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Stout joins ChamberMaster Web Design Team

ChamberMaster has recently made an addition to their web design team with Kim Stout as web design project manager working directly with ChamberMaster’s web design customers. She has more than 15 years of marketing, graphic design, and web support experience in the Brainerd lakes area.


Bedard completes HR management workshop 

DEERWOOD - Andrea Bedard, operations/human resource administrator at Deerwood Bank, recently attended Human Resource Management School, a week-long workshop offered by the Graduate School of Banking on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Bedard was one of more than 50 people from around the United States who graduated from the program in August. Bedard is from Deerwood and joined Deerwood Bank in 2006.


Pearson gains national leadership award

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest recognized Tom Pearson for his exceptional service and volunteerism to the organization during the 2010-2011 school-year with a Silver Leadership Award.   Pearson has been active with JA of the Brainerd Lakes Area as a classroom volunteer and board member for more than 10 years. He has been instrumental in strategic planning, financial planning, advocacy, and volunteering for community events. Pearson will serve as board president in 2011-2012. He is an attorney at Gammello, Qualley, Pearson & Mallak and received a Bronze Leadership Award in 2008.

JA of the Brainerd Lakes Area serves more than 4,000 students in 14 area schools.


Turtle Town owners attend conference

NISSWA - Doug and Mary Miller, owners of Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa, recently attended the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Conference at The Depot in Minneapolis.

During the two-day conference, the Millers met 40 new authors and attended several sessions devoted to improving the independent bookstore experience. A highlight was the Thursday night Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards Reception, honoring authors from the Midwest. Local author, Candace Simar of Pequot Lakes, was also at the conference, signing her books during the trade show.


Seth, Danielle Sazama receive certification

BAXTER - Seth and Danielle Sazama, doctors of chiropractic of Sazama Family Chiropractic, Baxter, recently received their certification as a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner. 

They have been trained extensively in the treatment of multifaceted extremity ailments. The CCEP program is the most comprehensive postgraduate curriculum that doctors of chiropractic can receive in relation to extremity care, the Sazamas reported. 


Sjoblad joins Integra

BAXTER - Ryan Sjoblad joined Integra Telecom in Baxter as an account executive.  

His responsibilities include business to business sales in the Brainerd Lakes and Little Falls areas. Sjoblad brings more than 15 years of sales, marketing and public relations experience to Integra.






Lemieux-Johnson staff members attend conference

BAXTER - Representatives from the investment firm of Lemieux-Johnson, a Baxter based financial and estate planning firm, attended a conference in Seattle. 

Brian Lemieux, Diane Rook-Johnson, and J. Buford Johnson recently attended their broker dealer, Pacific West Securities, educational/compliance conference. 


Chamber to sponsor Business After Hours

LITTLE FALLS - The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its Business After Hours networking event 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the West Side Bar, 115 W. Broadway.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The West Side Bar is hosting the event. This event is free and open to chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the chamber at (320) 632-5155. No RSVP needed.


Dine and Discover program planned Oct. 12

PIERZ - Horizon Health’s Faith in Action, along with Home Savings of America and the Senior LinkAge Line, is offering an opportunity to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming Medicare “Part D” enrollment.

Open Enrollment for Medicare “Part D” is from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7.  Senior LinkAge Line will be there to assist you in comparing plans and help you understand the Medicare “Part D” enrollment requirements and process.  

The event is from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz. A free will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 on or before Oct. 10.


LASHO session aimed at preventing workplace violence

The next Lakes Area Safety and Health Organization event is a 4 1/2-hour interactive session with lunch included. 

Participants will learn how to: identify behaviors or situations which constitute workplace violence; take actions to minimize the potential of situations escalating into violence; identify when to intervene during an escalating situation with appropriate intervention strategies; report workplace violence to appropriate authorities; practice personal safety techniques to restore or maintain safety.

The event is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Jack’s House in Brainerd. Lunch will be provided at 1 p.m. 

Presenters are Beth Doshan and Michael Williams, crisis behavior consultants and trainers. The session is free to members and $10 for non-members. Participants may earn .4 continuing education units  and four SHRM credits by attending this session.

Participants may RSVP to Virginia Casey at (218) 330-0397 by Monday.





Edina Realty Foundation awards grants

CROSSLAKE - The Crosslake Edina Realty office announced an award of $1,500 to the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center and a $1,500 grant to the Crosslake Food Shelf from the Edina Realty Foundation located in Edina.


