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Business Notes April 13

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■ High joins Brainerd Glass Co.

Billy High joined Brainerd Glass Co.

High has 17 years of glazing experience. His main focus will be residential installations, with a distinct focus on heavy glass shower doors.

■ Blum, Seitzer join Range Inc.

Range Inc. announces the addition of Sam Blum, vice president of sales, and Ashley Seitzer, human resources director.

Blum will focus on business development and will be working with new and existing clients in support of Range’s exciting and aggressive growth initiative.

His background includes sales, marketing and operations roles and comes to Range after a successful tenure with a marine industry original equipment manufacturer. Blum has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and volunteers his time coaching football/hockey and is a firefighter with the Cuyuna Fire Department.

Seitzer will be actively recruiting talent for the organization while helping to drive Range’s corporate culture. She is a key contributor in organizational planning and her past experience as a recruiter supports the company’s growth plans. Originally from the Brainerd lakes area, Seitzer received her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is active on the local Lakes Area Human Resources Association board.

■ Digiovanni receives Member

of Excellence from IAAP

Tanya Digiovanni has achieved 2013-2014 Member of Excellence recognition from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

As a Member of Excellence, Tanya has demonstrated IAAP’s core values of integrity, transparency, excellence and collaboration.

Digiovanni has been a member of the IAAP and the Brainerd chapter since 2008. She earned IAAP’s Certified Administrative Professional-Organizational Management designation in 2009, has served as the Brainerd chapter’s president and has chaired programs and education, public relations, membership and nominations committees.

The IAAP’s core purpose is to ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead and excel. Digiovanni is currently the Land Marketing and Closing Coordinator at Close-Converse in Brainerd.

■ Kuepers opens Beauty Secrets

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Lindy Greeters visited Cindy Kuepers at her new salon, Beauty Secrets.

Beauty Secrets offers a full line of salon services including hair colors, textures, waves, wedding and prom styles, razor cuts and haircuts for men, women and children. Other services include make-up, brow waxing, relaxing pedicures and manicures, artificial nails and gel polish. Beauty Secrets is also in the process of adding product lines of professional hair care, hand and feet products.

■ Cindy Oseland-Larson joins

Keller Williams Realty

BAXTER — Cindy Oseland-Larson recently joined Keller Williams Realty Professionals as a buyer’s agent/real estate agent for the Jamie Magness Distinctive Properties team. Larson was born and raised in Brainerd. After 15 years in the metropolitan area, she and her family have relocated back to Brainerd. Larson is in her first year of real estate. The Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Brainerd Lakes Area office is located in the Westport Shopping Center, 14091 Baxter Drive, Suite 116, Baxter.


■ Encore Entrepreneur: Introduction

to starting a business after age 50

Throughout April, Small Business Administration (SBA) district offices, state AARP offices and SBA resource partners will host events around the country.

Mentor Month is an effort by SBA and AARP to provide a range of resources and online tools to entrepreneurs and small business owners older than the age of 50. This event will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors such as those from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life cycle of an entrepreneur’s business.

■ Dine and Discover announces ‘World Café’

PIERZ — Faith in Action is excited to introduce the “World Café” at its next Dine and Discover on 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 30, at Horizon Health in Pierz.

The Café is built on the assumption that people already have, within them, the creativity to encourage others to try fun and exciting activities available in the communities where they live. It is a conversation-based event where table hosts will be providing information and participants have the opportunity to spend time learning basics and exchanging ideas about that topic.

John Pribyl, the keynote speaker, will be sharing insights and techniques to turn interests into passions. Participants will then experience the World Café where they will have the opportunity to choose from topics such as: mystery travel, aromatherapy, massage therapy, genealogy, essential oils, tai chi, community arts, community involvement, government 101 and many more exciting topics.

A light lunch will be available for a free-will donation, however registration is requested. Horizon Health Homecare is providing free blood pressure screenings before and after the event. Faith in Action asks for a RSVP by April 25. For more information, contact Horizon Health at 320-468-6451 or 800-224-6451.

■ Cuyuna Lakes Chamber plans Spring Dinner

DEERWOOD — The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber annual Spring Dinner is planned from 5-8 p.m., April 23, at Lonesome Pine Restaurant and Bar on Bay Lake, Deerwood.

