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Tri-County Health adds

medical dermatology to outreach

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care recently added three medical dermatology professionals specializing in skin and diseases related to the skin to the TCHC Outreach Services Department.

Dr. Paul Lundstrom, physician assistant Nicole Manecke and family nurse practioner Becky White are currently seeing patients in Wadena once a month. Their primary practice, Dermatology Professionals, is located in Baxter. Dermatology is the branch of medicine that treats skin disorders and diseases. It’s a unique specialty that involves both medical and surgical aspects of care. A dermatologist cares for skin problems, as well as, cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair and nails. Lundstrom, and his colleagues, specialize in treating skin cancer, acne, warts, eczema, psoriasis and many other skin conditions.

Employer-Exhibitors wanted for vets career fair

in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES – The first Northern Minnesota Veterans Job Fair, set Sept. 22, on the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campus in Detroit Lakes, is seeking employers who will consider hiring veterans.

Veterans of all eras are being notified of the event. Employers who have openings for W-2 eligible positions are encouraged to participate as exhibitors.

An exhibitor registration form is available at

For more information, contact DEED Business Services specialists Steve Retzer at (218) 236-2303 or Rick Schara at (218) 739-7560.

Allergy specialist joins

Essentia Health

Dr. Minto Porter, an allergy and asthma specialist, is joining Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic.

Born and raised in northern Minnesota, Porter worked as a pediatrician before training in allergy, asthma and immunology.

Porter graduated from medical school at the University of North Dakota and completed her residency at Michigan State University-Kalamazoo. She practiced general pediatrics in St. Cloud for six years, then entered into an allergy, asthma and immunology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Porter began seeing patients on Aug. 1. Porter said there is an immense amount of ongoing research in the area of allergy, making it a very exciting field to be in.

Porter is especially interested in food allergies, immunotherapy (allergy shots), pediatric asthma, antibiotic allergies, and bee-sting allergies. She will see patients at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Brainerd Clinic, 2024 S. Sixth St.

Tri-County Health Care

Receives MDH Award

WADENA — Tri-County Health Care recently received an “Excellence in Birth Registration” award from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Award recognizes Minnesota hospitals for accurate and timely registration of newborns through the state’s electronic registration system.

Last year TCHC filed 100 percent of all its birth certificates within five days of the birth.

In order to qualify for the Excellence in Birth Registration award, hospitals must file at least 96 percent of all birth records within five days. By demonstrating a commitment to providing timely and accurate data, TCHC is contributing valuable information for protecting and improving the public’s health. Birth data is used in many ways such as planning for maternal and child health and pinpointing geographic areas that might benefit from additional public health measures.

Adventure wins National

ADDY Award

In June, 2012, Adventure Advertising, with Minnesota offices in Brainerd, St. Cloud, and Minneapolis, was recognized at the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) National ADDY Awards Show, earning an award for outstanding creative work produced in 2011.

The ADDY went to Adventure Studios for “Red Bull Skate Athletes,” a photo series featuring professional skateboarders from Red Bull’s team.

John Linn, chief photographer and principal at Adventure Studios, took the photographs while on assignment for Red Bull’s “Mississippi Grind.” This event saw Red Bull’s team of pro and amateur skaters travel the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans on a barge that had been converted into a floating skate park.

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson hires two

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KL&J), an engineering, surveying and planning firm hired, Christopher Foley and Matt Welinski in the Brainerd office.

Foley is a surveyor with the survey east group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in land surveying and mapping with a minor in geographic information science from St. Cloud State University. Foley is a land surveyor in training and has one year of related work experience.

Welinski is a surveyor with the survey east group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in land surveying with a minor in Geographic Information Systems from St. State Cloud University. Welinski has experience in survey field work in addition to computer-aided design and drafting civil 3D and AutoCAD.

Members sought, teaching and consumer education authority 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking members to fill six positions on a new Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority. Authorized by Minnesota Statute, the nine-member Dairy Authority will advise the commissioner of agriculture, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) about the design, development and operation of a new dairy research, teaching and consumer education facility.

Members from the following categories or sectors are needed:

Two persons currently engaged in the business of operating a dairy; two representatives of Minnesota based businesses actively engaged in working with or serving Minnesota’s dairy industry; one representative of a state trade association that represents the interests of milk producers; and, one member of the agricultural education faculty of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).

Applicants must be residents of Minnesota and be willing to serve a four-year term.

Three other members of the authority will include a member of the Minnesota Division of the Dairy Council, a dean of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and the commissioner of agriculture. 

