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Business notes Jan. 27

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KLJ Hires Zach Wamre

KLJ, an employee-owned engineering, surveying and planning firm, hired Zach Wamre in the Brainerd office.

Wamre is a surveyor with the survey group. He studied general courses at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wamre has two years of related work experience.

Since 1938, KLJ has provided multi-disciplinary engineering-based solutions for national, large-scale operations, with the local expertise to drive projects forward and deliver successful results. Our strong regional connections, in-depth local knowledge, responsive personal service and industry experience create strategic advantages for all our clients.

KLJ currently has 16 office locations throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming.

Chamber to host Kresha, Gazelka

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting chamber and community members to a legislative dialogue with Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at Little Falls City Hall in the Council Chamber, 100 Seventh Ave. NE.

Participants will have the opportunity to direct questions and comments regarding issues that will impact the 2013 legislative session to Gazelka and Kresha. Hearing first-hand the concerns and issues that impact the success of your business and our community will assist these elected officials with decision making at the Capitol, the chamber reported.

The session will be rebroadcast on local cable access Channel 6 in Little Falls and on Channel 12 in Pierz. For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 320-632-5155.

Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties recruits Diem

Trista Diem, Crosslake, joined the sales team at Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, near Brainerd.

With 15 years in real estate, lifelong area resident Diem will assist homebuyers and sellers in the Crow Wing County, Cass County, and Brainerd lakes vicinities.

Diem earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sports management and has a background as a personal trainer and wellness coach. She also served as a certified residential appraiser with Oseland Appraisals in Nisswa.

Kurilla Real Estate gives recognizes top agents

John and Matt Pecarich and John Hunter were awarded the 2012 Sales Achievement Award in recognition of their success, professionalism and commitment, Kurilla Real Estate reported.

John and Matt Pecarich have a combined 50 years in the real estate industry and have received both national and regional sales awards. They are active in coaching and organizing athletics from the youth level to college. They have received Kurilla’s highest award in 2009, 2010 and now in 2012.

Hunter is a top producer at Kurilla Real Estate and has received an outstanding sales achievement award for 2012. His family had a cabin on Gull Lake early on and Hunter moved to the area in 1983 to launch a career selling lake front real estate.

RE/MAX opens office in Longville

RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty announced the opening of RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Longville, formerly Gallery of Homes Minn. on Jan. 16, servicing Longville, Remer, Hackensack, Walker, Outing and all surrounding areas.

Patrick Wiebusch, broker/owner has been a RE/MAX network associate for more than 20 years. Along with residential real estate professionals Dick Kruger, Dan Pflugshaupt, Dave Owen, Bill MacFarlane, Marc Ruyak, Patricia Boen, Sean McDonald, Audrey Hanson, and Darren Sonenstahl RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty will specialize in all types of real estate including up north, water front, farm, and luxury properties.

The new office is on Highway 84.


Colleges to address nursing career education

Central Lakes College (CLC) and the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) will co-host a free, public program about nursing education for current and prospective nurses from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11.

“Pathways to Nursing Careers,” a discussion about the future of nursing profession and how education can open pathways to new careers in the nursing field, is planned in Room E354 at the Brainerd campus of CLC, 501 W College Drive.

Featured speaker is Marty Witrak, dean of the School of Nursing at CSS, presenting the implications for current and future nurses from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which prompted widespread change for the healthcare industry.

A panel of five professionals will be included. Scheduled panelists are Connie Frisch, CLC dean of nursing; Pat DeLong, chief nursing officer for Essentia Health; Laurie Bach, vice president of hospital services at Lakewood Health System; Elena McNutt, interim nursing director at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center; and Susan Hyndman, program director with the registered and bachelor’s degree online nursing track at CSS.

Those attending are asked to RSVP at or by calling 218-625-4816 or 877-287-8752. Refreshments will be provided.


OSHA construction safety scheduled at CLC

Central Lakes College will host a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training course in construction safety from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 at the Business and Industry Center in Brainerd.

Topics covered, in relationship to the construction industry: OSHA general industry citation, penalty and inspections procedures, material handling, walking and working surfaces, electrical, personal protective equipment, machine guarding, excavations and trenching, lock-out/tag out, permitted confined spaces, hazard communications, right-to-know, safety and health programs and a workplace accident and injury reduction program.

Participants who complete the training will receive a completion card from the OSHA Training Institute which states they have successfully completed the 10-Hour OSHA course.

The fee is $165, with advance registration and payment required no later than Feb. 6.

For more information, call 855-8142 or online at and clicking on courses. For information, email

Vehicle inspector recertification class Feb. 15 at CLC

Commercial vehicle inspector recertification will be offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd, in the Business and Industry Center.

The state of Minnesota requires that all commercial vehicles or combination of vehicles more than 26,000 pounds are to be placarded and registered in Minnesota, display a valid safety inspection decal issued by an inspector certified by the commissioner of public safety, or carry proof that the vehicle is in interstate commerce and a certificate of compliance has been issued. Inspections may only be performed by a person who is not an employee of the department of public safety or transportation and must be certified by the commissioner of public safety.

All certified Minnesota commercial vehicle inspectors must be recertified every two years if they wish to continue as certified inspectors

You cannot attend the recertification class if: your certification has been expired for more than six months, your certification is under revocation, you have already attended and failed a recertification class.

The class fee is $90, including a $10-per-student fee required by the state and all course materials. Instructor is Ed Sundby of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Questions about the Minnesota annual inspection program may be answered by contacting the Minnesota State Patrol at 651-405-6171.

Register no later than Feb. 8. For information, call 800-933-0346 ext. 8142 or 855-8142 or email, or go to

How to submit a business note

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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