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Students attend Midwest

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.

This year’s conference marked the 72nd year that natural resource professionals in the Midwest have met to share research, management experiences, and valuable insight on issues related to fish and wildlife. During the conference more than 500 scientific presentations, posters, and symposia were presented and students had an opportunity to participate in a valuable workshop on “Beginning Your Professional Journey.” Professionals and students shared their latest work and discussed the challenges of the future. To learn more about the conference, visit

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.

Nelsen earns broker’s license

Penny Nelsen, Staples, earned her Minnesota Real Estate Broker’s License, Jim Eisler, manager of the Baxter and Crosslake Edina Realty offices announced.

To obtain a real estate broker license, a person must be licensed real estate agent, complete the required course work, and successfully pass the Minnesota Department of Commerce Broker’s licensing exam on real estate law.

Nelsen has been a licensed real estate association since 2003.

Thuringers awarded Armor of Light award

Brian and Deb Thuringer of Madden’s on Gull Lake recently were awarded the Armor of Light award from Saint John’s Preparatory School.

The Thuringers were awarded the honor during the school’s annual legacy dinner at Madden’s. Brian Thuringer, president of Madden’s on Gull Lake, is an alumni from the class of 1968.

For the past 11 years, the Thuringers have held one of the largest annual fundraising events for Saint John’s Preparatory School at Madden’s. The revenue from the event helps the school provide financial assistance for students.

Holtan gains promotion

to program director

Heidi Holtan, Brainerd native, was promoted to program director at Northern Community Radio.

Holtan was outreach producer and as program director, Holtan, who has been outreach producer and a program host for the organization since 2003, will lead the programming and online media of 91.7 KAXE and Northern Community Radio.

General Manager Maggie Montgomery said Holtan’s promotion is one of several staff changes that will help position the organization to expand, adding a second, full-power radio station, 90.5 KBXE, in March 2012.

“The job of Program Director formerly included being music director. Now there are two separate positions. The program director is responsible for all of the programming — music, public affairs and online,” Montgomery said in a news release.

A large part of Holtan’s job will be to help develop the programming, volunteers and staffing that will help KBXE

and KAXE operate together successfully. She will determine what programs to air on the stations. Holtan produced the literary program, RealGoodWords, for KAXE. She is also producer of Between You and Me and the Friday Morning Show. She has represented Northern Community Radio in several major community efforts, including StoryCorps, the Big Read, and as a writing judge for Dylan Days and 1000 Friends of Minnesota Lakes.

Also promoted was Travis Ryder, originally of Gilbert, to the new post of music director. Ryder was formerly station manager at KSRQ-FM in Thief River Falls. He worked for KMRS/KKOK in Morris, and was station manager and news director for the University of Minnesota Morris student station, KUMM-FM. In 2006, Ryder was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations. As music director he is responsible for the overall sound of Northern Community Radio’s music service. He also produces a current music program (Currents) and a cultural heritage program (Culturology) for the organization.

Charles Pulkrabek of Bemidji was hired as audio archivist. Pulkrabek is a graphic designer, writer and owner of Effective Ink Design in Bemidji. He will produce and distribute audio for the organization in a variety of media formats. He is also producer and host for the weekly Minnesota music show, Centerstage Minnesota.

LAHRA announces officers for 2012

The Lakes Area Human Resource Association announced its 2012 Board of Directors.

Serving as president for 2012 is Kristi Westbrock. Westbrock currently serves as president-elect and is the director of human resources for Consolidated Telecommunciations Co. Chad Harting will serve as chairman of the board. Harting served as the 2011 president and owns Employment Resource Center. Christina Landree will be joining the board as president elect for 2012. Landree returns to the board and is currently the manager of Prostaff. Serving as the programming chair for 2012 is Cathy Thompson of Grand View Lodge. The 2012 marketing chair will be held by Daryl Doucette. He is currently the HR manager for Mille Lacs Academy. Jenna Kovatovich will hold of the position of secretary for 2012. Valerie Fiksdal will be joining the board in the position of membership chair. Returning to the board in 2012 is Cindy Bolig in the position as treasurer for 2012. Bolig is the human resource coordinator for Keystone Automotive Ind. For more information, go online to

Franzen joins Belle Creations

Jamie Franzen joined the staff at Belle Creations in Brainerd.

Franzen specializes in design cuts and color for men and women, along with facial waxing.

