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■ CRMC earns Joint Commission’s seal of approval

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes CRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The medical center underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in late January. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated CRMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, CRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark G. Pelletier, registered nurse, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. Accreditation is a voluntary process.

■ Butcher named top-producing loan officer

BAXTER — 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 last 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.  

“Becky is such an outstanding loan officer,” said Karen Gajeski, senior vice president of residential real estate operations at Bremer Financial. “Her focus on listening to and assisting our clients is unparalleled. We congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment.”

■ Cowell receives industry honor

David Cowell, a Wealth Management Advisor Northwestern Mutual, qualified for membership as a qualifying and life member in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers.

This is the first time Cowell has qualified as a life member, in which an adviser becomes eligible after 10 years of qualification for MDRT, a career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters. Members must meet strict ethical and production requirements to qualify.

Cowell has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2000.

■ Bercher Design attends International Builders’ Show

BAXTER — Brent Gunsbury of Bercher Design & Construction recently attended the world’s largest residential building industry trade show, the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

This is Bercher’s 29th year of attendance.

“The International Builders Show is the top place to go for those interested in the newest building products, latest technologies, and innovative building techniques,” said Gunsbury, president of Bercher Design & Construction in a news release. “Holding the newest products in your hand while talking to the suppliers who make them has a distinct advantage over reading about them online or in a trade publication.”

Gunsbury also toured the 6,700-square-foot “New American Home” (, the official showcase house of the International Builders’ Show.

More than 1,500 exhibitors presented the industry’s newest building products on more than 600,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 100 educational seminars were offered focusing on the construction industry’s best practices. About 70,000 building industry professionals attended.

■ AmeriPride gains

‘Clean Green’ designation

AmeriPride Services Inc., a leading supplier of linen and uniform rental services in North America, announced it is the largest commercial laundry organization worldwide to earn ‘Clean Green’ Certification from TRSA, the leading textile services industry association.

This designation signifies that its production facilities meet TRSA’s international standard for achieving efficiencies in water and energy conservation and adopting best management practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources.

AmeriPride’s service area includes Brainerd.

The Clean Green certification provides third-party verification that the uniforms, linens, mats, towels and other reusable textiles procured from AmeriPride are laundered in an environmentally friendly manner.

To attain the Clean Green certification, a commercial laundry must comply with water and energy standards and demonstrate best management practices, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water via a re-use system, using environmentally friendly detergents, filtering wastewater before discharging to the sewer, using solar energy and energy-efficient lighting, using recycling programs and re-routing trucks to save vehicle fuel.

■ Brainerd Edina Realty announces Circle

Award winners

Edina Realty Home Services of Edina, Minnesota has announced winners of the Edina Realty Circle Awards for 2013.

Members of Edina Realty Circle are those who achieved an outstanding level of sales performance and customer service in 2013.

In Brainerd the Chairman’s Circle award winners were: Albie Kuschel and Dustin Kuschel; Master’s Circle was awarded to Brad Wadsten and Matt Wadsten; President’s Circle Pat and Nick Heinen, Betsy Hollister, Mike Kennedy, and Penny Nelsen; Leadership Circle awards went to Judy Altrichter, Debra Flam, Bill Haroldson, Debbie Haroldson, Kay Hill, Sheila Holley, Sandy Knosalla and Dinah Sundberg.

■ Riverwood welcomes two new board members

AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center recently announced the appointment of David W. Meyer and Kathleen Ryan to the Governing Board of Directors.

Riverwood CEO Chad Cooper said, “They bring a combination of business and financial expertise that will be vital in guiding our organization in the years ahead.”

Meyer has worked in the propane and natural gas industries for 41 years. As owner and CEO of Gas Training & Development LLC since 1991, he has delivered more than 1,000 presentations and technical training sessions, on six continents, relative to company and employee development. As a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the International Codes Council, he contributes to the development process of codes and regulations devoted to improving the safety of the industries workers and the users of these energy products.

