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Albrecht re-elected to board

BAXTER — Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union President and CEO Chuck Albrecht was re-elected to the Minnesota Credit Union Network Board of Directors at their annual meeting and convention April 13-14.

Albrecht was re-elected to represent credit unions outside Minnesota’s seven-county metro area, as well as elected as vice-chairman of the organization’s table officers for 2012.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is a statewide organization that serves and supports the needs and interests of credit unions throughout Minnesota. The Network, working in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), provides hundreds of products and services, ensuring that Minnesota credit unions have access to the best financial options for their members.

MnCUN works on behalf of Minnesota’s 140 credit unions and more than 1.5 million credit union members.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative serving central Minnesota.

New CFO joins Riverwood

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center welcomed Kent Dumonseau as chief financial officer (CFO).

He joins Riverwood’s management team and will oversee fiscal management for the hospital and clinics as well as participating in overall strategic planning and administrative operations.

Michael Hagen, Riverwood CEO, said Dumonseau is experienced in financial management and rural health care practices and procedures and has past experience auditing Riverwood’s financial statements and communication with management and finance staff has given him a thorough knowledge of the financial issues affecting our health system.

Dumonseau is joining Riverwood Healthcare Center after a 15-plus year career as a certified public accountant with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Previously, he was a director with McGladrey, specializing in providing assurance and consulting services to many critical access hospitals throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, including Riverwood. Dumonseau has worked with the accounting, finance and management staff at Riverwood for about 15 years.

Dumonseau has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Superior.

Francis joins the Raboin Law Firm

BAXTER — The Raboin Law Firm announced it has hired attorney Michelle L. Francis to practice in their Baxter office.

Francis recently graduated from the University of Dayton, School of Law in Dayton, Ohio, and was ranked in the top 20 percent of her class. She will be practicing in both the areas of personal injury and employment law. The Raboin Law Firm, established in 1992, has represented clients throughout Minnesota in the personal injury and employment law areas. The firm also practices in the social security disability and workers’ compensation areas.

MPCA completes enforcement cases

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 38 enforcement cases in 30 counties throughout Minnesota during the first quarter of 2012.

More than $1.1 million in enforcement penalties were issued from these cases, but more than $1 million of that came from two cases.

Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA’s enforcement process, the MPCA reported. Agency staff continue to provide assistance, support, and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it.

The following area cases were completed during the first quarter of 2012:

Tom Petron Potato Farm, Long Prairie, for water quality violations, $8,460; Anderson Brothers Construction Co., Brainerd, for air quality violations, $3,000; Mid-Continent Cabinetry, Cottonwood, for air quality violations, $2,950; Gibbon wastewater treatment plant, Gibbon, for water quality violations, $2,636; Crow Wing County Municipal Landfill, Brainerd, for solid waste violations, $2,300.

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases may be found on the MPCA’s News Media Center Web page at For questions on specific enforcement cases, please contact Stephen Mikkelson, information officer at (218) 316-3887, or toll free at (800) 657-3864.

Roettele joins

The Cut Above

Brittany Roettele, Deerwood, joined The Cut Above in Brainerd.

Roettele attended Regency Beauty Institute in Duluth and has been working as a color and cutting designer in the area.

Roettele also specializes in the Shellac gel nail polish system.

Becky Newstron and Chuck Olson from the Cut Above, Brainerd, recently attended the spring trend hair show for men and women in Fargo, N.D.

One of the main events they participated in was updated color trends by Cherry Penterbrink, colorist for “The Hunger Games” movie.

The color techniques they learned where Shake Lights and Ombre coloring. They were also shown new products for colored hair mantainence and shine.

Vortherms to head CenterPoint regional operations

CenterPoint Energy has named Joe Vortherms division vice president of CenterPoint Energy’s Regional Gas Operations in Minnesota.

In this role, Vortherms will be responsible for the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility and the company’s unregulated business, Home Service Plus.

