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Business Notes - March 23

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■ Rehbein joins BLAEDC staff as office administrator

Megan Rehbein joined the nonprofit Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) as office administrator.

Rehbein started Feb. 27 and is involved in many different facets of BLAEDC’s operation, including administration, information technology support, scheduling meetings, coordinating marketing efforts and events, accounting and, most importantly, supporting Sheila Haverkamp, executive director, and Chris Robinson, economic development officer.

Rehbein is replacing Erika O’Brien, who left BLAEDC to join Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River.

Originally from southwestern Minnesota, Rehbein most recently was a financial services consultant at a bank in Casper, Wyo. She worked in customer sales and assisted bank customers by opening accounts and looking for opportunities to improve their finances with other bank products and services. She also was responsible for lead generation and prospecting for commercial accounts.

Haverkamp said Rehbein will play a significant role in BLAEDC’s continued growth and in advancing the initiatives launched during the last couple years.

■ Student brings College Works Painting to the lakes area

Darius Polipnick, a freshman at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, brought College Works Painting (CWP) to the Brainerd and Baxter area this summer.

Polipnick is currently studying architecture and design, with a minor in leadership at the University of Minnesota. An intern through CWP, Polipnick will be the local branch manager for the Brainerd/Baxter area.

Founded in 1993, College Works Painting gives undergraduate students an opportunity to build a competitive resume and gain marketable skills by teaching them how to manage their very own painting business.

Through this they develop and demonstrate a strong skill set encompassing business ethics, communication, organizational management and sales, along with a firm understanding of the mechanics of leadership applicable to any profession.

CWP offers free estimates for all exterior painting and staining, of garages, sheds, decks, and homes. For more about College Works, go online to

■ McCann receives

Outstanding Trailblazer award

ImageSource Magazine awarded Ann McCann, information technology/voice sales manager of Marco Inc. with the 2014 Outstanding Trailblazer In The Channel Award.

Sand Sinclair, editor-in-chief of the magazine presented the award at the PIA Awards Ceremony and Breakfast at ITEX National Conference and Expo in March. McCann was voted highest by her peers surveyed in the office channel for her exceptional leadership that has led to exemplary business results within office technology and services in the imaging channel.

■ Northwoods Forestry Coop

annual kick-off is March 29

The Northwoods Forestry Cooperative Annual kick-off will begin at 9:30 am, March 29, at the Northland Arboretum and is open to the public.

The schedule of events includes a Lumberjack Brunch, followed by guest speaker, John Wallin of Pequot Lakes, plus a video produced by the University of Michigan on Agro-Forestry. Wallin is the 2013 Minnesota Outstanding Tree Farmer. In addition to managing his woodlot, he operates a you-pick berry farm, is an accomplished photographer (Have Camera, Will Travel), and is a former educator, who was active in several related organizations.

The Northwoods Forestry Cooperative is a “member helping member” organization of small woodlot owners throughout central Minnesota. Programs and services rely on the involvement of members, and with a focus on three areas: improving the quality of woodlots; educational workshops offering members new skills and forestry information; how to turn a profit in the woods. The Mission of the Northwoods Forestry Cooperative is: “to promote sound woodland management and to assist members in wood products marketing.”

Participants are asked to RSVP to 218-764-3315 or More information about the co-op is available on the website

■ VanVickle joined Lakewood Health System as nurse practitioner

STAPLES — Kelly VanVickle, women’s health nurse practitioner, is the newest member of Lakewood’s medical provider staff.

Originally from Pine River, VanVickle started at Lakewood in 2000 as a registered nurse.

She received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2013.

VanVickle has an interest in all aspects of women’s health, especially infertility, pregnancy loss and well-woman care.

VanVickle and her husband Clint, have two sons.


■ Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties, participates in

St. Cloud College Job Fair

Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties will join about 175 employers at the 26th Annual St. Cloud Technical & Community College Job Fair on April 1.

The event will be at the River’s Edge Convention Center (formerly St. Cloud Civic Center). Running from 9 a.m. to noon, this event introduces companies and career opportunities to all first- and second-year students.

■ Chamber’s lead-sharing group now meets at Brick House Pizza

The next meeting of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s ChamberNet is 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Thursday at Brick House Pizza Bread & Bagel, 302 Washington St. in Brainerd.

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 822-7107.

■ Crosslake-area business

leaders invited to Explore

Crosslake meeting

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. April 1, 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, such as WinterFest, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, Crosslake in Bloom and Crosslake Days.

For more information, contact Cindy Myogeto with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Crosslake office at 218-692-4027 or

■ HealthSource of Baxter

to host nutrition class

BAXTER — HealthSource is hosting a free Total Nutrition Class from 5-7 p.m. April 4.

Information will include optimal nutrition through the best fresh fruits and vegetables to lose weight, live longer, feel better, look younger and defy disease.

Learn what foods are best for eliminating inflammation, cleansing your body, and what spices can help with lowering blood pressure, and arthritis pain. Admission is free. Participants will receive free samples, recipes and information on living a better lifestyle.

For more information, call 454-9355 to register.


■ Food Manager ServSafe Certification & Exam set

A certified food manager will be required in most Minnesota food establishments.

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.

Fee is $185. Instructor is Colette Pohlkamp. Course is 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays April 8-15 at Central Lakes College Brainerd, Business & Industry Center.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is April 1. For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

■ Power Limited CEU

course offered in April

This continuing education course is designed for holders of the Minnesota Power Limited Technician License.

The course consists of 16 hours of instruction covering applicable articles and sections of the 2008 National Electrical Code, Minnesota statutes and rules governing electrical work, and a review of the basic elements of electricity and electrical calculations. This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Electricity.

Cost is $320, which includes lunch. Instructor is Riverland College. The course is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 and April 4 at Central Lakes College Brainerd, Business and Industry Center.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday.

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

■ Cosmetology CEU

course set in April

This course provides information on Minnesota laws and rules governing the practice of cosmetology, safety and sanitation consistent with the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards, applicable to the practice of Cosmetology. (Prerequisite(s): Minnesota Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technician Operator or Manager’s License). This course meets the continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology. There are two dates coming up for the course from 6-10 p.m. April 10 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Room E203. Instructor is Mary Finnegan. Cost is $75.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is April 3.

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

■ DOT vehicle inspection recertification offered

Participants will learn the different classifications of inspectors, whose vehicle they can inspect, the length of certification, re-certification, suspension and revocation.

They will learn which vehicles must be inspected, which vehicles are exempt, the different levels of inspections, which decal they qualify for, minimum inspection criteria as listed in 393 and the OOS criteria for two decals, how to properly fill out the Minnesota inspection form, proper application of the decals, and required record keeping, inspector and owner.

The course is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 at Central Lakes College Business and Industry Center with instructor Eric Sundby. The class is $90.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is April 11.

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

■ Unlicensed registered power limited course planned

This two-hour course will be presented using PowerPoint presentations, class discussions with question/answer session, hand-out material, outside resource material such as Mike Holt books, and also the NEC Code Book will be used for each section.

Cost is $50. Instructor is Riverland College. The course is 6-8 p.m. April 3 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Business and Industry Center. Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday.

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

■ Going into Business for

Yourself class set April 10

The Going into Business for Yourself session covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get a dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing a 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 per person and $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock. The class is 6-9 p.m. April 10 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, use Door No. 6.

Deadline to register is April 3.

For more information go to or contact Phillip Olsen at 855-8118 or

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