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Business News - Dec. 25

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James joins Tastefully Simple as consultant

IRONTON — Emily James of Ironton joined Tastefully Simple Inc. as an independent consultant with the national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, James offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes and serving suggestions.

Students attend fish and wildlife conference

Seven students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, along with their advisor Associate Professor John Loegering attended the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in early December. The conference was in Des Moines, Iowa, providing an opportunity for networking for students and professionals.

Students attending the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference were Andy Albertsen, a sophomore natural resources major from Nelson; Tim Baker, a senior natural resources major from Gilbert; Austin Link, a senior natural resources major from Sebeka; Krista Kenyon, a junior natural resources major from Sanford, Manitoba, Canada; Jenny DuBay, a junior natural resources major from Apple Valley; Jessica Fenlason, a senior agricultural education and natural resources double major from Evansville; Sheila Carleton, a senior agronomy and natural resources double major from Baxter.

Panache adds to staff, promotes

BAXTER — Panache Salon & Day Spa announced Cassandra Schulke joined the staff and Melynda Dudley was promoted.

Schulke is a graduate of Minnesota State Community and Technical College and is a certified massage therapist, who works in Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy and sports massage. Dudley was promoted to assistant manager. Dudley is a graduate of Central Lakes College with a business management applied science degree.

CLC instructor named to state committee

William Faber, a Central Lakes College natural resources instructor, was appointed to serve along with 11 other new appointees on the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Oversight Committee.

His term runs from Dec. 15, 2011 to Dec. 14, 2014.

Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner, informed Faber of the appointment. He said the committee is responsible for oversight of the Game and Fish Fund under Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.055, subd. 4b.

The orientation meeting of the group is scheduled for Dec. 20 in the DNR Central Office, St. Paul. Faber will meet with Dennis Simon, chief of the DNR Section of Wildlife, and fellow committee members to begin working on budget oversight and management of game and fish resources.

Pathways announces board members, appoints officers

New Pathways, Inc., a nonprofit ensuring homeless families with children have the resources, skills, and assistance necessary to thrive, added three new members to the board.

Dick Peterson, Nisswa, will serve on the board for a three-year term beginning in 2012.  Judith Swenson, Mora, joined the board in May. Swenson will be filling a three-year term, and has now been appointed secretary.  Kathy Schroeder, Baxter, also joined in May to serve a three-year term, and was recently appointed vice president.

Current board members who will continue to serve in 2012 include: Carrie Doom (president), Ray Magnuson (treasurer), and Kathi Madsen, with one board position becoming vacant for the 2012-2015 term. 

Sjoberg provides ophthalmic surgery in Staples

CROSBY — Dr. Stacy Sjoberg, ophthalmologist at Crosby Eye Clinic, is now providing surgical services at Lakewood Health System in Staples.

Sjoberg will perform a wide range of surgical procedures at Lakewood including cataract removal with lens implant, glaucoma surgery, pterygium excision and other corneal procedures.

Sjoberg earned her medical degree and her doctorate in cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her ophthalmic residency at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and her cornea and external disease fellowship at the University of Iowa, one of the top cornea fellowships in the country. Sjoberg is also an associate professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota.

Cass County EDC welcomes board members

Les Spitzack and Dan Meier of Cass Company Insurance were recently elected to the Cass County Economic Development Corporation Board in 2011.

Spitzak, owner of Spitzak Builders Inc., Walker, has been a self-employed business owner for the past 41 years in the Walker area – first as a resort owner on Leech Lake and most recently in the construction field. He currently employs 10 full-time workers and will bring his knowledge in business, job creation and tourism to the board. Meier, owner, Cass Company Insurance — Hackensack and Pine River, grew up in the area and has a great knowledge of the communities and the people that live here.

Existing board members, Jim Tertin and Cy Struss were re-elected to board positions and all will serve for three years in this volunteer capacity. The Cass County Economic Development Corporation board provides planning, oversight and promotion at the organization.

Struss has served on this board since 2000. He has seen many changes in the organization in those years with new staff, goals and projects. Over the years he has served in the positions of vice president and president and continued as a board member for another three years, saying he would like to continue to see new capital investment and new jobs area created in the market place.

