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CLC offers ‘Going Into Business For Yourself’

Central Lakes College has scheduled a Saturday “Going Into Business For Yourself” workshop 9 a.m. to noon March 12 at the Business and Industry Center in Brainerd.

This session covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground and stay profitable, including financing a new venture.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

Tuition is $49 per person plus $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock. The deadline to register is March 4.

For more information call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or e-mail

Boiler operation course planned at CLC

A 30-hour boiler licensure course is planned in March and April in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

This 30-hour course gives participants an opportunity to upgrade their license or prepare for taking the boiler’s license exam from special to chief. Instruction includes operation of low and high-pressure boilers, steam formulas and turbines.

Dave Horn is the instructor for the class, which meets 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays March 17-April 21. No class is scheduled for April 11.

The fee is $329, including book. The deadline to register is March 10. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or e-mail

Real Estate 2 set to start March 17 at CLC

Real Estate 2, a pre-licensure course for aspiring real estate agents, is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. March 17-April 5 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

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

Bob Welch is the instructor for classes in the Business and Industry Center on the Brainerd campus. Real Estate 2 covers appraisals, income-producing real estate, taxes, land development and subdivision, and rental properties.

Tuition is $225.

Registration deadline is March 10. For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or e-mail

Vehicle inspector re-certification class

A commercial vehicle inspector re-certification class will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18 in E 100 at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College campus.

The state of Minnesota requires all commercial vehicles or combination of vehicles more than 26,000 pounds are to be placarded and registered in Minnesota, display a valid safety inspection decal issued by an inspector certified by the commissioner of Public Safety, or carry proof that the vehicle is in interstate commerce and a certificate of compliance has been issued. Inspections may only be performed by a person who is not an employee of the Department of Public Safety or Transportation and must be certified by the commissioner of Public Safety.

All certified Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspectors must be re-certified every two years if they wish to continue as certified inspectors. You cannot attend the re-certification class if: Your certification has been expired for more than six months; If your certification is under revocation; If you have already attended and failed a re-certification class.

The class fee is $90, including a $10-per-student fee required by the state and all course materials. Instructor is Douglas Brown of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol.

Questions about the Minnesota annual inspection program may be answered by contacting the Minnesota State Patrol at (651) 405-6171.

Deadline to register is March 11. For more information,s call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or e-mail


Chamber to sponsor Business After Hours

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event 4:30p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at RE/MAX Central Minnesota, 118 11th Ave. N.E. Suite 2.   

Hosting the event is RE/MAX Central Minnesota. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.  

This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the chamber, at (320) 632-5155. No RSVP needed.

Lakes Area Career Fair registration deadline is March 14

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and BL Broadcasting will host the 2011 Lakes Area Career Fair at Central Lakes College, in the commons area, 9 a.m. to noon March 23.

This event allows business to connect with area employees to promote current and future summer, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities. Participants come prepared to submit resumes and interview for a job on-site.

Registration deadline is March 14. Space is limited and filled on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information contact Mary Gottsch at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at 822-7117. 

CLC-hosted seminar named ‘Outstanding Project’

STAPLES — At its annual meeting Feb. 16 in Alexandria, the WesMin Resource Conservation and Development Council recognized as Outstanding Project a seminar hosted by Central Lakes College in Staples.

The Steve Kenyon Year-Round Grazing System seminar Jan. 19-11, 2010, at CLC, Staples, was honored for drawing more than 100 participants, as well as partnering businesses and agencies. The effort included funding and manpower contributions in order to make the workshop a great success, said Dean Schmidt, WesMin coordinator.

The three-day seminar included a talk by Kenyon, who runs a custom grazing business in Alberta, Canada, and a final day of hands-on, intensive work with experts. The focus of Kenyon’s ranching and teaching to audiences across Canada and the United States is sustainable grazing – environmentally and economically sustainable for generations.

A nonprofit, federally funded agency, WesMin is the oldest program of 375 created by Congress through the vision of President John F. Kennedy and serves 14 counties — Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Pope, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Ottertail, Morrison, Stevens, and Traverse.

The council’s mission is “to develop human and natural resources through cooperative efforts.”

In the last 40 years, WesMin RC & D has completed 640 projects totaling $85.7 million in federal, state, and foundation grants and donations with nearly $16 million of in-kind donations.

Project examples: Solar energy assistance with Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, shoreland restoration at a park near Frazee, Todd County mapping, Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway, water festivals in several counties, western Minnesota river quality monitoring, and the Phelps Mill restoration.

Urology health seminar planned in Aitkin 

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center is sponsoring a seminar on “Keeping Your Bladder, Kidneys and Urinary System Healthy.”

The program is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin.

Dr. Henri Lanctin, a urologist with Adult & Pediatric Urology who sees patients in Aitkin and Crosby, will address bladder, kidney and urinary health issues as well as prostate health. He treats a broad spectrum of adult urological concerns.

There is no cost to attend and a light meal will be served. Registration is requested. Contact Riverwood Education at (218) 927-5552 or

Dr. Henri



Curtis elected to builders association

Terry Curtis of Anderson Brothers Construction, Brainerd, was elected as associate vice president of the Builders Association of Minnesota at the fourth annual Minnesota Builders Convention Jan. 29, at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North. 

Curtis is a longtime member of the builders association and active in his local association, the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association, currently serving as president.



