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Business Notes Aug. 11

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■ Jobe earns Department of Transportation medical

examiners certification

BAXTER — Stephen Jobe, doctor of chiropractic at Baxter Chiropractic PA., successfully complete all federal education and testing requirements and received certification to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals for commercial operators.

Beginning in May 1, 2014, medical professions will be required to have special certification to administer DOT physicals and will be required to report the findings to a federal registry for drivers.

■ Wolfe and Westin gain promotions

BAXTER — Panache Salons and Day Spas, Baxter, announced Maria Wolfe and Megan Westin were promoted a level.

Wolfe was promoted from master stylist to advanced master stylist and Westin from hair stylist to master stylist. Westin and Wolfe specialize in creating a customized haircut and color for customers. Panache reported it earned this through higher education and technical expertise.

■ Cameron selected to

PaceSetter sales program

PEQUOT LAKE — Insurance agent Jake Cameron was selected to participate in the PaceSetter sales development program.

Cameron is with Insurance Brokers of Minnesota, Chad Nelson Agency, Pequot Lakes. The company reported 100 licensed new agents, nationwide, are selected every year for the program.

■ Kaiser gains promoton at

Scearcy & Associates

Scearcy & Associates, a certified public accounting (CPA) firm in Brainerd, announced Chris Kaiser was promoted to principal.

He has eight years of experience and has been with Scearcy & Associates since 2006. His focus is on business and personal tax and he has also been involved in auditing and accounting. Kaiser received his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 2005 and received his CPA license in 2008. Before coming to Scearcy & Associates, Kaiser worked for the accounting firm of McGladrey and Pullen in Minneapolis.

■ Dickie named branch

manager at Deerwood Bank

DEERWOOD — Wendy Dickie was recently promoted to branch manager at Deerwood Bank’s Deerwood office.

Dickie started at Deerwood Bank in 2001, where she focused on operations and bookkeeping, learning all aspects of the business. As branch manager she’ll focus on customer service, using her banking knowledge and years of experience to help customers with personal and business accounts, online and mobile banking products and investment opportunities.

In addition to her banking experience, Dickie, a Crosby-Ironton High School graduate, has worked in business management in the Brainerd and Cuyuna lakes areas for more than 15 years.

■ Werhan joins

Weichert sales team

Weichert, Realtors-Tower Properties announced the addition of Brainerd resident real estate agent Jennifer Werhan to the sales team of the agency’s Brainerd office.

She will assist homebuyers and sellers in the Brainerd lakes area and Wadena. She is a member of the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors, the Minnesota Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Having earned associate’s degrees in business administration and legal administration, Werhan’s professional background includes experience as a sales associate and legal secretary.

■ Hellands attend

national Mary Kay seminar

BAXTER — Tessa and Leslie Helland, both of Baxter, joined nearly 50,000 Mary Kay independent beauty consultants at the company’s annual seminar in July in Dallas.

Participants marked the company’s 50th year.

Tessa Helland began her Mary Kay business in 2009 and is currently an independent sales director. At seminar, she was recognized for achieving the Chevy Cruze.

She was joined by consultants, Jenny Bahr of Brainerd, Ronda Brehmer of Merrifield, Heather Fuller of Brainerd, Elaine Johnson of Brainerd and Larissa Scherping of Little Falls.

This year, as part of The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc.’s longstanding commitment to prevent and end domestic violence, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants were encouraged to bring gently-used professional attire to donate to domestic violence shelters as part of the annual Mary Kay “Suits for Shelters” program. Last year’s “Suits for Shelters” effort resulted in the donation of more than 2,500 gently-used outfits for domestic violence survivors seeking jobs.

Leslie Helland began her Mary Kay business in 2009 and is currently an independent senior sales director. At seminar, she was recognized for achieving the Toyota Camry and the $200,000 Unit Club.

She was joined by consultants, Sherri Baier of Nisswa, Courtney Brausen of Sartell, Erica Bybee of Nisswa, Heather Kasper-Maine of Pierz, Steffanie Millard of Breezy Point, Kristen Niesen of Baxter, Kim Rasmussen of Little Falls, Tami Lu Smith of Brainerd and Amy Staudinger of Rice.

■ Lakewood receives second consecutive UCare Award

STAPLES — Lakewood Health System was recently awarded UCare’s Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) Overall Performance Quality of Care award at the organization’s annual Salute to Excellence event June 18 in Minneapolis. This is the second year in a row Lakewood has received this award.

Lakewood Health System was given the award in recognition of its quality of senior care, including Medicare-reimbursed care. Debra Kearns, clinic director of nursing, and Stephanie Jeziorski, clinic director of quality and risk management, accepted the award.

UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 200,000 members.

■ Lakewood Board

member earns certification

STAPLES — Marie Rose, treasurer of the Lakewood District Board and member of the Lakewood Health System (LHS) System Board, took part in a voluntary hospital board member certification program through the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) at the MHA Trustee Winter Leadership Conference in July in Minneapolis.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions. Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

The training helps trustees brush up on leadership skills and governance best practice methods. It also verifies trustees’ efforts to be informed about healthcare issues. As a participant, Rose completed 35 education units in topics such as ethics, government regulations and patient safety and quality.

