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Riverwood welcomes new family physician

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center welcomes Dr. Jessica Hodson, family medicine physician, who will begin seeing patients in mid-August.

Dr. Mark Heggem, chief medical officer, said with Hodson’s osteopathic degree and training, she brings to Riverwood an extra level of expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues and a holistic approach to medicine.

Hodson will see patients primarily in Aitkin with several days a month in Garrison. Her professional interests include obstetric care, pediatrics and osteopathic medicine, which involves manipulation of the body to help it heal itself.

Hodson grew up in Rochester, Mich. She attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology. She completed her medical degree — doctor of osteopathy—at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Brandenton, Fla. She completed a one-year internship in osteopathic medicine at Duke Southern Regional Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville, N.C. She spent the last two years of her residency training at Cabarraus Family Medicine in Concord, N.C.

Hodson recently moved to the Aitkin area with her husband, John, who has a master’s degree in education and recently began working as the new community education director in Aitkin.

Morris attends industry convention

Ron Morris, owner of Insty-Prints in Brainerd and 30-year veteran of the industry, recently attended a national seminar that put him in touch with experts in the printing, marketing and mailing industries.

The seminar provided information on tools and technology businesses and nonprofits have to market and promote themselves.

Insty-Prints in Brainerd is a member of Allegra Network, one of the world’s largest marketing, print and graphic communications franchises linking more than 500 locations in North America.

Olson-Murray is employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced Samantha Olson-Murry is the August employee of the month.

Olson-Murray has been a nursing assistant and in medical records at St. Otto’s Care Center since 1999.

Employers praised her knowledge and flexibility to manage a variety of duties that make her a very valuable team member.

Parker joins FitQuest

Athletic Club

BAXTER — Samantha Parker joined FitQuest Athletic Club in Baxter with duties as a personal trainer, instructor and a corporate wellness program.

Parker has a bachelor’s degree in fitness and sport from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. She is a National Council of Strength and Fitness certified personal trainer.

Parker’s previous work experience includes recreation coordinator and race director for the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department. Park was fitness coordinator at First City Dance Studio in Bemidji.

Edin’s painting joins exhibit in China

STAPLES — Rose Edin, a watercolor painter from Staples, recently had a painting hanging in the International Watercolor Biannual Exhibition of Shanghai, China.

This is the second international exhibition that is dedicated to the watercolor medium which is held in China. Its purpose and focus is to introduce the Chinese watercolor to the world and to introduce the world’s watercolor to China.

The show is sponsored every two years under the Artists Association of China and Shanghai. More than 100 paintings from around the world are hung until Oct. 30.

The judging will be done by internationally renowned watercolorists from around the world. The painting: Beauty and the Beast, is the same painting that won the first place in the Artist Magazine Annual Competition.

Edin has recently had four paintings chosen for the hardcover book: “The Best Worldwide Still Life Paintings” to be published by Kennedy Publishing

AT&T calls for pledge not to text and drive

Wireless provider AT&T, seeking to bring attention to a serious road-safety problem, urged all Americans to pledge to stop texting while driving and to join with others Sept. 19 to make a lifelong commitment to never do so again.

AT&T, its employees and other supporters are calling on all drivers to go to to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. The pledge effort is part of the company’s public awareness campaign aimed directly at stopping the dangerous practice of texting while driving. AT&T Stores throughout Minnesota are passing out “No Text on Board” T-shirts and stickers to customers who take the pledge not to text and drive.

“More than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die because the driver was texting while driving,” said Bob Bass, president, AT&T Minnesota, citing a statistic from the National Safety Council1.

“We’re challenging everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a lifelong commitment. And we’re challenging all device makers and app developers to offer devices that come pre-loaded with a no-text-and-drive technology solution.”

CLC Foundation receives

two bequests

The Central Lakes College Foundation, Brainerd and Staples, announced the inception of two endowments — one for a student engineering-science scholarship and one to support the activities of the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at CLC.

The late Roberta Rott of Maple Plain provided $10,000 in a bequest to provide a student scholarship in the fall of 2013 for a second-year CLC student who has attained a 2.75 grade-point average and is pursuing studies in science or seeking an engineering associate in science degree. Preference will be given to a student participating in the TRiO Student Support Services program.

