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■ Essentia Health diabetes program receives national recognition

Essentia Health’s Diabetes Resource Program received recognition for providing high quality diabetes education to patients.

The American Diabetes Association awarded its Education Recognition Certificate to the main program site located in Brainerd. The program is also now accredited to provide diabetes education and support at Essentia Health-Pine River Clinic.

The Education Recognition Certificate assures that a program meets national standards in diabetes self-management education to help patients maintain optimal health and prevent long-term complications. The Brainerd program first earned certification by the association in 2000. The recent renewal application expanded that recognition to include Essentia’s clinic in Pine River to broaden this service to the community.

Danette Holznagel, Essentia Health’s Chronic Disease program manager, said the certificate validates the rigor of the program, which supports patients as they identify goals for self-management.

The Diabetes Resource Program provides education and support for adults and children and helps patients with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. There’s also a focus on insulin pump care for those who need it. The program staff members are all certified diabetes educators, with professional licensures of advanced practice clinical nurse specialist in diabetes, registered nurses and registered licensed dietitian.

The Diabetes Resource Program also works with other members of the patient’s healthcare team. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are almost 26 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, an estimated 7 million of whom are yet to be diagnosed. Diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.

■ Brainerd Area Sertoma

Club hosts business

luncheon on Feb. 27

Members of the Brainerd Area Sertoma Club are hosting the Brained Lakes Chamber’s CHOW Time luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bonanza Family Steakhouse, 14540 Dellwood Drive, Baxter.

CHOW lunches are business development opportunities that connect area business leaders with business prospects and the event host. The Sertomans will be providing members with information about their organization. Cost is $5. Register by Tuesday by calling Holly Holm at 822-7112 or visit and then click on “Events.”

■ Realty

acquires 1Key Realty announced the acquisition of 1Key Realty (formerly Re/Max North Country) in Walker and Hackensack. is a full-service real estate brokerage that lists and sells lakeshore and recreational properties. launched in 2003 and has existing “brick-n-mortar” offices in the Twin Cities, Crosslake, Detroit Lakes, Birchwood, Wis. and Siren, Wis. The company will consolidate the newly acquired locations and operate locally out of the Hackensack office on Highway 371.

Cameron Henkel is co-founder.

The new team is managed by Shawn Pearson and includes Sindy English, Annie Gierlarowski, Ailene Homan, Joe Kessler, Helen Mankenberg, Tim Paulsen, Linda Suvada, Fritz Templin, Jerry Vargo, Denis Wickham and Denise Wickam.


■ Stone House Jewelers, J.Amelia’s salon/spa to host event March 2

PEQUOT LAKES — Stone House Jewelers and J.Amelia’s salon and spa of Pequot Lakes will host a diamond showing and spa event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2. The businesses are on Main Street in the historic church building next to city hall.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and activities. Store owners also plan to introduce Stone House Jewelers as a jewelry design company. The salon/spa will showcase its organic wellness products. Adam and Joanie Wegman opened in 2007 as Stone House Jewelers and J.Amelia’s salon and spa.

■ Business leaders learn how to maximize chamber memberships

BREEZY POINT — Brainerd Lakes Chamber members are invited to attend the Membership Maximizer from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Breezy Point Resort, 9252 Breezy Point Drive in Breezy Point, to learn how to get the most out of their memberships.

After a continental breakfast, Chamber board chairwoman Kim Ellingson of Bremer Bank will present “Connect with Your Chamber.” Chamber CEO Lisa Paxton will also speak; her presentation, “Your Chamber: The Big Picture,” will be followed by information sharing and discussion in small groups. Finally, volunteer leaders will share their perspectives with the large group and business cards will be exchanged during open networking time.


■ SBDC to offer small-business marketing March 12

“Marketing Your Small Business” will be 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.

Jay Bock will review traditional methods of marketing, what part social media should play in a marketing plan and how a business decides where their marketing dollars should go. The event is 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 12 in E151 at CLC.

This session will also talk about determining a target market and how to reach them with advertising. The Advantage Series offers four 1.5-hour sessions designed to help people be better prepared if they are looking to start a business. Some of these sessions are helpful for those already in business. Attend one or attend the whole series. Take them in any order.

Follow-up counseling is available from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no-charge.

Upcoming sessions: Accounting Tools, and Business Planning.

Admission 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. For more information, go to or contact Greg Bergman in the SBDC at 855-8140 or via email to

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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