Vacancies on the Dairy Authority will be filled through the state’s open appointments process. The application form is available online at click the Open Commissions/Appointments icon or by calling the secretary of state’s office at (877) 551-6767. Applicants should specify the category/sector they represent and submit a cover letter with their applications. The deadline to apply is Aug. 27. 

Members will be appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in consultation with Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson.

Harting promoted to COO

of Deerwood Bank

Jennifer Harting was recently named chief operating officer of Deerwood Bank.

Harting has been employed with Deerwood Bank since 2002, and has served as chief financial officer for the last several years, a designation she will maintain in her new role.

As COO/CFO, Harting will oversee the bank’s accounting, compliance, and information technology functions while managing daily deposit and loan operations across all eight Deerwood Bank offices located in Baxter, Brainerd, Deerwood, Garrison, Grand Rapids, Northome, Blackduck and Bemidji.

Harting, a Pillager native, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Morris and her master of business administration from the Carlson School of Management on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Board appoints Jobe chairman

Dr. Stephen Jobe was appointed chair of the board of directors for Chiropractic Care of Minnesota Inc. (ChiroCare) in Shoreview.

ChiroCare is the nation’s first chiropractic network and the largest independent network of chiropractic providers in the upper Midwest, with 1,600 chiropractic locations throughout Minnesota and bordering areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Jobe has been president of Baxter Chiropractic P.A. for the past five years. Jobe has served on ChiroCare’s Board of Directors for the past three years and as vice chair of the board since January 2012. He has previously chaired the credentialing committee and served on the quality improvement committee for ChiroCare.

He graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic and Concordia College in Moorhead and is presently enrolled in the University of St. Thomas’ master business administration program.

Brainerd Lakes Surgery

Center gains award

BAXTER — The Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center, Baxter, is being recognized for the third straight year as a 2011/2012 National APEX Quality Award Winner.

The 2010/2011 CTQ Apex Quality Award recognizes leading healthcare providers for excellence in patient satisfaction and delivery of care. The APEX Quality Award distinguishes Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center as one of CTQ’s highest performing healthcare entities in its healthcare peer grouping. APEX recognition further validates the magnitude of which each healthcare entity’s staff has excelled during the past 12 months, reports CTQ President and Chief Executive Officer Paul G Faraclas.

CTQ’s Vice President of Operations Scott McHugh reported CTQ examines APEX evaluation criteria for each healthcare market closely, fine-tunes criteria to emphasize clinical interaction with patients, while determining which processes and measures matter most within the patient experience. Key performance indicators most closely tied to direct interaction with clinical staff and processes are main drivers in APEX consideration. For surgical markets, patient feedback associated with nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and recovery staff interaction is paramount in the overall evaluation process, McHugh said.

Eighteen CTQ clients received this award for the third consecutive year.

Marco acquires Telserv Communications, Inc.

Marco Inc. announced it acquired TelServ Communications, Inc., a voice communications, data networking, and managed information technology services provider located in Aberdeen, S.D. TelServ’s 13 employees became part of the Marco team on July 31.

Marco will combine its office in Aberdeen with TelServ’s location in the near future. Marco has 465 employees at their 22 offices throughout the Upper Midwest, including Brainerd. This is the company’s ninth acquisition since 2007.

New MDA website provides resources to cope with drought

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has rolled out a new section of its website providing key information and resources to help Minnesota farmers deal with the drought conditions now deepening across southern and western Minnesota. 

The web page can be found at, and a link is provided on MDA’s home page.

MDA’s new web page offers information about crop and weather conditions, as well as state and federal programs that may provide farmers with options to lessen the impact of the drought. The site offers information about relevant MDA programs and services, as well as information and resources from partner agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA Farm Service Agency, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the condition of Minnesota’s crops and grazing land continues to decline due to the summer’s hot and dry conditions. More details about current conditions can be found on the NASS website at


Riitters & Thompson, P.A. to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to Riitters & Thompson, P.A., from 7:30 – 9 a.m., Aug. 17, 211 First St. S.E. in Little Falls, for Friday Morning Coffee. Announcements and introductions will be at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Riitters & Thompson, P.A.

Panel looks at uphill, downhill adventures of business startup

A panel of business experts will discuss “The Uphill/Downhill Adventures of Starting/Operating a new Business” in a free event aimed at anyone thinking about starting a business or anyone who is already operating one.

Everyday insights are expected from retired business executives and area business owners from a variety of industries. The event is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter. Refreshments will be served at the networking event at 6:30 p.m.

The panel discussion and networking event is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. Executive Initiative featuring retired business executives who volunteer their time to help grown business and create jobs in the Brainerd lakes area.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Erika at 828-0096.

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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