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Business Notes Sept. 2

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Wicklund joins Brainerd Dispatch

Alicia Wicklund joins the Brainerd Dispatch’s editorial department working with page layout.

Wicklund recently moved to the Brainerd lakes area to be closer to family.

Originally from Badger, a small town in the northwestern part of the state, Wicklund showed quarter horses and beef cattle with her two sisters and spent time at her parent’s hardware store. After graduating high school in 2007, she attended North Dakota State University and majored in journalism and double minored in business administration and public relations and advertising.

Prior to the Dispatch, she was the editor of the Kanabec County Times in Mora and also lived in Bottineau, N.D. for a short while working at a bank and writing for the local newspaper. Wicklund credits getting into the newspaper industry to Rollin Bergman, publisher of The Tribune, who allowed her to work for three summers while in college as a student intern reporter.

Marana, Shogren join

St. Joseph’s Foundation Board

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center announced the recent addition of Mary Marana and Jana Shogren to the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Miranda Anderson, St. Joseph’s Foundation director, said Marana’s and Shogren’s experiences working with philanthropy and networks in the community will be an asset. Marana is the director of Crisis Line and Referral Service. Crisis Line was established in June 1988 in response to an alarming increase in the suicide rate in Crow Wing County. Crisis Line and Referral Service is a 24 hour crisis line that serves people in Crow Wing, Cass, Aitkin, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

Shogren is the executive director of Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2002 with a service area that includes Crow Wing County and the bordering communities. Bridges of Hope links families to community supports and resources.

“When recruiting new foundation board members, we look for candidates with a good business background and engaged in the community,” said Kim Ellingson, St. Joseph’s Foundation Board chair, in a news release. “We want people who are willing to help us understand the patient care, wellness, and business issues surrounding healthcare in the community. All our new board members bring those experiences to our board and we look forward to them serving for years to come.”

Westin joins Panache

BAXTER — Panache Salon & Day Spa is pleased to welcome Megan Westin.

Westin is a graduate of Empire Beauty School. As a licensed cosmetologist, Westin is experienced in styling, coloring, and advanced cutting techniques and helping guests with refreshing new looks. Panache recently welcomed Miriam Hannon, Aveda’s Spa specialist educator. She performed advanced training in relaxing waxing techniques and advanced facial techniques great focus on customizations.

Brown joins Deerwood Bank

DEERWOOD — Heidi Brown was recently hired as retail banking manager at Deerwood Bank in Deerwood.

As retail banking manager, Brown will be a consumer lender, as well as oversee the opening of new accounts and IRAs, consumer lenders and bank tellers in the Deerwood office.

Brown has 13 years of banking experience in the Brainerd and Cuyuna lakes areas, and joined Deerwood Bank in June. Originally from Deerwood, Brown is a graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School and received her accounting degree from Brainerd Technical College.

Area representatives attend Mark Kay seminar

Leslie Helland, Tessa Helland, Sherri Baier, Sami McCluney and Mary Gunderman of the Brainerd lakes area, joined more than 32,000 Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants from the United States and around the world at the company’s annual seminar in Dallas from July 18 to Aug. 4.

Mary Kay Inc.’s annual Seminar is a business conference held each year in Dallas to educate, motivate and recognize the accomplishments of the rapidly growing 2.4 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants worldwide.

The local consultants participated in classes on team-building, leadership development, time management, proven sales tips and balancing a career around her lifestyle. General assemblies featured motivational speeches by Mary Kay Independent National Sales Directors, top Independent Sales Directors and executives from Mary Kay Inc.

This year’s theme “Dare to Dream” pays tribute to the business Mary Kay Ash envisioned nearly 50 years ago; creating an unparalleled opportunity for women to achieve their dreams.

In keeping with The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc.’s longstanding commitment to prevent and end domestic violence, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants were encouraged to bring gently-used professional attire to donate to domestic violence shelters as part of the annual Mary Kay “Suits for Shelters” program. The donated gently-used professional attire will be distributed to Dallas area domestic violence shelters for survivors looking for a job.

Brenny joins Music General

Music General welcomes Amanda (Burggraff) Brenny to its 2012-2013 teaching staff. Brenny is a native of Brainerd and former Music General dancer. She graduated from Brainerd High School and went on to attend college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., where she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing. During her 14 years as a Music General dancer, Brenny studied under the direction of Sue Kuhn, Maurice Curry, Karen Calloway-Williams and Joe Istre. She will be teaching Tiny-Tots through third grade students.


Darger to keynote Cass County EDC meeting

“Community Economics – Moving from Ideas to Action,” will be the title of Michael Darger’s keynote talk at Cass County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting.

Darger, director of the University of Minnesota Community Economics Program will speak. Darger has a wide range of experience in economics including managing the Business Retention and Expansion Program since 1999. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in local economic positions, county government and with nonprofit organizations. He also has experience in commercial banking and marketing.

Darger has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Albion College in Michigan and an master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. His affiliations include being president-elect of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and former board member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. In 2008, Darger received the distinguished outstanding leadership award from the University of Minnesota Extension Dean and Director. In 2007, he received the George Morse Award for major contributions from Business Retention and Expansion International for co-leading projects in Lyon County and Swift County.

The 2012 annual meeting will be the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. The annual meeting is planned Sept. 27 at the Northern Lights Casino near Walker and the public is invited to attend. The night will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner and speakers will follow. Tickets are $15 each and reservations should be made by calling 218-947-7523.

The Cass County Economic Development Corporation is a community, nonprofit corporation focused on helping businesses create jobs and capital investment in Cass County. For more information, go to

Lunch And Learn focuses on memory loss

PIERZ — Horizon Health’s Faith in Action, Pierz, is offering an opportunity for business owners and their employees related to creating a dementia friendly environment in the community.

Horizon Health is offering a Lunch and Learn for businesses and their employees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 in Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz at no cost. The event is designed as an opportunity to give employees the tools they need to recognize and communicate effectively with customers with memory issues.

Deborah E. Richman, the associate program director, education and outreach from the Alzheimer’s Association will be the presenter. She has provided independent consulting and training in the areas of challenging behaviors and memory care program development. Her professional career has been focused on senior services and education/training for staff, family members and community members.

Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451 on or before Sept. 11.

CRMC presents diabetes prevention program

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education is offering the I CAN Prevent Diabetes (Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes) program at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people with pre-diabetes or those with at least two risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, or a family history of diabetes. CRMC launched the program in January 2012 and this will be the third course offered.

The first of 12 sessions of the program is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Sept. 6 at CRMC in the Ambulatory Services Conference Room. Additional sessions will be held Thursday evenings at the same time and location with new topics discussed each week. Class will not be hosted on Nov. 22 and the last session is Nov. 29.

Throughout the program, participants will meet in a group-based setting and learn how to change lifestyle habits in an effort to prevent diabetes. Weigh-ins will be hosted each week to track progress and trained lifestyle coaches will help participants lose weight, increase physical activity and develop healthier eating habits.

The I CAN Prevent Diabetes program at CRMC is open to the public and requires a $144 registration fee to participate in the entire 12-week program. For more information, go online to or call CRMC Diabetes Education at 218-545-4448.

Crosby Eye Clinic hosts Business After Hours

CROSBY — The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s fall Business After Hours networking event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Crosby Eye Clinic, 1 Third Avenue NE, across from the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

For further information, call the Chamber at 218-546-8131.

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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