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Hins takes technology services job at CLC

Corey Hins of Brainerd, a 1990 associate in arts degree graduate of Central Lakes College in Brainerd, began working as a lead systems administrator with the Technology Services team at CLC on Nov. 21.

Hins, who has a working knowledge of multiple technical computer systems, has experience with Essentia Health (four years) and Brainerd School District (12 years) as a network engineer.

His experience includes working with systems such as Cisco Networking, Citrix, Exchange, SQL, VMWare, Active Directory, Group Policy, DNS, DHCP, Windows Print Server, ISA Server, HP SAN, Compellant SAN, and Sonicwall.

He is a 1993 graduate of Computer Science NEI, Columbia Heights, which merged with Dunwoody in 2002.

Hins graduated from Brainerd High School in 1987.

Heavy Equipment program graduates 40

Forty students were recognized as fall graduates of the Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program at Staples on Nov. 23.

Keynote speaker at the fall celebration was Andy Mack of Strata Corp., Grand Forks, N.D., a member of the Heavy Equipment Advisory Board at CLC. Strata Corp. has hired numerous CLC graduates.

Mack, who is employed as Earthmoving Operations Manager in the Construction Division at Strata, also has worked for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. He has a degree in construction management from North Dakota State University and has 20 years experience in the profession.

Area students graduating this fall with diplomas from the two-year program include: Ricky Richards, Backus; Zachariah Helton, outstanding student, Baxter; Charlie Leibold, Cody Rehberger, Brainerd; Shawn Barthel, Burtrum; Tyler Wohlwend, Deer Creek, Alexander Sandy, Eagle Bend; Jacob Clark, East Gull Lake; Jordan Chaika, Joshua Hoheisel, Little Falls; Skyler Robinson, Merrifield; Shawn Bekius, Mitch Rowland, Milaca; Kendall Swenson, Pine River; Tyler Leavell, Randall; Joshua Gill, Royalton; Corey Woodwick, student speaker, Staples; Nate Braith, Wadena.

Instructors participating in the event were Andy Anderson, Jeff Klehr, Mike Kuklok, John Maleski, Michael Sams, Corey Uhrich and Gordy Vierkant.

Staff participants included Jeff Wig, dean of career and technical programs and Staples Campus; Pam Thomsen, executive director of the CLC Foundation and Alumni Association; and Nancy Schmidt, Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program coordinator.

Rood, Parsons join Admission Possible

Brainerd natives Delinda (Blanck) Rood and Alyssa Parsons joined Admission Possible’s staff with the goal of helping low-income students in the Twin Cities earn admission to and succeed in college.

As members of the development team, Rood and Parsons are ensuring the organization is meets its fundraising goals and giving as many students as possible the opportunity to earn a college degree. 

Rood is the development director for Admission Possible Twin Cities. In her role, Rood is responsible for leading development and communication activities in the Twin Cities by creating a comprehensive fundraising and communications strategy and expanding philanthropic support for the organization from corporations, private foundations and individuals.

Rood has worked in collegiate athletic fundraising for the past 18 years. She has worked in development for University athletics programs at North Dakota State University, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to joining the team at Admission Possible, she worked for the University of Minnesota Athletics Department as the associate director of development/director of major gifts in the Golden Gopher Fund and began her tenure with the Gophers in February of 2003. She was responsible for the area of major gifts with her primary focus on endowed scholarships and capital campaigns. Rood was hired as the first major gifts officer within the athletics department. She helped increase the endowed scholarship program from $13 million to more than $28 million and raised funds for capital projects such as TCF Bank Stadium, Siebert Field Legacy Campaign (baseball stadium) and locker rooms for both men’s and women’s basketball. Rood has extensive fundraising experience having worked in the athletics departments at the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University and North Dakota State University.

Rood was inducted into Brainerd High School’s athletic hall of fame in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1994 and her master’s of education degree from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Before attending Concordia College, Delinda graduated with an associate of arts degree from Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Parsons, development associate, supports the External Relations Team by implementing organizational fundraising plans to help meet annual revenue goals. Parsons attended Concordia College in Moorhead where she majored in English and Spanish, edited marketing materials for a local nonprofit, taught after-school Spanish, and was a member of the Cobber track and cross country running teams.

Parsons joined Admission Possible as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2008-2009 school year, assisting with institutional fundraising and development. After her term of service, Parsons worked as a Hospitality Management intern in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain, and for an insurance broker in Minneapolis upon her return to the U.S.

Admission Possible works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students in the Twin Cities by providing after-school college access programming to 1,500 juniors and seniors at 19 public high schools. The organization also serves 3,100 college program participants they work to earn their college degrees. Admission Possible Twin Cities serves 7,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs. As of January 2012, the organization will operate under the name College Possibleä.

Consolidated Telecommunications Company is sponsoring an all-expense paid educational trip to Washington, D.C.

One area student will attend the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour, June 2-6, 2012.

CTC will be selecting one student from the areas it serves and the student will gain a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and the legislative process by visiting Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies. The students are given ample time to explore the nation’s Capital and its many attractions.

The costs for the Youth Tour will be paid entirely by CTC, including airfare, hotel, meals and miscellaneous expenses.

