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Natural horsemanship clinician

to present at Spirit Horse Center

Anna Twinney, an equine specialist who focuses on creating a trust-based relationship between horse and owner, will conduct a three-day clinic Oct. 12-14 at Spirit Horse Center, one mile south of Brainerd off Highway 371.

Twinney, a natural horsemanship clinician and animal communicator, travels the world conducting clinics focused on her “Reach Out to Horses” methodologies where she shares concepts on how to fully understand and work within the language of the horse.

Those who register for the Spirit Horse Center’s clinic may either watch from the bleachers or participate with their horse in the arena with Twinney and her team. Participants will incorporate body language, energy work, animal communication and healing modalities to connect with their horse.

Friday is Holistic Horse Day, which is an introduction to Twinney’s Reach Out to Horses methodologies. Topics include herd dynamics, muscle testing, animal communication, nutritional supplements and a demonstration of personality and character in the round pen.

Saturday and Sunday include natural horsemanship exercises and learning the benefits of “Trust-Based Leadership and Compassionate Communication (TLC). Twinney will also “De-mystify the Round Pen,” where participants learn a training language that includes telepathic, energetic and body language means.

“We’re very fortunate to have Anna conduct a clinic in the Brainerd lakes area because she’s in very high demand,” said Staci Grattan, Spirit Horse Center owner, in a news release.

Event focuses on foreign markets

Exporting resources available to businesses in central Minnesota, and networking with fellow business leaders, will be part of an Oct. 12 seminar.

Katie Clark, director of the Minnesota Trade Office, plans to deliver the keynote address: “Minnesota Exports: A Driver for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

A panel of business leaders as they share their first-hand experiences, lead by Earl Potter, president of St. Cloud State University.

A group of partner organizations will provide one-on-one access to their wealth of planning and financial resources. Panelists include: Tom Anderson, Minnesota Thermal Science; Dan Bullert, Initiative Foundation; Christina Connelly, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Joe Goering, ATS International; Brad Goskowicz, Microbiologics Inc.; Dennis Griffin, Export-Import Bank; Richard Helling, Wells Fargo; Barry Kirchoff, Small Business Development Center; Peter Lyle, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment; Jeffrey Phillips, Minnesota Trade Office; Carlos Sosa, Small Business Administration; John Wilson, Midwest Global Trade Association; Jeff Zernov, Dragon Hunter.

The event is hosted by the Initiative Foundation and Minnesota Trade Office. Registration fee of $45 includes lunch and materials.

Free legal consultation offered

for small-business owners

Openings are available Oct. 25 for small business owners, prospective business owners and nonprofits to get free, 30-minute consultations from business lawyers through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Central Lakes College (CLC).

Through the SBDC and LegalCORPS, free “virtual clinics” connect clients in Brainerd via video conferencing with business lawyers located at Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis.

Participants must pre-register for a 30-minute session. To pre-register, contact Julie Platta at the SBDC at 855-8140 or email

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

If a client needs more assistance than a 30-minute session may provide, referrals will be made to local legal firms for further representation or the client may apply for and, if he or she is income-eligible, receive full-representation assistance arranged by LegalCORPS. For more information, visit

Cooking safety workshop set

Food handling for large events is different than home cooking.  

Cooking Safely for a Crowd teaches participants how to prepare, handle and serve food with safe food handling techniques. This workshop satisfies changes in Minnesota statute 157.22 that requires churches and organizations to have trained volunteers knowledgeable about safe food handling.

Cooking Safely for a Crowd is offered 5 to 8 p.m. Oct.30 at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. A fee of $15 per person or $40 max per church/organization will cover handouts, a light meal and a certificate of attendance for participants.  Registrations are requested prior to the event.

To register, contact First Lutheran Church — Brainerd 829-9552 or email: or mail to: First Lutheran Church, 424 S Seventh St., Brainerd, MN 56401.  Make checks payable to First Lutheran Church. Online registration is available at

Vehicle inspector recertification class set Oct. 26

Commercial vehicle inspector recertification will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

The state of Minnesota requires all commercial vehicles or combination of vehicles more than 26,000 pounds are to be placarded and registered in Minnesota, display a valid safety inspection decal issued by an inspector certified by the Commissioner of Public Safety, or carry proof that the vehicle is in interstate commerce and a certificate of compliance has been issued.

Inspections may only be performed by a person who is not an employee of the Department of Public Safety or Transportation and must be certified by the Commissioner of Public Safety. All certified Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspectors must be recertified every two years if they wish to continue as certified inspectors.

People cannot attend the recertification class if their certification has been expired for more than six months or if it’s under revocation or if they have already attended and failed a recertification class.

The class fee is $90, including a $10-per-student fee required by the state and all course materials. Instructor is Eric Sundby of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Questions about the Minnesota Annual Inspection program may be answered by contacting the Minnesota State Patrol at 651-405-6171.

Please register no later than Oct. 19. For information or to register with a credit card call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or email, or go to

CLC offers QuickBooks Pro workshop

Central Lakes College (CLC) has scheduled a two-night, computerized QuickBooks Pro Accounting Payroll course on the Brainerd campus.

The class meets 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 in Computer Lab C221. The fee is $99.

This class will provide the advanced skills necessary to implement payroll tracking in QuickBooks. The students will learn employee set-up and customization (vacation/sick days), time sheets, tax calculations for federal and state, monthly tax payments, quarterly reporting and year end processing. This is a two-week course, one night per week. Classroom size is limited. The instructor is Jay Bock.

Registration deadline is Oct. 16.

For more information, call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142, or email, with online registration at

Fire extinguisher course offered

The Brainerd Fire Department will host a course on the types of fire extinguishers, locations and markings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

The course also covers the use of extinguishers, inspection and maintenance, types and applications — Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and combinations. The class provides 0.1 continuing education credit through the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, which is handling course registration.

Registration deadline is Oct. 17. The fee is $20.

For more information, call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142, or email, with online registration at

Hazardous materials course offered

The Brainerd Fire Department will host a course on hazardous materials, decision making in emergencies, detecting hazardous materials presence and identifying hazardous materials from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

The class provides 0.1 continuing education credit through the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, which is handling course registration.

Registration deadline is Oct. 17. The fee is $20.

For more information, call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142, or email, with online registration at

Bauer joins CRMC

CROSBY — Dr. Leigh Bauer, obstetrics and gynecology physician joined Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, in September.

Bauer, originally from Minnesota, completed her residency at Sisters of Charity in Buffalo, N.Y. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas where she graduated Cum Laude and earned her degree as a Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University in 2008.


Maurices supports breast cancer awareness

In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness month, Maurices is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to support the cause.

The women’s clothing retailer reported it launched an exclusive line of clothing and accessories from which 50 percent of the sale price benefits breast cancer research and other early detection programs through the American Cancer Society.

The Maurices store in Baxter was chosen as one of 175 stores nationwide to carry the exclusive line, which is available now through Oct. 31, while supplies last.

MMFCU Branches to raise funds for Gillette

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) devoted the month of October to raise funds for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul — part of the Children’s Miracle Network.

From Oct. 1-31, all MMFCU branches will accept cash donations on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network, with all proceeds directly benefitting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, an organization serving children with disabilities and chronic conditions, based in St. Paul with a clinic in Baxter.

In turn, MMFCU will match up to $4,000 in donation dollars raised.

How to submit a business note

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Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

Business notes may be found in the Dispatch on Sundays and Mondays.

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