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Namedroppers: Missy McManigle

• Wadena native Missy McManigle of Walman Optical Company in Minneapolis has been named the 2011 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association's 34th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership.

"Missy is the type of person you want as an advocate for your cause. She knows her facts but is able to offer more than just that -- Missy can put a face on a fact," said J. Michael Keeling, ESOP Association president.