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Paynesville Press - February 2, 2005

Jennie-O manager to be transferred

By Michael Jacobson

Steve Venenga, a group product manager for Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, will be joining the meat products marketing department as group product manager for the dinner group at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn.

Jennie-O Turkey Store is a division of Hormel Foods, a multinational manufacturer and marketer of meat and food products headquartered in Austin.

Venenga will assume his new responsibilities starting in March. In his new capacity, he will be responsible for all marketing activities within the dinner group including fully-cooked entrees; flavored meats and fresh pork; and new projects for dinner meals.

Venenga is a native of Urbandale, Iowa, and is a graduate of Simpson College (1994) majoring in economics and management. He earned an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Iowa in 1996.

He began his employment with Jennie-O Foods in 1996 as product manager and advanced to senior product manager in 1999. Since 2001, with the formation of the Jennie-O Turkey Store, he has held his current position as group product manager.

Steve and his wife, Kimber, live in the Heatherwood Addition in Paynesville Township. They have two children - son Jacob, 3, and daughter Jilian, 1 - and will be moving to Austin.

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