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Business Notes April 20

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■ Local executive earns top healthcare management credential

Theresa Sullivan, master of business administration, FACHE of Aitkin, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” said Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE, in a news release. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Just 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

■ Hamiltons completes training

BAXTER — Certified Pedorthists Mary Jo Hamilton and Howard Hamilton of The Feet People in Baxter completed 16 hours of training in Medicare billing documentation for diabetic footwear in Dallas.

The workshop highlighted the enhanced requirements medical providers must meet to provide therapeutic shoes and inserts for people with diabetes.

■ Bremer Bank’s Wigand

gains promotion

Long-time Bremer Bank employee Lisa Wigand was recently promoted to community business banker in the Brainerd, Aitkin and surrounding communities.

Wigand joined Bremer nine years ago and has been working as a credit analyst.

Prior to joining Bremer, Wigand was a new business manager at BISYS Retirement Services in Brainerd. She also worked as an auditor and consultant for Clifton Larson Allen in the Twin Cities. Wigand is a summa cum laude graduate of Bemidji State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“Lisa has done an amazing job as part of our credit analyst team in Brainerd and we are excited to promote her to a community business banker,” said Kim Ellingson, president and chief executive officer of the Bremer Bank Brainerd Charter. “She already has extensive experience in financial analysis and has a good understanding of our business communities. We are excited to have her continue in her career in this new role.”

■ Barron joins Belle Creations

Melissa “Missy” Barron, a hairstylist in the Brainerd lakes area since 1982, is now serving clients at her new location at Belle Creations in downtown Brainerd.

Barron specializes in custom cuts, colors, and texture waves, in addition to designing hair for special occasions, such as weddings and proms. She reports she stays up to date on the latest trends and techniques by regularly attending continuing education classes and hair shows.

■ Liebrenz joins Fine

Line Salon and Spa

Brittany Liebrenz, hair stylist, joined the Fine Line Salon and Spa in Brainerd.

Liebrenz is from the Twin Cities. She has nine years experience working in Aveda salons. She will also be available for men’s haircuts at Simply Fine Men’s Cutting Room.


■ Heritage House of Pequot

Lakes hosts CHOW event

PEQUOT LAKES — The employees of Heritage House of Pequot Lakes are hosting the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s networking event CHOW from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, at 5384 Country Care Lane in Pequot Lakes.

During CHOW, Heritage House of Pequot Lakes will provide chamber members with lunch, information about its offerings and door prizes.

Advance registration is recommended for this event. Cost is $5. To register, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

■ ChamberNet to meet Thursday

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

ChamberNet 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.

■ Little Falls Business After Hours set Thursday

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce, 200 First St. NW, Little Falls.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. Sponsoring is Fresh Hair Professionals and West Side Liquor & Smoke Shop.

For more information, call the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-632-5155. No RSVP needed.

■ Coach’s Corner to host Business After Hours

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber networking event Business After Hours is planned 5-7 p.m. May 8 at Coach’s Corner.

Business after Hours is a chamber function for area members of the business community and the public to network and build relationships. Coach’s Corner, the sponsor for this event, will be providing appetizers, raffle prizes and cash bar.

For more information, contact Jessica Holmvig at or 218-546-8131.


■ Realtor and appraiser

continuing education offered

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors (GLAR) is sponsoring 7.5 hours of approved continuing education 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 at the GLAR Education unit in Baxter.

The class is titled “Cover Your Fannie … Mae: Know the Guidelines,” and is approved for continuing education credits for appraisers and real estate agents. Kaplan is the educator for the class.

For more information, call the association at 828-4567.

The Greater Lakes Association of Realtors covers Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.

■ Free Long-term Care Seminar

set at Little Falls Senior Center

Join us for a free one-hour, Preparing for Long-Term Care, seminar 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Falls Senior Center, 510 Seventh St. NE, Little Falls.

Thrivent Financial representative Carlyle Olsen will talk about long-term care — what it is, what it’s not and how individuals and their families can prepare for it. No reservations are necessary. No products will be sold at this event.


■ Herberger’s raises more than

$2.5 million pounds in donations

Bon-Ton, also known as Herberger’s, announced it raised more than $2.5 million pounds of clothing and textile donations to benefit Goodwill’s job training and employment services. These donations have an estimated value of $10 million in revenue that will be used to fund local programs that help people find jobs and build their careers.

The Goodwill Sale took place from March 13th to March 30th. Customers were encourage to bring their donations to any of the 271 Bon-Ton stores and they were given a 25 percent off coupon for each item donated.

In addition, the Bon-Ton Stores raised $482,000 in cash donations to benefit Goodwill’s mission through an offer in which shoppers could donate at the register to receive additional coupons. The combined impact of donations of goods and cash will provide about 344,000 hours of job training services in the communities where they were collected.

The Goodwill Sale took place from March 13 to March 30. Customers were encourage to bring their donations to any of the 271 Bon-Ton stores and they were given a 25 percent-off coupon for each item donated.

For 20 years, Goodwill and The Bon-Ton Stores have partnered to collect donations to support Goodwill’s employment programs. The sale is the largest and longest-standing department store donation drive with Goodwill. The collaboration has generated an estimated potential value of more than $233 million in revenue to support Goodwill’s services and programs in local communities.

How to submit a business note

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to, or fax to 829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852. Additional business notes may be in the Business Extra section in Monday’s Dispatch.

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