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Business Notes Nov. 25

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Lactation consultant joins Lakewood

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System welcomes Stephanie Rodriguez, an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC.RLC) to its staff.

Rodriguez will be graduating from Columbia College in Missouri with a degree in sociology in the spring of 2013. Rodriguez focuses on helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals with evidence-based practices working with families, both prenatally and after their babies are born, to help educate, resolve challenges, offer support, and just answer breastfeeding related questions. She reported she plans to start a mother-to-mother support group in early 2013.

Originally from Columbia, Mo., Rodriguez also writes for a breastfeeding blog.

Jensen completes memory training

BAXTER — Jerry Jensen, a licensed psychologist, completed training to provide Cogmed working memory training at Cedarbrook Center in Baxter.

Cedarbrook reports it has been designated a Qualified Cogmed Practice. Cedarbrook Center in Baxter added working memory training to its array of brain development offerings. Working memory capacity decreases with normal aging. Starting from around 25 years of age, the capacity decreases with 5-10 percent per decade. The computerized program consists of online computerized activities that improve memory for professionals and older adults.

Thuringer elected chairman

of national resort committee

C. Brian Thuringer, president of Madden’s on Gull Lake, has officially taken office and is serving as chairman of the Resort Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).

Thuringer started his service in September and was nominated for this honorary position because of his longevity serving on the committee and extensive experience in the resort industry.

“It has been very exciting taking on the role of chair,” Thuringer said in a news release. “Our committee is made up of many great minds and together, I believe our service will pave the way for an even brighter future for the hospitality and resort industry.”

As chairman, Thuringer is working to lead the resort committee on its initiatives and meetings. The committee’s responsibilities include assessing the impact of legislation and regulation directed toward the resort community, promoting resort destination travel and tourism, and to foster environmentally responsible operational practices. It is the oldest and largest standing committee of the AH&LA and currently has 60 active and 40 honorary members.

Lakewood welcomes

Rural Physician Associate

Program Students

STAPLES — Kaitlyn Pelowski and Adrianne Moen, Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) students join Lakewood Health System in Staples.

Pelowski, from International Falls, earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences and completed her first two years of medical school at the University of Minnesota–Duluth. She is currently in her third year of medical school at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Though she enjoys learning about every aspect of medicine at this point in her career, Pelowski is interested in sports medicine, obstetrics and women’s health, pediatrics, procedures, palliative care and dermatology.

Moen, from Brainerd, earned her undergraduate degree in business administration and completed her first two years of medical school at the University of Minnesota–Duluth. She is currently in her third year of medical school at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. At this point, Moen is deciding between full-scope family practice and a narrower focus in pediatrics. She enjoys performing procedures and hands-on care, as well as providing longitudinal care.

Lakewood Health System is one of many locations in Minnesota that RPAP students can attend. RPAP is a nine-month, community based educational experience open to third- year medical students enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Twin Cities or Duluth campuses. Students train under the supervision of family physicians and other physicians called preceptors. The goal of RPAP is to encourage students to practice in rural areas throughout the state of Minnesota.

Home Instead Senior

Care gains recognition

Home Instead Senior Care–Brainerd lakes was ranked in the top 10 Home Instead franchises in the nation, according to the recent PEAQ (Pursuing Excellence by Advancing Quality) survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.

Each client and family served were asked questions regarding their satisfaction with the services they receive-quality of care, quality of staff and attentiveness of office staff. Home Instead CAREGivers were surveyed in an effort to determine their satisfaction with our employment experiences. The combined results of this survey ranked the Brainerd Lakes office in the top 10 nationally.

Items deemed important to clients were services such as personal introductions of care givers, time spent on initial care consultations, and follow up with quality calls and visits. Items deemed important to staff were training opportunities, information received about clients needs before arriving at a shift, an opportunity to be involved in the quality assurance for clients, and support from the Home Instead office.

Home Instead Senior Care has been operating in the Brainerd lakes area since January 2005 and is provided non-medical services to seniors and families in the five county area, including Crow Wing, Cass, Todd, Wadena and Morrison counties. The organization employs more than 110 care givers and is available to clients 24 hours per day/seven days per week.

Home Instead Senior Care has more than 900 franchises across the nation and internationally.

McCoy takes over local Edward Jones branch office

Chad McCoy was named to take over the local Edward Jones office, 607 Oak St., the firm announced.

McCoy transferred to Brainerd from an Edward Jones office in Monticello. Jim Weddle is the firm’s managing partner and Amy Misener is the branch office administrator.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. The firm has 12,000-plus financial advisers working directly with nearly 7 million clients. In January 2012, for the 13th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in Large Size Companies. These 13 FORTUNE rankings include top 10 finishes for nine years, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010.


‘Serving It Safe’ is offered

Dec. 11 in Brainerd

A ‘Serving It Safe’ review course is planned from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.

This course provides four hours of continuing education for certified food managers. It will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.

Colette Pohlkamp is the instructor. Tuition is $70.

Deadline to register is Dec. 4.

Participants may park in the main entrance parking lot near the Business & Industry Center at Central Lakes College, 501 W. College Drive. Enter Door No. 6 (Business and Industry Center). Signs will be posted directing you to the appropriate classroom.

Register for this workshop online at and click on courses.

For more information, email or call 800-933-0346, ext. 8142, or 855-8142.


Crosslake agents raise

money for food shelf

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Edina Realty agents raised funds for contribution to the Crosslake Food Shelf and the Mid Minnesota Women’s Center in Brainerd.

Crosslake Edina Realty agents raise money by hosting lunches and other community events at the Crosslake office. The Edina Realty Foundation matches funds the agents have raised for local charities.

In November, the Crosslake agents on behalf of the Edina Realty Foundation contributed $1,200 to the Crosslake Food Shelf and $1,000 to the Mid Minnesota Women’s Center. These essential nonprofit community services are experiencing a sharp increase in demand for assistance.

Menards to serve as Christmas

toy drive drop site

BAXTER — Menards is serving as a toy drive drop site.

The store have a drop box near the exit door to collect new and unwrapped presents from now through mid-December.

CLC Accounting Club

aids food shelf

The Central Lakes College Accounting Club plans a Dec. 10-13 food drive on the Brainerd campus to further stock a supply of items available at no charge to Central Lakes College students.

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