Tertin, director of manufacturing, Magnum Research, Pillager, has served on the Cass County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors since 2009 with a goal of creating jobs. He has 39 years of experience in the firearms industry and moved his business to Cass County in 2000.

Dave Holk, of Walker, was elected president, Bill Palmer, of Essentia Health will serve as vice president, Lanny Scearcy of Scearcy and Associates is secretary and Jay Cline of Woodland Bank is treasurer. Other board members include Bob Goggleye, Marie Rose and three ex-officio members from Cass County.

The Work Connection’s Wirth earns award

Tyler Wirth, a senior business consultant with The Work Connection, was awarded the 2011 President’s Club Award for his outstanding contributions to his clients and TWC.

Wirth manages the surrounding areas of Alexandria, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Fargo, Fergus Falls and Perham offices. His expertise and experience offer a scope of human resources outsourcing alternatives to his clients. He is involved in the community and regularly speaks at public events. This year, Wirth was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association.


CLC Outreach site offers free workshops

PINE RIVER — The Cass County Economic Development Corporation has new, shorter free workshops for the winter.

The lab is open 2-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The workshops are offered to get new users over to the Central Lakes College Outreach Site in Pine River, getting to know new software and learning useful tips.

The following workshops are available through January: “Excel worksheets and formatting,” “Creating newsletters and brochures,” “Writing a resume,” “Microsoft Outlook,” “Saving/scanning photos” and “Creating a mail merge database” are new workshops. Each class is one to two hours long.

For more information, call (218) 947-7523 or (218) 587-2474. There is a limit of five for each workshop. Central Lakes College students are invited to use the computer lab for Internet-based classes. For more information, go online to for class listing.


Slumberland donates beds for families in need

This holiday season, Slumberland Furniture in Baxter, is working to provide families in need with new beds through its annual Making Homes for the Holidays program.

Throughout the month of December, Slumberland Furniture as a whole will donate about 2,000 mattress and box spring sets to nonprofit partners throughout the communities it serves.

During the week of Dec. 19, 10 mattress sets will be donated with the help of the Salvation Army. In addition, Lakeview Community Church in Hillman is donating handmade quilt, and sheet sets will be donated from Walmart in Baxter.

US Bank donates to St. Francis Music Center

US Bank, a longtime supporter of the arts community and St. Francis Music Center, presented a check for $1,000 to Sister Mary Pat Burger, executive director of Ministries and Services for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.

This grant will be used to support the Music Center’s two string ensembles: Con Brio Orchestra and Sforzando String Orchestra. Each week, more than 300 students take lessons and participate in the Music Center’s excellent programs.

Bremer employees donate volunteer hours

In 2011, Bremer Bank employees donated thousands of volunteer hours.

According to the company’s seventh annual internal employee survey, employees in the Brainerd charter donated 3,482 hours and overall Bremer employees donated more than 100,000 volunteer hours in 2011, which is up 11 percent year-over-year.

In total, the company’s about 1,800 employees logged volunteer hours that were the equivalent of $3.2 million dollars, based on a formula from the Independent Sector, which values an hour of volunteer time at $21.36.

Mike Riley, president and chief executive officer for Bremer Bank in Brainerd, said some employees are donating in access of 500 volunteer hours each year.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donates more than $26,000 in November

ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $26,133 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in November.

Each month the band and its businesses make contributions to community organizations including schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves, and others in Minnesota and nationwide.

In November, the Mille Lacs Band donated $1,000 to Can Do Canines, an organization based in New Hope that provides specially trained dogs to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The band’s contribution will specifically help fund Autism Assist Dogs, a training program that instructs dogs to provide safety, a calming influence, and peace of mind for children with autism. The band also contributed $1,000 to Aitkin’s Habitat for Humanity to help fund the construction of a home in McGregor.

Additionally, the band put $1,000 toward building a public water park for the community in Royalton. The band also donated $1,000 to Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota to help support the nonprofit’s annual prevention conference, educational resources and materials, partnerships with communities and other programming.

Other notable contributions include those to Sandstone’s Sportsman Club to help fund a training facility; Brainerd’s Good Samaritan Society to support elder care assistance; Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help fund youth programs in Minnesota schools; and the Snowshoe Project sponsored by Kinship of Morrison County, a nonprofit organization that offers youth mentoring programs and activities.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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