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Business Notes Dec. 23

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Johnson receives Rising Star Award

STAPLES — Rachel Johnson, Central Supply staff member at Lakewood Health System in Staples, received the Rising Star Award at the Care Providers of Minnesota’s annual three-day educational convention for long-term care providers last month in Minneapolis.

The Rising Star Award recognizes the contributions of an individual who, although new to the long-term care profession, has made an impact in their years of service.

Johnson helps manage and organize the supplies and ordering system at Lakewood’s Senior Campus, which benefits both the staff, and ultimately, the residents. She has also written grant requests, which have resulted in Lakewood receiving two grants.

“Rachel is always looking for ways that efficiently impact the staff around her,” said Dan Donahue, vice president of Senior Services at Lakewood. “She has impressed us from the beginning and truly is a rising star. She is the type of person who doesn’t just show up for work — she shows up to make things better.”

BAM recognizes Horn with award

Sam Horn, mortgage specialist at Brainerd Savings and Loan, is the recipient of the 2012 “Rising Star” award.

She was recognized by the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) Dec. 5, at the annual BAM Awards ceremony in Minneapolis. Award winners represent the dedicated individuals and organizations who volunteer their time and expertise to improve the professionalism and strength of Minnesota’s home building industry.

Horn is an active member at the state and local level. Horn has participated in no less than eight committees at her local association, the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA), and she consistently encourages members to do business with members.

“She is the first person to volunteer to help wherever and whenever needed, and she believes in the association,” said Colleen Faacks, executive office of MMBA.

Three join Weichert

Weichert Realtors-Tower Properties added three real estate agents to the office’s sales team — Kelly J. Myers, Angela Sherack and Mindy Serocki.

As a resident of Brainerd, Myers will assist homebuyers and sellers in St. Cloud and Brainerd lakes areas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia College in Moorhead and he has professional background in the financial and transportation industries.

Sherack has seven years of real estate experience and has lived in the area for nine years. A resident of Crosslake, she will assist clients in the Crosslake and lakes vicinities. With a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine, she has been both a 911 dispatcher and an athletic trainer.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Serocki lives in Brainerd. She has served as a Browns Valley school board member and has a background in sales and management. She will work with clients throughout the state.

Outlet announced for Grand

View’s private label

NISSWA — Grand View Lodge and the owner of Liquor Boy, John Wolf, announced Liquor Boy of St. Louis Park will be the exclusive Twin Cities retail sales outlet for Grand View Lodge’s signature private label wines starting Dec. 27.

To celebrate this arrangement, there will a complimentary tasting conducted by Grand View staff 4-7 p.m. Dec. 27 at Grand View.

In 2012, Grand View Lodge introduced its signature wines, a chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The Cote family, fourth generation owners of Grand View Lodge, partnered with the Scotto Family, fifth generation California winemakers, to blend a unique wine exclusively for the Nisswa property. The wines, also featuring a label designed by Nisswa artist Jerry Raedeke,

were created to enhance the Grand View experience that until now had only been available only at the resort.

Sather joins Lakeland

Psychiatry Clinic

Nurse Practitioner Jaime L. Sather joined Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

She joins a dedicated team who cares for patients by diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders, St. Joseph’s reported.

Originally from the Brainerd lakes area, Sather moved back from Florida.

Sather earned both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She is certified as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Sather has worked in mental health for more than 10 years, having previously worked as a nurse on the Grace Unit for eight years. Prior to joining Essentia Health, she worked the past two years in Florida as a nurse practitioner in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, serving clients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Karsky joins Edina Realty

BAXTER — Nina Karsky, Nisswa, joined the Edina Realty office in Baxter as a licensed real estate sales associate. Nina and her husband recently relocated to the Brainerd lakes area from Wisconsin.

Karsky’s real estate agent Penny Nelsen, a successful agent in the Edina Realty Baxter office, recognized Karsky’s potential for real estate sales and encouraged her to become a licensed agent in Minnesota. Karsky’s career includes a strong emphasis in customer service.

Peters joins Weichert

real estate office

Realtor Preston Peters joined the Weichert Realtors-Tower Properties office sales team as a resort and recreation specialist in the commercial division.

A 13-year resident of the area and with nine years in real estate, Peters, Pequot Lakes, will assist homebuyers and sellers in the Brainerd lakes area.

Keller Williams agents attend business clinic

Keller Williams Realty Professional agents attended the Rick Geha MREA Business Planning Clinic is Minneapolis on Dec. 12.

