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Radco Truck Accessory Center on track for March opening

The Radco Truck Accessory Center’s new Baxter facility, formerly home to The Floor to Ceiling Store, is on track for a late March opening.

“The mild winter has helped I think in getting materials,” said Brian Skogen, company president. Skogen said contractors have been able to meet a tight time frame. Nor-Son is the general contractor for the project. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the month, Skogen reported. The demolition work was done at the end of 2011. Now, workers are about to install a sprinkler system and have it certified. They are rebuilding the new show floor and offices. Plans are to set fixtures in early March and set up inventory for the new warehouse and retail store by mid-March.

Radco is a division of Silver Star Industries Inc., which is a locally owned company employing 65 people. Company headquarters and a manufacturing division would remain in east Brainerd while the retail and warehouse facility would move to Baxter. Skogen said they are getting ready for the task of moving from their location off Highway 25 in East Brainerd to Baxter. Efforts are under way to draw down the warehouse inventory and then send new shipments directly to the Baxter location to ease the move. Skogen said it’s been a smooth process to date.

“We have much in front of us to accomplish the move, but the excitement shared by our employees and anticipation from our customers will make it worthwhile,” Skogen said.

Westwood Professional Services Inc. announced Thursday it is closing its Brainerd-based operation and moving it to the St. Cloud office.

The company’s roots in Brainerd go back to 1996 as Central Minnesota Surveying, which later became Westwood in 2001. Tim Ramerth leads the Brainerd office. In a news release, Ramerth said the move is a solid business decision.

“Westwood serves Minnesota clients from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Brainerd. Brainerd and St. Cloud have focused primarily on urban and rural development in the northern region,” Ramerth stated in a news release. “Since our offices are in such close proximity, we often collaborate on efforts, so combining them just makes good sense.”

The plan is to move the office early this spring.

“Brainerd staff hopes to make a seamless transition for their clients, with plans for ongoing support of them and their projects from a new location,” Westwood stated in a news release.

Scott Gyllen, Westwood vice president and national office leader, stated he believed the transition will enhance opportunities for clients and staff.

“Our decision to move our Brainerd operations to St. Cloud allows us to enhance regional client services,” Gyllen said.

Additional services in St. Cloud include in-house environmental and planning professionals, increased engineering and survey staff. “Career development is extremely important to our future,” said Paul Greenhagen, Westwood president. “Combining these teams will make them stronger, more successful, and provide our people more professional opportunities.”

PJ Overvold, who was formerly in the Lime Greenery in Pequot Lakes, is opening a shop on Highway 371 North, about a quarter of a mile north of Iven’s on the Bay. Overvold, who first started O Design event decor planning and linen rental, added O What a Tan mobile spray tanning business. She now added a “higher end women’s consignment” and women’s furniture segment to her business. The business is expected to open later this week.

Sara Taylor reported starting a new online business after launching a website in January called Northland Social Scene at The website promotes restaurants, bars and entertainment between Brainerd and Walker.

Good Samaritan Society - Nisswa Home Care and Hospice Director Kayla Farr reported the organization outgrew its location in downtown Nisswa. “We knew we were in trouble when our break room started to double as a storage room,” she said. Home Care and Hospice moved to 24090 Smiley Road, Suite No. 200 in Nisswa, next to REMAX. They are hosting an open house and blessing from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 23 with the blessing and short program at 5 p.m.

The Hallett Center of Crosby now features RealRyder indoor cycling. “RealRyders offer cycling training that integrates several muscle groups beyond normal stationary bike training delivering a comprehensive upper and lower body workout and better replicates the feel and training of outdoor bikes,” reported General Manager Maurice Slepica.

Slepica reported the Hallett Community Center Foundation raised the funds to purchase two RealRyder bikes for the improvement of the Hallett Center experience.

“With the popularity of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail and the recreational bike trail to Riverton, we wanted to position ourselves to offer year-round training to all types of cycling enthusiasts,” Slepica said.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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