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Business Notes April 27

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■ Weichert Realtors Tower Properties

gains Pinnacle Award

Dan Kavanaugh, one of the four owners of Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, spoke for his partners and the entire company when the Brainerd office was presented with the 2013 Pinnacle Award, the singular topmost honor given by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. (WREA) to a franchised office.

“This award should be presented to everybody in the company — our great group of agents, the staff, everybody,” Kavanaugh said, “all working hard and going in the same direction.”

“All” of the agents increased production, not just one or two. There are currently 43 agents at work bringing the Weichert way of doing business to the communities, “and we couldn’t be more proud of one and all who contributed to earning the Pinnacle nod.”

The Brainerd office, located at 17122 State Highway, brought the Weichert brand to market in 2008. It was the Brainerd team that won the year’s top award. A second St. Cloud (Waite Park) office was opened at 183 7th Avenue South in 2013.

Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, owned by broker Tim Bosch, associate broker Brett Streiff, Travis Banks and Kavanaugh, achieved the greatest annual gross commission income from among affiliates in 37 states to earn the coveted crystal trophy. The award was presented to them on stage in the grand ballroom at Caesar’s in Atlantic City at the 2013 Weichert National Convention. The presentation was made by WREA President Martin J. Rueter in front of an audience of some 1,000 Weichert professionals in attendance.

■ McCollister named chief of surgery

Surgeon Howard McCollister, M.D., one of the most experienced laparoendoscopic surgeons in Minnesota, was recently appointed as Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s chief of surgery.

He replaces Surgeon Shawn Roberts, M.D., who served in that capacity for five years.

“CRMC would like to thank Dr. Roberts for all his work to improve quality indicators and electronic order sets,” said CEO John Solheim in a news release.

McCollister earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons as well as many other medical societies. He is the current president-elect of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

McCollister has been affiliate academic faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School, as well as clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School for more than 25 years. He has also served as preceptor for medical students and family practice residents for their general surgery rotation. He is co-director of the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIMIS).

■ Lundgren joins Keller Williams Realty

BAXTER — Jared Lundgren joined the Keller Williams Realty Professionals team.

Lundgren has been involved in real estate as an investor, developer and home flipper for more than 10 years. Lundgren said he was approached the last couple of years about assisting buyers and sellers and launched the real estate business within their store Giada’s Boutique in the Butler building in Aitkin.

The Keller Williams Realty Professionals – Brainerd Lakes Area office is located in the Westport Shopping Center in Baxter.


■ Crosslake-area business leaders invited to Explore Crosslake meeting

CROSSLAKE — 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. on May 6 at Golden Horizons, 13631 E. Shore Road in Crosslake.

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


■ Introduction to a Motorcycle class is May 7

An introduction to a motorcycle four-hour range-only course is designed for the true novice who would like a “hands-on” introduction to motorcycle controls and their operation before taking the Basic Rider Course.

This course is not a pre-requisite for the Basic Rider Course. There are no written or skills tests for this course and a motorcycle permit is not required; however, students will need to possess a valid driver’s license or a driver’s permit.

Cost is $55. Instructor is Minnesota Safety Foundation trained instructor. The course is 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 7 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Business & Industry Center, Entrance No. 6.

Advanced registration is required. Register deadline is May 1.

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

■ CLC offers Basic Rider Course

The Basic Rider Course offers the most complete motorcycle training available.

Students must complete 14.5 hours of integrated instruction: 4.5 hours in the classroom and 10 hours of practice on a training motorcycle.

This course is divided into two phases: Level 1 concentrates on motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills: straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping.

Level 2 includes limited-space maneuvers, counter-steering, cornering and swerving. Minnesota law requires motorcyclists under age 18 to pass an approved Rider Skills Training course. While no previous motorcycle riding experience is required, it can be beneficial. Students must be able to ride a bicycle and must possess a valid driver’s license or motor vehicle instruction permit. Each student must furnish his or her own protective clothing and Department of Transportation-approved helmet. One hundred percent attendance is mandatory. Those who want their motorcycle endorsement must have a motorcycle permit before the course starts. Riders who have already failed a state and/or MMSC skill test twice are not eligible for the state skill test waiver. All subsequent skill tests for a motorcycle endorsement must be taken at a DVS exam station. Cost is $160. Instructor is a Minnesota Safety Foundation certified instructor. The course is 5:30-10 p.m. on May 8 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 10 or May 11 or 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 8 and 2-7 p.m. on May 10 and May 11.

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

■ CLC offers boiler course

Central Lakes College is offering courses to prepare for taking the special, first or second class and chief boiler exam.

The Boiler 14 Hour Special, First, Second, and Chief License Prep Course prepare participants to take the exams. Instruction will include: boiler types, attendance requirements for heating boilers, safety issues and state boiler rules, application paperwork and test procedures will be covered. Class fee includes all materials.

Testing and application fee for licensure will be an additional fee for the student with the Department of Labor and Industry. Cost is $255. Instructor is Frank Weber. The class is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 and May 8 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Business & Industry Center.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is May 1.

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

■ Free Writing a Dynamite Business Plan session offered May 8

A business plan is a road map.

The course, Writing a Dynamic Business Plan, offers two hours with a professional who has helped many entrepreneurs write a solid business plan. Presenter, Dave Miller, has more than 20 years experience working with start-up and small businesses, be they for profit, nonprofit, or associations.

This two-hour workshop is designed to teach participants how to write a business plan and to introduce the resources available as people focus on their organization’s mission and vision.

As participants continue to work on their business plan, Score and Small Business Developments staffs will be available to meet individually or in groups to help with tips on how to make a plan the best ever.

The session is free, but pre-registration is requested.

The class is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on May 8 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Door No. 6. Deadline to register is May 1. For more information go to or contact Phillip Olsen at 855-8118 or

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