To qualify, a student must be in high school, age 16 or 17, at the time of the tour and the student’s parent or legal guardian must be a Consolidated Telephone Company year-round member in CTC’s service area.

Each student is required to write a short essay on the telecommunications industry or the benefits of belonging to a cooperative. The essay and application are due to CTC by Jan. 27, 2012. Applications have been sent to the guidance offices of local schools or interested parties may contact CTC at (218) 454-1234 or (800) 753-9104.

Fancy Pants sponsors gingerbread contest

Fancy Pants Chocolate in downtown Brainerd is sponsoring a gingerbread house contest as a fundraiser for the Minnesota Scleroderma Foundation.

The contest is open for people age 3 to 50. Nancy Williams, owner of Fancy Pants, which was formerly Chocolate Etc., said her sister lived with the disease and died from it. There are no entry fees for the contest but donation are accepted for the scleroderma foundation. This year, Williams is asking if groups of friends or co-workers are interested in making a gingerbread house and donating it to the store, which could then be used as a fundraiser.

Age categories are 6 and younger, 7-12, 13-17 and 18 and older. First and second prizes are awarded in each age category. House bases should not exceed 24 inches by 24 inches. Everything but the base needs to be edible. Store bought houses or kits are not eligible. Although the youngest age category may use Graham crackers. If people have a loved one with scleroderma, photos are welcome and will be displayed at the store. Gingerbread houses must be brought to the store by Dec. 13. Judging, based on imagination, decoration and design, will be Dec. 14. All houses will be on display until Dec. 21. Houses not picked up will be eaten.

Kearns is Lakewood director of nursing

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System, Staples, announced Debra Kearns as its new clinic director of nursing.

Kearns, Brainerd, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. She was a director of nursing for the past five years, where she has been a direct supervisor to staff in a multi-disciplinary clinic. Kearns has been involved with Quality Improvement and Minnesota Community Measures. She has worked in public health for 14 years.

Ferrari named ACH professional

BAXTER — The National Automatic Clearing House Association recently named Deerwood Bank’s Katrina Ferrari an Accredited Automated Clearing House Professional.

As an Accredited ACH Professional, Ferrari manages Deerwood Bank’s automatic payment services such as direct deposit, online and mobile banking. She knows the technical details behind each payment system, makes sure the services comply with federal regulations and helps customers with any questions or issues they may have related to automatic payments.

Ferrari attended seminars and passed an intensive nationally administered exam to gain ACH accreditation.

Ferrari, of Ironton, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and joined Deerwood Bank in 2008.

Morris earns oncology nursing designation

Essentia Health Cancer Center team member, Barb Morris, registered nurse, obtained certification as an oncology specialty nurse.

The Oncology Certified Nurse designation is a formal way to recognize the specialized knowledge, skills and experience in providing adult oncology nursing care.

To be eligible for OCN certification RNs must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice, meet a minimum of 10 contact hours of nursing continuing education and pass a rigorous examination.

Morris is a research nurse in the Cancer Center at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She joined the Cancer Center team in October 2010, but has been serving patients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center since 2006.

Dr. Laura Joque, oncologist and department chair for the Cancer Center at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, said in a news release that Morris has been fundamental in building the clinical trials program as well as the triage program.

Stydnicki joins Northridge Agency

Diane Stydnicki joined the Northridge Agency of the Brainerd lakes area announce the addition of as a licensed insurance agent to its staff.

Stydnicki is licensed to market all lines of insurance including; property, casualty, life and health products, for individuals and commercial businesses.

Stydnicki, a lifelong Brainerd area resident.

Previously she worked in the banking and financial industry for 18 years and has an extensive customer service background. Northridge Agency is a locally owned independent insurance agency, marketing insurance products with various carriers for home, auto, business, life, health and bonds.


Region Five invites public to meeting

Region Five Development Commission received a HUD planning grant in the fall of 2010.

Since the kick-off meeting in February 2011 when issues of importance to the region were identified, workgroups in housing, transportation, economic development and land use met monthly to ascertain priorities and develop recommendations. The grant supports a multi-jurisdictional planning effort and is being used to build economic competitiveness throughout the region. The workgroup recommendations are ready and it is time to vote, Region Five reported.

The public is invited to hear the results and vote on the scenarios most appealing to them. Those who may not have participated up until now are encouraged to attend as well. The meeting is planned 4-6 p.m. Dec. 15 at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.

Interested residents in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties are encouraged to attend. An RSVP is requested to reserve a seat and can be arranged by calling Dan Frank at (320) 631-2056 or by email to

To fulfill the activities outlined in the grant application, five public meetings are scheduled, this is meeting two of the five. The final meeting, scheduled in August of 2012, will reveal the priorities identified by regional residents through this process.

Comfort Keepers to host Friday coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9:00 a.m., Dec. 16, 200 First St. N.W., Little Falls Announcements and introductions will be at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Comfort Keepers.

HealthSource kicks off health campaign

BAXTER — HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab, Baxter, will donate proceeds from a new charitable health campaign to those in need this holiday season.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, new patients at HealthSource of Baxter will receive a $189-Health Service screening for just $2 or a toy to donate and all proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots. HealthSource will then match what is donated.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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