By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Investment , counseling firm changes name

An investment and family business counseling firm which has a long history in McMinnville has just changed its named to Wickman Paterson Corrigan. It was formerly known as Corrigan Wickman Advisory.

The firm was started when partner Dan Corrigan opened an insurance office in 1971 and has grown and changed since that time, with Mark Wickman joining Corrigan in 1995.

Wickman said that Corrigan approached him and suggested the name change as they envision Tommy Paterson, who has been working at the business for the past two years, becoming a partner. Paterson will provide management and oversight.

Paterson said that he, his wife Chelsea and the couple’s 18-month old daughter, Brooklyn, have moved to the community. Paterson graduated from Mac High in 2001.

“It’s pretty neat to see that they believe in us,” Paterson said. He said that having his name added to the business is a real honor.

Wickman Paterson Corrigan is located at 400 N.E. Second St., McMinnville.



The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in June for Yamhill County was 7.6 percent, the same at the May revised rate according to information from the Oregon Employment Department. It was below the statewide average of 7.9 percent.

Total nonfarm employment for the county was 30,070, a 320 job gain since June 2012. Private nonfarm employment was up over 420 jobs from the previous year, while public sector employment dropped 100 jobs. Manfacturing gained 280 jobs over the past 12 months. The county’s constructor lost 50 jobs since June 2012.

From May to June, the county’s total nonfarm employment decreased 710 jobs, 680 from the private sector and 30 in government. That was smaller than the normal loss of nearly 1,000 between May and June.

Since Aug. 2007, the county’s pre-recession peak, through June 2013, the county lost nearly 1,500 jobs, or 4.7 percent.



A summer barbecue and tour, sponsored by the Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association, the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, and the OSU Extension Service, will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Miller Woods, 15580 Orchard View Road, McMinnville.

The woodlands association is providing food and beverages. The public is invited to attend.

James Riedman, forester for Miller Woods, an educational demonstration forest, and Amy Grotta, extension forester, will lead a tour of the planned thinning project, discussing its objectives and how the project will be carried out.

Those who want to participate should RSVP to Mike Barnes at or 503-843-2173.



Intel employee volunteers earned money for local nonprofit organizations through the 2012 Intel Marching Grant program. Through the program, the Intel Foundation provides a monetary match of $10 per hour to qualified organizations after a minimum of 20 hours is accrued by volunteering Intel employees, with a maximum of $10,000 for nonprofits and $15,000 for schools.

Receiving money through the program were Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum with 287.5 hours for $2,875; Linfield College with 150 hours for $1,500; McMinnville 4-H after school programs with 70.5 hours for $705; Wascher Elementary School with 63 hours for $630; and the McMinnville Swim Club with 21.5 hours for $215.



Live music will be featured on “Sunday Funday” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 28 and Aug. 25, at Erath Winery, 9409 N.E. Worden Hill Road, Dundee.

Backwoods Alley will perform July 28 and Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’o’a will play Aug. 25. Cost is $15 per person, which includes wine samples, logo glass and entertainment.

For more information, contact 503-538-3318 or



Kevin Gebhart, a McMinnville financial advisor for Edward Jones, will host a presentation “Social Security: Your Questions Answered” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 N.E. McDaniel Lane, McMinnville. The session will cover how Social Security fits into a person’s retirement income plan, when to start taking benefits and tax issues.

For more information, contact 503-472-0234 or



The Carlton Business Association has launched a Fourth Friday Night each month during the summer where businesses stay open until 7 p.m. on the month’s fourth Friday through Sept. 27.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce have a joint greeters event scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at WorkSource Oregon, 370 N.E. Norton Lane, McMinnville.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.


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