The late Margaret Hastings of Little Falls provided a $55,500 bequest for the Rosenmeier Center due to her strong interest in the center’s mission advancing citizen participation in government. She was a longtime companion of the late Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier, who established the center in 1988 three months prior to his death.

Hastings was a native of Canada who was raised in a foster home and eventually became an elementary teacher. She taught for 25 years at Whittier School in Brainerd. In the last years of Rosenmeier’s life, she was his caregiver in Little Falls. She died in March of 2011.


EMT Education Class Offered at Tri‐County Health Care

Tri‐County Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department will offer emergency medical technician (EMT) education classes this fall.

Classes include:

• EMT Basic, 6‐10 p.m. Sept. 24 – Dec. 13, every Monday and Thursday, with two additional eight hour Saturday sessions (skills days)

The course is the entry level course to EMS in Minnesota. It includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a Basic Life Support (BLS) level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

EMT‐Basics undergo 140 hours of instruction including classroom, practical and emergency room education. The training includes anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, communications, airway management, patient assessment, and cardiac arrest management.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry test and certify as an EMT‐ Basic in the State of Minnesota. The EMT‐Basic must complete 24 (state) and 48 (national) hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their certification. Cost: $800, includes book and Fisdap testing. NREMT test is the responsibility of the student. A $100 deposit is required on the first day of class. The balance is due prior to completion of the class.

As class sizes are limited, pre‐registration is required. For more information, contact David Cuppy, EMS education coordinator, at 218‐632‐8738 or

Tri‐County Health Care is a non‐for‐profit organization with services offered through Tri‐County Hospital; clinics in Bertha, Henning, Ottertail, Sebeka and Wadena; and Emergency Medical Services through Tri‐County Hospital EMS.

Free legal series session begins Friday

Procedures and Pitfalls in Bringing Claims against the Federal Government is the next free program in the Brown Bag Legal Series at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd.

The program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday in E208 of the Business and Industry Center at CLC.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee, water and cookies will be provided.

Claims are an unavoidable part of government contracting, and as such, every government contractor should know some of the basics, such as when a claim arises, where to bring the claim, and the potential pitfalls a contractor might find if he or she assumes that claims against the government are the same as those made against a private party.

The program includes information about the Contract Disputes Act and non-contract claims as well. Attorney Daniel Craig of Eckland & Blando is the presenter. Deadline to register is Wednesday. For more information, contact the SBDC at 800-933-0346 ext. 8140, 855-8140 or

New clinic offers free legal consults for small-business owners

Starting in September, small business owners in north central Minnesota will be able to get free 30-minute consultations from business lawyers through a joint effort of the nonprofit LegalCORPS and the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Central Lakes College.

Monthly free “virtual clinics” will connect clients at the SBDC office in Brainerd via video conference with business lawyers located at Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis.

Participants must pre-register for a 30-minute session. To pre-register, and to get details about time and schedule, contact Julie Platta at 855-8140 or LegalCORPS, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, has arranged free transactional legal assistance for small business owners and nonprofits statewide since 2004. In addition to providing full-representation assistance to qualified small business owners and nonprofits, LegalCORPS operates six free, in-person brief-advice clinics, including twice monthly in St. Cloud.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal consultations to small business owners throughout Minnesota via video conferencing. This unique pro bono service will give small business owners the opportunity to ask experienced business attorneys questions about business formation, leases, employee issues and similar business law topics.

Video conferencing technology allows clients to feel as though they are in the room with the attorneys who are in fact many miles away.

This creative “virtual clinic” will allow clients to access free brief-advice legal assistance without having to travel to one of LegalCORPS’s in-person clinics.

LegalCORPS’s mission is to assist low-income owners of small businesses and small nonprofits, especially those that strengthen Minnesota’s low-income communities, by providing individuals and organizations with business law services they could not otherwise afford. Attorneys donate their time to help business owners avoid legal pitfalls that could negatively affect their ventures.

