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Brainerd Lakes Business News - Jan. 15

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Pierce joins Brainerd Dispatch

Jessi Pierce, a Mahtomedi native, recently joined the Brainerd Dispatch news department as a staff writer.

Pierce attended Iowa State University where she majored in journalism and mass communications. While at ISU, Pierce became an avid Cyclones fan, working with the Cyclone Hockey team and the ISU Athletics Department, covering all major Division I sports over the course of four years. She also took an internship with Fox Sports North in Minneapolis before graduating in May 2010. After graduation she relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo., interning at USA Hockey with USA Hockey Magazine, where she remained up until August 2011.

Gilchrist gains promotion

with Unicity International

PEQUOT LAKES — Kathy Gilchrist of Pequot Lakes was promoted to senior manager with Unicity International, the Bios Life Company. 

Unicity International is a global direct sales company with a product line featuring Bios Life Slim and the Make Life Better Transformation Program. 

Gilchrist recently attended a company conference in Dallas to participate in the January national launch of the Make Life Better Transformation Program. This 13 week in-home program is an all inclusive with weekly phone calls with a personal health coach, an individualized fitness program, science based nutrition education, online tracking and support system, nutritional products and personal life style changes.

Lueck gains

promotion to CEO

Share Advantage Credit Union of Duluth announced the promotion of

Kellee Lueck to president and CEO.

Lueck has served as the chief financial officer/chief operating officer for Share

Advantage since 2002. She has more than 20 years of financial experience and previously served as the CFO of Lakewood Bank in the Brainerd area. She

is a native of Nisswa and currently resides in Duluth.

Senior Center

elects board officers

The Lakes Area Senior Activity Center elected new board officers for


Board president is Brian Lemieux, vice president is Bob Schricker,

secretary is Kathy Tusa and treasurer is Doug Johanson.

Elected to the board by the membership were Peter Schmitz and Dale Roberts. Existing board members are Ann Richardson, Sherrie Christensen, Josiah Heal, Bob Campbell, Bruce Buxton, Bonnie Franzen, and John Person. Liaison to the Brainerd City Council is Bonnie Cumberland.

The Lakes Area Senior Activity Center’s mission is to be a community focal point on aging; a place where mature citizens can meet, participate in activities, classes, programs and services which will support their independence, enhance their dignity and quality of life. The center has been in existence since 1979 and is located at 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd.

Panache Salon staff

attend color class

Panache Salon and Spa staff attended the Aveda Advanced Color Class 2011.

Sara Rolfson, Shannon Lawson, Maria Wolfe, Nikki Boggs and Amber McManigle attended the class on the latest techniques and the latest, 96 percent naturally derived colors. The class was lead by Aveda’s educator Rebecca Yarwood.

Scholarships available

for graduating seniors

PIERZ — Horizon Health, Inc., a nonprofit health care provider headquartered in Pierz, announced the availability of seven health care scholarships for graduating seniors.

Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $250 each to graduating seniors chosen from each of the following schools: Brainerd, Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Staples/Motley, Swanville and Upsala. High School seniors who plan to continue their education to pursue careers in health services, social work or long-term care are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have maintained a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher and plan on a program lasting nine months or more. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of scholastic and school achievement, home and community involvement and an essay describing their educational goals. Students may obtain scholarship application forms from their high school counselor, Horizon Health or visit Horizon Health’s website at

Contact Vicki Villebro at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 for more information about the scholarship or about Horizon Health.

Nominations sought for

LF businesses of the year

Nominations for the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce are being sought for the chamber’s 2011 Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Each award has specific criteria to assist in the nomination process. Nomination forms are due in the chamber office by Jan. 20. Awards will be bestowed at the chamber’s annual meeting on Feb. 23.

Recipients will receive public recognition and a plaque noting their honor. The names will also be displayed on permanent plaques in the chamber office.

Nomination forms are available online at under the nominations link. For more information or to submit a nomination contact the chamber by calling (320) 632-5155 or email Gina at

Home Instead Senior

Care gains recognition

Home Instead Senior Care-Brainerd Lakes has been recognized as one of the top 15 Home Instead franchises in the nation according to the recent Pursuing Excellent by Advancing Quality conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.

J.D. Power surveyed Home Instead Senior Care’s clients, families, and CAREGivers regarding quality of care, quality of staff, and attentiveness of office staff. The ranking was established by comparing client advocacy scores and CAREGiver index scores. Home Instead Senior Care has 900 Franchises across the nation and international. The area Brainerd office has been open seven years and provides non-medical services such as housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry and transportation to the five-county area, including Crow Wing, Cass, Todd, Wadena, and Morrison counties.


