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■ Butcher named top

producing loan officer

Bremer Bank loan officer Becky Butcher was recently named a top producing loan officer once again by Minnesota Housing.

Butcher was recognized for her work on FHA and HOME HELP loans completed in the first six months of 2013.

Butcher is a mortgage consultant for Bremer Financial Services in the Baxter branch location. She has more than 30 years of banking experience, including 27 years working in the mortgage industry.  

Stylist joins Hair and Beyond

Cindy Meyer was recently hired as a stylist at Hair and Beyond in Brainerd.

She previously worked at J.C. Penney Salon for 13 years.

■ Randal gains licensure, new position

BAXTER — Da’Nel Randal completed licensure and has a new position with Nystrom and Associates in Baxter.

Randall, a licensed professional clinical counselor, has a master of science degree in community counseling and is trained in experiential play therapy.

Previous work experience includes eight years providing services for children and families in the Professional Family Based Division of Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.

Randall’s new duties include providing play therapy for ages 2-12, providing individual and family therapy for ages 2 and older for most issues — trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, relational struggles, parenting concerns, and most childhood disorders such as attention deficit disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, separation and attachment.

■ Schuneman gains promotion

BAXTER — Janet Schuneman is now clinical site director at Nystrom and Associates in Baxter.

Schuneman has a master’s degree, licensed marriage and family therapist, with a minor in intercultural communication, is a qualified neutral mediator, and provides family group decision making conference facilitation.

Previously she was supervisor of the Professional Family Based Division/CTSS with Nystrom and Associates where she has been for three years. She has 24 years in the mental health field working in a variety of areas including: out patient therapy for individuals, families and couples, working with at risk youth in residential treatment facility and in-home setting, family group decision making conference facilitator for area counties, strong background working with chemical dependency issues, mediation services.

As clinical site director, in addition to seeing patients, Schuneman is responsible for the professional operation of the clinic and the programs within.

■ Akre joins Adventure

as senior art director

Jenna Akre recently joined Adventure, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Brainerd, as senior art director.

Akre has nearly a decade of graphic design, print and interactive experience. Akre will split her time between Adventure’s new downtown St. Cloud office and Minneapolis.

Prior to joining Adventure, Akre served as design director for Touchpoint Media, where she led the development of custom publications in both print and digital formats. Before her years with Touchpoint, Akre acted as designer and art director for both Metropolitan Media Group and Tiger Oak Publications. Her creative experience spans a wide range of projects, including packaging, corporate collateral, ad design, magazine layout, photo direction and web design. Akre is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

■ GLAR installs new officers

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) recently installed its new leadership team for 2013-2014.

Officers are: president, Linda Steffen, C-21 Brainerd Realty in Baxter; president-elect, T.J. Simon, Wolff and Simon Real Estate in Park Rapids; secretary, Laurie Moe, Coldwell Banker Cedar Point Realty in Walker; treasurer, Brad Wadsten, Edina Realty in Baxter; director, Jody Fischer, Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Baxter; director: Adam Kalenberg, Positive Realty in Brainerd; director, Kevin Merten, Bill Hansen Realty in Longville; director, Liz Timothy, Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Baxter; affiliate director, Laurie Whitlow, PrimeLending in Little Falls; past president, Jim Fogarty, Lakes & Leisure Realty in Breezy Point; MNAR director, Rebecca Sellnow, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa; MNAR director, Patrick Wiebusch, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa; MNAR NAR director, Sheila Holley, Edina Realty in Baxter.

At the event Rebecca Sellnow, RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty in Nisswa was recognized as the Realtor of the Year and Laurie Whitlow, PrimeLending in Little Falls, was recognized as the Affiliate of the Year. Also recognized at the event, as Citizen of the Year was Linda (Lynn) McCarthy of Century 21 New Horizons Realty in Little Falls.

The Minnesota Association of Realtors President-Elect Rob Helm spoke to the membership on current state issues and installed the new leadership.

The purpose of the GLAR is to protect the private property rights of the public. The association also provides education, networking, governmental affairs and lobbying efforts on behalf of their members. The association also provides the Multiple Listing Service and lockboxes.

■ Riverwood welcomes

two nurse practitioners

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center welcomed two new family nurse practitioners Jan Hegman and Lisa Heikkila to its medical staff.

“Jan and Lisa all have many years of hospital nursing experience at Riverwood,” Dr. Mark Heggem, chief medical officer at Riverwood.

