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Overhead Door gains customer service award

St. Cloud Overhead Door Company, a residential and commercial garage door and access dealer servicing Central Minn., has installed and serviced tens of thousands of garage doors and openers for local residents since 1937, with thousands more completed each year.

LiftMaster, residential and commercial garage door openers and access solutions, recently awarded St. Cloud Overhead Door Company with “ProVantage Dealer Status” for its excellent business practices, superior product knowledge and commitment to customers. In addition, St. Cloud Overhead Door Company has shown dedication to their community by donating their time and finances to local charities such as the CentraCare Health Foundation, March of Dimes, and Crime Stoppers.

The business headquarters are in Waite Park with three divisions in Brainerd, Willmar and Alexandria. St. Cloud Overhead Door Company’s experts have recently completed notable installations for local projects such as the St. Cloud Hospital expansion, new Marco headquarters and St. Cloud Truck Sales.


‘Going Into Business For Yourself’ classes offered

The Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College scheduled “Going Into Business For Yourself” classes in Long Prairie and Staples.

In Long Prairie, the class is planned 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Main Street Government Center, 347 Central Ave., Long Prairie. Deadline to register is Oct. 24.

In Staples, the class, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 is at the Staples police station meeting room. Deadline to register is Oct. 26.

The classes cover all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground and stay profitable, including financing a new venture.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

The admission fee is $20 per person. Instructor is Rick Utech of Todd County Development Corp. In Long Prairie, for more information, contact Utech at 320-732-2128 or

For information for the Staples class, contact Staples-Motley Community Education at or call 218-894-2497.

CLC offers 16-hour blueprint reading course

The Business and Industry Center is hosting a 16-hour blueprint reading course from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 30 to Nov. 29 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

Instructor Mike Reeser will show students how to develop the skills needed for practical blueprint reading, interpretation, and development. Welding symbols are taught and drawings will be made.

Reeser, a CLC instructor of welding and fabrication, said the students will obtain the necessary interpreting skills to develop a working knowledge on a variety of blueprint types from various fields. The fee is $169. Registration deadline is Oct. 23. Class size is limited.

Register by calling 855-8142 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8142. Online registration is available at and click on courses. For more information, email to


Volunteers restore and revitalize Riverfront Regional Park

CenterPoint Energy employees partnered with Great River Greening to restore and revitalize Riverfront Regional Park following a natural gas pipeline replacement project that took place recently in the park area.

Supported by Anoka County Parks Board and Anoka County Transportation Department, 20 CenterPoint Energy volunteers and Great River Greening, planted 50 trees and 35 shrubs, mulched and weeded to complete the park restoration.

The Riverfront Regional Park contains 139-acres and is one of the many open greenspaces along the Mississippi River.

Maurices sponsors scholarship, including Little Falls student

Maurices announced 18 students across the country were awarded a scholarship because of their hard work and dedication, including a student from Little Falls.

The ascena Scholarship Program was developed in 1996 and has given scholarships to more than 401 children of associates at dressbarn, maurices and justice brands. This benefit is funded by the Jaffe Family Foundation and Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

The scholarships are awarded on several key factors, such as grade point average, extra-curricular activities, future goals, a student essay, and financial need. The scholarships average $3,000-$5,000 for each student to help them off-set higher education expenses.

This year, maurices and dressbarn have awarded more than $145,000 in scholarships to deserving students across the country. Maurices has 18 recipients this year, including Derek Toso from Little Falls, who is the son of Kelly Toso.

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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.

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