Vortherms, a native Minnesotan, began his career with the company in 1988 as the supervisor of budgeting, reporting and taxes. He went on to hold various finance and management positions in Gas Operations. He most recently served as director of Home Service Plus, CenterPoint Energy’s appliance repair and maintenance business.

Vortherms, a certified public accountant has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He serves as the chair of the 2012 United Way Greater Twin Cities New Business Development Committee. Vortherms, Champlin, replaced Tal Centers, who will oversee the company’s system integrity operations.

Gaul named finalist

Marco Inc., with offices in Brainerd, announced Jeff Gau, CEO, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 program in the Upper Midwest.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gau was selected from a strong pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented on June 14 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Minneapolis.

Riordan named Arthritis Foundation honoree

STAPLES — Dr. Kathryn Riordan, rheumatologist at Lakewood Health System, has been named this year’s Medical Honoree by The Arthritis Foundation, Upper Midwest Region.

She will be recognized at the Northern Lakes Arthritis Walk on May 19.

Medical Honorees serve as representatives of both the walk and the Arthritis Foundation. They are selected for their ability to portray a confident and positive image that carries an inspirational message, not only to those living with arthritis, but to the general public as well.

Riordan went on to receive her bachelor’s degree, join the Army while enrolling in medical school, and eventually decide to specialize in rheumatology (the branch of medicine focusing on arthritis and related diseases). Her real passion for preventing and treating rheumatic diseases came when she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) after her residency.

She has been part of Lakewood Health System’s medical staff since 2008, but spent a number of years prior as a visiting specialist to Lakewood. The types of patients she sees are those with soft tissue and muscle pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency consequences.

The Arthritis Foundation, Upper Midwest Region will hold its annual Northern Lakes Arthritis Walk May 19 at the Paul Bunyan Trailhead, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact this year’s Lakewood walk coordinator, Jennifer Strickland, at (218) 894-8578.

DEED offers guide on technology transactions

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a new guide for businesses and other organizations that are planning to buy or sell technology.

“A Legal Guide to Technology Transactions” is written for entities that are in the process of buying new systems to run their financials, supply chain management, inventory control, human resources or other critical business functions. The book will help them identify and minimize the risks of contracting for information technology and will review the appropriate contracts and agreements for completing technology transactions.

“A Legal Guide to Technology Transactions” is a collaborative effort of DEED and the Minneapolis-based law firm of Gray Plant Mooty.

The free publication is available in hard copy or CD-ROM from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E-200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351, telephone: (651) 259-7476 or (800) 310-8323, email:


Event to mark airport

solar thermal project

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 16, will mark the airport’s solar thermal project.

Colleen Landkamer, state director for USDA Rural Development and Matt Dalbey, director of the Federal and State Division of Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities will be guests for the ceremony.

The airport has numerous buildings with high operating costs. The airport elected to install a supplemental solar thermal space heating system on a structure used primarily for snow removal equipment and related vehicles. The new system will provide clean, renewable heat for the airport for three to four decades, the airport reported. The building was previously heated with propane, and this solar thermal installation offers a cost competitive heating alternative, the airport reported, noting Minnesota’s solar resource is equal to Houston.

The project is sponsored by: USDA Rural Development, Initiative Foundation, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, Minnesota Power, Brainerd Regional Airport, Region Five Development Commission and Clean Energy Resource Teams. Marketing sponsors are: Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation, Creative Jinx and River Place Communication Arts. The public is invited to attend.

Farewell celebration

set for Cousins

CROSBY — After 27 years of dedication to the Medical Campus in Crosby, Dr. Randy Cousins, family medicine physician, and his wife Gayle Cousins, audiology specialist, will be moving out of Cuyuna lakes area to be closer to family.

The public is invited to a farewell celebration for the Cousins 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday near Cornerstone Café at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

Morrison County Fairgrounds to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the Morrison County Fairgrounds, 7:30-9 a.m., 15575 Hawthorn Road in Little Falls on Friday for Friday Morning Coffee.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is the Morrison County Agricultural Society.

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