Hegman, certified family nurse practitioner, is a native of Aitkin and will see patients at all three Riverwood clinics. Hegman will be specializing in podiatry with Dr. Brad McCusker, and will see patients for wound, ostomy, and continence care as well as primary care. She has worked at Riverwood for nine years in hospital nursing including medical/surgical, critical and emergency care. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth.

“I believe physical, emotional, social and spiritual components impact our health,” Hegman said. “I strive to connect these aspects to help patients reach the greatest degree of wellness.”

Heikkila, certified family nurse practitioner, grew up in Cromwell and will practice the full spectrum of family medicine at Riverwood’s McGregor clinic. She has worked at Riverwood for 10 years in hospital nursing, including primarily emergency/urgent care and some ICU/CCU as well. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth.

“I strive to partner with patients to optimize their wellness, using a realistic, attainable and mutually agreed upon plan,” Heikkila said.

Hegman and Heikkila started seeing patients in early October.

■ Essentia Health achieves top

grade in ACO accreditation

Essentia Health reports it is one of the first two organizations in the country to receive the highest level of accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Essentia Heath and HealthPartners have received a level 3 designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. In February 2013, Essentia was accredited by NCQA as a level 2 ACO. Then, Essentia applied for the highest grade — a level 3 accreditation — and recently earned this prestigious designation.

NCQA’s rigorous review, which assesses organizations’ ability to coordinate and deliver the care expected of ACOs, ensures that Essentia: protects patient rights, including privacy; offers health care that’s accessible; has a solid foundation of patient-centered primary care; uses care coordination to manage populations of patients; monitors practice patterns and uses performance data to improve quality.

“ACO accreditation shows that an organization is committed to efficiency and integration and that patients are getting the care they need,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.

■ Marco purchases hosted/cloud services business

Marco, Inc., with offices in Brainerd, announced it purchased the hosted/cloud services business of Twin Cities-based InCompass IT.

“This offering of hosted applications and infrastructure augments our well established Managed IT Services division and allows us to expand hosted/cloud services to our 18,000 customers,” Marco CEO Jeff Gau said in a news release. “This will accelerate our regional and national expansion.”

InCompass IT has provided hosted applications and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for nearly two decades. They led the industry with the adoption of remote support technologies and implementation of managed services and were early to initiate cloud solutions with fully hosted desktops, Marco reported. InCompass IT will continue to operate its consulting business under that name.

Tom Kell, InCompass IT’s President, along with the rest of their team, will join Marco at its recently expanded St. Louis Park office. Marco also will occupy InCompass IT’s existing data center space in the Century Link building in Minneapolis.


■ Cass County EDC to host

annual meeting

Creating jobs and a broader tax base in the new economy is the focus of the 2013 Cass County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) annual meeting.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Chase Hotel and Conference Center in Walker.

Two local businesses will be talking about their recent expansions -- Adam Arnold of Reed’s Family Outdoor Outfitters and Michael Schwartzwald of GuidePoint Pharmacy. Both owners received assistance from the Cass County EDC this year to expand their businesses.

A buffet of marinated flank steak and breaded walleye with Yukon gold potatoes, wild rice pilaf, salad, beverage and dessert will be served. Following dinner a short annual meeting and King Banaian, economics professor at St. Cloud State University will speak on “Economic Development in the New Normal.”

Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 218-947-7523 or email to reserve a seat before Oct. 22.

The evening will be moderated by Dave Holk, president of the nonprofit Cass County Economic Development Corporation.

■ Fourth annual Operation Community Connect planned

Sponsored by Central Lakes College, The College of St. Scholastica and The Crow Wing County Coalition to End Poverty whose members represent various area nonprofit organizations, Operation Community Connect is a one-day event where community members access resources from area agencies and organizations at one location, in a single day.

Operation Community Connect is planned 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. A free lunch will be served at 11 a.m. while supplies last.

Transportation to attend this event please is available by contacting Josh Lamb at 218-839-7812.

Available Services; free haircuts, free cell phone, MNsure benefit applications,

disability benefit planning, nutritious meals demonstration, veterans services, mental health screenings, public health providers, public assistance/food support, job search, housing, child friendly spaces and more.

■ Congress of Minnesota

Resorts host fall conference

The Congress of Minnesota Resorts is hosting its annual Fall Conference Oct. 27-29 at Radisson Harborview in Duluth.

All Minnesota resort owners and managers are invited to attend this event regardless of their membership in the organization.

