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Marge Anderson honored as

‘Great Woman of Gaming’

ONAMIA — Marge Anderson, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, was honored by Casino Enterprise Management as a Great Woman of Gaming.

Anderson received the Proven Leader Award in recognition of her longtime commitment to building and protecting Indian gaming.

Anderson has served nearly 30 years in the band’s government. She was District I representative from 1976-1987, secretary/treasurer from 1987-1991, and chief executive from 1991-2000 and again since 2009.

During that time, Anderson has led the development and growth of Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and other band-owned businesses. She was also the driving force in the decision to use business revenues to rebuild the Mille Lacs Reservation through new schools, clinics, community centers, housing, and infrastructure ranging from roads to water treatment plants, the band reported. This decision positioned the band as a national model for investing casino resources into meaningful efforts that most benefit the community, the band reported.

Each year Casino Enterprise Management recognizes women in the gaming industry who are strong leaders at their casinos and in their communities, have dedicated themselves to the gaming industry, are committed to mentoring young talent, and balance their professional and personal lives.

The band has more than 4,000 enrolled members, for whom it provides a wide variety of programs and services.

CLC hires Karels as

nursing instructor

Tara Karels of Nisswa has accepted a full-time Practical Nursing instructor position at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd and Staples, starting with the fall 2012 semester.

Karels joins CLC’s staff of 24 instructors in the largest career education program at the community and technical college, which is a candidate for accreditation by 2016 through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

Karels comes to CLC after serving as the obstetrical education coordinator at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center from 2009 to 2012. She had been employed there since 1996.

“Tara came through the nursing programs at CLC and brings a lot of work experience with her to the position both from patient care and the education department,” said Connie Frisch, CLC director of nursing.

From 1998 to 2008 Karels was a registered nurse (RN) childbirth educator, and she was an RN staff nurse in family birthplace and pediatrics in 1996-2003 and 2008-2010. From 1999 to 2001 she was the Brainerd Medical Center Good Beginnings OB clinic coordinator.

She continues to own and operate Labor Lessons, presenting International Childbirth Education Association-approved workshops and trainings as far away as Qatar.

Karels expects to receive her master of science in nursing education from Walden University in 2013. She received her bachelor of science from the College of St. Scholastica in 2011 and is a 1994 nursing associate’s degree graduate of CLC.

Boggs gains promotion

BAXTER — Nikki Boggs was promoted a level, from new talent to hair stylist at Panache Salon and Spas.

Boggs specializes in creating a customized haircut and color for each guest. She earned this through higher education and technical expertise.

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance names Faust to board

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) announced Nisswa resident Teresa Faust accepted a position on the MOCA Board of Directors.

MOCA is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness, providing support and funding research on ovarian cancer.

Faust, Nisswa, has been a supporter of MOCA since 2006, when her own experience with ovarian cancer began. A six-year ovarian cancer survivor, Faust was a driving force behind MOCA’s addition of a Brainerd lakes ovarian cancer support group. She also coordinates volunteer activity at health fairs and events for MOCA in the Brainerd lakes region and will be a key volunteer during MOCA’s upcoming Northland Teal Run in Brainerd this August.

Though now she is primarily involved in volunteer work in the Nisswa community, Faust has previously worked in marketing, promotions and special events with businesses around the Twin Cities. She was also named Nisswa’s Citizen of the Year in 2010.

Faust was appointed to her position on the Board of Directors at MOCA’s annual meeting last month and will serve a three-year term.

“I’m pleased to be able to serve MOCA in this new role,” said Faust. “I have a strong commitment to the education and awareness of ovarian cancer, to the support of those with ovarian cancer and their families and, of course, to the hope for a cure – all part of MOCA’s mission.”

Enge accepts new role at MMFCU

BAXTER — Amy Enge, of Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Brainerd, recently took on the role of financial services coordinator within the credit union organization.

Enge has been with MMFCU for 10 years, most recently as a member services specialist, assisting members with their financial needs from opening accounts to loan services. As financial services coordinator, Enge will work closely with Christian Barnett, MMFCU’s Investment and Retirement Services Financial adviser/program manager, assisting members with financial planning.

“Amy is both well-respected and well-known by our members,” said Chuck Albrecht, MMFCU President and CEO.

