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Business Notes Oct. 14

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Goldleaf Partners employee

receives national award

BAXTER — Jennifer R. Lancello, client relationship manager at Goldleaf Partners, Baxter, recently learned she is a recipient of the Martin Rosenberg Academic Achievement Award from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPAA).

Due to her outstanding performance on the fall 2011 Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) examination, Lancello will receive the award, which recognizes the top performing candidates on each of eight different industry exams, at the 2012 ASPPA Annual Conference in National Harbor, Md. in late October.

Indigo Signworks adds employee

Indigo Signworks Inc. hired Randy Andrews in the Alexandria Branch Office.

He will be developing new business for Indigo Signworks in central and eastern Minnesota.

Andrews has six years of experience in the sign industry, along with 28 years of sales experience in the following industries: pharmaceuticals, sporting goods, power equipment and tools, and manufacturing. He was previously director of national sign programs at a sign company in St. Paul.

Russell-Martin earns play therapy credential

Leslie Russell-Martin, Little Falls, earned the registered play therapist-supervisor credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), according to its executive director Bill Burns.

Russell-Martin has a doctorate and is a licenced marriage and family therapist. To become a registered play therapist-supervisor, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s degree or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, 150 clock hours of play therapy training, five years and 5,000 hours of post-master’s clinical experience, 500 supervised and 500 additional hours of play therapy experience, and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice. 

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective way by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

APT is a national professional society formed in 1982 to advance the field of play therapy.  It sponsors research, training, and credentialing programs to assist the professional development of its nearly 6,000 member psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in more than 25 nations. 

Martel joins Widseth

Smith Nolting

BAXTER — Ashley Martel joined the architecture department of Widseth Smith Nolting’s Baxter office.

She has a master of architecture and bachelor of science degree in environmental design from North Dakota State University.

As a designer for WSN, Martel is responsible for interpreting design criteria and developing building designs and site plans. She is also involved in programming, preliminary field measurement, design development, working drawings, building code review and construction budget analysis.

W R Bar Ranch ranks 9th in Angus registrations

PEQUOT LAKES — W R Bar Ranch, Pequot Lakes, ranked as ninth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Minnesota having recorded 126 head of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2012, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.

Angus breeders across the nation in 2012 registered 315.007 head of Angus cattle. The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. is the largest beef registry association in the world in terms of both annual registrations and active members. For more information about the Angus breed go to

Lakewood not associated with

fungal meningitis outbreak

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System reported it has never used products manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC), the manufacturer of the steroid compounds that reportedly caused a recent nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Any steroid injection given by Lakewood Health System reported is not part of this national investigation, regardless of the area on the body where the injection was given, as Lakewood only purchases pharmaceuticals from FDA-regulated manufacturers.

Additional and updated information on the current Minnesota fungal meningitis investigation may be found at For more information, contact Jon Willgohs at 218-894-8820 or

GuidePoint Pharmacy awarded accreditation

GuidePoint Pharmacy, Brainerd, was awarded a three-year accreditation in services provided for diabetic test strips and custom-fit diabetic shoes by the American Board for Certification (ABC) in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Inc.

GuidePoint Pharmacy is recognized for achievements in areas of organizational management, patient care standards, quality assurance, supplier compliance and facility and safety management. The award represents the highest level of accreditation in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.

GuidePoint Pharmacy has offered diabetic test strips for more than 35 years and custom-fit diabetic shoes since 2009 in the Brainerd area. The pharmacy has been owned by Michael and Laura Schwartzwald since 2001.

Hendrickson and Mowers join

The Fine Line salon

Marcie Hendrickson and Katelyn Mowers joined The Fine Line Salon and Spa in Brainerd as stylists.

The Fine Line reported its stylists also recently completed new classes in Aveda color.


Lakes Vybe luncheon on Oct. 18

includes free headshot

The Lakes Vybe group, which offers educational programs and networking opportunities for area business members between the ages of 21 and 40, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Studio North Photography, which is located in Brainerd’s Northern Pacific Center.

Studio North will offer complementary professional headshots for those in attendance for use on business cards and social media accounts. Lunch will be provided by Northwind Grille. Cost is $10. For more information call Holly Holm, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, at 822-7112.

Fyten Marketing & Promotion to

host Friday Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests to the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, 7:30–9 a.m. Friday at 200 First St. NW for Friday Morning Coffee. Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Fyten Marketing & Promotion.

Dine and Discover event focuses on Medicare

PIERZ — The next “Dine and Discover” is focusing on Medicare.

Medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. The Senior Linkage Line will be at Faith in Action’s next Dine and Discover from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz to help participants understand all the Medicare changes.

Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. A free will donation will be accepted for this seminar and lunch. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451 on or before Oct. 26. Free blood pressure screenings, compliments of Horizon Health Homecare will also be available before and after the session. This Dine and Discover is sponsored by F & M State Bank, The Senior Linkage Line, Faith in Action and Horizon Health. Dress up in a Halloween costume and win a prize.

Business After Hours set at St. Gabriel’s

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital at 815 Second St SE.

Hosting the event is St. Gabriel’s Hospital. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served in the hospital lobby.

This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-632-5155. No RSVP needed.

Arrowwood Lodge hosts CHOW on Oct. 25

BAXTER — The staff at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter will host the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s networking event CHOW on Oct. 25.

CHOW lunches are business-development opportunities that connect area business leaders with business prospects and the event host. During CHOW, Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes staff members will provide chamber members with lunch, information about their business and door prizes. Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes is at 6967 Lake Forest Road in Baxter. Cost is $5. For more information, call Holly Holm, Brainerd Lakes Chamber, at 822-7112.

Pine River Clinic showcases renovations

PINE RIVER — Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pine River Clinic, 415 Barclay Ave. in Pine River, is hosting a fall festival celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday to tour the newly remodeled clinic, including larger exam rooms and updated lobby.

Participants will be able to meet Kassandra Nelson, registered nurse and certified nurse practioner, a new addition to the staff. The event includes pumpkin decorating, prize drawings and a warm bowl of chili.

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Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

Business notes may be found in the Dispatch’s Business/Money section on Sundays and in Business/Money Extra on Mondays.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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