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Business Notes Feb. 12


Myrvold gains promotion with Nor-Son

BAXTER — Nor-Son Inc. of Baxter announced Ron Myrvold was recently promoted to director of construction.

Myrvold has been leading Nor-Son projects for more than 25 years and has advanced through field operations and construction management roles.

Joining Nor-Son’s Executive Management Team on Feb. 1, 2012, Myrvold will continue to guide oversight of field manpower and lead Nor-Son’s safety efforts. Myrvold is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor of applied science, industrial technology.

Cowell attends Central Regional Meeting

BAXTER — David Cowell, a financial adviser for Northwestern Mutual in Baxter, recently attended the company’s Central Regional Meeting in Chicago.

The meeting included sessions on estate planning, pension plans, life insurance, disability income and business insurance presented by home office officials and other financial representatives from throughout the United States.

More 1,200 financial representatives were present. Cowell, who joined the company in 2000, received outstanding honors in several areas recognized by the company.

Johnson, Galstad join Randall State Bank

RANDALL — Randall State Bank announced Aaron Johnson is the new loan officer – vice president. Johnson will be the banks new loan officer and joins the bank most recently as a loan officer at First State Bank of Swanvile. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minnesota School of Business.

Aaron Galstad joined the bank as the banks new operations officer – assistant vice president. Galstad was most recently with the Staples Motley School District as the assistant business manager for the district. He has also held positions as the plant controller for Morey’s Seafood and several other key positions with other area businesses in the accounting functions. Galstad has his bachelor’s and MBA in accounting from St. Cloud State University.

Tri-County Health welcomes OB/GYN

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care welcomes Dr. Janelle Strom, as its obstetric and gynecological specialist.

Strom will begin her practice at Tri-County Health Care on Feb. 20.

Strom is joining Wadena Medical Center’s growing team of physicians practicing medicine and surgery. Her specialty includes a range of obstetric and gynecological services including minimally invasive pelvic surgery and robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery.

As a board certified obstetrics and gynecological physician, Strom specializes in the female reproductive organs and provides excellent care for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients.

Judy White, clinic administrator, said Strom has been a specialist with the organization for many years before joining the Tri-County Health Care staff full time.

A fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Strom received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of North Dakota. She completed her OB/GYN residency at Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals in Omaha, Neb. In addition to her medical training, she has a MBA in Medical Group Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis.

Strom served in the Air National Guard from 1980-1992.

Holznagel receives sales award

Clayton “Buzz” Holznagel, owner of North Central Minnesota Mosquito Squad, received the Excellence in Sales Award.

First season award presentations were conducted in Palm Coast, Fla. at Outdoor Living Brands annual convention, with more than 100 franchisee locations represented.

Mosquito Squad, a private mosquito and tick abatement company, reported it is among the top 15 fastest growing franchise companies in the nation. Mosquito Squad, an Outdoor Living Brands company, was recently certified as a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute and was rated one of the Top 50 Franchises by Franchise Business Review, receiving their 2011 and 2010 Franchisee

Satisfaction Award.

Holznagel purchased the North Central Region in March of 2011.

CLC students help with DECA event

Central Lakes College Business Management students Nathan Wickham, Kelsey Olson, Erica Wilson, and Melissa Contreras, all of Brainerd, and Drew Wikelius and Mary Richards, both of Deerwood, joined instructor Pat Swarthout to assist with judging high school District DECA competition at the Crossroads Mall, St. Cloud, Feb. 1.

More than 200 students from 10 high schools competed in a variety of Marketing Education competitive events. Top students earned the right to advance to state competition.

The CLC students also helped coordinate three of the events: Business Finance, Human Resource Management, and Food Marketing.

Bock appointed parks and recreation director

Troy Bock, formerly of the Brainerd area, was appointed parks and recreation director in Moberly, Mo.

Bock had been serving as the interim parks and recreation director since Michael Bork resigned in August of 2011. The city reported Bock was selected from a field of more than 70 applicants.

The selection process included a committee of six officials. Bock grew up in the Brainerd area. Following his high school graduation, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He had two Congressional internships while a college student.

