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Roggenkamp joins Ameriprise Financial

Cindy Roggenkamp, financial adviser, joined the Ameriprise Financial practice of Stroot, Schumer & Associates, Baxter.

With Roggenkamp’s addition, Ameriprise Financial announced it will expand its offices in Pequot Lakes on Washington Avenue,

Prior to joining Ameriprise, Roggenkamp was an investment representative with HD Vest Financial Services. For more than 25 years, she also served numerous senior roles with firms in the financial industry that focused on providing IRA and retirement plan products and services.



Schirmer joins Widseth Smith Nolting

Emily Schirmer joined the marketing department of Widseth Smith Nolting.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in communication and leadership, with an emphasis in graphic design and journalism. At UND, Schirmer led the event-planning process for the annual communication banquet and excelled in numerous graphic design and writing projects, such as creating the UND Communication Program logo and developing program proposals.

As marketing coordinator, Schirmer’s responsibilities include researching and writing technical articles and news releases, graphic design, photography, copywriting for advertising collateral, and developing proposals and presentations for all eight WSN offices.

Its offices are located in Bemidji, Alexandria, Baxter/Brainerd, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Grand Forks, Red Wing and Rochester.



Wiltrout attends training

NISSWA — Eric Wiltrout, vice president, BlackRidgeBANK, Nisswa, attended the 68th annual session of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August.

The school, sponsored by the 18 state bankers associations comprising the Central States Conference of Bankers Associations and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 550 U.S. and international professionals each year. More than 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials and industry professionals comprise the school’s faculty.

Quarterdeck opens furnished model

The Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake reported it completed the first of 20 lakefront villas, which will serve as the resort’s sales and model center.

The 3,000-square-foot furnished villa has three bedrooms, a den and 3.5 baths in an open plan with knotty pine and vaulted ceilings with fireplace and recreation room and outdoor patio. The Villa prices, including boat dock, begin at $599,900. The resort has 80 slips with its docks. Future resort pland include the construction of a clubhouse, fitness center, game room, indoor pool spa and sauna.

Donations sought for Professional Business Clothing Drive

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund is looking for donations of good quality, new and used, professional women’s business clothing and accessories such as scarves, jewelry, professional purses and briefcases for the Presenting Yourself workshop participants who are learning job interviewing skills.

Large sizes are especially needed.

Donations may be dropped off from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Common Goods on Highway 371 North.

Items needed included suits, jackets, black pants and sweaters, business shirts, shoes. For more information, contact Julie Jo Larson at 821-0263.

Larson Boat Group introduces boat

LITTLE FALLS — Larson Boat Group announced the introduction of the Larson All American 23, a 23-foot open bow runabout that was inspired by the heritage of Larson Boats 100 years in boating.

“The All American is a classic family cruising boat that harkens back to the simple yet elegantly styled boats that Larson was famous for in the 1960s,” said Al Kuebelbeck, Larson president in a news release. “It’s been designed with classic lines and retro styling as a nod to our company’s rich, 100-year history of boating.”

The boat was designed to commemorate the 100-year celebration of Larson Boat Group and was unveiled at the company’s 2013 dealer meeting.

CLC’s Reeser gains welding certification

Michael A. Reeser, welding technology instructor at Central Lakes College (CLC), completed requirements to be recognized as a Certified Welding Educator (CWE) according to the American Welding Society (AWS).

The CWE program is geared for the professional in the welding education field. This AWS certification confirms one’s ability, talent and knowledge to specifically direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction.

Reeser is in his fourth year at CLC. He was awarded a grant from the National Education Association to travel to Indianapolis for five days of AWS testing to demonstrate proficiency and instructional methods in certified welds. A CWE must be thoroughly familiar with welding processes, welding procedures, welder qualifications, materials, the limitations of weld testing, must be able to read drawings, prepare and keep records, and make reports.

Reeser instructs students in CLC’s accredited National Skill Standards program recognized by the American Welding Society as part of a worldwide network of industry employers with apprenticeships and technical resources for graduates.

CLC offers the following career preparation options: at Brainerd a 64-credit Associate in Applied Science degree, and a 44-credit Diploma in Welding and Fabrication; at Brainerd and Staples a 64-credit Manufacturing Welding Technician Diploma; and online a 30-credit Welding Technology Certificate.

For more information, contact Reeser at 855-8086 or




Brainerd Lakes Chamber annual dinner set Oct. 8

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber, together with major sponsor Bremer Bank, will celebrate its member accomplishments and recognize the first Business Excellence Award recipient, at its annual dinner on Oct. 8 at Breezy Point Resort.

The Business Excellence Award will recognize an area business for its entrepreneurial spirit and business achievements. The 2012 sponsor of the Business Excellence Award program is the Brainerd Dispatch.

“The annual dinner always is a great opportunity to celebrate, after a busy summer season, our business community accomplishments,” said Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO in a news release. “It’s a fun night to network with peers, enjoy a great meal, and applaud our businesses. This year, we have a special reason to celebrate with the crowning of our first Business Excellence Award winner.”

Also as part of the annual dinner program, Steve Mau, Brainerd General Rental, the outgoing chamber board chairman, will share his reflections on the past year and welcome incoming chair, Kim Ellingson, Bremer Bank, who will share her goals for the year ahead.

Businesses have an opportunity to highlight their business as a Showcase Table Sponsor.

The annual dinner social begins at 5 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., and recognition program at 7:30 p.m. This year’s buffet dinner menu includes chicken breast with Mornay sauce, herb-crusted walleye, Yankee pot roast, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable du jour, spinach salad, mozzarella and grape tomato salad, DG rotini salad, fresh fruit and assorted desserts. Individual dinner tickets are $35 each for chamber members.

For more information, go online to or contact Ruth Ann Hanson at 822-7119 or .

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber dinner set Sept. 27

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber is hosting its annual sit-down harvest dinner and program in a large tent 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27 on the shore of Serpent Lake in Crosby Memorial Park.

The event includes entertainment.

For more information, contact

Morrison County United Way to host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the Historic Courthouse, 107 Second St. Southeast in Little Falls from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday for Friday Morning Coffee.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is the Morrison County United Way.


Lakewood Health System hosts perinatal conference

STAPLES — A Perinatal Hospice and Beyond conference for medical providers, nurses, spiritual leaders, home care/hospice workers and social workers who care for children who are not expected to reach adulthood, as well as their families, is being hosted at Lakewood Health System in Staples.

The conference is being presented by Jody Chrastek and Martha Scherm of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 Oct. 3 at Lakewood Health System in the lower level classrooms at the main campus, 49725 County Road 83, Staples.

During this conference, Chrastek and Scherm will discuss three essential aspects of perinatal hospice, explain two pharmacological and two non-pharmacological, list three “just in time” resources to provide information to help care for a child with palliative care needs, discuss the psychosocial differences between providing adult and pediatric palliative care and demonstrate the development of a self-care plan.

Six continuing education credits will be offered and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Cost is $50 per person and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Sept. 21 and seating is limited, For more information, call 894-8586 or email

New clinic offers free legal consultation

Starting Sept. 27, 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.

To participate, one must pre-register for a 30-minute session. To pre-register for the clinic on Sept. 27, and to get details about October and November clinic times, contact Julie Platta at the SBDC at 855-8140 or email

How to submit a business note

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Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

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