005 Woodland Drive in Wahpeton.

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Best Pharmacist Wahpeton Drug received the top vote for Best Pharmacist, with Breck Drug taking second place, Snyder Drug earning third and Corner Drug and Econo Drug tying for honorable mention. Right: Stephanie Pausch, pharmacy technician; Shannon Wendorff, pharmacist; and Laurie Straus, pharmacist, pose in front of the counter at Wahpeton Drug.

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Long-term employees and customer relationships characterize Smith Motors, the business that won best place to buy an automobile and best automobile service shop for Best of the Valley 2012. "We have a lot of long-term employees," said Joel Sirek, general manager. "There's not a lot of turnover." The business has been in the area for more than 50 years. All of the mechanics, with the exception of one, have worked John Hoffman is one of the service technicians for Smith Motors in Wahpeton. Smith Motors won two categories: Best place to buy a vehicle and best automobile service shop.

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A small-town atmosphere is what brought Darin Zaun to Wahpeton and it's what keeps him here today. Zaun was voted Best Insurance Agent in the Valley for 2012. Zaun has worked for American Family Insurance in Wahpeton for the last 18 years. Before that, he worked for a radio station in Fargo where he dealt with ads for many insurance agencies, including American Family. Zaun saw these ads and the progression of other American Family agents and he wanted to be a part of it. When he was offered a position in Wahpeton, he took it. "I couldn't turn it down," Za-

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SEE BEST INSURANCE AGENT, PAGE 14 Darin Zaun, American Family Insurance agent, talks with a client from his Wahpeton office.

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Daily News and News-Monitor readers decide who is the The following is a complete list of winners for the Best in the Valley contest: • Best hamburger 1st The Wilkin 2nd Hills 210 3rd Dairy Delight & Burger King • Best place to get tires 1st Interstate Tire 2nd Vision Ford 3rd Smith Motors HM Richs Service & Dakota Chrysler • Best cup of coffee 1st McDonalds 2nd Fryn' Pan 3rd Hills 210 HM Northern Grille & Burger King • Best Mechanic 1st Bryan Weick/Big John's 2nd Myron Braun/Smith Motors 3rd Paul Nelson • Best waiter/waitress 1st Fryn'’ Pan 2nd Prante's 3rd Northern Grille & The Wilkin HM Hills 210 • Best place to take your sweetheart for dinner 1st Prante’s 2nd The Wilkin 3rd El Toro & Texas Crossing • Best place to get appliances 1st Nielson’s 2nd Sears 3rd Hinsverk’s

• Best fishing hole 1st Kidder Recreation Area 2nd Mooreton Pond 3rd Head of the Red

• Best place to take visitors 1st Zoo 2nd Chahinkapa Park 3rd Dakota Magic

• Best place for breakfast 1st Fryn'’ Pan 2nd Northern Grille 3rd Hills 210 HM McDonalds

• Best pet groomer 1st Clippendales 2nd Pinewood Kennels 3rd Dakota Vet

• Best place to get heating & cooling (HVAC) 1st Dakota Heating & Plumbing 2nd Schmitty’s 3rd Tischer’s HM Three Rivers

• Best doctor 1st Dr. Halvorson 2nd Dr. Mayo 3rd Dr. Aryal HM Dr. Ostmo • Best place to work 1st St. Bank and Trust 2nd St. Francis & FCCU 3rd NDSCS

Mayor Jim Sturdevant - Best Elected Official • Best barber/hair dresser 1st Shear Trends 2nd Indulgence Salon 3rd Bodyshop HM Anthony’s Hair • Best dentist 1st The Clinic for Oral Health 2nd Mark Wasemiller 3rd Withuski and Sabbe HM Bratlie • Best place to buy gas 1st M&H 2nd Simonsons 3rd Breck Tesoro & Stop N Go HM Blazer Express • Best pizza 1st Pizza Hut 2nd Pizza Ranch 3rd Domino’s Pizza HM Vinny’s Pizza • Best greenhouse/florist

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• Best place to get hardware 1st Ace Hardware in Wahpeton 2nd Farm City Supply

• Best deli 1st Wahp Deli 2nd Econo Foods & Subway 3rd Simonson’s & Dystes HM Hills 210

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• Best place to take your kids 1st Chahinkapa Zoo 2nd Chahinkapa Park • Best fast food 1st McDonalds 2nd Subway 3rd Taco Johns & Dairy Queen HM Dairy Delight • Best place to stay 1st AmericInn 2nd Baymont Inn 3rd Select Inn

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• Best service group 1st Kiwanis 2nd Rotary & Optimist 3rd Headwaters Lions • Best bartender 1st The Wilkin 2nd Casey’s Bar 3rd Prante’s HM Firehouse Pub • Best place to buy an automobile 1st Smith Motors

2nd Vision Ford 3rd Dakota Chrysler • Best electrician 1st Muehler Electric 2nd Nordick Electric 3rd Summerville Electric HM Scott’s Electric & Storm Electric • Best plumber 1st Schmitty’s 2nd Dakota Plumbing & Heating 3rd Mark Devine • Best ice cream treat 1st Dairy Queen Wahp and Breck 2nd Dairy Delight • Best pharmacist 1st Wahpeton Drug 2nd Breck Drug 3rd Snyder Drug HM Corner Drug SP and Econo Drug • Best contractor 1st Burchill Const. 2nd Comstock Const. 3rd Zach Const. HM Storo Construction • Friendliest bank teller 1st St. Bank and Trust 2nd Bremer Bank 3rd FCCU HM Gate City • Best teacher 1st Breckenridge High School 2nd Central Elementary & St. Johns Elementary 3rd Hankinson High School

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‘Best of the Valley,’with winners receiving certificates • Best principal 1st St. John’s 2nd Central Elementary 3rd Breckenridge High School HM Hankinson High School • Best night spot 1st Wilkin 2nd Legend’s 3rd Prantes HM Firehouse Pub • Best nurse 1st Jessica Lyngass—Essentia Health 2nd Doreen Bladow—Sanford Health 3rd Deb Sheeley—Sanford Health • Best chinese food 1st Good Luck China 2nd Beyonds China Buffet

2nd Big Johns 3rd Motor Magic HM Lloyds 75 Service • Best insurance agent 1st Darin Zaun/American Family Ins. 2nd Kyle Devries/Farmers Union Ins. 3rd Jeff Kleven/BW Insurance • Best elected official 1st Jim Sturdevant 2nd Cliff Barth 3rd Perry Miller HM Alisa Mitskog • Best place for home-style cooking 1st Hills 210 2nd Northern Grille 3rd Fryn’ Pan • Best fried chicken 1st Pizza Ranch 2nd Breck Tesoro 3rd Econo Deli

• Best place to picnic 1st Chahinkapa Park • Best community event 1st Headwaters Day 2nd Wilkin County Fair 3rd North Dakota State College Science Homecoming and Community Fireworks HM Blue Goose Day and Crazy Daze • Best daycare provider 1st Tiny Tykes 2nd St. Johns Daycare 3rd Carol Colby HM Joyce Differding • Best automobile service shop 1st Smith Motors

• Best real estate firm 1st Hammer Realty 2nd Action Realty 3rd Miller Realty • Best tourist attraction 1st Chahinkapa Zoo 2nd Chahinkapa Park 3rd Kidder Recreation Area • Best grocery checkout service 1st Jubilee 2nd Econo 3rd Walmart

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Rick Froemke, service consultant for Smith Motors, works on the computer. Smith Motors in Wahpeton was named the Best Automobile Service Shop in the Valley for 2012.

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