Social hour is 5-6 p.m. to look at the silent auction items and with hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting. Participants will have an option of prime rib, fresh Hawaiian ahi tuna, or stuffed chicken breast. Vegetarian option will be available upon request.

Cost is $40 per person until April 16, after this date the price will increase to $50.

For more information, email or call 218-546-8131 to RSVP with your food choice and number of participants attending.

■ Plexus Health Tour brings top

ambassador to Minnesota

A group of local area business women are hosting four Plexus Spring into Health events.

Top-ranked Plexus Independent Diamond Ambassador, Helen McFadden, from Reno, Nev., is coming Nisswa on Monday with a public event at 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross. McFadden started her career with Plexus Worldwide just 18 months ago as the only Ambassador in Nevada. Today she has the top rank of Diamond Ambassador with a team of more than 14,000 ambassadors.

Current Plexus Ambassadors are asked to RSVP. General public is welcome and the events are informational in nature and free to attend. For more information, contact your local Plexus ambassador or Senior Gold Independent Plexus Ambassador Jenny McFadden at 218-246-3146. Other area Plexus Independent Ambassadors hosting these events include: Crystal Cook, Lynne Neumann, Ann Backes Dodge, Elisabeth Kingbird, Amanda Schultz, Tammy Hendrick, Tina Schultz and Sara Willis.

■ Aquatic invasive workshop

offers continuing education credit

BAXTER — The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) is sponsoring 1.5 hours of approved continuing education from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the GLAR Education unit in Baxter. The class is titled, “Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop.”

Sara Ahlers and Sarah Fogderud from A.W. Research Labs are the educators for the class.

This Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshop will discuss some of the different types of AIS found in Minnesota lakes and the problems associated with them. The class will also provide an overview of water quality as it pertains to future and current lake property owners. The course will discuss how zebra mussels affect property values and water quality.

It will also address what lake property owners can do to ensure a lake is protected and what to consider when purchasing a lake home.

Cost is $15 per credit hour and is covered under GLAR education card. Pre-registration is required.

For continuing education schedule and class descriptions, please 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.


■ Herberger’s helps raise $4.5 million

Herberger’s helped raise $4.5 million during the Community Days event.

Since 1999, Herberger’s has raised $116 million for local nonprofit groups with Community Days.

■ Customers help Minnesota Power

achieve state energy savings goal

Minnesota Power credits its customers and their commitment to using electricity more efficiently in helping the company deliver on the state of Minnesota’s energy savings goal in 2013.

Whether it was assisting with project design, providing product information or calculating cost and kilowatt hour savings, Minnesota Power’s conservation team worked with customers to find specific ways to reduce energy use.

Those efforts paid off by saving more than 77,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2013. That’s the equivalent of powering more than 8,500 homes for a year. Put another way, the savings reduced emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 82,000 tons, which is comparable to taking more than 16,000 cars off the road for a year.

Minnesota Power reported the 2013 energy savings in its annual Conservation Improvement Program report filed recently with the Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Total energy saved in 2013 was 2.5 percent of eligible retail sales, well above the state goal of 1.5 percent. Minnesota Power has delivered at or above the 1.5 percent savings target since the goal went into effect in 2010.

“A strong performance like this wouldn’t be possible without customers who are committed to making energy efficiency a priority,” said Tina Koecher, manager of billing and efficiency at Minnesota Power.

Best Buy awards $8,000 to The Shop

The Shop, Brainerd/Baxter’s Youth Center, was awarded $8,000 from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation to support The PC’s for People Youth Project at The Shop.

This community grant will give at-risk teenagers the opportunities to access the world of computer technology with hands on skill development to refurbish computers and give

back to their community. The “PC4P Youth Project” is one of five rural affiliates of the parent organization in St. Paul and the first to actively recruit and train at risk youth for possible Information Techology careers.

The Shop is a youth-centered space for ages 14 – 21 providing opportunities to channel adolescent energy into positive creative energy, to explore potential and build lasting relationships with adult mentors.

The Shop offers programs involving art, music, gaming, sobriety, bicycle repair, service projects and creative structure. This foundation donation is made possible through the contributions of Best Buy Co. Inc, retail store operations and special event fundraising. The Best Buy Children’s Foundation is committed to providing access to opportunities for teens through technology.

How to submit a business note

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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