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Business Notes March 31

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■ Visit Brainerd voted

best visitor bureau

Visit Brainerd was nominated for an award for Best Convention & Visitor Bureau for a town/area less than 25,000 in population in the 2012 Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine readers choice awards.

Nominees were Visit Brainerd, Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Explore Alexandria.

At an award ceremony at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis this past Thursday Executive Director Richard Polipnick accepted the award on behalf of Visit Brainerd.

“This is a great sign that Visit Brainerd is making progress in the right direction and people are noticing,” Polipnick said.

■ Suska to begin seeing patients

Jane Suska, obstetrics/gynecology nurse practitioner is seeing patients at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Specialty Clinic, 13060 Isle Drive, Baxter, and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Good Beginnings Obstetrics Clinic, 523 N. Third St., Brainerd.

Suska has more than 30 years of experience working in women’s health. Her experience includes labor and delivery nurse, postpartum nurse, circulating and post-op nurse for cesarean births, inpatient and outpatient obstetrical care, NICU charge and transport nurse, lactation consultant, inpatient and outpatient gynecological care, childbirth education instructor, nurse management and 11 years as a certified women’s health nurse practitioner. Suska, who grew up in Royalton, is returning to the Brainerd area after a 10-year absence. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Minnesota State University in Moorhead.

■ UMMA elects Goff president

The Upper Mid-West Metering Association (UMMA) recently elected Patrick Goff of Crow Wing Power as the first ever president of the association, during its annual winter meeting held in Grand Rapids in February.

The UMMA started in 1995 bringing electric utility metering professionals together from the upper Midwest states, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota, to share knowledge and training for the industry. The ever growing membership includes, electricians, engineers, meter technicians, line workers and managers, representing investor owned, municipal and co-operative electric utilities.

Goff, one of the original co-founding and charter members of the group explained; this group of professionals is very unique in that we leave all the competition and politics at the door, we truly have existed by creating an environment of working together. Continued growth in membership and participation, plus the development of an official approved metering apprenticeship program now requires that the nonprofit organization has leadership.

■ Yonkovich joins Edina

Realty Hackensack

Susan Yonkovich joined the Edina Realty office in Hackensack as a sales associate effective immediately.

Yonkovich, Outing, has returned to Edina Realty after a brief move out of the area. She chose the Hackensack office because she is most familiar with the Walker/Longville lakes area. Her real estate experience with her background in banking and customer service are a natural fit for the Hackensack area.

■ Burgstaler gains

ranking at Mayo Clinic

Edwin A. Burgstaler, formerly of Aitkin, was conferred the rank of assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology by the College of Medicine Mayo Clinic in Rochester effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Burgstaler has worked in transfusion medicine at the Mayo Clinic for 38 years. H is also an association from the Division of Transfusion Medicine. He is a medical technologist and hemapheresis practitioner.

Burgstaler’s parents are Helen and Edwin Burgstaler, Jr. of Aitkin.

■ Welch, Hicks join Breath of Life

Paul Welch and Nalrah Hicks joined Breath of Life Adult Day Service on Buffalo Hills Lane in Brainerd.

As program director, Welch is responsible for day-to-day operations of Breath of Life, including activities, programming and staff supervision. He acts as an advocate on behalf of the participants and care givers.

Welch was educated at the University of Minnesota and Cornell University. He had a four-month internship at Woodland Good Samaritan, was a volunteer at Breath of Life. His previous experience includes Bethany Good Samaritan, Madden’s on Gull Lake, Grand View Lodge and Hyatt Hotels.

As executive assistant, Hicks is performing a wide variety of administrative duties as required by the daily operation, marketing, billing and grant writing. Hicks previous experience includes being a business owner, manager and administrative work.

■ Felton presents

at national forum

Kelly Felton, Working Together Coalition coordinator, presented at the 23rd annual Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Protection’s (CSAP) 9th annual Prevention Day in Washington, D.C. Feb. 4 - 7.

CADCA’s Forum is the nation’s largest meeting for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers. The theme this year was “Coalitions: Science, Strategies, and Solutions” which emphasizes the importance of developing broad-based strategic alliances, implementing proven and promising strategies, and achieving population-level change.

Felton was awarded a scholarship and asked to present on the work done by the Working Together Coalition (WTC) during National Prevention Week (NPW) in 2012.

Felton started her presentation with the WTC mission, communities served, the events during the week and efforts to get people to participate in the NPW events. For more information on the Working Together Coalition, contact Felton at or 218-330-8129.

■ Peterson named field trainer

Kevin Peterson, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Baxter, recently was named to a select group of individuals who voluntarily train new brokers in their communities.

Peterson has been tapped as a “field trainer,” a position created for those financial advisers who voluntarily give their time and energy to help their new colleagues succeed. Those financial advisers named field trainers receive certification through training sessions and testing. Field trainers work with groups of new Edward Jones financial advisers for several months to help them through their training and while they build their businesses.

■ Grand View Lodge

wins three ‘best’ awards

NISSWA — Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, was chosen as the “Best Resort with Meetings/Event Space,” “Best Venue Outside of Metro,” and “Best Golf Venue” by Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine’s Best of the Industry Awards.

Cited for having the best activities, atmosphere and amenities all year round, the resort proudly accepted the award at the American Swedish Institute on March 21.

“Winning these three awards is a remarkable achievement,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge, in a news release. “... These award reflect the year-round experiences, activities and amenities offered to all our guests.”

All awards are decided by Reader’s Choice. The honor and the rest of Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of the Industry Awards winners will be highlighted in the publication’s spring issue. To keep up with Grand View Lodge’s latest news, events and special promotions please visit the resort on Facebook and become a fan.

Grand View Lodge, on Gull Lake, has been here since 1919 and is owned and operated by the Cote family.


■ Brainerd Chapter

IAAP hosts speaker

How to reduce stress and enjoy being present in the everyday moments is the theme behind the Administrative Professionals Week kick-off luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Bonanza in Baxter. Guest speaker Dawn Staycoff, senior communications associate, Thrivent Financial & Immediate Past President of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Division International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Registration is required.

For more information, email

The speaker expects to cover topics such as: uncovering the balance between your strengths and your passion and aligning that with what your organization needs from you and what you need from your life.

Gather tips to manage your day and allow time for opportunities to find new possibilities. Discover techniques to refocus your attention and become connected to where you are right now, leading to greater productivity, opening the door to greater potential for success and reducing stress. Gain an understanding of how to use self- development to prioritize your professional and personal goals. For more information, go to

■ Trout Lake Camps hosts

Business After Hours

PINE RIVER — Trout Lake Camps will host a Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 9, at 10173 Trout Lake Drive in Pine River.

Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Advanced registration is recommended, call 822-7112.

■ Chamber lead-sharing

group meets on April 11

BAXTER — The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7-8:30 a.m. April 11, at Mills Ford, 14858 Dellwood Drive in Baxter. ChamberNet is a lead-sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals.

Cost is $75 annually, but Brainerd Lakes Chamber members are invited to attend up to two meetings free to see what ChamberNet can do for their businesses. For more information, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.


■ HealthSource provides

screenings in exchange for

Easter Seals donations

BAXTER — HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Wellness, Baxter, teamed-up with Easter Seals to provide complimentary Community Health Screenings in exchange for a $17 donation to the nonprofit organization.

Donations will be accepted at the office located at 7656 Design Road Baxter MN, 56425 up until April 30th, but contributors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years.

How to submit a business note

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