Madden’s partners with Spalon 

Madden’s on Gull Lake partnered with Twin Cities-based Spalon Montage for spa and salon services.

Andrews joins Panache Salon & Day Spa 

Shannah Andrews joined Panache Salon & Day Spa, Baxter. 

Andrews is a graduate of Duluth Business University, as a certified massage therapist with Swedish, deep tissue, and Hot Stone techniques. 

Priebe opens Blue Water Acupuncture

Matt Priebe am the owner/operator of Blue Water Acupuncture in the Brainerd lakes area.  

The company is a full service traditional Chinese medicine clinic located on Barbeau Road north of Baxter. Priebe received his master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville. He is a licensed acupuncturist through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practices, and nationally certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He recently moved back to the Brainerd area and is opening his clinic March 2. 



Bourassa gains Tastefully Simple recognition

Tastefully Simple consultant Beverly Bourassa was honored at the Tastefully Simple On Tour event in St. Paul, receiving the Top Sales Achievers by Region award.

As part of the honor, Bourassa was recognized for her success, participated in trainings and was present for the unveiling of Tastefully Simple’s new spring-summer product line.

Riverwood names Kallevig CIO for IT

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center appointed Daryl Kallevig as chief information officer for information technology. 

Kallevig will oversee all information technology related functions at Riverwood and a staff of seven. Michael Hagen, Riverwood CEO, said Kallevig has more than 35 years of IT experience, especially in strategic planning and supervised all IT-related areas within several large health systems.

For the past five years, Kallevig served as CIO at Albert Lea Medical Center/Mayo Health System, a 107-bed facility with 75 health care practitioners. Previously, he served as information technology director at Albert Lea Medical Center since 2001, and at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth for 15 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in management of information technology from Concordia University.

He served as an officer on a number of IT committees within the Mayo Health System. One major initiative was in the area of IT infrastructure optimization, which involved identifying ways to consolidate services within Mayo Health System to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.



Donovan joins Edina Realty in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — Tracy Donovan joined Edina Realty in Crosslake. 

Previously Donovan, Pelican Lake, spent 35 years in the construction business in the Twin Cities. Donovan also serves as Pelican Township supervisor and is a Pelican Lakes Association board member. 



TDS Telecommunications gains J.D. Power award

TDS Telecommunications Corp. was recognized, at the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Roundtable in Las Vegas, as a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion — one of 40 companies to have earned the distinction this year. 

To qualify for inclusion on this elite list, companies must not only excel within their own industries, but also must stand out among leading brands in 20 major industries evaluated by J.D. Power. Five key customer “touch points” were measured, including people, presentation, process, product, and price.

Legislators visit Lakewood Health System

STAPLES — Members of the Lakewood Health System, United Hospital District board of directors and representatives of the medical staff visited with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen and Rep. Mark Murdock at Lakewood’s hospital and clinic in Staples Jan. 21.


Bernick Family Foundation donates more than $200,000 

The Bernick Family Foundation, based in St. Cloud, announced it has awarded more than $200,000 to community causes through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

A desire to fund more projects during a time of need in the community led the Bernick Family Foundation to double the amount awarded through its latest round of competitive grants.

Of the $200,000, 11 organizations received a total of $150,000 in grants for a variety of youth and education and health and fitness projects. The Bernick Family Foundation surpassed the $70,000 in competitive grants awarded last year. 

Organizations from the six Minnesota and Wisconsin regions in which Bernick’s operates, including Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, St. Cloud, and Willmar, and Dresser, Wis., were eligible to apply.

In addition to the competitive grants, the Bernick Family Foundation provided $50,700 in ongoing support to a number of nonprofits, including the Central Minnesota Council of the Boy Scouts, CentraCare Health Foundation, St. Cloud Technical and Community College Foundation, United Way of Central Minnesota, Central Minnesota Community Foundation and College of St. Scholastica.

The Bernick Family Foundation has set aside an additional $20,000 to award in scholarships this spring for students pursuing two or four year college educations. To apply or learn more, visit and click on Scholarships.

Mille Lacs Band donates more than $36,000

ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $36,613 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in January.  

Every month, the band contributes to community programs in Minnesota and nationwide. In January, for area contributions the Mille Lacs Band donated $5,000 to the Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation in Onamia. The donation will be used to purchase a bedside ultrasound machine for the emergency department. The Mille Lacs Band also donated $1,000 to the Pine County Sheriff Department to purchase uniforms for mounted patrol riders.

In January, the band donated to organizations and causes in about 40 counties in Minnesota, including Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. The band also donated five counties in Wisconsin and in a county in North Dakota and one in Tennessee.

CMCF celebrates 25 years of community giving

Twenty five years ago, a group of community leaders stepped forward with a vision to create a place that would gather the community’s assets and do good with those resources. Together, they made the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

Since then, the foundation has received more than $115 million in gifts and awarded more than $63 million in grants. 

Community members celebrated 25 years of giving and honored founder Alex Didier as the foundation prepares for a new community vision. The foundation’s 25th Anniversary Report shares stories about the people who shaped the local community’s past and are redefining the future. 

Last year, the foundation continued to drive local philanthropy to meet rising needs. Here are some fun facts you may not know. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, CMCF: received $5 million in new gifts and another $5 million in planned gifts and awarded $4.7 million in grants, including grants through our affiliates and MREF. It conducted its second social capital survey in the St. Cloud area community. For more information, go online to 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.