Drown joins WSN

Philip Drown, funding specialist, joined Widseth Smith Nolting’s funding assistance unit.

Drown began his career as an independent project manager and professional writer in 1999 while doing broad-based community development work in the city of Morris. He has secured funding for and managed numerable successful projects throughout Minnesota under the auspices of his practice, Philip Drown Consulting.

Drown has more than 12 years’ experience as a grant writer and project manager.

As a funding specialist, Drown will help prepare funding packages for public infrastructure, community, health care, housing, and office building projects. Drown has thorough knowledge of and relationships with personnel at state and federal funding agencies and can help position projects for favorable consideration by decision makers, Widseth Smith Nolting reported.

Barrer joins Ameriprise Financial

Bryan Barrer joined the Brainerd office of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as a financial adviser.

His office is located at 315 East River Road. He will be part of Palen, Hammes and Associates a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.

As a financial adviser, Barrer will work to help clients plan for their financial goals for a lifetime through a personal long-term financial planning relationship.

MPCA and DNR will share permit, saving money

More than 180 permit holders representing thousands of Minnesota property owners will each save more than $1,200 up front and another $345 annually thanks to streamlining of two agency permits.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will use the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) aquatic plant management permit to fulfill Clean Water Act requirements on application of aquatic pesticides to control aquatic plants. Both agencies are working together to make certain that pesticide discharges to waters are controlled to protect aquatic communities and water quality. Estimated cost savings to the state are $150,000 annually.

During the permit development process it was realized that the MPCA could effectively protect the environment and reduce permit fees by using DNR’s Aquatic Plant Management permit, while meeting the conditions of the federal Clean Water Act and the MPCA’s Pesticide General Permit.

“This is a win for property owners and Minnesotans because we’re able to reduce the cost of permitting while still protecting water quality,” said Elise Doucette, the MPCA staff member who developed the Pesticide General Permit, in a news release. “Both agencies agree that staff time will be saved, resources will be used efficiently, and some permit fees can be eliminated.” The savings will result from DNR permit holders not being required to apply for a separate permit from MPCA.

Essentia Health grants AED to lake association

The Lower South Long Lake Improvement Association has been granted an Automatic External Deliberator (AED) by Essentia Health to place at the Long Lake Town Hall.

The presentation and training session is planned at 7 p.m. Monday. Members of the town board and lake association will attend the session. The AED will be available for those using the facility such as the town board, lake association and when used as a polling site.

Lakes Imaging Center installs high-field magnet

Lakes Imaging Center, Brainerd, announced the installation of a new and improved high field 1.2 T magnet, the most powerful whole body bore-less MRI magnet providing high resolution images.

Lakes Imaging Center reported the open design offers an option for claustrophobic and larger patients, up to 660 pounds. Lakes Imaging Center reported this is the only high field open MRI in Minnesota.

Marco receives awards from HTG Peer Groups

Marco Inc. recently received two awards from HTG Peer Groups at its annual conference, HTG Summit 2012, held in Dallas in May.

Marco won the Top Revenue Award for its business model, and Marco Chief Information Officer Steve Knutson, won the Group Member of the Year Award for the large dealer group.

Marco was honored among other leading IT solution providers for its dedication, commitment, and humanitarianism.

“These individuals and companies represent what HTG is all about,” said Arlin Sorensen, founder and CEO of HTG Peer Groups. “The outstanding leadership and passion they bring to the organization have positively impacted their fellow peer group members and the channel community as a whole.”

Marco has been a member of HTG Peer Groups since 2006.

Nine CLC students earn awards

STAPLES — Nine Central Lakes College (CLC) students from the Staples campus have earned awards in graphic design and photography competition sponsored by the St. Cloud-based Advertising/Marketing Federation of Central Minnesota.

Selection of the most creative entries is effected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A Gold ADDY Award is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition.

Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a Silver ADDY Award. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

Josephine Anundsen of Sartell won a Gold ADDY in photography for an image titled “Welcome to the Apocalypse.” She is a student in Photographic Imaging Technology who last year earned Silver for her photography.

ADDY-winning students from the CLC Communication Art and Design program were Brandon Plum, Pequot Lakes, and Chelsey Hansen, St. Cloud, with Silvers in logo competition; and Kimberly Bollig, Aldrich, with Silver in Digitally Enhanced Photography.

