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Fifteen from CLC

attend ATRA seminar

Thirteen Central Lakes College students in the Automotive Technology program recently attended the two-day Midwest seminar of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association in Bloomington.

Accompanied by instructor Ray Johnson of Pequot Lakes and lab assistant Richard Altepeter of Brainerd, the 13 students represented all two-year colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

The CLC students participating, who all received prizes and assistance with lodging discounts at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott, were Cody Kelley, Remer; Robert Pahl, Breezy Point; Christopher Pistone, James Sorensen, and Brady Tesch, Brainerd; Jeremy Davidson, Baxter; Tyler Gottwalt, Royalton; Michael Bounds, Staples; Devin Okerman, Derik Jendro, Charles Hansen, and Mitchell Waldvogel, Little Falls; and Brandon Hoeschen, Freeport.

Hejhal joins

Lakewood Health

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System, Staples, announced Roxanne “Roxy” Hejhal as its new director of education and occupational health.

Hejhal received her bachelor of arts in organizational behavior from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth and her Master in Business Administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. She has been in a variety of different positions in health care, most recently as service excellence and organizational effectiveness consultant with Altru Health System in Grand Forks, N.D. Hejhal has more than a decade of management and leadership experience in communications, education programming and organizational development.

Hejhal is originally from Motley and currently resides in Verndale.

St. Cloud VA selects Thieschafer as associate director, health systems

Cheryl L. Thieschafer, of Sartell, was selected as the associate director, health systems administrator, St. Cloud VA Health Care System.

In her new role, Thieschafer is responsible for overseeing administrative, fiscal, and logistical systems for the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, which is comprised of the 388 bed VA Medical Center in St. Cloud and outpatient clinics in Brainerd, Montevideo, and Alexandria.

Thieschafer begins her new position immediately.

Prior to her selection as associate director, Thieschafer served as the management and program analyst at the St. Cloud VA. Thieschafer began her VA service as a clinical dietitian in 2000, following 12 years of service in the U.S. Army.

A central Minnesota native, Thieschafer graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1983, and received a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from North Dakota State University in 1987, and a master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University in 1997.

For information on enrolling for VA health care, contact the St. Cloud VA HCS Eligibility Office at (320) 255-6340.

Cowell attends

leaders summit

BAXTER — David Cowell, a Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor with the Columns Resource Group based in Baxter, attended the second annual Lives Leaders Summit in Chicago March 21-23.

Cowell was one of 411 advisers out of more than 7,000 with Northwestern Mutual to qualify for this summit.

The objective of the Lives Leaders Summit was to motivate representatives to sustain the growth needed to build a consistent, high activity practice at any stage in their career.

Feierabend gains promotion to general manager

Hy-Tec Construction, Brainerd, announced the promotion of Mitch Feierabend to general manager.

Feierabend has been employed by Hy-Tec since 1998. Starting out as a laborer and working his way to general manager has given him a strong working knowledge of the construction industry, the company reported. Feierabend graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in construction management in 2004.

His new duties will encompass overseeing all the day-to-day activities of Hy-Tec along with owners Craig Feierabend, Brad Arnold and Brenda Bray.

Malmo campground

gains recognition

Pete’s Retreat, Mille Lacs Lake, was chosen by recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiasts and campers as one of their favorite campgrounds throughout North America.

Woodall’s Publications, publisher of the comprehensive Woodall’s Campground Directory, made the announcement based on nationwide voting. The announcement came at the close of Woodall’s “Vote for Your Favorite Campground” Sweepstakes where guests could vote via website or text messages for their preferred RV Parks or campgrounds.

Woodall’s released the list of the Top 100 Favorite Campgrounds as voted by campers. Out of more than 7,000 RV parks and campgrounds throughout North America, Pete’s Retreat was voted among the top 100 parks.

CLC hires disability services coordinator

Andria Belisle of Big Lake has been hired by Central Lakes College to serve as its disability services coordinator starting April 30.

She has been a graduate assistant in the St. Cloud State University Office of Student Disability Services and an intern in Career Services at the University of Minnesota.

Belisle in May will receive her master of science degree from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in college counseling and student development. She received her bachelor’s degree from SCSU with a major in communication sciences and disorders.

USDA reminds producers about crop program

USDA Crow Wing-Cass Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Trisha McMonagle reminded producers enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) runs through June 1. Producers should contact the county office to set up appointments. Annual contracts are required to be signed to receive program benefits. All signatures of producers receiving a share in DCP and ACRE payments are required by June 1.