Meyer and his wife, Deb, raise Corriente cattle for roping and grass-fed beef.

Since 2001, Ryan has served in the role of fiscal supervisor for Aitkin County, where she has worked since 1997. She supervises the accounting department for health and human services and oversees management of a large health and human services budget.

Formerly, she was active with Aitkin Women of Today in planning activities to benefit families and children in the community.

■ DEED Offers 12th Edition of Employment Law Guidebook

The 12th edition of “An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota” has been completed and is being offered to the public for free by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said the business guidebook provides a broad overview of federal and state laws that pertain to the employee-employer relationship and offers guidance for hiring and managing employees, developing employment policies and avoiding liability for employment law violations.

The new edition contains substantial changes to the section on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – the federal law that protects personal medical information – and a new section on the Affordable Care Act.

DEED developed the book in collaboration with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum.

The publication is available in hard copy or on CD-ROM from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351; 800-310-8323; or email at It also can be downloaded at the following link:


■ ‘Going into Business for Yourself’ set March 13

The Going into Business for Yourself class covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get your dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing your new venture and necessary filings with the state of Minnesota.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

Cost is $49/person, $29 for each additional business partner. The instructor is Jay Bock. The class is 6-9 p.m. March 13 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Door No. 6.

Deadline to register is March 6. To register go to

For more information, contact Phillip Olsen at 855-8118 or

■ Quickbooks class

set in March

The Quickbooks: Basic class provides the basic skills necessary to implement computerized accounting using QuickBooks Pro.

The student will learn the basics of system set-up, chart of account customization, item detailing, invoicing (accounts receivable), cash receipts, deposits and bill paying (accounts payable). The class is $129. The course is 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 12-19 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, room C221. Instructor is Jay Bock.

Advanced registration is required by March 5.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, Ext. 8118.

■ Trenching and excavating course set March 5

Excavation contractors are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to have a competent person on site or closely available during excavations.

This course is designed to provide the information needed to be a competent person on trenching and excavating. Cost is $99. Instructor is Joe Casey. The class is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Business & Industry Center.

Advanced registration is required by Feb. 26.

For more information contact, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

■ Good Samaritan Society offers CNA classes at Pine River

PINE RIVER — Good Samaritan Society – Pine River is offering a class for people interested in earning their certified nursing assistant (CNA) designation.

Anyone interested is invited to attend an informational meeting from 3-4 p.m. Monday at the Good Samaritan Society – Pine River Care Center.

Classes will be at the Pine River Care Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 through April 22. Participants must be able to attend all classes. For more information, call Dawn at 218-587-8412.

■ GLAR sponsors

continuing education

WALKER — The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) is sponsoring 15 hours of continuing education on March 5 and 6, at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker.

Educator is Lynn Leegard, MNAR.

Cost is $15 per credit hour, or is covered under GLAR education card.

For continuing education schedule and class descriptions, go to, Education. Call the Association at 828-4567 for more information.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors covers Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties.

In addition GLAR is sponsoring 7.5 hours of approved continuing education from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. The class is Title Work For Dummies. Educators are Bill Goers and Suz Pohl of Cygneture Title and Abstract, Baxter.

Cost is $15 per credit hour, or is covered under GLAR education card, pre-registration is required.

For continuing education schedule and class descriptions, go to

For more information, call the Association at 828-4567.

■ Crosslake-area business leaders invited to Explore Crosslake meeting

CROSSLAKE — The Brainerd Lakes Chamber invites all members of the Crosslake business community to its Explore Crosslake meetings.

The next meeting will be 8 a.m. March 4 at Golden Horizons, 13631 E. Shore Road in Crosslake.

The purpose of the Explore Crosslake committee is to create programs that ultimately promote or provide exposure for Crosslake businesses, encourage volunteerism within the business community to have a more active role in promoting Crosslake, encourage educational components to bring a greater benefit to businesses, increase regular attendance at monthly meetings and continue to grow successful chamber-organized Crosslake events.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto at 218-692-4027 or

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.

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