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Business Notes Jan. 5


■ Horizon Health announces scholarship opportunities

PIERZ — Horizon Health, Inc., a nonprofit health care provider, announced the availability of seven health care scholarships for graduating seniors.

Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $250 each to graduating seniors chosen from each of the following schools — Little Falls, Pierz, Brainerd, Royalton, Staples/Motley, Swanville and Upsala. High School seniors who plan to continue their education to pursue careers in health services, social work or long-term care are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have maintained a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher and plan on attending an educational program lasting nine months or more. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of scholastic and school achievement, community involvement and an essay describing their educational goals. Students may obtain scholarship application forms from their high school counselor, Horizon Health or visit the Horizon Health website at

For more information, contact Vicki Villebro at 320-468-6451/800-224-6451 or email her at

■ Allstate agency owner earns prestigious service designation

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Brainerd area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Charles Brenny of the Charles Brenny Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2013.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed upon less than 38 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. This designation is being presented to Brenny for his outstanding performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency’s work.

The Premier Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.

■ Registration opens for PorkBridge program

Registration is now open for PorkBridge.

PorkBridge is in its eighth year of providing relevant and accurate information from a variety of university and industry experts without participants needing time off for travel. University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educator Sarah Schieck says PorkBridge begins Feb. 6, so participants should register by Jan. 15 to ensure they receive their materials in time for the first session.

“The PorkBridge program is a distance education series for people involved with grow-finish swine operations,” states Schieck. “Past participants say the program is a great way to receive information without tying up a whole day attending a seminar away from home.”

Six sessions are offered every other month throughout the year. All sessions start at noon and last about 90 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $125 for the series which covers supporting materials and one phone line per session.

Prior to each session, participants receive a CD containing the session’s presentation, along with information to call a toll-free conference line to listen to and interact with the presenter.

A brochure containing program topics and registration information is available on the Swine Extension website at

For a sample of previous PorkBridge programs, visit

PorkBridge is sponsored by a group of 11 universities with Schieck and Lee Johnston of the University of Minnesota Extension serving as program coordinators. Iowa Pork Industry Center coordinates all registration and subscriber mailings.


■ Crosby Bar to host

Business After Hours

CROSBY — The Crosby Bar, West Main Street in Crosby, is hosting the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber networking event Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 23.

For more information, contact Jessica Holmvig at the chamber at or call 218-546-8131.

■ LM Steel hosts

Business After Hours

LM Steel is hosting the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

During Business After Hours, LM Steel will provide chamber members with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, information about its facility and door prizes.

LM Steel is a custom steel fabricator and supplier. As LM Steel product inventory and industries served have grown since 1977, the LM Steel staff’s expertise has grown as well. The investments the company has made in emerging technologies, along with its design and engineer partners, further enhance its capabilities to work with customers on fabrication and machining, as well as prototype and product development.

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


■ U.S. Bank program raises

funds for nonprofits

U.S. Bank Bill Pay Giving generated $450,000 in contributions to four nonprofit organizations since it began in 2011, nearly $166,000 in 2013 alone.

Nearly 340,000 customers have made a charitable contribution through the Bill Pay Giving Program.

The program was designed to introduce customers to the online bill payment process by having them make their first “payment” a $1 contribution to charities supporting disaster relief, environmental protection, education and arts, and hunger and poverty relief. U.S. Bank matches customers’ payments up to $50,000 annually.

■ Weichert Realtors-Tower

Properties raises funds

Weichert Realtors-Tower Properties sponsored Toys For Kids/Salvation Army Food Shelf fundraiser event at the Green Lantern Dec. 7. Weichert reported it was able to raise $5,829 and 187 toys were donated to the Heartland Marine Corps Toys for Kids program and 97 pounds of food to the Salvation Army Food Shelf program. This is Weichert’s third year of participation for the event.

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