Dine and Discover to cover

Financial wellness

PIERZ — Horizon Health’s Faith in Action, along with Home Savings of America and the Senior LinkAge Line are offering an opportunity to educate the community on Financial Wellness, which is an intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money.

Financial wellness is described as having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. Mary Gritzmacher from Unity Bank and Frank Rebnord from In His Service Ministries, Inc. will share their knowledge and ideas on Financial Wellness.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz. A free will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at (320) 468-6451 or (800) 224-6451 on or before Jan. 20.

Business After Hours

planned Tuesday in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Falls Optical at Northern Eye Center, 119 First St. N.E. in Little Falls.

Hosting the event is Falls Optical. 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.

Highland Senior Living

to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the networking event Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m. Highland Senior Living, 1012 Third Ave. N.E. in Little Falls on Friday, January 20 for Friday Morning Coffee.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Highland Senior Living.

Chamber to host

LeMieur, Gazelka Thursday

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber and community members to a legislative dialog with Rep. Mike LeMieur, R-Little Falls, and Sen, Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, 10 – 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Little Falls City Hall in the council chamber, 100 Seventh Ave. N.E.

Participants will have the opportunity to direct questions and comments regarding issues that will impact the 2012 legislative session to Gazelka and LeMieur. The session will be rebroadcast on local cable access Channel 6 in Little Falls and on Channel 12 in Pierz.

For more information, call the chamber at (320)632-5155.


Boiler operation

course set at CLC

A 30-hour boiler licensure course will be in January and February in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Do you need to upgrade your boiler license or obtain new licensure? 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 from Jan. 23 through Feb. 27. There isn’t a class Feb. 20.

The fee is $329, including book, and the deadline to register is Jan. 16. Registration is accepted with a personal debit/credit card at (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142. For more information go to

Certified food manager

training set at CLC

A Certified Food Manager course will meet Jan. 24, 26, and 31 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

Certification is required in most Minnesota food establishments. The class meets 5 to 9 p.m. with instructor Colette Pohlkamp.

Participants are trained and tested through the ServSafe Serving Safe Food certification course. They will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the HACCP system of food safety, setting up standards.

The course fee is $170.

Payment is required at the time of registration. Registration deadline is Jan. 17.

For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142. For more information, go online and click on courses.

CLC offers QuickBooks

Pro advanced accounting

Central Lakes College has scheduled a two-night, computerized QuickBooks Pro Accounting Advanced course on the Brainerd campus.

The class meets 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 from in Computer Lab C221. The fee is $99.

This class will provide the advanced skills necessary to get more detail from the software package. The student will learn software features including, set up overview, preferences, customization, item detailing for inventory control, sales and purchase orders, bank reconciliation, and monthly reporting.

The instructor is Jay Bock.

Registration deadline is Tuesday. For more information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or go online to and click on courses.

IRA seminar is

Jan. 25 at CLC

The Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College will host an Individual Retirement Account seminar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 on the Brainerd campus.

Michael Nelson will instruct. The event is for new bank account representatives and personal bankers, brokers, insurance agents, financial advisers, tax preparers, accountants, company managers, and support staff working with IRA accounts. Continuing Education Units are available from CLC.

The fee is $99.

For registration information, call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142 or 855-8142. Online registration is available at and click on courses.

Questions may be directed to Participants may park in the main entrance parking lot and use Entrance No. 6, where signs will direct guests to the appropriate classroom.


Mille Lacs Band donates

more than $542,000 in 2011

ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $21,379 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in December. In 2011, the band donated a total of $542,457 in monetary and in-kind contributions.

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

In December the Mille Lacs Band donated $1,000 each to the Pierz Area Toy Drive and the FISH Toys for Kids campaign in Mora. The donations helped fund holiday gifts for less fortunate children in Morrison and Kanabec counties. The Mille Lacs Band also gave $1,000 to the city of Garrison to help fund a community skating rink.

Additionally the band contributed $1,000 to the Vinland National Center’s annual Winter Walkabout, a snowshoe event that raises money for the organization’s behavioral health programs. The band also provided $1,000 to the Junior Achievement of the Brainerd lakes area, an educational program that teaches K-12 students about business, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workforce readiness skills.

Other notable contributions included those to the Fraser Program, a nonprofit in Minneapolis that assists children with autism and other special needs; A Place for You, a homeless shelter located in Pine City; Ramsey County’s Meals on Wheels organization; and Milaca’s community education volleyball program.

Deerwood Technologies

donates to Food Pack Program

DEERWOOD — Deerwood Technologies, Inc. presented Teppi Bundy from CRES with a donation in the amount of $278 in support of the CRES Food Pack Program.

Deerwood Technologies employees contributed money to wear blue jeans on Fridays throughout the year and decided to give the money to CRES as a part of their Business Giving Program.

How to submit

a business note

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or fax to (218) 829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

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