If a client needs more assistance than a 30-minute session can provide, the client may apply for and, if he or she is income-eligible, receive full-representation assistance arranged by LegalCORPS. For more information, visit


Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers

Salvage workers, donation pick-up crews and ReStore volunteers are needed.

Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity reports it needs help during one of our busiest times of the year. Help with deconstruction, donation pick-ups or at its ReStore for cashiering, processing donations and customer service.

Participants may attend an information sessions offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Aug. 28 where staff will provide an overview of the volunteer opportunities and answer questions. Meet caring people, learn new skills, use old ones, have fun and serve God and your community. For more information, please call Mary at 218-828-8517 or visit

Bremer Bank’s Hunger Campaign donations hit record level

During the seventh annual “Taking Action to End Hunger” campaign, Bremer Bank’s $50,000 matching gift was met and exceeded when donations increased nearly 32 percent compared to 2011.

Donations were made during the month of June through a combination of online giving, as well as employee and client events. This year’s campaign raised $111,174 – up from last year’s record donation total of $84,614. In seven years, the Bremer campaign has raised $958,608 for Second Harvest Heartland and local Feeding America food banks.

This year, the campaign kicked-off with a special music video created in partnership with a Minneapolis-based performance group called Rhythmic Circus. Bremer pledged to donate $1 for every view of the video, up to 15,000 views. In the end, the video garnered more than 8,500 views, adding to Bremer’s total donation to the campaign. In addition to monetary donations, Bremer employees also donated their time and energy in the form of volunteerism by stocking local food shelves and preparing food packages in various communities.

Otto Bremer Foundation awards

$4.6 million in grants

The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 81 grants totaling $4,581,165 in July 2012.

Forty-eight grants totaling $2,909,114 support programs and organizations in Minnesota; 18 totaling $973,520 in North Dakota; and 15 totaling $698,531 in Wisconsin.

Area awards included:

• Accessible Space Inc., $40,000, St. Paul, to replace the roof on the Northern Lights apartments in Brainerd.

• Charities Review Council of Minnesota, Inc. $50,000m St. Paul, to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations in Greater Minnesota through the Accountability Standards program, which is coming to Brainerd this fall.

• Crow Wing County Community Services, $7,500, Brainerd, to support a project that will distribute healthy snack bags to elementary school children participating in the free and reduced lunch programs.

• JFHML Friends Foundation, $36,750, Crosby, to support Access4All, a literacy and technology project that works to create opportunities within the community to allow online card access and e-books.

• Kinship Partners Inc., $40,000, Brainerd, to support the growth and outreach of the one-on-one mentoring program

• Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, $52,000, Pequot Lakes, for general operating support of this organization, which uses restorative justice processes to address school behavioral issues and truancy and reduce juvenile crime.

• Rural Minnesota CEP Inc. $89,720, Detroit Lakes, to support a project that will offer career advising to for students enrolled in the Brainerd High School.

Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The Otto Bremer Foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank, and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. In 2011, the foundation provided about $30 million in grants and program-related investments.

Operation Round-up distributes donations

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $38,223 to local community programs during their third quarter meeting held in July.

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $500 to Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota, Brainerd Area; $2,000 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Brainerd; $1,500 to Hands of Hope Resource Center, Little Falls; $2,000 to Boys and Girls Club, Morrison County; $2,373 to The Warehouse, Pine River; $3,000 to Care ‘n Share, Emily; $1,000 to Emily Emergency Food Shelf; $2,800 to Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America; $500 to Sherman A Yochum VFW Post 772, Longville; $ 3,800 to Pine River/Backus Family Center; $2,000 to Crow Wing County Coalition to End Poverty; $3,000 to Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue; $1,500 to 194th Tank Regiment, Brainerd; $2,000 to Reading Early Assists Development, Crosby; $2,500 to Junior Achievement, Brainerd; $1,000 to Pequot Lakes School Dist No. 186; $1,000 to Northern Pines Mental Health, Little Falls; $750 Student Reach, Little Falls; $2,500 to Fishing Has No Boundaries, Brainerd; and $2,500 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round Up has donated more than $2,250,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties. The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25. Grant forms may be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or (800) 648-9401 or at The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 10.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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