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Business Notes - March 30

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■ Mosquito Squad

gains excellence award

Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota received the Excellence in sales award.

Clayton “Buzz” Holznagel, owner of Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota since March of 2011. Erin Weberg is office manager.

Outdoor Living Brands annual convention award presentations were conducted at the Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, with more than 110 Franchisee locations represented.

Mosquito Squad, an Outdoor Living Brands company, America’s leading private mosquito and tick abatement company is among the top 13 fastest growing Franchise Companies in the U.S. Mosquito Squad locations nationwide also support Malaria No More through multiple fundraising awareness events. Malaria No More is determined to help the world reach the global goal of near zero malaria deaths by 2015.

■ Osterloh attends the 2014 National Land Conference

Rod Osterloh of Close-Converse/ in Brainerd attended the 2014 National Land Conference: If Land Could Talk, on March 12-14 in Charleston, S.C., to learn from experts and connect with industry peers.

The conference, presented by the Realtors Land Institute, hit record attendance. The conference attracts professionals in the agriculture, timber, ranch, recreation, appraisal, auction, farm management, site selection and land investment industries.

Participants expanded their knowledge base from world renown experts on hot topics, including the economy, energy, hydraulic fracturing and mineral rights, marketing and new technology, land conservation opportunities for land owners, 1,031 exchanges that benefit land owners, and international business opportunities. Presenters included Leonard Jordan, associate chief of Conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service; William Emmons, doctorate, assistant vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and Samuel Boxer, partner of the Environmental Practice Group of Sidley Austin LLP.

■ Cass County EDC

announces officers

New officers were elected last fall at the Cass County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Bill Palmer, representative of Essentia Health/Pine River Clinic, was elected president. Palmer moved up from a one-year term as president-elect. Dan Meier, owner of Cass Company Insurance, has taken the role of vice president of the Cass County EDC.

Palmer is a resident of East Gull Lake and has been an EDC board member since 2009. Meier has been a board member since 2011 and is a resident and business owner in Hackensack. Both of these offices are a two-year term, according to by laws of the organization.

The Cass County EDC is a local membership driven organization established in 1997 to encourage a strong, diverse and sustainable economy in Cass County. For more information, call 218-947-7522.

■ Marco receives 2014 Pro-Tech Service Excellence Award

Marco Inc. received the 2014 Pro-Tech Service Excellence Award by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc.

The award recognizes those Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction. To attain the Pro-Tech Service Award, each element of Marco’s operation was evaluated and measured, including its management skills, inventory control systems, technical expertise, dispatch systems, and customer satisfaction ratings.

“The Pro-Tech Service Award represents Konica Minolta’s gold standard for service competence and proficiency,” James Ingrassia, vice president, solutions support division, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. stated in a news release, adding there is no higher honor for an authorized Konica Minolta dealer partner. Jeff Gau is Marco CEO.

■ Heartland Hospice honors National Doctor’s Day

Heartland Hospice, Brainerd, is using the annual National Doctor’s Day, March 30, to recognize physicians nationwide for their tireless commitment to providing excellent patient care.

“In honor of this day, Heartland would like to thank physicians in our community who have dedicated their professional lives to care for hospice patients,” said Dr. Joseph Moriarty, Heartland Hospice team physician, in a news release. “Their guidance and support to help eligible patients get access to hospice benefits as they face the many challenges of living with a life-limiting illness is admirable.” The date of Doctor’s Day originates from the date widely considered to represent the discovery of anesthesia. On March 30, 1842, in Barrow County, Ga., Dr. Crawford B. Long administered inhaled ether to a patient before removing a tumor. What originally was observed as a day honoring doctors in Georgia grew in to a national annual observance, including the customary red carnation as a symbol.

Heartland staff is presenting local physicians with an End-of-Life Care Champion certificate to recognize their dedication and contributions to hospice care.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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