Rose has worked in various aspects of healthcare for over 30 years. She has been on the district board for five years and on the system board for two. She is also a member of the Governance Committee. Rose is an ordained pastor with the Free Methodist Church and is also a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota. She is a member of the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. With the certification of Rose, Lakewood now has eight MHA certified trustees.

■ Hlad is the Little Falls

employee of the month

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced its August Employee of the Month is Ruth Hlad, Elder Care of Minnesota.

Hlad has been an administrative assistant at Elder Care of Minnesota for eight years.

“Ruth is an integral part of our organization and team player,” said Tim Matros. ”She is a long-term employee that provides great customer service. She always has a positive attitude and greets everyone daily with a smile and ‘good morning.’ She goes the extra mile and will stay late in order to meet deadlines as they arise.”

■ Schmidt joins BlackRidge Bank

BlackRidgeBANK announced the hiring of Melissa Schmidt, Baxter, as a customer service representative/teller in its downtown Nisswa location.

Schmidt has more than 15 years of previous banking and customer service experience, most recently with Deerwood Bank.


■ BLAEDC schedules Business Chat in Deerwood

DEERWOOD — The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is hosting a Business Chat from 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 15 at the Deerwood Auditorium, 23770 Forest Road, Deerwood.

BLAEDC’s monthly Business Chats are unstructured and informal discussions among BLAEDC representatives, members of BLAEDC’s Executive Initiative (EXECs) and anyone who may have specific business-related issues that they’d like to discuss.

The EXECs are retired business executives who volunteer their time helping BLAEDC grow business and increase jobs in Crow Wing County. They have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of business such as finance, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning, human resources and more. A number of EXECs will be on hand to offer their business insight to any topics that are brought up.

The Business Chat is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required and coffee will be available. For more information, contact Chris at 828-0096 or email him at

■ Dondelinger Chevrolet-Cadillac-Hyundai hosts Business After Hours

Join the staff at Dondelinger Chevrolet-Cadillac-Hyundai as they host a Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 13, at 6720 Pine Beach Road in Brainerd.

The Dondelinger family is celebrating its 45th year of business and showcasing its new facility at the Highway 371 North and Crow Wing County Road 77.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking event includes meeting the Dondelinger staff and learn about what they do. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Chamber members are invited to register and attend this free event. Advanced registration is recommended. For more information, call 822-7112.

■ Confused about the

new health reform?

Individuals who do not have health insurance through their employer, early retirees losing group insurance as well as family and friends looking for health insurance, are invited to join a meeting to learn how health reform impacts their benefits. There will be time for questions.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors and Medica are hosting this informational meeting at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 at the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors office, 15344 Pearl Drive, Baxter. For more information and to register, call 828-4567 or email

■ Scholastica offers

free online course

The College of St. Scholastica is offering a free online Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on ethical leadership. In this self-paced course students can register until Oct. 1. The course provides an introduction to ethical decision making and ethical leadership and also examines a variety of ethical issues that employees and organizations face. The C. Charles Jackson Foundation provided funding for this course. More information is available at

■ Zak to host Little Falls Chamber’s next Friday

Morning Coffee

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites all chamber members, employees and guests for Friday Morning Coffee from 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 16 to the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, 200 First St. NW.

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Allison Zak, doctor of chiropractic.

■ HealthSource supports

school program

BAXTER — A new school support program founded by HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab will provide funding for local schools, while helping to relieve pain-related issues for students and members of the community.

The program will provide free community health ccreenings in exchange for $10 donations to the Brainerd Public School District.

The $10 donations will be accepted at the office located at 7656 Design Road suite 100 until Aug. 30. Contributors are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.

■ AT&T ranks highest

in J.D. Power study

Wireless customers ranked AT&T highest in customer service, according to the latest J.D. Power study.

In the 2013 Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Study, Volume 2, AT&T outscored all other full-service wireless providers for the overall customer service experience measured across its retail stores, online, and call centers.

AT&T surpassed its competitors, making it the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” and showed significant improvements in every category. More than 18,000 U.S. wireless customers participated in the study.

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


■ Operation Round-Up donations distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $31,000 to local community programs during their third quarter meeting in July.

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $1,500 to Bridges Workplace Connection, Brainerd Chamber; $500 to Circle of Parents, Pequot Lakes; $2,000 to Civil Air Patrol, Crow Wing Composite Squadron, Brainerd; $2,000 to Boys & Girls Club, Little Falls; $3,000 to Care ‘n Share, Emily; $1,700 to The Warehouse, Pine River; $2,800 to Youth Investment, Timber Bay, Brainerd; $1,500 to Northern Pines Mental Health, Brainerd; $2,300 to Central Minnesota Council Boy Scouts; $2,000 to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, Crow Wing, Cass & Morrison Counties; $3,000 to Pine River-Backus Family Center; $2,000 for area youth presentations; $1,000 to Pequot Lakes School District 186; $2,500 to Junior Achievement, Brainerd; $1,200 to Riverside Elementary School, Brainerd; and $2,000 to Private Cooperative Members Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round Up has donated nearly $2,417,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24. Grant forms can be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at The deadline for grant applications is Oct. 10.

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