Cost is $160/person for all meals and snacks for the three-day event. Conference topics include, information on health insurance, website videos, and resort accounting audits. For more information, call 320-212-5107 or email

■ Business After

Hours set in Crosby

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s Business after Hours is set 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Ya Betcha Bar & Grill, 7 First Ave NW, Crosby. Co-sponsored by Ya Betcha Bar & Grill and KJ’s Mini Mart the event includes a free meat raffle along with a prize giveaway from 5-6 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Cost is $2 per person. For more information, call the chamber at 218-546-8131.

■ HealthSource of Baxter hosts CHOW networking luncheon

BAXTER — The staff at Health Source of Baxter is hosting the Brainerd Lakes Chamber networking event CHOW from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 24, at 7656 Design Drive, Suite 100, Baxter.

During CHOW, HealthSource of Baxter will provide chamber members with lunch, door prizes and information about its facility.

Advance registration is recommended for this event. Cost is $5. To register, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

■ Morrison County United Way to host Friday Morning Coffee

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

Announcements are at 8:15 a.m. Sponsoring this month is Morrison County United Way.

■ Dine and Discover’s next topic is ‘Computers….Friend or Enemy’

PIERZ — Horizon Health’s Faith in Action’s Dine and Discover will help you with the basic skills necessary to make friends with your computer 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Horizon Health’s Community Room in Pierz.

A representative from Radio Shack of Little Falls will be here to teach how to navigate your computer as well as navigate the Internet. Computers are a terrific resource and tool for you no matter what your age.

Lunch is included in this free event. Registration is required by calling Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451 on or before Friday. A free will donation will be accepted. Free blood pressure screenings, compliments of Horizon Health Home Care, will also be available before and after the session. This Dine and Discover is sponsored by F & M State Bank, Radio Shack of Little Falls, Faith in Action and Horizon Health.

■ Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s ChamberNet group meets Oct. 24

BAXTER — The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24, 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. For more information, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.

■ Lakes area young professionals compare introverts, extroverts

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s young professionals networking group Lakes Vybe will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Country Inn and Suites, 15058 Dellwood Drive, Baxter.

During the luncheon, Vybe members and guests will gain a better understanding of introvert and extrovert personality styles. Learn about the differences between people — information that you can take back to the office to better understand and communicate with your coworkers and clients. Lunch will be provided by Pizza Ranch. Cost for this event is $10.

The Lakes Vybe group links people ages 21 to 40 by offering educational programs and networking opportunities in order to enhance professional skills and create a sense of belonging within the business community. For more information, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or


■ CLC offers boiler prep course

An eight-hour boiler special license prep course offers participants an opportunity to prepare for taking the special class boiler exam.

Instruction will include: boiler types, attendance requirements for heating boilers, safety issues and state boiler rules, application paperwork and test procedures will be covered. Class fee includes all materials.

Testing and application fee for licensure will be an additional fee for the student with the Department of Labor and Industry.

Cost is $129. Instructor is Frank Weber. The course is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Business & Industry Center.

Advanced registration is required by Wednesday.

■ American Heart Association Healthcare provides CPR refresher

The course teaches the Basic Life Support measures needed to recognize a cardiac arrest early and provide appropriate treatments.

It will also teach early entry into the EMS system. It will cover the basic steps to support circulation and respirations of a victim in cardiac or respiratory arrest through CPR.

Successful completion of this course fulfills the requirements for the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

Cost is $75 with book, $60 if book used for class and returned. Instructor is Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. The class is 5-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Room E-203.

Advanced registration is required by Oct. 22.


■ Bon-Ton stores raise

more than $730,000

More than $730,000 was raised by The Bon-­‐Ton Stores, Inc. from its Mother’s Day and Father’s Day promotions supporting the March of Dimes imbornto Campaign.

This is the first time the Bon-­‐Ton Stores have partnered with the March of Dimes on a national level to support their work to give every baby a healthy start in life. The goal was to raise more than $100,000 through donations, sales and social media campaigns at Bon-­‐Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-­‐Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores from April 26 through June 16.

■ MMFCU to host

‘Foundation Friday’ fundraiser

On Oct. 28, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) is joining credit unions from around the state to host a “Foundation Friday” fundraising event to support financial education, college scholarships, and the Gillette Children’s Hospital.

Coordinated through the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation and its committees — the Family Involvement Council and Credit Unions for Kids — this first fundraiser provides an opportunity to support important causes and local communities.

Funds raised by credit unions across the state will be pooled and divided evenly among the following organizations, which are committed to their individual missions.

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. Follow on Twitter @Dispatchbizbuzz.

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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