CLC Photographic Imaging Technology students who won Silver awards were Jessi Sawyer, Pine River; Megan Billings (2), Silver Bay; Brandi Jerby, Wadena; and Megan Maki, Crookston.

Ken Heppner, Warroad, is an Associate in Arts degree student who won Silver in photography.

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 50,000 entries every year in local ADDY competitions.

The mission of the ADDY competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the local ADDY Awards provide the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets.

At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 14 District competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national ADDY Awards competition.

St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Board elects, honors

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center hosted the 57th Anniversary Brunch for the St. Joseph’s Auxiliary recently.

The goal of the brunch is to communicate the positive contributions that volunteers bring to the medical center, and to thank the volunteers for being ambassadors for the organization.

More than 90 people were served a brunch and enjoyed a presentation from Mike Steichen, physical therapist at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s – Baxter Clinic. Volunteers heard a report of the fiscal year from Karel House, outgoing President of the St. Joseph’s Auxiliary. Some of the highlights and accomplishments that House reported included: $20,000 was raised from Gift Shop sales; $21,417 was raised from other fundraisers; 220 adult volunteers, and 10 junior volunteers are active members of the St. Joseph’s Auxiliary; total hours donated in 2011 were 20,153; $18,558 was donated to support Essentia Health programs and equipment over the fiscal year.

House commented that according to the Independent Sector, a nationwide organization that advances the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, the estimated dollar value of volunteer time in 2011 was $21.71 per hour.

Newly elected St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Board Member is Joanne Ouellette. Board officers for 2012-2013 are House as past president, Judy Wayt as president, Laverne Nickels as vice president, Holly Jones as secretary, and Darlene McNally as treasurer.

Election of officers and distribution of service pins, certificates, and small gifts was also part of the program. Awards were given to volunteers as a token of appreciation of their hours of service, ranging from 100-12,000 cumulative hours. Volunteer Goldie Fristedt was recognized for 12,500 cumulative hours of service.

Severson earns distinguished service award

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MN-AAP) presented Dr. Michael Severson with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting on June 1.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to one Minnesota pediatrician each year for outstanding efforts that contribute to the improvement of child health care.

Severson is past president of the Minnesota Chapter of AAP and is now completing his term as board member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chair of the Midwest region (District VI). After practicing in New York state, he moved his family to Brainerd and maintained an active practice in addition to volunteering on many state/local health and community organizations. He serves on the Minnesota Early Hearing Detection Initiative and the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund Advisory Board. He continues to mentor pediatricians in rural practice the chapter reports “lends his wit, wisdom, and energy” to pediatric issues in Minnesota and nationally.

“In all his work, Dr. Severson is a true and steady voice for children and one never doubts that his clear mission is to improve the well-being of all children,” said Dr. Anne Edwards, past president of MN-AAP who supported his nomination, in a news release. “For his constant dedication which will continue, he is deserving of this recognition.”

With nearly 1,000 pediatrician members, MN-AAP is committed to improving the health of all children and teens in Minnesota. For more information about the award, Severson, or MN-AAP, visit


Veterans’ career exploration event is Wednesday

A “Celebrate Veterans Career Exploration” event is planned 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College (CLC).

One of the objectives of the free event is to provide planning and support that will lead to jobs for vets.

Central Lakes College, designated a military-friendly institution, is partnering with the community, the Veterans Administration and military organizations to host the celebration. Partners include Initiative Foundation, Crow Wing Power, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, United Way, Bremer Bank, Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (MnCEP), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and veterans’ organizations throughout the state.

All veterans and their families in the seven-county region are invited and explore career options while interacting with area businesses, service providers, and CLC instructors and staff.

From 5:30 to 6 p.m. in Chalberg Theatre the Celebration of Veterans program is planned.

Child care and youth entertainment will be provided. Food and drinks will be offered in the cafeteria. The campus is located at 501 W. College Drive, with access from the east or west via Mississippi Parkway. For more information, call 855-8156.

MMFCU 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, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, 307 First Ave. SE, Little Falls.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.


Lakewood Foundation distributes bicycle helmets

The Lakewood Health System Foundation, Staples, recently distributed 681 bicycle helmets to area children through its annual Helmets Worth Wearing program.