For more information about DCP and ACRE programs or other FSA programs, contact the local Crow Wing-Cass County USDA- FSA at 7118 Clearwater Road in Baxter, or call 829-5965, or at the Aitkin-Itasca County USDA-FSA at 130 Southgate Drive in Aitkin, phone (218) 927-2912.

For more information on DCP or ACRE, contact a nearby FSA county office or visit the FSA website at

Ziegler attends

conference in Las Vegas

BAXTER — Katie Ziegler, who works in the housekeeping department at the Super 8 Motel in Baxter, was sent by the franchise to the Wyndham Conference in Las Vegas.

During the week of April 2, Ziegler, who sings and plays guitar and writes songs, performed a Super 8 jingle in front of more than 2,000 people at the national convention.

Deerwood Technologies makes best 100 list

DEERWOOD — Deerwood Technologies Inc., Deerwood, was included in the list of 100 Best Companies to Work For 2012 which Minnesota Business Magazine announced April 16. Deerwood Technologies thanked its employees. According to the Minnesota Business press release, the competition salutes Minnesota organizations that are setting the standard for leadership, benefits, best work environment, innovative training programs and employee happiness. In its inaugural year, the awards recognize small, mid-sized and large businesses that continue to make an impact and set the standard of excellence for others to follow.

The presentation is June 4 in Minneapolis.

Nor-Son selected for Fargo medical center

Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction was selected by Sanford Health to build the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, N.D. Mortenson is partnering with Nor-Son Inc. of Baxter on the $340 million project. Work on the new medical center will begin in summer of 2012 with occupancy planned for 2016.

The new Sanford Fargo Medical Center will feature a nine-story medical center with 460 inpatient beds, 32 operating room suites, 12 IR/Cath labs, and a 51-bay emergency department. A heliport, 200,000-square-foot clinic, and support spaces will be included as well. The medical center will be about 1.2 million square feet with a separate energy center/loading dock building.

Nor-Son is currently working on the Sanford Fargo Downtown Campus as construction manager of the $4 million Roger Maris Cancer Center Addition and Remodel project and the $40 million Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

Hinds gains nomination for altruism award

Former Brainerd resident Pat (Koering) Hinds, was recently nominated for the “Registered Rep’s Altruism Award: Advisors with Heart.”

Nominations are evaluated based on the level and depth of commitment of the adviser to altruistic activities outside of his or her practice.

Hinds supports a variety of causes in the St. Cloud area, including Cancer Care, Feed My Starving Children, Catholic Charities and Great Theatre. In addition to financial contributions, she also works, organizing collections, participating in fundraisers, providing college scholarships, or packing meals for starving children. One of her commitments is teaching others how to make better money-management decisions. Prior to establishing Granite Financial in 1991, an unexpected event in her life forced the realization that everyone, herself included, needs to be better prepared financially to handle life’s curve balls as her husband suffered a severe back injury preventing him from returning to work. In 2010, she took her commitment to financial education, both a personal and professional passion, to another level and established the Retirement Resource Center. The Center is a not-for-profit service for pre-retired and retired individuals in her community.

Hinds is a branch manager for Securities America Inc. and, as an investment adviser representative, as well as a Top 100 adviser for Securities America Advisors, Inc.


Administrative Professionals Week focuses on training

Members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will focus attention on the vital role of administrative support staff in today’s business environment and the importance of continuing education and training during the 60th annual observance of Administrative Professionals Week April 22-28, 2012. Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 25.

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, the Brainerd Chapter of IAAP will be hosting an event on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter. The lunch and learn will feature the presentation “The 7 Cs of Leadership” by keynote speaker Dia Satori, CEO of Strategic Dreaming, Inc., and the Director of Human Resources at a medical device company. Ms. Satori’s “7 Cs of Leadership” is a thought-provoking and humorous presentation with practical steps and ideas on becoming better leaders.

Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., Welcome & Lunch at 11:30 a.m. with “The 7 Cs of Leadership” presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $50.00 for non-members, $40.00 for each additional registrant in the same company and $30.00 for IAAP members.

For questions regarding registration information contact Naomi Scott, CAP-OM at or 218-765-3599 or visit the chapter website at


CLC offers QuickBooks accounting payroll class

Central Lakes College has scheduled a two-week course, one night per week, on the Brainerd campus to learn implementation of payroll tracking in QuickBooks.

The course is scheduled from 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, May 8 and 15, in C221 of the Brainerd campus.

The students will learn employee set up and customization (vacation/sick days), time sheets, tax calculations for federal and state, monthly tax payments, quarterly reporting and year end processing.

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

For more information by May 1, call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or email Online registration may be completed at and then click on “courses.”

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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