MY PROFILE, MOVIE AND BIOGRAPHY
I'm Vernon Hoium, attorney-at-law. I have been practicing in Columbia Heights for over 40 years and I am a life-long resident. I practice in the areas of probate law, wills, real estate, elder law, powers of attorney, health care directives and small business matters. If you have questions in these areas,I encourage you to contact me.
Growing up in Columbia Heights, I attended Oak Wood Grade School and Columbia Heights High School. I founded the Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation to provide scholarships to Columbia Heights High School graduates.
After high school I spent four years in military service and when I returned I entered the University of Minnesota. I obtained an undergraduate degree in history and pubic speaking and thereafter went to law school. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.
I have been designated by the Minnesota Bar Association as a Senior Attorney. After law school I entered politics and represented all of Anoka County in the Minnesota State Senate. During my senate career I was responsible for authoring a law which provided for a junior college in Anoka County.
I have also been very active in the health care field, having served on the board of Unity Hospital for 23 years and also being Chairman of the Board of Health Central, the predecessor of the Allina Health System in Minneapolis. Further, I was active with the American Hospital Association and served as the National Chairman of the Congress of Hospital Trustees in advocating for trustee education in the Untied States. I am also Past-president and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Crest View Nursing Home in Columbia Heights.
In addition, I served on the Board of Trustees of North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN. I have also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Hospital Association and was Vice-president of Brookdale Assurance, Ltd., a captive malpractice insurance company.
In the health care field I received the Trustee of the Year award from the Minnesota Hospital Association.
I am also a Past-president of the Columbia Heights Chamber of Commerce and Past-president of the Northeast Suburban Shrine Club.
I have also received "An Alumni of Notable Achievement Award" from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota and have been a recipient of the WCCO Radio "Good Neighbor Award".
In addition to practicing law I am a licensed pilot, enjoy downhill skiing and have done considerable photography work.
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Office address: 4111 Central Avenue NE, Suite 206 South, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Home address: 4163 Stinson Blvd. NE, Columbia Heights, MN. 55421
(763) 788-1605 (office)
(763) 788-1690 (fax)
Tour Manager; Summers 1953 – 61 Cartan Travel Bureau, Chicago. Handled more than 50 tours in United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe
Traveled extensively, visiting all seven continents
HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CARE ACTIVITY
Past Chairman, the Board of the Health Central System, predecessor of Health One/Health Span System, now Allina Health System, Minneapolis, MN
Chairman of the Congress of Hospital Trustees of the American Hospital Association 1988
Chairman of the Congress of Hospital Trustees, Committee on Hospital and Community Advocacy 1986
Member of the Board of Governors, Mercy/Unity Medical Center, Fridley, MN (Board Vice-Chairman 1983-84) 1971 – 1994
Member of the Steering Committee of the American Hospital Association Community Care Network
President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Crest View Nursing Home, Columbia Heights, MN 1984-87
Member of the Board of Trustees, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN 1980-84
Chairman of the Health Central Institute, Education Division of Health Central, Inc. 1973-80
President, West Metro Trustee Council, Minneapolis, MN 1987
Vice-President, Brookdale Assurance Limited, Captive Malpractice Insurance Company 1976-84
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Hospital Association 1984-92
Minnesota State Delegate to the Congress of Hospital Trustees 1992-94
Helped organize and chaired the Minnesota Hospital Association Annual Trustee Conference for first five years
Member of the American Hospital Association Trustee Mentor Program 1987-93
Participant in Chaiker Abbis Invitational Forum 1986 and 1990
Received Trustee of the Year Award from Minnesota Hospital Association 1991
Member of the Medical Affairs Committee of the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Department 1985-95
Served on AHA SHARE Team to visit Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson, TN
Served on President McCarthy's Select AHA Committee to Evaluate Trustee Involvement 1987
Member of the AHA Legislative Advocacy Workshop session
Member of the AHA Key Contact Program
POLITICAL and COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
Former Minnesota State Senator
President, Columbia Heights Chamber of Commerce 1967, 1973 and 1991
President, Northeast Suburban Shrine Club 1973
Past Trustee and Preside of Usher's Club of First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights, MN
Member of Masonic Order, Zuhrah Temple Shrine and Royal Order of Jesters Director and Impresario Royal Order of Jesters 2004 -2007
Past member of Columbia Heights Charter Commission
Practicing attorney, Columbia Heights, MN
Real estate investor
Member of Hennepin and Anoka County Bar Associations
Member of Minnesota Bar Association
Admitted to practice before the Minnesota and United States Supreme Courts
Has served on numerous County and State Bar Committees
EDUCATION and MILITARY RECORD
University of Minnesota, B.A. (speech and political science) 1955
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. 1959
Served in U.S. Army from 1948-52
Received an "Alumni of Notable Achievement Award" from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota, 1994
Recipient of WCCO Radio "Good Neighbor Award", May 29, 1983 and January 21, 1990
Included in "Who's Who in the Midwest" since 1966
Listed in the 1965 edition of "Outstanding Young Men in America"
Lifelong resident of Minnesota
Married in 1961 to former Nancy Kay Watrud of Worthington, MN; two children: Elizabeth and Debra
Hobbies and recreation: photography, licensed pilot, downhill skiing and extensive travel