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Business Notes March 9

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■ Rude gains LEED accreditation

Mike Rude, PE, LEED AP, of Widseth Smith Nolting, recently became a LEED Accredited Professional. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for developing sustainable buildings, which are energy- and water-efficient and typically cost less to operate and maintain than conventional buildings. LEED Accredited Professionals understand green building practices and principles and are familiar with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. Rude will lend his LEED AP expertise to the entire WSN service area from the Brainerd office.

Rude joined WSN in 2003 with more than 20 years of varied professional experience. His experience includes working with county highway departments, consulting firms and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). As project engineer for WSN, he advises city staffs/councils on infrastructure considerations to meet projected growth, the impact of development on existing city systems, and funding/assessment alternatives. He also develops and manages project budget/schedules, prepares engineering studies and reports, develops project design criteria, manages and administers construction contracts during bidding/construction, and ensures that the client is kept informed.

Rude manages WSN’s project teams assigned to the preparation of feasibility studies, preliminary and final plans/specifications, and construction observation. He represents WSN’s clients in all negotiations with state and federal agencies and prepares permit applications.

■ Bi-County CAP board seeking Cass

County business entity member

Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc. (BI-CAP) has an opening for one Cass County Business Entity Representative on its board of directors.

The board meet every other month. The directors adopt the overall policies of the agency, review grant applications and reports, establish agency goals and priorities, and monitor and evaluate agency operations. Board members are reimbursed for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

Those interested in being considered for a seat on BI-CAP’s Board, are invited to contact the Bemidji BI-CAP Office at 218-751-4631, or 800-332-7161, for an application and more information regarding this opportunity to serve by March 21.

■ Engelhard Joins Mutual of

Omaha Retirement Services

Mutual of Omaha Retirement Services announced Thomas Engelhard joined the company as regional sales manager responsible for 401(k) product sales in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and eastern Iowa.

Mutual of Omaha recently made changes to its distribution, revamping territories and naming four new regional sales managers who consult with advisers to meet the 401(k) retirement needs of employers and their employees, said Pat Bello, national sales director of 401(k) at Mutual.

According to Bello, Engelhard’s experience to this key market and will help align Mutual of Omaha Retirement Services to be the 401(k) product provider of choice for the small to mid-sized market. Prior to joining Mutual, Engelhard served as regional director for Pentegra and AUL and was a regional sales director with The Hartford for more than 22 years.

He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

■ Gutierrez joins Family Medicine Team

Nurse Practitioner Lori Gutierrez expanded the care she provides by joining the Family Medicine Team at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic in Baxter.

She will also continue to see patients in obstetrics and gynecology at this location. Gutierrez earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has a Women’s Health Certification through National Certification Corporation.

■ Cibuzar to participate on water quality study

Alan Cibuzar of A.W. Research Laboratories in Brainerd was selected to participate on a technical team focused on preparing a Water Quality Plan of Study for the Lake of the Woods Basin.

The Water Quality Plan of Study (WQPoS) is being developed by the International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan Study Team under the direction of the International Joint Commission (IJC).

The WQPoS will recommend needed scientific research to better understand the underlying causes of current water quality concerns in the watershed and will identify potential remedial actions most appropriate to address the priority issues. It will provide an analysis of what work is being done, its timing, as well as what work is still needed. This is to be accompanied by an estimate of the costs of any actions and the role of the governments and the public in this regard. These activities will provide a basis for the IJC to report to Governments of the United States and Canada on recommended actions. The WQPoS is to be finalized and provided to the IJC by Oct. 6.

■ Edward Jones adds financial adviser

LITTLE FALLS — Zachary Klosowski joined Edward Jones financial adviser Robin Klosowski.

Zachary Klosowski will assist people in Little Falls and surrounding areas.


■ CRMC offers public tour

CROSBY — The public is invited to tour Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) new Business Support Services building in Crosby from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 200 East Main St. across Highway 210 from the hospital.

The Business Support Services building will house about 70 of the medical campus’ Business and Health Information Management department employees. It was built to open space in the hospital for construction of a new, state-of-the-art surgery center.

Construction of the 13,000-square-feet Business Support Services building began in December 2013. The cost of the project including the furniture was $2,078,800.

Guests attending the open house should access the building through the medical campus’ employee parking lot. Tours of the facility will be provided and light refreshments served. In the future, CRMC reported the building will be closed to the public to protect the privacy of patients.

■ Waller House Inn to

host Business After Hours

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30-6 p.m. on March 13 at the Waller House Inn, 301 Third St. SE, Little Falls.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Networking is one of the greatest benefits of being a chamber member. Take advantage of your membership by joining us at Business After Hours on March 13. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. Sponsoring is Waller House Inn. For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-632-5155. No RSVP needed.

■ BLAEDC schedules

Business Chat in Crosslake

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is hosting a Business Chat from 8:30-10 a.m. on March 13 at Pine Peaks Restaurant in Crosslake.

The BLAEDC’s monthly Business Chats are unstructured and informal discussions among BLAEDC representatives, members of BLAEDC’s Executive Initiative (EXECs) and anyone who may have specific business-related issues that they’d like to discuss.

The EXECs are retired business executives who volunteer their time helping BLAEDC grow business and increase jobs in Crow Wing County. They have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of business such as finance, manufacturing, sales and marketing, strategic planning, human resources, etc. A number of EXECs will be on hand to offer their business insight to any topics that are brought up.

The Business Chat is free and open to the public. No RSVPs are required, and coffee will be available. Pine Peaks Restaurant is located at 35654 County Road 66 in Crosslake.

For more information, contact Chris at 218-828-0096 or email him at

■ Chamber lead-sharing group

to meet at Brick House Pizza

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s lead-sharing group now meets at Brick House Pizza.

The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7-8:30 a.m., March 13, at Brick House Pizza Bread & Bagel, 302 Washington St. in Brainerd. Leslie Rudrud of Bremer Bank will present to the group.

ChamberNet is a lead-sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals.

Cost is $75 annually, but Brainerd Lakes Chamber members are invited to attend up to two meetings free.

For more information, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.

■ Greater Lakes Association

of Realtors host class

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors is hosting required education for real estate licenses, “Agency and Fair Housing,” from 10 a.m. to noon, March 12, at the Breezy Point Convention Center.

This class will help real estate practitioners understand the duties and responsibilities required by fair housing and anti-discrimination laws and Minnesota agency requirements. This course meets the Agency and Fair Housing continuing education requirement from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.


■ Bon-Ton Stores collect donations for Goodwill

Donations to Goodwill will be accepted at local Bon-Ton Stores, including Herberger’s.

The Goodwill Sale takes place from March 13-29. Donations will be sold at Goodwill stores within the communities where they are collected. Revenues from donation sales will fund job training programs and other community-based services to help people find jobs. To date, Bon-Ton customers have donated more than 95 million items during the semi-annual Goodwill Sale equating to 8.9 million hours of job services to help local members of the community get back to work. Every year, Goodwill provides employment training, job placement, financial education, youth mentoring and more to millions of people throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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