Agents Jody Fischer, Louella Fraser, Arik Eller and Team Leader Linda Hurst heard Geha speak on the key business models — economic, lead generation and organizational. The clinic is designed to help agents and their teams to implement systems and focus efforts and activities to achieve the greatest impact on their business by creating short-term and long-term goals. Rick Geha has 25 plus years in real estate and management and is the owner of the Fremont, Calif. Market Center and the operating principal of the Pleasanton, Calif., Market Center.

Thomas Law reports winning judgment

CROSSLAKE — Attorneys Lonny D. Thomas and Mark A. Severson of Thomas Law, a business and real estate focused law practice in Crosslake, report recently winning a judgment of $1,621,000.00 representing a minority shareholder in a corporate litigation case.

The lawsuit involved claims of a minority shareholder being frozen out of a closely held corporation, breach of fiduciary duties owed to a minority shareholder and wrongful termination. The trial lasted about two weeks in Becker County and ended with the district court judge entering an order for judgment in favor of the client of Thomas Law, P.A.

Royal Tire Inc. acquires St. Paul Tire

Officials at Royal Tire Inc. announced they acquired St. Paul Tire, a full-service commercial tire store.

Located in Newport, Minn., company officials report the purchase of St. Paul Tire will enhance Royal Tire’s commercial service outreach in the metro area, and further support continued growth across the upper Midwest. During the past 64 years, Royal Tire has grown its commercial and retail locations steadily through acquisitions and new startups. This store will bring Royal Tire’s total store count to 24.

Bud and Sue Hartl started St. Paul Tire 21 years ago. Royal Tire officials say the company will be expanding more. Royal Tire currently employs more than 280 people.

Hintz attends workshop

BAXTER — Amanda Hintz, licensed psychologist who provides therapy services to children and adults at Northern Psychiatric Associates in Baxter, recently attended an educational workshop called “Kids in Crisis: Helping Children Heal,” presented by Deena McMahon, a nationally recognized and respected expert in the area of attachment and trauma. This training provided information on attachment, why it is so important in infancy and early childhood and how trauma in those early years impacts attachment and therefore, brain development.

BAM recognizes four for accomplishments

The outstanding accomplishments of four members of the residential construction industry were recognized by the Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) on Dec. 5, at the annual BAM Awards ceremony in Minneapolis.

Brainerd native Gerry Traut of Xcel Energy was presented with the prestigious Associate of the Year Award given to an associate member based on their service to the local, state and national associations and their involvement demonstrated to BAM and the community.

Traut has been a member of the builders association for more than 15 years. Traut was described as a dedicated volunteer serving on several committees at both BAM (the state association) and his local association, Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA), in addition to the BAM board of directors.

The annual BAM awards are presented to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and citizenship of companies and individuals within the industry, association and community. BAM’s mission is to help members excel in the residential construction industry and these awards recognize members of excellence and provide a model for the Minnesota residential construction industry. The winners will be published online at


CLC offers welding training opportunity

A 48-hour course at Central Lakes College in Brainerd will cover safety, metallurgy, oxyfuel, arc, mig/tig, plasma cutting and more.

This course is designed for the beginner and will also allow experienced individuals to build on their existing skills. Upon successful completion of this class, the beginner student will be prepared for an entry level position in the welding industry. The experienced student will be able to improve their skills or add new methods to their abilities. Class will consist of 12 nights. Fee is $449 including materials. Class meets 5:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 8-Feb. 14 in Room W100. Instructor is Craig Weigel. Advance registration is required. Deadline to register is Dec. 31. Students should bring safety glasses and dress appropriately. Practice materials will be provided.

CLC offers IRA seminar

Join Central Lakes College and instructor, Michael Nelson, for a day-long IRA seminar.

The event is targeted to: new bank account representatives and personal bankers; brokers, insurance agents, financial advisers, tax preparers, accountants, company business managers and any support staff who work with IRA accounts. Participants will also receive continuing education units from Central Lakes College. Cost is $99. The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Advance registration is required. Registration deadline is Jan. 3.

‘Going Into Business For Yourself’ is Jan. 12

A Going Into Business for Yourself seminar covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing your new venture and necessary filings with Minnesota.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual. Cost is $49 per person or $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock. The class is 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Deadline to register is Jan. 7.

For more information contact Julie Platta at 218-855-8140 or

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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