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Business Notes - Jan. 19

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■ Sabers expands

practice in Brainerd

Dr. Steven R. Sabers, a specialist in spine care, is expanding his practice in the Brainerd region to twice monthly.

He will see patients on the second Monday and fourth Friday monthly effective as of January.

Sabers is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with the Institute for Low Back and Neck Care (ILBNC) on South Sixth Street in Brainerd and at the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center on Isle Drive in Baxter. He treats patients with ongoing low back or neck pain. His expertise includes evaluations, recommendations for physical therapy and activity modification, medication management, injections, and pursuit of surgical consultation if indicated.

He completed his medical school and residency training at Mayo Clinic, and is board-certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

■ Urgent Care adds

to team at Baxter Clinic

Two physician assistants, Lance Fisher and Katherine Mensing, joined the Urgent Care team at Essentia Health-Baxter Clinic on Isle Drive.

The clinic offers a walk-in service seven days a week for those needing medical attention but not a life-threatening situation.

Fisher earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Mensing earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Staffed with physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, the team of providers at UrgentCare can assess symptoms, diagnose illness, order tests and X-rays, and prescribe treatments. Urgent Care hours are: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. People may visit to view current wait times.

■ Carlson joins

Nystrom & Associates

BAXTER — Jody Carlson, certified nurse practitioner, joined Nystrom & Associates of Baxter as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Carlson has a master’s of science degree from the University of North Dakota, family psychiatric nurse practitioner — specialty board certification by the ANCC. Her previous work experience includes 12 years of nursing, including long-term care, home health care, comorbid acute medical and psychiatry, alcohol detoxification, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry.

Her new duties include providing psychiatric assessments and medication management for individuals 7 years of age and older, scheduling patients Monday through Friday with some night appointments available.

■ Johnson joins

Nystrom & Associates

BAXTER — Leola Johnson, registered nurse, certified nurse practitioners, joined Nystrom & Associates in Baxter.

Johnson is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has a master’s in nursing and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified through ANCC.

Johnson’s previous work experienced includes 13 years of employment with the state of Minnesota as an RN, eight years working as an RN providing community-based services for individuals with mental health needs.

Johnson will be providing psychiatric assessments and medication management for individuals 10 years of age and older. She will be scheduling patients Monday through Friday at the Baxter office.

■ Larson Boat Group names marketing

vice president

LITTLE FALLS — Patrick “Pat” J. Blake was named vice president of sales and marketing of Larson Boat Group (LBG).

Blake comes to LBG with more than 20 years of experience in the marine industry — the bulk of which is in sales management and business development.

“I have known and worked with Pat for over 20 years,” Rob Parmentier, president and CEO of LBG, said in a news release. “I always deeply valued his passion for his dealers, regional sales managers and sales staff and could not wait to add him to our team.”

Blake worked for more than 23 years in a variety of senior executive positions at Brunswick Corporation. He served as the vice president of global sales for the Bayliner, Trophy and Maxum boat brands, as well as the vice president and product portfolio executive for Sea Ray Boats.

Most recently, Blake served as vice president of business development for digital audio/visual, located in Knoxville, Tenn., where he developed a business and marketing plan to lead the company in its new direction as a technology consulting business.

Parmentier stated Blake’s leadership experience from single stores to global distributors will prove to be a powerful asset to LBG as it continues to expand and grow.


■ MMBA general membership meeting set

Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) will host a January general membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21, at Ernie’s on Gull Lake. The meeting is sponsored by The Builders Group.

For more information, call the MMBA office at 829-4982 or email

■ Business chat with executives set Thursday

CROSBY — Coffee and a business chat will be available with the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.’s “Business Chat” with retired business executives.

The executives will be available to share information with anyone who may have a business question or are interested in a casual chat with coffee.

The event is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday at Mixed Company - a Kava House on West Main Street in Crosby.

The project is funded in part by Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp., Initiative Foundation, Region Five Development Commission, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union and Minnesota Power.


■ MMBA to offer contractor’s continuing education classes

Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) is providing builders in the area with two dates to get needed contractor’s continuing education class credits.

Events are Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Early registration deadline is Jan. 23.

Cost to MMBA members is $25 and $100 for non-members. Seven hours of continuing education credits, including one hour of energy credit are pending approval for residential industry (building, remodeling, or roofing) through the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry.

For more information, contact Colleen Faacks at the MMBA Office 218-829-4982 or

■ Sustainable Farming Association to host meeting

The Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) invites farmers, supporters and the general public to attend the annual chapter meeting 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Jan. 25, at the Browerville Community Center on Main Street in Browerville.

Presentations include: Managing for Soil Health & Farm Profitability by Glen Borgerding of Ag Resources Consulting in Albany and Something Rotten is Going On by Jerry Ford, SFA network coordinator, about planning a new annual signature event on fermentation in the Central Chapter. These will be followed by round-table discussions about fueling sustainable agriculture in the region.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or a local foods potluck item to share.

The event is made possible as part of the Sustainable Farming Association’s Farmer-to-Farmer Network, a group to share wisdom with neighbors. For more information, go to or contact Lisa Baker at 320-309-0746 or


■ CTC employees compete in food drive challenge

Consolidated Telecommunications Corp. (CTC) employees hosted their second annual food drive challenge this holiday season.

The CTC employees in both the Baxter and Brainerd locations hosted a friendly competition to see which office could donate the most food for the local food shelf. On Dec. 18, the items from both offices were weighed and came in for a combined weight donation of 2,404 pounds. The Baxter employees just edged out the Brainerd employees in this year’s challenge. Last year, the Brainerd office won the challenge with both offices combining to donate 1,400 pounds of food.

■ Bremer Bank Brainerd area employees donate 4,000 hours

Each year, Bremer Bank conducts an internal survey to calculate the number of volunteer hours employees donate to their communities.

In the ninth annual survey, Bremer Bank employees in the Brainerd area donated more than 4,000 volunteer hours in 2013. In total, the company’s nearly 1,800 employees donated about 152,000 volunteer hours, which is the equivalent of $3.5 million dollars based on a formula from the independent sector, which values an hour of volunteer time at $22.14.

Employees log hundreds and sometimes even thousands of hours in their communities, serving on nonprofit boards, coaching youth sports, distributing meals and many other activities. These volunteer contributions to Bremer communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are in addition to the $38 million in grants given by Bremer’s majority owner, the Otto Bremer Foundation in 2013.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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