She has been doing hair in the Brainerd lakes area for the past 16 years.

Cass County sheriff

announces scholarship winners

Sheriff Tom Burch of Cass County recently announced the winners of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association scholarship program for 2011.

The association awards up to 15 scholarships each year to individuals planning to become Minnesota peace officers. The applicants apply through their local sheriff’s office. This year the scholarship committee chose 15 winners out of the broad spectrum of applicants and reported this was a difficult task, which speaks well of the applicants who chose to participate in the scholarship program. The Minnesota sheriffs’ association scholarship program, which is promoted by the 87 sheriffs of Minnesota, announced the winners as: Kodi Nelson, Roseau; Adam cook, Aitkin; Seth Robison, Longville; Tony Brill, Little Falls; Jacob Letourneau, Winona; Joshua Keller, Montevideo; Columba Nwosu, Willmar; Angela Otto, Belle Plaine; Brendan Mooney, St Cloud; Jacob Wrobbel, Montrose; Shawn Bohnen, Sleepy Eye; Brady Stough, Redwood Falls; Jared Warneke, Zumbrota; Troy Fitting, Houston; Rebecca Dick, Reads Landing.

The awarding of the scholarship to the individual winners will take place at a later date and will be made by the sheriff in the winner’s home community.

Tonder speaks at Little Falls

Noontime Kiwanis Club

LITTLE FALLS — Dan Tonder with Minnesota Power was the guest speaker at the Dec. 1 Little Falls Noontime Kiwanis club meeting.

Tonder spoke about Bison 2, a 105-megawatt wind farm located near New Salem, N.D. It is part of Minnesota Power’s plan to cost-effectively meet the Minnesota renewable energy mandate of 25 percent renewable electric energy by 2025. The $157 million wind farm will be located adjacent to the company’s Bison 1 project now under construction, and is expected to produce emission-free electricity over a 35-year life.

The power will be transmitted though existing power lines that currently transmit coal generated power. The transmission lines cross

North Dakota and Minnesota from east to west. They lines intersect at a point north of Little Falls between Park Rapids and Sebeka.

This makes Little Falls one of the cities that will be receiving wind power from these transmission lines. In anticipation of the

new expanded energy source, Minnesota Power is expanding its maintenance facilities in Little Falls.


B&I Center offers ‘Going Into Business For Yourself’

Jay Bock will teach “Going Into Business For Yourself” at the Business and Industry Center of Central Lakes College in Brainerd from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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.

The deadline to register is Jan. 9. To register visit us at

For more information call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8140 or 855-8140 or email

CLC offers QuickBooks Pro basic accounting class

The Business and Industry Center of Central Lakes College has scheduled QuickBooks Pro Accounting: Basic on the Brainerd campus for computerized accounting.

QuickBooks Pro Accounting for Windows is scheduled from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 10 and 17 in Room C221 of the Brainerd campus. The student will learn the basics of system set-up, chart of account customization, item detailing, invoicing (accounts receivable), cash receipts, deposits and bill paying (accounts payable).

The instructor is Jay Bock. The fee is $99.

Registration deadline is Jan. 3.

For more information, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or email or go online at

CLC offers 48-hour welding course

The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, has scheduled a 48-hour welding course Jan. 17-Feb. 28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It will cover safety, metallurgy, oxyfuel, arc, mig/tig, plasma cutting and more. The course is designed for the beginner and will also allow experienced individuals to build on their existing skills, CLC reported.

Upon successful completion of this class, the beginner student will be prepared for an entry-level position in the welding industry. The experienced student will be able to improve skills or add new methods to abilities.

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

The class meets 5:30-9:30 p.m. in W100. Registration deadline is Jan. 10. For more information go online at and click on courses or call (800) 933-0346, extension 8142 or 855-8142.

Certification classes offered for food managers

LITTLE FALLS — University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirements for certified food managers.

The initial certification course, called ServSafe, will be offered Jan. 12, 2012, at the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the test following at 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certification exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of food borne illnesses. Serve It Up Safely is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified food managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. University of Minnesota Extension educators and University specialists developed this renewal course that meets these criteria. The Serve It Up Safely course will also be at Morrison County Government Center 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 12.

Pre-registration is required. For more information call (507) 337-2819 or contact Connie Schwartau at

The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely renewal course are also available online. To get more information about all of these classes go to or contact Connie Schwartau at or (507) 337-2819.

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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