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Business Notes March 30

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■ Pohl joins WSN engineering team

Tony Pohl joined the engineering department of Widseth Smith Nolting’s (WSN) Brainerd area office.

As an engineer-in-training at WSN, Pohl is responsible for interpreting design criteria and developing site plans. He is also involved in programming, design development, building code review, construction budget analysis and conducting field work.

Pohl grew up in Aitkin. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013.

■ Jones attends national conference

Arlene Jones of The Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd and SPROUT MN, a regional food hub located in the lakes area, recently attended the National Food Hub Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

Food hubs bridge the gap between smaller-scale farms and larger-scale wholesale markets. Food hubs work with producers and buyers to address challenges involved in scaling up for wholesale channels while maintaining local food’s value for increasingly discriminating consumers.

The conference gathered more than 400 food hub practitioners, policy makers and educators from across the nation to network, gather best practices, address food safety regulations, hear from support organizations and professional consultants, and dig deeper into the potential of a hub to impact farms and communities.

The distance food travels is only one variable in the local food equation. What more and more consumers are looking for is transparency. More than 200 food hubs are now in operation across the country, coordinating local foods distribution into schools, hospitals, restaurants and direct to consumers.

■ Klosowski joins Edward Jones

LITTLE FALLS — Zachary Klosowski is a new financial adviser with Edward Jones Financial in Little Falls.

His addition is expected to help the office extend its services to new investors.

The office is 14759 19th St. NE, Suite 102, in Little Falls.

■ Mankowski attends

World Balloon Convention

BAXTER — Kelli Mankowski, certified balloon artist from Party World in Baxter, attended The World Balloon Convention 2014 in Denver.

The event was hosted by Pioneer Balloon Company, the World Balloon Convention 2014 in Denver. The educational event attracted more than 800 balloon professionals from more than 50 countries worldwide. Throughout the week, delegates participated in a variety classes, competitions, networking meetings, parties and other activities.

Founded in 1917, Pioneer Balloon Company is the world’s premier manufacturer of latex balloons, with a diversified range of products that also includes Microfoil balloons and Bubble Balloons. Additionally, Pioneer offers innovative product solutions to customers in the advertising, entertaining, decorating and social expressions markets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Pioneer has facilities in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Mexico.

Certified balloon artists are people who work for a Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) business member and have successfully completed the program’s online tests, as well as the certified balloon artist’s practical examination to demonstrate their knowledge of the QBN curriculum and ability to produce quality balloon work by passing with a score of 80 percent or above all QBN tests and practical exam — a four-hour hands-on exam. There are currently more than 2,500 certified balloon artist professionals worldwide.

■ March of Dimes recognizes CRMC

CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby is one of 28 Minnesota hospitals recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for exceptional work to reduce the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

March of Dimes says this will give more babies a healthy start in life. Babies delivered before full term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.

Babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.

This achievement is recognized at CRMC through a banner from the March of Dimes and MHA.

■ Marco Selected as one of the

100 Best Companies to Work For

Marco Inc., which has offices in Brainerd, was selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Minnesota Business magazine for the second year in a row.

This award identifies companies in Minnesota that excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits and overall employee happiness.

The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm using a variety of research techniques, including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 5 at St. Paul RiverCentre.

■ Weichert, Realtors - Tower

Properties adds three agents

Weichert, Realtors - Tower Properties announced real estate agents Ron Carlson, Sandy Rothleutner and Mary Weidell have joined the Brainerd office of the agency.

Originally from Stephen, Carlson is currently a Baxter resident with nearly 14 years of experience in real estate and assists buyers with all types of properties. With a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University (NDSU), he has a background as a farmer. 

Weidell is originally from White Bear Lake. Now a resident of Brainerd, she will serve clients in Crow Wing County and surrounding areas. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from NDSU, she has a background in social work.

Rothleutner is originally from Crosby and now lives in Baxter. She will work with clients in Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrison counties. With an associate’s degree in nursing, she has worked in registered nurse case management, psychiatric nursing and long-term care nursing.

■ Adventure Advertising and

Adventure Studios earn regional awards

Adventure Advertising and Adventure Studios, Brainerd, were awarded five Silver American Advertising Awards (formerly known as the ADDY Awards) at the District 8 competition March 22 in Fargo, N.D. Adventure’s entries were judged against all local level Gold and Silver winners from District 8, which included Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The agency won five District 8 Silver ADDYs.

District 8 of the American Advertising Federation is one of 15 regional districts that participate in the American Advertising Awards competition. This is the second tier of the competition and winning entries will now move on to the national competition held in Boca Raton, Fla., in early June.


■ Chamber’s lead-sharing group

meets at Brick House Pizza

The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7:15-8:45 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Brick House Pizza Bread & Bagel, 302 Washington St. in Brainerd.

ChamberNet is a lead-sharing group from the Brainerd Lakes Chamber 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.

■ BLAEDC schedules Business Chat in Nisswa

NISSWA — The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is hosting a Business Chat from 8:30-10 a.m.. April 10, at Stonehouse Coffee, 25346 Smiley Road, Nisswa.

The 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, BLAEDC reported. 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. For more information, contact Chris at 828-0096 or email him at

■ American Institute of Nondestructive

Testing hosts Business After Hours

BAXTER — The employees of American Institute of Nondestructive Testing are hosting Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at 7942 College Road, Suite 105, in Baxter.

During Business After Hours, American Institute of Nondestructive Testing will provide Brainerd Lakes Chamber members with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, information about its offerings and door prizes.

American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) plays an important role in assuring that structural and mechanical components perform their function in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber reported. NDT technologies include visual and optical testing, radiography, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing and penetrant testing.

Advance registration is recommended for this free event. To register, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

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