Riverwood Foundation donates to Ruth’s Free Wig Closet

Riverwood Foundation presented a check for $1,000 to Ruth’s Free Wig Closet on behalf of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

The dollars will be used to provide free wigs and beauty consultation to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in Aitkin, Mille Lacs and Crow Wing Counties. 


MMFCU sponsors October food drive

Starting Monday and extending through Oct. 28, all Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union branches will be accepting cash and non-perishable food donations for area food shelves to help replenish food shelves before their busiest season arrives. 

Cash donations received at MMFCU will be matched up to $4,000 by the credit union. 

The October Food Drive was inspired by International Credit Union Day, Oct. 20th, a day to raise awareness about credit unions and give members the opportunity to get more involved. The credit union has full-service offices in Alexandria, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Little Falls, Staples and is coming to Pequot Lakes in early 2012.


Mille Lacs Band donates $44,000 in August

ONAMIA - The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $44,020 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in August.  

The Mille Lacs Band donated $1,000 to Brainerd’s Essentia Health Foundation to help fund the Take Heart Program, an educational project designed to improve outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest patients by implementing community CPR training.  The Mille Lacs Band also contributed $1,000 to Mora’s Villa Health Care Center to provide new fitness equipment for patients and residents. 

Additionally, the Mille Lacs Band gave $1,000 to UROCK Summer Camp, a youth music program sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters organization in Little Falls. The band also donated $500 to the Cross Lake Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition Program to support the area’s meals-on-wheels service.

Other notable contributions include those to Aitkin’s Riverwood Foundation for health care programming; Morrison County Habitat for Humanity; All Saints Indian Mission Episcopal Church in Minneapolis; The Caring Tree, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes school supplies to students in need throughout Minnesota; and The Link, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis that provides programming for underprivileged youth.




CLC offers seminar for small businesses  

The North Central Small Business Development Center will sponsor “Profit Mastery: Creating Value and Building Wealth,” an internationally-acclaimed seminar for owners, managers, and advisers of small businesses 8-5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, at Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus.

The program is designed to help owners and managers of small business better understand financial management and increase their chances so success in today’s difficult economic times.

This two-day program will include presentations on financial statement analysis, cash flow planning, planning for growth, cost, volume and pricing issues, and determining the right kind of financing for y our business. Participants will practice teaching points by using case studies and discussing real-life examples.

Cost is $349, including materials and lunch. Deadline to register is Monday. For more information, go online to or contact Julie Platta at the SBDC by email to or call 855-8140.


Welding 48-hour course offered at CLC

The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College has scheduled a 48-hour welding course from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4- Nov. 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room W100. It consists of 12 nights.

The fee is $449, including materials. Instructor is Craig Weigel.

Registration is requested at least seven days in advance by calling (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.


OSHA training scheduled at CLC

Central Lakes College will host Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in construction safety, general industry, and excavation at its Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus during October.

The 10-hour OSHA Construction course 1 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 for $165.

This course will cover the 10-hour OSHA training course in Construction Safety. 

Participants who complete the training will receive a completion card from the OSHA Training Institute which states they have successfully completed the 10-Hour OSHA course.

The 10-hour OSHA General Industry Class is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13, $165.

This class requires an “OSHA Authorized Trainer” and is taught in a pre-set format throughout the country. Participants receive a completion card from the OSHA Training Institute. Some companies require all contractors on their premise to have this card.

The Competent Person/Trenching/Excavating Training is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, $99.

Excavation contractors are required by OSHA to have a competent person on site or closely available during excavations. This course is designed to provide the information needed to be a competent person on trenching and excavating.

Participants may use Entrance No. 6 at the Business and Industry Center. Registration is requested at least seven days in advance of the session of choice. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.


Real Estate 2 to start 

Oct. 10 at CLC

Real Estate 2, a pre-licensure course for aspiring real estate agents, will be at Central Lakes College in Brainerd from 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 10-25 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The principles of real estate series is designed for obtaining the Minnesota Real Estate License.

Bob Welch is the instructor for classes that are in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus. Use entrance No. 6.

Real Estate 2 covers appraisals, income-producing real estate, taxes, land development and subdivision, and rental properties.

Tuition is $225.

Registration must be completed by Monday. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142.