The helmets were given away at Lakewood’s Staples, Motley, Pillager, Eagle Bend, and Browerville clinics. Helmets were also given away at the Pillager, Motley, Browerville, Eagle Bend, Staples, Verndale and Bertha-Hewitt elementary schools to kindergarten students.

The mission of the Lakewood Health System Foundation is to provide opportunities to preserve and enhance health and wellness for the communities it serves by encouraging the support of the Foundation through charitable gifts.

For more information, contact Heidi Chapman at (218) 894-8503 or email Foundation donations may also be made online at

Bremer Bank raises money to end hunger

Bremer Bank has teamed up with Minneapolis-based music and dance ensemble Rhythmic Circus to produce “Step Up!” a music video to raise funds to help end hunger.

Bremer is donating $1 to Second Harvest Heartland and local Feeding America food banks for each viewing of the video, up to 15,000 views. The video can be found on

The video is a feature of Bremer Bank’s seventh, annual Taking Action to End Hunger campaign, benefitting Second Harvest Heartland and local Feeding America food banks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. During the month of June, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000.

During the month of June, donations will be accepted online at or at any Bremer Bank location.

HealthSource of Baxter collects donations for animals

HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab, Baxter, is providing a free community health screening in exchange for a donation to Heartland Animal Rescue Team animal shelter.

Donations of animal treats, chew toys, animal food, and monetary donations will be accepted at the office located at 7656 Design Road Suite 100, Baxter, until June 30, 2012. Contributors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.

Each year, approximately 5-to-7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Low adoption rates are one factor driving the high number of animals in shelters, but every year, millions of dogs and cats are relinquished by their owners—or rescued from the streets by animal control officers and private citizens—and brought to animal shelters.

These circumstances leave shelters and rescue groups with a large number of animals in need of homes, and an even larger need of donations in order to help take care of them.

To learn more about animal shelter donation drive, call (218) 454-9355.

Marco donates to veterans project

In gratitude for the many sacrifices U.S. military veterans have made throughout history and continue to make today, Marco contributed $5,000 to the Veterans Educational Historic Project underway at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

Jeff Gau, chief executive officer of the St. Cloud-based technology company, said this project goes a long way in supporting communities, employees, customers and their families throughout Minnesota.

Looking to the Past, Present, and Future: A Veterans Educational Historic Project is a series of five 8x10-foot oil paintings that depict the history of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The contributions of Merchant Mariners during WWII are also included. Designed and created by Minnesota native Charles Kapsner, the paintings will hang in the Committal Hall of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery located near Little Falls.

The paintings are designed to serve as an educational tool to help future generations understand our history and the vital role our military has played in the creation and preservation of the nation’s democracy. Work on the conceptual drawings began in the fall of 2009, and the first painting was installed in November 2011.

To view the first painting, The United States Army 1775-2011, people may visit the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. The artist’s website,, contains photos of the drawings for the project and the completed painting. For more information about the project, email

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Little Falls supports military families

LITTLE FALLS —As part of an ongoing commitment to America’s military, AmericInn Lodge & Suites Little Falls participated in a special corporate event where hundreds of gift items were prepared, packaged and donated to military families.

The event took place during the 2012 AmericInn Annual Convention in Minneapolis, which took place April 22 through April 24.

More than 500 AmericInn hotel owners, franchisees, managers, vendors and corporate staff collaborated on the preparation of the gift items, including stuffing teddy bears, assembling bicycles and packing tote bags with toys, games and activities promoting family time. AmericInn Lodge & Suites Little Falls was represented at the event by Sarah Posterick.

AmericInn hotels are operating or under development in more than 260 locations in 27 states including the location at 306 Lemieur St. SE.

Convention participants were joined in the initiative by military support organizations and officials including Blue Star Mothers, the “Beyond The Yellow Ribbon” organization and the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. The gifts will be distributed to families through these military support organizations.

Posterick said this is the latest demonstration of AmericInn support for the military, which has previously included the preparation and shipping of thousands of military care packages to troops stationed overseas. Supporting the military has been a foundational element of the “AmericInn Cares” culture. Last year, the company received the “Seven Seals” Award from the Department of Defense for its overall support of the military.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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