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Mid-State announces promotions

Mid-State Auto Auction announced promotions for employees, from left, Shaun Schaefer, Wendy Windels, and Jason McClellan. Schaefer and Windels were elected to the board of directors and McClellan named vice-president.

Mid-State Auto Auction of New York Mills announced this week promotions for three employees. Jason McClellan was named vice-president, while Wendy Windels and Shaun Schaefer were named to the board of directors.

McClellan started with the company 15 years ago as a dealer rep. He will remain one of the dealer reps and as vice-president will help oversee operations. McClellan is married to his wife, Trish, who is the German instructor at Perham High School. They have two children. Maddie is 18 and Shane is 14. The family lives in Perham.

McClellan said he started with Mid-State fresh out of college. "They've treated me well here," he said.

Windels is a New York Mills native, has been at Mid-State for 25 years and is the transportation manager. She coordinates and manages 40-plus drivers. As transportation manager, Windels said any vehicles that come in or go out of Mid-State have to go through her. Fridays are sale days at Mid-State and, along with her transportation duties, Windels sells cars as a closer.

With dealer reps traveling the region consigning vehicles, Windels said Mid-State picks up on average 300-400 cars a week for the Friday sale. She coordinates drivers to pick up the vehicles and get them to Mills for the sale each week.

Wendy started in the car business when she was 19, working as a secretary/bookkeeper for Vaughn Chevrolet. She left there and went to work at Ford dealership in Wadena. After moving back to Mills, Wendy started with Mid-State in 1984.

She enjoys working at Mid-State and the Bob Thompson family has treated her well over the years.

"I love my drivers and dealers," she said. "This is a family-owned business and we've all grown together. We each have our own identity and job description."

Schaefer has been with Mid-State the last 4 1/2 years as a dealer rep. He lives in Nisswau with his wife, Katie, and sons Brent, 15; Spencer, 7; and Parker, 4.

Schaefer works in Mills Thursday through Saturday, and is on the road the rest of the week consigning cars to sell each Friday.

"This is a great place to work," Schaefer said. "We have great bosses who take care of their employees."

Bob Thompson and Rob Thompson are pleased to announce the promotions.

"They bring a lot to the board and are all good people who bring a lot to the table," Bob said.