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Business Notes July 8

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Greenheck Auto Class gains recognition

The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) announced that Greenheck Auto Glass Inc. of Brainerd successfully completed an on-site independent validation of the company.

The Auto Glass Safety Council is dedicated to the proper installation of replacement auto glass. It publishes the ANSI/AGRSS Automotive Glass Safety Standard and manages a prestigious registration program whereby quality auto glass service providers agree to follow the standard and submit to random, independent audits on an on-going basis.

Greenheck Auto Glass is owned by Gary Greenheck.

AGSC President Debra Levy stated in a news release proper windshield replacement is a must to protect the vehicle occupant. Levy said Greenheck Auto Glass has shown, through independent third party validation, that it is compliant with the AGRSS Standard.

Sahr named St. Francis Health & Recreation Center director

LITTLE FALLS — Angie Sahr is the newly named director of St. Francis Health and Recreation Center (SFHRC), a full-service fitness center open six days a week sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters.

SFHRC provides a variety of fitness classes, yoga, swimming lessons, Silver Sneakers program for those aged 62 and older and options to use the pool, hot tub, racquetball court, weight room and fitness facilities.

As a high school student, Sahr worked as a lifeguard and swimming/aquarobics instructor at SFHRC. More recently, she served as the Community Education program coordinator in Royalton where she organized after-school activities, before-and-after school care, pre-school and community events.

She received a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona and lives in Bowlus.

SFHRC is a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters; the facilities were built for use by the sisters for their St. Francis High School students. “After the high school closed, we decided we could best utilize our resources and serve the community by opening a Health and Recreation Center,” said Sister Mary Pat Burger, FSLF administrator.

CenterPoint Energy receives Telly Award

CenterPoint Energy recently received a Telly Award, which honors the finest video, film productions and work created for the Web, along with the best local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. CenterPoint Energy’s bronze-winning video, which is viewable on You Tube,explains how the company can help customers save money on energy bills and make their home more efficient. The company’s Conservation Improvement Program video was produced by Studio 120, a Plymouth-based advertising agency. The award-winning video offers energy-saving tips, and information on rebates for natural gas equipment.

The Telly Awards are given out each year to inspire local and regional organizations to produce creative ideas and support the fine arts. This year, the 32nd Annual Telly Awards received over 11,000 submissions of video, film and web productions from all 50 states and five continents.

CliftonLarsonAllen acquires tax and accounting business

CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 certified public accounting and consulting firms, announced the acquisition of the tax and accounting business segments of AgStar Financial Services.

The acquisition of the AgStar tax and accounting business segment was effective July 1.

“AgStar has earned a solid reputation with its clients through industry specialization, quality service and expertise,” said CliftonLarsonAllen Managing Partner Terry Enger in a news release. “We’ve had a strong presence and leadership position in the agribusiness community for many years. We are excited about expanding our resources and knowledge in this area.”

AgStar is a Cooperative Farm Credit Association that provides accounting and tax services.

Beutz joins Tanner Motors

Dave Beutz rejoined Tanner Motors, Brainerd, as a sales consultant.

Beutz was with Tanner Motors for 10 years prior to his purchase of Tower Motors in 1991.

Peterson Receives Spirit of Caring Award

BAXTER — Kevin Peterson of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Baxter recently won the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Peterson a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial adviser can achieve.

Peterson said he is honored to receive the award. Peterson was one of 178 financial advisors out of the firm’s more than 12,000 to receive the award.

Hynes honored for 50 years in banking

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently inducted Karen Hynes of Brainerd Savings & Loan into its Pioneer Club during its President and Senior Management Conference and 123rd Annual Meeting at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.

The Pioneer Club honors bankers who have been in the banking industry for 50 or more years.

From July 1961 through January 2000, Hynes worked for Bremer Bank in Brainerd, Minnesota, as a personal banking officer and assistant vice president.

In 2000, she was hired by Liberty Savings Bank, in Baxter, in customer service and as a teller. From 2003 – 2008, she was a personal banker at Midwest Bank in Baxter. Beginning 2008 until the present she has worked for Brainerd Savings & Loan in Brainerd as a personal banker.

Riley completes term on Minnesota Bankers Association board

Michael Riley, CEO of Bremer Bank in Brainerd, recently completed a three-year term on the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) Board of Directors.

The MBA Board of Directors is the policymaking and governing body of the Minnesota Bankers Association. Riley served as an at-large member. The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks.

“Mike did an excellent job representing the banks in Minnesota,” said MBA President/CEO Joe Witt, in a news release. “He is very dedicated to the banking industry and the association.”


‘Going Into Business For Yourself’ offered free to veterans

Central Lakes College scheduled a “Going Into Business For Yourself” session from 6 to 9 p.m., July 19, at the Business and Industry Center in Brainerd (Door 6).

The workshop is offered free to all veterans and at $29 for a veteran’s spouse.

This session covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground and stay profitable, including financing a new venture. The session looks at starting a business and identifying problems within a business is a big venture.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

Tuition is $49 per person plus $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock.

Deadline to register is July 12.

For information call (800) 933-0346 ext. 8140 or 855-8140 or email To register online go to

QuickBooks Training for Businesses

PINE RIVER — Training for QuickBooks for Windows, a program for small businesses, will be offered at the computer center in Pine River.

Jay Bock will teach a one night class 5-8 p.m. July 10 at the Computer Lab at 980 First St. N. in Pine River – just north of the high school.

This is a basic skills class will teach system setup, setting up files, preferences and a customized chart of accounts. Transactions detailed include invoicing, deposits, accounts receivable, accounts payable and cash disbursements. There is a $70 charge to attend this special workshop. Students are encouraged to bring in their own laptops with Quickbooks installed, if possible.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (218) 947-7523 or email to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Computer training is a short term project sponsored by TDF Foundation through the Cass County EDC that will conclude on August 16th. The Cass County Economic Development Corporation is a local non-profit corporation for economic development activities in Cass County.


Mille Lacs Band donates $41,719 in May

ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $41,719 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in May.

Each month the band and its businesses make contributions to community organizations including schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves, and others in Minnesota and nationwide.

In May, the Mille Lacs Band contributed $1,000 toward the renovation of Wahkon Veterans Park. Plans for the project, which is being coordinated by the Wahkon Area Vision Effusion Committee, include a new wall, landscaping, a “Walk of Honor” path, a stone bridge, and a six-sided black granite monument honoring all branches of the armed forces. The park is the only veterans park in the area.

The band also donated $1,000 to the Sullivan Lake First Response Team based in Pierz. The team will use the donation to upgrade its equipment. Changing Gaits in Brook Park received $1,000 from the band for its horses. The program uses horses as therapy to help people grow emotionally and address substance abuse, relationship problems, behavioral issues, and more.

Other notable contributions include those to Annandale-based You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide International for school assembly programming, the American Indian Cancer Foundation in Minneapolis for its Powwow For Hope, and New Pathways Inc., which serves homeless families in Brainerd.

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