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Business Notes Feb. 17

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■ Adventure Creative gains honors at ADDY competition

Advertising and photography work produced by Adventure Advertising and Adventure Studios was honored at the American Advertising Federation of Central Minnesota’s annual ADDY Awards in St. Cloud on Feb. 9.

Adventure was awarded 20 ADDY Awards, including Judges Choice, Best Copywriting, eight gold and 10 silver awards.

Winning Work Included: Judges Choice – Mount Ski Gull - logo and best copywriting – Man Cave catalog. Gold ADDY wins included: Mount Ski Gull logo; Man Cave catalog; Creative Memories Here’s to Fabulous You Book; Northern Eye Center - “Like” ad campaign/website; Polaris - off-road photography campaign; Polaris, Jagged X Razr photography campaign; Your Inspiration at Home, photography campaign; Evinrude, military photograph. Silver ADDY awards included: Great Theatre, 2012-13 theatre season campaign; Creative Memories, Fluffy & Fido illustration campaign; Park Tool, impressions ad, shirt; Adventure Advertising, sizzle reel; Creative Memories, joy fast to fabulous book; Your Inspiration at Home, global catalog; Adventure, open house invite; AdFed, 2012 ADDY materials; Creative Memories, tool kit packaging; Creative Memories, Nordic Christmas illustration campaign.

Adventure Advertising has offices in Brainerd, St. Cloud, Minneapolis and Surfer’s Paradise in Australia.

■ Harting and Freihammer join Greenhaven Dental

BAXTER — Dental hygienists Samantha Harting and Katie Freihammer recently joined Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter.

Harting, a graduate of Central Lakes College and St. Cloud Technical College, has more than eight years of experience in dentistry, as both a dental hygienist and dental assistant.

Freihammer is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and has been a licensed dental hygienist in the Brainerd lakes area since 2008.

As hygienists at Greenhaven, Harting and Freihammer help patients improve their overall health. Their duties include performing dental cleanings and X-rays, screening for oral cancer, gum disease and other general health concerns.

Harting and Freihammer join Clinton Roberts, dentist, and Greenhaven’s dental care team, which now totals six employees.

■ Dermatology Professionals

gains recognition

During its recent Annual Meeting, Integrity Health Network (IHN) awarded three clinics for outstanding performance in quality improvement in 2012, including Dr. Paul Lundstrom’s practice, Dermatology Professionals, in Baxter.

Dermatology Professionals earned the 2012 Specialty Clinic Award for excellent work in monitoring and improving follow up of melanoma patients and consistent, valuable contributions to quality at all levels within the network, Integrity Health Network reported.

The other two clinics were Range Medical Services of Virginia, Minnesota and Dr. Christopher Wenner, of Cold Spring . 

IHN represents 225 physicians across northeast and central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin from 20 fields of medicine in both primary and specialty care.

■ Record year for Lakewood’s obstetrics department

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System’s obstetrics department (OB) had a record year in 2012. This last year, the OB department had a record 443 deliveries, with five sets of twins, bringing the total number of babies to 448. This number is up from 2011’s 404 deliveries. Along with this record number of babies, OB has earned some impressive patient satisfaction scores and is part of a statewide safety initiative.

In a national healthcare patient satisfaction survey conducted by Press Ganey, Lakewood’s OB department ranked in the 98th percentile nationwide.

Lakewood’s 22 precent Caesarean-section (C-section) rate is lower than the national average. The national average states that one out of every three women will give birth via C-section. Lakewood had an 86 percent success rate when it came to vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) attempts.

Lakewood is also part of a safety initiative created by the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Department of Health and the March of Dimes to decrease the number of early elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks, unless medically necessary. Women who carry their babies to full term have better outcomes for many reasons, and with this initiative, it will reduce the national C-section rate as well as NICU admissions.

■ Mosquito Squad gains

client service award

Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota, owned by Clayton “Buzz” Holznagel, received a 2012 Excellence in Client Service Award.

The award is a representation of a well-trained team of licensed pest control applicators and office support staff. The nomination process is conducted through an online customer satisfaction survey called Listen 360 that is sent to each customer’s email address.

Award presentations were conducted in Charleston, S.C. at Outdoor Living Brands annual convention in January 2013. More than 114 franchisee locations were represented.

Mosquito Squad was recognized in 2012 among the top 15 fastest growing franchise companies in the U.S.

Mosquito Squad, an Outdoor Living Brands company, was recently certified as a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute and was rated one of the Top 50 Franchises by Franchise Business Review, receiving their 2012 Franchisee Satisfaction Award.

Holznagel purchased the North Central Region in March of 2011.


■ Nursing assistant course

offered in Pine River

A nursing assistant course will be offered in Pine River March 18 through May 8.

Central Lakes College (CLC) is offering this course at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village, Pine River. It will meet on Mondays and Wednesday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

The three-credit nursing assistant course introduces concepts of basic human needs, health/illness continuum and basic nursing skills. Skills are demonstrated and practiced in a supervised laboratory setting. This course allows for practical application of skills in a nursing care setting and meets government requirements for placement on the state registry. Scholarships are available for students from central Cass County taking this class. Contact the CLC Foundation at 55-8129 to find out how much you will qualify for. Funding was developed especially for local CLC classes by the Pine River Backus School District, Cass County Economic Development Corporation and many local donors.

There is room for up to 20 students. This is an opportunity to start training for a career in the healthcare industry, Cass County Economic Development Corporation reports. The average wage for a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is $11.84 per hour in this area.

Students must complete with a grade of “C” or better to pass, and attendance is mandatory. No more than four hours may be missed.

Contact the CLC Admissions Office to enroll at 218-855-8037 or

■ How to submit a business note

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or fax to 218-829-0211, or via the online form at, via 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.
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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