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• The two-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx has hired Lee Branding as its advertising agency. The female-owned Lee Branding, fielding a team of 10 employees, operates out of a refurbished building in northeast Minneapolis. “We are honored to support this great group of athletes by helping them increase their brand awareness and elevate women’s basketball in Minnesota,” said CEO Terri Lee. Other clients include Twin Cities Orthopedics, Marks Group Wealth Management and Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic of Mankato.
• Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality has been feted recently by Condé Nast Traveler, which said this month that its flagship Graves 601 Hotel ranks second on its Big 10 list of top hotels in the Midwest. The hotel’s Bradstreet Crafthouse restaurant was voted one of the 10 Best Hotel Bars in America, according to a reader survey by USA Today. Esquire Magazine said Graves’ Carriage House, Chicago is one of the 20 Best New Restaurants of 2013. Graves has developed and managed more than 100 hotels, restaurants and other properties over 30 years.
• Jim Simon, president of industrial engineer and contractor Corval Group of St. Paul, said the firm, which is building an oil refinery and natural-gas collection infrastructure in energy-rich North Dakota, has achieved 1 million hours without a significant injury. An awards ceremony is planned for employees in November that will include state officials and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.