After working in positions, which included the Minnesota House of Representatives, Bock was accepted into the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Bock interned for the city of Moberly while there.

After graduating from the School of Public Affairs, Bock began working full-time for Moberly as assistant city manager, working on a variety of projects including grant and infrastructure-related projects.


Chamber to host annual meeting Feb. 23

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber and community members to our 124th annual meeting Feb. 23 at the Falls Ballroom.

The chamber will bestow the 2011 Small and Large Businesses of the Year, as well as the Volunteer of the Year awards. The featured entertainment for this event is Glen Everhart, an interactive musician and comedian.

The chamber will be congratulating the 2011 Chair of the Chamber Board Bridget Britz, Horizon Health, on a successful year and welcome 2012 Chair of the Chamber Board Julie Zupko, Bieganek Insurance and Randall State Insurance. Outgoing board member to be honored during this event is Paul Kapsner, Royalton Lumber.

“The annual meeting provides the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the chamber over the past year,” said Debora K. Boelz, president/CEO of the Chamber.

Cost is $30 per person with advance reservation required. Confirm your reservation by mailing payment to: The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 First St. N.W., Little Falls MN 56345 or by visiting our website at Reservation deadline is Friday.

Bank of the West to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to Bank of the West, from 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, 65 E. Broadway in Little Falls, for Friday Morning Coffee.

Announcements at the networking event are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Bank of the West.

Business After Hours set at Brainerd airport

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport will host Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at the airport to celebrate the completion of the terminal construction project.

This grand opening event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as tours. Preliminary results of the airport usage survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Aeronautics will be released during the Business After Hours, a networking event of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber.


Math and blueprint reading

classes set for Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — The Business and Industry Center of Central Lakes College is providing two 16-hour classes, Trade and Industry Math starting in March and Blueprint Reading that starts in April, at the Little Falls Manufacturing Development Center in Little Falls.

Michael Reeser, a CLC welding and fabrication instructor, will teach both. He has been involved in the welding and fabrication industry for over 20 years. He began working as a fitter’s helper in a small fabrication shop in his hometown as a teenager and worked his way through college as a fitter/welder.

Reeser is a college instructor for the 44 credit, ten-month welding diploma program that serves about 25 students per year. He also is a hobbyist in blacksmithing at his farm shop.

Trade and Industry Math will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 27 to April 19. The course covers an introduction to applied mathematics. Work will be done in percents, decimals, and fractions. Lines, angles, two and three-dimensional shapes, ratios, and proportions will also be covered. Students will solve a variety of problems on paper, in their heads, and with the use of calculators. Students must supply their own calculator, protractor, and compass.

Blueprint Reading will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 24 to May 17. The course the student will develop skills in practical blueprint reading, interpretation and development. Welding symbols are learned and drawings will be made. With conventional blueprint reading methods, the student will gain necessary interpreting skills to develop a working knowledge on a variety of blueprint types from various fields with great emphasis on welding.

The Little Falls course site is the former Crestliner building. The fee for each course is $169. To register online for these limited-space courses, go to and by phone call (800) 933-0346, ext. 8142. The deadline is one week before the start of the class.

‘Serving It Safe’ is Feb. 21 in Brainerd

A ‘Serving It Safe’ review course is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers. It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness. Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.

The deadline to register is Tuesday. Phone registrations are accepted at 855-8142 or (800) 933-0346, Ext. 8142. Online registration is available at and click on courses. For more information, email


Brainerd Market donates

portion of sales to charities

The Brainerd Market’s 40 plus local vendors as a way of supporting the economically stressed area, each vendor decided to donate a portion of their February sales to local charities.

The effort is named, ‘The Brainerd Market’s Love Thy Neighbor Campaign.” All proceeds from the campaign will then be divided among three local charities.

Customers will decide which charities will receive the money by voting for their favorite charity every time they stop at The Brainerd Market, located in the old Ben Franklin Crafts building on Highway 210 East in Brainerd.

“Campaign proceeds will then be divided among the top three chosen charities,” said Heide Benedict, one of the vendors at the Market, in a news release. “This is our way of giving back to our community.”

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