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Biz Buzz: Partnership creates new law office

Attorneys Lonny D. Thomas and Mark A. Severson recently announced the establishment of their new law firm Thomas & Severson, P.A. with offices in Crosslake and Baxter.

The attorneys are opening a law office soon in Crosby.

Thomas is a real property law specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. His practice focuses on real estate, business law and mediation services. Thomas graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985 and has been practicing exclusively in areas of real estate, business and commercial law for more than 20 years.

Severson transitioned from associate attorney with Thomas Law to a shareholder in the new firm. Severson focuses on real estate and civil litigation. The firm reports Severson also is bringing a “burgeoning estate planning practice” to the new firm. Severson received his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2008, getting his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in legal studies and philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Severson is 2001 Crosby-Ironton High School graduate. While in law school, he clerked for a variety of lakes area attorneys offices. He was an associate attorney for Askegaard & Robinson and a law clerk for Judge Erik Askegaard.

Before he joined Thomas Law, Severson was the assistant Clearwater County attorney.

A host of area businesses are planning to be present for the second annual Aitkin Bridal Expo later this month.

On Feb. 22, Aitkin’s historic Butler Building is hosting the expo. Up to two dozen bridal service and special event exhibitors from around the state are expected. The event includes a wine bar where refreshments may be purchased.

“The expo will be in the recently restored Opera House, notably the place in which a young Judy Garland first got her start on stage, and also a space available for weddings and other memorable events,” the Butler Building’s management recently reported.

The expo is from noon to 4 p.m. Included in the event will be tours of the building, which is being restored. Cost to attend the expo is $5. The price of admission comes with an opportunity to be entered in a raffle for a bridal basket worth more than $1,000.

The American Red Cross issued its first pet first-aid app with emergency care for dog and cat owners. The app — 99 cents — gives iPhone and Android smartphone users access to information on how to handle emergencies and maintaining pet health.

“Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian,” said Phil Hansen, regional chapter executive for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region, in a news release. “The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations including how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.”

Noting people in disaster situations may refuse to leave because they don’t want to leave pets behind, the Red Cross app also includes resource information to help pet owners on that front.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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