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Business Notes- July 31

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

CAREER 

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Kinsey becomes interim Mainstreet coordinator

Stephanie Kinsey is interim Brainerd Main Street coordinator. 

Kinsey, from Fargo, N.D., moved to the Brainerd lakes area two years ago. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Minnesota State University Moorhead in August 2009. For the past seven years, she worked in customer service, sales and leadership positions. Most recently, she worked at Charter Communications in the sales and service center location in Baxter. Prior to working there, she was at U.S. Bank in the credit card division in leadership and customer service positions for six years.

Wilkens hired at Tri-County Health Care

WADENA — Jill Wilkens has joined Wadena Medical Center and Tri-County Health Care as a physician assistant. She joined the Tri-County Health Care staff in June.

Wilkens completed her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University in Fargo and has her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish. She received her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Union College in Lincoln, Neb. 

Werner hired at Tri-County Health Care

WADENA — Rebecca Werner has joined Wadena Medical Center and Tri-County Health Care as its newest nurse practitioner. Rebecca joined the Tri-County Health Care staff in June.

Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and has her bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and nursing. She received her master’s degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Previously, Rebecca has worked as a nurse practitioner in Acute Care and Cardiology. She also worked as an RN in Bone Marrow Transplant and Step Down ICU.

INTERNSHIPS

Medical students study at Lakewood

STAPLES — Adrianne Moen, a second-year medical student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and Tori Bahr, a second-year medical student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, have chosen to do summer internships at Lakewood Health System in Staples. They will study and participate in various aspects of the healthcare field, including all areas of patient care, as well as some support service areas such as health information management and employee health. 

Moen is interested in practicing family medicine in a rural area once she completes her medical degree. Bahr is undecided about what area of medicine she’d like to focus on at this point, but she is interested in pediatric, hematology-oncology, ophthalmology, neurology, physical medicine and rehab and intensive-care medicine. 

Moen visited the Rural Medical Scholars Program and worked with Dr. Christine Albrecht. Moen is originally from the Brainerd area. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and chemistry at the university in Duluth.

Bahr is originally from the Baxter area. She studied biology, chemistry and mathematics at Augsburg College, graduating in 2009.  

Physician assistant student studies at Lakewood

STAPLES — Britta Kolodziej, a physician assistant student at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse/Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation/Mayo School of Health Sciences, has chosen to do her summer rotation at Lakewood Health System in Staples. Kolodziej will complete two, four-week rotations in emergency medicine/urgent care and family practice. 

Once she completes her degree in August, Kolodziej plans to pursue a career in family practice. Kolodziej is originally from the Staples area. She completed her undergrad degree in biology and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. 

Family nurse practitioner student studies at Lakewood 

STAPLES — Kassandra Sullivan, a family nurse practitioner student at the University of North Dakota, has chosen to do her summer clinicals at Lakewood Health System. Sullivan will follow various healthcare providers on a daily basis to learn about the different aspects of rural family practice medicine. 

Once she completes her degree in 2012, Sullivan plans to pursue a career in family practice or dermatology. Sullivan is originally from Pillager. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the College of Saint Scholastica. 

COMMUNITY

Edina Realty celebrates clients for area food shelf

BAXTER — More than 250 guests recently attended the Edina Realty Client Appreciation Day at the Baxter office.

Everyone enjoyed a pig roast buffet and was entertained by Elvis. Guests were asked to bring a food shelf item and over 86 pounds of food was donated to the Brainerd Area Food Shelf.

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