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Business Notes Jan. 26

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■ WSN promotes Harvey to wetland specialist

Ethan Harvey of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) was promoted to the position of wetland specialist.

Harvey is a certified wetland delineator who has been with the firm since 2004. In this new role, he will assist with technical issues on wetland projects among the firm’s eight offices.

Harvey has worked on more than 200 wetland delineation projects that have ranged in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres. Wetland delineation refers to the process of identifying the presence of wetlands on a property and then defining its boundary. Field information about the hydrology, soil, and vegetation is analyzed to determine where the boundary is located.

Harvey’s projects have included all vegetation types found in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin wetlands, as well as agricultural lands and atypical situations. In addition to delineating wetlands and wetland permitting, his responsibilities at WSN include soil and groundwater sampling and gathering field data for environmental investigations. He also serves as a board member of the Minnesota Wetland Professionals Association.

■ Hirschey achieves National Executive Club

Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties announced that real estate agent Nikki Hirschey of the agency’s Brainerd office was named to the 2013 Executive Club, one of the top three categories of awards to agents presented annually by Weichert Real Estate Associates (WREA), the national franchise organization of Weichert, Realtors.

With nine years of experience in real estate, Hirschey has been with the Brainerd office for four years. A Staples resident, Hirschey assists property buyers and sellers in Staples, Motley and the Brainerd lakes area.

Hirschey has a background in public relations.

■ CliftonLarsonAllen hires Pickar

Todd Pickar joined CliftonLarsonAllen as an associate with individual and business tax preparation experience with a focus on commercial services.

Pickar, Brainerd, is involved with Junior Achievement in the community.

■ Lake Area Docks and

Lifts recognized as top ShoreMaster dealer

Lake Area Docks and Lifts, Brainerd, was recently recognized as one of the top dealers of ShoreMaster waterfront products.

Lakes Area Docks and Lifts was the recipient of the All-Star Service Award, as well as the Gold Dealer Award. Lake Area Docks and Lifts was one of 40 dealers across the nation recognized because of its commitment, consistency and passion for service to its customers.

ShoreMaster LLC manufactures waterfront equipment, specifically docks and boat lifts. ShoreMaster has served a network of dealers across the United States and Canada.

Lake Area Dock and Lift is locally owned and operated providing new and used waterfront products. The Brainerd store was opened by Jeff Rasmusson in 1998 and the Crosslake location was opened in 2003.

■ Klimek joins Panache

BAXTER — Paige Klimek joined Panache Salon & Day Spa in Baxter.

Klimek is a graduate of Park Avenue Beauty School. As a licensed cosmetologist, Panache noted Klimek for her work in styling, coloring, and advanced cutting techniques. Klimek is most experienced with the latest color trends.


■ Health Source Chiropractic

hosts Ladies Night Out

BAXTER — HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Wellness, Baxter, is hosting a free Ladies Night Out from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 7.

The event includes free chair massages, fresh fruit and a chocolate fountain, music, samples, beverage and door prizes.


■ OSHA construction class offered

The Central Lakes College (CLC) Business & Industry Center is offering an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction class with Joe Casey, Casey Safety Consultants.

Casey is authorized by the OSHA Training Institute to teach this course. The curriculum covers OSHA standards and requirements as they apply to the construction industry. Participants learn safety awareness which helps in recognizing and reducing the risks of job site hazards. This course emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a 10-Hour Construction Outreach course completion card from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA.

Cost is $165. Class dates are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5-6 with advanced registration required by Jan. 31 and again from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at CLC. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 5.

For more information, call 855-8118 or 800-933-0346 ext. 8118 or email

■ Boiler license course offered

An eight-hour special license boiler prep course offers participants 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 Dan Weber. The class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Central Lakes College Business and Industry Center in Brainerd.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 4.

For more information, call 855-8118 or 800-933-0346 ext. 8118 or email

■ Food Manager ServSafe

certification and exam offered

A Certified Food Manager will be required in most Minnesota food establishments.

A course is offered in February at Central Lakes College Business and Industry Center in Brainerd. Participants are trained and tested through the Service Serving Safe Food Certification course. Participants will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the HACCP system of food safety, setting up standards and completion upon passing the required exam.

Cost is $185. The instructor is Colette Pohlkamp. The course is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 11-Feb. 18 at Central Lakes College Brainerd, Business & Industry Center. Advanced registration is required by Feb. 4.

For more information, call 855-8141 and 800-933-0346 ext. 8118 or email

■ American Heart Association

healthcare provider CPR refresher

The course teaches the basic life support measures needed to recognize a cardiac arrest early and provide appropriate treatments.

The course 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 course is 5-9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Room E203.

Advanced registration is required with deadline of Feb. 3. For more information, call 855-8141 or email to


■ Bon-Ton raises more than $436,000

Bon-Ton is proud to announce they have raised more than $436,000 in donations through their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and club alum Mario Lopez. The Give the Gift of a Great Future Campaign ran from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24. Customers were given the opportunity to purchase a $7 plush teddy bear or make a $3 donation at any Bon-Ton store including Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and online, with 100 percent of the net proceeds donated to Boys & Girls Club of America. Bon-Ton also donated $1 for every holiday greeting card shared on Facebook. Additionally, the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Initiated a job placement program that provided jobs in our stores to more than 200 Club youth during the holiday season.

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