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Business Notes Jan. 6

■ Monda joins Stifel Nicolaus’ baxter office

BAXTER — Tyler Monda joined Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. as a financial adviser in the firm’s Baxter office.

Monda has Series 7, 66, and life, health, and variable insurance licenses and is a recent graduate of the University of North Dakota.

While attending college, Monda interned at Stifel Nicolaus, played on the men’s golf team and was actively involved in volunteering, community development, and community service around the Grand Forks area.

Founded in 1890, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company is a full-service retail and institutional brokerage and investment banking firm.

■ Four agriculture promotion

councils seek candidates

Four Minnesota agriculture research and promotion councils are seeking candidates for their board elections.

Positions are open on the board of directors for the barley, beef, corn and soybean research and promotion councils. Candidates will be selected through mail ballot elections conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in March.

The candidate registration deadline is Feb. 7, 2013. These farmer/leaders will serve three-year terms directing the investment of their research and promotion council’s check-off programs.

The open commodity council board positions in the lakes region include:

■ District 5: Benton, Carver, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Todd,      Wadena, Wright counties

■  District 6: Aitkin, Anoka, Carlton, Chisago, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine, Ramsey, Washington counties.

Corn Research and Promotion Council:

■ District 3, 5 & 6: Anoka, Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lake, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Renville, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington, Wright, Scott.

Soybean Research and Promotion Council:

■ District 5 & 6: Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Chisago, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington, Wright.

For more information contact the Barley Research and Promotion Office 800-242.6118 or 218-253-4311; Beef Research and Promotion Office at 952-854-6980; Corn Research and Promotion Office at 952-233-0333; Soybean Research and Promotion Office at 888-896-9678. 

Farmers who voted last year will receive ballots by mail. Those who did vote last year can request a ballot from the above commodity council offices by Feb. 7.           


■ Registration opens for garden expo 2013

The registration for the 12th annual Garden Expo 2013 is now open.  

University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners and Crow Wing County Extension are inviting people to attend the annual educational event.  

The Garden Expo is planned from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Cost is unchanged at $25 per person for four break-out classes, morning and afternoon refreshments and a boxed lunch catered by Prairie Bay Grill & Catering. The event includes vendors and exhibitors.

For more information, go online to or call the Crow Wing County Extension office at 824-1065 to request a registration form.  The last Garden Expo was sold out the first week in March and many of the break-out classes were full as early as mid-February so early registeration is recommended. Participants will be fully refunded if their cancellation is received by March 22.

For additional information about the Garden Expo 2013, including break-out classes and speakers please contact Jackie Froemming, Extension educator, at 824-1068 or email


■ ‘Serving It Safe’ is offered Jan. 22 in Brainerd

A “Serving It Safe” review course is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22 from 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 Jan. 15.

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, at the Business and Industry Center. Signs will be posted directing participants to the appropriate classroom.

For more information, go online to and click on courses.

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

■ Boiler operation course at CLC starts Jan. 24

A 20-hour, low-pressure boiler operator course is planned Mondays and Thursdays Jan. 24-March 4 in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

This course offers participants an opportunity to prepare for taking the second, first and chief class boiler exams. It covers 0-15 P.S.I.

Instruction will include: attendance requirements for heating boilers, safety issues and state boiler rules.

Textbooks will be available the first day of class. The class fee of $349 includes books and materials. Testing and application fee for licensure will be an additional fee for the student.

Dave Horn is the instructor for the class, which meets from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no class Feb. 11 and 18.

Advanced registration is required and the deadline is Jan. 17.

Boiler exams are given by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. All applications and affidavits for boiler operator licensing must be pre-approved and pre-paid 15 calendar-days prior to the exam date.

Call 651-284-5544 for information regarding the new license procedures. For more information visit their website at

Online registration is available at and click on courses.

■ SBDC to start Advantage Series

with business planning

Business planning tips are offered in the spring Advantage Series presented by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd.

The event is planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at CLC. Jay Bock will outline the important elements needed to develop a successful business plan — one that sets a company apart from those who don’t have such a professional approach to operating a business.

A business plan is important to help a business owner validate the business concept and set clear goals. It also gives investors, banks, suppliers and partners information to make decisions about working with the company. The session is designed for people thinking of starting or purchasing a business.

This series will be repeated each month during the spring. Follow-up counseling is available from the SBDC team of consultants at no charge. Watch for other sessions in the series: Forms of Business Structure, marketing Your Small Business, and Accounting Tools.

Admission fee is $30 per person for each session or $100 per person for all four in the series.

Registration deadline is seven days prior to the class date. To register and to read session descriptions of other classes in the series visit us at

For information contact Julie Platta at 855-8140 or

■ How to submit a business note

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or online at or by fax to 829-0211, by mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street.

Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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